You’ve heard all the phrases before: Republican vs Democrat, Conservative vs Liberal, Right vs Left, or Red vs Blue. These are phrases used to describe the ideological war Americans have been embroiled in for well over a century, and it only gets worse with time. We live in a perpetual paradigm of Us vs Them that involves no real discourse or debate. Why is this?
It’s because we no longer have the limited federal system of government created by the Constitution; the system in which all expansive power resides in the States, but instead have an unlimited national system in which ALL the power rests in a National Government.
Today we all live in the United “State” of America, in the county of (insert your state here). The Union is no more. The States have lost all sovereignty and independence making the Declaration of Independence meaningless. And by giving ultimate control to a National Government, the Constitution and Bill of Rights in each State have been rendered meaningless as well.
There is no real discourse. We no longer debate ideas. Those days are long since passed. Today we are in a war –a war– over ultimate power. We are in a war over who can get the most people into positions of power in the National Government in order to force every citizen, in all 50 States, to live according to their demands. This is the exact opposite of the federal system we were gifted by the framers of the Constitution; the system in which the States held expansive powers and the federal was limited; a system in which the citizens of one State had the authority to manage their own affairs without interference from the citizens of another.
The reversal of power, between the States and the Federal, is exactly why the federal Constitution no longer limits this National Government in any serious way, and the nationalizing of power is exactly why we are locked in a perpetual ideological war. Think about it. If the States were still operating under the governmental system based in federalism, as the framers intended and to which the States agreed, people would be free to live in the State of their choosing that most aligned with their morals, values, principles, and political ideals. No one would be motivated to fight over ultimate power in a National Government, because there would be no need to force everyone in the entire Union to live according to the wishes of a few. For example: If the citizens of one State wanted to define marriage in their constitution, they could, and if the citizens of another State wanted to disallow any government involvement in marriage, they could. At that point, any citizen in either State would have the freedom to move, if they so choose, to the State that most aligned with their values.
Again, under federalism, the decisions of the citizens of one State are not the business of the citizens of another, but our decline into nationalism has made the citizens of one State feel justified, albeit unconstitutionally, in being involved in the affairs of every State. What makes this decline even worse is that the more power is centralized in a National Government, the less the people are represented, and the farther out of scale we become. Let me explain…
Here in Texas, there are over 26 million citizens. That is almost ten times the combined population of all 13 original States when they ratified and implemented the U.S. Constitution. That is almost the combined population of the United States when the Civil War was fought. As for the Union, there are over 316 million citizens spread across 50 different States, and all are managed by just 546 elites in a National Government. In truth, we are all managed, quite literally, by 5 of 9 unelected well-connected lawyers. And even more to the point, we are all controlled by just one unelected well-connected lawyer that happens to cast the swing vote. Does this sound like a representative government in which just power is derived from the consent of the governed?
Big government Republicans have destroyed liberty and the Constitution, and taken unconstitutional power, under the guise of advancing freedom and democracy around the world. Big government Democrats have destroyed liberty and the Constitution, and taken unconstitutional power, under the guise of advancing equality and democracy round the world. The elites in both parties are not at war with each other because they are on the same side and completely aligned with one goal: taking more power. They both support the United States as a Democracy, not as the Republic it was designed to be, because democracy is nothing more than mob rule, and they control the mob.
Americans today are such well-trained compliant little Nationalists that we attack anyone willing to stand up against tyranny. We are indoctrinated to believe that resistance to the National Government’s destruction of our liberty is somehow unpatriotic. We believe an elite group of unelected, but well connected, lawyers have the power to rule over everything, everywhere, all the time, regardless of what the federal Constitution says to the contrary. We are so nationalized, that not only do we believe they have that power, we beg them to use it.
Sadly, we have reached the point in our decline into nationalism that we are actually giving our support and sanction to the loss of our own liberty. We are ready and willing to vote away our freedom. Even when the actions of our overlords make it perfectly clear they intend to place every citizen in servitude to this National Government, we continue to reelect them, applaud their unconstitutional behavior, and sing the National Anthem in approval.
In my view, federalism, that founding concept of limiting the federal government and giving the States expansive power, is the answer to most of our problems. No, it won’t immediately make a dollar worth a dollar or take away the incredible debt overnight, but it would go a long way towards divesting this unconstituional power away from the center, restoring liberty, and stopping this ideological war between right and left.
Dwayne Stovall – Get Off My State 09/11/14
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