This action tells us two things: what the Federal Government will try to do, and what local governments are willing to allow their own ruling party to get away with! While the pretext for this seems innocuous enough (allowing military planes to fly over an urban area), the much more salient point is that the Obama Administration is pushing to see how far it can go. Beyond that, they are conditioning citizens to accept such overreaches as normal and expedient. As Tip O’Neal famously noted, however, “There are no coincidences in politics.” In other words, there is a reason behind everything that politicians do.
What starts out as a seemingly innocent and necessary infringement (like, say, a “background” check) leads to consequences never envisioned by most people, but which were the ultimate design of the politicians all along. This is the way Constitutions are rendered meaningless. The People (and even well-meaning elected officials…if there still are such folks) simply start allowing “small” things that are not authorized; and eventually, they don’t even bother to consider the issue as the precedent (of performing unconstitutional and thereby illegal “official” government acts) has long been set.
MOST of what our government does today – literally, the vast majority of it – is completely outside of the very limited authority (specifically enumerated powers) granted to it by the sovereign People under the Constitution – the Supreme Law of the Land. Our system has been so turned on its head by our oligarchic rulers that while overreaching without our permission, and in opposition to the chains of the Constitution that were intended to bind their hands from committing such abuses into nearly every aspect of our lives, these petty tyrants (Congress, Executive, and Courts) also refuse to do the few things that they are authorized and expected to do under the authority of the Constitution: protect our lives (those of the unborn, as well as the living via our ever-so-porous borders), our liberties (which they now abuse by regulating us to a degree that would have scarcely been imaginable to the founders), and our property (which they now take at will through the extra-legal theft and cavalier redistribution of the fruits of our labor to those who choose not to work). But it is even worse than that….
When we here in Arizona sought to do what the federal government has flatly refused to do – protect our borders – the absurdly-named “Justice” department filed suit to prevent us from exercising our God-given right of protecting ourselves and our property. When states have sought to preserve the sanctity of the vote from blanket abuse and fraud – something no doubt required under federal law – Eric Holder has once again gone to court to prevent virtually every obvious, commonsense measure duly enacted by the People’s authorized representatives. Never have we witnessed or experienced such an egregious and brazen abuse of power since the days of King George, and his own abuses paled in comparison to those of our current illegitimate and “unenlightened” monarch! The result is that we no longer live under the Rule of Law. We are today, in fact, being governed by both an illegal executive and an oligarchic and unaccountable Congress and judicial system.
It should outrage every citizen of this nation that we are often told as voters that while even overwhelming majorities favor certain actions (such as the establishment of Term Limits and the abolition of the once-illegal Income Tax) those measures will “never pass.” (See my book Uncommon Sense…Apparently!) How can that be in a nation where the representatives of the People are commissioned to make the laws that the People desire? Short answer: It cannot; thus proving that those whom we hire and pay to represent us simply do not. They are obviously beholden to someone other than ourselves!
Now that the sanctity of the vote has been rendered utterly meaningless by the absurd manufactured ruse of minority voter suppression (requiring voter ID – i.e. a driver’s license), our near-final recourse has been swept away. What is next? The elimination of our Second Amendment right to protect ourselves against a tyrannical government. Any wonder that this God-given, Constitutionally-protected right is now under direct assault? The Germans never imagined that Austrian-born Adolf Hitler would go as far as he did…but he did it one illegal (but no doubt “essential” and even “benevolent”) step at a time – until it was too late to stop him. That is the very chronicle of government throughout all of world history…not the exception. The exception is a country in which the People are the ultimate authority. We were the exception; but today, our authority has been swept aside under the guise of protecting us and guaranteeing our “equality.” Nothing, of course, could be further from the truth! As famously observed by George Orwell (in Animal Farm): “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others!” The People are barred from working, and millions are added to the welfare rolls while the Obamas and their enormous entourage vacation all over the world (between golf outings by the “chief executive”) at unprecedented expense to those whose standard of living the Administration simultaneously disparages and assaults!
So what will we do about it? The first thing we can and must all do is to speak openly about the now blatant disregard for both our sovereign authority as a People and the inalienable rights guaranteed us by our Constitution. Next, we must recognize that the two parties in power have no real interest in restoring our freedoms by honoring their oaths of office. Seen any Republicans doing that lately? John Boehner? John McCain? Jeff Flake, et al.? No, you haven’t.
If you saw five-term veteran Senator John McCain last week, jovially proclaiming to a Cuban-born American that Barack Obama had done “nothing” that rose to the level of impeachment, or you happened to be present when I confronted now-Senator Jeff Flake at the Red Mountain Tea Party a year ago and heard him say precisely the same thing, you realize that what these politicians say while campaigning has almost no bearing on what they do once they’ve secured another term. Did you notice that after re-electing the entire Republican Congress in November, to go out and counter the wholesale destruction of our rights by this Administration, they turned around and re-installed John Boehner as their (our!) “leader”?
As long as such self-serving men and women occupy the highest offices in the land, as well as those in our statehouses, we will continue to witness the destruction of our country and Constitution and the evisceration of our rights. And as long as they are allowed to remain in their highly-profitable sinecures indefinitely – without the enactment of long-overdue Term Limits – we will continue to have them. Only when the suffering of the People becomes acute enough will they finally rise up and cast aside the one party that claims to be the champion of true American principles and values…and I’m not talking about the now fully-Marxist party of the American Left. (At least we now see them for who and what they really are.)
Sadly, however, most Conservatives have still not seen their own party of choice for what it really is…and with 100 years of continuous compromise (and worse) under its belt, it is not about to change! Notice that the “solution” of those firmly in control of the party (did you see your own preferred candidate nominated in this last presidential election?) is to dilute or “soften” our message, rather than to openly and unabashedly stand up for the principles and values which the majority of the American People still hold dear – skewed polling data to the contrary notwithstanding! Meanwhile, acquiescence and compromise are the genetic footprint of the once “Grand” and now only “Old” [Republican] Party!
Tom Ballantyne is the author of three books. The last two, Uncommon Sense…Apparently! and Oh Really, O’Reilly! are both available at Amazon. Uncommon Sense compares the Marxist Progressivist philosophies of the Obama/Soros Administration and its party “loyalists” to those of the Founders. Mr. Ballantyne can be contacted with comments or for speaking engagements at ThomasMBallantyne@gmail.com.
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