Monday, December 21, 2009

"If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority..."

"A wise and frugal government...shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801

The party of Jefferson has come to this: the most reckless, cavalier spendthrifts in the history of the United States. With no regard for public opinion nor for the debt burden they hoist onto future generations, this Congress and this Administration march determinedly toward a Marxist, Socialist agenda.

In America. The land of the free.

Alexander Hamilton anticipated a federal government run amok. In Federalist 33 he wrote: "If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify. "

Government is our "creature." And, it is time to redress.

Patricia Hampl, in her 1999 memoir, A Romantic Education, wrote of her generation--the first of the Baby Boomers: "Perhaps no American generation--certainly not our parents who were young during the Depression--had a childhood as long as ours. The war (Vietnam is the war she is referring to) kept us young. We stayed in school, endlessly, it seemed, and our protest kept us in the child's position: we alternately "rebelled" against and pestered the grownups for what we wanted..." (7).

And now they are in charge. And they will have their way. They are still rebelling but no longer against the government. Now they rebel against us because they now find they love and must have the very power they rejected in their youth. Ironic to be sure. The Democratic party of the people is now the party AGAINST the people. The party that opposed big business, now IS big business. The government being the biggest, most inefficient business in the land. This generation of babies that wailed for their rights are now usurping ours.


Unlike those who wring their hands and say it is too late, I cannot accept their fatalism. If it be too late, then I will fight in vain. I still believe in the power of our Constitution, no matter how "injured" and I believe enough in our history to feel the fight itself is noble and necessary, no matter the result.

"If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority...take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution..."

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