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Loyalty to Country Must Always Prevail Over Loyalty to Government

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Some Americans think that country and government are one in the same but that is simply not the case. The Founding Fathers created this government and charged it with the responsibility to govern the country according to the provisions of the Constitution and the will of the people.

The U.S. Constitution is the bedrock, the solid foundation upon which this nation was built, based on these principles; separation of powers, limited government, checks and balances and individual rights. We might add ethics, fairness and justice.

An organizational chart would show the government reporting directly to the country and the people of America. The government's job, therefore, is to follow those principles in advancing the interests of this country and the American people.

But here's the problem. While the Founders may have had the best of intentions of creating the best government possible there was no way that they could possibly guarantee that future governments would adhere to those principles or follow the will of the people. Today, we are painfully becoming aware of that reality as this government has clearly become an oligarchy that openly serves the interests of the rich and powerful.

There have been times in this nation's history when the government, the country and the people have been in sync and on the same frequency; where there was a close bond between the people and those who govern the nation; when the government was very responsive to the needs and interests of the people, above all else. That's when government understood that it must listen to the people and largely base its objectives accordingly.

When one sees this government engaged in actions that violate this country's Constitution as well as the principles of ethics and morals, then there is no question that a person must not accept and condone them but must do what is right for the country. The Founding Fathers were very clear on that point; when citizens find their government committing unacceptable acts then they must strongly speak out against them. That's a responsibility that comes with being a citizen of this country.

Carl Schurz, Union Army General, later US Senator, and, still later, US Secretary of the Interior said: "The Senator from Wisconsin cannot frighten me by exclaiming, "My country, right or wrong." In one sense I say so too. My country; and my country is the great American Republic. My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right."

So we the people have the responsibility to "set it right" whenever that is necessary and do everything in our power, using peaceful dissent to protest against abuses. When the Founding Fathers were faced with an oppressive government that stifled the will of the people, they refused to bend to its dictates. They declared this country's independence; they then created the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and gave birth to a new nation.

The vast majority of Americans love their country but, increasingly, do not feel that same love for their government. They see it as a bloated bureaucracy, heavily corrupted, and plagued with deceitful politicians; many have lost all trust in it.

Can someone tell me even one major initiative or important piece of legislation produced by this Congress in the past 14 years? Something is terribly wrong when we have 535 supposed representatives of the people who each make $174,000 annually, and their leaders even more, and then, collectively, do absolutely nothing to earn that money. We might as well throw it down a black hole.

This is a dark period in America's history. It's as if a perpetual dark cloud hangs over Washington D.C. Wouldn't it be great if we had a government that was positive, constructive, with vision for the future? Sad to say, we don't. This is no longer government of, by and for the people, it is one that serves the interests of a small element of this population; it has become an oligarchy.

I won't go into great detail over all the many failures and shortcomings of this government and why it no longer is doing what is right for its country and people. However, the following synopsis will highlight the reasons why we need to put the loyalty to this country above that of the government.

From the president to the Congress to the State Department to the Pentagon, an agenda of military hubris continues to spread across the world. Wars, invasions, occupations, and interference in the internal affairs of other countries have become a primary objective.

This government has, in effect, "declared its independence" from the people of America and has aligned itself with the masters of Corporatism? The objectives of these corporations have now become major objectives of this government.

We have a Congress divided in half with members of the opposing parties entirely incapable of working together on this nation's critical problems. It's like East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet. It is heavily corrupted, answering only to special interests.

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