by Gunnery Sergeant John McClain, USMC, Retired
As a machinist, a retired Marine, with the main focus of my life being the maintenance and repair of machinery and farm equipment in the local area, I suppose it is time I state why I write, and how my subjects are selected.
From my time over the last forty years, I’ve watched as our once federal government lost every claim to that title as it grew to the point of exceeding its specific mandates and is currently somewhere between four and five times its legitimate size and scope of operation.
I’ve been told many times, the Constitution hasn’t grown with the Nation, however I’ve never considered this a legitimate argument, as the Constitution in the main, is a contract, specifying the principles and precepts which are the foundation of our National system, and the foundations of all our laws, with clear and readily seen principle and nature, and with a specific and deliberate means of modifying such a code on an ongoing basis, the amendment process, so if the foundation of both The Nation its self, or of its Laws and the actual Concept of a Nation Under the Rule of Law should change, ample means and opportunity is available. If we have not changed our foundation, it is because we have chosen to keep it as it is.
We currently live under a government which has, in recent years, abjectly rejected the notion it is “under the law”, and has a fixed set of principles which it is and should be held to, and the purveyors of government have ignored the principles constantly, as they have written law for what they, personally, see as beneficial, and the question must be, “beneficial to whom?” Standing on the side, and watching, it becomes obvious the driving force is “beneficial to those elected to office”. Many of those we elect have genuine good intent, however I spent years of my life being hammered by my mother over the fact “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions!” as I was an active and sometimes unruly boy.
I know the majority of Americans are not really familiar at all with the actual Constitution, and comments supposed relevant to it are commonly accepted, even when they have no connection what so ever. Our children are not taught the Constitution as the Contract which our forefathers made “Between the Peoples of The Several States” for the purpose of establishing a new form of government, as it was taught to me, and generations preceding, and it would appear such Constitutional references which are taught, are frequently taught out of context in a manner which puts them totally at odds, in the quote, with their original and actual meaning, principally by taking them out of context, and applying them to aspects they were not intended to deal with.
Having voluntarily given up most of my “natural rights” by enlisting in the Marines, I had hoped to live with those rights being truly uncontested, once I’d left the Corps, and was living as a free and independent shop owner doing what I do best in a free market. I quickly discovered just how far government has gone to insert its self into every crevice of our lives, and being highly offended, after two decades of voluntary servitude, decided to write about it, and see if there were enough other self motivated and independent thinkers also tired of this, and willing to change things.
I am trying to reach out to the people who still believe we are a good people, that we have a great system if we use it, and we can indeed, do as well or better as any people on earth, at anything we choose, and return to being a well balanced, actively productive Nation, which stands once again on absolute, un-varnished truth as its foundation center-stone, and with a Sovereign People, truly governing themselves by their consent to be represented and our ideas and intents, put into law we all can agree with, rather than the more conventional way of helping to choose people who we believe would rule us with the lightest rod.
Copyright January 2012 by Gulf1