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An American aristocracy is emerging. So few find themselves in positions of power and authority over so many. This did not happen over night. It has occured while the people slumbered, while people settled into calm indifference and while they were subtly encouraged (or trained) to look the other way. A nobility has established itself in our capitol’s court without oversight or accountability. They do as they please and spend what they will from the public coffers to appease the lords and ladies who have appealed for their favor.
Royal decree was the bane of the colonists’ existence circa 1775. Two hundred and forty two years later, our nation kneels in willing acceptance of its masters and financial chains.
For the sake of perspective, there are 546 members spread throughout three branches of the Federal Government in Washington, District of Columbia. Of course, this does not take into account, the bloated bureaucracy
1 – Elected President of the United States
1 – Appointed Vice-President of the United States
435 – Elected Members of the House of Representatives
100 – Elected Members of the United States Senate
9 – Appointed Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States
There are approximately 326,473,468 people in the United States of America.
The average net worth of congress has reached $1,008,000.
The average American has a net worth of $182,000.
That means that the average Senator and Congressman is worth 5½ times more than the average American. Let that sink in for a minute. Now, I do not begrudge wealth but I do begrudge those who amass it while in roles of public service whose primary function seems to be levying taxes, fines and fees on the rest of us. I do realize that some of them were wealthy before they entered office but the accumulation does not cease while they reside in D.C, it increases. Bear in mind, Darryl Isa, who has the highest net worth at $448,000,000, made 100 million of that over 2 years while in office. What is so lucrative about being an elected representative?
Furthermore, those same representatives have been able, over the course of time, to concentrate much of the authority under themselves and over the people. How does an elected body, of, by and for the people take that misplaced trust from their constituents and use it to consolidate so much power, amass so much wealth and maintain their status, office and position?
We tolerate their edicts. We subordinate our contentment to textual criteria. We comply with (resentment) the volumes of regulations dictated by a fraction of a percent of the total population. That is not who Americans were meant to be!
The people have become so compliant, so passive, so predictable, so complacent, so lethargic in their civic duties that taking recourse doesn’t even occur to most of them anymore. Of those patriots who realize the shameful existence we are expected to endure, few have a strategy to restore the original tenets.
I don’t care what your views of the president are, your opinion of your congressmen or senators. I care how you view Washington D.C. as a whole. To come to the realization that 546 people acting in the capacity of public servants have the audacity to TAKE portions of your labor in the form of taxes and all they GIVE Americans in return are statutes of limitations. You cannot do this. You cannot produce that…unless, of course, we grant you approval. The American taxpayer is on the hook for $9600 per household. What do we acquire for such sums? We reenforce the system that demands that we pay our portion. We acknowledge that our public servants are really our masters by funding their control over us.
What does D.C. look like if we simply refuse to concede to their demands? It looks like a vacant lot with men and a few women throwing a tantrum because no one is listening to them. Our labor no longer funds their subsidies. Our efforts do not give dollars to an organization that encourages postericide. The sweat of our brow no longer pays for American nobility to extract sums to defeat OUR values.
What America needs right now is a show of force. We need a unifying act that demonstrates to an out-of-control Federal Government, that they are only allowed to do what we grant them permission to accomplish. We need to express, in no uncertain terms, that 546 people cannot arbitrarily rule over 325,000,000 citizens. We must demonstrate that constraints on their power exist. We must reduce them to the insignificant role they were meant to play in our lives and serve them up a harsh reminder of the limitations/shackles binding them, limitations clearly established (yet often ignored by both citizen and politician) in our United States Constitution.
Our birthright was bought by the blood of patriots. We have sold it for a cup of stew. There comes a time when a single meal of soup is no longer worth the price we pay in relinquished sovereignty. Will we so cheaply remit our lofty ideals? Will we so meagerly pass the torch to those who simply wish to extinguish ambition? Or will we sacrifice creature comfort for the sake of generations to follow, so that they may experience Americanism with the same vision our founders held in such esteem. Some of them died, never having witnessed the cause they sacrificed all to establish. In our time, blood is not required…merely resolve. If we lapse in our duty, among our posterity, there will be those braver and far more patriotic than us. They will be willing to bleed as our more noble patriachs once did.
To act according to your own values is the cornerstone of liberty. America began as an ideal to provide each with that opportunity. How far have we fallen? What can be more important than personal conviction? The edict of a political body or the command of a commander in chief cannot…was never meant to supercede the individual’s view of right action.
The individual is granted extraordinary power under the protection of the United States Constitution. The individual rights are the purpose of the establishment of our republic. Why does our current system seek to emulate the monarchies of the past? What convinces the modern American that each person’s liberty should be dependent on a committee’s assessment? What about elected servants’ decisions holds more weight than the conscience of one?
If a Christian were to adhere to every tenet of their faith, would they go to jail? That is the concern of those who understand why our nation was founded and the individual freedoms that remained in jeopardy from the “old world.” Is Christianity necessary in America? No. But…I will contend that America was established to grant a protection for men to exercise their faith as Christians without reprisal. As Christianity has waned in popularity, it still remains a cohesive religion and cannot be discarded despite its opposition to cultural norms.
When popular society has poured out its disdain on people of faith, it has placed the ball squarely in the government’s court. Does government play ball with mainstream society or does it preserve the intent of its foundation? If it errs on the side of the popular view it has ceased to possess its lawful morrings. If it condemns those who declare righteousness to be of an independent source, it has ceased to place its authority in God and seeks rather to appease men. No greater weakness can exist than to place firm reliance on the ever shifting positions of men. No fortitude can exist when public sentiment guides the dictates of men. When mortal men are the source of authority, untethered to the acknowledgment of a higher than themselves, their basest instinct will be the root of their desire.
When a mortal man believes his cause is noble, no source beyond himself can counter his ideals. Yet, when a mortal man recognizes that temporal ambition drives him, he can defer to a source of authority higher than himself, he may be apt to concede to that archaic law established long before men. It remains an independent confirmation standing in judgment of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Once upon a time in America, those who stood firm in their reliance upon conscience were showered with adoration. They were granted due respect. Weakness (toward which man has always been predisposed) placed conscience on the second or third tier when it came to their motivations. Expedience often wins the day in the lives of ordinary men. Then again, possessing the boldness to act on personal conviction and that rooted in a conscience, set men apart…made them figures to be wondered at, admired.
Then a shift occurred. It became arrogance to set standards so high, to place conscience before cause. Expedience took precedent of right action. Those once revered found themselves in a position akin to the enemy for adhering to values, for maintaining principles that hindered movement or cause. Nobility was cast aside in favor of its savage cousin: victory. Chivalry is dead indeed. In its place, stands the conquering hero, foreign in motive and deed to the cause which propelled him to triumph.
Without conscience to guide a man to right action, he is bound by nothing. He will ride the popular tide even if it means that he adopts many of the savage traits of the vanquished.
To delegate conscience to a place of refuse should be considered the greatest of American travesties and, I would contend, it provides the punctuation mark to our decline. If we continue to sear our consciences like a doctor burning nerves meant to alert us of the damage being done there will be no recovering.
Take inventory of the following items. Right action is demonstrated through integrity, honor, loyalty, truth and selflessness. Venerate these qualities and restoration is near at hand. Those who currently act upon those qualities are playing by rules long established. Those who condemn them in favor of winning have relinquished victory, cheering as they are defeated.