By Joe Ragonese
We the People, who would that be? That phrase is in the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, and it means all of us, not just those who think they are better than us, like Hillary Clinton and her elitist friends on both the left and right. We the people are not the rich, although some are, like Donald Trump, they are not the privileged. Some might have been, but it was meant to be everyone of us, because America was always different than Europe, and the people weren’t the elite.
Hillary Clinton thinks we the people only means her and those who agree with her. In fact, every elitist from Barack Obama to Paul Ryan feels that way. To them the people are only there to support their political class views of being better than all of us. Just think about all of the benefits that the political class gifts itself: huge salaries, with pay raises constantly and even bigger operating budgets to bring their friends along for the ride. Just serve one term as a Congressman and you have retirement, at full pay, for life. Obamacare, that’s just for us, they don’t have to be a part of it. They exempt themselves from insider trading and any law that will interfere with self-enrichment, while we have rules they enacted and that we must follow. Yep, they are better than us, to their way of thinking. But the Founding Fathers didn’t think that way.
Those superior class feelings go way back to the founding of this great nation. In fact, the elite back then were not reluctant to let us know that we were beneath them. That is why we fought a War of Independence. The Constitution was very carefully written to ensure that a despot would never again control we the people of the United States. That; however, is exactly what Hillary Clinton is trying to do. To better understand who we the people are, let’s start where it all began.
To express our displeasure at people who thought that they were better than us, the first thing we had to do was declare war on England. That didn’t happen overnight or easily. Yet, eventually we needed to break with the King. So we wrote a Declaration of Independence as a way of telling the King that we won’t accept his rule over us any longer. In the preamble to the Declaration of Independence it stated: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal (that meant that no one was better than us because of birth right or public office), that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Our Founding Fathers wrote those words before explaining to the King of England why we were declaring our independence from the crown. In the body of the Declaration of Independence they laid out exactly why we should become our own nation. This document was issued on July 4th, 1776. By that time we had been in armed conflict with the crown for a year, having fired that ‘shot heard around the world’ on the greens of Lexington, Massachusetts, on April 19, 1775.
The trouble all began after the French and Indian War, which was an extension of England’s war with France in Europe, commonly known as the Seven Years’ War. King George III, who ascended to power just before the Seven Years’ War ended, wanted Americans to pay for our share of his war. Remember, Americans were subjects of the crown, not its citizens. That’s the thing about Americans, we don’t see ourselves as anybody’s subject. Then, as now, we see ourselves as individuals. The King didn’t like that idea so he imposed his will on us in the form of taxes and customs duties. The most egregious of all were the taxes on paper products, known as the Stamp Act of 1765, forcing Americans to buy paper and envelopes that bore an embossed revenue stamp on it. He made us buy something that we didn’t want, like Obama making us buy health insurance. That is what kings and tyrants do. In both cases they went through the legislatures of each country, but forced their will upon us.
The King; however, didn’t see things that way. He was a big government type of guy, who saw those of us in his colonies as no more than his property. We, the everyday working people of his colonies, didn’t see things that way. By then America was already much different than Europe. Here we had a prosperous middle class, then called the artisan class. We were just ordinary people who built things, like Paul Revere, who was a silversmith. There were carpenters, tinsmiths, ship builders; all of whom came to America to be allowed to pursue whatever occupation they wanted and the right to earn as much money as they could through their hard labor; you know, that pursuit of happiness thing. The King wanted to punish us for opposing the Stamp Act, so in 1767 a series of taxes were imposed, known as the Townshend Acts. We didn’t care for those so we stopped importing British made goods. This is where that old saying, “No taxation without representation,” began. The King didn’t care for this either.
The difference between America and Europe, at that time, and for many years to follow, was that in Europe, you were born into the life that your father had. Whatever he did for a living, you followed in his footsteps. It was the same for women, only they followed their mothers. You could not do anything about it, because you were not an individual, rather a subject of a monarch. The European idea was that all of the wealth flowed upwards, toward the monarch, kind of like modern Europe, where all the wealth flows to a socialist government so they can redistribute it; a dollar for the elite and a penny for everyone else. Of course, a good monarch split the profits of your labor with his barons and lords. They, in turn, kept you working for only enough to live and never to prosper; the opposite of the pursuit of happiness. But, in America, we didn’t have barons and lords. We kept what we earned. If Obama, Clinton, Sanders and all the rest of the Progressives have their way, we will not keep what we earn: again, the opposite of that pursuit of happiness.
Needless to say, the King was unhappy with the American colonies. So he sent troops to occupy Boston, which led to the Boston Massacre in 1770, which led to more taxes to pay for the troops occupying us. That led to the Boston Tea Party and again more taxes were imposed on us to pay for that tea. We didn’t like that much, so we rebelled. That was the part when in April, 1775, we fired that shot heard around the world. Over the next eight years we fought a bloody revolution against the tyranny of those who would turn us into second class citizens. Real Americans didn’t believe that anyone should be subordinate to anyone else. There were those who lived in the colonies who weren’t real Americans; they believed in big government and sided with the crown. They were the progressives of their day and known as Tories.
Real Americans, from all 13 colonies, had one thing in common, they relished their independence. Of course there were those who wanted to remain under English rule. These were the elite. They prospered from the crown, not from their individual effort. They didn’t build anything; they only fed off of political largesse. They were the elite class. They were neither patriots nor did they love America. They loved something altogether different.
Our Founding Fathers knew about these people and when they wrote the Constitution, after the blood of patriots paid for it, they put safeguards into it. The Constitution clearly states that only those things that are stated in the document the government is allowed to do; otherwise, it is left to the states or the people. Before ratification, the Founding Fathers worried that someday an elite class would try to take over our democratic republic, so to insure they did not, they wrote the Bill of Rights.
The First Amendment to the Bill of Rights protects the rights of freedom of religion, the press, free speech, the right to confront our government and the right to assemble. These were put into place to insure that the government could not control what was written in the press or the people’s right to disagree with government policies. The Second Amendment has only one thing in it, the right, of the people, to keep and bear arms. That one was put in place in case any elite class tried to do away with we the people and turn us into subjects again. The right to keep and bear arms means exactly what it says. It isn’t there to go hunting or target shooting; it is there so that the people, armed with military style weapons, would be in a position to confront any aggressor against the Constitution, foreign or domestic. That is why anyone who wishes to be a monarch, king, queen, or tyrant, must take our guns away from us. Fear anyone who wants to take away a constitutional right.
The Constitution starts with the phrase, we the people. Who were those people and who are they now? We the people of the United States of America, were in 1775, Joe the butcher. In 2016 it is Joe the Plumber. We the people have not changed. The greatness of America, and all of its exceptionalism, derives from the middle class; the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker. They are what sets America apart from every other nation. It is why Barack Obama tried so hard to do away with the middle class with his 30 hour work weeks, and volumes of regulation that makes it almost impossible to start up a small business. Without a middle class, we are just like Europe or any third world nation.
It is also why Hillary Clinton wants to disarm us, and appoint judges on the Supreme Court who will attempt to do just that. With her directing the Supreme Court, the 2nd Amendment will be found unconstitutional, as will the freedom of religion section of the 1st Amendment. When it suits her, that part about freedom of the press will disappear too. Only the leftist, Marxist press will be allowed to spew their version of America. They have repeatedly tried to silence talk radio ever since Obama became the President. The truth is a hard thing for the left to hear, it just spoils their lies.
Hillary Clinton clearly showed what she thinks of we the people. She put us in her basket of deplorables, and another part of us in her simply misguided basket. Tsk, tsk, she just knows so much more than we the people. Hillary also showed us what she thinks of America. She makes no pretense of wanting to govern all of us. She wants to control us, those of us who love freedom, and govern those who do not care about being treated like a cow. The left are those elites that our Founding Fathers feared would someday destroy our republic.
The constitution is not a living breathing document, any more than the Ten Commandments are suggestions of how we should live our lives. Every word in the constitution was written because its authors knew that at some point elitists would want to steal the freedom from we the people. They will, unless we stop them. The only way to do that is to vote on November 8, 2016. Vote for Donald Trump and every Republican Senator and Congressman or woman, because President Trump can’t do it alone. We the people will make the difference between America the free, or something that doesn’t even resemble the United States of America.