Lately I’ve been running into a number of people who are completely frustrated with a federal government that is clearly out of control. They’re frustrated with both political parties and a system that appears rigged to work against them and favor the political elite. Again and again I hear the same concerns about elected officials ignoring the constitution and their unquenchable thirst for power. They’re frustration is turning into apathy. They’re starting to lose hope that this thing can be turned around. The hope they felt with the 2010 elections results has slipped into disappointment. They believed that one election would change the course America was on. Some of us understand that we didn’t get here overnight and it’s going to take more than one election to turn things around. Conservative talk radio host Mike Church said the following in 2010,” just because we change out the deck chairs on the Titanic doesn’t mean the problem is solved.” What he means is that the damage is so extensive that focusing on the deck chairs will not prevent the ship from sinking. So if our focus shouldn’t be on the deck chairs, just where should it be?
Well my grandfather always said that before we can hope to change something on a large scale we need to make sure our own house is in order first. Our own house in the political arena is local government. Each day on the local level we allow oppressive laws to dominate our lives; from needing a permit to do anything on your own property to out of control police officers trampling on our rights. Just last week in Chicago a police officer basically stated our 1st amendment rights can be terminated. Think about that, his mindset is one that believes those rights we are born with can be terminated by some governmental force. The founders never saw it this way. In fact they believed any government that overstepped its authority to infringe on these basic natural rights was no longer a legitimate government and that the people had the right to replace it. That’s a pretty strong position to take by today’s standard, but it was they position they fully embraced. Check out the below video.
Oppression comes in many forms; from a permit to set up a lemonade stand to the seizure of private property to put in a strip mall. It comes in the form of a city council vote that bands toys in happy meals or in a city ordinance that prevents you from holding bible study groups in your own home. It comes wearing the faces of good intentions and security and for some reason we accept this condition. This is what going on in many cities across America on a daily basis and the people are perfectly content to just accept the conditions placed on their lives. Most of you have experience them first-hand. So how can we expect change things on a national level if we can’t even get it right on the local level? If people are unwilling to stand up for their rights against the oppressive local regulations of their towns and cities, then why should we believe they will fight for these same rights on a national level. Maybe this answers the question as to why the same buffoons who legislate our rights away in Washington D.C. and who have the lowest approval ratings ever recorded get reelected time and time again. If people don’t even have the courage to break the shackles of local regulation in their towns and cities how can we ever hope to address our federal problem. The answer is we won’t.
So what do we do? Do we remain frustrated and keep changing out the deck chairs? Do we shut down and remove ourselves from the political equation? The answer is quite simple. We need to get our house in order. We need to start deregulating on the local level. We need to focus on local politics above all else and elect men and women of principle. This needs to happen on all levels of local, county and state government so that the states can be transformed back into the proud sovereign entities they once were. Once this transformation is complete the states will be ready to address their addiction to federal money and programs; but we need to get the states healthy again. This is when we will see real change and reestablish the constitution as the law of the land. Remember it wasn’t the federal government that created the states; it was the states that created the federal government. The constitution is our guide and it must be reestablished and enforced. Once we’re free again to prosper our problems will indeed begin to diminish. It all starts in our own house first.
Liberty forever, freedom for all!