Allow Me To Play Devil’s Advocate

I know that there are some of my friends, particularly on Facebook, who are ardent supporters of President Trump. Among them I think the majority only want what is best for America. Of course there are those who only voted for him to prevent Hillary from getting elected, but for the most part they are a minority. I have never sought to question their love of America; only their understanding of how our system of government was originally designed to function.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t entirely blame them for their ignorance; it was forced upon them by those who we put our faith into to provide us, and our children for that matter, with a good education – our public schools. That said, knowledge is readily attainable if one desires to seek it out. Also, one has to be willing to abandon all the garbage they have been taught so that their minds are open to the truth.

I am reminded of the story of a university professor who went to visit a famous Zen Master. While visiting the Zen master quietly began pouring tea into the professor’s cup. When he had filled it to the brim he continued to pour until tea began spilling over the side. The professor said, “Stop, my cup is full.” To which the Zen master said, “Exactly. That is you, your cup is full. How can I teach you about Zen unless you empty your cup?”

To me, that perfectly describes many people in this country. I think a good many of them are basically good, they basically want what is best for America but their minds are so full of lies and perverted interpretations of what purpose government is supposed to serve that they cannot make the best decision for what is truly good for America – they need to empty their cup and fill it to the brim with the truth.

For those of you who are avid Trump supporters, allow me to ask you a question. I know many of you voted for Trump for the simple reason to act as a ‘speed bump’ for the agenda of the left. Let’s just say that Trump actually is actively attempting to hinder the implementation of leftist, or Socialist, policies within our government. What’s your plan for when Trump is no longer President; after he’s completed his two terms – that’s assuming he gets elected for a second term?

When I was growing up I always heard the old saying, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”, which means, don’t risk everything on the success of one venture. I think that is what many Trump supporters have done; placed all their hopes and dreams upon the success, or failure, of Donald Trump to make America great again. Hell, I think that is what happens in EVERY presidential election; but I won’t go there right now. If you ask me, that is just kicking the can down the road; eventually you’re going to catch up to the can and have to deal with it, or kick it down the road, only to have to deal with it later.

To a one, almost every Trump supporter I know has said that since he self-funded his campaign he is not beholden to the special interests who have their claws into Congress and have controlled our government for years – if not decades. Let’s say that is true; who are you going to vote for in 2020; or 2024, assuming Trump is re-elected? Who is Trump going to pass the torch to so that they can carry on with the work he began? Mike Pence? I don’t think Pence has the ability to win an election for dog catcher; let alone the presidency. So who will you vote for?

See what I mean about putting all your eggs in one basket? I honestly don’t know what people are thinking. Do they think that if Trump truly is successful in making America great that it will STAY GREAT after he leaves office? Or do you even think that far down the road?

The way our system of government was designed, the success or failure of it; the measure of its integrity or corruption, rests entirely upon the people of this country. We the people, at least those who lived in 1787, voted to accept the constitution which was proposed to them to replace the Articles of Confederation – which was the law governing the existing government at the time.

We the people, and I’m speaking generally here, accepted the government outlined by the Constitution based upon the promises made to the various State ratifying assemblies as to the specifics regarding what powers it would wield; the relationship between its sphere of authority and that of the State Legislatures, and the threat it may, or may not, have posed to our individual liberty.

Our system is supposed to be one which rests upon the premise of consent of the people. After all, we do elect those who make and enforce our laws, don’t we? I won’t go into the Supreme Court, which has transformed our limited government into a broad and general one with their interpretations of the Constitution; for that would take an entire article unto itself.

Therefore, if there are 320 plus million people in this country, they are responsible for determining the character and integrity of 535 elected officials. If our government is corrupt and evil, if Congress is corrupt and evil, it is because WE PUT THOSE PEOPLE THERE!!!

It is my firm held belief that our Constitution was either designed intentionally to produce the government we have today, or that it was written in such a way to get more people to accept it that it contained many loopholes that would allow it to eventually become the government we have today.

Yet it did not have to be like this; we were not destined to have a corrupt and despotic government. On the final day of the Constitutional Convention a speech was read to the delegates by James Wilson by Ben Franklin – Franklin was too infirm to stand and read it himself, so he asked Mr. Wilson to read it for him. In this speech Franklin wrote, “…I believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a Course of Years, and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other.”

Upon leaving the convention after it had voted to adopt the final draft of the Constitution, Franklin reiterated those sentiments when a woman asked him what type of government they had produced. Franklin’s response was, “A Republic madam, if you can keep it.”

In both those instances Franklin places the responsibility for the character of our government squarely upon the people; meaning that the future of this country rests entirely upon the character, integrity, and knowledge levels of those who vote for those 535 people who represent them.

How can anyone tell me that they are making informed decisions when they vote when they cannot hold an intelligent debate over such things as the intent of the general welfare or necessary and proper clauses of the Constitution? How can anyone tell me that our government, as it exists today, is what was intended by those who wrote and ratified it when the States are no longer crucial and essential parts of the legislative process? How can anyone tell me that they are making informed decisions at the polls when they don’t know the intent of the 10th Amendment and how it was designed to limit the federal government’s ability to interfere in the affairs of the individual States?

America, your cups are full and you are making your decisions based upon lies you have been taught in school about why your government was established. Even if Trump truly is the savior you all claim he is, the continued erosion of your liberty will continue once he leaves office.

For our government to be truly good it requires that we, meaning ALL OF US, become informed as to WHY it was instituted in the first place. That means we are going to have to spend some time digging; seeking out what was said by the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists; what was said during the various State ratification assemblies as it pertains to what our government was supposed to do on our behalf.

Only then can we say that we are making informed decisions. But that, in and of itself, is not enough. Once we become informed, we MUST place the election of truly constitutional minded candidates in office above our concerns for those who make us campaign promises to give us things, or keep us safe and comfortable.

Liberty is not comfortable, it is not safe, it is not secure. If you equate liberty to absolute freedom, then if you are alone in a jungle you are absolutely free to do whatever you want…correct? But you are also entirely responsible for providing your own sustenance and protecting yourself from any threats you might encounter. There are no food stamp programs in the jungle, no 911 service to dial if you need assistance. You, and you alone are responsible for your survival.

Sounds harsh, right? But if you read through the writings of those who fought for America’s independence you will see that all of them spoke often, and forcefully about Liberty. You did not hear them complain that Great Britain did not provide them with enough safety and security; you heard them complain about Great Britain infringing upon their liberty.

Liberty scares the crap out of most people; because deep down inside I think they know that if it truly existed in America they would not last a week. They know that in a system based upon individual liberty that they, and they alone, would be responsible for their own sustenance and survival; and they are either too lazy or too scared to accept that responsibility.

Yet if our system functioned as it was intended that is exactly what would happen. People would either succeed or fail based upon their own skill and hard work; businesses would either succeed or fail based upon the quality of their product and the effective management by their CEO’s. In a truly constitutional government there would be no government subsidies; either for the private or business sector.

None of this will happen though unless there is a revolution in the way people see government. None of this will happen unless people empty their cups of the lies they have been taught and fill them with the truth. For myriad reasons I don’t see that happening. Either people are too busy to spend the time required to learn the truth; they are too apathetic to spend the time it would take to become informed, or they simply enjoy having government tax others so that it can take care of their every need – they don’t want to see a system instituted which would make them responsible for their own safety and survival.

Thomas Jefferson, upon being elected president in 1800, delivered an inaugural address where he defined what is meant by good government, “…a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government…”

If we want to make America truly great again we absolutely MUST return to that way of thinking. Otherwise we will keep repeating the same mistakes which got us to where we are right now. If Trump truly wanted to make America great again he would begin with abolishing the educational system that is indoctrinating our children into believing that government is all powerful; that its job is to care for their every need from cradle to grave.

But I don’t see that happening. All I see is our government growing bigger and bigger and our liberty shrinking by the day, while the debt that we, the American people, are ultimately responsible for paying off continues to grow. That’s what I see with Trump. In other words, more of politics as usual; just a different flavor.

And that is all I have to say on that…

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