It has been said many ways, “Either You Limit Government Or Government Limits You” or “The Bigger The Government, The Smaller The Citizen”. Our “government of the people, by the people, for the people” has been abandoned by “We The People” in large part due to the fact that “politics” has become a dirty word. Phrases like someone is “just playing politics” or someone’s motivations are “purely political” makes it real easy for us to say, “I just don’t do politics.” I regularly preach that words have meanings, so what does “politics” mean? According to www.merriam-webster.comÂ “Politics“ means “activities that relate to influencing the actions and policies of a government or getting and keeping power in a government” among other things. This nation was founded on the strict limitation of enumerated governmental powers and the Bill of Rights. The tenth amendment states “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” Why the history lesson, you ask? Unfortunately, because far too many Americans today have no clue what these things mean. Over the last several generation we have become accustomed to looking to the government to do things, fix things or regulate things that are NOT a part of their enumerated powers. Things that We The People should be handling ourselves or dealing with on the local or state level.
How did we get so tuned outÂ and turned off to our political responsibilities as American citizens? To be honest, we are victims of our own prosperity. As America grew, entered the industrial age and now well into the “information age” we prospered, became busy, got distracted and ironically are less informed than ever before. As I described in my book, Gun Sense: Past, Present and Future, over time we became accustomed to other people making decisions for us and “taking care” of us. Things like Credit, Insurance and government “safety nets” slowly crept into our normal everyday lives. In so doing, they have conditioned us to dependency on credit companies to finance our lifestyles above our means, insurance companies to “protect” us from losses like big medical bills or the loss of a home or a car and these subtle dependencies became indespensible necessities before our very eyes. We are less frugal, save less money for a “rainy day” and like a Pavlovian response to a bell, we instinctively look to the government to fix every real or perceived problem that comes down the pike. We have done it to ourselves, yet we constantly look for someone else to blame like greedy corporations or bankers, crooked politicians or “the other political party,” it’s the liberals or it’s the conservatives, it’s always someone else’s fault and still we all look to someone else to fix it.
I’ll admit that greed, corruption, party politics and ideological differences do play a role, but the one thing they all have in common is US, We The People. Corporate greed and corrupt bankers cannot exist where the PEOPLE are informed, alert, moral and actively involved. Politicians of all parties draw their power from the people they represent, but when the people they “represent” are apathetic and uninvolved then they are tempted to represent themselves and/or those who are willing and able to PAY for their representation. Ideological differences have been a part of American politics from Day One! It was through vigorous, open and honest debate that the Federalists and Anti-Federalists crafted an amazing constitution that in turn created a uniquely limited government with checks and balances to keep it limited and reserved all other rights and powers to the people. All this amazing government needed to work was a population that was educated, involved and valued their freedoms and liberties enough to stay that way. We The People have failed to be the self-regulating citizens that our form of government was designed to govern.
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion… Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams
“The [federal] government… can never be in danger of degenerating into a monarchy, an oligarchy, an aristocracy, or any other despotic or oppressive form so long as there shall remain any virtue in the body of the people.” – George Washington
“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” – Benjamin Franklin
We The People have failed to self-regulate. We The People have become corrupt and lacking in morality and virtue. We The People are the source of the corruption, greed and ambitious self-interest that we see reflected in our government. You can point fingers at parties, ideologies, corporations, bankers or the Illuminati for that matter, but it doesn’t change anything, nor will it until We The People change ourselves. I’m not saying that the people of America are a total loss or that there is no virtue or morality left in the “body of the people,” but those moral and virtuous souls need to become more active again. We The People need to learn to “DO POLITICS” again, the way it was intended. We The People need to exercise OUR Power in the “activities that relate to influencing the actions and policies of [OUR] government” and work on “getting [BACK] and keeping [OUR] power in [OUR] government.” That is both WHY and HOW we should be “doing politics” to limit the power of government, so it doesn’t limit us. So the State shrinks and the Citizen grows.
Jon Britton aka DoubleTap is Chief Operating Officer of CDH, Inc., a regular contributing author and regularly involved in most aspects of their social media. “Writing was never a goal or even vaguely contemplated as a career choice, it just happened, an accidental discovery of a talent and a passion.” A passion that has taken him in many directions from explorations of the zombie subculture and zombie stories to political advocacy. Joining the U.S. Air Force right out of high school, Jon had the opportunity to experience many different parts of the world and different cultures. His post military career path, both white collar and blue collar, allowed him to work alongside both CEOs and average Joes. As a founding member Cold Dead Hands his study of human nature and writing ability found a purpose. His zombie roots provided a variety of issues from prepping to human behavior under crisis to firearms that he applies to his advocacy for gun rights. A ravenous appetite for the study of history combined with his current events political junkie addiction led to him writing an e-book Gun Sense: Past, Present and Future.