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Government Is Not the Problem. WE ARE.

Posted: July 9, 2013 at 10:45 am   /   by

We have failed in our vigilance. We have failed in our understanding of the charter of freedom.

But it’s not too late.

Let’s be brutally honest. President Obama is not the problem. Congress is not the problem. The federal courts are not the problem. These are merely symptoms of the malady.

This is not an “R” or a “D” issue. This is a “we” issue.

We are experiencing tyranny because we have allowed this to happen. The economy? Immigration? Welfare? Assault on speech, religion, privacy, and the fundamental right to self-defense? We allowed it, and we must level with one another if we are going to begin fixing this monstrosity.

The lack of education regarding the governing document and the charter of freedom is, bar none, the greatest problem in America today. We cannot defend what we don’t understand. We cannot combat bad government unless we know what good government looks like. And we can’t defend freedom unless we understand what that actually means. We can come up with cool sound bites, but we can only pretend for so long.

Our culture’s lack of understanding of the Constitution is reflected in our consistent election of people who do not understand the document either. The travesty is that the very people who have taken an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution flippantly disregard it or even tell us it is outdated. And Americans buy off on the idea without recognizing the sadly profound consequences. If this is true, what constitution are they adhering to? What will limit the actions of those to whom we’ve given power?

As a result of our own lack of vigilance, we are now caught in the government’s web of controlling areas of our lives that it has no right to control, taking money it has no right to take, and infringing on liberties it has no right to infringe upon.

In essence, the government has told us it can legislate for whatever purpose it wishes. It was not intended to be this way. However, an ignorant people will not elect representatives that respect the parameters of authority. Rather, an ignorant people will elect people based on the desire for government to do something for them personally rather than protect the overarching model of freedom. It will elect people who are removed, unbridled, and arrogant and who look out for future elections and not the best interest of a free people.

Of course, we hear the accusation that the liberty-minded folks just don’t get it. We are told that we are upset over nothing. We are told that we don’t have a clue about the reality America is faced with. That’s a bit like a septic tank telling us to just have a mint.

The federal government regulates everything from washing machines to toilets, light bulbs to baby cribs and pacifiers, matchboxes to balloons. It has swallowed the free market whole and thrown down the gauntlet on individual productivity and prosperity.

This didn’t happen overnight. It happened ever so slowly, and we allowed it. To think that 320 million cannot control 435 in the House of Representatives, 100 members of the Senate, a president, and members of the judicial branch can appear mind-numbing. If we look at our culture, it is completely understandable.

In light of this ongoing train wreck, there is hope. Just as incrementalism is the death of America, incrementalism can also save America. Slowly, but surely, we must return teeth back to this document that is designed to restrain authority and maximize freedom.

Let’s be clear. It is not that we don’t need government. It is that government must simply follow the rules. Why? Because when they follow the rules, tyranny is minimized and freedom is maximized. When they disregard the rules, the conditions under which we find ourselves in 2013 is what results. Tyranny is on every front, and it is our responsibility to fix it.


Shane Krauser is a partner with Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, the director of the American Academy for Constitutional Education, the spokesman for, the chief instructor of K-Force Vanguard, and a radio talk show host in Phoenix, Arizona. Follow him on twitter: @ShaneKrauser 

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Shane Krauser

Shane Krauser is the director of the American Academy for Constitutional Education, an attorney in Arizona, the spokesman for Freedom Fires, a radio talk show host, an adjunct professor of constitutional and criminal law, and the chief instructor of K-Force Vanguard. He is also the primary contributor of Freedom Fires, is a former prosecutor of 12 years, and has dedicated his life to defending freedom and the Constitution. He is an author, a political commentator who has appeared on national radio and TV, and a writer whose op-eds have been published in numerous national media outlets.

Shane did his undergraduate work at Arizona State University and received his law degree from the University of Utah. He is married to Janelle Krauser, and they have six children. Follow him on twitter: @shanekrauser

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  1. RinoWatch says:

    Well said. We need a million people to turn off the TV and read some books. But not just any books…

  2. dleeper47 says:

    Terrific post, counselor!
    Sure, the Constitution is a document we’ve all heard of, but most Americans presume its time has passed, and besides, only lawyers can understand and apply it.  Right?  
    Wrong — on both counts! 
    See Shane Krauser’s book “Your Nation to Save” for a line-by-line explanation of the Constitution and its relevance to 21st-Century America.  Our remarkable Constitution was built on centuries of accumulated wisdom about human motivations and interactions. That’s what makes it a timeless architecture for self-government that protects and preserves individual human freedom.

      1. ShaunaGillilandBeal says:

        @sleepergirl  @dleeper47  Got it, from Goodwill!!!  Amazon has none, must be out of publication?

        1. @ShaunaGillilandBeal  @sleepergirl  @dleeper47 Apparently you can buy it at or, but not on Amazon.

  3. sleepergirl says:

    I just watched a video of people signing a petition to repeal the Bill of Rights.  

    This exactly demonstrates your premise above that “we” are the problem.  It’s sad that the everyday American is so ignorant of our constitutional rights or even able to understand and interpret the language in that document.  Marxists have completely sabotaged our education system from K-college.  These useful idiots believe what the enemedia spoon feeds them.  They look no further than the usual  popular reality show du jour.    Franklin said “It’s a republic – if you can keep it.”  To do so, they warned that the citizenry  must  educated and informed.  How far away from that concept has the country eroded?

    1. ThomasMrak says:

      @sleepergirl I agree that Liberalism is very popular.Unfortunately, some of the Republican party is no better when it comes to being totalitarian.

      1. @ThomasMrak  @sleepergirl One difference: With liberalism (better described as statism), totalitarianism is inevitable. When Republicans do it, it’s often an accident. There is hope for the latter; none for the former.

    2. @sleepergirl Oh Good Lord, I am afraid to watch the video . . . .

  4. MichaelKelley1 says:

    AMEN !!!! TRUTH !!!

  5. LarryCastagneto says:

    very well said   I agree 100% and have also been preaching it on my FB for over a year and warning people 10 yrs ago    way to go keep up  telling the truth    is stead of the sugar coated candy version

    1. @LarryCastagneto Thank you for doing the same!

  6. Anon says:

    It may not be a R or D issue but both parties are guilty.  Look at the Patriot Act.  After 9/11 2001, both R’s and D’s passed it “to keep us safe” in the aftermath (fear) of the terror attacks.  These draconian invasions of privacy/freedom have been extended several times by both R and D administrations claiming that it helps with prevention of terror attacks.  By playing on people’s fear, they blatantly ignore the fact that this act likely violates the freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution.

    1. @Anon We have less of a choice than we would like on this score. But at least there’s some hope with Republicans. A new breed of Republican is slowly moving in—a Constitutional Republican (like Cruz, Lee, and Paul). That is where our hope lies, at least in terms of elected officials.

Government Is Not the Problem. WE ARE.