Saturday, October 4, 2008

No Need to Reinvent the Wheel . . .

. . . just oil it up and get it spinning again.

Many of us are justifiably angry over what has transpired in our government over the last couple weeks. Because we have ceded so much of our individual liberties to our rulers over the past one hundred years or so, we are now facing one of the greatest economic – and in many ways moral – crises in the history of our country.

Many of us are crying foul.

Many of us are calling for change.

Some of us for out-and-out revolt.

Which is fine and dandy with Moi. But let's not make the mistake of changing or revolting against the fundamental principles that created this government – they do, after all, make about as much sense as any principles justifying the rule of one entity over the other. I think we simply need to get back to basics and revisit the very documents that outline the principles upon which this nation was founded. Remind ourselves who we are and what we're doing here.

The Declaration of Independence, one of the most "revolutionary" documents ever written, is a good place to start this re-acqaintanceship, to let the voices of the past ring through to the present and hopefully smack us out of our complacency and weak will. This, along with so many other of our founding documents, are some of the greatest things ever written on the nature and purpose of government, yet when was the last time any of us delved into the Bill of Rights? The letters of Thomas Jefferson? The Federalist Papers? You can access the Declaration in its entirety here, but this, of course, is the juicy part:

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 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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, 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.


Doris Rose said...

Where has that wisdom and vision gone? have all of our leaders abandoned hope of "one nation, under God,indivisible with liberty and justice for all" kinda makes me sad.

czar said...

Glad you pointed this out.

Ah, the "consent of the governed" . . . and "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."

Look around you. Go to a Wal-Mart in flyover country (where I live) or walk down the streets of downtown Manhattan or Los Angeles (to give a few possible glimpses of America). Do you trust government to operate by the consent of the people you see every day and who are going to run things based on what is going to "effect their Safety and Happiness"? Not me.

Live by the sword, die by the sword. It's like us encouraging democratic elections in the Middle East, and then Hamas wins in what appeared to be a legitimate election. Oops.

There's always the vote-with-your-feet mentality, which seems to grip people after every election. What national or state government operating now is doing so using entirely "free-market principles" where we can all go and live in what's supposed to be utopia?

Three "entities" I don't necessarily trust: corporations, governments, masses of people. But that's what we all have to live with unless our name is Kaczynski, so unless we can all find some way to morph into the canine breed of our choice, we're pretty much stuck.

Personally, I'm leaning socialist these days, and I'm getting less and less self-conscious about telling people so. As far as I'm concerned, if everyone who doesn't like socialism would stay off the federal highway system, it'd be a lot easier to get around.

moi said...

Doris: We've abandoned it, too.

Czar: My, you have a grim view of human nature, and one the one hand, I can't say I blame you. French Revolution Syndrome, fear the mindless mob, the masses are asses, and all that. S.B. was talking to a colleague last night who is from Switzerland, which, like Denmark, taxes the shit out of everyone but provides just about everything one "needs" including pristine streets and gorgeously manicured lawns and everyone is calm and happy. The lure is muy understandable. Give up our own due diligence over ourselves and let the gub'ment make things all better. Moi, I don't mind the mess.

ThursdayNext said...

I think that this is going to start correcting itself, and in the end a good thing to come out of this bad is our children will never have to go through this after regulations are finally implemented. I am angry my tax dollars are going to this - just as my colleagues are.