Thursday, August 23, 2012

Speaking of Freedom:A Principled Approach, Part VII

Hello All,

Today's principle:
"...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."

In this section of the Declaration the principle of the sovereignty of the people is expanded upon. Where it says "ends" it refers to the previously mentioned purpose of government, which is to secure the rights of the people and to govern by legitimate authority, i.e., the consent of the governed.

So when the government oversteps its rightful authority and becomes oppressive the people have the right to abolish it. The Founders had to go to war with the world's superpower in order to abolish the tyrannical rule of King George.

Ever since they prevailed in that struggle, and the Constitution was established as the supreme law of the land, Americans have regularly altered their government via the ballot box.

Today in America, government is running amok. Clearly many of those in office no longer see themselves as being constrained by the principles of just and limited government power. We the People have allowed this to happen because we have failed to diligently guard our freedom by holding our elected officials accountable to our founding principles.

This November we will have an opportunity to begin to rectify this situation by altering the current make-up, and thus the course, of our government.  If we fail to do so then, I believe it will become necessary to once again abolish it, because tyranny will have supplanted freedom and will once again reign in America. In other words the Constitution will have been effectively repealed and replaced once and for all and there will be no salvaging it via the ballot box. 

As I've pointed out before, there will always be a governing authority in any nation. There must be. The only question is what kind of government it will be. Ultimately, there are only 2 options; a just and righteous one or a tyrannical one. This is the choice we will make this November. The stakes could hardly be higher. We must do what we can in the time we have remaining to make sure people understand these principles and the necessity of restoring them.

That's all for now.

Richard Cochran
Macon County Patriots
August 23, 2012 
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