Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Letter to the Senate

August 25, 2009

Hon. Christopher Bond
274 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Hon. Claire McCaskill
Hart Senate Office Building, Suite SH-717
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senators Bond and McCaskill:

It is time for the U.S. Government and particularly the United States Senate to change its direction. The U.S. Congress is on a rampage of tyranny the likes of which our country has never seen before. King George’s “taxation without representation” took money from the American colonies to finance a war against France. The present U.S. Congress has far surpassed King George. For decades now the U.S. Government has taken money from Americans for the war to get reelected by providing benefits to the voting bloc de jure, whether welfare, food stamps, farm subsidies, etc. etc. etc.

The present rampage of tyranny accelerated rapidly last year with TARP and Son of Tarp. You have confiscated my property and mortgaged my children’s prosperity to buy clunkers. You seek to enslave me and the vast majority of this nation to your health care whims all for the sake of some campaign promise to buy someone else health care. You now are also proposing to ration our energy usage through capping and trading our carbon. These efforts, my worthy civil servants, violate the basic covenant the U.S. Government has with the American people.

No doubt you believe you have the authority to impose these shackles on the American people and American business. After all you have the right legislate the “general welfare.” However, the “general welfare” cannot be used to trump a person’s right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” It was King George’s taxes which caused the great Samuel Adams to compare King George to the Pharaoh of Egypt and the American people to the Israelites in their quest for freedom. It was this servitude which caused our founders and particularly Sam Adams to declare our right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” and to indict King George for his breach of his covenant with the people in the Declaration of Independence. With this as the important foundation of our nation, the “general welfare” can never be used to justify infringing upon the individual’s freedoms.

My words have been strong. Senator McCaskill has exhorted civility in our public discourse. I agree with Senator McCaskill. However, strong threats require strong words. Sometimes strong words are required in order for the message to be heard. The question is whether the words are measured to achieve an appropriate result. I am particularly informed by the violent actions taken by those who are sent to intimidate those who have undertaken their right to discourse with their elected officials in town hall meetings. It was not those who protested the health care proposals but those who sought to intimidate such protests that caused the violence. Based on these observations, our words must be strong.

By your rampage of tyranny you are quickly abdicating your ability to govern. The U.S. Government exists to govern the states of this great land. Governing requires the ability to impartially determine in a righteous manner right from wrong. As you increasingly involve the U.S. Government in every industry and market in this nation, from cars to banks to health care, you decrease its capability to be impartial. A participant cannot be impartial in its judgment because it is always protecting its own self interest. By increasing your participation you are forever abdicating your right to govern.

Your job, should you decide to accept it, is to protect liberty. I realize that by fostering liberty you give up your ability to control people. You give up your ability to control the poor and the needy. However, by protecting a free people, you greatly increase this nation’s ability to care for the poor and needy. A free and righteous people can provide for the poor and needy. Slaves cannot.


David C. Linton

Thursday, August 13, 2009

I Just Got A Call

I just got a call from the Missouri Veterans' Association requesting a contribution to assist in the medical care of our veterans. I want to help our veterans; I owe it to them. But I just had to ask why he was asking for help.

"Because the federal health benefits are not quite timely."

"But isn't the federal government best qualified to give medical help to all of this country's citizens?"


"And yet you are asking for help to improve the medical care for veterans because the federal program is not adequate. Do you see a problem in the consistency in your positions?"

He hung up on me. Now, I wonder why that was.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Returning to Covenantal Thinking

It is time for this nation to return to covenantal thinking. Just as Yahweh made a covenant with Abraham, saying I will be your God and you will be my people, the national government made a covenant with the people more than two hundred years ago. In that covenant, “We the People . . .” agreed, among other things, that each of us has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We have allowed that right to be infringed gradually over the years in return for a sense of “social security” or "entitlements" in one form or another. Now there is an expectation at the federal level that that national government can deny the people their right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness in return for managing their health. But the management of my health means the management of my life. This is tyranny of the highest order. If you want to understand how this all came about, I recommend a book, Cry Wolf , an insightful view of how a covenant community is tricked by those outside the covenant into accepting a breach of the covenant for their benefit. Once lost, a covenant is hard to recover.

I used to be a member of AARP. No more.