A Republic, Suckers
by, Apr 23 2012 at 11:56 PM (277 Views)
Our government writes laws and expects us to follow them. If we don't follow the laws our government writes, our government will punish us by making us give it more money or by locking us in a cage and, if we don't want to cooperate, it will shoot and kill us.
This seems like a bad situation to be in. What's to stop our government from writing unreasonable or even ridiculous laws and then punishing us if we fail to follow them?
No need to fear though. The wise men who founded our government have seen to it that our government can't just write any kind of law it wants to. They, wrote laws that they expected our government to follow. They called those laws The Constitution. And if our government fails to follow those laws, we can punish it by waiting until the appointed time and then casting a ballot which makes it so the offending member of our government may or may not hold office in our government again. Hmm. Now that I say it, it doesn't seem like much of a punishment. After all, we can cast that ballot even if the members of our government don't violate any laws at all.
There really are no consequences, then, for members of our government to suffer if they violate the laws written in the Constitution. So, it turns out that our government really can just write any kind of law it wants to and then punish us if we fail to follow the law.
That's a bad situation to be in. Ah, but the courts will rule the illegal laws unenforceable so that we will not have to follow them. But the members of the courts are carefully appointed by other members of the same government for their propensity to decide that laws written by those other members do not violate the laws written in the Constitution. And again, the offending members of no branch of our government are punished if laws in the Constitution are violated.
This is terrible; the Constitution has no teeth. What kind of law is it for which there is no penalty to be suffered in the event of its violation? How, then, is the Constitution different from a blank piece of paper, other then that it has words written on it?
There is no doubt that the members of our government would be much more careful than they are when writing law if they were subject to a server penalty for writing an illegal law. How could the wise men who founded our government fail us so egregiously? Yes, they have made an avenue by which the Constitution can be amended so as to give it teeth, but the odds of a group of men so pious as to write a necessary law which would jeopardize their own freedom even existing are so remote as to be negligible, and of all of them being elected to the appropriate offices of our government, certainly impossible. After all, we would then have to lock most of them in a cage.
"A Republic, [suckers], if you can keep it."-Benjamin Franklin
“I find, from looking into the amendments proposed by the State conventions, that several are particularly anxious that it should be declared in the Constitution, that the powers not therein delegated should be reserved to the several States. Perhaps words which may define this more precisely than the whole of the instrument now does, may be considered as superfluous. I admit they may be deemed unnecessary: but there can be no harm in making such a declaration, if gentlemen will allow that the fact is as stated. I am sure I understand it so, and do therefore propose it.” James Madison