Constitution or Bust!
Some years ago I was teaching Karate to a child, and his father used to sit and watch and never talk. People who don’t talk interest me–what secrets are they hiding?
So I engaged the parent in conversation, and found that he was hiding sovereignty. “What’s that?” I asked.
He told me to read Thomas Paine, then ask him.
So I looked up sovereignty in the dictionary, and found out that it meant ‘supreme power or authority,’ and ‘the authority of a state to govern itself.’
Curiouser and curiouser. What did that have to do with the silence of a man?
So, in spite of myself, and in spite of my resistance to all things having to do with learning, I found a copy of ‘Common Sense.’
Common Sense was a series of tracts published during the Revolutionary War. It laid forth and explained the principles of the Republic that was being sought. Common Sense caught fire, it went viral, and colonists everywhere read it voraciously, argued over it, even fought over it.
I was particular struck by one description of 13 year old boys who carried muskets and shot British soldiers…and were schooled at night around the campfire on the words in Common Sense.
Some two hundred years after these ‘campfire boys’ huddled around words of wisdom, I had my own copy of Common Sense, and I opened it to the first paragraph, and my jaw dropped.
My jaw didn’t drop because of the magnificence of the discourse, my mouth opened and my eyes went vacant because I simply didn’t understand it. Here it is.
‘SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher.’
It took me an hour to figure that paragraph out, but I was hooked. Here was a man that, over two hundred years, whispered into my heart.
That first paragraph, not to save you an hour, but to get on with this article, had two points.
The first point: Mankind, society, people as a whole, come together and enhance one another.
The second point: government regulates and divides us.
Or, as Thomas put it so succinctly in the last sentence: ‘The first is a patron, the last a punisher.’
So why were we divided into Republican and Democrat? What were we fighting over? And the answer came to me: when a person (group) is small, it seeks a larger ally. (There is more answer, of course, but this simplicity was all I was ready for at the time.)
In this modern day we have small groups of people pushing their agendas, and seeking the muscle of the biggest ally they can find, which would be government. But, in their zeal to promote their own cause, they contribute to the negativeness inflicted by government.
So I became a Constitutionalist. And I was silent. I rarely spoke, and then only on the surface, for people were divided and could not understand the Constitution, let alone this concept called sovereignty.
Yes, that sovereignty thing.
Which is, to state it on a personal and individual level: the responsibility to rule oneself.
To politicize, to go to political war for the various groups, is to promote negativity, and more, to chip away at the Constitution.
To become a political creature, no matter the gains, is to take away from the society of man…from the positive affections of the human being.
To be a citizen is to be a slave.
To be a sovereign is to do what you want, with nothing but your responsibility to restrain you.
And the Constitution promotes sovereignty, is based upon sovereignty, is dedicated to sovereignty.
To be honest, it would be quite jolly to engage in discussions concerning such things as voter identification, gay rights, government mandated vaginal probes, and all the other rope a dope that political life offers, but I decline.
I would rather be a constitutionalist, a sovereign, able to do what I want. I would rather be responsible, and enjoy a freedom that those ensnared by the political schizophrenia can never enjoy.
So I shall attempt to limit my discourse, to upbraiding those who would deconstruct the Constitution, and man’s right to self rule.
I will fail of course, but if I can recognize my failures, then I can learn, and mayhap I can finally be deserving of sovereignty.