After we’ve gathered around a picnic table or at a city park, perhaps it would be a wise investment of time to ask some basic questions about the direction we want this nation to go in. These questions should be at the top of our list:
What type of city do we want to live in? What type of state do we want to live in? What type of nation do we want to live in?
Most importantly, do we want to live in a place where We The People make most of the decisions or do we want to live in a nation where government makes most of the decisions, especially the most important decisions?
Before answering those questions, understand that our Founding Fathers didn’t sign the Declaration of Independence so that we would transition from one form of oppressive government to a different oppressive government. They said that such declarations shouldn’t be done for “light and transient causes.” Further, these patriots said that people are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” They insisted that “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Are We The People subjects of an unaccountable government that doesn’t derive its power from the consent of the governed? Do We The People make most of the decisions? Do We The People make the most important decisions impacting our families and ourselves?
Before answering those questions, consider this: Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian just fined a bakery $135,000 for not baking a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding:
In the ruling, Avakian placed an effective gag order on the Kleins, ordering them to “cease and desist” from speaking publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for same-sex weddings based on their Christian beliefs.
“This effectively strips us of all our First Amendment rights,” the Kleins, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, which has since closed, wrote on their Facebook page. “According to the state of Oregon we neither have freedom of religion or freedom of speech.”
This isn’t about a person’s position on same-sex marriage. It’s about an imperial government saying that they control what people can and can’t say. Is that the type of nation you want to live in? Do We The People want to be told what we must do? Do We The People want to be told what we can’t say? According to Dictionary.com’s definition, that’s the definition of tyranny:
arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.
The First Amendment guarantees the free exercise of religion:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Shouldn’t We The People fight against such tyranny whenever and wherever we find it? Shouldn’t We The People tell tyrants of both political parties that tyranny is always wrong and that we really prefer making our own decisions?