Earlier I shared my certainty that the Preamble needs to drop all that “Union, justice, tranquility” stuff and focus on liberty. Because only free men and women can do those other things. Instead, government thefts of our liberty have given us this “union” of Redstate/Bluestate. The justice of Eric Holder. The tranquility of Occupy Wall Street.
So I’ve concluded that the only legitimate function for an overarching government is to maximize its citizens’ freedoms. That focus actually changes very little of what the present government can already constitutionally do. It would still have a military, would still be the final arbiter of states’ disputes, etc.
Of course, it obliterates most of the Fed’s actual activities. But I’m not saying that government shouldn’t do many of these functions. I’m saying the national government shouldn’t. Suppose states could enact the social and economic policies desired by their own citizens. Would that improve, or worsen, the American union and its justice and tranquility?
Right this minute it would worsen things. Because if we taxpayingAmericascould shrug the taxsucking Americans off of our backs we’d do it this second. Some of us even know it would be for the parasites own good. But they (the Ruling Class and the Taking Class) are not going to become self-supportive without a fight.
And yet we let these spoiled children get away with screaming invectives at their betters whenever they don’t get their way. Which means we’re not adult enough either.
How did our culture get so infantile?
I don’t think the Founding Fathers had any notion just how successful their system would be. This constitutional republic grew so smart and creative and productive and rich that it could support tens of millions of Americans who are the opposite of smart and creative and productive. Our wealth and security was so unprecedented that smug complacency grew to new heights as well.
So now, close to half of our citizens are going through their entire lives without ever becoming adults.
This is why I believe the Founders’ biggest blind spot was cooking up that lie about “unalienable rights”. I understand why they didn’t know it was a lie. It never occurred to them that an entire society could forget that there is no right without a corresponding responsibility.
I don’t think they considered the possibility that enormous luxury and ease would turn everyone into children, even the tyrants.
Look at our culture, and tell me that the Constitution 2.0 doesn’t need to spell out basic individual responsibilities to go with any and all rights. Yes, I find its necessity insane, as I’m sure all of you do who also had strict and moral upbringings.
So let’s get rid of “unalienable” rights and get the “self-alienable” idea out there, STAT and from the very beginning.