“…to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their security.” - Thomas Jefferson
When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, and when our framers ventured into the realm of a constitutional republic, they did so at great risk, seeking great reward.
The United States was founded on Jefferson’s philosophy, along with Thomas Paine’s. “Every generation,” Jefferson wrote, “needs a new revolution,” because, as Paine noted, “when we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.”
Just as virtue is not hereditary, neither is constitution. “The American constitutions are to liberty, what a grammar is to language,” reflected Paine. “They define its parts of speech, and practically construct them into syntax.” Just as a proper sentence requires attention to grammar, a proper liberty requires attention to constitution. The failure to attend to grammar is perhaps an insult to the educational system, but the neglect shown toward constitution today is an affront extending beyond the realm of man–an offense to the Author of the laws of nature, wretchedly declaring that the senseless mob of human majority can overrule the mandates of God.
Whose right and whose duty is it to throw off a government that ignores constitutional liberties? The civilian military first and foremost, for they have taken an oath to protect, preserve and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic (this would include the FBI, CIA, President, Congress, and federal courts, when these groups extend their powers beyond constitutional limits); but ultimately the right and duty lie where the expense must fall–with the people. What is the expense? How much are we willing to give up to cling to liberty? I yield again to Paine, who wrote, “can we but leave posterity with a settled form of government, and independent constitution of its own, the purchase at any price will be cheap.” The ends (constitution) justify the means, which I hope will be peaceful, but control is rarely so yielded.
Regardless of the nature of the struggle, I will always stand on the side of constitutional individual liberty. The natural moral code, given to us by God, requires that we disobey unjust laws, which now emanate from Washington DC with alarming regularity. If this reads as a threat to the federal government’s usurpation of power, I have written with clarity. In Jefferson’s words: “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.” All Americans, an overwhelming majority of whom have expressed their malcontent for Congress and the President, should together declare war against the current tyrants, who have unwisely declared war on our cherished Constitution of liberty. Their supposed guards, if they find in themselves a single ounce of civic virtue, or a hint of concern for their fellow person, will certainly be leading the charge. The others, who will read this and call it sedition, are the Redcoats of the new revolution, and should be pitied for their lack of faith in humankind.