Over the years a number of other blogs and their respective authors have been praised and recommended here. To the best of my knowledge, I have had no regrets about any of these. Hopefully, there will never come a time where I will have to do so. Having said this, I am happy to continue to highly recommend Eternity Road. Fran Porretto, the Curmudgeon Emeritus, and his strong cadre of fellow contributors, are internet “diamonds in the rough”, and rightly so!
The reason I lead with this, is the Curmudgeon Emeritus’s latest screed. It addresses what appears to be the bottom line regarding the Constitution, and returning this nation to its “Constitutional roots”. There are pet projects (abortion, gun control, to name two on the left side of the house; the war on drugs, various “alphabet agencies” ostensibly addressing various issues near and dear to those on the right side of the political spectrum) supported by administrative or bureaucratic fiat, well beyond proscribed limits provided by the Constitution, which will be all but impossible to either remove, or place into an existing “constitutionally approved” arm of the government.
Sadly, there is a very solid (and woeful) ring of truth to his verbiage. I don’t know if we will ever see the day when any part or side of the existing political spectrum would concede to their signature causes or ideals brought bear under the light of constitutional scrutiny. Further, as the good Curmudgeon mentions and I am in complete agreement with; were Diogenes alive today searching for a politician of any stripe with anything approaching the requisite amount of testicular fortitude to vocally support (and vote the same way) the Constitution in returning to its roots … well, he would be searching for a very long time indeed.
So yes, it appears our contract with the government (the Constitution) has been voided. To be fair, it was not totally the governments doing, “we the people” were, at the very least, enablers. Most every violation was viewed (at least in some quarters) as a positive change in how we allowed our government to govern.
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Source: attributed to Benjamin Franklin
This same failing (in some) of human nature, which allowed for the placing of the security and safety, of you, your town, your state, your nation, into the hands of the government(s) rather than taking responsibility for the safety and security of same, at the lowest level possible, sets the precedent for almost all the other abuses which have taken place (whether done with good intent or not). And all, with the exception of prohibition, have been done outside the scope of the Constitution. These actions, it could be argued, have voided our contract.
What about those who have taken an oath to “protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic”? Are we (and I still count myself as honor bound to said Oath) still to be held accountable to the oath? If the contract has been effectively voided, why would it matter any more? Or if it can be proven even though the public at large was “the enabler”, the government, or its agents were the real culprit in our Constitutional demise, do we still have an obligation to “make things aright”, by any means necessary? More importantly, though there are most certainly individuals throughout the country, who believe in this obligation, are there enough to effect change, are there individuals willing and able to assume leadership in pursuit of same, and does the capability exist to bring all these folks together as a right and proper force, as proscribed by not only the founding fathers, but as implied by the oath which was taken?
Regarding all the above, have we (again, as at least implied by the Curmudgeon) either reached, or gone beyond “the point of no return”? Have we gone well past whatever fail safes as may be provided by the Constitution (the Oath being one of those, IMNSHO)? If this is the case, I leave this final thought with you gentle reader (I know you are out there, I can hear you breathing.), what do we do next? And or where do we go from here?