When our country was founded, its architects scoured through the various government models customarily used throughout history. Every model had a common problem: undivided power. The power to rule was held captive by either one individual or the majority of citizens. The framers observed that entire nations fell because of a mismanagement of power; and mob-rule was just as problematic as a golden scepter.
Brilliant by even today’s standards, the balance of power was constitutionally engineered: people held power over the government by way of the vote, and the government held power over the people by way of representative governing. However, since the time that balance was struck a problem’s arisen; a problem the founders never fathomed. People voted with little or no information or didn’t vote at all—the sole reason we are in the state that we are.
The result is now a government, which resembles its original brilliant bluebrint in form, but behaves like King George. The very problem the country’s creators tried to curtail is now poised to destroy traditional liberty. The balance of power has shifted.
Let me show you something.
There are 15 departments established under the Executive Branch (e.g. Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, etc.). There are 24 agencies and sub-agencies directly under the Executive Branch (e.g. Council of Economic Advisors, Council on Environmental Quality, Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, etc.). And there is a myriad of agencies and offices within each of the 15 department (e.g. there are 22 agencies and sub-agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services alone). There are 85 agencies and corporations technically deemed “independent” (e.g. National Labor Relations Board, Environmental Protection Agency, National Public Radio, etc.). These agencies and departments have the legislative powers to create and enact rules that have the force of law.
For a while now I’ve heard conservatives yell that government is too big. Now that the IRS scandal has surfaced, the argument has been bolstered: “If Obama doesn’t know what is going on in his own government, then government is definitely too big.” This claim would be absolutely correct if these bodies didn’t have the legislative powers that they do. But because they can enact penalty-driven rules on people, the problem is actually a bit different. The problem is not just that government has become too big (although that is of course true), the problem is that government has become too powerful.
But a government that sets up smaller offices and departments so that power appears dispersed and not vested in just one individual is not new. In fact, our founders wrote a document wherein they made a list of all the grievances they had with old King George. One of the listed items was, “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”
Sound familiar? That’s right, within the Declaration of Independence the colonists declared that one of the reasons for seceding from Britain was because the King attempted to hide his power by delegating Executive offices, which through their delegated power only ended up harassing their people and depriving them of their substance.
Today’s number of Executive offices illustrates government’s size; the consequences those offices can inflict upon the people illustrates government’s power. And just like in 1776, our Executive offices are directed by one man.
With a government that has become so powerful that it has disrupted the constitutional construct under which it was created and, therefore through taxes and penalties, subjugated the citizens who are supposed to rule over it, the manner in which to reign back the monstrosity becomes clear: force or infiltration. In 1776, force was the only method because of the monarchical structure and the ocean barrier between the government and the colonists. But with us, our government is here and it’s not a monarchical framework. Therefore, force is not the only means despite the continual calls for it from understandably disgruntled patriots.
Three steps: (1) Speak the truth; (2) defend and fight for the reinstating of Christianity in public life; and now (3) infiltrate in the exact same manner they did.
The beauty of our Constitution is the natural tension between the states and the federal government. The states alone can collude and call for a constitutional convention to put forth and enact certain measures. The states have power; which is why the left has sought so earnestly to erode the states’ powers through brilliant schemes like instituting the 17th Amendment.
There is no such thing as a good patriot who merely sits back and criticizes while the country chokes on liberal poison. George Washington set the precedent for fighting for our country and then relinquishing his power. These are the patriots we need—those who will infiltrate the school boards, the city councils, county and state governments, and then with that new power, fight by repealing superfluous and dangerous ordinances and laws, defending the state and cities from overreaching federal leverage . . . letting the free market work and letting people learn again how to be personally responsibility without Big Brother’s oversight and hand holding. And then, relinquish the power with integrity.
There are over 65,000 people who follow PatriotUpdate.com alone. Statistics dictate that if even a fraction of them ran for a state office, a great many would win because state offices are far easier to win than federal offices. The country can be saved but not from the top down. Not by one George Washington but from thousands—thousands who cannot be bought and are willing and eager to become the new guardians of their state.
Pissed off at the state of our country and want to take it back? Speak the truth, bring back Christianity, and defend the states. The states have real power but we must defend and keep it. The Tenth Amendment can be the greatest weapon we have against the federal arm, but only if we use it.