President Ronald Reagan said, “We’ve got to do a better job of getting across that America is freedom – freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of enterprise. And freedom is special and rare. It’s fragile; it needs protection.” “We, the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution.” (Abraham Lincoln)
Monday’s Rasmussen poll said 52% of Americans want Obamacare repealed leads one to believe the government is our master. The federal deficit is well over $16 trillion now. “We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” (Thomas Jefferson) Is it time to "alter or abolish" our present form of "government? Does it still serve the ends defined in the Declaration of Independence? Or has it become the enemy of our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness?
Ron Paul has been pushing for the Audit the Fed bill which the House votes on this month. “It is in the interest of tyrants to reduce the people to ignorance and vice. For they cannot live in any country where virtue and knowledge prevail” (Samuel Adams) Obama pledged government transparency in 2008. He gave Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke another term, condoning the Fed’s secrecy. Obama’s bills were passed behind closed doors with Pelosi saying, “pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it later” on Obamacare!
Thomas Pain’s “Common Sense” may gain insight into our troubles; common sense- is an attribute which is lacking with all the bureaucracy of government. George Washington quoted from Common Sense to his faltering troops as the reason they were fighting.
“But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” (John Adams)
As we celebrate Independence Day, we might ask ourselves what it means to take the vision of self-government outlined by Jefferson with real seriousness does the federal government consent to the will of the people? It is past time for a long overdue national conversation about where the federal government needs fundamental changes and, if so, how best to achieve them.