A Country Depends on the Character of its People
“In this connection I am reminded of the commonplace but important truth that the aggregate character of a people of any country depends upon the personal character of its individual citizens; and that the stability of popular government depends far more upon the character, the individual personal character of its people, than it does upon any constitution that could be adopted or statutes that could be enacted. What would safeguards be worth if the character of the people did not sustain and enforce them? The constitution would be broken, the laws defied; riot and anarchy would destroy both, and with them the government itself. I am not assuming or suggesting that this country is in any present danger of such an experience; but of all the countries on earth, this one, with its universal suffrage, its divergent and conflicting interests, its immense expanse of territory, and its large population, made up from every class and clime, and still to be increased in the coming years, is far more dependent than any other upon the character of its people."
-Confederate General John Brown Gordon (emphasis ours)
It is up to us to restore our Constitutional Republic. When the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution, they expected the power of the people to be the ones responsible for reigning in a tyrannical government. It is up to us to begin working from the local levels to reign in our state governments, first, and then the states can work together to stop encroachment from the federal government.