What Does It Take

…apparently more than this…

“We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

~ Preamble to the United States Constitution, 1787


So, if the entire point of the Constitution is to establish a government (let’s not even trouble ourselves with the fact that that government is supposed to be generally good for the moment), then what the heck do we think we’re doing these days? What sort of crazy, convoluted monkey logic train are we on when people start claiming they are protecting the Constitution by completely derailing its entire purpose. Ah yes, I’m going to protect this priceless Fabergé egg from falling…..by breaking it into a million pieces…..see, now it can’t be broken! Apparently the government is run by 4 year olds because I’m pretty sure that is the only age range where that type of logic actually makes even the tiniest bit of sense (my apologies to the 4 year olds of the world, you are all, in fact, probably much brighter than our current set of elected officials). I mean, honestly, who really thinks that making a stand on an issue by shutting down the entire government is the right way to make (let alone carry) a point? Sure, better fiscal policy and hard-hitting solutions to the healthcare quagmire in this country are certainly worthy of extensive thought and debate and dare I suggest, actual legislation! But when you shut down the legislature because you weren’t legislating, well that’s not exactly going to lead to any permanent or realistic solutions, now is it?

I mean, let’s ask ourselves if we honestly believe the Founding Fathers foresaw Congress using the government’s purse strings to tie the doors to government shut. The entire point of the Constitution and its budgetary rules was to give the federal government the life and the will to function in ways it simply couldn’t under the stranglehold of the states because the Articles of Confederation left it too weak. If you think the Founders meant to create the ability to entirely shut the government down after dealing with that issue, you missed both basic logic and basic history class. People who go out of their way to fight for and create a new government (and then completely re-constitute that government just a few years later) are not anti-government. The Founders believed in the power of good governance, properly conducted and bound by good laws, to better the lives of an entire nation, a nation that had thereto fore known rule only by the whims of tyrants and petty, detached parliaments living across an entire ocean. Our Founders would cry out bitterly to see the ocean which now separates the petty parties of Washington from the Constitution and the rest of the American nation.
Res Publica

Documentation Without Representation:

Preamble to the United States Constitution, 1787


Electronic Text Courtesy of The Avalon Project at Yale Law School

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