Following Founders’ Wisdom An Unsafe Choice In Modern America

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It’s a sad irony that American government has, over roughly the latter half of our Nation’s lifespan, so thoroughly reversed its Constitutionally defined role. It’s remarkable and hard to believe that government has cast to the margins those Americans possessed of the expectation that the Bill of Rights means today what it has always meant — and that it always should.

There are countless ways in which our leaders have incrementally and systematically betrayed the thinking of our Nation’s Founders. There are just as many ways our own government now seeks to betray those remaining citizens whose serious adherence to the Constitution targets them, in the eyes of Big Government, as extremists, relics and kooks:

Do you feel that the United States and other global military powers grow more and more borderless in their sphere of activity? Do you believe the justification for American military first action, occupation or police-state intervention gets more and more flimsy, more reliant on the discretion of the Commander  in Chief, less considering of the Constitutionally devised tripartite system of checks and balances than ever before?

Do you believe that the conceptual line of demarcation separating wartime from peacetime in America has been purposefully obliterated by our Presidents and war-profiteering policy makers?

Do you really regard civil law enforcement officers in your city, county, State and Nation as citizen peers whose sworn (and compensated) duty is to answer to you and respond when another has criminally infringed on your safety or your property? Would you deign to speak to your servants and protectors as an equal, to let them know, face to face, your expectations and concerns about the public space you share and the private space you each hold dear?

Do you wish that the Federal Reserve would stop printing money to forestall crashing America’s debt-based, fiat economy, while simultaneously weakening our Nation’s ability to negotiate sensible trade agreements because of a devalued currency?

Do you have an inherent suspicion of building up a revealing online presence through the use of Facebook or Twitter? Maybe it’s not even a suspicion; maybe you’re just a very private person. Or maybe you simply believe in the experience of real things, that your outsized personality is too robust a thing to represent via facsimile on a rectangular computer screen.

Do you take responsibility for the manner in which you view, hear and read the information that purports to tell you what’s going on in the world around you? Do you feel that mainstream media lacks incentive to deliver that information to you? Do you prefer to get your news from a bevy of Internet sites that traverse the spectrum of political views?

If you’re among those who answer “yes” to some — or all — of these types of questions, know that it’s getting harder and harder to convince your elected leaders in today’s Washington that you don’t fit some government agency’s description of a domestic terrorist.

It’s small consolation that, were they alive today, the Founders would be right there with you.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

  • Dallas More

    I agree 100%

  • Bob666

    pretty good piece Mr. Bullard.

  • boyscout

    Serious issues raised here. However, what I ” feel…believe…wish…”or even think makes for negligible consequence in the present oligarchical arrangement (derangement) of wealth and power. When enough inconsequential mes get enough pissed over this arrangement, once again sparks will fly and history will repeat.

  • David

    The question you are asking is why have we strayed so far from our founding documents and ideals. Well this country was founded on godly ideals where the founding fathers realized that this new country would be based on the Bible. Then over time we have left God out of our morals and ideals and we thus have created something other than what God will bless. We are now reaping what we have sown. It is that simple. We have replaced an all knowing gracious God with evil.

    • http://batman-news.com samurai

      Well said! Well said! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
      You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.
      “Respect your country always. Respect your government, when they earn it.”
      Samuel Clemons

  • Seeker1212

    God was taken out of our life, when getting up in the morning and taking our family to church became too much of a burden..!!

    • hungry4food

      Challenging the existence of God is the same as Challenging the right to self defense with a fire arm in that the Ideologues who want us Dependent on Their Government are trying to legitimize this Faith in Government to do everything for you while canceling out any alternative means to support a self reliant society .

      But I think this 15 year old girl has the right thinking in place about Guns …..

    • http://batman-news.com samurai

      Why would it be a burden? Just keep going and quit worrying about how difficult something is. God helps us deal with anything and He will help you to get up, get ready, and go to church. Here is something showing how people are leaving the “blue” states and moving to the “red” states, due to more freedom.
      http://www.investors.com/032813-649561-americans-leaving-blue-calif-ny-for-freer-red-states.aspx
      Don’t give up and keep going to church. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
      You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.
      “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”
      Ronald Reagan

      • Bob666

        Wow Sammybabble,
        you got one right. God helps us deal with you!

  • Andie

    Excellent article–100% “yes”.

  • Bill Henry

    I call it “time for spine”. We must as a country unite ourselves to stamp out our government which presumes that they are the power in this country, when in actuality the government is We The People. If we sit on our duffs and let our representatives presume that the power is in their hands, then we can blame ourselves for the outcome, and you can see the goal that they aim for. If you can’t see their goal, then you are either brainless or just don’t care as long as it doesn’t affect your life, but I have news for you if the goal they aim for is ever reached, it will show you a life that you have never dreamed of having a part in. I cannot fathom how anyone could believe that this utopia they are looking for exists. We as human beings have to take responsibility for our lives and our decisions. If folks are waiting around for some miracle that takes some one else’s wealth and divides it amongst the people, then they are fools. It has never worked and it will not work. Remember the short lived USSR. You can see that communism has not worked in China, because the people have broken the chains that bound them to slave for the Party, and it has one of the fastest growing economies in the Eastern world. South Korea is a booming place. Taiwan prospered without ties to the Chinese government. The countries where this idea still breathes have only two classes of people, the rich elite and the impoverished masses. What makes people believe that it will not happen here if we allow it to happen? I suppose the dreamers and the envious are just blind to the facts, and shamefully most of the rest of the population do not hold their liberties dear enough to wait in line to vote for some kind of change. I don’t know what the answer is, but just not trying is not it. We are experiencing the first generation of our children who were not taught the true history of this country, and I am afraid that their indoctrination in what is owed to them is devoid of anything even close to personal responsibility or national pride. Non sibi sed patraie.

  • -Disabled American Patriot-

    When JFK was elected a lot of his dad’s friends thought they had strings on this man
    You saw what happened when he cut them.

  • hungry4food

    They are doing this de-developing of the US Constitution because it is in Direct Conflict of the Blue Print Kissinger wrote called the NSSM200 that they are still following today !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • hungry4food

    Signs of what is Destroying the self reliance of the People of the USA is in their ability to be Self Supplying of their needs and this is whats Out of balance and costing the People in the USA a decline
    of wages and Self reliance and Obama is not bettering this with trade
    policies that will balance this out , look at GDP , Less than a half of a
    % point last month HELLO are you paying attention ????

    Go to
    the 4th page in this report and read on through it and the next page and
    understand that the US Steel Industry is Screaming at Obama to balance
    the Trade Rules so they can be Competitive with Imports that are Being
    dumped into the USA with Currency manipulated Products both in raw and
    Finished form !!!! http://www.steel.org/~/media/Files/AISI/Reports/2012-13%20Profile.pdf

  • Steve E

    The reason for our country’s decline is because our easy and coddled way of living has allowed many mentally deficient people to survive where as they would not have lived, had life not been so easy. These same mentally deficient people do not have the capacity to understand the Constitution as a result.

  • hungry4food

    We will be Sitting DUCKS if we are Disarmed and our Oppressors come into the USA with these kinds of Shotguns http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=WOoUVeyaY_8&feature=endscreen

  • http://batman-news.com samurai

    Good article and I couldn’t agree more. We patriots have got to get this country back to only going by the Constitution, Christian founding, and out Christian founding fathers. This would mean the 5th column (RINOS, libturds, progturds, secularists, atheists, socialists, etc.) would have to be taken out of power and replaced by real leaders. Maybe people that would lead, like George S. Patton Jr. used to do. Close down the Federal Reserve, cut unnecessary departments, get rid of wasteful spending, farm subsidies, the welfare state, and many other things. No foreign aid to countries that are not friendly to us or Israel, get out of the UN, and. once again, get back that spirit of American Exceptionalism that made us great. Here is an article about the 2nd Amendment. The Ph.D that wrote this sounds very knowledgeable on the subject.
    http://www.hillsdale.edu/news/imprimis/archive/issue.asp?year=2013&month=3
    I dare any 5th columner on this thread to argur about this one. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
    You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.
    “A patriot must be a religious man.”
    Thomas Jefferson

  • GALT

    Dear Mr. Bullard, you seem to be asking a lot of questions, but they are
    not really questions, are they?

    I realize that in the “mythical land” of the of the “patriot”, any allusion to
    the “founders”…….works the “mushrooms” into such a frenzy, that they
    manage to see all manner of things, that never were……and sadly, while
    the “winners write history……temporarily!, the prevailing “myths”
    have been slowly yet inexorably shattered…….while its victims thrash
    impotently like fish out of water, failing to realize, they are already DEAD.

    For those who were fortunate enough to be exposed to the discipline of
    logical reasoning, and having embraced it, sanitized history always presented
    problems of credibility, similar to all other “myths”…….and while the answers
    might have been out of reach, the “logically disciplined” intellect, was
    capable of not only spotting the “inconsistencies”, but reserving judgement
    until the “evidence” became available which produce a more plausible and
    probable explanation.

    Humans are NOT predisposed to this “discipline”, which makes them easy “victims” for those who employ rhetoric to arouse or incite reaction, for their
    own purposes……..devoid of any reason other than their own perceived
    self interest, as you have done here…….and one of the more interesting
    results is clearly demonstrated in the range of responses, you have “incited”,
    for clearly……..they have no “doubt” regarding the implied answers to your
    questions……they know exactly what you mean, precisely what is wrong and
    why and the solution!

    Yet you have said NOTHING! Produced no information and clearly have
    no other goal except producing “copy” to meet the conditions of your
    “contract”?

    Which leaves us with your “closing” ……

    It’s small consolation that, were they alive today, the Founders would be right there with you.

    To the logically disciplined intellect observing this effect is similar to

    the following……..Two blonds walk into a building……..you would think

    that…… ONE of THEM, would have NOTICED?

    You seem to have incited 25+ blonds and not one has noticed!

    The fact is……the “founders” would not be with them, nor did they

    actually exist as an “identifiable group”……nor did they share any

    of the “claimed ideals”, that parade here as “myth”……when it is

    simply the “continued ignorance” of “history”……..which is sad, because

    if they were a literate audience….you would have been taken to task,

    for your own ignorance.

    These recent works……have shattered each an every blond myth here…..

    The Lords of Finance

    The Rich Don’t Always Win

    Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution

    Smuggler Nation

    The Fall of the House of Dixie

    The Real History of the Civil War; A New Look at the Past

    Rogue Nation

    and the TRUTH will set you FREE, of course those claiming that

    they want to be FREE, carries with it the “responsibility” for their

    actions……as well as the “responsibility to act”……..which is

    to say……..the “blond mushrooms”……are not ready for the TRUTH,

    or the FREEDOM………

    Coming Soon: 8 specific Constitutional Myths, stay tuned.

    “He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the

    past, controls the future.”