The forces we are witnessing in the United States today are as predictable as gravity; they never fail. Our founders understood these forces and put safeguards into place to try to avoid those forces. Unfortunately, what they knew was essential for the country they founded to remain free, are not withstanding the pull of the foolish and the naïve.
The future of the United States depends on whether or not we continue down the road of the foolish and the naïve, or if we reverse course and adhere to the safeguards the founders instituted. The future is straightforward. If we continue down the path of the foolish and the naïve, the United States will become a Marxist style tyranny not unlike the Soviet states where the government dictated all aspects of society. If we reverse course and adhere to the founding principles, we will rid ourselves of the current governmental tyranny and domination and once again become a free, a great, and a dominate force for good in the world. These are truths as strong and dependable as gravity.
The choice we make for president in this election cycle will have a great impact. If the electorate elects any of the Democrats or some of the Republicans including the so called front runner, the course to tyranny will be continued and the possibility and probability of reversal will be greatly reduced. If we are going to reverse course and once again become that “shining city on the hill” we must be very discerning in our choice.
There are four primary principles the founders instituted they knew would keep us free and consequently great if we continued to adhere to them. The first of these principles was that our nation must be a nation under “rule of law.” The United States Constitution was to be the ultimate law. A free country can only remain free if it adheres to “rule of law” and a tyranny must abolish this principle, including the constitution, and invoke “arbitrary law.” “Arbitrary law” enables an individual or a small select group of individuals to change law, abolish law, or make law anytime and as they see fit. This is critical to a dictator so the dictator can “legally” eradicate any opposition to the dictatorship quickly.
The second principle that is so critical to freedom is limited government. The bigger a government becomes, the less freedom the citizens have. A growing government will always become a domineering government assuming more and more of the citizens’ freedom until citizens realize they are living under a tyrannical government. The government is dictating every aspect of life, including life and death. Every time the government gives more benefits, even benefits that are considered a part of a safety net, the government is controlling more and more aspects of the citizens’ lives. The more dependent citizens become on the “goodness” of the government, the less free they are.
The third principle that is so critical to freedom is that we have divided government. The founders understood that by creating three co-equal branches of government with checks and balances, they were creating a dysfunctional monster. The founders also understood that every time a law was passed, the citizens lost a little more freedom. The founders also understood that the concentration of power would always end in a domineering and power hungry group, be it in the legislative branch, executive branch, or the judicial branch. We are seeing a concentration of power in the executive and judicial branches of government today. With that concentration, we have seen both of these branches usurp more and more of the power that was specifically assigned to the legislative branch. Those in favor of this concentration rationalize it by saying that if they do not assume the power nothing will get done and the government will become more dysfunctional. It is this dysfunction that protects our freedoms, because every time the executive branch or judicial branch assumes the role of the legislature by making law, the people lose a little more freedom. Divided government protects freedom.
The fourth principle and least understood principle is that we are a nation “ruled by the people.” The Europeans scoffed at the founders and said that people can never rule themselves. The members of the ruling class of the different European nations explained that people need a strong domineering government to tell them how they were to live. The fact is there is no in between. Ultimately, either the government is sovereign or the people are sovereign. The government in the United States is becoming more and more sovereign every day. The government has assumed the role of economic central planner. The government has assumed the role of picking winners and losers. The government has assumed the role of telling the people what products they must purchase. The government has said it is just fine if members of the government class lie to, deceive, and mislead the people. The government has said members of the government are above the law of the land and do not have to adhere to the same laws that were passed for the people. The government has said that the principle of government having the burden of proof does not apply to the IRS, EPA, or BLM. The government has assumed the role of sovereign and that automatically assigns the role of servant to the people.
If the principles of freedom are not reconstituted and adhered to, the United States will become the Marxist tyrannical state to which Obama said he would transform us. If the principles of freedom are reconstituted, the United States will begin to become that free and glorious nation that was a beacon of hope and freedom to the world, the envy of all, that example to which all aspire, and yes that “shining city on the hill.”
The citizens of the United States hold the future of this nation in their votes and actions. Will we, as a nation, continue to follow, as foolish and naïve “useful idiots,” those making false promise of something for nothing and choices made without consequences. It is as certain as gravity that if we do, we will be a Marxist tyrannical state. If on the other hand, we as a nation say no to these false promises and we demand the principles of freedom be restored and then vote for those people who do not just voice their support but have demonstrated such support, we will again resume that path that keeps us free and independent. Yes, the future is clear and predictable.