From our Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,–That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Note well that we have never given up our fundamental right to change our government. But here’s what you must ask yourself, no matter how disgusted you may become with the skunks in both major political parties: With what form of government should we replace our current flawed, but well-founded, form of government?
I would suggest that the best form of government ever conceived by the mind of men is a federal republic, in which power flows from the people to the government. Not the other way around.
I used to believe that the Republicans were the best defense against government power. Now, I’m not at all certain of this. But one thing I know for certain, and it’s been made all too clear by the current Democratic leadership: they are worse.
Worse for freedom; worse for individual liberty. It’s time for a change, for someone at the top who knows that he works for us, and that a government’s only proper task is to provide security for its citizens. Not right all the wrongs in the world.