Glenn Beck rallies patriots nationwide
Once upon a time in the United States of America we understood the role of federal government. At the time that the Constitution was ratified there were two camps: the federalist and the anti-federalists. The difference of opinion was about the role of the federal government and how expansive it's power would be.
Eventually the nation began to splinter over this core disagreement until the north (the federalists) and the south (the anti-federalists) could no longer settle their disagreements by settling them politically. A stalemate had developed along clear battle lines that evenly divided the nation between north and south, coincidentally (not really) it mirrored the list of slave and free states. Although a moral issue, slavery was more importantly (politically) an issue of state sovereignty to use the lingo of the day.
After the matter had been settled by war the United States were no longer really united. The south had been defeated and was powerless to continue with their belief in self determination (as free states), and soon to follow were post Civil War reconstruction Amendments that would later be used to expand the role, power and authority of the federal government even farther. Specifically the 14th Amendment has been used to cite federal authority in local matters whenever the issue of civil liberties became the topic. In an ironic twist of fate, it was a northern state that was attempting to infringe on the rights of Jehovas Witnesses who were handing out religious tracks. Several such cases landed on the doorstep of the Supreme Court and a precedent was set that expanded the post Civil War reconstruction amendment (the 14th Amendment) to reach into local (state) matters because the offender of the individual civil liberties was the state itself.
From this starting point the slow and steady march away from the concept of state sovereignty had begun, and another "good cause" was not far off in the future as the 17th Amendment delivered the death blow to anti-federalism.
The 17th Amendment was ratified to address deadlocks in some legislatures and accusations of bribery, corruption, and suspicious dealings in some elections. Nine bribery cases were brought before the Senate between 1866 and 1906, and 45 deadlocks occurred in 20 states between 1891 and 1905, resulting in numerous delays in seating Senators. The fix was to change the selection of Senators from state assemblies, to direct election by the people. The effect was the death knell of the power of states in our federal government.
Lost in this mix of historical happenstance and bloodshed was the idea of what the United States was supposed to be... The "United States" of America. It is simple and fundamental to who and what America is, that it is actually difficult to explain to folks who are historically ignorant of the chain of events described earlier, that brought us to where we are right now.
The problem with how we evolved in a nation controlled by a federal behemoth is that after the good causes had been served and satisfied, government did what government does best... it serves itself, expands itself and solidifies it's power base.
Fast forward to the present Administration and we see a form of government that is so far from who and what we are as a nation, that an interesting thing has happened that the Obamaphiles pushing an American version of national socialism don't know how to deal with...
America, Americans, have rediscovered the country we once were and are looking at where we are and are not happy at what they see. Most of them don't know the aforementioned historical context for why they feel the way they do, but they know that things have gotten out of control.
Glenn Beck recently started tapping into this political phenomena and his army of followers is swelling to proportions that have liberals in particular shaking in their boots. They don't know what to make of these peasants with pitch forks, so they call them names such as "racists" and "extremists". This week the Glenn Beck show is addressing this specific issue as it explores what Beck is calling "Reasonable questions for unreasonable times" which you can read here:
To my conservative readers I suggest that you stop for a moment and begin to address how this applies to you too. For example since WWII we have not gone to war ONCE by a declaration of war by Congress. To you too I suggest that you examine "good causes" that have caused us to drift from our baseline of national existence, and pull out your scalpel and get to work performing a little self surgery.
If America, the America we were founded as, is to survive Obama's brand of national socialism in this country (some call Obamanuism), we will need to fire up we the people who listen to Glenn Beck, attend Tea Parties, go to Town Hall meetings and write blogs all over the internet. The Democrats and Republicans who refuse to look in the mirror and see who and what their beloved really have become, are for now lost. But we the actual majority of this nation, the 37% of Independents who Democrats and Republicans suck up to every time they want our vote, are in a place in our nation's history to slap our brethren awake and to re-invent America into the "United States" of America.
Issues such as health care reform are completely within the lanes of the states that we live in. Issues such as interrogating prisoners plucked foreign battlefields should be addressed by asking our government a simple question: "Where is your Constitutional declaration of war?" The issue of national debt is the cancer that consumes us, and feeding the behemoth, no matter how good the cause, is no more productive than it is to feed cancer with nutrients. It just doesn't make any sense, does it?
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