On Our Republic
by L. J. Martin
One man, one vote… Not in this U.S.A. And your forefathers planned it that way. Why? Because they understood the value of people whose roots were well established in the land, who worked the land, who gained their sustenance from the land, who were self-sufficient, self-reliant, independent, and truly free. Free because they were all those things. Your forefathers understood that those folks out in the hinterlands were less excitable, less likely to go off half cocked, less likely to respond without forethought, as in their day to day life they had to make wise well thought out decisions, for each decision made by a man who depends upon the land, upon the seasons, lives with him for at least a year, and sometimes a lifetime. He only has a short window in which to decide what to plant, and that decision has to be lived with for at least a season, sometimes multiple seasons. Would we all give that forethought to whom we elect.
Our Montana senators represent about a half million folks each, after all, Montana has less than a million population, and the two senators from Wyoming only represent about three hundred thousand each. Barbara Boxer, the senator from California, represents around eighteen million folks, i.e. two senators from California, representing a state of thirty six million. Yet each of those senators have a vote in the senate carrying equal weight. The forefathers understood this, and thus, valued those who lived outside the hustle and bustle of the city. They valued that man who depended upon no one else for his water, for his food, and many times, for his medical care…certainly not for food stamps, or rent, or clothing for his children. The value of self-sufficiency, self-reliance, self-worth, is beyond measure.
Thus, we have a republic, not a democracy.
And we should thank the forefathers each and every day for that great foresight.
Yet we’re letting their wisdom seep away into the sands of time. We’re slowly allowing our freedoms, or self-reliance, our self-sufficiency, wither as the federal government usurps power from the states, power wisely relegated to the states in the Constitution, for power in the fed was regulated by that document. And power of the states is power of the counties, the towns, the villages, and yes, each of us as individuals. More and more self-reliance is becoming reliance upon the fed, upon the bureaucracy, upon some unknown, unseen, face in some overstuffed, under qualified, department in some unknown place. It’s time to stop taking the easy way, for in the long run it’s the self-destructive way.
A couple of paragraphs based on information in Wikipedia:
Article One of the United States Constitution describes the powers of Congress, the legislative branch of the federal government. The Article establishes the powers of and limitations on the Congress, consisting of a House of Representatives composed of Representatives, with each state gaining or losing representation in proportion to its population, and a Senate, composed of two Senators from each state. The article details the manner of election and qualifications of members of each House. It outlines legislative procedure and enumerates the powers vested in the legislative branch. Finally, it establishes limits on the powers of both Congress and the states.
The Tenth Amendment (Amendment X) to the United States Constitution, which is part of the Bill of Rights, was ratified on December 15, 1791. The Tenth Amendment states the Constitution’s principle of federalism by providing that powers not granted to the federal government nor prohibited to the States by the Constitution are reserved to the States or the people.
The Congress of today and recent history has gone far beyond the powers delegated to it by the Constitution. James Madison explained: “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.” That vision has faded; it’s the federal government whose powers are numerous and indefinite, and those of the state are now few and defined. We’ve let things flip flop, and it must be corrected.
Former slave Frederick Douglass advised: “Find out just what people will submit to and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them. … The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”
How much endurance do we have. It’s time we sent folks to Congress who understand the Constitution and consider it the law of the land. It’s served us well, let’s not let the prosperity of the United States of America, the freedoms of the United States of America, slip away into the sands of time.