It has long been a curiosity to me as to why, as a constitutional conservative I seem to raise the ire of Republicans. After all I reasoned, we believe in the same things, don’t we? We feel the same about limited government and electing the best candidate to do that, yes? We all realize that almost everything government does today violates the Constitution and we want to put a stop to that, right? Answers; no, nope and wrong.
Constitutional conservatives realize, (not believe), that 95% of everything done by government in the last 100 years has been unconstitutional. We also realize that our Constitution is actually a Pandora’s Box that since opened, has brought the wrath of governmental malevolence down upon every American. There is a reason why the words ‘communism,” and “democracy,” are missing from our national and all state Constitutions. That is because they are antithetical to EVERYTHING our Founders and their ideals represent. A constitutionalist would see our nation administered by people who realize that the paramount duties of a republican form of government are to protect individuals and their individual liberties from all enemies both foreign and domestic. Staunch Republicans seem to realize none of these things. Like Democrats and Communists, they believe that the only salvation for America is in rule by them and their party. What I refer to as a “Republican” is not necessarily a dues-paying, card-carrying member of the party but rather an automaton that can be counted upon to pull the lever for a Republican candidate no matter how awful, liberal, or crooked. Those who vote for the likes of Lindsey Graham, John McCain, Meg Whitman, Arlen Spector come to mind. Those “lesser of two evils” voters.
Think about this; all the damage done to America these past 100 years, the income tax, the 17th amendment, property taxes, government usurpation of education, charity, church, and states rights have been accomplished by Democrats and complicit Republicans. Constitutional atrocities such as Medicare, socialist security, and other schemes to confiscate money from one citizen or group to bestow a small percentage of it upon another is abhorrent to a constitutionalist but encouraged by Republicans who condone a “small bit of socialism for our own good”. What seems to be lost on Republicans is that at its core, government is basically evil and will ALWAYS seek to enslave and eventually destroy any citizens over which it can gain power or control. The Founders knew this very well and tried their best to make it impossible for government to gain the upper hand that Democrats love and Republicans insist is necessary, needed, or eventual. Thomas Paine said it best when he observed, “Government is at best a necessary evil, at worst, and intolerable one”. GOVERNMENT IS EVIL! Why would any sane person want an evil entity taking care of his mother, regulating our economy, or distributing our wealth, health, and industry?
America’s Founders wrote the Declaration of Independence as America’s mission statement, read it. Then they wrote the Constitution for the sole purpose of preventing the new federal bureaucracy from destroying it. That is it’s only purpose; it lays out those few enumerated things the federal government is allowed to inflict upon us. Preference for cripples is not in there; unfair taxation is not in there nor is political correctness or OSHA. Reading the document will not uncover any authority by federal agents to enforce any of these things.
What my Republican friends seem to refuse to realize is that The Founders changed the colonies to states because they set them up to be sovereign, independent and autonomous with the federal bureaucracy playing the role of referee and coordinator. It was never intended to rule the lives of individual citizens. Nor was it intended to be bastardized into imposing individual welfare when the Constitution specifically reads, “general welfare”. When Madison wrote to “regulate commerce” he meant “to make regular” not to use it to stop commerce and use it as carte blanche to impose the federal will upon all citizens and business. In fact, the federal delegation was to have NO impact on individual citizens at all but to simply settle differences among the sovereign states. These premises seem lost on today’s Republicans who plead for “common sense” to let government care for us in various ways.
Think about this; how much money would you have today and how different would life be if the government had not taken up to half of all the money you have made your entire life? And that of your parents, and grandparents, and great grandparents, and…? How different, energetic and well-adjusted would our children be if they were raised to be self-reliant, self protective, and educated rather than indoctrinated in schools manipulated by government and unions? Ronald Reagan said, “Government won’t solve the problem, government is the problem”. How true, and how sad that those words of wisdom and warning seem lost on so many Republicans today.
I submit to you, Republicans and otherwise that there is NO societal problem or dilemma we suffer today that has not been caused by government; not one. And I further maintain that there is NO problem that we can’t solve by reducing the size, cost, and influence of government. Anyone who sees more government as the solution to ANYTHING cannot consider themselves constitutionalist or conservative. Only a statist sees solutions in government. Throughout history the favorite ploy of government has been to create huge problems for citizens and then offer “brilliant solutions” at the cost of some of their liberty. The wacky idea of the 9/11 attacks being an American construct with our government stepping in to “save and protect” us with the totalitarian Patriot Act could be a graphic illustration of this ploy.
Until more people realize that our government has become our own worst, most dangerous enemy, our nation and posterity is in grave danger. The very entity that so many rely upon for survival and assistance is what is leading to our demise and we are letting it happen.