Yes, our nation is divided. Our nation was divided during the First and Second Continental Congress. Our nation was divided during the Constitutional Convention. Our nation has been divided all of its existence. But never has our nation been as divided as it is today.
The divisions we saw in our earlier history were different from the divisions we see today. The divisions we saw in our earlier history were differences of process and not of ends. In our earlier history Americans overwhelmingly understood that the power of government must be limited, and the liberties of the individual must be protected. The argument about powers of government was how do we give government the appropriate power to protect our borders and our liberties, but not have the power to tell the individual how they must live their lives, choices they must make, thoughts they could have, or how could we give government power to perform only the proper functions of government and not be able to become tyrannical. Americans were overwhelmingly individualists.
The Constitution of the United States is all about limiting the power of government and protecting the liberties of the people. This is the reason we have three not co-equal, but three independent branches of government. The Judicial Branch of government was always intended to be the weakest branch and the Legislative Branch was intended to be the most powerful. The reasoning was that the Judicial Branch was the farthest removed from the people and the Legislative Branch was the closest to the people.
Our Constitution specifically states what powers the federal government would have. This is not a suggestive list of powers, but it is a definitive and limiting list of powers. The list is in Article 1. Section 8 of the Constitution. The 10th amendment reinforces that the powers of government are limited to only those powers as it states that any powers not listed are given to the states and the people.
The Constitution also specifically states that the federal government cannot infringe or abridge liberties of the people. Congress, the executive, and the courts do not have the power to take from the people our liberties. Many of these liberties are listed in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The framers stated however, in the 9th amendment, that all liberties are protected from government, not just those specifically listed.
This was the intent and goal of the different factions in our early history. This has changed. In our nation today we still have a large number of people who believe the power of government should be limited and the liberties of the people should be protected. But since the beginning of the 20th century, a faction has emerged that has as its end goal to have unlimited government power and infringed, abridged, and even abolished liberties. This is the core belief of the collectivist (Marxist, communist, socialist, progressive, Democrat, -all the same) movement.
Our country is divided today not on process as to what will keep us the most free, but on will we be free, or slaves to government. The American left or collectivists are telling us that our future lies in having the government as sovereign and the people as slaves. The individualists understand that freedom and prosperity are the direct result of individualist policies and that our history is proof.
Each American must ask themselves if they want to be free or be a slave. To be free requires that each individual be responsible, be self-reliant, understand that good or bad consequences are the result of their choices, each individual must think for themselves seeking knowledge and not be a willing conformist to indoctrination, propaganda, and intimidation.
The choice to be a slave is simple. There is no required responsibility, government reliance is mandatory, and conforming to the dictates and demands of what is known as the woke culture is to be accepted and considered wise. The requirement of the slave is that they simply be compliant and conform to whatever they are told including things such as God does not exist and if God does exist it does not matter because God is irrelevant, that perversions of any kind are good, that gender is a matter of choice, that any evil in the name of conformity is admirable, that violence in the name of conformity is admirable, that all who hold to the truths of the Bible are vile and evil and must be eliminated, and you know the others.
Will you take the easy road and submit to the evil of collectivism, or will you take the difficult road and say and mean as did Patrick Henry, “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”?
I have made my choice as did Joshua, Stephan, and Patrick Henry, and that is to follow Christ and demand freedom. There is no middle ground. What is your choice?
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