Posted By David Bozarth on July 1, 2016
Neglect of the principles of the constitution by the public functionary is a substitution of aristocracy, for a representative democracy: such a person no longer regards himself as the trustee, and agent of the people, but as a ruler whose authority is independent of the people, to whom he holds himself in no manner accountable; and he so degenerates into an usurper and a tyrant.(1) Tucker’s Blackstone
A clear and adamant warning published in 1803 by the leading Law Professor of the day. We the People of for so long been denied the voices of the past, and, thus, history now speaks to haunt us.
For years we have yielded to the voices of elite politicians, judges, lawyers who have told us what the Constitution says, means, and stands for, only recently to discover we have been misled. These elitist voices have cast aside the bonds, the chains (as described by Thomas Jefferson) of the “Constitution for the United States,” and replaced them with the assertions of wisdom, counsel, and “better judgment.” They have replaced those chains placed upon the Federal Government with those they have placed upon the People. Gone are the restrictions of the Constitution and resent are the regulations, the unwanted and unwarranted laws, the usurpation of rights, political correctness, and spineless negotiations with foreign powers. Absent are the voices of reason and strength, only to be replaced by those of appeasement and feckless abandonment of principles.
Previous to the above we find our honored professor giving us further warning and admonition:
In this species of democracy, it is further indispensably necessary to its preservation, that the constitution be fixed, that the duties of the public functionaries be defined, and limited, both as to their objects, and their duration; and that they should be at all times responsible to the people for their conduct. The constitution, being the act of the people, and the compact, according to which they have agreed with each other, that the government which they have established shall be administered, is a law to the government, and a sacred reverence, for it is an indispensible requisite in the character and conduct of every public agent. A profound obedience to the laws, and due submission to the magistrate entrusted with their execution, is equally indispensible on the part of every citizen of the commonwealth, in order to preserve the principles of this government from corruption.(2) (Emphases added)
Such wisdom and warnings are sadly missing from among those holding Public offices in modern America. We have been subjected to an unending litany of “trust me,” “re-elect me for I have experience and seniority,” and “we must elect someone with experience in government so that it will continue to work for us.” YET, these all pale and insult the voices of our Founding Fathers.
An aristocracy is that form of government in which the supreme power is vested in a small number of persons.(3)
This form of government is capable of such an approximation, and resemblance, in its external form, to a representative democracy, that the one is frequently mistaken for the other.(4)
The discriminating features of a representative democracy, as we have before observed, are the limitation of power; the frequency of elections, by the whole body of the people; the capacity of every citizen of the state to be elected to any public office, to which his talents and integrity may recommend him; and the responsibility of the public agent to the people, for his conduct. If all, or either of these characters be wanting in the constitution of the state, it is an aristocracy, though it should be founded upon the consent of the people: if either of these characters be wanting in the mode of administering the government, it then becomes an aristocracy founded upon fraud and usurpation.(5) (Emphases added)
Thus aristocracy, whatever foundation it may be raised upon, will always prove a most iniquitous and oppressive form of government.(6) (Emphasis added)
If a single germ of aristocracy be once ingrafted upon a republican government, the stock will soon cease to bear any other branches.(7) (Emphasis added)
In an aristocracy, says Montesquieu, the republic is in the body of the nobles; and the people are nothing at all.(8) (Emphasis added)
Well, it sounds a lot like what we have today in Washington. We have lost our voices as we have trusted theirs. We have become the servants to those who should be the servant. We have allowed them to tax us into oblivion, while they have fattened their purses and wallets. That we have allowed this for so long, and contrary to the voice of reason and overwhelming evidence is to our shame and humiliation.
Once again, I cite the voice and wisdom of Thomas Jefferson:
In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”(9) (Emphases added)
We MUST throw off the chains which our servants have placed upon us, and return the chains to those for whom they were intended. Now, is the time. Now, is the place. And NOW all of the feckless “public functionaries” need to receive their “Walking Papers.”
(1) “NOTE B – OF THE SEVERAL FORMS OF GOVERNMENT”. Tucker’s Blackstone. Tucker’s Blackstone Online. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc.Constitution Society, 2016. Web. 01 Jul. 2016 <http://www.constitution.org/tb/t1b.htm>.
(9) Thomas Jefferson, Kentucky Resolutions, 1798