Thursday, February 24, 2011
"Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government."
I hope you can appreciate James Madison’s sentiment. What’s ironic here is that the “Union” protests in Madison WI and Democrats fleeing the state instead of doing their job proves his concern. There are those who prefer to assume our American foundation is a pliable, changing, and evolving democracy that can fit within a socialist type system in order to appease licentious leaning, self-serving amoral beliefs that are contrary to our republic foundation. To simplify, “our text should not separate from our historical background”.
Still trying to make out what I mean? First let me say that I’m not suggesting Americans should never grow in the understanding of our founding government or make improvements based on the intent our founders mapped for us. We have managed throughout our history to correct things the moral compass of our founding directed us. Slavery is wrong and eventually we corrected it. Racism is immoral and again we strive to discourage and eradicate any cause that supports it. This is maturing, getting wiser by the knowledge of our principals we hold as truths.
Current events related to what is taking place in Wisconsin more represents values “separate from the text” of our nation. It falls more in the realm of modern progressive self-serving entitlement rights that are contrary to what our founding fathers had in mind. The Unions (the system, not most members) and progressive leaning Democrats have high jacked the American Dream to pervert it into something even Martin Luther King would find appalling, say nothing about the founding fathers. Public servants need to realize that their Unions have garnered job entitlements beyond what the taxpayer can now afford. The private sector has made adjustments for such mistakes so both business and the employees can survive or they have gone out of business. Or they should have but for bailout money taken from the taxpayer, which will only prolong the inevitable and further burden him. Public employees are only being asked to adjust like the private sector and in most cases not even as much, but they are stomping their feet, pouting like a spoiled teenager who believes their allowance should be larger and call his parents anything but good.
The taxpayers are the ones who should be negotiating with public employees, not the Unions and that is what the Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, is attempting. Anything different is only a “distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government”. There is a huge difference between what our founding republic intends as moral, unalienable rights and the freedom to pursue happiness and property and the new unconstitutional socialistic entitlement philosophy that is muscling in disguised as a false American Dream.
Which side do you find yourself standing on? James Madison or Madison Wisconsin?
“The Constitution of the United States was created by the people of the United States composing the respective states, who alone had the right.”