"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government -- lest it come to dominate our lives and interests."
Patrick Henry (1736-1799)
Do these words not ring true?
Those words were said by a rising star, but, essentially, an unknown lawyer from a little-known county in what would eventually become the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Patrick Henry was Virginia's first governor!
I collect antique books. In my collection is a Patrick Henry biography written by a contemporary, William Wirt, and published in 1818. It is in excellent condition! So much so I can read it!
Written before "revisionist" history, it is probably a very good account of who this man was. He is remembered for his "give me liberty, or give me death" speech before the Continental Congress on 23 March 1775. Those are the last lines of the speech. You should read the whole speech! Would that such a man was about now!
These are inspiring words. He basically said, "Let's bring on the war with England if that's what it takes to forge our freedom!"
And now we find ourselves embroiled in this massive, truly massive, take over of our lives by people who think, "We the statists. Of the statists, for the statists and by the statists!"
Do you think Patrick Henry, or any of the firebrand Founding Fathers, would stand for what the gubment wants to bend us (force us) into accepting as proper gubment behavior and control? They truly believed in "WE THE PEOPLE."
The United States Constitution was written to limit the reach of gubment into the lives of WE THE PEOPLE, and NOT to limit the freedoms of WE THE PEOPLE for the purposes those in the gubment think they should do.
I SUBMIT THAT NONE, THAT IS NONE, OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS WOULD STAND FOR WHAT IS BEING FOISTED UPON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TODAY BY AN ALL-ENCOMPASSING, ALL-ENCROACHING AND INCREASINGLY ALL-POWERFUL GUBMENT.