Liberty’s call has been sent out clearly in the 2016 Election results. It is vitally important to understand the origin, the purpose, and the consequences of this call.
The origin of the call is exactly the same now as it was in 1776 when a group of colonies that had no realistic chance of winning a war with the world’s mightiest military force issued a completely irrational statement of principle.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
The foundation of the American experiment in government has always rested on the veracity of that statement. We have no warrant to claim we are free unless the authority of our freedom cannot be impugned by those opposed to our claim. Resting the origin of our liberty in the authority of God, places us not so much above man’s opposition as beyond it. From that perspective, the strength of the opposition is not rendered weak, but simply irrelevant. The Colonies announced their liberty from an overwhelming force not by an appeal to power but an announcement of principle
The electoral victory of Donald Trump validates the wisdom of the founders in balancing the popular vote by the Electoral College, and thereby avoiding the tyranny of a majority who have been unjustly shaped by aberrant philosophy. The message of last night’s election is that the people of the several states in this nation do not believe that an endless expansion of Federal government power is within the bounds of our established liberty, and we therefore state clearly that we are no longer subject to that tyranny.
“To secure these rights, governments are established among men.” This second statement from the Declaration states that the purpose of government is to secure rights already possessed by the people. For decades now, America has been ruled by an increasingly powerful cabal of special interests whose goal is not the security of our rights but of their own power and wealth. It was inevitable that last night would come. The citizens who are the Constitutional authors of government were continually ignored, until they rose up as one voice and called a halt to the progress of bureaucratic tyranny and oppression. We should all be thankful that the Constitution was clearly validated by allowing the needed changes to begin with a peaceful transfer of power rather than a more severe alteration that might have occurred if the change had been suppressed much longer.
“That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to abolish…and establish.” Another Revolution was thankfully unnecessary. The American people, or more correctly the several states now have the opportunity to undo the erosion of Constitutional boundaries and begin to rebuild the pathway of peaceful security and liberty intended by our framers.
While this consequence is welcomed, we must also realize that other consequences attend the result just achieved. One election is not the answer; it is only the first step in a long process. A return to Constitutional liberty and the prosperity it secures is a generational journey now just as surely as it was two centuries ago. We must not yield to the temptation to simply invest our new found power in retribution upon those who have just been set aside by our principled proclamation. Throwing off tyranny is only half the battle. Now we must work long and hard to establish a government that will once again promote our liberty and allow us to pursue our own happiness.
Those who are now in power must be held continually accountable to the call we have issued. They must either work with us to secure our God given rights, or be set aside at the next electoral opportunity just as others were last night. If we stay true to the peaceful course outlined by the framers of the Constitution, progress toward a more perfect union will be made. We are not now perfect, we never will in these mortal bodies. We can however keep reaching for greater fulfillment of our destiny by remaining true to the foundational declaration we have once again announced.