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Jeffersonian Principles

By: Randy Brogdon

The great debate during the founding of our country centered on, should we establish a strong National or a State government. Hamilton debated for a strong National government, having greater power than the states. Jefferson believed in a limited Federal government, which was granted enumerated powers, by the States. The final adopted Constitution in fact provided for a limited federal government with strong state governments.

Thank goodness Jefferson won the debate and all is well; actually it's not. Jeffersonian Principles may have won the day, but they have been moved to the back burner, and Hamilton's idea of a strong Federal government is blazing out of control. Today the politicians don't even try to hide their big government agenda like they used to. In the good ole days they stretched the truth, created diversions and called detractors of big government, conspiracy theorists.

How have things changed so dramatically so quickly? At the risk of sounding harsh, it's your fault. I'm talking about "you" collectively. "We the People" are the government, yet we have allowed the politicians to get out of control.

James Garfield reminded us that "the people are responsible for the character of their Congress." We have exchanged the attributes of good "character for the antics of political "characters" who no longer faithfully serve us. The fault may lay with us but so does the power to correct course. If we are going to experience the restoration of our founding values, then we must demand political pureness from our leaders.

You have a much better opportunity to correct the problems than the politicians do, because they seem to be blinded by their own grandeur and self worth. Too often they make decisions that are best for their reelection rather than what's best for our future.

Republicans and Democrats alike are guilty up to their eyeballs when it comes to violating their Constitutional duty, but there is a difference between the two parties. For definition purposes, Republicans tout "conservative" ideas and Democrats tout "progressive" ideas. By the way, the Constitution is based on conservative ideas.

But here is where the differences get blurred. Republicans talk about conservative ideas and then ignore them, (except in an election year). The Democrats talk about progressive ideas and embrace them (except in election years). No wonder we are confused, the politicians don't even know what they believe in. Failure to adhere to their stated values has caused great problems within our government.

Debates that were once considered political "differences" have turned into catastrophic problems with severe consequences that are affecting every American. I have come to realize the "Jeffersonian Principles" that I so deeply believed in are a rare commodity.

Jeffersonian Principles were revived in 1964 at the Republican National Convention when Ronald Reagan gave a speech entitled "A Time for Choosing."

The Convention was the beginning of the Reagan Revolution. It was not just about cutting taxes, it was more about the "Restoration" of our founding principles. Throughout the decades politicians, bureaucrats, and intellectuals have purposely twisted or ignored the meaning of our founding principles. "The Speech" as Reagan often refereed to it, changed America by challenging Americans to choose between freedom and servitude. Once again we are faced with that choice.

States are struggling due to an onslaught of Federal usurpation, and the Fed's abuse of power has magnified dramatically over the last several years. The sovereign States have been tested with unconstitutional acts such as No Child Left Behind, The Patriot Act, Obamacare, TARP, the Stimulus Package and much more. Unfortunately they have miserably failed the tests, and today, the States are little more than agents of the Federal Government; a sad reality that Jefferson fought against throughout his political service.

Are we going to allow the Federal government to continue to enslave us by violating the Constitution? Or will the sovereign people choose limited government, personal responsibility, and the expansion of freedom?

We must choose once again to embrace the Jefferson, Reagan and Republican principles of a limited Federal government. We must choose to restore State's Rights and protect the sovereignty of the people. We must face the severe consequences head on, with a dedication to resolve the catastrophic problems that are now affecting every American. We must choose between servitude and freedom, and we must choose our public servants wisely.

If we choose freedom, then the Constitution must be restored to its original intent. Republicans must live by their principles. The states must reclaim their authority and shoulder their responsibility that was originally secured by our Founders. The people must embrace Americanism, secure the blessings of liberty, and pass them down to the next generation. If America's future is to be restored, we must use this moment as "Our Time for Choosing." Choose wisely, your future depends on it.

About Randy Brogdon

Randy Brogdon is chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party. He is former member of the Oklahoma Senate, and was a candidate for Governor and U.S. Senate.

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