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Monday, August 26, 2013

Updating the Federalist Papers

I had a thought, and it deserves some airing, if only to start people thinking.

When the Founders were making their best arguments in favor of the Constitution, they were operating in an essentially pre-Industrial America, where the primary means of transportation was the horse, or shanks-mare. Iron plows were just entering common usage, and water power was the most efficient source available.

Two hundred-plus years later, the government owes more than the entire planet is worth, abusive oppression and illegal acts by the President are so common that people argue over which justifications they should put into the history books. For the children. I listed just the Bill of Rights last week.

Congress has failed in its duty to act both as a check on and a balance to, the Executive Branch, by allowing unelected pencil-pushers and bean counters to write and enforce regulations so pervasive that no man has been able to even count the number of pages accurately, with thousands of pages more every year. They have let the size of the budgetary items grow automatically without any oversight or correction from them, despite the disparity of day-to-day circumstances, and declaring other parts of the budget "off limits". This despite the fact that they describe the cutting of about 16 hours worth of operating budget as "severe" (the equivalent of skipping dessert at lunch time once a year, and bragging about how much you had lost because of it).

The Judiciary has broken faith with the citizens by writing laws where none exist, taking away the very nature of "property", allowing clearly unconstitutional laws to stand by reinventing the legal arguments used by its authors and proponents, and finally telling the citizens that not only do their beliefs not count, but that they have no right to petition the government to redress those grievances. And then a State Supreme Court says that people are mandated to violate their religious beliefs in favor of the secular beliefs of others, "as a price of citizenship" (I guess having to buy health insurance as a condition of Federal citizenship isn't enough, now we have to buy it from homosexual agents, otherwise they can sue for discrimination). Because of the tolerance.

What normally happens when a contract has been so violated by one party that nothing within it can be relied upon?

I think it's time that we start figuring out which forms of government will best serve us, going forward into the 21st Century.

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.
 Any ideas?

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