President Andrew Jackson, at his farewell address on March 4, 1837, stated:
'It is well known that there have always been those among us who wish to enlarge the powers of the general government, and experience would seem to indicate that there is a tendency on the part of this government to overstep the boundaries marked out for it by the Constitution. ... Every attempt to exercise power beyond these limits should be promptly and firmly opposed, for one evil example will lead to other measures still more mischievous; ... and every friend of our free institutions should be always prepared to maintain unimpaired and in full vigor the rights and sovereignty of the states and to confine the action of the general government strictly to the sphere of its appropriate duties."
As President Jackson has stated, governments that seek to enlarge their power, in the end, have the potential to lead the government down mischievous and costly roads. In my opinion, and many others, the ideals of liberty established in a republican form of government protected by a constitution, does not exist today. Our freedom was taken over at our nation's weakest moment (during the civil war) and has continually and gradually had powers, rights, and privileges, usurped; by those sworn to protect and defend our freedom. The greatest danger we face to American freedom today is not terrorism, it is not Russia's or China's long-range nuclear missiles, or even the flood of illegal aliens across our borders; it is our own civic apathy and cowardice toward government domination. According to Merriam - Webster's dictionary, apathy is defined as a "lack of feeling or emotion, or lack of interest or concern." They define civic as: "of or relating to a citizen, a city, citizenship, or community affairs." Thus civic apathy would be defined as a lack of interest or concern with one's citizenship or community. Much of this apathy has been brought about by conditioning in our youth due to the lack of proper instruction by parents, schools and community leaders. But the cost of this apathy, as I will show throughout this book, is possibly the future existence of this nation, our freedom and way of life, and possibly the enslavement of the entire planet.
America was founded on the ideal that no man or government should stand above all others, that indeed, as our Declaration of Independence espouses, "all men are created equal." Our government was established by the people, and for the people, and the government draws it's power from the people it governs. It is the natural inclination of any group or governing body to expand what power they may have, for the greater good of course. We all know the adage that "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely." By its very nature power will wear on ALL men regardless of how noble or righteous they profess or seem to be. We have seen great ministers fall to temptation and greed. There are senators and congressmen who feel they are above the law, and governmental agencies who have spoken outright that they do not need to answer the questions of citizens, and that their response will be shown by enforcement (read force). There is a line from the movie "V for Vendetta" that provides a prospective rarely seen in today's media, "the people should not fear their government, the government should fear the people." This follows the founding fathers' vision of the government being subservient to the people, and that the power of the government is derived from the people and not from their position.
From the inception of our government the nation has been in a constant state of change. We have progressed in nearly every area of our human existence; except we seem to have forgotten or lost the true meaning of our countries freedom. In an effort to help spark a renewed understanding of what we have lost I present the following concepts:
Did you read the preceding and think "conspiracy theory?" I agree that some people take these things a little too far; however, if only 25% of these claims are true then we are still in bad shape as citizens of this country.
When our country was first formed, it was a union of individual states. Each state had representation in all aspects of the government; the state was a buffer between the people and the federal government. Thomas Jefferson said in 1821, "When all government, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the Center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated." How well he understood the true nature of government. He realized what a government was capable of and if not held in check, it would tend to usurp more and more power until it had taken all there was.
The federal government was not designed to be a bureaucracy that had, for the most part, any effect on the populace of the country. In fact, the only power granted by the Constitution to the federal government lay in ensuring that government did not trespass against the citizens. It was the responsibility of the individual states to deal with the needs of the people. Federal legislative control was designed only to have jurisdiction only within the District of Columbia and the areas ceded by the states to the federal government for forts, (and other federal sites as needed) or to make laws dealing with interstate commerce or dealing with foreign nations. Since the federal government was created, it has slowly and methodically grown in size and scope until it has permeated every aspect of our lives. Another quote from Thomas Jefferson, "Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have .... The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases." I believe the current federal position towards its citizens has proven this axiom to be all too true.
There seems to be a misunderstanding in America today about what rolls the constitution and "Bill of rights" play in regard to the American Citizens. Many believe that this venerable document grants, or is a guarantor, of our individual freedoms. We often hear people talking about their "Constitutional Rights" or "rights guaranteed by the Constitution"; however, they are mistaken. The Constitution has very little to do with the American citizen. It was written to establish a Federal Government and to place the boundaries by which that government would operate. The constitution was never designed to provide or enumerate the rights of the citizens but to restrain the federal government from meddling in state and ultimately citizen affairs.
My research over the past few years has been a journey of awareness and awakening. Much of what I thought to be common knowledge turned out to be common misunderstanding. What I once believed it took to be a good citizen was an understanding founded in ignorance. I have come to the understanding that the vision of freedom which our founders once had has been all but lost, and we are on the verge of losing all that our soldiers and heroes of the past have died for. If we do not take back the republics upon which this nation was founded, we may be doomed to repeat the failures of all the mighty republics that have come before us.
As this nation was founded on the principle of unalienable rights, which is the ability for the citizen to decide his fate and his future by allowing the freedoms of the kings to belong to all citizens, not just the elite. But with that freedom comes responsibility. If we have the right of speech, we are then responsible for what we say. If we have the right to arm our selves then we also bear the responsibility of their usage. As with every right, there comes the burden of responsibility to use such right honorably.
However, when a government places limitations on a right. When you are required to ask permission (license) then the right is transformed from a right into a privilege. A right cannot be taken away a privilege can. But when we, as a citizenry, do not object to licensing, taxation, fees, etc. associated with those rights, the government assumes acquiescence of those rights and the acceptance of the privilege. They cannot take the right away from us, but we can give it away.
It is my prayer that those who read this become curious and research these points, as I have done, and learn of the depth to which we have given our freedoms and liberties away. We, the people, are as much at fault for this loss as are those that have eroded them from us. Make no mistake, if we allow the continual endless expansion of government, we will truly experience a freedom lost.