A great American tragedy could take place on Nov. 6, 2012.
Millions of Americans will, or rather will not, participate in the process that is granted to only a select few on the face of the earth.
Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida … Will he or won’t he? Should we or should we not? Can he or can’t he? Why even bother? It doesn’t really matter anyway!
Consider this: Millions have already died, thousands are now dying and thousands more will die in pursuit of the right to exercise what many Americans simply choose to ignore on a regular basis – the constitutionally guaranteed, government-protected right to cast a vote prompted by, and known only to, the conscience of the voter.
The miracle that is America can only continue to take place if the American people are 1)
free to govern themselves and 2) responsible enough to govern themselves. Said another way, the responsibility for the continued existence of a free American constitutional republic rests with the American people. The Declaration of Independence declares that governments “derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.” This is the genius and secret of, and potentially the greatest weakness of, America: “government of the people, for the people and by the people.”
It is a scientifically demonstrable fact that a vacuum cannot exist in nature. If American citizens do not participate in their God-given political system, this constitutional republic, a vacuum will be created and government “of the people” will be replaced with government over the people. If people are not allowed to freely govern themselves, a society can only be held together the way the former Soviet Union was for more than 70 years – secret police and brute force.
Free people must govern themselves. They must do so courageously, wisely and justly and not use their freedom as license to encourage or engage in immoral behavior or vote themselves truckloads of goodies. Alexis de Tocqueville, French historian and philosopher, came here in 1831 to view the wonder of this miracle called “America.” He observed, “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”
The “American way of life,” according to a quote attributed to Scottish historian Alexander Tyler, could not endure. His reasons, though premature, were chillingly accurate. “People do not want to take responsibility for their own choices. … people will invariably hand over their sovereign responsibility and freedom to the government which promises the most benefits.” President Ronald Reagan said, “Professor Alexander Tyler has written that a democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largesse out of the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidate promising the most benefits from the Treasury with the result that democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy, always to be followed by a dictatorship.”
Reagan continued, “Unfortunately, we can’t argue with the professor, because when he wrote that we were still colonials of Great Britain, and he was explaining what had destroyed the Athenian republic more than 2,000 years before.”