Lately I’ve heard a number of people grumbling about the system. They say it’s corrupt. They say there is something fundamentally flawed with it. They say it’s broken. It’s a “nothing changes” mindset and it’s starting to spread. They’re losing faith and trust in the system and this is a bad road to be traveling down. How many of you know or have encountered people likes this? I am beginning to encounter more and more each day. So is the system broken? Some of you might say yes.
So what is this system that so many people think is broken? Is it our legal system with ideological activist judges advancing their agenda through rulings? Is it our legislators, writing and passing bills that infringe on our rights? Is it our government that appears unwilling to control its spending? Is it our failing educational system? Is it the political process? Or is it all of it wrapped up in one big package. The answer most people will give is it’s all of it together; but is it? I contend that our system is sound and that it’s something else that is broken.
It’s easy to fall into the trap believing that the system is the broken because after all government by its very nature is an imperfect beast. My grandfather used to complain about the government and politicians all the time. Back in the 1980s he thought government was already too intrusive and restrictive. This was why the founders’ deliberately crafted our system of government to be limited in power because they understood that the natural tendency of men was to drift towards tyranny. They knew that the emotions of people could lead to knee jerk reactions and these reactions could lead to legislating the rights of the individual away. This is why they took great care in crafting the constitution. They realized that the only way the rights of the individual could be protected against these legislating snipers of liberty was to build a wall between an imperfect government and the people; the constitution is that wall. It’s a remarkable and rock solid document that for the first 125 years of our nation’s history served us well; that was until the progressives came along in the early 1900s.
The progressive movement of the early 1900s was a liberty destroying movement. They viewed the constitution as an obstacle to advancing their quest to perfect the nature of government. It limited their ability to expand the powers of government so they embarked on a journey to dilute it. They knew that they had to change how the constitution was viewed by the average citizen. They had to convince the people that the constitution was a living and breathing document that could be changed by using the courts to interpret the meaning. Their results over a period of 90 years speak for themselves. From 1913 to 1992 the constitution has been amended twelve times (amendments 16-27). Not counting the first 10 amendments (Bill of Rights), from 1795 to 1870 the constitution was only amended five times and three of them were shortly after the civil war. So as you can see the progressives have been pretty busy since 1913. Today the constitution is nothing more than an afterthought when our elected officials create legislation. There’s no longer any respect for the document that was designed to protect our liberties and the reason for this is because we the people have failed.
We the people have failed to stay engaged and informed on issues and now that our system is collapsing in on itself we have the audacity to point our fingers at it and say it’s failing us. We’re the ones who allowed God and any reference to religion to be removed from our schools with little or no resistance. We bought into the left’s bogus interpretation of the relationship between church and state. Not once in the constitution does it mention anything about the separation of church and state. And yet the majority gobbled up the progressive lie and the agenda was advanced forward We the people have allowed the government to standardize the educational curriculum for our children and fund dead end programs that have failed over and over again to increase the scores of our children. We the people have allowed the government to confiscate a portion of our wages to redistribute in the name of social justice without a word. We the people have permitted judges to overrule the will of the people as they operated outside the parameters of their authority. We the people have reelected corrupt politicians again and again. And we wonder why the system appears to be broken. Well folks it’s not the system that is broken it’s we the people.
When I see people point their finger towards our system and say that it’s too corrupt to be fixed or too out of control to be reformed and it’s broken it really rubs me the wrong the way. That’s like saying that the reason the car ahead of you is swerving all over the road is because the engine is bad. Forget about the driver who is steering the car, it’s must be the engine. Does this make any sense at all? Maybe instead of blaming the system we should take a good hard look at ourselves, because in the end we the people are the drivers of the system. If the system is perceived broken, it’s because we are broken. It’s time to stand up and own up to what is really broken. When we accept that we are indeed the problem we can begin to take the first steps in fixing it.
Liberty forever, freedom for all!