The founders feared government. The founders feared democracy. The founders did everything they could to protect freedom and liberty for what they feared. The Declaration of Independence recognized that liberty does not come from man nor government but from God. No other nation had been founded on this truth before. The role of government would be to protect these liberties, not to control or ration them.
The purpose of the Constitution was to protect the people from government. It specifically limits the powers of government. Our founders rejected democracy and chose a republic to protect the minority from the dictatorial powers of the majority. The foresight of the founders is amazing.
Washington prophesied exactly what would happen if America ever fell into the trap of trying to run the nation with opposing parties. He said: "They serve to organize factions ... to put in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority.... "Let me ... warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party...." Regarding the encroachment of one branch of government over the others. He said: "It is important ... that ... those entrusted with its administration ... confine themselves within their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one department any encroachment upon another.... The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create ... a real despotism." Nothing aroused the wrath of Washington more than arrogant bureaucrats changing the fundamental structure of government by sheer despotic assertion of administrative power. He said: "If, in the opinion of the people, the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpations; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed."
Jefferson warned, "Our government is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit, by consolidation first, and then corruption.... The engine of consolidation will be the federal judiciary; the two other branches the corrupting and corrupted instruments." In other words, the Supreme Court uses its judicial mandates to draw more and more power to Washington; then the Congress and the Executive use this new power to shatter the Constitution and corrupt the dual federalism which was designed to balance the political powers between the government and the states.
Madison told us, "If Congress can employ money indefinitely, for the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every state, county, and parish, and pay them out of the public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, the establishing in like manner schools throughout the union; they may assume the provision of the poor.... Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited government established by the people of America."
The question then arises, how do we restore liberty and freedom to the American people and restrict those dangers that lead to despotic dictatorial government? The answer is simple. We restore the letter and the intent of our founding. We remove the government from having any power over liberties that come from God. We adhere to the letter and intent of the Constitution. We remove the government from performing any function not specifically given to it by the Constitution. We again restore the republic which restores federalism. This will require a strong and resolute effort, no different from that strong and resolute effort to form our unique nation 250 years ago.
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