Dear Editor:

There seems to be some confusion with many as to whom are the servants and whom are the masters in government affairs. The rights we the People have are not provided by the Constitution or Bill of Rights. They are “secured” by these documents. The problem is that “the People” have lost touch with their true personal identity and authority, so let’s have a review.

This comes from the Declaration of Independence: “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness … but when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” What part of that don’t people understand?

The following comes from the Colorado Constitution: Bill of Rights, Article II, Section I.  “That all political power is vested in and derived from the people; that all government, of right, originates from the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole.” SECTION 2. “That the people of this State have the sole and exclusive right of governing themselves, as a free, sovereign and independent State; and to alter and abolish their constitution and form of government whenever they may deem it necessary to their safety and happiness, provided such change be not repugnant to the Constitution of the United States.”

It appears that not only many in positions of service within governments, be they Federal, State or local, (who presume authority over the People) have lost touch with the reality that they have been hired to serve the people, and not be our taskmasters, but we, the People, have been asleep at the wheel. Whether it is a Senator of Congressman, a sheriff or deputy, a police officer, a treasurer, judge, public attorney, County Commissioner, or whatever, they are all hired to serve we, the People, using the truth, the law and the Constitution as their tools, under oath.

Why has this gotten so far off track? Because we, the People have gullibly trusted human nature (again) when history is replete with evidence that the founding generation warned about repeatedly, that “eternal vigilance” was required to prevent a repeat of despotism which we see rising within these united 50 States, even at our county levels.

If we think we can’t go the way of all other Peoples of the world, we are foolish and blind. If we are not an active part of the solution, we are clearly part of the problem. Where do you stand?

Jeff Maehr

This story was posted on December 19, 2013.