The people we associate with for various purposes and goals like our churches for spiritual reasons, businesses to exchange services or products with others, our cities and towns to have safe clean places to live and raise our families, our states where the people have much more say about what becomes a law and what doesn’t, and the myriad of other groups that are formed by our associations including our country are secured and protected under our Constitution. A centralized government, without enumerated powers that restricts the actions of it’s people, will always want groups to conform to their ideas for that is one way government accomplishes “Control Over We The People“. Alas, this idea only leads to dullness, low or no production of any kind, and a reduction in the drive that keeps a society expanding and prospering. These guys either don’t know or don’t care that it is the Individual that is the driving force behind our nation’s great success and survival not conformity.
Governments are made up of people just like our churches, communities and cities are. These people are subject to the same variables and limitations that we are and are many times afraid of us(We the People). Giving them unlimited power by not “Enforcing The Constitution” is not a bright idea. The purpose of our Constitution is to restrict and restrain the government leaving us the liberty & freedom that each of us inherently possess thanks to our Creator. The Founders knew this and although we have lost so much of our liberty in the last 100 years and even more so in the last 10, this founding document has saved us from losing all of our liberty. Without the Constitution liberty would have already vanished from our society!
Ask around and find out how many people that you come in contact with know and understand our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Unfortunately it’s very few from my experience and some that do profess to know these documents are more interested in criticizing the authors than understanding the underlying principles that are at their foundation. The situation is grim thanks to the erosion of education mostly under the control of the department of education. (which is eerily like the tenth plank of the communist manifesto) Our own government has managed through regulation after regulation the destruction of the family unit via welfare, education through policies like “No child left behind”, and morals by deeming that the Constitution says there is a seperation of Church and state which of course it does not.
When we read and understand the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights we know what our government can and especially what it can’t do. This idea of the average guy(peasant) knowing this irks the authoritarian(king, lord or noble/in our case politician or university professor). Control over a person becomes virtually impossible once one possess the knowledge about how something works, even government. Armed with this knowledge about how our government must run according to our Constitution(the supreme law of the land) the Individual regains freedom and liberty. The authoritarian fears this above all else for it sheds the light of truth on their real purpose and leaves them powerless to boot!
1820 September 28. (to William C. Jarvis) “I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society, but the people themselves: and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their controul with a wholsome discretion, the remedy is, not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. this is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” Thomas Jefferson
This battle of ideas is ours to win by giving everyone the opportunity to understand our founding documents. Who can argue with liberty for all?
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