Franklin’s historic reply: “A republic, if you can keep it!”
The Constitution is a remarkable document. It is the document that establishes America’s supremacy among the gaggle of all other political systems, past and present, on Earth.
The combination of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution launched “The great American experiment,” which has become the world’s template for individual rights and freedom.
The public must be protected from the excesses of government, is the message of both documents.
Today, the Declaration and Constitution are facing arguably the most onerous threat against their survival since 1861. That threat comes not from a Hitler, Stalin or foreign royalty. More insidiously, it comes from within.
While historically there has always been friction between supporters of more government and less government, which have stayed within the boundaries of the Constitution, the past two years have seen acts by our government that challenge, if not violate, the core of American political principles.
The blame for the current state of political friction lies with those who promote the notion that America, if not the planet, needs more government to solve problems.
Those who embrace this notion call themselves “liberals” or “progressives” — both euphemisms for “socialists.”
Collectively, liberals are not fun to be around. Liberals don’t like to see other people enjoying themselves. So they do all they can to spread misery around.
Liberals are convinced that they are smarter than the rest of us and are driven to making rules to govern our behavior. Need I mention lightbulbs, gasoline blends, fireplaces, “paper or plastic,” press 1 for English, Happy Meals, Big Gulp drinks, etc?
Liberals are also totally devoid of the principles of economics. How else can one explain the notion of raising taxes to escape a recession?
Some liberal-inspired outcomes are merely irritants, with no permanent damage to the American system. However, the bailouts, deficit-debt action, student loan system takeover and health care takeover do note bode well for the preservation of liberty for the American people.
Further, the questionable action of the chief justice on compulsory insurance is undermining confidence in the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court decision regarding the Affordable Care Act has given the executive and legislative branches a power not enumerated in the Constitution. That is extremely dangerous to our freedom.
Personally, I am obliged to honor my oath “to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. And I accept this responsibility willingly, without reservation or purpose of evasion, so help me, God.”
Millions of men and women have served in the armed forces of the United States, from the war for independence to today. More than 1 million have given their lives fighting for the American Way. I do not recall any who have fought to preserve socialism.
• Charles Norton is a Tracy resident and a retired U.S. Marine Corps member.