America Divided – Pro Constitutional Republic v. Pro Democratic Socialism

America today is polarized into two major camps. The polarization I am
talking about has nothing to due with President Obama’s desire to divide our people on issues of wealth disparity or racial discord. Instead, we are divided on the issue of whether the form of our
federal government should be one of small size and limited powers over the people or whether it should be very powerful with near absolute control over the people.

Those in the first camp wish to live free with minimum interference from
government. They believe in the vision of our Founders; that we have certain inalienable rights and the Federal government’s primary reason for being is to protect our inalienable rights. They believein the letter of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence as the guides as to how our Federal government is to operate.

The second camp is  made up of statist who believe in a strong central
government that will solve all of societies woes. They believe, for example, that the commence clause and the general welfare clause of the constitution give the central government this power. How they rationalize this position with the enumerated powers clause, I do not know. They believe it is perfectly okay, in the name of social justice, for the courts to write law. In short, they believe that the constitution has out lived its usefulness. What worries me most about
this group is that the vast majority seem to be unaware (or maybe they don’t care) that here is a small group within their midst I and others refer to as The Powers That Be (TPTB). TPTB are made up of powerful elitist bankers, politicians and corporatist. The TPTB would like to lead the United States into a new One World Order (OWO) with one central world bank, with one world currency and one central world governing body and an oligarchy of corporatist, in other words, a one world fascist government.

Our government today is very skewed in favor of those in the second camp. This has happened even though for much of our history the statist were a small percentage of our population and of the electorate. We could talk about how socialist elements infiltrated our institutions and were able to gradually change our form of government without most of us recognizing what had happened until recently but that has been discussed here and thousands of other conservative opinion sites before. What I want to touch on is the role played by human nature.

Thanks to the Classic Liberal blog, I happened to read an article by Brandon Smith at Although Brandon’s article has to do with how to defeat the bankers rather than what we are talking about today, the first part
of his article is quite relevant.

In Franz Kafka’s most popular work “The Trial”, his characters relate a short parable which has fascinated and confused curious readers for generations. That parable is entitled “Before The Law”, and its message has been interpreted, reinterpreted, and agonized over by the labyrinthine contrariness of academia, producing numerous conflicting views:

To understand the dilemma portrayed in Kafka’s “Before The Law”, we
are presented with this video:

Here is Brandon’s take on the controversy:

I see “The Trial” and “Before The Law” not as treatise on the futility of man’s search for justice, but as a warning on the foolishness of man’s dependency on systems not rooted in conscience. That is to say, we have a tendency to linger about idly while others make our decisions for us. We expect the system we live in to provide answers, to provide nurturance, to provide fairness, and to provide change where necessary. This expectation is a dangerous one.

Most social and political systems today are designed around collectivist methodologies. Their primary tool is centralization of power, and the removal of choice from the public consciousness. We are made to believe that the establishment is necessary for our survival, and that to abandon it would mean certain destruction. We are taught that the individual is subservient and inconsequential in the face of the state. This is simply not so. Like the traveler in “Before The Law”, we have been defeated by our own expectations of how the law (or justice) works. We sit and wait for permission, when we should be charging through the gates and taking what is rightfully ours.

The author’s last two sentences in the above quote has to do with his theme of how to defeat the banks. For our purposes, those last two sentences might have read _ “Like the traveler in Before The Law, we have been defeated by our  own expectations on government works. We sit and wait for government to do something we should be telling the government to stop what they have been doing.” At any rate, I think that Brandon’s analysis of the dilemma presented by Kafka is true.

So, yes we can point our fingers at the sneaky socialist who infiltrated our institutions and slowly but surely changed our constitutional republic in to something very close to the democratic socialist states that we see in Europe.
But we must also point the finger at ourselves as a people who, in the majority for the last many decades, have looked to government to solve our social issues rather than hold to the concepts put forth by our Founders when they wrote our constitution and gave us a republic.

America today is indeed a divided people. We are very much at war over what form of government our nation will take into the future. A war that will not be won with guns but with ideas and ideals. Do not be confused by the polls, my
friends. That 70% believe the country is on the wrong track does not tell the whole story. The presidents relative popularity over that of Congress tells me that many people are still looking for government solutions to our problems. If I had to guess what the split is in America today, I would say that our side, the side that believes in the vision of our Founders is 40 to 45% of the electorate and that those aligned with statism are an equal number.  The battle is for
those in the middle who, for whatever reason do not  see themselves in either camp.

Our side believes the Constitution says what it means and means what is says. The statist side believes that the commerce clause and the general welfare cause give them the constitutional authority to do what they want. Please
watch this Bill Whittle video that I borrowed (stole) from Adrienne at Adrienne’s
for some solid arguments against the position of the statist.

The battle then is over the hearts and minds and ultimately the votes of this unaligned middle group of the electorate. We must seek out those in this middle group and make our pitch with passion. We have history on our side;
statism has always failed wherever it has been tried. We offer freedom and a chance to build a better future. The statist can only offer indentured servitude and, if the TPTB have their way, we will even lose our sovereignty. The last thought I want to leave you with today is that this battle must fought on every level of government; from the local school board elections to the presidential elections.

Well,that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

34 thoughts on “America Divided – Pro Constitutional Republic v. Pro Democratic Socialism

  1. Statists have always been with us. Remember the heated debates at the Constitutional Convention?

    From our nation’s infancy, there have been those in power giving statism more power in our daily lives.

    Well, now we’re nearly a critical mass. Too many Americans believe in statism, whether they know it or not. The primary reason that so many Americans today support statism? The indoctrination they received in the public school system and at various institutions of higher learning.

  2. Excellent piece, Jim. It is the relevant issue for 2012. We need to fight for those in the center. That is exactly why it doesn’t cease to amaze me that still many activists and bloggers on the right keep taking inflexible positions and battling any semblance of centrism and moderation in our possible candidates.

    1. Thank you for the kind words, John, but I have to inform you that I am one of those inflexible bloggers that amaze you. The structural changes to our government that the statist have achieved over the last 100 years, IMO, leave no room for being flexible. I wish it were otherwise.

      1. Jim, Reading your posts have shown me that you are a reasonable and intelligent man. In this post you conclude that who ever wins those voters at the center will win the battle. I agree, and most of the Republican establishment agrees.

        So the next step, which I would anxiously wait to hear, is how do you propose we win that center with the “probabilities of success” in our side.

      2. Agreed – the manipulation of the welfare clause was the beginning of the end. We need an amendment that shores it up and makes the meaning crystal clear, so the Supreme Court cannot over rule it. The founders as they debated made it pretty clear to me –

  3. Good post. As AOW states, the Statists have always been with us. We have set an example for the world regarding freedom and liberty and a just society. Not perfect, but better than any other attempt at it. In the end, the flame has been lit, and I do believe that even after we are gone, the memory will linger as an example of what can be. I am always amazed at how many from around the world come to my little blog. Wanting to know more about us and our views no doubt.

      1. Problem is, the masses believe in the new model…because they have been told to do otherwise makes you a bad person. But Billy, why shouldn’t we help Grandma, do you hate Grandma?

        Makes it a bit hard to get people to see, especially when they have never lived anywhere to see what we are becoming in action.

  4. We are indeed a republic with democratic roots. We are not, and never have been, a democracy as the Democrats would wish us to believe. There is foolishness in “rule of the people”.

    AUTHOR: Benjamin Franklin (1706–90)
    QUOTATION: “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”

    “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

    Just sayin’.

    I do not believe in democracy as portrayed by the modern-day Socialists/Democrat Party.

    Neither did our Founders. Simple as that.

    1. We are very close to losing our republic. We must convince enough of those in the middle group that we are in the mess we are in due to statism and we who believe in the principles of our Founders do have the better answer.

  5. Hopefully the socialists will lose. But I’m doubtful. Governments exist to exist and they will always increase their powers. They never diminish until an occupier makes the decision for them.

    And I for one welcome our new Chinese Overlords and remind them that as a popular blogger I can be quite useful rounding up those who won’t play nice.

  6. You have to love Bill Whittle. Great post, Jim. To me the whole discussion comes down to one question for the statists: Once you crush the wealth creating engine with your wealth distribution and crony capitalism, what, exactly, do you intend to redistribute? The answer is “misery”.

  7. I am actually enjoying the polarization. I have watched the slow creep of communistic practices on our country for years. Now our country is falling apart at the seams. The statists are just beginning to realize they were wrong. We are out of money. We no longer have the ability to grow our way out of debt. And we have an idiot in office who cannot find the solution- and an entire Congress that has screwed the pooch. I am actually enjoying this. I bet Ross Perot is enjoying it even more.

  8. I agree Jim. The statists have infiltrated our education system but we have to take some of the blame for that as well. We have accepted the government as the answer to all our problems and in doing so have limited the power of the individual. Until we change out own mindset we will continue down this path toward serfdom.

      1. Ahh – but there is the rub. Excuse me, we do not discuss politics and religion…Brilliant stroke that was. Who started that?

  9. I think the elitist cabal, especially the financiers have government officials scared. The bankers are the wizard behind the curtain, making scary flames shoot up out of the floor, smoke billow and lightning flash.

    They have government so scared to call their bluff. Only a horrible crash will pull back the curtain, and then the dastards will convince government to rely on them to put it all back together, with our money of course!

  10. Great post Jim. The thing about conservatism is it’s really easy to sell because people can definitely relate to it. The problem we conservatives have had is finding the right way to convey the message. Ronald Reagan was a master at it, I was telling someone today that when he spoke or gave a speech I felt as if he was talking to me. That’s something we need to get better at. We need to personalize it and show how conservatism can make a difference for the good in peoples lives. We need not be afraid of conservatism. And most of all we need to continue to expose the far left for the statist they are. When people are informed and given a choice between statism and freedom, 9 out of 10 times they choose freedom.

    1. Thanks, John. I wish a lot more people had your attitude. It’s hard to look around at the state of the state and understand why people can’t see what to us is so obvious. Yet there are many calling for more state control. It boggles the mind.

  11. “We must seek out those in this middle group and make our pitch with passion.”

    The trouble I find is, most of ’em just. don’t. want. to hear it. Heads in the sand, or Dancing with the Stars or whatevs.

    Our pitch won’t find ears until things get worse. How much worse, and how long will we take to get there? Oh, I’ll hazard a guess after Nov ’12.

    cheers ya’ll.

    1. It may not be fair, NoOne, for someone like me on the outside trying to tell you all back home how best to sell our message. However, some of the bloggers I follow are saying that they are finding people willing to listen. I promised another commentator that I would address this subject in the next day or two. So lease stay tuned.

  12. “They believe it is perfectly okay, in the name of social justice, for the courts to write law.”

    Yes, but that’s only because the courts happen to be of a liberal bent. Show these cretins a Conservative court and watch their support of courts deciding the law evaporate like a water in a burning desert.

  13. Jim, WE CAN SAVE THIS COUNTRY!! To my fellow Americans who truely love this country, whofeel a warmth of pride in the pit of your being for this country and the contstiution, and who feel an even deeper ache for the distruction of our beloved America…..there is an answer…a simple answer. We don’t have to use our intelect to figure out which GOP candidate can and will defeat Obama and fix this mess. We just have to do one simple thing. We have to do it often. It’s free and NO government official can tell you how to do this or charge you a fee or send you to jail for doing this (at least not yet). You can quietly impliment this alone or with a crowd. It’s all up to you. Too simple to be true? SIMPLY PRAY. We don’t have to worry about the details. If we take a deep breath, relax, and pray, God will bless our country. He will take care of the details. He will save our country! Doesn’t it feel good to let go of the burden? Yes, write letters, support a candidate, vote! God expects 50% prayer and 50% action. There is all kinds of action now we need prayer.

    Next, I have an idea. This idea is why I searched the internet for someone pro-constitution and was led to you. I don’t know how to use the internet very well or I’d do it myself. I want this to go viral. My idea is to send out a letter to all of the liberals who want to fundamentally change this country into something it is not; those govt. officials who try to use power and position to steal the rights given to us by God and written in the constitution. I would like to find millions and millions of American citizens who will sign a letter saying that they will contribute ‘X’ amount of money (eg: $10 or $100) to a fund that the liberals can use to purchase an island or some other piece of land (outside the boarders of the USA) to go start their own country. They won’t have any conservatives fighting their big govt. laws and they can have a liberal constitution and live happily ever after.
    If someone will write the letter and get it out, I will pledge $10. Heck, I’ll pledge$20.!!

    1. Hi, Patti! Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts with us. To be sure, there is no such thing as too much praying. But I believe we owe our creator a lot more doing on our part. There is something called the “mushy middles” in the American electorate that decide every election. We have a lot of work to do to identify them and then convince of the peril that America is facing.

      I like your idea of sending the liberals to their own island. I wrote a post a few months back where I tongue and cheek suggested we divide the United States int to two countries; the USA and the USSA. We conservatives would take the heartland down to the Gulf Coast where we would maintain the USA. We would let the liberals have the East and the West coasts where they could have their USSA. I was betting that in less than 10 years the USSA would be begging and pleading to re-join the USA.

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