There is an old saying: What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. How is that age-old saying relevant to today?
It can be argued that the sole authority over us that the government has stems from those powers granted to it by the US Constitution. The Constitution itself says that if a particular power isn’t specifically granted to the government by the Constitution, then the government does not have that particular power. Seems pretty clear cut, doesn’t it?
Likewise, we, The People agree to recognize and respect the government as long as it agrees to those simple ground rules. Again, pretty simple.
The Constitution acts in some ways like a contract between the government and The People. If one side or the other breeches that contract, however, what happens?
Let’s look at a different kind of contract – one that is simpler in its terms. Let’s say that “A” and “B” sign a contract, in which “A” agrees to deliver a ton of dirt on Jan 12, and in exchange, “B” will pay $5 ten days after that. Pretty cut and dried, I’d say. But, what if “A” never delivers the dirt? Is “B” still obligated to pay him $5? Hardly. “A” breeched the contract, which nullifies all of “B’s” obligations.
So, can The People breech the contract between the citizens and the government? Not really, since “the contract,” (The Constitution) puts no limits on The People, no requirements, and no obligations. The only “obligations” were assumed by the Founding Fathers, and those amounted to simply taking part in the political process and being “ever vigilant” in keeping a watchful eye on the government to make sure it stayed within its bounds as spelled out in The Constitution. They assumed that the citizens would do this, and as a result, the government would operate within its limitations, and would therefore earn the respect of the citizens.
Can the government breech that contract? Of course. Since the contract puts limits only on the government, if the government oversteps those limits, it has breeched the contract. What happens if one side of a contract breeches the contract? The other side is released from its obligations under that contract. However, our only obligation as “The People” is to let the government exist, and to respect it. What recourse does that leave us when the other party to the contract breeches it? There would seem to be but three options: 1) tell the government that it has lost its charter to exist and has no authority over us; 2) tell the government that it must go back to obeying the terms of the contract, or; 3) nothing.
We as a people have been trying option #3 for several decades now, and, while it’s great for the government, it’s not worked out too well for the people. We have ended up with infringements to almost every one of the items listed in the Bill of Rights. We have an out of control government that has meddled in the affairs of nearly every country on the planet – usually with disastrous results, both to the people of those countries, but also to our economy, as well as the lives of our sons, brothers, and fathers that are sent to get involved in those foreign entanglements. We have signed treaties with foreign countries under the guise of “trade agreements” that have decimated our job market and our industries. We have rewarded failures in the free market by nationalizing the companies who did the worst. We have a standing professional army, and a militarized police force. We have laws that regulate what you can put in your body and what you must wear while in a car. We have an economy that has been thoroughly ravaged through government intervention and meddling. The government monitors and regulates what we are allowed to see on TV and hear on the radio. We have a government who monitors our private phone conversations, and our private email, but when we request public records from them, they are “redacted” beyond all recognition. We have surveillance cameras on every corner but can’t take cameras into government buildings. The government takes part of every paycheck you earn, and at the end of the year, if they took too much, they will give you a refund – but not any interest that you could have earned on your money if they had allowed you to keep it.
We could try option #1. Sure, they have guns. So do we, and there are more of us. But nobody wants that. Besides, it is clear that they want to Sovietize America. We can do to them what the Soviet government did to their troops – stop paying their bills. It seems that an occupying force tends to not be so enthusiastic when they don’t get paid for it.
Maybe Option #2 is best. People have been so brainwashed that whenever an actual honest politician (yeah, I know: oxymoron alert) runs for office, he is branded by government stooges as “a kook” or the ever-popular “crackpot.” Since the majority of people get their news from TV, and what you see on TV is directly controlled by the government, what do you think most people are force-fed? Truth? Or government propaganda?
Do you think that the government doesn’t control what is on TV? Think again. Consider “The License.” A license is merely a situation where if you pay a bribe to the government, and the government approves of you, then you will be allowed to do something. If you don’t pay the bribe, or if the government doesn’t approve of you, then you get no license, and then it is “illegal” for you to do whatever it is that the accepted bribe would have otherwise allowed you to do. We are not supposed to pay attention to the fact that we ALREADY have the right to do it.
So, given that the most popular media outlet is controlled by the government, how do we get people the information they need to make an educated decision? You might be surprised to find out just how many people already know the situation, but have chosen to merely ignore it or watch passively from a distance, since it either doesn’t directly affect them, or they think that there is no possible way to change it for the better.
Let’s say that you live in a nice neighborhood with lots of houses, and at one time, it was crime-free and a really nice place to live. Gradually, more and more break-ins, muggings, and robberies began happening right in the heart of your neighborhood. People become so scared that they simply do not go outside anymore – they stay inside and hope that they aren’t next. You think to yourself “why doesn’t somebody DO something?” You ask around and you find out that most of your neighbors know what is happening, but they have decided to ignore it and hope that it doesn’t happen to them. They think that there is nothing they can do to stop it – but wasn’t it nice in the old days when we felt safe? There is the situation we have now. The people who are aware of the situation and know several courses of action that could stop it all want someone ELSE to “do something.” The others know that something is wrong, but are clueless about how to fix it, and well, it’s actually pretty nice staying in their houses, isn’t it?