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When Will Enough Be Enough

When taxes become destructive they’ve surpassed the
consent of the governed bending to the will of tyranny.  When regulations strangle competition instead
of securing it from evil combinations they’ve become counterproductive and
defeat the very purpose for which they were proposed.  When foreign entanglements bleed the nation
but do not secure the peace or defeat the enemy they’ve become interventionist
vehicles for vested interests.  When
spending becomes a hemorrhaging of assists leading to national bankruptcy those
who continue to pile debt upon debt seek not the good of the nation but instead
its destruction.  When leaders selected
to unite instead do all they can to divide they no longer advance the interest
of the whole and are instead partisan leaders in a factional fight.

A social
contract
is one made between a people and their government.  It is an agreement whereby the people
surrender certain aspects of their independence for the guarantee of corporate
security and the enjoyment of a general welfare.  In the case of most countries this is an
unwritten and unconscious arrangement built upon tradition and precedent as in
the case of England.  However in the
United States we have an actual contract, the Constitution.  This was ratified by the original states and
the subsequent states were formed under it and admitted as full partners to
it.

All contracts may be legitimately changed over time
as long as there are mechanisms either within the document or established by the
document to do so.  Within our
Constitution there is an amendment process and it has been amended 27 times so
far.  Whether we agree with those
amendments or not they have been legally ratified and accepted becoming part of
the document.  However, over the years
our government structure has been changed and our manner of life transformed
more by the informal changes than by the formal.  Nowhere in the Constitution is the central
government given the power to wage unending undeclared war.  Nowhere is the central government given the
right to ignore the requirement to protect the states from invasion.  Nowhere is there found any basis for
executive orders, signing statements or bureaucratic regulations to have the force
of law without legislative action by Congress.

Well-connected rabble rousers now say equality will
not be achieved until everything is equal in everybody’s house.  Leveling the playing field has finally thrown
off its cloak of deceit and exposed itself as, “From each according to their
ability to each according to their need.”
The professional civil rights entrepreneurs who’ve extorted vast amounts
of personal wealth with threats of boycotts and demonstrations have been
unmasked as the true purveyors of prejudice seeking to keep race and gender
differences alive for their own benefit.
Union bosses build political empires using the legally forced dues of
members with more money spent on political activity than on member service.  The union bosses ride in limousine comfort
from board meetings to political rallies while their members lose jobs.  The pensions of the bosses are golden
parachutes while the pensions of the members are underfunded.

The Land of the Free is held captive, locked in a
two party system where both parties are merely two heads on the same bird of
prey.  Both parties are dedicated to more
spending and bigger government.  Both
parties exploit gerrymandering of districts and overwhelming corporate donations
to ensure a hierarchy of the perpetually re-elected using a system of seniority
to enhance their power.  Legal barriers
exist at every turn to stop any new parties from gaining the access that might
deflect the central government from its ever increasing growth towards
totalitarianism.

When will enough be enough?  When will citizens rise in their righteous
anger and demand not a New
Deal
, not a Great Society,
a New Frontier or a Fundamentally Transformed
America
but instead their original deal.
The one we wrested from the hands of the tyrant King George.  The one we’ve fought to establish and defend
from Yorktown to Kandahar and the right of a people to be free to live as they
desire, to work for their own benefit and choose their own destiny.  Free from the smothering governmental control
which has been the lot of most people in most places since the beginning of
time.  When will the yoke of tyranny
become too heavy to be borne?  What will
be the spark that lights the torches and brings the incensed villagers to the
gate of the castle demanding, “Bring the monster out!” so that a stake can be
driven through the heart of tyranny and freedom can return to the land?

When that day comes what will we the people do?  Will we try to resurrect the government of
old that ultimately brought us full circle or will we be bold enough to forge a
new the social contract and design better ways to ensure that the beast of
tyranny doesn’t once again break the chains of restraint.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and
Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the Historian of the Future and the
author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2012 Robert R.
Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter
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