Friday, February 13, 2009

Not By Land Or Sea; They're Already Here

Somewhere around the 11th century BC, the Greeks learned how to defeat Troy after a futile 10-year siege of that city. Since her defenses proved impenetrable from without, the Greeks built the Trojan Horse as a faux-peace offering. When the gullible Trojans wheeled the giant structure inside their gates, they were slaughtered in the middle of the night by Greek soldiers hiding in its belly. Personally, I would prefer slaughter over enslavement, but that seems to be where we're headed.

The United States Constitution was crafted by some very brilliant men who were themselves fugitives from the very oppression they sought to belay with that cherished document. It began:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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.

Make no mistake, the word "welfare" had an entirely different meaning in the 18th century. Of particular interest in the above caption, however, are the words, "provide for the common defence [sic]". That was the most important task bestowed on the federal government as designed by the founders. Today, the very people we elect to office - and who swear an oath to uphold the constitution - scoff at the notion of defense in favor of social programs of which they have no cause to pursue. Forgive me, but I consider that a violation of the oath.

Let's move more into contemporary times and things the Founders could never have foreseen, but remain tethered to the tenets of their vision, for without them, our nation is doomed.

This immense spending bill that Congress is currently attempting to ram down the throats of the American people is contrary to the very fabric on which this nation is sewn. To make matters worse, while these elected "leaders" delve into areas of our lives that were never intended to be delved into, they simultaneously denigrate defense spending, the one thing on which they were destined to concentrate.

Article 1, Section III of the Constitution outlined the method by which U.S. Senators would be chosen, and it was clear; each state in the Union was a sovereign territory as a member of the United States and each State's government (Legislature) would choose its Senators to represent that state. But in 1912, congress decided to move that responsibility to the people, a euphemism for "you and me". Anyone who has been conscious for the past few decades must realize that "the people" is not us, but the elites we send to the Capitol, in most cases over and over and over again, until the humble public servants become that which we feared in the beginning. On April 8th, 1913, Amendment 17 was ratified, and senators became the property of the federal government, no longer interested in the concerns of their home states save for what they could "get" from the big brother of the federal government, but more members of an exclusive club by which they could enrich themselves while pretending to work for the people.

The 10th amendment stated thus:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

And yet Charlie Rangel (D-Bronx), Chairman of the House Ways And Means Committee, said at a January 2009 hearing that state legislatures stood in the way of progress and needed to be bypassed, somehow. Don't believe it? Watch the video:

Next, add the language of this so-called stimulus package that the Obama administration and a friendly congress want to ram through the process, and a pattern clearly emerges; the big wooden horse is right outside the window as we prepare to blow out the lanterns and settle in for the night.

Still not convinced? Fine, we'll keep going in the hope that insomnia may save us yet. I realize that I may be preaching to the choir here, but there is more to explore.

Also buried within the voluminous stimulus bill are mechanisms to allow for intrusions into every American's medical records, again ostensibly for the "good of all". "Hey man, we're just trying to make your life easier" has become the catch-phrase by which people flop on the ground and willingly surrender like so many young elk when confronted with a massive alpha male during mating season.

I hope the choir is still awake, because I know that anyone of a different mind has long given up and accepted the offer of peace from the Greeks outside the gate and slumbers, albeit briefly, peacefully. To quote Jon Anderson, "Silly human race".

My parting shot will be to point out the attempts by the current controlling party to silence the opposition for good; the "Fairness Doctrine". Yep, the Dems are haltingly speaking out on how important it is for the "people" to hear both sides of the argument while neglecting to mention that those of my stripe have been force-fed a steady diet of the likes of Katie Couric and Charles Gibson for far too long. I have noticed that that which the controlling party deems "mainstream" has not borne the scorn of the FCC...have any of you?

Whether it be Paul Revere or some centurion of ancient Troy, someone must awaken the people within the walls before it's too late.

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