If you're anything like me, you might have had a visceral, stomach-churning reaction this past week when the Supreme Court upheld the notion that you can be taxed not just for buying something, but simply as a matter of existence. It has now become direly apparent that all three branches of the federal government are anathema to the Constitution and the soul of America.
[As an interesting side note, the Supreme Court did not originally have the power of judicial review; in fact, it actually gave itself that power. Of course, it doesn't have the power to rule in favor of blatantly un-Constitutional law, as it has done many times throughout history, either. That ship sailed long ago, but now it appears the Constitution and the whole rule of law is sinking.]
Where we once celebrated Independence Day - our nation's emancipation from the boot of monolithic and tyrannical government - we must now admit that a government of exponentially worse size and scope has forced the citizens of this nation (with or without their consent) back into a mindset of dependence. America's real producers - the middle class - work more than 4 months out of every year just to pay off government debts. And to think, our country's founders revolted over taxes in the single digits!
You can exercise your right to bear arms, but only with government permission. You can practice freedom of speech, but only in free speech zones. You are told you have rights, but you can be spied on without warrants, have your person invaded at airports, and even be arrested and indefinitely detained (or worse) without due process. You and your family are even forced to pay the crushing debts of others, including private banks and corporations. Government seems to have successfully conned We the People into believing that it gives us our rights, and it can take them away. That's wrong.
We're no longer the land of the free. But we can be again. The spirit of Liberty can be forgotten for a time, but it never dies.
Restoring our freedom starts with admitting our failures. Many have claimed the Constitution while endorsing policies perpendicular to it. Most have explicitly and implicitly endorsed grand exceptions to the rule of law, paving the way for its demise in the wake of rule by men. We have alternately and repeatedly asked politicians from one or another political party to "fix" things. After many decades, both parties have failed. And still, the failures are explained away as faults of "the other side."
Great men of our nation's past, such as George Washington, warned against a two-party political system, and the innumerable reasons why are staring us in the face. With national debt and deficit spending at an unsustainable all-time high, and respect and honor of the principles that made America great at a dangerous all-time low, our great nation is at the crossroads. This deteriorating cycle must be broken, and it has never been more apparent that the only solution is to be unrelenting in our pursuit of justice and intellectual honesty, and unforgiving in our casting out of all those who have violated their oath to uphold the Constitution, even once, without exception.
But if you vote for the same old politicians (like Our Congressman) again this November, you'll just be asking for more of the same.
And that's exactly what you'll get.