An American Tragedy: How A “Government Of Laws, Not Of Men” Became A Government Of Scavengers, Not Of Laws

More than a half-century ago, a gang of grifters embarked upon an audacious scheme to topple the American republic by destroying the U.S. Constitution.  In pursuit of this goal, they repeatedly employed the tactics of misdirection and evasion.  The impeachment melodrama now being staged in the nation’s capital is the latest in a long list of diversions concocted to distract gullible citizens from their treachery.

The self-serving politicians and hyper-politicized judges comprising this gang disdained  the principles of individual liberty and limited, consensual government proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence and codified in the Constitution.  They realized that these principles were irreconcilable with their desire to impose equality of outcome upon the populace through an all-powerful, collectivist state.

To give grudging credit where it’s due, these subversives have very nearly achieved their goal.  Though slow at first, their progress accelerated during the 1960s and ’70s following their escape from the constitutional constraints imposed upon the federal government’s three, lawful branches.  They were aided in their escape by unprincipled lawyers posing as impartial judges and by legions of unaccountable bureaucrats embedded in America’s unconstitutional “fourth branch” of anti-democratic regulatory agencies.

To our everlasting shame, we the people of the United States snoozed as these co-conspirators escalated their attacks upon our most vital democratic institutions.  We barely stirred as they seized regulatory control over our homes, churches, schools and other private sanctuaries traditionally deemed off-limits to government intrusion.  We did little but bellyache as they plundered our unalienable, God-given rights.

Neither did we act as they fundamentally transformed the Constitution from a security pact among the sovereign states and their citizens into an instrument of surrender to an unconstrained federal government.  Too few of us seemed to care that, as a result of the “abuses and usurpations” committed by the grifters and their bureaucratic enablers, what our second president, John Adams, had characterized as “a government of laws, not of men” became a de facto government of scavengers, not of laws.

This tragic transmutation has stricken America with a deadly affliction.  The good news is that rumors of its death have been greatly exaggerated.  A spark of life yet remains in our democratic republic.  Even better news is the fact that, with each passing day, more and more citizens are awakening to the fact that the grifters have nullified the rule of law in our beloved nation.

The newly awakened are beginning to see that our former public servants have become a lawless and subversive ruling class elite.  Some of us realize that they must be opposed by a non-partisan fellowship of liberty-loving, law-abiding citizen CEOs (Constitution Enforcement Officers) with the courage to proclaim that our federal government has forfeited its legitimate authority over us.

More than words will be required of us, however, if we are to succeed in our rescue mission.  Colonial America had Minutemen during the Revolutionary War.  Similarly,  contemporary America must have Freedom’s First Responders if the rule of law and individual liberty are to survive.  Those of us with the courage to act must must find creative, non-violent ways–both small and large, symbolic and substantive–to throw sand into the gears of the liberty-destroying machine which the government has become under the grifters’ control.

Of one thing we can be certain.  Those who rise in resistance will no more receive justice from our federal courts or administrative agencies than Thomas Jefferson would have received it from a British court on July 5, 1776.  For this reason, we must be willing to pledge our lives, fortunes and sacred honor as the eternal price of freedom.

The bottom line is this:  Individual liberty, the rule of law, and the founding principle of limited, consensual government will only endure if we the people drive the grifters from our homes, churches and schools.  We must simultaneously force them back within their original, strict constitutional constraints.

Unless we accept this challenge, America will not survive for future generations as–in the words of Ronald Reagan–“a nation that has a government, not the other way around.”  If this is America’s fate, our descendants will justly condemn us for depriving them of the blessings of liberty which we ourselves inherited from our more responsible and praise-worthy ancestors (ref.

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