Freedom is For the Living
Written By: Timothy Baldwin | Posted: Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
Two hundred and twenty years ago, the United States Constitution was ratified by a convention of delegates in the several thirteen states, comprised mostly of an agrarian and Christian culture--back before train tracks were laid across this continent; when the West was considered to be uninhabitable for civilization for another thousand years; before electricity was a usable product; when travel was more than merely inconvenient. Not without serious resistance from some of the most intelligent, noble and articulate statesmen of the day, the United States Constitution became the ratified form of government to secure the blessings of liberty for themselves and for their posterity. Now that they are gone and their posterity is living, the question of slavery or freedom is once again being brought to the forefront of history. Some in America say we should "get back to the constitution" of 1787 in attempts to "secure the blessings of liberty." But I ask, what constitution of 1787? The one that some claim is a national form of government with the power to negate state laws or the one that some claim is a confederate form of government where the states have independent, sovereign power? The one from which the States cannot secede or the one from which States can secede? The one based upon Judeo-Christian fundamental belief or the one based upon secular humanism belief? The one whose financial integrity is based upon the fiat money controlled by a cabal, or the one whose financial integrity was based upon the "gold-standard"? The one whose strength rests in diversity or the one whose strength rests in similarity? The one based upon a "living" and ever-changing theory or the one based upon a fixed and unchanging theory? The one which, operates to be the provider to and controller of all, or the one which leaves to the people the right to govern themselves? The one which requires the States to submit to all federal laws or the one in which the States have the duty to actively and physically resist any encroachments they determine the federal government makes upon them?
The preceding paragraph illustrates the problem of "getting back" to anything resembling the freedom of 1787 in the United States. People in the United States possess diametrically opposed and irreconcilable views of what the constitution even means. Their representatives are no better. Even as early as 1787, some of the founding fathers held the constitution to be what you likely claim is not "getting back to" the constitution. Try convincing many millions of people throughout this country that your version of the constitution is the correct one and the one to get back to. Can freedom wait that long to be revived? The reason we (or "they") will never get back to the constitution of 1787 is because those people, those principles, that culture, those times, that circumstance, those beliefs and those feelings are no longer accepted by most and are certainly not shared to unite the people of the States today. Do we expect that the representatives of those same disunited and diverse people will "get back to the constitution" of 1787? The culture, morals, religion, education, priorities, families and experience of the people of 1787 simply do not cohesively exist today. That is a fact. Arguably, the required likeness did not even exist in 1787 to form such a constitution. Since the United States' first generation, freedom's spirit has waned from our hearts and minds. As decades passed, the process of political and social thermodynamics took a strong hold in every fabric of this country, constantly changing form, character and culture. The result perhaps was inevitable: the consolidation of centralized power taken from the people and States through the use of the constitution. This consolidation-of-power-effect was the fear of many regarding the constitution in the beginning. Ultimately, this fear has become reality for the generations following them, especially for this current generation. Patrick Henry saw the cards being dealt as the constitution was being considered for ratification, the meticulous studier of human nature as he was.
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