Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Death of We the People

More than 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln gave his most famous speech, The Gettysburg Address, where he reiterated the American ideal of a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. With the recent spate of US Supreme Court rulings, the oligarchy of elite progressives have become firmly entrenched as the ruling body of the United States. Rather than a country ruled by the people, we have turned all control over to a small group of individuals who flaunt the Constitution to create law where none existed and to erase law where it was plainly written.

In King v. Burwell, Chief Justice Roberts argued that what the law said, and what the law meant were not the same things. Deciding in favor of keeping Obamacare intact with regard to federal funding of states which did not create their own exchanges, the majority court basically acted as Congress and rewrote the law to suit its progressive ideology.

In Obergefell v. Hodges, Justice Kennedy created a right to same-sex marriage out of thin air, redefined the term marriage, denied the complementary nature of men and women, put the 1st Amendment at risk, and negated the ability of voters to create law not in sync with progressive dogmas.

In Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, Justice Ginsburg let an earlier federal court ruling stand,  preventing states from requiring an ID in order to vote. This opens voting to a whole, new level of abuse.

The basic, and most dangerous, problem with these court rulings is the assumption of power of the Supreme Court over the people and the people's elected representatives. It takes power away from the people and puts it squarely in the hands of an elite oligarchy. The oligarchy extends beyond the benches of the court and reaches into the White House, as well as reaching out to a select few who are rich and powerful enough to turn the gears of the current government.

The question remains. Why did we, as a people, allow the oligarchy to take over control of the US? Some would argue that the oligarchy has always had control. That may well be true. But never in the history of the US has the central government had such control over the daily lives of its citizens as we endure today. Except for rare occasions in the past, the rule of law has been held sacred, now thrown out with the whim of the ruling liberal progressive class.

Why did we give up our self rule? Part of the answer lies in the exploitation of our general laziness and disinterest in the most basic operations of government. Part of the answer lies in our general trend toward the immoral, where we extoll the virtues of the sexual revolution above the virtues of marriage, fidelity, family, and honor. Part of the answer lies in an educational system that no longer teaches the hard lessons of history. Part of the answer lies in selfish human nature.

Only when we the people regain our moral standing will we once again deserve a government that responds to liberty and the rule of law, rather than bowing to the dictates of the corrupted elite.