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Friday Ramblings: Our system is not broken; however something else is

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!

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  • Teresa May 21, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    You are spot on, John! Citizens have been complacent since the early 1900’s thinking that the system will take care of itself. Who knows maybe some citizens saw the Constitution as a “living document” which could and should be changed as the times changed? Unfortunately with industrialization and technology being brought to the forefront of our culture people abandoned the principles of our Founding Fathers or compromised on the principles of the Constitution therefore instituting this weak or diluted form of liberty and freedom in our country.
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    • John Carey May 21, 2011 at 7:00 AM

      I don’t have a problem with the constitution being changed through the amendment process, I have a problem it being changed like the wind changes through some sort court ruling that interprets it differently. If this going to happen, what is the point of having an amendment process. I guess I just wish we could give liberty a chance again. I know if we did, we would realize once again just how remarkable of a system we have.
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  • Steve Dennis May 21, 2011 at 7:21 AM

    Great post John, and I have to admit that I have fallen into the trap. Lately I have felt more and more as if there is no hope because the system is broken, but you are not right it isn’t the system that is broken because we have strayed away from the constitution. We have to get back to constitutional government because the system works when it is being used, only we the people can do this and it must start in 2012.
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  • Jim at Conservatives on Fire May 21, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    I wonder what percentage of Americans between the ages of 18 and say 50, have even minimum understanding of our constitution? Perhaps our failure to insist that our constitution be taught at all levels of education is our greatest failure.
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    • John Carey May 21, 2011 at 10:25 AM

      The percentage is probably pretty high. I have actually looked at some of the text books used in our elementary schools and they just skim over it. This is where the foundation needs to be set. From here you can build off what you know. We need to be teaching people to be critical thinkers again.

  • John Galt May 21, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Great post John. You have taken a gargantuan subject, as I see it more broadly than just adhering to the Constitution: the rise and fall of any social and political system throughout history – they all have risen, they all have fallen.
    In our time the question is: is the historical playbook going to play again on “the rise and fall of Democracy”?
    This is a multi-century process, but we could be already two centuries into the process – and in the contemporary world, centuries are shorter
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    • John Carey May 21, 2011 at 5:48 PM

      It depends John. Do we get our hunger back for liberty or do we accept the status quo as the path of least resistance and go with it. My guess is we will choose the latter because it’s just too scary to embrace the concept of standing on our own again. Freedom and liberty are scary to many people. What would they do if they were actually required to engage in the process and be judged based on their abilities? What kind of life would it be to know the only barriers to achieve success are the ones self imposed and not ones set by some government entity? Scary stuff John.
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  • Reaganite Republican May 21, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Very enlightening… thus, linked:

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  • Infidel de Manahatta May 21, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    The natural state of man is tyranny. We like to be led. Our system of government takes a lot of effort to keep together. Citizens have to stay informed and active. Unfortunately the only ones doing that now are the liberals.
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  • Matt May 21, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    The challenge that we face is that our opposition does not care what the Constitution says, and will not willing give up their ill-gotten power.
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  • Maggie@MaggiesNotebook May 23, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    It is the people that have allowed the system to hijack liberty. We haven’t paid attention, going back for many years, as you point out.

    At times it does seem we will never be able to repair “the system” or the way people think. This particularly enters my thought processes when I think of the term limits we desperately need, but will likely never have, and the drain of lobbyists who are not lobbying for the good of the country.
    Having said all that, it still comes down to the sentry guards (as Bob at TCOT said). We haven’t demanded term limits. We could. We could have a constitutional convention. We could…

    The one blessing is our learning curve over the last 18 months. The people know more about how Congress is run than ever gleaned before, and we understand the Constitution much better. These revelations have to lead to something. Great article. Can you post it on the walls of townhalls and church bulletins across the country?
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    • John Carey May 24, 2011 at 12:21 AM

      I believe that we the people need to own up to our failures. We need to become more informed on the issues, more engaged, more willing to take a stand Maggie. Until we fix ourselves, we will never be able to regain control of our republic and it will indeed spiral out of control. Thank you for the comments.

  • theCL May 23, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    I agree, as Maggie says, “It is the people that have allowed the system to hijack liberty.” Indeed. But … Yes. The system is broken. It was beat-down, broken, and reconstructed into something else. We don’t have the same form of government we started with. Furthermore, we don’t have the fom of government most people think we have.

    The balance of powers are vastly different. The fedgov wields more power than King George could have ever dreamed. We don’t even elect fedgov politicos in the same way.

    So, I take the opposite view … Until Americans wake-up and accept that the system is broken and ruthlessly corrupt, we’re never gonna get any liberty back. We’l just continue assuming we already have it.
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    • John Carey May 24, 2011 at 12:29 AM

      It was and is being fundamentally changed because we the people are allowing to happen. We have allowed the courts to twist and shape the constitution into a form that best fits an agenda. Over the past few generations we have disengaged believing that the system would run fine no matter who was steering it. This as you know is not the case. The driver is vital and we decided who the drivers are and we have failed to elect people who respect and are willing work within the parameters of the constitution. We have reelected corrupt politician who have spilled their corruption over into the system. I don’t believe the system is broken, we just think it is because we see the end results of the broken politicians, judges, and people who are steering the system.

      • theCL May 27, 2011 at 11:28 AM

        Let me put it differently …

        We both agree that it is “We the People” who ultimately bear the responsibility. Where we disagree is, at least it seems to me, in defining what “the system” is.

        I define “the system” as what it is today, which IMHO is an abomination of everything for which the Revolution was fought. I see a regulatory social democracy, a corporatist economy, and a rapidly growing police state.

        I look at our form of government, with its more democratic elections, a diminished Congressional role, an over-powered Executive, states reduced to federal agencies, unelected law making bureaucracies, judges who make law by fiat, and a central bank that blatantly counterfeits while acting as the primary agent driving taxpayers towards debt slavery.

        In order to “get back to the Constitution” at this point would require radical change. I’m all for it too! Because “the system” we currently have is inherently corrupt, chaotic, and unstable.

        We all share a deep reverence for the unique founding of our nation. We know in both our mind and heart how much good was done and its amazing potential. But until each one of us, as individuals, accepts that we have a problem and understands what that problem is, things will continue sliding downhill from here.

        We don’t have the same form of government – “the system” – that we tend to believe we have. And nothing can change for the better until enough of us are willing to accept this truth.

        Do you want liberty or the current managerial state? It’s up to you. Just don’t pretend they are two in the same.
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  • Bob Belvedere May 23, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Quoted from and Linked to at:
    Wacht Am America

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    • John Carey May 24, 2011 at 12:30 AM

      Thank you for the link Bob.