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July 10, 2009

“We The People” Rising Up

Joe Charlebois

We The People grant certain powers to the federal government. We as citizens of several independent states and commonwealths needed to establish ways to provide uniform justice, fair trade (between the states) and provide for national defense to protect the fledgling republic that had just been established. The founders established a document that protects the individual from the state.


The preamble of the Constitution is concise and direct. It establishes the groundwork on which this country is built.


The federal government has no powers unless authorized by the people. We have elected officials to represent us in a Congress that was designed to deal with the matters of providing equal justice, raising a military or naval force as needed, and brokering treaties when called upon.


"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."


We have to remember our rights do not come from our president; they do not come from the halls of Congress; they come from our Creator. Anyone who disputes this notion of Natural Laws and the fact that our founders recognized this is not a student of history. Our Declaration of Independence is very specific about that. That is why those who are students of history are adamant that we return the power back to the people.


The Take Back America rally here in Frederick on the 4th of July was a show of great support for a return to individual liberties, not only here, but elsewhere throughout the country. The tongues of red flames that were evident on April 15th have grown higher, hotter and now they have whitened. Ordinary folks that would never have thought of showing up for a rally have not only done so for the first times in their lives, but they have done so in numbers that have to be considered large by any estimation.


The City of Frederick is just a microcosm of what is happening in town after town across our great land.


 The People have had it. They've had it with government takeover of private enterprise. They can't understand why our elected officials continue to spend money we don't have. They want no further bailouts. The idea that the administration is considering a second wave of stimulus dollars – when only 10% of the original stimulus has been spent – is ludicrous.


The economic situation is only part of people's frustrations. They don't want to be forced into a government healthcare plan that is designed to undercut private insurers (with taxpayer subsidies) until they can no longer compete. They understand it would establish a single payer system. They don't want illegal immigrants receiving benefits that Americans aren't entitled to, such as in-state tuition, or free healthcare and education. They don't understand why enemy combatants and possible terrorists will be "Mirandized" on the battlefield, and then be able to take refuge in our courts as if they were being tried for committing a misdemeanor or felony.


Overseas they are frustrated that the current administration has taken a submissive role. We are a sovereign nation and not citizens of the world. We have to stand with authority as the lone superpower. It behooves no one to have the United States join a lead-by-committee approach. We need to lead. When you don't stand with authority – like a substitute teacher – bad things happen. North Korea is testing us. Iran is testing us. Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela is testing us with his support of ousted Honduran leader Manuel Zelaya. Russia is laughing at the idea of unilateral disarmament in Europe.


Americans have also grown tired of the 'blame game.' It doesn't solve any current situation to try to collar a bad outcome on a predecessor. That type of rhetoric from the president and vice president does nothing to move us forward, but rather makes the current administration look weak and petty in comparison.


In short the American people elected Barack Obama to lead us in a new direction. They grew weary of a beaten Bush administration. The American people did not envision this new direction as one that would include the usurpation of individual freedoms, an increased tax burden, a monumental increase in the federal debt, an intentional weakening of our standing as the lone superpower by granting an audience to tyrants and despots, or one that dismissed civil servant whistleblowers who challenged the president's political agenda.


The fact is that within nearly six months of this administration, We the People have grown weary again, this time for different reasons.


I understand why there are rallies and why people are drawn to this movement. I just hope that our elected leaders hear what those who spoke have said and why their passion burns so white hot.


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