I've dusted myself off and have made a few decisions.
First among them: I'm doubling down. I will not succumb to tyranny. I will fight for America and for liberty.
As Daniel Horowitz points out this morning, we are constitutional republic, not a democracy. Our forefathers had the good sense to leave us with a Constitution to divide powers and to prevent tyranny.
A pure unbridled democracy is a political system in which the majority enjoys absolute power by means of democratic elections. In an unvarnished democracy, unrestrained by a constitution, the majority can vote to impose tyranny on themselves and the minority opposition. They can vote to elect those who will infringe upon our inalienable God-given rights. Thomas Jefferson referred to this as elected despotism in Notes on the State of Virginia (also cited in Federalist 48 by Madison):
An ELECTIVE DESPOTISM was not the government we fought for; but one which should not only be founded on free principles, but in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among several bodies of magistracy, as that no one could transcend their legal limits, without being effectually checked and restrained by the others.Thus, a constitution that limited and divided the power of government was necessary to preclude elected officials from imposing tyranny on the people. This is why they adopted a constitution with limited enumerated power, divided and checked across several branches and levels.
This is our first arm of defense against the downward spiral that faces us. We still have separation of powers.
Kate Obenshain posted this Thomas Jefferson quote this morning and I think it's appropriate:
To preserve the independence of the people, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. Considering the general tendency to multiply offices and dependencies, and to increase expense to the ultimate term of burden which the citizen can bear, may it never be seen here that ... government shall itself consume the residue of what it was instituted to guard. To take from one, because it is thought that his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, "the guaranty to every one of a free exercise of his industry, and the fruits acquired by it."
—Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Samuel Kercheval (12 July 1816).
I will fight every effort of this government to take the product of my work and give it to those who don't want to work. I will help those who can not work, but I will not support those who can and don't. Those people are choosing servitude to the government; I am not.
So, I'm doubling down on America. I didn't put on one flag pin this morning - I put on THREE! I will not give up. I have deleted the gloaters from my Facebook wall, not because I'm bitter in defeat (although I am) but because I do not want to be distracted by people with their heads in the sand. I will continue to talk and post about Benghazi, the lapse of national security, the generational debt, and the people who just want "free stuff" at my expense. It's not "political propaganda," friend; it's the truth. You will see it soon enough.
When these people do see that they have driven America over the cliff, they will need guidance to help rebuild the country for future generations. We need to be there to do it because they will not know how to begin.