It is amazing how far away we as a nation have strayed from the original vision of the founders with regards to the proper role of government. We have, in fact, devolved 180 degrees from that original purpose. Government was intended to be the protector of the rights of the people. Every individual was to be free to pursue his idea of happiness, as long as he did not violate the rights of others to do the same.
Government was to step in only when oneâ€™s â€œliberty interestâ€ was violated to â€œrestoreâ€ the victim. This was called the restorative justice principle. In fact, there was no â€œcrimeâ€ other than treason against the people as a whole, unless there was a victim. No fines were paid to the State. The sole purpose of the law was to restore the victim.
Today, we have a vast assortment of â€œcrimesâ€ where the de facto purpose of the law is to collect â€œfinesâ€ for the State. It is, in fact, another tax on the people. As an attorney who practiced criminal defense for many years, I can assure you that the victim (when there is a real crime committed) is rarely restored, and is often left out of the proceedings.
On the other side of the coin, because we have allowed government to pick and choose who obtains the favors of government, government is now used to protect those who destroy the rights of others. Federal and State regulations are issued that protect and â€œexemptâ€ industries from the violations they cause to others.
The inevitable abuse of power by government was the principle reason why the founders said NO power should be given to the federal government to even be involved AT ALL, unless those powers were specifically enumerated in the constitution.
Despite the obvious abuse of power, there are those who still have faith in the government, if only â€œtheirâ€ people would be elected into office. â€œPut good people in and weâ€™ll be okayâ€, they say. â€œElect the representative from my party, and all will be put rightâ€ they contend. The two party system is the perfect cover for the abuse of power, as it gives us the illusion of choice. The vast system of bureaucracy continues despite whoever is in office.
The big multi-national corporations almost always â€œdonateâ€ to both parties to cover their bases. They will continue to do so as a â€œcost of doing businessâ€ as long as the power to give favors exists. I can assure you that all forms of financial contributions will magically end (without the need for campaign finance reform) if the 10th amendment was restored to its original intent.
Our system of government was unique in history in that it at least attempted to prevent the possibility of abuse of power by TAKING AWAY the power that had throughout history had always been abused. We were given the freedom formula by the founders who did everything they knew how to protect us. It is WE THE PEOPLE who have allowed the abuses to reoccur and it is only WE THE PEOPLE who can possibly restore the constitutional protections.