Apathy in Congress is killing freedom too, as they do nothing to dismantle these bureaucracies. Our own apathy is also deadly.
If you like freedom—and want your children to experience any semblance of liberty—you must understand the principles outlined in this piece by Senator Mike Lee. Beyond that, we must apply that understanding in how we vote, and how we act in the civil sphere.
In America—as in no nation before or since—citizenship is a stewardship that absolutely demands our focus and action.
If we ignore these necessities, others will continue to forge chains for us and plunder an ever-increasing percentage of the fruit of our labors—we will become slaves to those we foolishly allow to rule over us so that we may pursue an irresponsible vision of our own personal comfort and wasteful entertainments.
Liberty requires ongoing maintenance. Few of us relish the time and money spent on changing the oil in our car engines, but the consequences of not doing so bring greater expense and interruption to our life down the road. So it is in regards to this great experiment in self-government.
The founders… understood that “We the People” would never truly be free unless we retained control over the branch of government responsible for making laws. It was not enough that some of this legislative power be vested in a Congress whose members would stand accountable to the people at regular intervals. It was necessary to give Congress all legislative powers.
Of course, the Constitution also created an executive and a judiciary, but its drafters understood that keeping Congress’s powers separate from the other branches was necessary to preserve liberty. In the Federalist Papers, James Madison wrote that “no political truth is certainly of greater intrinsic value, or is stamped with the authority of more enlightened patrons of liberty” than the maxim that “the legislative, executive, and judiciary departments ought to be separate and distinct.” Liberty cannot long survive in a nation where the person or entity that enforces the laws is the same person or entity that writes the laws.
For nearly a century Washington has been sapping Congress of the legislative powers guaranteed by the first line of Article I and creating what Madison warned against: “a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department.”
As Mike Lee goes on to illustrate, Congress nefariously helps itself by illegitimately delegating powers to an unelected and unaccountable bureaucracy. They can thereby feign disingenuous outrage at the policy applications produced by the very laws they themselves passed. We must begin to hold our Congressmen responsible for every decision made by bureaucrats, and elect people who will dismantle the countless agencies that crush our freedom and steal our wealth.
If freedom dies, we have no one to blame but ourselves.