Daniel Webster: “Other misfortunes may be borne, or their effects overcome. If disastrous war should sweep our commerce from the ocean, another generation may renew it; if it exhaust our treasury, future industry may replenish it; if it desolate and lay waste our fields, still, under a new cultivation, they will grow green again, and ripen to future harvests. It were but a trifle if the walls of yonder capitol were to crumble, if its lofty pillars should fall, and its gorgeous decorations be all covered by the dust of the valley. All these might be rebuilt. But who shall reconstruct the fabric of demolished government? Who shall rear again the well-proportioned columns of constitutional liberty? Who shall frame together the skillful architecture which unites national sovereignty with the States rights, individual security, and public prosperity? No, if these columns fall, they will be raised not again. Like the Coliseum and the Parthenon, they will be destined to a mournful, a melancholy immortality. Bitterer tears, however, will flow over them, than were ever shed over the monuments of Roman or Grecian art; for they will be the remnants of a more glorious edifice than Greece or Rome ever saw, the edifice of constitutional American liberty.” (The Works of Daniel Webster, Vol. I, pp. 231-32.)
Daniel Webster (1782-1852) was the son of a farmer. He became a lawyer, a congressman, a Senator and Secretary of State in two separate administrations. He was a champion for America, the constitution and the liberty enjoyed by its citizens.
Read carefully what he said, above. He passionately states that no matter what calamity befalls America, we can recover from them all accept the loss of our form of government and the loss of our liberty.
We are in the process of losing them both. The federal government has ventured into areas it was never intended to be in. It has intruded into the financial sector and is dictating how much money financial firms will be allowed to pay their employees. It now has ownership of at least 90% of the mortgages in this country. It has intruded into the automotive sector, fired its CEO and taken ownership of a private company. Just a few days ago, the U.S. House voted to eliminate all banks and financial firms from the student loan market so that only the federal government will be allowed to give loans to students. And, of course, it is desperately trying to take over the entire health care system and, thereby, giving them complete control over every aspect of our lives.
What has happened to our nation? When did we stop using the Constitution of the United States to guide our decisions in governing?
Read Daniel Webster’s quote, again. "Who shall frame together the skillful architecture which unites national sovereignty with the States rights, individual security, and public prosperity? No, if these columns fall, they will be raised not again." We are dangerously close to allowing these columns to fall.
We are under attack from our own federal government. These men and women swore an oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” The size, scope and power of the federal government are quickly becoming our enemy. We must get off of our couches and get involved before we are devolved into a third world nation.
What shall we do? Get involved politically in your local community. Pay attention to what is going on in our nation’s capital. Pay attention to how your Representatives and Senators are voting on each piece of legislation. Call and write to your representatives letting them know how you want them to vote on issues they consider and, finally, vote. In 2010, all 435 members of the U.S. House and one third of the U.S. Senate will be up for election. Choose wisely. Our future and our precious freedom depend on We the People.