Once upon a time in a not so distant past, the Founders of this Country issued a Declaration of Independence upon the King of England. Perhaps our current Congress and President should read the following excerpt and remember the history of this country’s founding.
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness…
I have heard reports of death threats being made against some of the Congresscritters that voted for Healthcare Reform legislation, and their offices vandalized. Most likely, that is all that is going to happen. But perhaps the Congresscritters should remember that in the early days of this country, when people were dissatisfied with their elected officials, more than threats were issued.
Politicians faced a more informed & involved populace, and were held to higher standards than the politicians of today. Politicians that failed the public trust were sometimes hung from the nearest tree, or tar & feathered and run out of town.
Moreover, the founding of this country was not peaceful, nor was defending of this country’s freedom throughout the years. The force of arms was needed to defend the Rights of the Citizens of this Country. But that was against foreign invaders, not against the rot that is present within the governance of the country.
Am I advocating similar treatment for offending politicians? No, I’m not, we are much more civilized than that (although the proponents of Sharia law wouldn’t have a problem with it, but that’s for a different post). Let’s just vote the buzzards out & hold them accountable for any malfeasance they may have committed while in office, and vote people into office that will abide by the Constitution.
But if the People fail to take back their government by peaceful means, then the reason for the Founders including the provisions of the Second Amendment into the laws of the United States becomes abundantly clear…