Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Give Us Liberty

The national Republican Party continues to crow that this year is a great opportunity for them to obtain control of Congress as if they are the benefactor of political forces at work within the nation. This narcissistic attitude is further evidence that the national Republican Party just does not understand the purpose of their existence. Their self-centeredness betrays the attitude that they believe that they are the end and goal of all things and their power is their focus.

The preamble of the U.S. Constitution provides that, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” The legislative power being granted to the Congress, Congress exists to fulfill the goal expressed in the preamble, and that goal is to provide justice, tranquility and the blessings of liberty on behalf of the people. When elected, a democrat does not function to represent the Democratic Party and a republican does not function to fulfill the glory of the Republican Party. Each exists to fulfill the prime goal of ensuring liberty through justice and defense of the nation.

To say that the circumstances in the nation today provide the Republican Party an opportunity truncates the goal with a disastrous result. The perversion of political parties that our founders abhorred has caused our elected officials to trade in their status as statesmen to establish liberty for a status of politicians to pledge allegiance to the party. The opportunity is for the Republicans to regain control. This is the furthest from the founders' desires.

This attitude has also fostered the horrendous idea that bipartisanship is a good thing. The concept of bipartisanship is that representatives compromise their principles to accomplish a goal. However, our representatives are called to stand on the principles of liberty and justice without compromise. If bipartisanship has any principled meaning at all, it is that the majority position must condescend to the liberty demands of the minority position. This is clearly not the understanding of our politicians today.

Until such time as those who work within our political parties recognize that they exist to serve the goals of liberty as the founders expressed them, their goal is a corrupt goal. The goal of our founders is for the United States government to establish liberty through justice as they envisioned it. May the circumstances within our nation cause that goal and no other to be achieved this year.