~John C. Calhoun
It is a little noticed distinction, in this day and generation, that there is a grand separation of powers, not within the government of the United States, but a separation of that government and the nation. The bonds between the two are inherently dissoluble, as nations will outlast and alter their governments, likewise a government its people. So it is that we were not given a national government, of the nation, but a federal government, of sovereign states.
The nations created their states, including the legislatures of those states, and these formed a union with each other, centered and controlled by an impartial document, a Constitution, which could only be changed or amended by the states; the people are governed thereby only as far as they consent to be governed.
~U.S. Declaration of Independence
Continuous "Tea Parties" are in no wise in keeping with the spirit or demeanor of the first "Boston Tea Party", and the lack of response from our legislators shows their futility. Peaceful demonstration has proved useless. Purposeless organizations such as the 9/12 Project serve only to act as steam valves for Americans, letting escape the seething heat of patriotism from the never-boiling pot of resistance.
Our government has been hijacked, like the Vichy French, rendering our Constitution worthless, having no force of law. Of what use is the Constitution if it has no power? How can we have rule of law if the law is subverted daily?
What can we do? Do you not know, my friends? Have we become so disconnected from reality that we do not remember our own history? What is our course? What is our heading?
What will you do without freedom? How much longer will we tolerate the daily injustices of oppression and tyranny? Why stand we here idle? Are we so fearful of the "tempestuous seas of liberty" that we will suffer the indignity and humiliation of despotism? What of the sacrifice of the millions who have died for this freedom we have lost? Have they all died in grand vanity?
Forbid it, Almighty God! I cannot bring myself to believe that our country shall be brought to such an end! Can you not, my compatriots, feel the tension, as though this was all coming to a head, as though this was all about to crescendo in a terrible clash between freedom and oppression? I can feel it.
The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable--and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace--but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!
I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"