I have been thinking about this quote from David O. McKay.
The French historian, Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot, while visiting in the United States, asked James Russell Lowell, "How long will the American Republic endure?" Lowell's answer was: "As long as the ideas of the men who founded it continue dominant."Politicians and millions of people who vote for them seem to have forgotten this fact, that "the individual is not part of the State, nor should he be used as part of the State." The only reason that we need a government is to protect us in our rights. When a government oversteps those bounds, or does not fulfill that sacred duty, it is illegitimate and of no valid use.
And what were those ideas? Two fundamental principles were: Freedom from Dictatorship and Freedom of the Individual! This goes right back to our free agency, which is as precious as life itself...
There is something in human nature that rebels against dominance and compulsion...That is the kind of treatment the spirit of man rebels against; that is why we had the Declaration of Independence; that is why we had the Constitution of the United States drawn up by men who were inspired; and that is why we have the Bill of Rights, granting protection to each individual. The government was established to protect the individual; the individual is not a part of the State, nor should he be used as part of the State. The government is set up to protect him in his rights.
The ousting of as many coercive collectivists from government office this November would be a good step in reminding politicians that they are not our masters, and we are not their slaves. We own ourselves, wholly and without limitation: our lives, our liberty, and our property.
Notice also that the words "granting protection to each individual." The Bill of Rights does not grant us rights. The Bill of Rights delineates the roles and limitations of government in protecting those preexisting rights. If those rights did not already exist, there would be no reason to establish a government or enact laws to codify legal consequences of breaching the rights of others. If those rights did not already exist, we would be nothing more than brute animals, or even less, with no purpose or reason for existing at all.
Only a return to the fundamental principles found in the founding documents will save us from the tyranny that is growing in Washington, D.C. and to varying degrees in each of the fifty states. Yes, the Constitution is a living document, but only in the sense that the fundamental principles of the absolute right of each individual to his live, liberty, and property are unchanging and eternal, and live as much now as they did when they were espoused by the Founding Fathers.
Regardless of how much so-called liberals attempt to kill those rights, they will never die.