I have been thinking, over the past several years, there has been a lot of talk about the “Will of the People”, but what exactly does that mean? The popular vote? We have Arnold Schwarzeneeger openly talking about how to undo California’s Proposition 8, which was passed by the popular vote.
The idea of the will of the people has become a joke and a farce. Roe Vs. Wade bypassed the will of the people entirely. Even today, such a widespread and open ended legalization of abortion would never pass if put to the popular vote.
Take, for example, the 10th Amendment to the US Constitution – the Bill of Rights had to pass the Congress and votes of the States. A Constitutional Amendment is the highest law of the land and the will of the people…
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
The powers are reserved to the states or the people. It’s not rocket science. How many government programs run afoul of this law? A part of our Bill of Rights? Our highest laws? It is routinely ignored.
If the 10th Amendment is not respected, why should the 1st? Or the 2nd? Or the 5th? Do people realize that this principle is enshrined with the right to speak your mind without fear of repercussions from the government, the right to worship freely, the right to a trial by jury, the right to not implicate yourself, the right to confront your accuser, the right to be free of unreasonable search and siezure, and the right to not have excessive fines or cruel and unusual punishment imposed?
The Constitution of the United States is more than a piece of paper, and it isn’t a living document. It’s an agreement by which the American People consented to be governed. When the government fails to live up to its obligations under that agreement, it forfeits its legitimacy.
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.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security