(Note to the internet posting of this article: I originally published this brief article in print form as the 20th essay in my January 2017 book Bloggings Of An Amerikaner. I feel that it is important enough to publish online for everyone, including those who were too cheap to buy a $5 copy of my paperback book).
I sometimes marvel at the general ignorance of the electorate. Most Americans, including most conservatives, do not really care about the Bill of Rights –if it gets in the way of their personal legal desires or that ill-defined phrase “national security”.
I also marvel at the illogic of most conservatives. Most modern conservatives do not seem capable of forming a truly principled and coherent argument backed up by American history and the Founder’s political thought. But they know about professional sports, Hollywood, the Rapture, and the fantasy that I sarcastically refer to as the Most Holy Number 6 Million!
I believe that there are three basic principles or foundational concepts upon which any sane society must be based. These are, in order: people, principles, and political entity.
Any logical country must be an ethnic nation, a people group, a volk. When you have a people united by ties of common blood, language, and culture –you have the traditional basis for a state/political entity. Multiracial countries cannot be permanent, because they never work in the long run; they either mongrelize or collapse in chaos.
Next, the people group needs to be united by a common moral code (hopefully derived from a common religious creed or book), a similar culture, and a similar worldview. If they are thus united, they will have similar thoughts on: the purpose of civil government, the rights of citizens, limits on governmental power, the degree of representation they think proper, and types and levels of taxes.
The third step is to establish a political entity. A people who meet the above criteria can establish a basically harmonious country out of consent, not conquest. Whether they form one country, or a variety of small states that are perhaps loosely untied in a confederacy, is their choice.
At least to the Anglo mind, a formally and legally adopted bill of rights is necessary to the security of the people’s liberty. In truth, as long as there is a good bill of rights, the form of government is less important than modern Americans, evangelized in the secular religion of democracy, can grasp.
I believe that a Constitutional Republic with limited delegated powers, strong protections of citizen’s rights, representative democracy, and an adult male suffrage pool is the ideal form of government. We established this in 1789*, and in a bit different form in 1861. Virginia’s 1776 Declaration of Rights and the 1791 U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights are both very good.
But, taking my theory a bit farther, I contend that a democracy without a bill of rights is more dangerous to liberty than a monarchy with a bill of rights. Citizen’s rights must be guarded.
The United States of America has degenerated into a multiracial proposition nation –a country allegedly based on an ideology and not a people. Most modern American conservatives and patriots worship a sort of economic and political propositional nationalism that is contrary to nature and history. The violent interventionism of the U.S.A., most of it post-WWI, has overextended the professional military and created an American Empire -a multicultural and finance driven empire that is cracking and destined to collapse.
America’s Founders would be stunned by this proposition nation fantasy. We cannot endure forever under such nonsense. At some point it all cracks apart and chaos or tyranny enter the picture. America has neglected the three principles, and has doomed herself to failure.
*Date explanation to the internet posting of this article. The U.S. Constitution was written in 1787, ratified by the necessary nine states in 1788, went into effect in 1789, ratified by the final (13th) state in 1790, and had the Bill of Rights appended to it in 1791. I chose 1789 as that was the official start date under the federal charter.
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