The first is a society based on fear. Everyone must be watched so that they behave, watched by God and Big Brother. Children are taught watch their parents. Citizens watch each other, for, if we are not watched the common belief is people will Steal, Rape, and Murder their way to prosperity. This kind of society kills liberty and rights in the name of comfortably and stability.
The other choice we have is a society that values peoples; property, work, and rights. A place where people rule themselves. Where communities work together to provide common welfare and domestic tranquility.
The federal government is like a boa constrictor taking authority from states and never giving it back. Fear is always their tool and they use key events (like 911) coupled with media to control the public. The constitution was ratified to limit to powers of the federal government. However, this was not viewed as adequate control over tyranny, therefor, they conceived the Bill of Rights. The first 10 amendments to the constitution that defined America and made her the envy on people around the world.
The 10th amendment might be the most important. It states: " Basically this means if a power is not outlined in the Constitution then it does not belong to the federal government.
If the congress of the US creates a law this is not constitutional it is the duty on the states to nullify the law i.e. basically ignore it. Nullification (by people or states) is a concept that goes back to Jefferson and other founding fathers. It is critical to modern debates such as drug legalization (prop 19), and gay marriage.
It's important that all Americans educate themselves about the 10th Amendment, as well as, the other 9 Bill of Rights. I am reading at the moment:
- Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century Tomas E. Woods Jr.
- Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History Andrew Napolitano.
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