You, as an American citizen, are being asked to cope with an entirely new set of “rules.” Novel dictates in health care, the economy, and twisted edicts that bear no resemblance to the Constitution have been suddenly foisted upon you and me. We have not been schooled in these new forms of governance if we are over the age of 40. Keep in mind that our highest-earning years are between 35-64. That right there should give pause for thought for what is happening today.
Let’s examine this new form of instant governance that fits like a brand new pair of steel-toed shoes. Very uncomfortable.
All of a sudden, if you need emergency surgery, no one can accompany you. No one is there in the waiting room to pray for you, visit you, feed you, or care for you in person. It’s just you and stressed out strangers in your emergency situation. If you are hospitalized for a day or many days, you are by yourself. Oh, they say it’s for your health. You comply. You have no advocate. Your insurance holds the cards. You hope the strangers will be good samaritans. You find yourself alone. No human touch allowed.
You just lost your job. It’s a job you were good at, but one day you are laid off. You are no longer a part of your company. Your “everyday” is no more. You lost it all through no fault of your own. It’s happened to your brother, neighbor, and co-worker, all in the same week. This is the new reality, and it seems to have come out of nowhere. Usually, if you are going to lose your job, you kinda know it. HR calls you in, gives you a warning, and remedial action. Not anymore. Not only do you lose your job, but your boss may not have a company come June.
Our country was never designed to be a top-down dictatorship. It’s a Constitutional Republic (not a democracy! Know the difference!). So how is it that unelected people are advising elected people who are dictating to We the People what we WILL do? What part of the Declaration of Independence (one of our organic founding documents) don’t they understand? “That to secure these rights (life, liberty, property), Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” We, the People have the power. They work for us. Ah, but Americans these days are more likely to take civics lessons from television anchors, radio hosts, and the media, not from our primary source documents in American civics and/or Constitution course.
The Bill of Rights is not a suggestion. These are our rights. They are being violated in many cities and states across the nation. Don’t believe me? Read the Bill of Rights, the Preamble to the US Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence. Then, carefully search the news. If you hear a talking drone flying overhead advising you that you are not socially distancing, you will know your liberty is being taken away. If your mayor/governor reprimands you like a parent and issues threats to law-abiding citizens, your freedom is waning. If authorities release criminals without having paid their debt to society for their crimes, there’s a threat to your life-especially if you have surrendered your 2nd Amendment rights. If you cannot worship at the church or synagogue of your choice, that is a violation of your guaranteed First Amendment rights.
Remember this: “they who can give up liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” -Ben Franklin quoted in “A History of All Nations,” 1851. Be watchful. America, we need to stand up for our rights. We treasure our Founding documents from our forefathers, not a dictator’s steel-toed shoes.
This is Common Sense Civics and Citizenship. ??