Conroe, June 10 – American Exceptionalism is real. It’s not that the people of the United States are better than everyone else. It’s also not that we’re smarter, stronger, or specially anointed.
What makes America great – and unique – is that we are the only nation in the world where the fundamental principle of our government is that its power comes from the people. Only in America have we formalized and institutionalized that principle. As a result, when we elect someone, we’re not expected to “get behind that person.” Rather, that person becomes our elected servant whom we expect to get behind us.
Yesterday, a friend of this newspaper wrote on social media that he believes that what makes America great is that “Americans do not take up arms and publicly assault the winners of elections.” There is an implication in that comment, however, which is dead wrong in America, although it is a basic principle in modern Russia. In America, if the winner of an election does bad things, there is no expectation whatsoever that the American People should stand behind him. For example, where B. Hussein Obama, Craig Doyal, or Charlie Riley have gone directly against the will of the people, there is no expectation that we should stand behind them. (That’s probably not a fair comparison between those three, as Obama while in office acted more conservatively than Doyal or Riley, even though Obama is an extreme liberal.)
It’s important to remember the context in which American colonists wrote the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The primary authors of the Declaration of Independence – Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston, Roger Sherman, and John Adams – were all very much students of the British Empiricists within the European “Enlightenment” movement of the 18th century. Jefferson and Sherman, in particular, were avid followers of the English philosopher John Locke who outlined the specific moral authority of individuals to band together and form governments to protect themselves from law breakers and from those who threaten the entire group of people. Locke’s Second Treatise on Government focused on how many, in his “state of nature,” formed associations to provide law enforcement and security from foreign threats.
The first line of the Declaration of Independence could not more clearly have emanated from Locke and the British Empiricists:
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
As a group, the leaders of the American colonies in the Revolutionary War and in the experimental government they created after the Treaty of Paris (1783), observed many of the strengths and weaknesses of government from their earlier reading and study and from their direct observation between 1776 and 1789. By 1789, the people of America gathered their observations and beliefs and, through some elected representatives, put those ideas down on a paper which we now call the “United States Constitution,” which begins:
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Nothing in the philosophy, the empirical observations, or the experiences of the Founding Fathers supports the idea or suggests that Americans have a duty to “get behind” a person whom they elect. To the contrary, the entire conception of America and its entire “Exceptionalism” is the precise concept that those who govern are the servants of the People, not the other way around. Nowhere do the People serve the government (except the brave who provide law enforcement and national defense).
When government ignores the People’s will, then government loses all of its right and credibility.
Montgomery County, Texas, in 2018
The Montgomery County government has lost its way. Its spending is – conservatively – more than $100 million over and above what it should be. Many of the County government employees believe they have rights against the citizens rather than that they work as the servants of the citizens. The elected servants on the Commissioners Court believe that they can and should do whatever they can get away with to the limit of threats to their elected position. In other words, they have done whatever they want to do as long as it doesn’t cross the line to threaten their jobs. They’ve spent $103 million on a tollroad that they’ve admitted the citizens don’t want. They’ve hired people in secret, because they felt they could get away with doing that. They’ve given themselves disgustingly exorbitant salaries.
Salaries are a gigantic issue, by the way, because there is nothing that represents the terrible attitude of those three members of the Commissioners Court more than the salaries they’ve given themselves. Clearly, they do not work for the People or for any sort of public-spirited cause. They’re in it for the money. It’s disgusting.
Three members of the Commissioners Court are the primary problems. Two of those three are downright un-American (in the Exceptionalist sense discussed above). One of the three has yet to show where he ultimately stands, because on some issues he follows American Exceptionalism but on most issues he does not.
The clear purpose of this newspaper – and its bias – is to reduce the spending, taxation, and concurrent loss of freedom resulting from the Montgomery County government.
As an illustration of how far the Commissioners Court has veered from the path of American Exceptionalism, during the next two days, The Golden Hammer will provide a more detailed analysis of the upcoming June 12, 2018, Commissioners Court meeting than you’ve ever seen on the pages of this newspaper. It’s important to recognize how bad the situation has actually become.
As the Commissioners Court enters its budget process, perhaps this three-part illustration will help to provide you with some of the tools as a citizen to know how corrupt the Montgomery County government and its Commissioners Court has actually become. “Corrupt” in an American sense means to veer from the path of American Exceptionalism.
Oh. By the way, one of the three members of the Commissioners Court who has veered from the path is not Mike Meador (because he was always a lost cause from the moment he came to the office).