To what value do we lend a shoe if it has no sole? To what value do we lend a door without hinges? To what value are principles if they are not valued? The U.S. Constitution is, as our children are taught, the supreme law of the land. It is the culmination of years of philosophical inquiry into the nature of man and the result of brutal oppression and the ache for freedom it produced. It is not a document drafted in vain. Its ancient words echo wisdom down the generational hallway; freedom, individualism, and self-governance.
However, those words appear to have faded. Saturday, November 07, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3962, a bill designed to construct a government health insurance option and an individual mandate for all citizens to purchase health coverage. When asked if this mandate was constitutional, there were those who scoffed, even laughed at the outrageousness of the question.
Have we forgotten that this country is not governed merely by the accumulated whims of Congress? Have we forgotten the role of the states? Have we forgotten our country is governed by a single document – the Constitution?
The very fabric of our nation’s character is at risk of being faded, forgotten, and foregone. With the sound of roaring applause we have taken a step towards depreciating our ability as free men to make our own decisions defining our own lives. Worse, we have ignored the very foundations that were meant to protect us from such depreciation.
A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.
Never forget that principles, while grand and important, are worth nothing when they are not followed. Never forget that liberty, while tried and true, is never too secure to be ignored. Never forget that politicians, while part of a necessary evil, are worth nothing when they are not voted for.
Some may have forgotten. But I will never forget.