Americans first rebelled against the tyranny of an unresponsive, lawless government that imposed its megalithic will on the people, by declaring war and fighting the American Revolution (see our treatise on the Founding herein).
The purpose of the break with Great Britain was clearly outlined in the Declaration of Independence (from Britain):
“When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” Declaration of Independence.
The “causes” for the separation and the underlying principles upon which the emerging nation must be built were then “declared”:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
As the Founders constructed a new national government, they did so with the goal of bonding the 13 American colonies into a single, unified nation. The benefit of becoming united would be better defense against common enemies, plus a larger, unified, robust economic system. The engine that would build and drive the emerging nation would be individual liberty, nurtured and protected by the governments tasked with upholding and enforcing the new Constitution.
The citizens of the 13 colonies were less enthusiastic about the prospect of a national government, because they did not desire to replace one tyrant with another—they were very focused on the principles of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” and all they implied. To allay the fears of the colonists, the Founders built safeguards into the Constitution of the new nation that would forever ensure that the national government could not grow beyond its statutory restraints; thus never becoming the governmental equivalent of King George (the Founding), whom they had repelled at the cost of their most precious blood.
George Washington said it best:
“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”
This sums up the foundational philosophy upon which the Constitution of the United States of America was constructed.
This was the prevailing attitude among America’s founders, and its citizens, who had witnessed the blood of 25,000 spilt in breaking the shackles of Great Britain’s government. They were very much of the opinion that government is indeed a monster, to be kept in chains, to be limited with every restraint available . . . because if left to itself, it will feed, and grow, and take, and pillage, until it is the master and the people who created it are the slaves.
The best form that the new government should take was richly debated among the people and by the Founders, and several scholarly papers were presented in the national press, and are now collected into The Federalist Papers. Many of the Founders further warned that securing the personal liberty afforded by a Constitutionally-based government might be easier than maintaining it, as expressed so eloquently by Thomas Jefferson:
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
With this in mind, the new national government was established. It was made up of three separate branches; the executive, the legislative and the judicial, each tasked with checking or limiting the powers of the other—to ensure that it never reached beyond its modest initial mandate. Although it is clear that the rights of individual citizens and the states were to never be further burdened or infringed by the national government, tyrants have reappeared, and have diluted the shackles of the Constitution to the point that the national government has overgrown our nation and overshadowed its citizens with its all-encompassing powers.
With the breakdown of the checks-and-balances system in American government, and the coup d’état of the current Executive Branch (Marxist) over the other two branches of government, many in America feel it is indeed time for Jefferson’s instructive imperative to be revisited.
Has this country truly reached the point where the citizens of the states must retake the national government and again pare its powers to just those few enumerated by the Constitution (see list of enumerated federal powers in Founding)? There is no doubt that those who currently wield power in the federal government have entirely abandoned the Constitution of the United States, and are usurping the government of the people with their own tyrannical, totalitarian form of rule.
If those who love liberty do rise up against this tyranny, how will they do it? Who will fire the first salvo? What form will it take? Who will lead it?
If not us, then who? If not now, then when? – John Lewis
Will it be you?
Who are the American patriots who will step forward and restore the personal liberties that are being pried from the hands of America’s citizens? How much longer can free men stand by and watch the destruction of their liberty and culture? Who will step forward? Every member of the U.S. military is sworn to uphold the Constitution. Perhaps they should lead the fight, with our blessing. If they are unwilling to start it, they may be more than willing to support it once underway.
America is waiting for you.