When did we vote to give up our 1st Amendment rights to freedom of speech?
Today we may be witnessing the backlash caused by the cavalier, elitist – “big brother knows best” mind-set of the past decade coming full circle. We still have one of the greatest economic engines on the planet and our people resources are second to none. So, what’s our problem?
I believe a great deal of the problem comes from the fact that our representatives in Washington believe we elected them so they could mortgage our future. Statist politicians believe by their placing additional tax burdens on the already struggling masses it will magically stimulate our economy. Not only has this very approach been shown to be folly in every historic context; it can only result in further erosion of the already weakened public confidence in our economy. These actions will also lead to decreased confidence in the world markets.
T. Boone Pickens had a series of commercials during the 2008 election cycle which spoke of the “largest transfer of American wealth in history“. He was talking about the price of energy and how American dollars would be going out of our pockets and into the bank accounts of the world’s oil cartel. When he made those commercials, little did he know what President Obama and the 111th Congress of the United States had in store for our citizenry.
You’ve probably heard about the TRILLIONS of dollars the government is approving for bailouts, economic stimulus and infrastructure, not to mention more “pork” than any time in history. Where are the voices of opposition?
We’ve witnessed the beginning of an uprising, it was not huge but it was noisy. Presidential candidate, Ron Paul, and the tea party movement says we need more “tea parties” and we need more folks committed to less government. Some people in California, the State with the highest personal income and sales taxes in the nation, are sick and tired of a slight majority in Sacramento and Washington taking for granted that winning an election by a few votes means that everyone agrees with the direction they want to take us.
Here are a few thoughts on how to solve our problems:
- Reviving our belief in the 10th Amendment. It’s simple but succinct language is often the subject of intense debate but a return to States rights is imperative to slowing the flow of power and revenue to the Federal government. After all, who is really best equipped to manage your tax dollars? Even our State governments are often not the best stewards of our money. Frequently, the county and local governments provide much more value for our tax dollars than the Federal Government. The waste at the Federal level is already well documented and it is only increasing under the new regime. The 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution simply states:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
- Reviving our belief in a TRUE two party system. It seems that today there is hardly any discernable difference between the D’s and the R’s. We are not getting what we pay for in our representatives. Who do we have to blame? Ourselves, as long as we keep voting for people who do not do our bidding we’ll continue to get the tax & spend results.
- Support for all the principles of our founding fathers. It seems that the entire Federal government is working against the people, our businesses and even our state and local government are not really our servants.
Consider this, when the country was young we needed lawmakers to set up the framework for our country. They wrote a constitution which serves as our foundation. Over the years, we the people, allowed for amendments to that original document. There have been a total of 27 amendments proposed, ratified and/or repealed. There have been 6 more which have never been ratified. Over the 223 years of our history, the amount of laws passed by the Congress and our regulatory bodies in incomprehensible. Is all that paper really necessary to civil order and a reasonable rule of law? Many would argue that with the constant nature of change in the world, we need full time regulators and lawmakers just to keep up. I maintain that there are so many laws on the books already that our legal system and administrative law functions are being crushed by the sheer weight of the burdens of enforcement of the existing law. Many of our current laws are not even being enforced.
- Our Tax System must be reformed to provide a fair and even handed tax system. If we cannot reach a conclusion which resolves the breakdown of our Federal System we need to lobby for change. A grass-roots revolt may be in the early stages; ala Tax Day Tea Party. Our Leaders need to remember who they work for & if they cannot solve these problems in the current system of government we need to really consider the possibility of a Constitutional Convention to rewrite the constitution to reset the priority of the government as being Of the People, By the People & for the People. If you are not familiar with the implications of a Constitutional Convention and our rights as citizens to insist that our government listen to our wishes please visit Sweet Liberty for some background. This particular subject is as sensitive as our 1st and 2nd Amendment rights. Why? Well, because the power which would be granted to such a body could have just the opposite effect we desire. It could result in a more powerful central government and even less personal freedom for all of us. If you haven’t noticed the alarming events on this front you should take some time to form your own opinion and voice it before it is too late.
“Let us face reality. The framers have simply been too shrewd for us. They have outwitted us. They designed separated institutions that cannot be unified by mechanical linkages, frail bridges, tinkering. If we are to ‘turn the founders upside down’ – to put together what they put asunder – we must directly confront the Constitutional structure they erected … “ – James M Burns, p.160 Reforming American Government