This is the last post in a series that hopefully will show that sticking our collective heads in the sand is not conducive for not only our health, but the health of our country.
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln
“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.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.” – Abraham Lincoln
“No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent.” – Abraham Lincoln
“The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.” – Thomas Jefferson
“What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that the people preserve the spirit of resistance?” – Thomas Jefferson
“The United States Constitution (c) 1791. All Rights Reserved” – Bumper Sticker
Who among the readers of this post believes that the government of the United States is fully functioning as mandated by the Constitution of the United States after events in our nation’s capital this past week? How about over the past few years? Not many, I would hope.
In what should have been a routine question concerning the rights of the People of the United States (specifically, the Fifth Amendment), the Attorney General of the United States waffled on the question if the President of the United States has the power to order the execution by a missile of an American Citizen on American soil. While he later clarified his position, the question still remains – Does the President have the power to order the execution / assassination of an American Citizen anywhere in the world? According to the Fifth Amendment, no. The Amendment reads:
“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
“…nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law;” In other words, the President does not have the authority of his office to order the killing of an American Citizen without due process.
Now I fully understand that Anwar al-Aulaqi, an American Citizen, was a high-ranking member of Al-Qaeda, the terrorist organization that is responsible for multiple attacks upon the citizens of many countries including the United States. However, as an American Citizen, he had the rights of due process, which I believe were violated. People reading this post may vehemently disagree with this statement, but are we a nation of laws, or we a nation of suggestions? Stop and think about that for a little bit.
Between the unprecedented targeted killing of an American (al-Aulaqi) overseas and the confusing response by the Attorney General to what should have been a simple question, Senator Rand Paul launched into an almost 13-hour filibuster to the nomination of the next Director of the CIA. The Attorney General clarified his position with a statement the next day – I personally am not satisfied with his response.
The above is only one, small chapter in the ever expanding mini-series depicting the misdeeds and missteps of our government. Let’s take a brief look at one that is literally changing the lives of everyone in this country right now – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), otherwise known as ObamaCare.
The goal is to reduce the number of people without health-care insurance, and thus reduce the overall health-care costs. A noble cause, would you not agree? However…
…It needs to be realized that ultimately, someone will have to pay for insuring the formerly uninsurable. Those people are the working stiffs like you and I. Already, the unintended consequences and costs are being revealed as I knew they would be. Companies are cutting hours of their workers, or letting them go entirely. Deductible limits are starting to climb higher for those people with company provided insurance, and some companies are considering dropping their insurance plans completely, paying the fine, and allowing their employees fend for themselves. And I’m already seeing some of my taxes increase to cover this law, and I’m fully expecting the tax bill to rise every single year to cover the provisions of this law.
ObamaCare, no matter what your opinion is of it, is a bad law. It solves nothing, impedes or restricts the freedoms of the People by forcing them into purchasing a product (health insurance) that they may not want, and to pay additional taxes & fees to support those who cannot.
And guess what – they’re not done yet. The ObamaCare legislation is only a framework – over 25,000 pages of regulations have been written and I understand that no end is in sight as the various agencies write more and more regulations, clarifications, mandates, and who knows what else.
We cannot depend on the Supreme Court to protect us from bad law as passed by Congress and signed by the President. Chief Justice Roberts had this to say in his decision to uphold ObamaCare:
“Members of this court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments. Those decisions are entrusted to our nation’s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them. It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”
Our government is growing by leaps and bounds every single day, and there is no end in sight that this ravenous beast will ever be satisfied until it collapses upon itself in fiscal insolvency and it’s own weight.
The conclusion that I’m coming to is that out government is broken, and needs to be fixed not by the politicians (who are showing themselves to being increasingly incompetent), but by the People. A quote from Abraham Lincoln states:
“The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them.” – Abraham Lincoln
Denying that We The People have the responsibility for electing the government that we have to represent us is self-destructive for both the citizens of this country and of the country itself. We The People have no choice in the matter – Take back our government by electing people that are honorable, respect the Constitution and the People, and make the hard choices to bring this country back from the brink. Otherwise, we will no longer have a country to be proud of nor to live in. And that, my friends, is deadly, for where else in the world is there a place to live other than our great, declining nation?
Cross-posted to Tom’s Place