We Americans are fond of calling our country an “experiment in democracy” — but what exactly was so experimental about it? Democracy, the Constitutional Republic, Checks and Balances, and an array of other ideas in the Constitution were not then new at all. In truth, by themselves, nearly every instrument in the Constitution was many centuries old and had been borrowed from past political thinkers.
What was experimental about the Constitution was the way in which power was to flow — from the bottom up. How people would go about securing what they needed in order to be happy was to be up to them. Provided that individuals did not harm or injure others, they were to have their civil and economic liberties protected, and were not to be harassed by government.
The Founders theorized that when problems the People faced were solved at the lowest and most localized level possible — be that in the family, the township, the city, the county, or the States — then the aggregate human happiness would be the greatest. Only in cases where it was not feasible for the States to solve a particular issue on their own, would these issues be administered to by the federal government. To that end, the Founders gave the federal government about 20 specific powers, all described specifically in Article I, Section VIII of the Constitution. This “bottom-up” political system was known, until the advent of Progressivism in the early 20th century, as Liberal Democracy. We now loosely call it Conservatism, Libertarianism, or sometimes Classical Liberalism.
While imperfect, because people are imperfect, the result of the Founders’ vision was the freest, fairest, and most prosperous nation in history. If America wishes to remain so, government at all levels must be restored to its proper role. Counties solving county problems, states solving state problems, and the federal government chained down by the Constitution. Most importantly, family problems must be solved in the family (the smallest unit of government.) Government has no business telling parents how to raise their children.
The Founders had a theory, new and very radical at the time — that individuals, even those of meager education or modest means, were better able to govern their own affairs than were “the wise.” The vast majority of those in power now, both Republicans and Democrats, view themselves as being a part of “the wise” — believing that they should govern the affairs of others.
I believe that individuals are the best judges of their own affairs. If you agree, and you cherish the Constitution as I do, then I am asking you to help send me to Harrisburg to represent District 193. Let Freedom Ring.