“Brutus” on our Republic

by Mark Donka

“In a republic of such vast extent as the United States, the legislature cannot attend to the various concerns and wants of its different parts. It cannot be sufficiently numerous to be acquainted with the local condition and wants of different districts, and if it could, it is impossible it should have sufficient time to attend to and provide for all the variety of cases of this nature, that would be continually arising.”

“In so extensive a republic, the great officers of government would soon become above the control of the people, and abuse their power to the purpose of aggrandizing themselves, and oppressing them. The trust committed to the executive offices, in a country of the extent of the United States, must be various and of magnitude”

“A free republic will never keep a standing army to execute its laws. It must depend upon the support of it citizens. But when a government is to receive its support from the aid of the citizens, it must be so constructed as to have the confidence, respect and the affection of the people. Men who, upon the call of the magistrate, offer themselves to execute the laws, are influenced to do it either by affection to the government, or from fear; where a standing army is at hand to punish offenders”

The above paragraphs were written in 1787. They are from “Essays of Brutus” and were written anonymously right at the time that our founders where trying to get support of the State legislators for the Constitution.

It really makes me think as to what is occurring in our government.

With the out of control spending pushing our debt above 17 trillion our Government does not appear to be concerned with the ‘People”. There seems to be an attitude that we will never run out of money. This type of spending can not be sustained; we are leaving a terrible debt that our children and their children will be left with. We need to save our children’s future now before it is too late.

We have a President that passed one hundred forty seven Executive Orders http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/orders.php. to further his idea or agenda. Is he passing them without thought of how it will affect the citizens of this great country or is he doing it in a calculated manner to meet his goals?

He spends money without Congressional authorization and sends it to foreign countries.

The administration of President Barack Obama has dismissed congressional objections to purchase military helicopters from Russia. The Defense Department said it would proceed with the procurement of Mi-17 utility helicopters from Russia. The Pentagon said the helicopters would be transferred to the Afghanistan military. This is at a cost of 690 million dollars for 30 helicopters. This raises several concerns. One is why and how does the President spend 690 million without Congressional approval? The second is why are we sending money to Russia? If we need to send the helicopters why not American made?

We have our Legislators trying to pass unconstitutional laws to further their careers or appease special interest groups with little concern for the people who elected them. Look at how they are trying to restrict our 2nd Amendment rights. When I try and contact my Congressman or Senators the only response I receive is a form letter that does not answer or address my concerns and is usually written by an aid if I receive a response at all.

Our elected legislators have a 13% approval rating. (According to a Gallup Poll in March 2013) This is ludicrous. If my employer only had a 13% approval of my performance I would bet that I would be 100% unemployed. But still we elect these people and send them back to Washington to “represent us.” But do they?

The excerpts from “Essays of Brutus” above make me think about what direction our great Country is headed in. It talks about our legislators abusing their power and no longer being under control of the people. Sounds familiar to what our representatives are doing today.

The writings above also talk about the citizens wanting to support the government but only if they respect and have confidence in them. When was the last time you had respect for what they are doing? When was the last time you had confidence in your government? Conversely, when did the government have confidence in you? The liberal left does not believe we know what is best for us. The only other way they can get support or control is through fear and a standing army. Why is the government arming the Department of Homeland Security? Is it to gain support or take control of us?

Many of the things written in the “Essays of Brutus” ring true as to what we are seeing and experiencing today.

One thought on ““Brutus” on our Republic

  1. Just a short statement to say that I am surprised that virtually anyone today is even aware of the “Brutus” and that overall context, let alone to be able to relate it to today’s politics. It is just laughable that our government keeps on expanding in size and even leaving out inflation, keeps on expanding the budget expenditures yet things keep on getting worse. That seems that there is a correlation there.

    The statement about the 13% approval rating has been floating around for quite a few years. Knowing that, can the government representatives really be penalized since it is the people who keep on voting them back into office rather than bringing in someone new? That is, of course, that those in government have not gotten so powerful that elections really do not mean much and in the end are fixed more than how the system is meant to be.

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