The Old Argument

Barack Obama has made it increasingly clear, that he means to dismantle and abolish many institutions and ideals that Americans hold dear, replacing them with a Socialist’s Wet Dream of state-controlled and atheist programs, ranging from state-mandated abortion to socialized healthcare to nationalized industry. The spending bill which Obama signed into law last week includes provisions to institute permanent requirements that state governments comply with federal directives, and his chief of staff and press secretary have shown a feral eagerness to single out individuals who dare to criticize the character of President Obama’s ambition. For all his smarmy promises during the campaign to ‘rise above’ partisanship, the new president has repeatedly abandoned even the pretense of morals or sense of obligation to the people who have made America thrive up to now.

As bizarre as it may sound now, the ‘John Galt’ rumblings have renewed old echoes of a serious and unresolved question regarding the Union. Obama’s plan is clearly a new chapter of class warfare, and political divisiveness, which has strong support in some places and meets strong opposition in others, according to the cultures and moral values of the locations and people concerned. It must be considered, therefore, that some people may find the present form of government unacceptable, and, as the Declaration of Independence clearly states:

“Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed – That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Whether dissolution of the government is the necessary step, or whether some separate states of the union may secede and form their own government (the matter having been met with force but not resolved through honest debate), or whether revolt or rebellion may in fact be anything but catastrophe, the present set of actions by the Obama Administration demonstrates – again – the overreach of federal government, to a degree far beyond anything envisioned by the signers of the Declaration or the Constitution. One can scarcely envision George Washington countenancing doctors being told who they may or may not treat and how, or James Madison smiling on the deliberate killing of unborn infants in clinics paid for with tax dollars. It is inconceivable that Thomas Jefferson would approve of private citizens being told that their free speech would be constrained in certain mediums and on certain topics, or that Benjamin Franklin would agree to whole generations being saddled with debt for projects which do nothing more than feed the ego of politicians.

Every so often there is an argument here, about where and when government must stop, and how the common man shall make his stand clear. It is once again time to raise that argument, to send the message that regardless of party or ideology, the election to office of a man or woman assigns them duties and responsibilities, but is not a license to personal aggrandizement, that there remain limits to power and if all else fails, a tyrannical government will find resistance from those it wishes to enslave. We are far from open revolt, but it is clearly time to send a message of the public displeasure, as these political elites have become fat and callous in their office, and need a sterner discussion on their performance and the consequences of such.

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