Government of the People, By the People
This past summer, we saw people who believed themselves to be disenfranchised take to the streets. This week, we witnessed a very different group of people, who also believe themselves to be disenfranchised, take to the streets in DC. Both of these groups have something in common - their government is not a government of the people, by the people, for the people. While both groups have very different views of what the role of government should be, the root of their distress is the same - they don't think anyone in positions of authority is listening.
As I sit in St. Paul and listen to debates, there is a continual undertone that permeates most discussions and a lot of buzz words and phrases: democracy, living constitution, government is the solution to all your problems. All of these are just wrong. We are a Republic (as different from a democracy as night is from day); 'living constitution' is an oxymoron; and government's only real power is to break things and kill people. People responding to needs around them and helping their neighbor is what makes a community. That is much easier when the government isn't stealing the resources and putting road blocks in the way.
We are at a point in history, where we, as a people need to choose. Will our government take the last couple steps and slide into a complete socialist democracy? Or will WE take a hard look at what, We the People, want the role of government to be? Do we want a Constitutional government? A government that is restrained? Or will we allow a government that is big enough to give you everything you want and powerful enough to take everything you have?