"When they allow a talk show host to play them like a two-dollar banjo, they demonstrate what kind of backbone they'll bring to the job later on, if we elect them. After they get elected will they continue to allow Jeff Crank to put a nickel in them and wind them up every Saturday morning?"

Barry Noreen, former columnist, Colorado Springs Gazette

Sunday, August 29, 2010


“We the People…”
by John Alexander Madison
August 30, 2010

There are many documents and speeches since the formation of our nation that are well worth reading (again and again.)

Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America (1787)

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America [Adopted in Congress 4 July 1776]

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to 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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

Hold it, stop right there! The U.S. Constitution references someone who has a history of ‘usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states.’ And ‘he has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.’ Furthermore, the framers of our Constitution say ‘he has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.’

Holy cow, in 1776 our Founding Fathers rejected the absolute authority of the King of Great Britain to rule over these United States of America not knowing that two hundred and thirty-four years later history would be repeating itself.

Does that sound eerily familiar when the President of the United States ‘has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.’

Note to Governor Jan Brewer (R- AZ): Please do not back down from threats and inaction by your federal government when you are trying to secure our borders because Obama refuses to address illegal immigration by controlling our (your) borders.

Our Constitution also stated: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

What a concept. Representative government versus ultimate power resting in the hands of one mere mortal: a King, a dictator, or a President. And when the chosen one, by birthright or election is so out of touch with what is best for the common good that absolute authority must be challenged.

These were lessons learned from the outset of our nation and the consequences of inaction by the citizens will, in 2010, lead to certain demise of this great nation. But we all know THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN…no matter how arrogant, no matter how misguided, no matter how incompetent, no matter how ineffective our current Czar (er, President) has proven to be.

The last thirty words from Abraham Lincoln’s The Gettysburg Address (November 19, 1863) are, perhaps, as important as any in this article.

…that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

America is a Christian nation, always has been and always will be. And America is a nation of principles and values, always has been and always will be. That is, if we reject, Obama’s , Biden’s, Pelosi’s, Reed’s, Ritter’s and Hickenlooper’s ceaseless march toward bigger government, endless spending, tax increases, a welfare state, redistribution of wealth, and a systematic dismantling of our free-market economy.

Don’t let that happen. We the people…must stand up and fight back!

EPILOGUE
George Santayana (a Spanish born American Philosopher, Poet and Humanist) was born in the year of the Gettysburg Address. (1863-1952). He is, perhaps, best known for saying:

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

Socialism has never been a successful government model. Stop the madness on November 2, 2010. After all ours is a government of the people, by the people and for the people.



John Alexander Madison is a weekly contributor to The Jeff Crank Show blog site on KVOR radio.
He posts every Monday morning at: www.jeffcrank.com

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