If the U.S. government seriously and consistently strays from the Constitutional limitations imposed on it or the mandates the Constitution imposes on it , is it still a government that has legitimate authority to legislate laws to the populace that was laboring under the assumption their government was on their side?
John Adams said in 1818: "But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties and obligations…This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution."
A recent case in point was the passage of Obamacare. There was no meaningful dialogue with the citizens, and not a lot of dialogue with those on the opposite side of the aisle. The Democrats in Congress bulled through Obamacare at the President's insistence. At numerous townhalls, citizens complained and spoke their opinions. Some of the politicians walked out of the town halls, some politicians insulted the citizens, some politicians purposely lied and attempted to neutralize all opposition to a bill that the Speaker of the House told us via TV that they would have to pass it so that we could find out what was in it. Once that did in fact happen, we learned it was the biggest tax hike in American history, and a disaster re health care which most in the public never supported to begin with. This does not sound like something Alexander Hamilton would have approved.
Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 78, 1788 SAID, "And it proves, in the last place, that liberty can have nothing to fear from the judiciary alone, but would have everything to fear from its union with either of the other departments."
Recently the President made two appointments to the Supreme Court. One of these justices had represented him or worked with the person who in fact represented him in court. Now possibly coming before the court is the so-called health care bill. There is great question as to whether or not this judge will recuse herself on either it or on the President's eligibility should that case ever be heard. The Supreme Court has become highly, HIGHLY political, something that is supposedly verboten, and one segment almost always votes against the original intent of the Constitution – the Progressives, while the other almost always votes with the original intent of the Constitution – the Republicans. Because of this politicization and politics in general SCOTUS should never be assumed to have voted on the actual Constitutionality of any case. It isn't unbiased – it is politicized. To my thinking the American people would do just as well without the SCOTUS
Sometimes it seems our government officials deliberately try to bait the public, encourage dissention, and without their power of the use of force to have their way, most citizens would rebel. I doubt our officials have read much history of the republic.
John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776 said, "Fear is the foundation of most governments; but it is so sordid and brutal a passion, and renders men in whose breasts it predominates so stupid and miserable, that Americans will not be likely to approve of any political institution which is founded on it. "
He also said, "Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it."
Is there a living soul who believes our government officials adhere to any of these principles? We have seen a huge cluster of "czars" named and placed by this President, none of whom have been approved by voters, many of whom have not been approved by Congress, yet these unaccountable "czars" will be dictating to the public what the public will and will not do. There have been many, many things occur as deliberate actions taken by by the Administration and the Democrat Congress that are questionable at best, intolerable at worst. We haven't been receiving information as we should, given that we have dozens of media outlets, but none who do any important work in the area of actually transmitting facts.
So………do you believe we still live in a representative republic? Or do you, as I do, believe we are much closer to tyranny than to any form of democratic representative government. And should we follow their dictates under these conditions, or do we supply another government?