I have been otherwise occupied with family issues. I apologize for not writing a reason, but I want to get back into the fray. My inspiration has been the movement that is gaining some serious momentum as of late.
I remember writing a post months ago about the need for a new Hartford Convention. This convention was nothing more than a group of patriots who had had enough during the War of 1812 and in 1814-15 drew up a list of grievances and demanded redress from their government. They felt the Embargo Act of 1807 forbidding trade with
England and France, and other government policies unfairly impacted the commerce that New England depended upon.
One of the grievances hinted at secession. It didn't gain a lot of momentum, because the War of 1812 ended, but the convention was called because the New Englanders involved felt their government had left them and no longer listened.
One of the things I heard was that this would possibly cause a constitutional convention to be convened. To this I say, bring it on. The American people have awakened and I think that a constitutional convention would certainly result in a much needed amendment to restrict government spending. The will of the people is being made abundantly clear to the congress. The president doesn't really worry too much now, but the congress is constantly on the ballot and they feel the heat much more than the president. I think he feels immune, but his time will come.
This is the genius of the constitution. The House of Representatives has a two year term because the Founding Fathers wanted them to be accountable to the people. Secondly, it's no accident that spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives. The Founding Fathers recognized that spending money demanded accountability, oversight, and checks and balances.
I have a "Don't Tread On Me" flag hanging in my room. This represents the colonists warning to the British that to ignore their grievances would have grave consequences. The British didn't listen. Will our government listen now?
I took an oath to protect and defend the constitution against "all enemies, foreign and domestic" twice in my life, when I entered the military and when I became a cop. My understanding is that the oath was for life. I take that oath seriously.