The election upsets in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts – coupled with the numbers; fervor and coordination of popular liberty movements have Washington pundits and politicians panicked. Unless they can actually do something to address the maelstrom of public discontent, they will face worse than mere upsets in elections. The popular uprising will not be quelled by vacuous rhetoric and symbolic concessions, but only by substantive, systemic renovation of our political mechanism.
The major players in this divide are a blatantly out of touch oligarchy and the people upon whom they rely but who are treated with callous disrespect and condescension. The Washington political machine has lost sight of its original purpose; eschewing their mandate to protect, preserve and defend the United States Constitution, for power plays, bribery and back room deals. The chance that those so debauched can restore the Republic is widely believed to be nil.
The simple fact that government cannot simultaneously defend the constitutional rights of American citizens while also acting as the panacea for every pet problem that arises is clear. George Washington said it well: “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” Also, Thomas Paine said, “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” And Fred Woolworth observed: “If human beings are fundamentally good, no government is necessary; if they are fundamentally bad, any government, being composed of human beings, would be bad also.”
It is a fact that government, made up of virtuous men and women and restricted in its power and scope is a necessary component of a just, prosperous and peaceful society. But as we have been warned, when left unrestrained, its natural tendency is to move inevitably toward despotism. Today, America’s silent majority has awakened to the realization that this warning is proving true. Millions of people across the land are standing up to confront the evil that has infected our political system, and will not rest until the just limits of government are restored.
The rising tide of moral indignation can only be calmed by official public reaffirmation our core values. It needs be not only in a philosophical revival, but it must take physical form through radical deconstruction of the mechanisms of state intervention and a renewed devotion to abstinence from intercession as well. We must reestablish the governmental constraints embodied in the original hierarchy of values at the foundation of the American Ideal. These are:
Moral consensus: The American Covenant is based upon a set of non-sectarian Christian values. Despite prejudicial arguments to the contrary, the United States of America was founded as – and remains to this day – a Christian nation. One of the dominant motives for the earliest settlers on the continent was religious freedom – specifically, the license to practice and promote their faith unhindered by official sanction or limits. Although some of them practiced as little religious tolerance as that which they had escaped, over time the American Ideal came to embody the tolerance which is a key component of Christ’s teachings.
The significant manifestations of Christian principles in American ideology are the preeminence of free will; honesty and respect for property; self-sufficiency and charity; compassion and equal justice. While these qualities can presumably exist in a secular society, it is impossible to demonstrate that their benefits are sustainable without religion. It is arguable that there is a correlation the cultural devaluation of religion and general moral decline. This phenomenal relationship is likely due to the failure of secular humanism and subjective relativism to provide identifiable benchmarks of appropriate behavior and clear judgment – both being the core strength of religious morality.
Considering the benevolence of Christian values in America, those who seek to defame or deny our Christian roots seem to be acting on dubious motives. If we are all guaranteed freedom of religion, then it should be irrelevant if a county courthouse displays the Ten Commandments or a coach leads his team in prayer before a game. The Christian emphasis on free will and its legal corollary in the Constitution allows religion to be openly challenged in a free marketplace of ideas. Despite the efforts of some to silence religion; Christian principles and have stood the test of time in practice and the test of reason in public debate. This fact is born out in the relative intelligence and worldly success of people of faith.
Despite the efforts of progressive advocates in government, academia and the media to denigrate the faithful as backwards, myopic traditionalists, Christian values persist in the hearts and minds of millions of ordinary people who contribute to the power and benevolence of the nation. Honesty; respect for self and others; self-sufficiency and productivity; compassion and justice all spring from the Christian values and form the solid footing on which our nation stands. They inform and guide average citizens today just as they illuminated and directed our founders to create a wholly new political, economic and social order, nurtured by faith and blessed by Providence.
Constitutional guarantees: The most important thing to understand about the Constitution is that it is created for only one purpose: to protect each individual from abuse by government first and others second. Its design was not rooted in the current economics, demographics, technologies or political mood of that era. Rather, its design was based upon the invariable qualities and potentials of human nature – a temperament that has remained unchanged since the dawn of time. As such, the principles defined in the Declaration of Independence and codified in the Constitution are eternally relevant and sound. Barring a universal epiphany that miraculously transforms every person at their core; purging us one and all of our ubiquitous frailties and flaws; these principles will never be out of date.
Under the specific terms of our founding contract, the only purpose of a just government is to secure its harmless citizens’ rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The government is created to act as our agent, using restrained force based on objective law to prevent force being used against us, or to impartially facilitate restitution once harm is done. This means that the only moral rationale for any degree of government force against any individual; whether or not they are citizens; is that they first initiated force against another.
Under these restrictions, the only services the government may rightly provide are those that secure our rights to life, liberty and property. Those services are confined to:
• Protection of the value and stability of our national currency;
• Military protection of our borders and citizens abroad;
• Police to provide immediate protection from violence, investigation of crimes and lawful detention of criminals;
• Courts to equitably mediate civil disputes; facilitate impartial criminal prosecution and just restitution; and interpret the laws and actions of government based solely on their constitutional adherence.
Each of these services is directly required to protect our rights. It is imperative that government fund and fulfill its duty to secure our rights without infringing on the rights it is empowered to protect. For example: If the government is charged with the preservation of property rights, it must fund that function in a way that does not usurp property rights. This is the moral and ethical argument against any form of property-based taxes (income, corporate, property, inheritance, capital gains, etc).
The formerly silent majority are mostly decent people occupied in the process of living their lives in an honest manner. They take care of themselves and their own through their own wit and labor. They cooperate to take care of their communities. Aside from local law enforcement and courts, they have no need of government and so have little interest in its functions. These are the people for whom the American Covenant was fashioned.
To those who advocate a larger role for government such as state health care; economic “safety nets;” bailouts for anyone; education, loan guarantees, housing, food or transportation; they must accept that America is already blessed with an unassailable set of moral values, political structure, economic system and social order and needs no other. If they find this unacceptable, they are free to express their beliefs, but they are not free to subvert the government to force their whims upon the rest of us. They may stay and enjoy the benefits of a moral, free, peaceful and prosperous nation; or they may leave.
These are the terms of American residence. No others are needed and no others will be imposed. Embrace it, enjoy it, or shut up or leave.