Politicians make strange bed-fellows with just about anyone. By the sheer nature of their inclusive constitution, these elected officials often experience a makeover when arriving in Washington D.C. Elected as representatives of the people from their home states, politicians quickly become a self-propagating elitist group. The most egregious result is these servants of the people quickly forget those they are supposed to serve. Our federal politicians are in desperate need of remedial education focused on the root causes of our founding documents.
“When in the course of human events” is the introduction for the Declaration of Independence of 1776. Given the general dissatisfaction with government today, it could just as well be 2015. “It becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another….”could very well describe the separation “We the People” now feel toward these elected elitists. The self-evident truths have not changed although there have been bloody wars demonstrating their moral stature. “That all men are created equal with certain unalienable rights,” does not mean a government has the right to take from one and give to another. “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” actually is intended to pronounce an unfettered freedom for living, not existing in a Regulation Nation. “That to secure these rights Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”. This government was created by the people and empowered by their consent to facilitate, not regulate, their safety and happiness. Above all, “Whenever any form of Government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it,” reinforces the Peoples Power to control their individual destiny.
The Declaration is the Why We the People felt it necessary to revolt; the Constitution is the How to create a more perfect union. Three separate but equal branches with Limited powers were designed to serve as a model government. Checks and balances incorporated within were meant to insure specific enumerated powers granted to each within the Constitution would prevent a tyrannical and oppressive government. For over two centuries, and as many world wars, this grand design has produced more wealth and power than any nation in the history of the world. Yet, We the People now find ourselves with a governing entity we did not create nor can control. Through Jefferson’s outline and Madison’s research on governments, a Constitution and a Bill of Rights were created separating civil affairs under the auspices of the government from theologically influenced personal and social issues. Our government today is so far removed from the design of our duly adopted Constitution that any similarities between the two are faint at best. The Executive Branch makes law by fiat; the Judicial Branch legislates from the bench without regard to the adopted rule of law; and Congress is infected with special interest where The People pay the bill, yet receive only crumbs.
So the People are angry; the government is not trustworthy; and the two political parties appear to be in bed with each other shifting pseudo-control of government every few years. This quid- pro-quo no longer works for the People and some wonder why Donald Trump has become popular as a presidential candidate. A candidate who realizes the travesty this government has become and its negligence in fulfilling its given Constitutional duties is extremely threatening for current political insiders. Politicians will say anything to protect their status-quo!
Our elected representatives and extended judiciary have bastardized our form of government such that inherent Constitutional checks and balances are no longer relevant. A government which no longer operates within the law established for that purpose, such as the Constitution, cannot exercise its duties accordingly. In that scenario, an unorthodox leader may become the only manner by which to return true constitutional rule. Those politicians with the most to lose would necessarily complain the loudest. Tocqueville stated, “A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it”.
Author of the Declaration of Independence and outliner of the Constitution, Thomas Jefferson, said it best when he stated, “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government”. As the size and scope of government increases beyond Constitutional intent, the personal sovereignty and independent liberty of the people declines. In the Federalists Papers, Constitutional author James Madison stated, “In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself”. Obviously, the United States Government cannot control itself. The Founders understood this principle very well as Madison further explains, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary”. There are few, if any, angels in representative republic government; however, internal and external controls provided by the Constitution have been repeatedly ignored. Therefore, how can someone with an understanding of our government hope to revive its constitutionally based rule of law? Perhaps, this is the Trump card!