All we had was each other and our families providing for everything we needed in the small world of our own village. It could take days to travel to the city, weeks before mail arrived, months between sugar shipments, and years of toil before real wealth could be accumulated -- maybe even generations.
Locals only, wasn't all about being cool, it was a way of life.
You would think a liberal would like that, no? Everything from local vegetables from the farmer's market to local hemp clothiers to local energy from the sun to local preferences of a community over those of a lifestyle miles away and separated by climate, priorities and different needs; the less is more approach was the foundation of the creation of our Federal Government through the brilliance of our founding fathers.
Most of the powers were limited to the federal government, establishing the greatest liberty of the creation of law and order to the states, and the ultimate responsibility to its citizens to be of sound character. The thing is, it started at the local level with all good intentions on keeping it there.
I love the idea of buying local.
Matter of fact, every Christmas season, the Cedros neighborhood district -- a unique array of shops catering to the funky, artsy, imported, collectibles, and specialty boutiques here in Solana Beach -- hang banners to remind locals to stay closer to home for holiday trinkets and jingles; through the localized efforts to ban together to support one another in business, the shops come together in unison tooting their own horn and advertising their local wares.
While they are always there, the little nudge during the holidays brings attention to the ease and availability within walking distance or a five minute drive -- not to mention the added flavor of a stroll through the neighborhood, running into people you know, amidst the twinkly lights and smells of gingerbread cookies welcoming your noses and pocketbooks over the threshold and under their spell.
Everything can be found within the confines of the neighborhood, why go anywhere else.
This may be an oversimplification, but that was exactly what the founders had in mind; keep the attention to details at the local level.
A gem of an idea can be found in Ron Paul's, The Revolution, A Manifesto:
"Our peculiar security is in possession of a written Constitution, " Jefferson advised us. "Let us not make it a blank paper by construction."If the powers at be believe they have the power to believe the Constitution is nothing more than a blank piece of paper, a blank slate -- then by interpretation is would be nothing more than a blank check -- and certainly it would no more protect a free society than destroy it.
What do we have today, all but every special interest group -- every particular community need and every specific racial conquest -- all masquerading around Washington seeking special attention under the unlawful and tempestuous nature of our highest crime...having fallen victim to a single phrase within our nation's framework -- "general welfare."
How is it conceivably possible to have the same needs and concerns in Solana Beach as in New York, NY as in Flagstaff, AZ as in St. Paul, MN as in Cleveland, OH as in Miami, FL as in Savannah, GA as in Salt Lake City, UT as in Boulder, CO as in Napa Valley, CA as in Chicago, IL?
Let me answer that for you, it is just not possible.
Sure, we as a nation had to band together to settle some minor details, things like slavery for instance. The country could not productively, and with clean conscience effectively operate, with the south wanting it and the north abhorring it. It had to come to an end, but how -- and just how would they all come to an agreement in the Constitution when the opinion was so polarized at the time?
It's complicated; it came slowly and in bits and pieces. First, it limited importing slaves within a certain time frame altogether; second, counting a slave as "3/5ths" of a person -- a compromise was reached with giving the south authorization to have their slaves returned from the north -- but in the end, our country's foundation was passed.
Now, with good question we can ask ourselves, why wasn't slavery just simply abolished in plain and direct language?
We can answer that with another 'it is just not possible'; to pass something where half say yea and the other half say nay could have been enough to abort the whole thing ; in order to adopt the Constitution, exceptions had to be made --
but in the end, I believe these guys new exactly what they were doing.
With the south's giving in a bit, counting slaves as something "less than human" ultimately gave the north more power through the apportioning of seats to change the damage over time, and still allowed for a rule of law to take it's rightful place.
Had slavery been written and allowed for by the Constitution, even for a "limited" time, issues would surely have arisen down the road -- for calling for a change, at some designated time into the future, falls to the duty of man to correct. Not to mention we all know from past experience just how difficult it is to rescind or eliminate legislation once it is passed -- the temptation for some to keep slavery forever probably stood far too great a concern to take a chance.
But in the end, we all know now that it took a battle for the unalienable rights to be written in blood and stone.
What we have going on right now is a battle between the Conservative and the Statist; as illuminated through the work of Mark Levine in Liberty and Tyranny. Here's a few highlights,
"For the Statist, liberty is not a blessing but the enemy. It is not possible to achieve Utopia if individuals are free to go their own way."
"The Statist, however, misuses equality to pursue uniform economic and social concerns."
"President Barack Obama made this point when lecturing the Weslyn University graduating class of 2008 during his campaign: '[O]ur individual salvation depends on collective salvation.' But salvation is not government's to give."
"The Statist wants Americans to see themselves as backward, foolishly holding to their quaint notions of individual liberty, private property, family and faith, long diminished or jettisoned in other countries."
Yes indeed. Freaky, isn't it?
The modern society is wreaking havoc upon the limitations set in place through the remarkable and timeless and priceless document recognized as the rule of law in America -- our Constitution.
With conversations of right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness turning into congressional debates over simply the 'right to life' -- entitlements, health care, cap & trade become just a few of the un-enumerated rights misunderstood by the government -- becoming the overbearing, bureaucratic nightmare our founding fathers fiercely fought against.
It has been barely a year under the progressive statist in the Oval Office; Mr. Levine's book nails every American principle under "liberal assault on Constitution-based values, an attack that had steadily snowballed since President Roosevelt's New Deal of the 1930's and resulted in a federal government that is a massive, unaccountable conglomerate, the time for re-enforcing the intellectual and practical case for conservatism is now."
To be a real liberal, you would have to be against the conglomerate wouldn't you, no matter who it is? Or does the conglomerate of a different color (having nothing to do with race) heralding particular social and economic change trump the usual anti-business and anything corporate America mindset?
To be a real liberal, you would have to be against the modern horrific cement monument of a thing we simply call the mall. To be a real liberal, you would have to be even against the SUV to get you there --and for that matter the entire operation of GM, GE or anything having to do with the GDP.
To be a real liberal, you would have to ride your bike or walk wouldn't you, in order to call upon the local fish market, the local farmers market, the local bookstore, the local doctor, the local church -- oh scratch that last one, don't need it and it's not on the list.
But the thing is, as business conglomerates go, a government monopoly is a government monopoly is a government monopoly; the only difference is you are taking real money from real people and giving it to those who don't deserve it...and might as well consider the abolition of slavery null and void.
From the back cover of Mark Levine's book:
"We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men's labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name -- liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two and incompatible names -- liberty and tyranny."And James Madison gives us this to add,
"Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power."
I like going to the Cedros district to shop; I prefer it actually.
If we truly take care of the life and times within our circle, our communities, our own neck of the woods, and demonstrate a life starting from the individual and that which is inside us, radiating such a life from a place of honor, integrity and life force from the center out, our world would transform.
Our local businesses would thrive and grow; and from a position of prosperity and well being, we are more inclined to share and give back to those in need all on our own. It is a natural progression.
As we give back and help rebuild the lives around us, communities blossom, businesses expand, and a nation is built not from oppression, taxation, regulation and fear -- but as a natural progression of building wealth, sharing what we have, and living from a place of value right from the start, from the inside out.
This is what makes a truly prosperous nation -- a nation grounded with a homegrown, moral compass all on it's own, not one that is forced upon the people from a government corrupted by it's own loss of good judgement, fiscal responsibility and abuse of power.
It is by good example we set forth as parents to teach our children well, so that they can teach their children well and so on and so on; creating a country linking the states, linking the cities, linking the neighborhoods, linking families who show moral courage, holding steadfast to the principles that have taught us well, making our family the best it can be in order to preserve the America we know and love -- which in all of it's simplicity, is precisely what the framers had in mind.
The individual is where it begins and ends; an entity that through the means of conglomeration and cooperation has the power to create a nation as good as United States of America -- and hopefully has the strength to keep it.
You could almost say the Fed had nothing to do with it; but that would be an exaggeration, or is it?
Make it a Good Day, G
"Society has always seemed to demand
a little more from human beings than it will get in practice."