Liberty, and Justice for Future Generations

6 February 2010, 16:59 CDT

I’m working on a brochure for the local 9/12 project. As I review the content, it strikes me as more generally relevant than just that.

We the People, of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

In March of 1765, the British Parliment imposed the Stamp Act, requiring every document printed in the colonies to have a seal bearing the symbol of the King of England. A long-winded, complicated law enacted by a deaf, remote government imposed an illegal and unreasonable tax … to bail out the East India Tea Company.

250 years later, here we are. After bailing out banks, GM, Chrysler, insurance companies and more, the push for cap-and-trade and government healthcare could raise to nearly 60% government ownership of private enterprise. We’ve begged them to secure the border, read the bills before they vote, stop imposing unreasonable regulations through unaccoutable agencies such as the EPA, protect us from terrorism, stop meddling in the affairs of the states. Last year, the government spent $1.42 trillion more than it took in. Our nation is being spent into oblivion on programs and earmarks the American people don’t want.

The founders in their wisdom understood that a government of the people, by the people for the people started with the people. Increasingly, however, we and the states are losing our rights to a Washington bureaucracy hell bent on their own designs and imposing their will from the top down.

At the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Benjamin Franklin was stopped by a woman as he left Indepedence Hall on the final day of deliberation. “Well, Doctor,” she asked, “what have we got – a Republic or a Monarchy?” In his wisdom, Franklin replied simply, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

The 9-12 project is libertarians, republicans, independents, and democrats – every day americans – who have decided that we want to be the people we were on September 12, 2001. The day after America was attacked we were not obsessed with Red States, Blue States or political parties. We were united as Americans, standing together to protect the greatest nation ever created. The day has come when we must ask ourselves, “Can we keep it?”

These are not Democrat or Republican ideas. They’re essential American ones. The American dream isn’t about owning a bigger house, or newer car. The dream is that anyone can acheive anything they set their mind to. That the fruits of our labor and perseverance belong to the individual, not the government. Equal opportunity, not equal outcome. The essence of the dream is that for our children and grandchildren we leave a country more prosperous and more free than we found it.

“The essential principles of our Government… form the bright constellation which has gone before us and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom of our sages and blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment. They should be the creed of our political faith, the text of civic instruction, the touchstone by which to try the services of those we trust; and should we wander from them in moments of error or of alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty and safety.” – Thomas Jefferson

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