Last summer, Governor Palin passionately encouraged us to remember the foundation upon which our great country was born. She went on her signature “One Nation” bus tour, traveling to sites and monuments which highlighted the events that shaped our country and governance by “We the People.” One such stop was the National Archives. There, she examined the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
It is as though Palin was preparing us for not only the November 2012 election, but also for the historical and vital case before the US Supreme Court this week regarding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare). The central question before the Court, as author/scholar/radio host Mark Levin pointed out in a brief of amicus curiae:
“This case is about individual liberty, state sovereignty and federalism. Indeed, whether there remain any limits on the power and reach of the federal government is the fundamental question before this Court.”
Now that the Supreme Court has ended three days and 6 1/2 hours of testimony, Ken Blackwell at Breitbart.com raises a fascinating and pertinent fact:
The next question, of course, is exactly how will ObamaCare change the relationship of the Federal Government and the individual?Thomas Jefferson provided the answer. The National Archives announced with some excitement over the Independence Day weekend in 2010 that they had discovered an early draft of the Declaration of Independence. In it, young Mr. Jefferson scratched through the word Subjects and wrote in the word Citizens.Archivists instructed us on the importance of the change. They invited us to go through that mental process with Thomas Jefferson as he and we became Citizens of a republic for the first time.Was this amazing event on the nation’s birthday a portent? The National Archives made this announcement on the first Fourth of July after the passage of ObamaCare. It’s almost as if we were receiving a message from on high. Shall We Be Citizens or Subjects?Why is this so? America is not like other countries. Ronald Reagan understood why America is exceptional. He offered these words in his Farewell Address to the nation in 1989.Ours was the first revolution in the history of mankind that truly reversed the course of government, and with three little words: “We the People.” “We the people tell the government what to do; it doesn’t tell us.