Monday, June 14, 2010

A Pool Filled with Sharks is Dangerous

A valid criticism of the “New Declaration of Independence” below might be that the complaints against the Government are somewhat disjointed and uncoordinated. Maybe they are just the awkward and rambling thoughts of a maniac. After all there is no dictator in America, there is no puppet master, there is no star chamber coordinating a plan to tyrannize Americans. The people have given their consent. The President and the Congress are duly elected. We have three separate but equal branches of government that keep tabs on each other and keep each other from overstepping their boundaries. Therefore, since the federal government is working according to the Constitution, we should accept it. This is the best thing for our safety and happiness, and to question the laws passed by the Congress, approved by the President, and reviewed by the Supreme Court is, well, suspicious.

Sharks in a pool also have no master. They have no grand plan for domination. They're only goal is to feed themselves. You might swim in the shark filled pool without being injured or eaten. You might even safely join them multiple times. But only a foolish man would ignore the potential danger inherent in a pool filled with sharks or in a large and powerful central government. A prudent man will take appropriate precautions in both cases.

The Founders went to a lot of trouble to set up a federal government that has limited and specific powers. This blueprint for the federal government required approval by three-fourths of the States before it went into effect, and to this day any changes require three-fourths approval by the States. They put a great deal of thought into what this federal government is allowed to do because they understood human nature – the love of power and the tendency of human beings to abuse power.

It isn’t unpatriotic to question the federal government or its exercise of power. The foundation of America is the right of the People to alter or even abolish their government, and make a government they think will protect their safety and happiness. Anyone that doesn’t believe in that principle really doesn’t believe in America. Don’t let anyone try to convince you that you're a bad person for expressing concern about the federal government’s power. You are in good company. All of the Founders were deeply suspicious of government.

So the next time you’re watching one of the talking heads on TV telling you that the “tea partiers” are just a bunch of white, middle class folks that secretly harbor a desire to reinstitute racism in America, or that they’re just too stingy to contribute their fair share, or that they are a bunch of Militia nuts running around in the woods, you might ask yourself whether the commentator is just foolish or whether he or she is perhaps a shark.

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