Originally posted by spellbound
reply to post by paranoiaFTW
I wish I knew why we do nothing.
What should we do, exactly? We only have the power of our vote.
Or if we could get anough people of one mind, we could do anything!
Unfortunately, people are too busy hating each other.
It is not true that we only have the power of our vote. But, it is that mentality that explains much of why we seemingly do nothing. Those people
the O.P. mentioned who stood on their porch to protect their property had the very same power to vote that you and I have today, but the difference is
they understood they had much more power than a silly vote and that electing officials to office was the bare minimum of what could be done to protect
their natural rights.
This notion today that the power the people have is only evident through voting is a sham perpetuated upon the people by the very government in which
they elect. A sham shoved down the throats of people educated in public schools who are continually taught that the United States is a democracy when
the word democracy is no where to be found in the Constitution. However, the Constitution does guarantee a republican form of government for the
states. But this is not what is being taught to publicly educated children even though they will stand tall and at attention while they pledge
allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and for the republic for which it stands...
We fight wars across the globe to "make the world safe for democracy" but the Founders of the U.S. couldn't stand the notion of a democracy as
government which was why the word was never written into the Constitution. A Constitutional republic was created instead because they wanted to
ensure that people could not have the kind of power that would allow majorities to trample on the rights of minorities, and there is no greater
minority than the individual. Today, many people speak of rights in terms of civil rights or civil liberties but for our founders they were simply
rights and what is the difference? Civil rights or even worse civil liberties implies a collective right of the people where rights plain and simple
or even better natural rights are those rights belonging to every individual.
The United States has a Constitution with a preamble that makes it perfectly clear that We the People are the holders of the inherent political power.
That preamble states:
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common
defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution
for the United States of America."
Take note that the preamble begins with We the People and ends with do ordain...in between is what it is we the people have ordained but it is we,
each and every one of us, not as a collective but as individuals who have ordained that Constitutional government and it is we the people not by
surrender of inherent political power who have transferred some of that power, a very limited power for a very limited amount of time to certain
government officials who are bound by oath to uphold the Supreme Law of the Land which is that Constitution. If those government officials have
broken that oath and acted in ways to trample the rights of individuals then they are mere criminals guilty of obstruction of justice, acting under
color of law, too often malicious prosecution, or simulation of legal process and impersonating a government official, because if they are not acting
within the scope of their jurisdiction they are no longer protected by their office.
In such a case, it is up to us, as individuals to put justice back in and deal with these criminals not by un-electing them but through justice.