Thursday, March 19, 2009

Petitions for Redress of Grievances

Although our government is very well conceived, I have been very concerned, as I'm sure you know, that our government has been disregarding the Constitution and eating away at our liberty at an increasing rate for approximately 80 years now. The Constitution is the specification for the US Government; the contract between the government and We the People. Any regime which refuses to honor and abide by the Constitution is untrustworthy and dangerous.

Rather than launching into a screed about how Barack Obama and congress are shredding the Constitution, I believe the following approach will be more effective, and it applies equally to all of our politicians, regardless of party affiliation. This web site contains petitions for a redress of grievances against the US Government.

You may or may not agree with the content of every one of these petitions -- in fact, that is precisely the point of the rule of law. It doesn't tolerate special interests. I encourage you to read them all. The actual meaning might turn out to be much less extreme than the titles would lead one to believe. If you agree, please sign up, and sign the petitions. Or, you can ignore this opportunity, and let our children deal with it instead. We are in this situation today because our great grandparents didn't confront their government when it would have been much easier to address. Loss of freedom is like boiling a frog: If you throw a frog in boiling water, he will jump out unscathed. If you throw a frog in cool water and warm it up, he'll be boiled alive*. We are about to be boiled alive.

*Actual scientific research suggests that a frog will jump out of absolute physical discomfort before the water actually boils. I'm hoping We the People are at least as smart as the frog.

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