The first order of business was to learn how our political system and government in general is ‘supposed’ to work. There are two fundamental ideas that are the foundation of our constitutional republic. Self-Regulation, meaning that the people themselves are responsible for regulating their own behavior, ambition and passions. Many of the Founders and philosophers of the time expounded upon the idea, but I think John Adams summed it up the most directly when he said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Religion and Morality are the cornerstones of self-regulation, whether it be a Higher Power that compels you to regulate your own behavior or simply a strong moral code you have developed individually or passed down through generations. Those who cannot or will not regulate their own activities tend to seek the power of government to regulate them or others with whom they disagree. The gun debate is a prime example, those who choose not to take responsibility for their own safety and well-being seek others to protect them, often by restricting those who DO take personal responsibility. “A vitiated [impure] state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom.” – Patrick Henry
The other fundamental idea that supports this republic, as it was intended, is the idea of government drawing its power from the “Consent Of The Governed.” As citizens we express our “consent” in many ways, through elections, through seeking a redress of our grievances and through involvement in legislative processes such as open hearings, city council meetings, school board meetings, etc… Another destructive way that we show our “consent” is through SILENCE. Silence is Implied Consent. When rights are infringed upon, and what should be self-regulated behaviors are regulated by government, the seeds of tyranny and oppression are planted. “[T]o secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” – Declaration of Independence
So, to answer the question, “What can I do about it?” you must look within yourself and seriously consider these two principles. First, you must look in the mirror and decide if YOU are self-regulating, if you are controlling your own behavior, ambition and passions. Are you encouraging others to do the same? Are you advocating that government regulate others behavior, ambition and passions? Second, you must make your consent known. Silence and lack of involvement only empowers those who wish to control you whith the aid of those who wish to be controlled. In my own case, I progressed from expressing my opinions, to advocating others to get involved, to stepping away from the keyboard and engaging in private conversations to take an active role in the process of government. Self-regulation and self-governance are not easy, they are time consuming, soul searching and often scary endeavors, but that is the price of freedom – Eternal Vigilance.
My journey has led me to testify before the Texas Senate for the first time, but it will not be the last. Until now, I made excuses like work, family responsibilities, time constraints and even financial limitations, but in the end they are nothing more than self-defeating excuses. Politics directly effects all of those things we use as excuses not to get involved. It effects your ability to have or keep your job, support and defend your family and the time and finances you have for your “pursuit of happiness.” While you may not be able to travel to your state capitol on a moments notice for a hearing, if you can, DO IT. You can also work locally at the city and county level. Our children are our future, so local school boards are a vital area in which we need to pay as much attention as possible. If we, as a whole, reclaim our power through the VOCAL consent of the governed, then the seeds of tyranny and oppression will die and liberty with flourish. If Not…
Jon Britton aka DoubleTap is Chief Operating Officer of CDH, Inc., a regular contributing author and regularly involved in most aspects of their social media. “Writing was never a goal or even vaguely contemplated as a career choice, it just happened, an accidental discovery of a talent and a passion.” A passion that has taken him in many directions from explorations of the zombie subculture and zombie stories to political advocacy. Joining the U.S. Air Force right out of high school, Jon had the opportunity to experience many different parts of the world and different cultures. His post military career path, both white collar and blue collar, allowed him to work alongside both CEOs and average Joes. As a founding member Cold Dead Hands his study of human nature and writing ability found a purpose. His zombie roots provided a variety of issues from prepping to human behavior under crisis to firearms that he applies to his advocacy for gun rights. A ravenous appetite for the study of history combined with his current events political junkie addiction led to him writing an e-book Gun Sense: Past, Present and Future.