All Tyranny Needs Is Our Silence

I love our country. I believe America is the greatest nation on earth. I became a U.S. Marine because I was willing to go so far as to die in order to defend our Constitution, which was established for “We the People” to:

1. form a more perfect Union

2. establish Justice

3. insure domestic Tranquility

4. provide for the common defence

5. promote the general Welfare, and

6. secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.

It takes hard work and diligence not only to obtain these things, but also to keep them. James Madison wrote that, “Every man who loves peace, every man who loves his country, every man who loves liberty ought to have it ever before his eyes that he may cherish in his heart a due attachment to the Union of America and be able to set a due value on the means of preserving it” (Federalist No. 41, January 1788). And Thomas Jefferson warned us that “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”

I have been watching in frustrated disbelief the rapid destruction of our Constitution and the American way of life. Our founders warned us this day could come, and now we have a choice: Live and let live (thus willingly giving up our liberty), or take a stand alongside those who fought and died for the freedom we have so far enjoyed. I am reminded of the story of the woman who asked Benjamin Franklin if the Constitutional Convention resulted in a republic or a monarchy. His reply: “A republic, madam, if you can keep it.”

Our founders knew that it would take hard work and eternal vigilance in order to maintain our republican form of government, and hence, our liberty. Thomas Paine wrote, "Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it" (The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777). And Andrew Jackson stated in his farewell address, "But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.  It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States as well as in the Federal Government" (March 4, 1837).

The next time you turn on the news and hear about the federal government’s plan to bail out this business, subsidize that company, or socialize any new program, keep the following quotes in mind. Thomas Jefferson: “I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.” Abraham Lincoln: “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them” (welfare and federally socialized programs); and “Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built” (socialism).

I am afraid that we are witnessing the beginning of tyranny in America. There are no longer any checks and balances in our federal government. I am not referring to the idea of each political party checking each other as I have been hearing discussed in the news recently. I am referring to Constitutional checks and balances where each branch of government (not party) is to ensure that each other branch is staying within the limitations laid out in the Constitution as James Madison describes in Federalist No. 48, “An Elective Despotism was not the government we fought for; but one which should not only be founded on free principles, but in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among several bodies of magistracy, as that no one could transcend their legal limits, without being effectually checked and restrained by the others” (February 1, 1788).

So what do we do about this? Abraham Lincoln said, “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” We have to make our voices heard. Do everything allowed by law to remove representatives who are not representing. It sickens me to watch congressmen, who are getting a paycheck from us, vote on legislation they have not even had time to read. Especially legislation that has as far reaching an impact on every tax paying citizen and American business as the stimulus bill and the cap-and-trade bill have. We are watching them vote away our liberty. John Adams warns us that “a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever” (letter to Abigail Adams, July 17, 1775).

It is time for another, but this time bloodless, American Revolution in the spirit of the original American Revolution as described by John Adams: “But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties and obligations…This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution” (letter to H. Niles, February 13, 1818).

Finally, for those who prefer socialism to liberty, I respond with one more quote, "If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." — Samuel Adams

Published in: on June 29, 2009 at 02:25  Leave a Comment  

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