Wednesday, June 18, 2014
“The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People (emphasis added), in a great Measure, than they have it now. They may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty.”
John Adams: letter to Zabdiel Adams, June 21, 1776
“Do we agree with the vision of the founding fathers? Or have we become much wiser than they were and feel the need to adopt a different vision?”
Dr. Ben Carson asks the question of the century. One that hasn’t been asked nearly as often or vocal as needed. But that is about to change. “We the People”, collectively, are waking up with the help of the Tea Party and people like Ben Carson. And it is scaring the pants off the progressive liberals. You want proof? Check out an opinion piece by progressive Nick Rudnik in Valdosta Today titled “VALDOSTASTATE UNIVERSITY SHOULD CANCEL THEIR ‘EVENING WITH DR. BEN CARSON” published June 11, 2014. Go ahead and read it to notice the fear through veiled partisan prejudice. But please scroll down to the bottom and read the over hundred comments on his piece. Most of them are a searing rejection of his stand and support Ben Carson.
You may not agree with every point Ben Carson makes but the thing that scares the progressives most is that Ben’s position is not one of just Democrat or Republican but rather either can have a good idea and both can work together to advancement of American values. And those values will be determined by our founding documents and all parties working to find those meanings. I love what Ben once said, “Why is it that the eagle is able to fly high, forward, because it has two wings; a left wing and a right wing.” This is the kind of people we need running our country. That is why others like Nick Rudnik don’t like someone like Ben, because it means socialistic ideas are in trouble. But if we want our nation to be as our founding father envisioned it then we must come back to the foundations.
I believe Ben Carson should run for president because he is a healer, a realist who knows American politics without being a politician (as our recent history has defined it) and shares the vision of our founding fathers. If you investigate and agree please go to RunBenRun.org and sign the petition to convince Ben “We the People” want him.
“The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.” — Benjamin Franklin
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
"There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble opinion, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution." -- John Adams
My simple answer to the header question is “We the People”. But obviously there is much more to it. Our two party system can be a detriment to our politics, as John Adams suggests in the opening quote, but it doesn’t have to be if Americans pay attention. In a surprise upset Eric Cantor lost his primary bid, after seven terms in congress and the current House Majority Leader, to a virtual unknown, David Brat. There are those who will claim that Cantor's loss was about immigration but though there is an element of truth to that claim, it only points as an indicator to a more fundamental truth. Our republic works best when the people understand their duty to vote for those who work for our interests and then make sure to hold them accountable to that trust.
David Brat makes an interesting statement on Hannity. “Although I had tremendous Tea Party support and just wonderful people in the Tea Party grass roots helping me out, and they're clearly responsible for the win, but I ran on the Republican principles.” People are beginning to understand we need to vote politicians in office that hold our principles. It may be Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or other, then defined by how we stand in it; such as conservative, liberal, progressive or constitutionalist. Many of us will find ourselves an odd concoction of a few or all of these labels. The point being, we need to know who we are before we can elect those who can do what we need and want. A majority in Virginia managed to do that and changed how they are represented in Congress and maybe what Congress may decide to do in the near future.
Can it be done on a larger scale? Ben Carson is man who is not a politician or tightly affiliated with any one party. But he is a man of great principals and integrity. He is a man who believes in One Nation and would lead America back to its roots and founding to again be a great nation and envy to the rest of the world. But we need to decide if “We the People” is who we are and hopefully convince Ben Carson that we believe he represents us no matter what political party we associate with.
“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.” - George Washington, Farewell Address, Sep. 17, 1796