PONAR is a military term usually used in operational planning to describe a geographical point along an infiltration route where the decision to abort a mission is no longer possible, prudent or relevant. When I think of the state of the union I often wonder if that geographical point now translates to a functional point in regards to our republic. Are we to far gone to turn back?
I believe we have strayed so far off the democratic path that we have lost our way. We have ignored common sense cardinal direction, every land mark and guide. We are lost in a political quagmire led by self serving representatives who refuse to read the map of democracy. The Constitution of the United States of America!
How did we get here? Simple, by not adhering to that fundamental document outlining the rules to keep a government of the people, by the people, for the people. When I research our history I am always amazed at how much of todays problems were forecasted and addressed when drafting of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Our forefathers were truly brilliant men and students of human behavior.
Thru the rest of the post I will use some quotes from Thomas Jefferson in relation to our current state of the union. The first addresses blind faith in a leader, political party or ideology and illuminates the frailty of human nature to be corrupted.
POWER; “In questions of power; “let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution.” “When the representative body have lost the confidence of their constituents, when they have notoriously made sale of their most valuable rights, when they have assumed to themselves powers which the people never put into their hands, then indeed their continuing in office becomes dangerous to the state.”
EXECUTIVE ORDER; “An elective despotism was not the government we fought for, but one which should not only be founded on true free principles, but in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among general bodies of magistracy, as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked.”
PANDEMIC LOCKDOWNS AND MANDITORY VACCINES “There is no justification for taking away individuals’ freedom in the guise of public safety.”
CHRISTIAN VALUES; “The reason that Christianity is the best friend of government is because Christianity is the only religion that changes the heart.”
GUN CONTROL; “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” “When the people are afraid of the government, that’s tyranny. But when the government is afraid of the people, that’s liberty.” “Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.”
FEDERAL RESERVE, CORPORATE AMERICA AND DIGITAL CURRENCY; “A private central bank issuing the public currency is a greater menace to the liberties of the people than a standing army. We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” “The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.”
FREE AND HONEST PRESS; “A well informed citizenry is the best defense against tyranny.” “The press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood.”
POLITICIZED JUDIAL SYSTEM; “To consider judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions is a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.”
POLITICAL CORRUPTION; “When once a Republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.”
What can be done is no longer the question. In the very near future the question will be, what must be done. In this reality our founding fathers have also had the foresight to leave us guidance and fortitude.
“Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends [life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness] it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government.” “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”