The odds of this freedom ever becoming a reality were very slim. The colonists would have to defeat a nation that had a very formidable army, the most powerful navy in the world, and the financial capability to maintain both. The colonists had no navy, a ragtag army at best, and little to no financial capabilities. What these colonists had was a burning desire to live as free people; free from the tyrannical dictates of government. Against all odds, and with divine help, these colonists defeated Great Britain and become a free and independent nation and a fee and independent people; a people who were self-reliant and not government reliant.
Within a few years these colonists became a nation called The United States of America. The colonists formed a government and ratified a constitution. The government and constitution these people adopted and ratified was unlike anything the world had ever seen. The economic system that had already been developed in the colonies was maintained for the new nation. This was an economic system that championed entrepreneurship, independence, self-reliance, hard work, productivity, and relied on competition; this was a free enterprise system with no government central planning and little to no government interference. The colonies flourished economically under this system that guaranteed opportunity but did not promise nor did it provide results.
The colonists established a government with a unique constitution. When the colonists ratified this constitution, and established this government, they understood they were creating the single biggest threat to the freedom they had just won. Realizing government is always a threat to freedom, the colonists set as many safe guards as they could in the constitution to try to retain freedom for themselves and for posterity. The United States was to be a nation that would be a nation under rule of law. This meant the constitution and all future laws would apply equally to all citizens regardless of economic position, social position, or if the individual was a part of the government.
The new constitution also limited the power of the federal government by limiting the power of the federal government to 26 specific powers, all listed in the constitution. The colonists wanted there to be no doubt that this new government was to have specific and limited powers, so they adopted the 10th Amendment which stated that if a power was not specifically given to the federal government, that power was reserved for the states and the people. No power that was not specified was to be implied. The colonists made clear that only limited government would assure freedom.
The colonists than said our government will be a divided government. They understood that every law that was passed, every power assumed by the government, meant less freedom for the people. To assure that power would not become concentrated, the colonists created three branches of government with checks and balances, one against the other. This was a structure that would not facilitate quick action. The colonists felt no action was always better than quick action, because quick action would mean proper deliberations did not take place.
The colonists also understood that ultimate power must lie with the people and not the government. They had already stated this belief when they adopted the Declaration of Independence where they said, “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” The people were to be the sovereign and those in government were to be the servants. The Europeans scoffed at the colonists and said this system would never work, “People cannot govern themselves.” The Europeans understood that any sovereign must be involved in and informed about his government.
Today that nation, the United States of America is holding an election to choose a president. The choice the people make will have a tremendous impact on if America will return to being the land of the free and the home of the brave. The American people made a choice in 2008 and 2012 that said, “We the people no longer choose to be informed and involved and no longer care if we live as free, independent, and self-reliant people. We prefer that the government take care of us by redistributing the personal assets of citizens, control our economy through central planning, and make all decisions for us regarding our businesses and our personal lives. We the people want to be totally conforming to the wishes of the government and a totally egalitarian society.”
If the American people again choose to elect an individual who advocates the Marxist/Progressive philosophy, our constitution will be thoroughly shredded and the Bill of Rights will be lost forever. The United States will be totally transformed from a nation with a free enterprise system to a nation with a socialist economy; the United States will be a nation that champions huge government as opposed to limited government, the United States will be a nation with concentrated power in the Executive Branch and Judicial Branches of government who will be the primary lawmakers; and the United States will be a nation where government is sovereign and the people are the servants. Yes, the United States will be a nation that will be totally transformed from a free and independent people to a Marxist totalitarian state living under the despotic rule of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat.
The colonists never intended that this should happen. The colonists biggest fear will have come to fruition. The government they created will totally usurp the freedom and independence of the citizen by making the citizen government reliant. The government will dominate the lives and the interests of the citizen.
This is what is at stake in the election this year. If indeed the Marxist/Progressive candidate again wins the presidency, we Freedom Loving Americans will have no choice but to follow the command in the Declaration of Independence where it says, “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
We will be faced with the same dilemma that faced those Freedom Loving colonists, would we live as free people or will we accept enslavement by the state. They chose to live as free people and were willing to risk fortune and life to assure their freedom. Do we have that same spirit?