The United States, 2010: A rogue government
By Frank Salvato
web posted August 2, 2010
With the recent ruling by US District Judge Susan Bolton, a Clinton appointee, blocking the most contentious parts of Arizona law SB1070, we learn two things: One, that the federal government cannot be forced to enforce federal law, regardless of the fact that the law has been brought to legislation by the constitutional process, and two, that today, opportunistic political ideologues who have schemed their ways to power have all but extinguished good government in the United States of America; government that should be exclusively engaged in serving the best interests of the American people.
To be fair, Judge Bolton's ruling does not end the issue, not by a long shot. In fact, there is a very good chance that the case surrounding Arizona law SB1070 will make it – and in an expedited manner – to the US Supreme Court. This actually bodes well for the American citizen primarily because today the US Supreme Court has a balance that actually gives an edge – even if ever so slightly – to the US Constitution and, thus, the American people. Judge Bolton's ruling simply put those sections blocked – or deemed unlikely to withstand a challenge in the judicial system, be it from the ACLU, La Raza or the Holder/Obama Justice Department (which is tantamount to the ACLU and La Raza) – on hold until the courts resolve the issues.
But there is a larger and more important point that the events surrounding Arizona law SB1070 have exposed, that We the People have no "accountable" government to speak of. Yes, we do have our "elected officials," those we elect to office, to execute government and administer the services it has been authorized to provide, but, truth be told, once the political class gets "inside the beltway," or within the confines of the many State Houses, they routinely abdicate their duty to their constituents and their responsibilities to the federal and state constitutions, only to take up the causes of their political parties and the cause of their political survival: re-election.
In reality, we have, on the one hand, a gaggle of professional politicians doing what's best for the political class, special interests groups and like-minded ideologues and on the other a coven of political provocateurs who serve, exclusively, the agenda of their ideological addictions. Sequestered in the true minority of the halls of elected office are true citizen statesmen who champion the American philosophy while adhering to the limitations placed on government as set forth by the Framers of the United States Constitution.
This lopsided mix of professional politicians, political provocateurs and – in the minority – true statesmen, leaves the American citizenry with no effective constitutional government to execute the laws of the land. Unless executing the laws of the land serves the best interests of the professional politicians and political provocateurs, we are all – including the true statesmen – held hostage to the whim of a political class, corrupted by the illusion of power. We have seen the execution of this tyranny over government, not only in this administration, but in past administrations from both sides of the aisle, in the issues of entitlement programs, special interest group bailouts, the institutionalization of class warfare (in both a racial and financial context), and, more recently, the governmental encroachment into the healthcare insurance industry, the politically correct and self-enriching green energy movement, the Gulf oil spill response, immigration and border security.
With regard to the issue of Arizona's SB1070, a letter writer to The Washington Times points out that Article I, Section 10 of the US Constitution states:
"No State shall, without the Consent of Congress...engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay."
With an illegally present population depleting the financial resources of the State of Arizona, with drug cartels routinely invading the State of Arizona, drug gangs murdering people in the streets of Douglas, Nogales, Naco and other border locales and with Phoenix being "fundamentally transformed" into the kidnapping capitol of the world, doesn't the federal government have an obligation – and the State of Arizona the right – under the US Constitution, to fight back against these foreign invaders?
Of course, the answer, from a constitutional viewpoint – as well as a common sense viewpoint – is yes. But common sense and the US Constitution stand as casualties in the ideological and opportunistic "revolution" that Progressives and the professional politicians have waged against our nation. What we refer to as the federal government today, refuses to execute good government in order to protect the citizens of Arizona while using the full forces of the offices they have assumed to interfere with the Arizona government's attempts to safeguard its own citizenry; a right reserved for each and every state government in the US Constitution and the many state constitutions.
When elections empower men with the ability to selectively enforce laws, our nation has ceased operating as a Constitutional Republic. When elections empower ideologues and provocateurs to pit citizen against citizen through the divisive and destructive employment of race-based politics, we have ceased to be a government of the people, by the people and for the people. When professional politicians can feed from the taxpayer-filled public trough until their greedy bellies burst, we have ceased being the home of the free and the champions of liberty.
And so we arrive at this brutally accurate reality; that our government is not a government of laws, as John Adams and the Framers insisted that it should be, but a government of men; corrupt, selfish and egotistical men. The political class in America has unwittingly facilitated the agenda of the Progressive movement in marching toward a Democratic Socialist system of government, where democracy – which each and every Framer and Founder warned against – is celebrated as the Constitutional Republican form of government falls victim to constitutional illiteracy.
Last week my wife, Nancy, a veracious defender of the Charters of Freedom and the American philosophy, opined in a most serious tone that our Constitutional Republic is today held captive by an Oligarchy. Even the most elementary understanding of our Charters of Freedom, the Constitutional Republican system of government and the many other systems of government prove her to be correct. We the People have allowed the many professional politicians and provocateurs to establish an Oligarchy in the United States of America; a shadow government of elitist ideologues who raid the treasury to bribe the elite and the narcissistic and apathetic alike, in order to maintain the illusion of power.
I keep using the term "illusion of power" because the power that the professional politicians and ideological provocateurs have over the American people is just that: an illusion. The true power lies with the American people through the power of the ballot. We still have the ability to expunge the professional politicians and ideological provocateurs from the seats of power, through the power of the vote. We still have the power to make our peace with the next generation by righting the wrong we have perpetrated on our country in allowing nefarious men and women to attain power; in allowing for the establishment of this Progressive and opportunistic Oligarchy that stands in place of our Constitutional Republican system of government. We can make it right. We have the power.
Many believe that the second American Revolution has already begun in the quest of this noble goal through the rise of a great awakening of the American people – the Tea Party movement. This movement is awakening the American citizenry to their constitutional obligation to provide educated and meaningful governmental oversight; to provide a proper stewardship for the Charters of Freedom so that we might pass the inalienable rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness to future generations. Truth be told, those average Americans who stand against the tyranny of today's Oligarchs are – along with those who serve in the US military – the true patriots of our time.
In a soon to be released documentary addressing Black conservatism in America, titled, Runaway Slave, Pastor C.L. Bryant discusses the gifts of liberty and opportunity; gifts guaranteed in the Charters of Freedom to all men and women. He also talks about the slavery that tyranny affords; tyranny employed by today's Oligarchs, professional politicians and provocateurs. Pastor Bryant is quoted as saying:
"Tyranny is colorblind. White or Black, it will control you. Run, America! Run faster! Don't give up! Don't give in! Are you tired yet? Run harder!!"
If not now...when?
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated." – Thomas Paine, The Crisis, December 23rd, 1776
Frank Salvato is the Executive Director and Director of Terrorism Research for BasicsProject.org a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and education initiative. His writing has been recognized by the US House International Relations Committee and the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention. His organization, BasicsProject.org, partnered in producing the original national symposium series addressing the root causes of radical Islamist terrorism. He is a member of the International Analyst Network. He also serves as the managing editor for The New Media Journal. Mr. Salvato has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on FOX News Channel, and is a regular guest on talk radio including on The Captain's America Radio Show, nationally syndicated by the Phoenix Broadcasting Network and on NetTalkWorld Global Talk Radio catering to the US Armed Forces around the world. Mr. Salvato is also heard weekly on The Roth Show with Dr. Laurie Roth syndicated nationally on the USA Radio Network. His opinion-editorials have been published by The American Enterprise Institute, The Washington Times & Human Events and are syndicated nationally. He is a featured political writer for EducationNews.org and is occasionally quoted in The Federalist. Mr. Salvato is available for public speaking engagements. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.