Saving the Republic

Family Security Matters

The Fourth of July is a good time for a quick look back on the nation’s  history.

On July 5, 1776, John Adams wrote, “Yesterday was decided the  greatest question which was ever decided among men. A resolution was passed  unanimously ‘that these United States are, and of right ought to be, free and  independent states.’ The day is passed. The 4th of July ’76 will be a memorable  epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe it will be celebrated by  succeeding generations, as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be  commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to Almighty  God.”

When I was a youngster in the 1940s in my little New Jersey  hometown, the Fourth of July began in the morning with races for the various age  groups of children, was followed by a circus in the afternoon, and finished with  a great fireworks display. In the years since other events such as a concert  before the fireworks and baking contests in the morning were added. It is as  typically American as one can imagine.

It is a far cry from 1774 when  King George III of England said of the American Revolution, “The die is cast.  The colonies must either triumph of submit.” We did not submit.

America  began its road to nationhood with the 1781 Articles of Confederation, but by  1787 it was clear to everyone that America needed a federal government to tend  to the wider common needs of thirteen States and those to come.

Today,  the Constitution is being tested as never before by a President who be king if  he could. His disdain for the division of powers between the branches of our  government is matched by his contempt of everyday Americans. The U.S.  Constitution is the oldest functioning document of national governance still in  use. There have been amendments over the years, initially with the first ten  known as the Bill of Rights. They were insisted upon by the original States  before they would ratify it.

To this day, England has no constitution.   In May 1787 fifty-five men, ranging in age from twenty-six to eighty-one  gathered in Philadelphia and spent 116 days putting together a Constitution that  deliberately slowed the process by which legislation could be passed, knowing  how the passions and enthusiasms of men, often ill-conceived, could result in a  bad outcome.

Was there ever a nation so blessed to have men like George  Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and  Benjamin Franklin in the same room? In Federalist Paper #1, written in  1787, Alexander Hamilton wrote, “It has frequently remarked that it seems to  have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example,  to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or  not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they  are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and  force.”

It was not a perfect nation. To achieve a Constitution, the  seeds of the Civil War-four score and seven years later-were sown in its oblique  acknowledgement of slavery, a major compromise at the time. Beyond slavery there  were issues involving the conduct of commerce that strained relations between  the northern and southern States. The original thirteen States feared  that the federal government would grow too powerful.

The nation is now composed  of fifty independent sovereign republics, but in the case of Obamacare,  twenty-seven States opposed it before the Supreme Court. Short of its repeal,  their only recourse is nullification, refusing to enforce it.

The  latest constitutional crisis could have been avoided if the President and his  Party had not deliberately lied to Americans, saying repeatedly that Obamacare  was not a tax and then admitting that it was before the Supreme Court. That is  perfidious behavior worthy only of despots.

So, this year on the  Fourth of July Americans are asking if the Constitution still protects them in a  time:

# When the national debt exceeds $17 trillion,

# When  the administration will not permit States to protect our southern borders,
# When our military has been reduced in strength and capability,

# When 0.038% of atmospheric carbon dioxide is declared a “pollutant” by the  EPA,

# When the administration opposes requiring people prove they are  citizens in order to vote,

# When the administration says it will not  enforce the Defense of Marriage Act,

# When the government can compel  you to purchase whatever it wants you to and fine you if you don’t.

The  answer is that the Constitution does protect Americans. We still have the vote.  Now we must ensure that everyone understands what is at stake because America  has been falling prey to stealth socialism for a very long time. We  must restore the fundamental principles of limited government, fiscal prudence,  and individual rights. And we shall.

Happy Fourth of July!

© Alan Caruba, 2012
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