This is neither a Republic nor a Democracy. It’s Tyranny.
For the last several decades, we have bantered with one another, the media, and our representatives about whether we live in a democracy or a republican form of government. The debate can stop now. We are experiencing tyranny first-hand.
The current administration is caught in a web of irresponsible spending, promoting ideas that are not consistent with our country’s foundation, and embracing the ideas of other countries. They have avoided thinking about the consequences on the people they deem to be subjects and on the country they believe to be dispensable.
It wasn’t long ago that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg urged Egypt to look to the South African Constitution instead of our own as they crafted their governing document. Egypt followed her advice and just look at the train-wreck of a constitution they have now. Protecting one religion over another, the adoption of social justice, dismissing individual productivity, and suppressing minority ideas in the name of public unity are all themes that carry the day.
You see, in the real world, ideas have consequences. And while our leaders may have some utopian, bumper-sticker philosophies that they believe in, when human beings are involved, fantasy worlds where rainbows lead us to gold and where gardens of lollipops make everyone giggle just don’t work. Yes, welcome to the real world where people with power abuse it and where free men and women become subjects with the stroke of a pen.
The IRS targets individuals and organizations based on their speech. The National Security Agency gathers the phone records of law-abiding Americans. The Attorney General attacks those who have a right to convey their ideas through the media.
The president unilaterally makes laws and disregards immigration laws for political gain. Congress allows over 250 bureaucracies to operate without any constitutionally-granted authority and which in turn created over 6100 regulations in 2012 alone.
The U.S. Supreme Court allows states like Maryland to take a presumptively-innocent suspect’s DNA at the time of arrest. The government gives $250 billion dollars to Egypt in order to advance their “democratic experiment” while we are nearly $17 trillion in debt. More than that, the federal government gives the people’s money to GM, AIG, and Solyndra because they are “too big to fail” and gives money to Exelon ($200 million), Honeywell ($80 million) and GE ($100 million) to assist with research and other business ventures.
At a more local level, the Pittsburgh town council tells us that the Constitution does not matter if it’s simply the right thing to do when it comes to firearms. Following other states like California, New Jersey legislators proposed a law that would allow the police to take and review the contents of your phone without a warrant if you are involved in an accident. And Arizona proposed a law that would make it mandatory for all high school graduates to take the oath to the Constitution, as if legislation will change the human heart.
Numerous states do their best to stop individuals from being able to protect themselves by enjoying the right to do so as enshrined in the Second Amendment. Governors across the nation tell us they will take federal money to advance a program (Medicaid, Schools, etc.), thereby allowing government to assume power they never had a right to.
We are experiencing the nightmare of pervasive government intrusion that our parents and grandparents probably never dreamed of. This is America, and we are better than this. And perhaps this is the good news. We still have the power to change. The question is whether we have the fortitude to rise up and whether the pledge to give “our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor” will amount to more than just a profound platitude.
Shane Krauser is a partner with the law firm of Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, the director of American Academy for Constitutional Education, and is the chief instructor of K-Force Vanguard. Follow him on twitter: @ShaneKrauser