To state the obvious, our Constitution did not fall from the sky. This greatest product of the Enlightenment was the result of a need, a gathering of caring and educated people, and compromise. The Founding Fathers not only had to draft a document that would work, they had to draft one that the states would ratify – so that meant they had to compromise, even on sine important things. But the main issue in our experiment in Self-Government was the concern that one person, or group of people, would become too powerful and thus control our government and diminish our Liberty. So, using guidance from the philosophical and practical of the writings of John Adams, who was hugely instrumental in the writing of the Massachusetts Constitution, our United States Constitution was created.
As any threshold reading of the Constitution shows, it attempts to balance power. Thus each of the three branches of government was designed to have a meaningful check upon the others. Unfortunately, we have gotten away from that approach. So here are three recommendations that I am sure John Adams would pass along to us today if he were here: 1) We should emphasize to each member of Congress that Compromise not only is not a dirty word, it is in our nation’s heritage; 2) We should remind our presidential candidates that they are not running for King or Queen, just to be the head of the Executive Branch; and 3) We should strongly resist ALL efforts to politicize our Judiciary. As citizens of the greatest country in the history of the world, we have a duty to protect and maintain the liberties and form of government bequeathed to us by John Adams and the other Founding Fathers. To put it more directly, we deserve the government we get, and if it isn’t working, we have no one to blame but ourselves. Jean-Jacques Rousseau once said that “I prefer Liberty with danger to peace with slavery.” As a People, do we stand with him? And also with John Adams?
Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)
2012 Libertarian candidate for Vice
President, along with Governor
Gary Johnson as the candidate for President
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