Author: Alex Miller
Vote for freedom
So where do we go from here? Do we still believe that power corrupts? If so, is it best to limit the influence of that corruption by restricting the use of that power to specific areas as the Constitution does? If not, what will be the form of government we should favor?
Americans love the Constitution not out of a high or noble faith in either it or the founders and authors, but only because it works. Because it works, we respect and admire the authors. Because it works, our freedoms are as bountiful as they are unappreciated. Because it works, we became the wealthiest nation in history.
Think of all the great kingdoms of history which fell when a bad king came to power. We avoid that by enshrining all the attributes of righteous rulers into the supreme law of the land and limiting the power of men to change the law for their benefit. The Constitution focuses on what the limits of power are and how people ascend to those limits. By creating and then playing off three branches of government against each other, power is divided and the rule of law is preserved. Power is further controlled by reserving it to the people with the exception of specific authorities, mostly spelled out in article 3 section 8.
The worst insult in politics during the early years of the Republic was to be called a party man. One who cared more for a political party than for the good of the people or the country was considered corrupted and without morals. Now we have two main parties, both of which, in seeking superior position over the other, command loyalty above the demands of good governance. The people are divided against each other and controlled by these parties. And curiously, both parties seem to answer to the same financial titans. Governmental power is concentrated in the hands of the unseen wealthy who determine which candidates will run in each party by funding their campaigns. As governmental power is concentrated into the hands of the elite, the minions of the wealthy work to expand the scope of that power. And corruption becomes ever harder to disguise.
It is time to fight back or be reduced to serfdom, in a kingdom run by bankers and party sycophants. Vote against people who promise to give what is not theirs. Vote against people who promise what nobody can deliver -equality of outcome, the oxymoron of justice that favors one group, wealth without endeavor, prosperity without toil, privilege without payment. Vote against people who divide us by our prejudices and cultures with enticements that appeal to the lowest elements of our character.
We need to set aside party and look to the good of our society and ourselves. The Constitution makes no mention of party, and I suspect that if the authors could see what the parties are being used for today, they would have banned them. Look, as Lincoln said, to the better angels of our nature, and seek advantage in education and toil, not by means of government. We can control our education and toil and thereby control our lives, our wealth and our future if government is restrained from taking it. If we seek advantage from government we accept the chains of compliance with guidelines and the shackles of proscribed benefits.
The Constitution is only six pages long. The powers delegated to the federal government or reserved to the states fill less than one of those pages. Vote to keep the powers reserved to us, the people. Don’t let a corrupt government usurp our authority and attempt to purchase our obedience by doling out what is rightfully ours disguised as benefits and political largess. Vote for people who understand and respect the practical wisdom of the Constitution, because freedom, though messy, works.