"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.
"For the traitor appears not a traitor – he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments. He appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation. He works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city. He infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear." ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero 42 B.C.
This quote came to me by way of an e-mail response to a friend of mine from one of his other friends, a man by the name of Tim Truax. (I promised to give him credit.) Tim responded to everyone on the list and sent this out. Truer words were never spoken and they were spoken over 2050 years ago.
There are many who believe traitors live among us in America today, working to destroy the American government. Most of you know my feelings about what’s going on in Washington today. For those of us who are against increased government spending, printing more money with nothing to back it up, larger government, more entitlements, increased taxes, open borders and people sneaking unchecked into the country, questionable national security and forced “green” technology (to include light bulbs and new cars), the change in Washington can’t come soon enough.
Unfortunately, there are so many progressives in the Republican Party these days that change may not happen the way we conservatives want it. Progressives seek to turn the world into one large community and to do that they must destroy America as we know it. One of the first things they do is try to demean, discredit and make irrelevant our Constitution. They say it’s over 200 years old and that the founders didn’t write it to deal with the complex world we live in today. They are sadly mistaken. The Constitution, with very few modifications, has worked extremely well over the last 230 years. When you consider the changes and developments since the Constitution was written, the founders had to have been Divinely inspired to produce such a magnificent, thorough document that would stand up to all of the changes that have come about in the country and the world. It is still the best governing document in the world. And as far as I’m concerned, anyone who tries to do away with the Constitution is a traitor. That includes our politicians.
George W. Bush, soon after 9/11, said “The Constitution is only a piece of paper.” He was, of course, talking about protecting American lives by using Executive Orders to institute military action against terrorism. It was one of the more unintelligent things Mr. Bush said while President.
Today the Constitution is being ignored by the current administration - they’re just not saying it out loud. Government bailouts, government takeovers of corporations, the financial reform bill that gives the President the authority to close or take over corporations that he concludes is a risk to the American economy, forcing people to purchase health care insurance against their wishes; these are all examples of the Constitution being circumvented at the will of the President.
The progressive left would find our founding fathers to be "radical extremists" if they, the founders, were alive today. King George III saw them in the same light. The ideas of individual liberties, federalism, separation of powers, and limited enumerated powers of the federal government were radical and extremist views 234 years ago in 1776 just as they are radical and extremist today to the statists on the left. The left thrives on bigger and more intrusive government and increasing citizens’ dependency on the government. It’s the only way they know to maintain power.
George Washington, our first President, was offered monarchy and refused it. He did not want to be king; he didn’t even want to be President but he accepted the job for his country with the knowledge that he would eventually step down. He served for eight years. Imagine – a President who was offered a permanent position as the leader of the country and he refused. Are there any Presidents who would have that kind of integrity and honor today? Would our current President refuse the job if he was offered it for life?
America is still the greatest nation on Earth despite those within our borders who say otherwise. Michelle Obama once said America is just a downright mean country. She said this after she said “For the first time in my adult life I’m proud of my country” after her husband became the Democrat nominee for the Presidency. As far as I’m concerned, Michelle Obama can find another place to live. People who feel that way about the USA shouldn’t stay here. America is the most generous, the most giving, the most accepting, the most forgiving country in the world. We have assisted more nations in times of strife than any other and we are a fairly young nation comparatively. For someone who, at the time, was destined to be the First Lady of the United States to make a statement like that about the country her husband was going to lead was outrageous, to say the least.
Sadly there are many Americans in this nation who feel the same way. I, for one, will never understand the bitterness that grows in some people in this country who just don’t have everything they want. Many who aren’t rich, regardless of the reasons or circumstances, hate those who are successful and affluent, even if they (those without money) never did anything to be successful themselves. America is the land of opportunity. Even a disadvantaged child from a poor neighborhood has the opportunity to make something of himself if he applies himself and shoulders the responsibility of educating himself and working hard toward a goal. So many want to sit back and have things handed to them, then complain because they don’t have as much as the next guy. And our government, in its wisdom, seems to be increasing the number of those who want handouts.
More than ever we need to be very aware of who our politicians are and their ideas for the future. A “one world government” is not the answer, even though there are many who want to move us in that direction. All it takes is a glance at Europe and the events there in the last six months to know that socialism and big, combined government doesn’t work. America has been the greatest nation on Earth for 234 years. I hope people continue to realize that and work toward maintaining that greatness, rather than try to force “fundamental change” down our throats. That’s a meal we cannot afford to eat.