Principle 10: Sovereignty of the people
I was just writing in my post, "Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire" about the necessity and power of prayer and the responsibility we as Americans have in making sure our government is what it should be, and then I picked up this chapter in 5000. I love how God dovetails everything in our lives and confirms or changes a direction we may be heading in. (See the post here: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire)
"We the people" seems clear as a bell to me. Why must we complicate it? It is the people, you and I, who are the governing force of this country. "...the right to rule is actually in the people and therefore no person can rightfully rule the people without their consent"...which only leads to the logical conclusion that ruling without the peoples' consent is not right, not good, but wicked and tyrannical. The way the current administration blatantly defies the will of the people is in direct violation of our Constitution. Obama, Pelosi, and the like should be fired, impeached. But we live in such an upside-down culture that many don't know which way is up and we believe the lies that are fed to us by our political leaders and media. Our naivete will plunge us into bondage. We must get our heads out of the sand and wake up to what is really going on in our country. News flash! Bad people are trying to destroy you and there is a multitude of them with governmental power. Don't think they won't devastate your life...and the lives of your children.
James Madison said in the Federalist papers, "...the ultimate authority...resides in the people alone." It's very clear who is supposed to hold the power of this great nation.
Another thing I had to read 5 times just so my little brain could grasp it was this:
"...whoever gets into the exercise of any part of the power by other ways than what the laws of the community have prescribed hath no right to be obeyed...since he is not the person the laws have appointed, and, consequently, not the person the people have consented to." (Locke)
Is he (I know you know who I'm talking about) really a U.S. citizen? We can not be certain from his records, or lack thereof. And did ACORN, in fact, commit voter fraud? If so, how many false votes were seized by Obama, and therefore, did he truly win the election? I haven't pursued these two concerns in depth, but it does raise an eyebrow... because if Obama is in power not by legal means, then we have no business obeying or consenting to him. It sure throws a wrench in the whole "respect the president" argument...is he even really our President...legally? Will we ever truly know?
Yes, I just went there.
Principle 11: The majority of the people may alter or abolish a government which has become tyrannical
Well, I don't know about you, but that sounds like good news! And I was starting to think all hope was lost. Ok, not really...though I do have fleeting moments of despair.
"whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery..., they (government officials) put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience..."Ok, now don't get crazy just yet. It says the "majority" which we may very well have, but we must engage one another, join together and oust the problem in the most appropriate way. The government already has a big hold on our money, property (Fannie and Freddie, anyone?), education, healthcare, religion, and our ammo. Keep your eyes open, folks. Don't stay in the boiling pot. Hop out and do something. Find like-minded patriots and keep them close. Call your congressional reps. PRAY!!!! Vote!
Really, we are well on our way to this very scenario. As government gets bigger and bigger, the people are getting more and more indignant, and righteously so. Obama and his cronies are awakening a sleeping giant, be sure of that. An uprising is coming from the true Americans in this nation. It is bound to happen. Mama bear is not happy. The only thing that would restrain such an event is the rapture of the church at this point. History shows that Americans time and time again only take so much before they fight to turn things right side up again (American Revolution, Civil War, the communist movement, Civil Rights movement). We are ripe for justice and truth to be restored.
Principle 12: The United States shall be a Republic (not a democracy)
The word democracy, over the years, has been equated with socialism, a mixed system of socialism and free-enterprise, communism, and even the republic that we are.
Democracy (according to the U.S. Army's 1928 Training Manual):
- a government of the masses
- authority derived through mass meetings or any other form of "direct" expression
- results in mobocracy (a mob is the source of control.) (we are somewhat witnessing this now. Thank goodness elections are coming up and we can take the opportunity to shift the pendulum)
- attitude toward property is communistic -- negating property rights
- attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether it is based upon deliberation or government by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences
- results in demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy
Republic (as defined by the same manual):
- authority is derived through the election by the people of public officials best fitted to represent them
- attitude toward property is respect for laws and individual rights, and a sensible economic procedure (yeah, that has kind of tanked)
- attitude toward law is the administration of justice in accord with fixed principles and established evidence, with strict regard for consequences
- a great number of citizens and extent of territory may be brought within its compass
- avoids the dangerous extreme of either tyranny or mobocracy
- results in statesmanship, liberty, reason, justice, contentment, and progress.
I think "Republic" still fits us, but the danger is in the lack of educated voting. People put too much trust in political leaders who are subject to the evils of human nature and many go that direction (see Principle 13 below). We must think for ourselves and not allow politicians to be the end all of knowledge and wisdom for us. We are slaves to them if we blindly vote them into office. Better to not vote at all than to vote and be ignorant of who you are putting into office. This is incredibly dangerous and has been the mentality of so many for far too long. I, too, am guilty here. NO LONGER! We are reaping the consequences of such mindless actions.
The word "democracy" was actually designed as an attack on the Constitutional structure of government and the basic rights it was designed to protect.Do me a favor and don't ever use the word "democracy" to describe the USA again. We are a Republic..."if you can keep it." (Benjamin Franklin)
Principle 13: A Constitution should be structured to permanently protect the people from the human frailties of their rulers.
Yes, we are all human and possess the awful ability to be subject to selfishness, greed, control, and vanity. We must be ever conscious of our humanity.
"Let no more be said of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution." ~Thomas JeffersonObama has stated his disappointment that the Constitution is "a charter of negative liberties." Yeah, it is! FOR YOU, DUDE!!! For the people it is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I say chain him tighter with the Constitution because it's apparent his hands have slipped out of the cuffs and the police haven't noticed. But I have and so have a whole bunch of other people.
The Founders believed that the "greatest danger arises when a leader is so completely trusted that the people feel no anxiety to watch him." I have a close family member that is an Obama voter. I asked him recently what he thought of how Obama was running the nation. His response? "Oh, I don't know. I haven't really paid attention." What?!! You haven't really paid attention!??! Have you lost your mind? This is called trusting people too much and then taking your eyes off of them. Especially those we like, we must keep an eye on them. I love President Bush because of his stance on the unborn and his undying (no pun intended) protection of precious babies. But, eyebrows raise when we find out the war wasn't originally what we thought it was and when we look at his stance on illegals. Gotta watch these people!
"Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. There hath not temptation taken you but such as is common to man." ~1 Cor. 10:12-13No one is immune to evil.
Yes, times have changed and society/culture is not what it was in the late 1700's. I wouldn't be too proud of that fact, by the way. But the Constitution is not out-dated as Obama and many others would like to claim. The genius of the Constitution is that "it was designed to control something which has not changed and will not change -- namely, human nature."
So, chain 'em up! Chain up all those in public office with the Constitution. After all, they swore to "uphold and defend" it, so it really shouldn't be too much of an inconvenience.