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Our Founding Fathers Did Their Homework

I took an interest in Politics at a very young age. The Goldwater-Johnson race fascinated me and I've been paying attention ever since.

George Washington

George Washington

The Threshold: A Beginning

When America's Founders sought change, it required fierce determination and a strong resolve, but it also required; delving into the holy word of God, a deep and thorough research and review of history and the many lessons contained within.

The knowledge gained, the many lessons learned, from all of these things, culminated in...

a bold New Beginning!

What did not need to be studied in great detail, was one glaringly obvious thing...

  • Man's need, not live free!


Well that just doesn't do it justice. If I may, totally for impact purposes alone, share the greatest single spoken word, in one of the top ten greatest movies of all time.....


If you have seen the movie, Braveheart, don't even think about that next scene. Other than to reflect on how very precious freedom is and to remember that not all, seeking office, cherish the fact that we live free, because we live in a Republic!

Our Founders looked to Philosophers that had come before, one in particular was Montesquieu, 1689-1755, he authored the book, 'The Spirit of Laws'.

Montesquieu believed that tyranny resulted when all powers were controlled by one man and that if real freedom, political freedom, was to be gained and maintained, it would have to be accomplished by separating Government:

  • Executive
  • Legislative
  • Judicial

One branch would check the next, would check the next; a means of accountability, accomplished through a check and balance system.

A separation or a divvying up of Government of, by and for the people, would ultimately lead to the desired product, freedom!

This philosophy of checks and balances, along with "a firm Reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence" is the Foundation for the U.S. Constitution.

"A Republic, if you can keep it" - Benjamin Franklin

A Republic was sought, a Republic was fought for and a Republic was gained.

But, could a Republic be kept?

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Long ago...509 B.C. to be exact, Rome was declared a Republic.

In this 'Republic', Kings ruled, but there was a Senate, chosen for life and they were utilized in an advisor's role.

Rome thrived; they not only built armies, they built roads and walls and bridges.

Some Romans were city dwellers and others were farmers. Fathers and Mothers would hand down their skills to their children generation after generation.

When Rome's armies weren't doing battle or keeping watch, they were building up the infrastructure.

Romans enjoyed Theater, but they also enjoyed, oftentimes deadly, outdoor 'Sports' and Rome seemed to have no limits and recognize no boundaries.

Rome conquered.

They brought chaos to peaceful villages, making many enemies along the way.

Their downfall began when Caesar declared and established himself as sole Ruler of Rome and it was during this time period, Rome transitioned from the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire.

I'm quite sure Dr. Franklin had multiple images running through his head, as he responded, without hesitation, to the question asked of him.

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Limited Government

The thing which sets America apart is our system of checks and balances and the U.S. Constitution.

Far too many today do not truly understand why the Constitution exists.

It exists to protect the people from Rulers, from Emperors...from Caesar!

It exists to limit the Government, not the people!

Liberals and Progressives, such as Barack Obama/Joe Biden do not take kindly to the limitations placed on the Government, via the U.S. Constitution.

This is no surprise to anyone. Former President Obama would often speak of how his hands were tied and how he wanted to do so much more for us!

Yikes....just think about that for a moment.

This mindset is always looking for ways to get around the Constitution.

It was happening long before President Obama though.

President Woodrow Wilson felt as if his hands were tied and even the Democratic darling, Franklin D. Roosevelt, did not care for the restraints placed on him, by the Constitution.

Early on, this was not known about Roosevelt, perhaps he didn't know It about himself, but he did push his Executive powers and he did seek to move us in the direction of Europe.

Roosevelt did believe, as Reagan, in a peace through strength approach and so he strengthened our Military, but that was where any similarities between these two men ended.

In 1934, as a part of the New Deal, which Roosevelt set into motion following the Great Depression, the Social Security Act was signed into law. Roosevelt felt that too much harm had been done to the American people and that only the Government could see them through life.

Along with many programs, including back to work programs, a portion of wages would now be held by the Government until retirement age was reached.

I am sure his heart was in the right place and that his intentions were honorable, but I know that Ronald Reagan's heart was in the right place too when he stated:

  • "The nine most terrifying words in the English language, I'm with the government and I'm here to help."

Under Roosevelt, Government overstepped the boundaries of their limited powers.


My Grandfather often talked about the Great Depression. He talked of going to where the work was and of his family, including my Dad, sleeping in tents, for a time.

Whatever it took to take care of his family, that's what he would do.

It was instilled in him.

He talked of being on a train headed in one direction, getting word of work in another direction and so he would hop to that train, without hesitation.

It was very common and a way of life for many!

It would have been best if Social Security had been temporary, but it is still with us to this day.

Most do not even think of it, as their money, a portion of their hard earned wages.

How often have you heard people say, "I am getting money back" or the Government will be sending some money my way this year."

We've been programmed to not think of this money which is supposedly set aside, as our money.

Sad, especially when you think about the millions having a portion of their earnings 'held'... that will never see that money again!

All because Roosevelt felt that the Government could look out for an individual better than individuals can look out for, themselves.

"Government is not the solution to our problem, Government is the problem"                                   Ronald Wilson Reagan

"Government is not the solution to our problem, Government is the problem" Ronald Wilson Reagan

The growth of Government under Obama

Three words, Government mandated healthcare.

1/6 of the U.S. Economy!

But, Obama did not stop there. He grew the Gov by adding department after department, which added regulation upon regulation, as well as department heads and department czars, upon department czars.

  • After FDR's reign ended, there was some semblance of a 'reining in', many Democrats became more fiscally conservative, but I think we have seen the end of that from today's Democratic party.

The last election, post Barack Obama, the American voter elected an outsider, a very public businessman that was saying all the things that we have been saying. Let's slow down and rein in the spending of money...on all of the wrong things, in all of the wrong places and become more fiscally conservative, once more.

Government on steroids {for growth}...only creates a bigger government payroll, unrealistic pension programs (U.S. Postal Service) and more and more regulations on the isn't doable and it must end!

We the people were saying, let us clean-up D.C. and let's not stop there.

A massive clearing out; out with the old, in with new, needed to immediately follow.

National healthcare was tried...and it failed miserably, we must completely rid ourselves of destructive, money-grabbing, freedom-ending mistakes.

" I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny against the mind of man."  - Thomas Jefferson

" I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny against the mind of man." - Thomas Jefferson

Trump vs. Biden

We all witnessed the fight back from the swamp, those against President Trump, wanting no part of the draining of that lukewarm drawn bath, in which they crave and take so much comfort

President Trump faced a constant daily barrage from those that never wanted him in D.C., shaking up "the establishment" and it became crystal clear, real quick, they'd not tolerate, him sticking around

Have Progressive leftists finally convinced enough people that the great Philosophers knew nothing, that our Founding Fathers knew nothing; that the success of this great Republic, for nearly 250 years, means nothing?

Have enough been convinced that we will never collapse under the weight of big Government?

Because the vision of the left, the Democratic party, is exactly that and we've seen play out for a long time now

The old Democratic Party is no more, they are now, more often, referring to themselves as Progressives or Socialists.

Joe Biden claimed to be moderate, but he also claimed that he would be "the most progressive President in the history of the United States".

He got that second part right.

The majority of citizens want no part of that which will destroy our Republic, but yet, here we are!

"A Republic, if you can keep it." - Benjamin Franklin

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2017 A B Williams


A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 23, 2017:

I wish I could say with confidence that the system isn't broken, only in disarray, but I can't do that.

Won't give up on us though.

Progressives/Liberals/Elitists...have had many successes, no doubt, but I will continue to be their worst nightmare.

I hope there are more than we know, willing to keep this Republic, though broken, so worth saving!

Ken Burgess from Florida on July 23, 2017:

Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness...

Has slowly become an agenda on the left for guaranteed free housing, free food, free healthcare for anyone... paid for by those still willing to work, who want as much life, liberty, and happiness as they can get when they aren't working to earn it.

Sadly, there are many working who are not living as well as those who have learned to game the system, and that tells me the system is likely completely broken... beyond repair.

D.C. needs an overhaul, and more and more people are beginning to realize it.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 22, 2017:

Thank you Eric. Appreciated!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 22, 2017:

Very interesting and well done article. Good issues raised.

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