How We Can Save Natural Marriage
By Pastor Paul Blair – BarbWire guest contributor
When leaving Constitution Hall in 1787, it is reported that Benjamin Franklin was asked by a passerby, “What kind of government did you give us?” His response, “A republic, ma’am. If you can keep it.”
Well, Mr. Franklin, the republic is officially dead.
Let me explain why we are in the predicament we find ourselves in and what can be done going forward.
America is either a union of states with diversified powers or we are a single nation ruled by a centralized power. There is a distinct difference. Communist China is a nation of 1.36 billion people all ruled by one concentrated national dictatorship that reigns in Peking. Iran is a nation of 77 million people all ruled by one concentrated national dictatorship that reigns in Tehran. That is not what the United States of America was intended to be.
In 1787, America consisted of 13 sovereign states working in a union of cooperation via the existing constitution called “The Articles of Confederation.” Representatives of twelve of the thirteen states gathered in Philadelphia to amend the existing constitution, but instead created a new one.
The United States Constitution is a compact between the states establishing a limited general government, designing its makeup in the three branches and then delegating few and defined powers to this general government. This new governing body was to be very limited in its scope.
As Federalist Paper #45 clearly describes:
The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.
Raising a navy? That is the Federal Government’s business. Healthcare? Not their business. Negotiating a treaty with France? That is the Federal Government’s business. Telling children what their educational curriculum must be? Not their business. Declaring war on a country threatening our security? That is the Federal Government’s business. Telling the farmers in western Oklahoma how much dust they can produce? Not their business. Organizing a postal service? That is the Federal Government’s business. Overruling the State Constitution in Oklahoma to redefine God’s definition of marriage? They have no authority and this is not their business.
In fact, James Madison, who is called the Father of the Constitution, said this in 1798 about the general government when it tries to infringe upon the authority of sovereign states:
“…in case of a deliberate, palpable, and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact (U. S. Constitution), the states who are parties thereto, have the right, and are in duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights and liberties appertaining to them.”
Thomas Jefferson, the penman of the Declaration of Independence, added:
“…by a compact under the style and title of a Constitution for the United States, and of amendments thereto, they (the states) constituted a general government for special purposes — delegated to that government certain definite powers, reserving, each State to itself, the residuary mass of right to their own self-government; and that whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.”
The Tenth Amendment clearly reaffirmed that each sovereign state retains ultimate veto power for the people within their borders. What a brilliant design.
If Massachusetts wants to establish a state-run, single payer health care system for the State of Massachusetts, and the citizens of that state consent to it, they can. But they can’t force their way on Oklahoma.
If California wants to create a socialist utopia and establish a 90% income tax and rely upon the state to provide everything and the people consent to it, they can. But they can’t force their way on Oklahoma.
With the design given us in 1787, states were allowed to compete in the marketplace of ideas. Good ideas would succeed, bad ideas would fail. But bad ideas wouldn’t cripple the whole country.
Unfortunately, both in Washington, D.C., and at the state level, we are controlled by political pragmatists rather than principled statesmen. We have gladly given control of the states to Washington, D.C., for thirty pieces of silver. Whenever the Federal government wishes to assume powers not delegated to it by the states in the Constitution, Washington simply turns on the Federal Reserve, prints another $100 billion and bribes the states to cooperate. As states become dependent upon the money being stolen from our great, great grandchildren, we dare not speak out against Federal tyranny.
We continue to play the political election game. Every two or four years, candidates promote themselves as “conservative champions” who will fight for our constitutional rights. Yet, every time the Federal Government acts illegally centralizing power in Washington and expanding the national debt to the breaking point; our “conservative champions’” only response is to wring their hands and issue press releases.
Enough is enough.
I propose we do one of two things and will use my home state of Oklahoma as an example.
Option 1: If we are really ruled by Washington, then let’s quit pretending. If the only purpose of our state legislature is to vote on the “Doctor of the Week” or choose what the “State Bird” or “State Flower” should be, let’s close down the state government and save the money. If any real piece of legislation, like when the Citizens of Oklahoma voted 76% to amend our State Constitution to officially define marriage as one man and one woman, can simply be overruled by a single, non-elected, politically appointed Federal judge, then let’s just admit we are ruled by our masters in Washington. Let’s sell the state capital and turn it into a museum. It has to be worth at least $150 million. Let’s dissolve the state legislature, send the governor home and everyone else saving us at least half of our state’s annual budget. Apparently Federal Judge Kern already rules the state, so let him have an office in downtown OKC and we can be ruled by our masters and quit kidding ourselves.
Option 2: Imagine a world without the IRS. Imagine a world without the EPA. The states, who created the Federal government have the ability to say “NO” when the federal government acts illegally (Federalist #33, Tenth Amendment). Several conservative states like Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Louisiana and others, begin by first auditing the Federal Reserve, then proceed to eliminate it, so they cannot create money out of thin air. We dissolve the IRS and have each state collect revenue at the state level. Then, the states send to Washington their proportionate share for carrying out their Constitutionally defined duties. Goodbye national debt as they would be forced to live on the allowance we send them. No one would fall through the cracks as social programs can be far more efficiently operated at far less cost on the state and local level than funneling money through D.C. so that 12,000 lobbyists can all take out their share. Through eliminating federal regulations, we could unleash the energy industry in America and unleash our entrepreneurial spirit. We can break OPEC while simultaneously paying off our own national debt.
Imagine if we actually played by the rules of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. They will work, if we have the courage to use them. Unfortunately, nothing will happen this year unless the people really put pressure on the State Capitol.
Most of our politicians lead from behind. They do nothing until the public demands they do (Consider rejecting the health care exchange and rejecting Common Core). Governor Fallin is a very nice person for whom I will vote. Unfortunately, she is just a pragmatic politician who does the bidding of her Chief of Staff, Denise Northrup. As a result, she will do nothing more than wring her hands and issue press releases while our liberties are stripped away. However, Joe Dorman is even less likely to do anything.
Join Reclaiming America for Christ and with your monthly support help us educate the citizens of our state in the principles of Federalism. If we can awaken and inform the sleeping giant of the American people on what needs to be done, then perhaps we can begin to reign in these abuses. However, career politicians are not the answer. YOU ARE!
I invite you to watch the attached video and join us as we will use this strategy to not only SAVE BABIES, but also to SAVE NATURAL MARRIAGE!
Paul Blair was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, and was a three year starter at offensive tackle for Oklahoma State University. After college, he was a Fourth Round Draft Pick of the National Football League’s Chicago Bears in 1986; he was one of only three rookies to make the team of the defending World Champion Bears. He spent five years in the NFL, and retired after the 1990 season due to a fourth and final knee injury. As Founder and Chairman of Reclaiming Oklahoma For Christ, and current Chairman of Reclaiming America For Christ, this Patriot Pastor’s desire is for Americans to understand their Christian heritage.
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