To the editor:
The Declaration of Independence avers that “governments are instituted among men and derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.” The preamble of the United States Constitution states, “We the People … establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” Amendment V declares, “No person shall … be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law.” What’s in the Patriot Act?
Amendment IX asserts, “The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” Do we have a right to prevent our tax dollars from being given to banks that are “too big to fail?” Empires fail. Our federal government failed us yesterday, is failing us today and, apparently, will continue to fail us tomorrow.
In Federalist Paper I, Alexander Hamilton states, “… nothing could be more ill-judged than that intolerant spirit which has at all times characterized political parties.” Welcome to gridlock, where the influence of special interests rules the day to the detriment of the general welfare of the country, which for all intents and purposes has bankrupted our country, morally, fiscally and economically.
Many people are at a loss to understand how our federal government became so ineffective. To find the answer, we must collectively look in the mirror. The answer will be staring us in the face.
There are no local, state and federal lands, buildings or funds. It all belongs to the citizenry. All bureaucrats, public servants, government contractors and politicians work for us. In a democracy of, by and for the people, power rightfully flows from the bottom up not from the top down; however, a lack of vigilance and concern has led to the sad state of affairs in which our country is now stuck.