Our Constitution was not written to list what the people could or could not have. Instead our United States formed under an understanding that our people are responsible enough not only to handle freedom, but representation within the government. The American people, as in the Federalist Papers #49 states, are the ultimate authority. We are a unique country where the people were not only given authority over their government under law, but the means to keep their government from overpowering the people. Tyrants hate the U.S. Constitution because the wise men who shaped it distributed power to their greatest abilities. Whether it’s the 3 branches of the federal government, or authority left to the state, or our electoral college, all of it is to oppose tyranny.
In recent years people have assumed we’re a democracy, or that democracy is the best form of government. I can see that way of thinking because everyone gets a vote. On a small scale I do believe direct democracy can work because a small group of people usually acts more civil to each other. However when you start to have multiple families involved it gets hard to keep people from fighting or splitting off if they don’t get their way. This is especially a problem with democratic socialism, where a majority of a group could literally vote to take someone else’s earnings. Democracy is simply the majority controlling everything, which allows a tyrannical leader to be elected through democracy, or simply for the masses to vote away the rights of a minority (be that the very poor or very rich).
The reason for a republican form of government is very simple when you reflect upon what the United States is. We are a union of states, and each state has its own separate concerns. This is why Congressmen and women are chosen to represent their state or state’s population. It’s quite obvious to see that Kentucky’s Senator is more concerned with their coal industry than California’s Senator. Under a direct democracy no one would hear Kentucky’s concerns over California. This is because California has over 8x the population. Besides the simplicity of protecting the minority, our Constitution protects the authority of local governments. With such a large and diverse nation you can not expect everyone to be dictated by majority rule, otherwise millions would be misrepresented. If states didn’t have any governing authority, every time a state had an issue to be solved, the entire nation would have to take a democratic vote on this issue. So let’s say New Yorkers really love the idea of banning McDonalds’ toys and Texans hated it. Instead of New Yorkers passing the law in their state, they would have to convince the entire country to vote on what they want and accept the ban nationwide. Hoosiers would be voting on laws that affect Floridians, and vice versa. At the end of the day true democracy would mean the eradication of the states. What’s the point of state governments if the nation’s majority is deciding the laws for everyone?
We all know every 4 years we have an election for our president. The election goes by each state, because each state must elect the presidential candidate they prefer. Some say this is stupid because this creates “swing states” where entire elections can swing depending on a few states. Funny thing is, these states change. Donald Trump not only had to win every swing state and every state predicted to go to him, but he also had to pull a state that was predicted to go to Hillary Clinton in order to win. Without the electoral college we would not have swing states or the balance of representation; we would have swing cities. Entire elections would hang on the balance of 5 cities, instead of 5 states. If swing states nullify representation according to liberal media, imagine how diverse campaigns would be if you only have to win 5% of the nation’s counties. Your state wouldn’t matter anymore, only the tiny locations that contain the most amounts of people. Those people in big cities who have been voting the same for 50 years would now be the ruling class over every American.
With our Constitution came the Bill of Rights, which not only lists our rights but does not limit them with the 9th Amendment. Here, under written law, American’s have their rights held above the authority of the governed. Modern day tyrants will try to ignore these rights not by legally amending the Constitution, but by saying it is a living document that can be interpreted anyway they wish. Now why would someone wish to change a document that defends the people, without going through the proper legalities? I think it’s quite simple. They do not care about the American people. In the United States it is not treason to oppose politicians, it very well may be treason when a politician makes his or herself an enemy of what the people established. Our Bill of Rights does not just lay out specific rights that cannot be regulated by the government, but defends the rights that allow us to be the ruling authority.
With freedom comes responsibility. The more freedom the people have, their values must align with justice. “Treat others as you would want done to yourself,” and with that the American people are safer than any other culture in the world. Why would someone steal? That’s wrong. Americans shouldn’t need any other reasoning or threat. These values and standards have been under attack by the same people who hate the Constitution, not to free us from “systematic oppression”, but to tear down the foundation in which freedom thrives. Without a moral standard society turns to empty material, which either leads to depression (China and Japan) or chaos (anarchy). The government can then promise to protect the people from themselves, while simultaneously taking away more of the people’s authority.
What many foreign nations and city-folk don’t understand is America’s “gun-culture.” These people were raised to see guns as symbols of death, and to fear them. The thing about firearms is that most gun-control activists will allow the government to keep ahold of them. People of authority get armed guards and to organize armed people in the name of security. In short, people of authority get firearms. See the full circle here? The reason Americans are ensured the right to bear arms in their Constitution is because they are an authority. Our rights are not seen as material, but different actions a human has the right to do. As our Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Rights are not material, but God given. The right to bear arms isn’t a promise of hand-outs in the form of firearms, but instead that the American people have the right to defend themselves. At the basics of the conversation the question arrises, “who are you to tell me that I must rely on police for my safety?” Even without firearms, knives are extremely hard to defend against without the distance a longsword or pistol provides. To deprive me of my right to bear arms is like outlawing the use of swords before firearms. But this amendment goes deeper than local crime. The reason for the 2nd Amendment was defense against tyranny. If the people are the ultimate authority, they have the right to overthrow governments (including their own) if a government attempts to overthrow their Constitution. Firearms are not a symbol of death, but a symbol of authority and responsibility. Here’s where that little thing called values comes back again.
Americans are entrusted with this authority, and unlike other nations where simply the existence of a gun supposably increases crime, our value system uses it to deter crime. The freedom fighters who formed this country took pride in trusting its people to keep and bear arms. So much so that to this day our government recognized males 17-45 as the “Unorganized Militia.” An army on standby that simply exists because the people have the authority to keep and bear arms. Values are infinitely important to keep a society this free, and to keep the government from regulating the people’s rights. The reason for many Christians being conservative is that they believe in universals truths, that God created a standard for us to live by. This standard isn’t something demanded by law, but the reason for this is because when it is followed there is no need for man-made laws. Government doesn’t need to take action if the people do what is right, and these values are passed on through our families. Because of this, when the government places suspicious on law-abiding gun owners, we know not to blame individuals, but to take offense with the government insinuating that we cannot be trusted with our own lives.
This brings us to education. I believe education is one of the most important things in a society. Catholics in the middle ages could not read the Bible and therefore had no reason to not convert if a new majority took over. Whatever the belief is, it will always be one generation away from extinction when the believers do not have sound apologetics (defense for their personal beliefs). Freedom and the values that sustain it must be passed down to each generation, and to keep it free it mustn’t be translated by the government. This is why our Constitution left these issues to “the States respectively, or to the people” in the 10th Amendment. Sadly over the years our educational system has become so heavily regulated that religious virtue and even the American flag is sometimes outlawed entirely. It is up to the people once again to preserve liberty and the values that sustain it through the family, not public education. This is again why the same people who believe in misinterpreting the Constitution also wish to disrupt the family and outlaw homeschooling. All these things liberals have been tricked into believing as individual issues are actually connected in the grand scheme of liberty, and that is why conservatives have gone to such lengths to oppose them. America was never suppose to be the right-wing and left-wing battling over who raises who’s child: the United States of America exists because of the idea that a virtuous populous can manage a prosperous society themselves.