The American Way of Life (Part 18 of 28)
Part 18: of a 28-part series

Free government is founded in jealousy, not competence. We have to be jealous of our liberty. We have to be jealous of our own lives, our own property, our own businesses. “Jealous” means zealous. It doesn’t mean anything negative. It’s a good idea. You need to be zealous about your own being, your own worth, your own opinions, your own property, your own will. Keep it. No one wants it. You keep it, safe and secure. It is jealousy and a competence which prescribes limited constitutions to bind those who are obliged to trust. If we trust them, we have to bind them.

“In questions of power, let no more be heard of competence. Bind them down from mischief, by the chains of the Constitution,” James Madison said. “An elected despotism is not the government we fought for.”

We have a hundred kings over us. (No names mentioned. Just a hundred of them.) And the thing is, they have crossed the lines. They have not stayed within the bounds of the Constitution. And we have not held them accountable for it. We’re to blame for the condition of our nation — we the people. It’s not trickle-down blame. It starts right where we are. It really is. It’s painful to look at.

Can we defy the law of gravity, and not crash and burn? We think we can until two weeks ago.

To be continued…