The United States just might be at an impasse. Impasse is defined as a situation in which no progress is possible, especially because of disagreement; a deadlock. Mankind has always had disagreements. Sometimes they resulted in deadlocks and other times the disagreements were able to be resolved. As we take a few minutes to analyze why some disagreements were able to be resolved and others were not, we find that where the two parties disagreeing had an overall common goal the disagreement would be resolved and where the common goals were diametrically different, the disagreement was only resolved through the will of one side being forcibly imposed on the other.
Specifically looking at the Untied States, we learn that Great Britain and the colonists had differences that were diametrically opposed, Great Britain wanted to have total control over the lives and thoughts of the colonists and the colonists wanted liberty and freedom from such control. A war was fought. Moving forward to the time of the Civil War, one side said that the Untied States must remain a union with all people being free, and the other side said that they could no longer be a part of the union because they believed one person should be allowed to own another. The impasse became a deadlocked and a war was fought.
Going back to the time when the colonists, now free from the dictates of Great Britain, had differences over how their new nation should be governed, they learned that the original idea, an idea that was formed during the Revolutionary War, was not going to accomplish what they believed it would. A convention was convened and differences on the format for this new nation were evident. Both sides however had a common goal and that goal was that their new nation would be a nation that championed individual liberty above all else. All differences were resolved, and no impasse or deadlocks prevented the goal from being achieved.
Today, differences as to what that nation would be have arisen. Our nation has been a nation of differences, but always those differences were resolved. The difference between our nation over the years and today is that our differences have reached the point where they are no longer just differences as to how to reach a common goal, but the two sides no longer have a common goal.
We must always remember that the United States is truly a unique nation. When we were formed, we were founded on the basis that the law would replace a monarch, that the liberty of an individual would be sacred, that government was to be a protector of our natural rights, and that the role of government was to be very limited with its primary purpose to be protector of the nation from former enemies. This is exactly what our founding documents state.
Today, we have one side that still has these principles as their goal. The other side has abandoned these principles as their goal and have adopted as their goals that the law is now to be applied in the same manner as a monarch would apply law and that is on an arbitrary basis as opposed to a “rule of law” basis. The other side believes that the liberties of the individual are not paramount but are to be totally diluted so that all people are equal, politically, economically, and socially. A society can only be totally equal when all liberties are rescinded, including those specifically protected in our founding documents.
The other side has also adopted as its goal that the role of government is no longer to be limited as demanded by the United States Constitution but is to become the arbiter and means by which total equality exists within the country. The one side has determined that the powers assigned to the government within the United States Constitution are only suggestions as what the government should do but allow for the government to have any power, they deem necessary to subvert individual liberties and bring about total conformity and equality.
The other side has also determined that the role of government to protect the United States from foreign enemies means that the role of government is to eliminate any borders and safeguards to protect the citizens should be forsaken and in fact the role of government is to welcome any and all people, regardless of their intent, and then to facilitate those individuals to fulfill their intentions, honorable or destructive.
Two other critical areas of disagreement have also arisen. Our nation was founded on the basis that any laws would have to come from the one branch of government closest to the people, the legislative branch. The executive branch and the judicial branch could not legislate. This is no longer the goal of the other side. Their goal today is that any branch can legislate so long as what is legislated complies with their goals. Their goal is to eliminate the doctrine of divided government.
The other critical area of disagreement today is that the basis on which our nation has used to transfer power is no longer acceptable to the one side. Throughout our history our executive would be elected and then peaceably assume power while the replaced executive willingly and peaceably stepped aside. The other side has clearly indicated that this unique principle of the United States is no longer acceptable. The decision of the American people as to whom they want to be our President is no longer to be a decision of the people unless it conforms to the choice of the other side. In addition, they have stated that the concept of peacefully transferring power is no longer acceptable if the transfer is to the other political party. To achieve this end, the other side has stated they will no longer accept the will of the people nor will they comply with the concept of “peaceful transfer of power.”
It is clear that the two sides no longer have common goals. The one side adheres to the principles upon which our nation was founded while the other side believes those principles are in complete disagreement with their goals to eliminate individual liberty and bring about their goal of a classless society that is totally conforming and totally equal as is desired by collectivists (Marxists, communists, socialists, progressives, Democrats – all virtually the same.)
You as an American must decide what you support, our founding principles with the liberty of the individual being paramount, or a totally equal society with the government being the arbiter of equality and the force demanding conformity to the dictates of one doctrine. We could very likely be at an impasse. We no longer have common goals.
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