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Who are the enemies of the people?

Updated on May 8, 2014

The answer to this question and the question itself may raise some eyebrows but it is a question which must be answered. As a country we know we have many enemies around the world and we may even have enemies within our own borders who are here to do us harm. Thomas Jefferson made a profound statement about two kinds of enemies one can be accepted without question but the other may surprise you. His quote states:

“The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.”

Knowing who your enemy or enemies are is the key to protecting yourself and your family. We know criminals are enemies of the people who are out to get what they can from other individuals. We do not always know who our enemies are as they can even be someone who seems like they are your friend but they are really out to ripping you off and causing you problems possibly even physically. Placing government in the category of being an enemy is an unusual concept but government can be an enemy or a friend it depends on their actions or inactions.

There are many different types of government in the world today some offer some freedoms while others not so much. The main purpose of a government or at least it should be is to support their citizens. The world today is in a state of turmoil with citizens rebelling against their government for their actions or inactions. The second part of the quote talks about keeping government tied down with the chains of the Constitution. The Constitution of any country should be the determining factor to identify whether they are a friend or enemy.

Governments who have elected officials are working for the citizens in considering the decisions to address issues facing the country and in some cases the freedoms identified in their Constitution. The culture of Congress at the present time with their actions or inactions projects in some cases or at least the appearance that they are an enemy of the people. The type of government one has in the world and the freedoms which exist are quite different when comparing one country to another.

Constitutions either for the country of an individual state are to be the basis for making decisions. Decisions or actions expanding government functions which may not be clearly identified as a government responsibility may or could place a government in the enemy category. One exception involves the individuals serving the citizens where there decisions are based on the Constitution not party policy or position. Specifically elected individuals can be a friend of the people while others could be labeled an enemy. When politicians of any political party make decisions conflicting with their responsibilities in the Constitution raises the question if they are a friend or an enemy of the people.

Let us consider the actions of our elected officials at all levels of government whether their decisions place them as a friend or enemy. This election year we have important decisions at all levels of government. We must decide if the direction our local, state or federal government is headed in the right direction or if there needs to be a change. Change involves replacing those currently serving with those who have the records of serving the people according to the applicable Constitution.


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