The American Way of Life (Part 16 of 28)

Part 16: of a 28-part series

Now, this way of living is American, and it’s new to history. It’s a people living in self-government, managing their own lives, thinking for themselves – what a phenomenon! People are actually making decisions for themselves, not needing a father, a paternal government, to tell them how to be, and where to go, and how to think.

“We the people of the United States.” You see, the rulers are the people – not the lawmakers, and not the President. We ordain. We set this up ourselves to establish a Constitution for all the States of America. We are a representative republic – that is, the rulers are elected to serve the will of the people. The people do not serve the will of their rulers. That’s a new deal. Isn’t that a new idea?

We are a nation that has a government, not the other way around. This makes us special among the nations of the earth – special meaning “unique”. Our government has no powers except those granted by the people. That means we have a job to do. That means we the people do not live like other people in other nations. We have to know what we’re doing, for ourselves. Everything that we have in the way of rulers comes from us anyway. It’s the most just idea here.

It’s time to check the government that shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed. All of us – they rule us because we consent to them by our vote. Our vote is our consent. That is property. Your consent is your property. It’s the most valuable political capital you have. All of us need to be reminded that the federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government. And that’s very important when we think about how we live.

To be continued…