The ‘Consent Of The Governed’ Undermined
The declaration established the pre-eminence of individuals and our relationship with God, the Creator, who bestowed these blessings – these rights – upon all of us. We fought a Civil War to bring that truth to realization for all. Through Jefferson’s words, America’s founders made clear “that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Now, some people seem to believe that winning an election gives public officials enough consent, or a mandate, for their agenda – regardless of whether that agenda conflicts with the fundamentals of America as a constitutional republic.
Jefferson set forth an ideal where citizens are governed, not ruled, and where they have recourse if that social contract is broken. “When a long train of abuses and usurpation’s, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism,” he wrote, “it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such a government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”
Consider the arrogance of Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner after she was exposed as a key player in the scandal involving politically motivated investigations of tea party groups and other conservative outlets seeking nonprofit status. She made a statement to a congressional committee, pleaded her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and then departed the hearing room, soon thereafter to begin a taxpayer-funded “leave of absence.”
The Declaration of Independence expressed the people’s right to petition the government for a redress of grievances, resulting in one of our First Amendment rights. However, last week Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott suggested to six American citizens at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the IRS abuses that they do not have that right.
Former IRS Chairman Douglas Shulman was asked to explain some of the 157 trips he took to the White House. He responded with “Easter Egg Hunt.”
We had to endure Attorney General Eric Holder saying he knows nothing about the Justice Department secretly probing private communications of the press, only to learn later that he signed off on an affidavit for such. But he really did not mean it. And don’t forget his role in the gunrunning scandal Operation Fast and Furious.
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told us during the healthcare debate a few years ago that Congress had to pass the bill in order to know what was in it. Now Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is soliciting private funding in order to finance the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
When Susan Rice can lie to the American people five times on Sunday talk shows and be rewarded with a promotion to National Security Advisor — or when Victoria Nuland can play a key part in altering intelligence talking points and be recommended for higher State Department post — the government lacks the accountability the declaration envisioned. But then again, as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “What difference does it make?”
We found out this week that the State Department allegedly has been covering up some disturbing behavior by some ambassadors and security detail personnel. I know, what difference does it make?
The difference is that we also now know that our own government is recording our communications data. We are told that these activities are all about ensuring national security, that the PRISM data-mining program and the PATRIOT Act that presumably allows it are necessary. President Obama told us “trade-offs” of our privacy are necessary to keep us secure.
But remember Benjamin Franklin’s warning: “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
What happened with Anwar al-Awlaki, the jihadist with ties to al Qaeda eventually killed in a drone strike; with Maj. Nidal Hasan of the Fort Hood, Texas, terrorist attack; with the underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab; with Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square bomber; with the Tsarnaev brothers of the Boston Marathon bombings; and with Carlos Bledsoe, who traveled to Somalia and Yemen for terrorist training and shot two Army soldiers? Why are 57 Islamic organizations, some with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, sending a letter to former counter-terrorism adviser and now-CIA Director John Brennan?
Why are we carpet-bombing American citizens while disregarding the enemy for precision scrutiny? Has cultural relativism and political correctness led us to the point where we all must be classified as being guilty of something to appease the sensitivities of others?
No, I do not subscribe to the belief that we must surrender civil liberties in order to be safer. That belief and the scandals discussed above have fueled a lack of trust between the governed and those occupying high elected offices.
If there is to be a next generation, we must re-establish the consent of the governed and discharge those who believe that lying, deception and the officialdom of arrogance is the new normal. We must find American leaders who will take responsibility and accountability for their actions, and we must not tolerate excuse-makers and deflectors.
The time for choosing is upon us all.
Steadfast and Loyal,
Allen B. West
We can talk about history. Become part of history. Hell, we can create History.
We can talk about Jefferson. Lincoln. Washington. Reagan. And the many other iconic and glorious names summarily attached to America’s history.
This is not 1776.
It is 2013, and America needs to wake up.
For some unfortunate reason, Americans have become weak and ignorant to their Constitutional rights. A few years ago, a fella flew his plane into a government building. In fact it was an IRS building.
We are living in a Socialistic arena. We have been. It was just a matter of pathetic America voting for the anti-christ, Obama. Obama has begun his intended process of debilitating our Constitutional venue.
Americans are afraid to challenge Obama and sadly, the only Real and True Americans willing sacrifice ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING is the American Soldier. You know, the “bad” guys willing to start an American version of the Arab spring.
Sadly and most logically in theory, it is the American Soldier who, for all intent and purpose will gladly initiate a revolution.
Don’t get me wrong, America has a democratic process. We know this.
But America has never had a dictator, a tzar, a warlord, a terrorist, a socialist, and the anti-christ rolled into one. He, Obama and his cast of idiotic womb rejects are creating an environment of lies, deception, treasonous actions, global tyranny with respect to giving up the United States sovereignty as in global player on multiple levels.
The environment he is creating, is one that preys on values and patience.
He should be impeached and certainly imprisoned based on his actions overvthe past four and one half years especially the past nine months.
He should be charged as such along with Clinton. Biden. Holder. Kerry. Wasserman Shultz.
This can go on and on, but, until you Colonel West and/or fellas like me literally let them know who is out here, these blogs, websites, and the many media access points are about as useful as AIDS.
LIBERALS RUN OFF WITH THE MOUTH.
REPUBLICANS ACT OR SO I THOUGHT.
I AM PREPARED TO STEP UP WITH AMERICAN AND FAMILY VALUES. INTELLECTUAL THOUGHT, THEORY, AND PERSPECTIVE. MOST IMPORTANTLY I WIll GET AMERICA BACK INTO THE HANDS OF REAL AND TRUE AMERICANS. ISLAM WILL THINK TWICE.
He certainly has not taken the same oath I took when I first enlisted in U.S. Army in 1981.
A thought –
There are very few effective methods of getting rid of Federal Employees that are not performing, except for one and it is quite clear. It has to do attendance. Now, I don’t know how often Obama has been absent, but, I bet it extends passed any leave he has acquired since being in office. Now, even Federal employees have to be offsite periodically to attend meetings, training, etc. – but, it must be work related. You can’t run around campaigning for a new job. It needs to be within the scope of your employment. Now, I don’t think “campaigning” is covered in the Constitution when it defines the duties of his Executive position which makes him AWOL or LWOP most of the time. That is a fact. He is performing functions which are not within the scope of his duties. He needs counseling – you can be assured that he will get it. But, it probably wouldn’t hurt to know the actual extent to which he has not been “on the job.” He needs to come back to Washington and face these scandals like a man. Also, it has come to my attention that the UN is a serious issue. Although I expect that this may get me into a lot of trouble, I am still going to utilize my “Free Speech” to make them aware of the fact that any treaties made that conflict with the US Constitution will not be honored by the People. I may also address his absenteeism. Although that would normally be considered to be a “privacy” issue that could not be shared with others – if you were a manager – but, since he does not seem concerned about our “privacy”, he should not be concerned about his. He is not above the Law. Incidentally, Representative King did us “proud” today – even I was impressed. His words were as fluid as glass as he defended our heritage, our Constitution, our Bill of Rights. He raised All Mighty Hell with all in the House. I think I can safely say that he answered a “Call.” I did try to defend him when he got into a bit of a scandal awhile back but it looks like he has come through it. I knew he was a good man, but good men make mistakes – we all do and his was quite minor and more of a political issue. Wish me luck with my UN address. Maybe, I will just use the same line as Margaret Thatcher – NO. NO. NO. – one for the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
just a Question On the act of treason, aid and comfort to the enemies. When does Obama inclusion and advancement of the Muslim Brotherhoods’ agenda world wide using Americas resources and troops to do so, qualify as treason?