I speak of the experiment in self-government initiated by shots heard round the world at Lexington and Concord in 1775 and the Declaration of Independence signed in 1776 that dissolved the political bands that previously connected us to government at the hands of a distant King and Parliament.
Testimony was received before a congressional committee yesterday from Michael Cannon, the Director of Health Policy Studies at the libertarian Cato Institute, who alluded to what happened the last time Americans got fed up with arbitrary impositions of law:
“There is one last thing to which the people can resort if the government does not respect the restrains that the constitution places on the government,” Cannon said. “Abraham Lincoln talked about our right to alter our government or our revolutionary right to overthrow it.”
“That is certainly something that no one wants to contemplate,” he continued. “If the people come to believe that the government is no longer constrained by the laws then they will conclude that neither are they. That is a very dangerous sort of thing for the president to do, to wantonly ignore the laws,” Cannon concluded, “to try to impose obligation upon people that the legislature did not approve.”
Cannon speaks, of course, of President Barack Hussein Obama’s serial usurpation of the power reserved exclusively to Congress in Article I to “make all laws which shall be necessary and proper”, the latest of which have been the special exemptions from Obamacare’s onerous mandates granted to Congress, their staffs and the White House staff.
Of course, in addition to President Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson also famously stated that:
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.
JoeForAmerica doesn’t report the above testimony nor remind of President Jefferson’s warning to advocate giving up on government by the consent of the governed. But neither should tea partier conservatives put their heads in the sand and pretend that the Democratic Party hasn’t already done so.
Democratic senators, significantly, after the disaster of the Obamacare website commenced less than two months ago, lobbied for President Obama to unilaterally delay the individual mandate, much as he had done so with respect to the employer manadate.
Mind you, Democrats didn’t call for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to pass bills in their respective bodies to be reconciled in conference and sent to the Chief Executive for his signature via the Rule of Law, as the U.S. Constitution provides.
Rather, they petitioned as to a King, that the Sovereign issue as edict that their wishes be made so via executive fiat. The Democrats have already overthrown the government established when the Constitution was ratified by the sovereign states in 1789.
JoeForAmerica hopes and prays that We the People that established that supreme law of the land will elect majorities that still respect self-government in the next election days so that we can get on with the task of again forming a more perfect union. Our forefathers chose secession from the British Empire over less severe usurpations via Stamp, Sugar, Tea and other “Intolerable” acts by a distant king and parliament where we had no representation than are being committed against us now by executive and legislative branches nearer to us in which we are supposedly represented.