The Democratic majority was elected to Congress on a slogan of hope and change and they are bringing change the likes of which has never before been seen in the United States. History does provide some guidance on the reaction available to citizens for this fundamental change being fostered on our country.
Let us look back at England in 1649 as we hear King Charles I speaks in reference to his loyal subjects saying; “that their liberty and their freedom consists in having of government, those laws, by which their life and their goods may be most their own.” He cautioned that until you put the people in that state of liberty they will never enjoy themselves. Yes he was calling for limited government. Moments later he was executed by the leaders of Parliament. Their goal was less about putting the people in liberty and more about gaining the power of government. (Does this sound like our Congress?)
It did not take long to see the results of the power grab. Oliver Cromwell was indeed one of the 59 people signing the King’s death warrant however by April 1653 he saw the folly and failure of the Parliament. They were not bargaining over health care reform votes in 1653 but their actions were parallel in many ways. Let’s take a look at what Cromwell had to say to dismiss Parliament.
(You may want to read this aloud and with feeling as Cromwell surely did)
It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of potage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money; is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not bartered your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth? Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defiled this sacred place, and turned the Lord’s Temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerable odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redressed, are yourselves become the greatest grievance. Your country therefore calls upon me to cleanse this Augean stable, by putting a final period to your iniquitous proceedings in this House; and which by God’s help, and the strength he has given me, I am now come to do; I command ye therefore, upon the peril of your lives, to depart immediately out of this place; go, get you out! Make haste! Ye venal slaves be gone! Go! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors. In the name of God, go!
In November 2010 the voters of the United States will have a chance to speak as Oliver Cromwell did in 1653. Their voice shall be heard at the ballot box. Indeed it is time to cast out the devils of democracy.