Was Thomas Paine looking into the fortune teller’s lens when he penned these words?
“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”
Today, we experience the tyranny of the minority; and like Payne we must dedicate ourselves to fighting it. Fighting it not with musket and ball, but rather by fighting it with the vote.
Taxatlon without representation is tyranny. What is forgotten or neglected is the fact that representation can only be obtained with the right to vote. No right to vote; no representation.
And yet, Republican legislatures in state after state are passing laws whose intention is to disenfranchise voters. Some even argue that voting should be limited to white land owners. When one takes a holistic view of the framers and the Constitution, the opposite is intended. The intention has always been and ought to be to extend the right to vote to all citizens.
Our country was founded on the concept of rule of law.
Our country was founded on the principle of majority rule.
And, it is the responsibility of the majority to protect the rights of the minority.
What makes these times so trying is that we now have a faction who have been elected to office in our government whose sole function is to destroy the government from within. Their sole function is to not only NOT govern, but to also keep others from governing. They would rather tear this government down to replace it with oligarchy.
Our founding fathers could not have conceived that citizens, much less elected officials, would try to destroy the Constitution instead of preserving it. They provided ways for the majority to change or amend the Constitution. They did not intend to provide a legal means for the minority to tear down what the majority wanted. They could not have anticipated this type of tyranny.
Time after time we have seen these legislatures go against the will of the majority of their constituents, whether it was over backround checks or immigration.
We have a Congress that does not want to legislate and work for the majority of the people; they just want to work for their political donors.
These truly are times that try men’s souls.
GET PEOPLE REGISTERED THEN GET OUT THE VOTE!