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Can you be for forced collectivism and still support the US Constitution?

Posted by mrfixit on October 15, 2010

Simple answer is NO.

The Constitution is designed to specifically limit the powers of the Federal Government, and to limit State powers when interacting with each other. It also bestows the concept that our rights are INDIVIDUALLY granted, as enumerated in the Declaration of Independence, by our creator.

These rights are UNALIENABLE, and that was NOT meant to mean inalienable. There is a difference, more on that later.

The concept was, by the miracle of your conception, your being coming into existence, the creator, or GOD had then given you certain rights, right such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (which was a long way to say property, but in those days they founders did not want to tarnish the document with the slave ownership practice of the day, so they specifically did not use property).

OK, so today we have among us many who openly espouse collectivist, communist, Marxist, Maoist, Progressive, whatever the popular term of the moment, for ideas that in essence say the we must submit to government, and from government we are granted all our rights, and they add on countless new rights, like healthcare, education, jobs, etc. There is a very dangerous end to all this, and that is those are not God given rights, and not only are they not God given rights, they all require some other person or persons to be the providers. In order to grant a right that then requires action of any other person, well you then have the justification to use any and all types of force to compel individuals to perform that service!
This then undermines and destroys the very essence and the spirit of the US Constitution. This allows an unlimited government, that can justify ANY use of force for the greater good, and then it no longer respects or protects the very rights it was chartered to secure. It then becomes exactly the type of government the Declaration of Independence was written to separate us from!

Do we need another Declaration of Independence?

Today we have many leaders, in power, who do not see any limits on the use of force by the government to compel citizens to do whatever they deem to be correct. This is not liberty, this is tyranny.

At our founding, Government was considered a necessary evil, not a means to create a utopia, but rather recognition of the flaws inherent in mankind, and put in place to SECURE the God given individual rights of each of us from infringements imposed by others who would abuse us.

Here is a great quote from the Federalist papers that clearly explains this concept (Madison, Federalist 51):

“It may be a reflection on human nature that such devices* should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is Government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.”

*(separate powers, checks and balances in government to prevent too much power concentration)

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