TAKE A LOOK IN THE MIRROR
“Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don't fall out of the sky. They don't pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It's what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you're going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain't going to do any good; you're just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it's not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here... like, the public.” ~George Carlin
I have this neighbor who lives down the way, a nice enough lady it seems. The problem is she has a son who has a penchant for destroying motorized vehicles. He started several years ago with 4-wheelers and motorcycles then graduated to pick-up trucks and cars. Every so often a new vehicle appears in their yard. Within a very few days it has massive dents, headlights hanging from fenders and in one particular case, clear evidence of a roll over. Soon it is replaced with another and then another. Now, my question is: Who should bear most of the responsibility for this young man’s behavior and subsequent destruction of property and resources; the young man who does it or the mother who keeps providing him with vehicles to destroy?
I know what you’re thinking; Rebel, where are you going with this? Well, as the quote from George Carlin reveals; it’s about politics and politicians and the folks who enable them to destroy our Constitution and Bill of Rights; kill untold millions with unconstitutional wars; enslave our children and grandchildren with a debt on which they will never be able to pay the interest; provide those who will not work with the fruits of the labors of those who do; seize private property with edicts or regulations not of our own making but of the United Nations, and seek to disarm any who might at some point in the future seek to resist the tyranny other citizens have eagerly supported with their votes.
In 2012, millions of so-called Second Amendment supporters cast their votes for a candidate for president who was the only political party hack who had previously signed into law an assault weapons ban. (Romney) He was a politician who had not honored his sacred oath to the Bill of Rights, but by damn he wasn’t a Democrat. And we seek to pass laws and amendments to restrain politicians from doing what we support with our money, time and votes. Insanity squared.
Recently, I have received a multitude of emails concerning proposed ‘Liberty Amendments” by a Neocon (Mark Levin) who loves war (as long as he doesn’t have to personally fight) and hates the principles behind Nullification and the 10th Amendment. I have also received emails reference what is being called the 28th Amendment.
Most of the folks who support the 28th Amendment are unaware our Constitution does not allow Congress to exempt themselves from anything except being detained or arrested while traveling to and from sessions of Congress. (Article 1 Sec 6) I’m trying real hard to understand why a new amendment would stop these politicians from doing what they have illegally done for decades. Why should anyone believe that a member of congress who has routinely voted to violate the Constitution and/or Bill of Rights would suddenly decide to comply with a new law or amendment?
Nothing in our Constitution or Bill of Rights confers any special privileges other than due compensation on members of Congress, the Executive or the Judicial. All privileges they now enjoy are things they voted or implemented for themselves outside of constitutional restraints. In other words, any special treatment that a member of our government is given that is not available to the common person on the street is unconstitutional. Nothing in our governing documents creates special privileges for a “ruling class,” no matter what so-called ethics committees vote to allow.
Our President, our Congress and members of the Judicial Branch were all intended to be servants of the people, not their masters. They are not totally to blame for assuming powers and privileges they were never intended to have. They have done so because “we the people” have allowed that to happen; we most often encourage it. Some even act worshipful in their presence. The blame is ours as well as theirs.
Elected officials and bureaucrats take a solemn and sacred oath to our Constitution; they do not take an oath to their constituents, they do not take an oath to their political party; political action committees, large campaign contributors, agents of foreign governments or the military-industrial complex.
Public servants have but one obligation and that has been almost forgotten because the voting populace in our country does not demand it. The voters in this country want politicians who will take care of them, who will provide things that the Constitution and Bill of Rights forbids; politicians who will bring them an empire to be proud of, and the standing army and military might necessary to obtain it. Most importantly, they want that politician to be a member of their political party. When your chosen political party is more important than our Constitution, you are a huge part of the problem. Politicians see this and act accordingly.
Our country today is overwhelmingly and hopelessly lost, both financially and morally because politicians of both parties have endeavored to provide their constituents with what they want and support. They routinely violate the Constitution and Bill of Rights because they must do so to get reelected; the politician who campaigns on honoring his/her sacred oath has not a snowball’s chance in hell of being successful because that is not what a majority of voters want.
Posturing to provide new amendments and laws to restrict the behavior of politicians is hypocritical to say the least. Politicians will honor their oaths to our founding documents when the people who put them in office demand it and use that exclusively as the benchmark for election; no new amendment or law will stop those who seek power and position from doing what it takes to be elected or reelected. Politicians who promise the most unconstitutional goodies are the ones who get elected; some over and over and over. Our history proves me correct.
A country that abides by its Constitution and Bill of Rights must first have a population that sees that as more important than personal gain, political clout, being the world’s policeman, or imposing their beliefs and corrupt government on others by force. The problems in this country originate with its people; its politicians only reflect their true character.
Who is to Blame? Is the answer "nullification?"
Richard Fry (Co-Founder of Defend Not Amend) explains our duty and protection to the Constitution and to each other under the principle of "Allegiance and Protection." Do you, fully, understand your duty in this manner? Is "state nullification" the answer that everyone thinks it is? Read this important document that tells how to get us back on the right track and how it is up to us to do it - The Myth and Dangers of State Nullification Exposed
The people are the Only Solution...
"Too many “patriots” are searching for solutions from others like Levin, when it is the people themselves who are the only solution available. I’m starting to think that the purpose of such books is to keep the people in the bleachers awaiting the next book, while they could be taking appropriate actions on their own at the local level."
- JB Williams