The revolutionaries in North America were not so much opposed to the taxes and commercial restrictions that had been levied upon them, but that these taxes and restrictions had been imposed with no input from these thirteen colonies. England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales were self governing entities that were participants in the governing of Britain. The colonies had been established for almost two hundred years and the colonists felt they had proven themselves worthy of participating in the governing of not only their own business, but also in having a voice in the governing of Britain. Most of them considered themselves Britons, but they were given no voice. They were ignored, threatened, and shunned as legitimate heirs to English Common law and rule with no authority.
When the Constitution of the United States was written and ratified by all thirteen colonies and the die was cast and the metal hardened, the appearance of the United States of America was a confederation of cooperating states. The name of the new country was and is “United States of America” not “CooperatingStates of America” or “ParticipatingStates of America.” Read the original Constitution carefully, including the first 10 amendments, the Bill of Rights. The several states had the authority and the power, and, in turn, the people, the citizens, of each state were the final arbiters.
Our struggle today is over how much power has been taken away from the founders’ original intent. The fifty states have almost been rendered useless as far as creating an atmosphere in which the will of the people prevail. The commerce clause, which allows the federal government to intervene in cases where state lines are crossed, has been used willy-nilly allowing the boys within the belt line to control our schools, commerce, local politics, legal systems, and now our health care system. Old Doc Adams, the loveable doctor of the Gunsmoke series, would look at Obamacare and listen to the debates on it and say, “That’s the silliest thing I have ever heard of.”
Certainly, like many of Eagle Rising’s readers, I am hopeful that the people will prevail in 2014 and keep control of the House and take the Senate from the likes of Harry Reid and his buddy in the White House, but it will take a vigilant citizenry to make sure that the new center of power in the legislature will accede to the wishes of the people and not defy them. As we have certainly seen, it is one thing to make promises when running for office or even when trying to convince people of the efficacy of a bill in the legislature, and it is another thing to actually have power. Republicans can lie and go back on their words just as surely as can Democrats. Democracy is a messy proposition. Those of us who live in a democratic state walk a tight rope across a bottomless gulf. One slip one way and we fall into the pit of anarchy. One slip the other way and we find ourselves under the control of a tyrant.
We are electing one new Senator from my state in this election. My question to all candidates is, “What will you do to as a Senator representing me to restore the Constitution of the United States as a living document and guide to domestic behavior?” Then watch him or her. Listen to what he or she says once that person becomes a Senator. Follow his or her voting. Then write, call, or email when he or she needs to be praised for doing the right thing and chastised when chastening is warranted.
Onward and upward!
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