When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
In the August 25th Editorial Page of the Detroit News, Joseph J. Ellis (author of "American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies in the Founding of the Republic.") intoned:
From the very beginning of our national history, Americans have been arguing about the proper role of government. Put succinctly, the dispute is between those who regard government as "them" and those who see it as "us."
However, he appears to believe, as do most Liberals, that the government (when they control it) is a beneficent entity, devoted purely to making our lives easier and removing from us the need to make any decisions about how we live.
Unfortunately for Mr. Ellis, that is not the case and never has been, except perhaps at the beginning of our Republic.
Democide is a term coined by political scientist R. J. Rummel for "the murder of any person or people by a government, including genocide, politicide, and mass murder." Rummel created the term as an extended concept to include forms of government murder that are not covered by the legal definition of genocide, and it has found currency among other scholars
His research shows that the death toll from democide is far greater than the death toll from war. After studying over 8,000 reports of government caused deaths, Rummel estimates that there have been 262 million victims of democide in the last century. According to his figures, six times as many people have died from the inflictions of people working for governments than have died in battle.
Democides were also common prior to the American Revolution. That is why the Founders of our Country chose our form of government to be a Constitutionally LIMITED Republic.
This is the reason, as the author correctly states, “The Declaration of Independence locates sovereignty in the individual citizen, who possesses the rights of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," as Thomas Jefferson so lyrically put it, and the power of government is described as an alien force that must be put on the permanent defensive.”
This concept is reinforced by the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
However, the author of the article is INCORRECT when he claims:
The Constitution enshrines "the people" as the sovereign agent, with a Bill of Rights that defines a protected region where government cannot intrude, but otherwise identifies a collective interest best managed by a federal government empowered to make decisions for the society as a whole.
The “Bill of Rights” does not define the rights of the people with all other powers being enshrined in the government. The only reason the Bill of Rights exists is to ensure that the Federal Government is specifically reminded of areas in which it has no power. It was not, and never has been intended as the only list of powers to which the people are limited, given the 10th Amendment.
So, the author of this article is a typical Liberal/ Progressive/ Democrat/ Fascist who worships the government as his god and is ignorant of American history.
The government is not god and has only the powers specifically assigned to it by the people by means of the Constitution. Any other powers government takes manifests the government as a tyrannical monster that must be brought to heel and forced to obey the limits clearly laid out in our founding document, The Constitution.