The War Between Right and Left.

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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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16 Comments

  1. Great post, Dwayne! Almost everything that the founders of America, and the framers of the Constitution intended is now turned on it’s head.
    The powers of the Central Government and that of the States is the polar opposite of its original design, just as you stated.
    The Bill of Rights now restricts the States and has little bearing on the Federal. Again, exactly the opposite of design.
    Each one of the Bill of rights Amendments, individually, have been so perverted that most Americans have no concept of what the framers intended in their passage.
    But, the average American voter pays little heed to any warning. In fact, they are angry at those of us who turn the lights on in the darkness because it disturbs their dream world.
    I know we disagree about the potential for “salvation” of America, but the primary task of education remains paramount to those of us still working to right the ship, and those of us who see the ship as lost and are trying to get folks to the lifeboats.
    Every time you post a “lesson” like this you have to hope one or more of those who read or listen will wake up, and so do I my Brother. So do I.

  2. Wayne, I remember when we first met you said you had to try to make a difference for your children. God bless you and your family for the sacrifices you make to engage. Les

  3. Right wing / left wing; the opposite wings of the bird of prey that is gorging itself on our very lives.

  4. Dwayne, I met you at a Texas Nationalist Movement, you were there speaking. This is a very good “matter of fact” article. I hope you are getting closer to getting on board with TNM. I am sure you know deep down the US is not going to be fixed. As Les said, thanks for your sacrifices running for office. If you run again I hope its within Texas to work on fixing Austin, we have enough problems there, at least its only a few hundred miles away…

  5. But they don’t want ‘Liberty’, they want ‘Equality’ and ‘Justice’. And they are winning the war. So we are screwed. Great post, btw.

  6. Great words, too bad the Government won’t listen. Sadly, I feel this ends only one way.

    • Sadly, David, I too agree with you. I know where we are headed, and it does make me very sad. A quick study of history shows how it is repeating, and my sadness at what has been lost only adds to the urgency to restore liberty in Texas. Yes, we know how this ends. We are already in the latter half of Winston Churchill’s quote below, and Texas has only a precarious chance of survival, if we are willing to do what it takes:

      “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

  7. Dwayne,

    As one who has never been a good “nationalist” and has suffered grievously for that fact, I can – as others punished by totalitarian regimes – attest to the necessity of a spiritual renewal that inspires people to willingly desire to live in accordance with The Constitution because the benefits so out weigh the supposed rewards for lawlessness.

    So, I take great hope in the fact that more people are studying the Declaration, The Constitution, The Federalists instead of believing what was told to them by someone else. I hope they are including The Bible in that study, too. A citizenry in agreement with certain set principles is the foundation of a republic.

    When enough people make clear they expect the morality that is first based on The Rule of Law – God’s Natural Law – the equality of all men before God and that all men are endowed by God with certain unalianable rights – from all members of the community – then the unrighteous rewards that come from serving some man-made tradition or alliance will become viewed with proper disgust. Those unrighteous rewards came from negotiating away the Natural Rights of their own neighbors. When that is clearly understood as morally irrehensible and offensive behavior, then our Liberty secured by The Rule of Law is safer.

    Classical republicanism is the political language of morality: character, honor, self-interest, civic virtue…all part of our spiritual reawakening.

  8. Dwyane,

    My family and I moved to Texas from Illinois a couple of years ago with the hopes of raising my growing family in a better surrounding. I starting hearing you for the run up to the past election here. I was very hopefull for you to win that primary as my wife, neighbors, and I all voted for you. I hope you continue the fight as we need so many patriots with a voice here in Texas and the rest of the country. Thanks, I enjoy hearing you on Mike Church’s show.

  9. Dwayne, you were most gracious when I ignorantly commented negatively on your post when you were running for office. I surely support you now that I have been educated by truth. I am a member of the Denton Republican Tea Party and I would ask if you would be willing to speak to our group. You may know our President-Dave Smith, who is very active in fighting for our country. We are a fairly small group-but strongly conservative. We meet at the I.H.O.P. in Corinth-off of Swisher Rd. on the fourth Thursday of each month. I am also the host for the Corinth/Flower Mound protest group and believe I can round up people to attend your presentation. Please respond to standupforusa@outlook.com

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