When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence much of the message was about all of the duties, obligations and responsibilities a government owes to the people, and if that government refuses to perform those obligations, then the people have the right to change it.
Jefferson was talking about liberty.
James Madison, father of the United States Constitution, gave “We the People” an enduring document which sets forth in detail the duties, obligations and responsibilities of the new republic to the people of the United States. The United States government was meant to belong to the people. The people do not belong to the government. Thus, the Constitution sets forth no affirmative obligations on the part of individuals to the government.
Madison led the effort to codify our American liberty.
The Bill of Rights, consisting of the first ten amendments to the constitution, further enumerated the rights of the people as against the government and specified that the rights of the people are not limited by that document. There is no such thing as a Bill of Obligations applicable to individuals to the government anywhere in the Constitution.
That’s because the founding fathers envisioned the purpose of these documents entirely as the means and method by which to insure, protect and preserve our liberty. The United States government was conceived, created and meant to be our servant – not our master.
What happened to liberty?
It’s slowly slipping away. Today the United States government – in spite of the Declaration of Independence – in spite of the Constitution – in spite of the Bill of Rights – has adopted the attitude that we all owe it affirmative obligations, the kind of obligations that a servant owes its master.
Whether it be forced conscription into military service, compulsory education, mandatory reporting our income every year, purchasing ObamaCare, (the list goes on and on), it is now perfectly clear that in the United States of America the government claims we belong to it.
Now the President of the United States is calling for mandatory voting. "If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country," said the president, calling it "potentially transformative." He wants every citizen to incur an affirmative legal obligation to vote under penalty of a crime for failure to do so in the same manner as the crime for failing to report your income.
Other countries have already done just that to their people. I wrote about it last November. See Statist Style Democracy. Australia is one of 11 nations worldwide with mandatory voting. Australians who fail to vote can be fined, or even jailed for repeatedly not casting a ballot.
Of course, president Obama would love to see the advent of mandatory voting in the United States. He thinks, and rightly so, that it would be of great benefit to his Democrat Party.
I say: What about the First Amendment?
What happened to liberty?