My last article was titled “American Declaration of Independence.” In that article I wrote about the hardships and suffering that happened to many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. These patriots, I wrote, gave us independence, liberty and freedom. Also I wrote “the question today is can we keep it?”
Many American citizens have never read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and Bill of Rights of the United States, let alone studied what it means.
I was once asked why these patriots felt the need to sign the Declaration of Independence to free America from the control of the King of Great Britain. The King had absolute power at that time and thus was a type of dictator. The colonists in America suffered from heavy burdens of taxation. The government controlled everything, even religion.
When the British tried to seize American arms, guns, and munitions in Lexington, Massachusetts and in Williamsburg, Virginia – because tyrants fear an armed populace – the conflict to free America from tyranny began.
Our sovereignty, our rights, our justice, our human dignity and all else which creates a good society and a society which is good recognizes that we are one nation under God which recognizes God not government is the source of our freedom.
In self government in America each citizen is supposed to govern themselves morally and take responsibility for their words and deeds. American patriots today are therefore responsible law abiding members of society who uphold the principles of American government, honor our national heritage, and keep a watchful eye upon governmental bodies that these governmental bodies do not take away our freedoms a little at a time.
My Government (Political Science) Professor, Auburn Wells, in college always would repeatedly tell us. It is not the big changes you have to worry about, but the small creeping changes. If you don’t watch out for them, you will wake up one morning and all of your freedoms will be gone.” The older I get, the smarter I know he was.
Quoting from author John White, another smart man, “Government has always been the greatest enemy of freedom, and a minimal government for what was deemed necessary of the federal level, leaving all other powers and rights to the states and to the people themselves. The authority of the federal government was delegated by “we the people” and its powers were strictly enumerated and defined. Our Founders wanted freedom from government, not dependence on government. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are, in simplest terms, a carefully devised system to govern the government, not the people. They were not written to restrict the citizens of America; they were written to restrict the government and to protect our inherent liberties and rights. They would, as Thomas Jefferson put it, bind down with chains those who govern to keep them from mischief. Everything the government is allowed to do is done only with explicit permission from the people via the Constitution.” Although I never met John White, I have read a lot of articles he wrote and he seems to really recognize what our founding fathers did for us.
Elected officials and civil servants should be people of integrity, and people who enact and enforce laws, policies and practices of liberty which honor the sovereignty of the individual citizen.
On June 10, 1961 I stood in Richmond, Virginia and was sworn in as a federal civil servant. I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United Sates of America. It did not say anything about any bill passed by Congress, any decision by any court, or any regulation put forwarded by any government agency or elected or appointed official. This oath just said to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.
I worked as a federal civil servant for 34 years. I always told people and fellow workers that I did not work for the federal government. I always insisted I worked for the citizens of the United States, especially those who paid taxes and those who received benefits from a federal program and that these American citizens were my employer and my bosses. It is just like if you are employed to work at a corporation. You don’t work for the corporation because it is not a person; you work for the stockholders of the corporation.
I started studying the Constitution that I had sworn to enforce. Our founding fathers did a great job creating our Constitution and Bill of Rights.
I will write more about the Constitution and Bill of Rights of the United States of America and its history in a future article.