January 24, 2002
"I have no reason to suppose that he, who would
take away my Liberty, would not when he had me in his Power, take away
-- John Locke
What Makes America
Politicians love to tell us how special America
is. But what is it that's
special? It can't be the scenery - the
"purple mountain majesties" or "thy rocks and rills." Dozens of countries have
It can't be the people. Citizens of other countries
can be just as generous, courteous, fun-loving, or anything you might
It can't be bravery. People have fought and died for their
the beginning of history. And yet, there most certainly is -
or was - something singular about America. What was it?
In my view,
America's uniqueness rested on three pillars.
Bill of Rights
The first is the concept that government is
limited to a few specific,
clearly defined functions. The Bill of Rights
makes this clear. The Ninth
and 10th Amendments specify that the federal
government may not do anything that isn't spelled out in the
And to drive that home, the Bill of Rights specifically
freedom to speak, worship, write, assemble, protest, or
There are no exceptions allowed - even when the
politicians claim to have a "compelling interest" in limiting your
Before America, no country was ever governed by such a document.
It put government in a small, confined compartment.
2. Voluntary association
The Bill of Rights frees you to engage in any
kind of activity you want ... provided you don't forcibly impose upon the person
or property of others. Mark Skousen has said, "The triumph of persuasion over
force is the sign of a civilized society."
The American way was for
commerce, personal relationships, and religion to be voluntary. No one was
forced to participate in something he didn't want. So an individual could better
his life - not by appealing to government force, but by offering other people
incentives to do business with him. Civilization reached a new high by the
maximum reliance on voluntary persuasion and the minimum reliance on government
3. The free
Voluntary association produces the free market -
where each person can
choose among a multitude of possibilities. The free
market empowers the most effective regulator in the world - you. You don't have
to deal with a company you don't like. You don't have to buy something if you
don't want it - or if the price is too high - or if you aren't sure the product
is safe. The seller must satisfy you that he has what you want at a price you're
willing to pay.
With tens of millions of individual regulators like you,
pressured to provide what people want and need in the real
world - not what bureaucrats think would be best in a utopian world. In the free
market, you are the king because you aren't forced to buy anything you don't
want. The free market brought us the greatest prosperity the world has ever
known - the easiest road to escape from poverty, the widest distribution of
goods and services, the wealth that permits lavish generosity.
What is America today?
Unfortunately, all three pillars of that unique
America have been torn down. The Bill of Rights is now overruled by nine judges
and ignored daily by politicians and bureaucrats.
has been replaced by the government's forcible
imposition of discrimination
laws, monopoly suppliers and subsidies financed with money confiscated from you.
Our politicians determine how we should live our
lives - and our individual liberties are sacrificed for the benefit of the
Fatherland. What is unique that's left to lose? Those who fear a "loss of
American sovereignty" to international agencies don't realize how little such
agencies could bring about that we don't already have. Are they afraid someone
will impose coercive health-care regulation on us? Or government schooling? Or
regulations dictating the size of your toilet? What could happen that our own
government hasn't already done?
If you devote yourself to fighting against the
latest political proposal,
you may be wasting your time. The growth of
government is inevitable because the major issue has already been decided: there
is no longer an America of tiny government, voluntary association, and the free
market. So the only arguments now are over how the politicians will run our
lives - the Republican way or the Democratic way.
Our one hope is to
persuade our fellow Americans that a return to the Bill of Rights could bring us
much smaller government, much greater personal income, access to more low-cost
products and services and the freedom to live your own life as you think best -
not as the president or Congress wants. Every battle is trivial compared to the
fight to restore that unique America.
The only means by which our Bill of Rights will
be restored to America is by holding all judges of this country to
the Constitution they have sworn to uphold by direct judicial
accountability to us, the citizens. This goal will be accomplished through
passage of J.A.I.L. throughout this country.
Once J.A.I.L. has gained control over this
nation's judiciary, it shall then dominate the direction of the other two
branches of government, who shall be unable to resist
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