The Left craves absolute power on the specious grounds of creating what can never be, a heaven on earth. Such fantasies always tend toward absolute power for a Politburo (by whatever name), and a hell on earth for les citoyens or the proletariat or whatever group is the nominal beneficiary of the ruling class.
No, it's just an idea.
“Our forefathers, inhabitants of the island of Great Britain, left their native land, to seek on these shores a residence for civil and religious freedom.”
“Our Union is complete; our constitution composed, established, and approved. You are now the guardians of your own liberties. We may justly address you, as the decemviri did the Romans, and say: ‘Nothing that we propose can pass into law without your consent. Be yourself, O Americans, the authors of those laws on which your happiness depends.’”
“Massachusetts Bay Charter carried it to America they ‘got out of the English realm, dominions, state, empire, call it by what name you will, and out of the legal jurisdiction of the Parliament. The king might, by his writ or proclamation, have commanded him to return; but he did not. By this interpretation, the charters accorded Americans’ all the rights and privileges of a natural free-born subject of Great Britain and gave colonial assemblies the sole right of imposing taxes.”
“Accordingly, when Americans were told that they had no constitutional basis for their claim of exemption from parliamentary authority, they answered, ‘Our Charters have done it absolutely.’
‘And if one protests,’ remarked a Tory, ‘the answer is, You are an Enemy to America, and ought to have your brains beat out.’”
One definition for the word “republic” is,“The General hopes and trusts that every officer and man will endeavor so to live, and act, as becomes a Christian Soldier defending the dearest Rights and Liberties of his country.”
But Americans are not very independent of their government anymore and with that simple realization an answer to the question most people are afraid to ask is provided.“A commonwealth; that form of government in which the administration of affairs is open to all the citizens. In another sense, it signifies the state, independently of its government.”
"Have we become through our own apathy and avarice a Federal government and a republic in name only?
It is of great importance in a republic not only to guard the society against the oppression of its rulers, but to guard one part of society against the injustice of the other part.
Different classes of citizens. If a majority be united by common interest, the rights of the minority will be insecure. In a free government the security for civil rights must be the same as that for religious rights.”If the common interest of the individuals of society is their personal security over that of their neighbor then righteousness is no more, and justice will die. It is the tiny tyranny locked in every beating heart of society that collectively gives rise to despots turning the noble hopes of governments into beasts.
“Freedom is the Right to Choose, the Right to create for oneself the alternatives of Choice. Without the possibility of Choice, and the exercise of Choice, a man is not a man but a member, an instrument, a thing.”It has been the willingness of the people to take away their neighbor's right to choose how and when to contribute to the welfare of society that has diminished freedom. It is the willingness to devour the sweat, blood, and fruits of their neighbors for personal welfare that has snared men again into a society of servants and slaves.
“I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those powers than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
“People of a state are entitled to all rights which formerly belonged to the king by his prerogative.”“In one sense, the term ‘sovereign’ has for its correlative ‘subject.’ In this sense, the term can receive no application; for it has no object in the [Original] Constitution of the United States. Under that Constitution there are citizens, but no subjects.”
“For when the [so called American] revolution took place, the people of each state became themselves sovereign;... subject only to the rights since surrendered by the constitution to the general government.”But as we change our relationship to government, the government's relationship with us also changes. Today,
“in the United States ‘it [citizenship] is a political obligation’ depending not on ownership of land, but on the enjoyment of the protection of government; and it ‘binds the citizen to the observance of all laws’ of his sovereign.”Originally, citizenship did not include the title or sense of subject ,but later in the United States, we see a citizenship binding subjects to the laws of a “sovereign.”
As stated by Supreme Court Justice Field, The Declaration of Independence lists:
“long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them [the freemen of the colonies] under absolute Despotism,”...and goes on to say A similar list of authoritarian activities could be provided today, but are they “usurpations”?
“it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
“We must realize that today’s Establishment is the new George III… the truth is that the vast bureaucracy now runs this country, irrespective of what party is in power… Man has come to realize that if he is to have material ‘success,’ he must honor the folklore of the corporation state, respect its desire, and walk to the measure of its thinking.”