Thomas D. Segel
February 2, 2012
Those of you in America who still think any politician gives a fat pig’s whistle about your problems and anxieties must have arrived here on the last bus from La La Land. There are only two things in this world the political elite cares about and that is the power they gain by winning their next election and the political party they serve.
As a constitutional conservative I have spent almost uncountable words trying to convince my fellow citizens that today’s two-party political system is as far removed from the Founding Father’s beliefs in meaningful governance as polar bears are from potato pancakes.
It is understood that our government controlled public schools and higher education system has done everything possible to dumb down America and make sure only a limited number of people have any meaningful understanding of a republican form of government. Toward that objective they have been very successful and today we have the most politically ignorant society in more than two centuries of America. With less than a full year of government being taught in twelve years of public education, not much is absorbed by young student brains.
Our Founding Fathers had complete distain for any political party or faction. It was their feeling that once such factions were formed, citizen loyalty would shift to the political party, to the detriment of the country as a whole. Under a republican (that is republican with a small “r”) form of government, all politics is supposed to be rational, collaborative and beneficial to all. The Founders strongly believed that any political process should be about identifying the common good in a process where both politicians and voters calmly sorted out what best served the entire community or country. The forming of factions within such a body of individuals was seen as not only disruptive, but detrimental to the establishment of good governance.
If there was ever a time in our country when the Founding Fathers were proven to be right on target, that time is now. There is not a single candidate on any side of the political spectrum who can display an unbiased approach to governing the nation. From the distortions voiced by Barack Obama to the whining complaints of Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich we can clearly see prime examples of everything that is wrong with our political system.
Among the many statements Thomas Jefferson made on government, there are two we should always remember,
“The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.”
He also said,
“The democracy will cease when you take away from those who are willing to work and give it to those who would not.”
Do those words sound as if the man who wrote the original draft of the Declaration of Independence was out of tune with today’s America?
Benjamin in Franklin, our first Ambassador to France, who also helped draft the Declaration of Independence warned,
“The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.”
He also chided,
“Those who give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety.”
Alexander Hamilton was a Major General in the Army and the primary contributor to the Federalist Papers. He strongly felt,
“In framing a government which is administered by men over men the great difficultly lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next oblige it to control itself.”
He is also known for his famous quote used to support Second Amendment rights,
“A well regulated militia, composed of a body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country.”
In the words of John Adams, our second President,
”Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases. Power always thinks...that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws.”
The man who served on our first committee to detect and defeat conspiracies was John Jay. He could well have been thinking of something such as Obamacare when he wrote,
“No power on earth has the right to take our property without our consent.”
The author of our Bill of Rights, James Madison warned,
“The truth is...that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.”
All of the Founders saw danger in political factions. They knew that once these bands of like minds joined together they would be almost impossible to dislodge. They knew that once parties formed the desire to protect and defend the country would fall into second place in men’s hearts. And right they were. Before George Washington finished his time in office as our firth President, political parties started forming. He saw this happening and warned the nation,
“Government is not reason. It is not eloquent, it is force, and it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”
If we don’t act with wisdom, that fearful master Washington warned us about will take hold and be next to impossible to dislodge.
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