“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
~ Article II, Section I, Paragraph 8, United States Constitution
Greetings my fellow Americans!
A question which I have asked myself (and to which I have had the same answer) for many years now is whether I believe that I am being duly represented in the national government of our United States (and, frankly, in my state government of Michigan). Personally, I have found myself answering “no” since the days of President Reagan some 40 years ago. There have been occasional bright spots since, most recently with some of the results which President Trump was able to produce, however temporary, and even then I found it difficult to fully ascribe to his “using big government the right way” philosophy as a long-term strategy to making America great again.
And while I’ll admit I’m probably more of a constitutional purist than most, I believe I’ve allowed myself to be sufficiently educated in the founding principles of what actually did make America great to recognize that any reform bereft of a concerted and purposeful dismantling of the massive unelected bureaucracies which now seem to have the real power in our national, and many of our State governments, would be fleeting at best. I also realize that my expectations for what it will take to truly make America great again are likely unsatisfiable given how far we’ve drifted away from that foundation, and the numbers of lifelong bureaucrats who would be threatened by the very notion of looking elsewhere for employment and pension security.
I further acknowledge that my originalist American worldview is largely outside that which appears to be largely “mainstream” today, and the politics of an operational strategy aimed at reducing the size of unelected government, while increasing the number of elected representatives (more about that in a future article), is anathema to the propagandistic narratives sowing the seeds of discord and discontent in anything resembling America. All of this said, my patriotism and faith in maintaining that some semblance of what made us great may be preserved and renewed someday, keep me showing up at the polls.
So, while I am holding my elected representatives to what is likely an unachievable standard, I do so nonetheless. But what about the United States population at-large? When the POTUS-elect utters the words ”will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” in his oath of office, what does this mean to John Q. Public? When he campaigns on “making America great again” or “righting the wrongs of the past” or producing a flat-out Utopia, what thoughts are conjured up in the average voter’s mind? When a person is elected to represent thousands, hundreds of thousands, or perhaps millions of people, what does this actually mean? What should be the practical qualifications of such a person, given the relative diversity of opinion and understanding of what America is and has been, and its place in human history? How can the concerns of so many be realistically held by one person, and how can this care manifest itself in anything other than more government?
This was to be a government Of, By and For the People; what do “the People” really want from their government? How do they expect to get it when those appointed or hired, rather than elected, vastly outnumber those with direct accountability to We the People? Do We the People want to be accountable for the quality of those they elected to represent them? If the government is not serving at the pleasure of We the People, who has the responsibility to take it back? Are We truly that dissatisfied with how government in the United States operates today to do something about it?
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