Power and control are magnets for certain human beings. Anyone who is "tuned in" to our world today can see the magnetic pull at work in industry, education, media, and of course politics. Our Founders knew this, so they structured our government with horizontal separation of powers (legislative, executive, judicial) and vertical boundaries (local and state government) to keep power from consolidating in a centralized entity. They even cautioned us that we had to remain a moral and religious people if we wanted to remain free.
One of the foremost constitutional theorists of the founding generation, John Adams, observed, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” He wasn’t the only Founding Father to hold this view. Indeed, James Madison wrote that our Constitution requires “sufficient virtue among men for self-government,” otherwise, “nothing less than the chains of despotism can restrain them from destroying and devouring one another.”
What's happening today begs the question, when did we "go off the rails?" Why have our leaders given in to the draw for power and control, rather than doing what is right for the citizenry? Why do they care more about personal wealth and power, than the nation's general welfare? The answer: Lawlessness and no fear of accountability.
When laws are passed, they must go through the constitutional process. For example, a ratification procedure is outlined in Article VII of the Constitution. The Supreme Law of the land itself had to pass legally in nine states (three-fourths of the states at that time) before we had a Constitution. Today, a corrupt and detached Congress has surrendered its legislative authority. Now government alphabet agencies, with their blessings, write laws that we must abide by.
"Absolute power corrupts even when exercised for humane purposes. The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep. The taint inherent in absolute power is not its inhumanity but its anti-humanity."
— Eric Hoffer
Power and control are addictive, and people will do strange things to obtain them.
We are charged with the duty to be vigilant. Our Founders never intended that Americans should leave governance to the discretion of elected officials, and certainly not, at the hands of unelected bureaucrats in agencies with no provisions in the Constitution for their existence and power. And let's not forget what they call NGOs or non-government agencies, which are supposedly private agencies but are charged with missions not legal for government to run under the Constitution, but nonetheless are run by the government through civilian proxy operatives. Yes that's how far we have come.
"The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse."
— James Madison
Those who supposedly work for us, have gone strayed. The nature of their positions is partly to blame. They are waited on, showered with limitless amenities, shielded, protected, and celebrated. And then there is the system, which makes it possible to corrupt the most honest among them, making it possible to become generationally wealthy by selling access to and influence in our government to corporations and foreign governments. How do you think a man, on a government salary for eight years, can afford a $20 million waterfront mansion in Martha's Vineyard and another $10 million home in an exclusive DC suburb, just minutes from the WH, after leaving office?
In the comfort of our tolerance, we have created the corruption monster that haunts us today. We have allowed this creature to emerge from the deep within the DC swamp with our indifference to their unconstitutional and now expanding autocratic power. Now this monster has grown to a point of both size and power, that it will cost us dearly to try to control it, let alone destroy it.
All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible."
— Frank Herbert
The world has always had the wealthy and the connected through social class, family and education. And they left the poor generally alone to their affairs other than those who served them and toiled for them. It's the human condition. But here in America, a Joe Nobody, even one who at first didn't even speak the language, could become wealthy by their own creativity, ingenuity, and perseverance. Sure many obstacles had to be overcome but they weren't unsurmountable.
Today, all those old world conditions still exist but besides the political corruption I previously mentioned, there is also the newly emerging media technologies billionaires who have the world-reaching platforms to mold and manipulate public opinion, and the money to influence elections. These billionaires themselves are obsessed with power and control and support the political establishment. And as such, you now have the recipe for absolute tyranny!
"The true terrorists of our world wear Ermenegildo $20,000 dollar suits or Armani dresses, have ivy league law degrees, and gravitate towards the highest positions of business, finance, and government."
— John Figueroa
We may be a point where our options are limited. The ballot box alone will not deter, control, nor eliminate this monster. So then what? Some say the American people need to unite and march on DC with the implements of war. But this is a fantasy born out of frustration and recognition for what we have allowed to grow unimpeded by our failure of our civic duties to hold accountable politicians who stray from our mandates and the limitations imposed by our Constitution. But anyone entertaining the idea of marching on DC to exercise a citizen's arrest of these corrupt miscreants, let alone hang them for the treasonous criminals that most are, is setting themselves for a visit from alphabet agencies.
You couldn't even covertly round up enough sympathetic supporters without having one become an informant for the government or be himself a g-man. Even if you were able to round up several hundred patriots, willing to suffer pain to save our country, you would be crushed by the power of the federal government and its unlimited resources including the military, which would be unleashed upon the traitorous insurrectionists you would be labeled as. Look at what's happened to the trespassers at the Capitol for snapping selfies!
No, only the patriots in our military can save our country. Only they can march on DC and put a stop to this corruption monstrosity, we call the federal government. But how do they do this when they have sworn to defend the Constitution from enemies both foreign and domestic, and the federal government claims
itself to be the Constitution?
And furthermore, how is this going to happen with an officer class in the Pentagon so emasculated and obsessed with "wokeism" that all common sense, reason and the necessary "cojones" to do whatever it takes in the exercise of their patriotic duty in saving our Constitutional Republic from becoming an Autocracy is nonexistent.
If you remember, many of these military generals owe their positions today to Obama's purge of the military ranks back during his term. These "woke" generals owe their commissions to the man running the White House today through his proxies handling Joe Biden's every crafted word and action. Now we finally realize why and what Obama was looking for in his military purge. How we reverse the direction of our country eludes my imagination.