"Our own government has become our enemy." So said Pinal County (Arizona) Sheriff Paul Babeu.
"Babeu told CNSNews.com that rather than help law enforcement in Arizona stop the hundreds of thousands of people who come into the United States illegally, the federal government is targeting the state and its law enforcement personnel.
"'What's very troubling is the fact that at a time when we in law enforcement and our state need help from the federal government, instead of sending help they put up billboard-size signs warning our citizens to stay out of the desert in my county because of dangerous drug and human smuggling and weapons and bandits and all these other things and then, behind that, they drag us into court with the ACLU.' Babeu said."
The Arizona Sheriff was then quoted as saying: "Our own government has become our enemy and is taking us to court at a time when we need help."
See the report here: Arizona Sheriff: 'Our Own Government Has Become Our Enemy', By Penny Starr, CNSNEWS, August 2, 2010.
Sheriff Babeu is not the only one who believes that our own federal government has become our enemy. Writing for Investor's Business Daily, attorney Ernest Christian and economist Gary Robbins co-authored a July 30, 2010, column entitled "Will Washington's Failures Lead To Second American Revolution?"
Christian and Robbins write,
"People are asking, 'Is the [federal] government doing us more harm than good? Should we change what it does and the way it does it?'
"Pruning the power of government begins with the imperial presidency.
"Too many overreaching laws give the president too much discretion to make too many open-ended rules controlling too many aspects of our lives. There's no end to the harm an out-of-control president can do."
But it's not just an imperial presidency we need to worry about; and it certainly did not originate with Barack Obama–although he has certainly accelerated the pace of this federal aggression. For all intents and purposes, the last four Presidencies have been imperialist in nature. In other words, we have endured at least 22 years of federal imperialism, encompassing both Republican and Democrat Presidential administrations. But it has also been Republican and Democrat congresses (along with a compliant federal judiciary) that have assisted and facilitated this out-of-control federal imperialism. In other words, folks: the entire federal system is now illegitimate and broken!
The federal government has become a monstrous leech that has affixed itself to the underbelly of the American republic and is sucking its lifeblood out with a vengeance. It has increased its surveillance of the American citizenry to the point that–for all intents and purposes–we now live in a Soviet-style, East Bloc society: our phone calls, emails, cellular transmissions, etc., are being feverishly monitored; our financial transactions are scrutinized; this new national (socialist) healthcare system is nothing more than modern-day slavery; our manufacturing jobs have been deliberately outsourced to the point that America's real unemployment numbers are around 20% (Source: economist Donald McAlvany); the international bankers and their collaborators in DC could be described as the ultimate crime syndicate without much fear of hyperbole; the federal government's control and manipulation of our public schools has resulted in the fact that the United States now has the most expensive and least productive education system in the industrialized world; and now it is teaming up with the ACLU (not to mention thousands of Mexican gang members, drug dealers, human traffickers, rapists, and murderers) to fight the State of Arizona for its attempt to simply enforce the law. Yes, I would say that should classify the federal government as our enemy, all right.
If you doubt DC's arrogance, I challenge you to watch the following video of Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA), who said, "The federal government, yes, can do most anything." With congressmen such as this, does anyone wonder why the federal government has grown into such a monster?
See the congressman's remarks here.
Christian and Robbins could be right when they suggest that it might be time for a second American revolution! I might even argue, in many respects, that revolution has already begun. State governors and legislators across the country are increasingly frustrated with DC's arrogance and bullying, and are pushing back. Jan Brewer and her brave Arizonans are not the only State to start drawing a line in the sand. Millions of freedom-loving citizens in these states have about reached the boiling point. I really don't think it would take much of a spark to set this country ablaze with the "Spirit of '76" all over again.
Remember, it was the states that created the federal government–not the other way around. And the states never surrendered their authority or autonomy, not to Washington, D.C., or to any other power. I don't care what anyone says to the contrary; the states retained their Declaration status, that they were "Free and Independent" AFTER the US Constitution was enacted and the federal government formed in 1787. If the framers intended to make America "one nation," meaning one national government absent the features of federalism requiring State independence and power to serve as a check and balance against the imperialist tendencies of a central government, why were the states not dissolved when the Constitution was adopted? The states maintained independence for the very reason that Arizona and other states today are resisting federal encroachment, or in the case of illegal immigration, inaction: to arrest federal failure!
Therefore, when Sheriff Babeu said that the federal government "has become our enemy," he was 100% correct. Now it's time for the American people as a whole to not only recognize the enemy, but to recognize the solution: enlightened and energized states willing to fight for their independence! And if that means another American revolution, so be it!
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Dr. Chuck Baldwin is the pastor of Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. He hosts a weekly radio show. His website is here.