By Steve Orcutt
Change. A powerful verb in today’s Presidential campaigns; to alter, transform, switch, revolutionize. Everyone from Sanders to Trump uses the word change, as in they want to change America into their own warped idea of utopia. Donald Trump rebukes and belittles the intelligence of office-holding politicians and rousts Americans like a Mongol Kahn would rally his horsemen. Bernie Sanders on the other hand panders to the populace promising expanded wealth, free education, and prosperity, a “political revolution” to change America.
The problem with all these ideas of political change is that it would be a revolution, drastically different than the one our Founding Fathers fought to bequeath to us, their posterity. “But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties and obligations…This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.” John Adams, said in a letter to H. Niles, Feb 13, 1818.
The Founding Fathers revolution was a change; from the suffocating despotism of King George to putting the power of self-determination into the hands of the people. Conferring the rights of liberty in the hands of the people, and the people delegating in their stead limited and enumerated powers to their state governments for the purpose of securing the liberties of the people and providing order and justice. Henceforth a federal government was established, because of the failed Articles of Confederation, for which the new federal governments’ purpose was to act as agent for the states in international affairs and preserve the natural rights of the people of the many States.
The intent of what the Founding Fathers established was a society and a government that protected the fundamental natural rights of the people while providing a means of justice to be the preferred course of resolving conflicts. They sought a place in the world where they could live without tyranny suppressing their natural rights or their representation in government; where the supreme law protected their rights and directed a government to preserve and think of those rights in the course of its operation. The Magna Carta was intended and in its words did protect the things that the American colonies fought for. But it was the actions of the King and Parliament that ignored the Magna Carta and after numerous attempts to redress their grievances the colonist found they had no further recourse, to live under tyranny or to fight and seek self-determination.
The change that is voiced by several of the Presidential candidates is a similar path as what the Founding Fathers set us upon in 1775. The progressive left has been whittling away on its revolution since about the 1960’s. The progressives, most Democrats, have been ever so slightly altering the course of our republic with subversive and constitutionally repugnant “laws” that have are trying to change our form of government. They are trying to change America into a democracy. You hear it on the news and their ‘expert’ talking heads repeating that we are a democracy. The ‘experts’ are either lying, not as expert as made out to be or are perpetuating the democratic revolution ideology.
President John Adams said, “Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” Greek history chronicles the demise of democracy. President Adams couldn’t have been more right as if he were looking at America today. We are rapidly approaching a precipice which could decide if our republic will survive. Disparate of democracy, or a lawful republic and liberty for all.
Donald Trump, on the other hand, espouses a different type change, he wants total control. His followers are memorized by the promise of a southern US/Mexico border wall, “Making America Great Again,” and acting tough. While some of his ideas may have some merit, his solutions and how he’ll get things done are worrisome. Except in passing, I don’t believe he ever references the Constitution in his solutions. It’s doubtful Trump has ever studied the Constitution aside from a cursory read. Most of his solutions or means of fixing things will require unilateral action and/or force. The same issues any sane awake person has with Obama, which means Trump could be as much or more of a dictator. “Great ambition, unchecked by principle or the love or glory, is an unruly tyrant.” Alexander Hamilton, letter to James A. Bayard, January 16, 1801.
Americans need to look at their candidates objectively, not through the haze of idolatry and rhetoric, but actually listening to what they are saying and what those words actually mean. From the promises of free stuff to giant walls, it must be asked ‘How?’ How do these candidates intend actually to do what they’re proposing? How are those actions within the limitations of the powers of the President? Meaning, how do their ideas actually work within the constraints of the Constitution. Without the Constitution, we may as well give up and live under tyranny, either democracy or dictator. Or we fight; we fight for the ideals and principles immortalized in the Constitution and a republican form of government. The choice is yours.