Politicians ask for our support when they run for office. When they win, they take an oath to uphold our Constitutionally Guaranteed rights. They promise to abide by the charter or governing authority over their offices. They promise to uphold the law. They promise to uphold the ordinances and/or resolutions of their political jurisdiction that are applicable. They promise to do their duties. Then, once in office, they too often set about doing whatever they want and whatever they think will get them re-elected.
What is the difference between Constitutional Rights and Constitutionally Guaranteed Rights? The Bill of Rights are our Constitutionally Guaranteed rights. I would go as far as to say that the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution as originally drafted and approved, along with all amendments to the Constitution, are our Constitutionally Guaranteed Rights, but they are not Constitutional rights. We derive our rights, not from government or any construction of man, but from our Creator.
When man endeavors to enter public office and finds himself violating our Constitutionally Guaranteed Rights, that person is necessarily, at the same time, at odds with God. God institutes governments among men to serve His good pleasure and he turns men’s heads to the left and the right like the waters of a river. However, that does not mean that God ignores our Constitution. I think God very much acknowledges our Constitution and I believe He was the true author of it. Obviously, I take the Constitution very seriously. But what is most important for all of us to understand as citizens, in my opinion, is that we all recognize that we not only have been given tremendous and awesome powers to create, within God’s will, our own destiny and craft our our own futures, but we have also been given a tremendous charge to keep the republic.
It is not fitting that we should put people in public office and then turn our heads and our backs on them and not support them when they are correct and not hold them accountable and responsible for what they do or do not do when they are wrong. In the immortal words of Clint Eastwood, that great philosopher and spaghetti western actor, “we own this country….” We, ultimately, are answerable to God Himself for how we have taken care of His nation and His people.
The Constitution doesn’t give us rights, it acknowledges rights we have had all along. It codifies in law that our government cannot infringe on the rights that God has given to us. So, while we interchange terms and call our rights, “Constitutional Rights”, what we mean to reference are our “Constitutionally Guaranteed Rights.”
Our Wilson County Government has infringed on our Constitutionally Guaranteed Rights. It is incumbent upon us, as caretakers of God’s nation, state, county, and city, to hold the county accountable for its actions. If we are unable, or unwilling, to take a stand here, then what are we willing to stand for as a people? Any violation of our Constitutionally Guaranteed Rights, however small, in any area of this country, no matter how small the area may be, is a violation against all citizens of the United States of America. No government should be allowed to infringe on the rights of any one of us, and we should, in my opinion, be willing to take the attitude, you trespass against one of us, you trespass against us all.
Our society has been split in two, those who do not see the value in a common set of rules, and those who don’t care that the other side is violating the common set of rules. That always leads to one of two extremes. With this apathy and attitude, we end up with either anarchy or totalitarianism, but we will meet with one extreme.
Isn’t it time we took a stand? Isn’t it time we ended the rein of a certain group of people in this county where citizens talk about the “good ole boy network” and the “hillbilly mafia”, and where we know that they are about their work and yet do nothing about it? Isn’t it time for us to introduce home rule to the county? If politicians can’t be trusted with our powers, shouldn’t we take them back?