We are celbrating the 225th Anniversary of the ratification of our Constitution, the Supremen Law of the land, the foundaiton of every governing principle of the country, the greatest human rights statement ever written by men and the very thing that makes Liberty possible and America an exceptional nation. But it is a bittersweet celebration. America is still an exceptional nation, built upon exceptional principles and inhabited by exceptional people. But we are in the midst of times that try men’s souls. How did we get here? How did this happen? Is this the the nation built by people who pledged life, fortune, and sacred honor to establish Liberty?
At our foundation a nation of people sacrificed everything they had to build a government dedicated to the understanding that all men are created equal, endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Now we are a nation of people who are focused upon prosperity, focused upon maintaining the right to acquire stuff. Sacrifice for Americans means getting off the lazy boy, turning off Big Bang or Judge Judy!
Celebrating the adoption of the principles that make our nation great should not be an anniversary; it should be a daily walk, a daily way of life. It is the only way to maintain these principles; it is the only way to ensure that we will secure the Blessings of liberty for our posterity. Americans must reacquaint themselves with the Constitution and its principles if we hope to maintain a free nation.
First, the Constitution is NOT a set of negative rights imposed upon the government. Government has NO rights, neither negative nor positive. In creating the government we did not GIVE anything to the government; we did not give it power, we did not give it rights. Read the 10th Amendment and the writings of our framers. They clearly stated that power was delegated not given. That means governmental structures simply have access to OUR POWER to do the job WE tell them to do. The rights and power belong to the people. When the government misuses that power and tramples our rights, it is the responsibility of the people to be the “maintainers” of this liberty and push back.
The Constitution is a contract among men that created the government, like a business contract creates a business. The business of the government is to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity. The government was not established to regulate the people, or the activities of the people but to be the sure guardian of our liberty, a liberty that belongs to us and not to government. John Adams declared in 1765 thatLiberty must be supported at all hazards; WE have a right to it derived from our maker! It is the people who have the right to liberty as decreed by God. That is why the Constitution is a declaration that the people are the true onwers of those rights and establishes a government to protect and prosper those rights.
In Federalist Paper #33, Alexander Hamilton charges the PEOPLE to stand for the Constitution. When the government oversteps its constitutional bounds, it is up to the people, who created it to redress the injury done to the Constitution.
What Country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? ~ Thomas Jefferson
We must continue to stand against the corruption of government, against the destruction of Liberty, and heal the injury being done to this nation. We are the maintainers of liberty.
We must also understand that the Constitution was made for a moral people. Jefferson said, “The God that gave us life gave us Liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm foundation, the conviction in the minds of men that Liberty is a gift from God.” Our founders understood that liberty was a gift from God planted in the bosom of every man to be lived out and enjoyed in this world. They knew that this liberty could only be maintained by a shared morality.
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams October 11, 1798
Our founders gave their own lives to secure these principles for us. Yet, how could something that was worth the very lives of our founders mean so little to some of us? Statistics show that only 44% of Christians are even registered to vote and of those only 25%-44% of those registered ACTUALLY VOTE! Do you know why this nation no longer reflects a Judeo-Christian world view, no longer reflects the principles of freedom and morality that secure our Liberty, why our elected representatives overwhelmingly lack the understanding of Liberty and the Constitution necessary to preserve it? Because those who are in possession of the meaning and the value of liberty DO NOT VOTE!
Our nation is a reflection of the uninformed voter that votes on personality, on popularity, or who simply wants a handout. Politicians can act immorally by giving lip service at election time about “being conservative”, “defending the Constitution”, “being for the people” and then make decisions contrary to those principles, like voting in favor of indefinite detention, HR347 and the criminalization of our First Amendment, SB1813 and the delegation of power to the IRS to take your passport and your guns, and allow without any response the daily dissolution of separation of powers and destruction of liberty by King Barry I and his imperial executive orders. Many accept the cowardice and immoral acts of our elected politicians because they look good on camera, because they give good patriotic speeches. If Americans UNDERSTOOD the value of Liberty and daily LIVED the value of liberty, voting would be our minimum obligation. We would live our LIVES for the preservation of Liberty. We would demand of our representatives the same dedication and proficiency in the Constitution and its foundational principles.
The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime, and the punishment of his guilt. John Phillpot Curran
We are charged with the responsibility to be ETERNALLY VIGILLANT. That literally means a daily walk in the keeping the proper purpose of the Constitution, understanding the true meaning of Liberty and then maintaining the proper value of this good and perfect gift from God. Do not despair…Never be discouraged… I have great hope in the giver of that gift and the knowledge that man will not willingly live in slavery for very long.
“Our fellow citizens have been led hoodwinked from their principles by a most extraordinary combination of circumstances. But the band is removed, and they now see for themselves.” –Thomas Jefferson to John Dickinson, 1801
Restoration is coming. The band is being removed, the scales are falling from our eyes. WE will no longer be hoodwinked by immoral and vain promises that work to destroy our liberties. WE will stand against the tyranny that is being perpetrated against us by the enemy within. WE WILL DAILY celebrate the ratification of our Constitution…a document designed to restrain government and guide it in its preservation our Liberty…A Liberty that IS a good and perfect gift from God…A gift that is worthy of our life, fortune, and sacred honor. And although it may have to take a long train of abuses and usurpations, WE THE PEOPLE are going to derail that long black train…We will take a stand in defense of the Constitution. So all you that may be on board in the name of prosperity or national security or entitlement…here is your notice…
We will no longer tamely suffer a lawless attack on liberty. We understand what is at stake and it has nothing to do with government bailouts and special interest groups….It has EVERYTHING to do with Liberty and passing on that gift to our children. We are going to make the celebration of the Constitution a DAILY AFFAIR…We are going to Stand for Liberty as those that framed our nation did and because we know…because we understand…because we truly believe as Thomas Jefferson penned in 1787
Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietam servitutem – I prefer the tumult of Liberty to the quiet of servitude!