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Monday, April 18, 2016

A Constitutional Republic vs The Oligarchy They Have Forced Upon Us

Here's the Nonsense:  America's government is a strong republic controlled by the people, just as it was founded to be.

Here's the Horse Sense:  Not only is our republic far from what our founders intended, but we have this one last chance in the 2016 elections to keep it from being lost forever.

America long ago functionally abandoned its 3 branch system of government that was designed by our founders to keep balance and accountability in our system.  Throughout our history our system has allowed the people to retain control over the government by holding the politicians accountable through this system.  And it worked pretty well for a long time.  But over time the politicians figured out that they could move control from the people and keep it for themselves.  The politicians have become oligarchs controlling our government while telling us how to live.  We are now at a tipping point where the upcoming election will either lock in power to the politician-oligarchs or return power to the people.  

Anyone who is honest with themselves knows that America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles.  The first textbook used in American school classrooms was the Bible.  America's ties to Judeo-Christian values are a historical fact and cannot honestly be denied.  This is important because that heritage tying us to those values also can teach us something very important about our government and why retaining strict separation of powers in our 3 branches of government is critical for us to retain the freedoms that Americans have enjoyed throughout our history.
  
Americans, by the way, have been blessed with more freedom than any other nation in the world throughout all of human history.  No nation, in the past or present, allows its citizens the freedoms that our founders gave to us.  Most Americans take those freedoms for granted.  They think that other countries, especially English-speaking countries, are no different than us.  But citizens of Canada, Britain, Australia, or any other nation on earth do not have the freedoms we are given.

Whether you have a sole ruler, such as a dictator or monarch, or a group of people who govern in a very closed and controlled system, it all is the same.  A person or group of persons decide what is best for the people and, at the expense of the citizens, take for themselves all the perks of power.  When it is a group of people, it is called an oligarchy instead of where a single person controls and it is called a dictatorship (or a monarchy when it is kept within a family line).

While some monarchies, dictatorships, and oligarchies are more benevolent than others, in the end, they all make decisions for the citizens and restrict freedoms to some level. But all systems that keep control of the government in the hands of one or a limited number of people become corrupt and tyrannical.  Our founders saw this and set up our government to protect us from tyrants that would take over.  

When you look at the Bible, which Judaism and Christianity recognize as the Word of God and it is also the foundation stone of America's Judeo-Christian value system, we see it warns against a government controlled by an individual.  (And I will say that whether it be a monarch, dictator, or oligarchy, this warning is still an excellent lesson for us to learn from.)

In the book of First Samuel in the Bible, the Israelites wanted a king like those in neighboring countries around them.  Up to that point they had no ruler, just a system of judges that God had set up to guide them under His authority.  God warned that a king would become a tyrant and take advantage of them.  

In the book of First Samuel chapter 8, through Samuel, God told the Israelites that a king would rule harshly over them and do things ranging from doing labor for the king without pay, to taxation of the peoples' earnings, to taking the best things the people owned and produced and on and on.  He warned them that, "You will shed bitter tears because of this king you are demanding, but the Lord will not help you."  It goes on to say, "But the people refused to listen to Samuel's warning."  And once they began to have kings they found that the warning came true.

The people of America, while not seeking a single ruler or small group to rule over our nation, has sought to have a government that would give them what they want and not simply protect and support their opportunity to produce for themselves.  All the government programs are seen by many, if not most Americans as rights.  And to get those programs they've allowed the politician/oligarchs more and more power. Today we have a population that votes for benefits, not for a strong and successful nation.  

The result is that the very politicians elected by the people have become oligarchs who control our nation and continually work to take away our rights while building up their own power and wealth.

We've given up accountability to our Constitution and sold it out.  The Constitution is under so many attacks that it is hanging by a thread.  The very meaning of the words in the Constitution that define our freedoms are being attacked. 

As I mentioned earlier, no other nation in world history has given as many freedoms to their people as America has. And it's not that other countries don't claim to offer what we do. For example, North Korea's Constitution promises each citizen freedom of speech, religion, the press, assembly, demonstration, and association.  But the difference is how their government defines those terms.  North Korea is a terrible dictatorship where the people barely have enough food to live.  

In America we lose freedom through any action that results in the centralization of power.  When power is centralized, the politician/oligarchs get more control and the people get less freedom.  

Our founders set up our government, when run properly, to have changes made through the States or Legislative Branch of our federal government (the Legislative Branch, which is the House and Senate, are supposed to represent the will of the people and the States).  The president (the Executive Branch) is to keep them in check and vice versa.  And if the system falters or falls into disagreement between the two, then the Judicial Branch is supposed to make sure that they are doing things according to the Constitution.

Today we have an almost total collapse of that system. There is virtually no accountability.  Decisions are made to accommodate those in power or, more often, those controlling the people in power.  This is often big money donors who put pressures on them to make sure they are doing their bidding.  

When God warned Israel in the Bible, all peoples throughout the rest of history should have taken note and made sure that their nations did not fall into that trap.  Our founders clearly understood the dangers of allowing government to be controlled by one man or a small group of men.  They fought the King of England and his armies, the most powerful in the world at that time, to gain the freedom for citizens to rule over themselves.  That's what America was founded to be.

But today we see a huge push by the Democrat and Republican establishments, who have the same goals and are essentially a uni-party as opposed to being two separate parties, to stop those who stand against them.  The big money donors control both parties and don't want power to be put back in the hands of the people.

The thought of losing their power has the establishment of both parties scrambling to keep control of our government.  If they succeed in the 2016 elections, the erosion of our rights will continue and the chance of having enough of our rights left in 2020 to take back our government through the system our founders created will be lost.  This election is critical unless you want to sentence our children, grandchildren and descendants to a world where freedom is just a footnote in the history books (if they even allow that of footnote once freedoms are lost).