January 11, 2014
Is a democratic society such as ours at odds with a strong military? Consider the words of Sir Winston Churchill, regarding rearmament after WW1.
“The essential aspects of democracy are the freedom of the individual, within the framework of laws passed by Parliament, to order his life as he pleases, and the uniform enforcement of tribunals independent of the executive. The laws are based on Magna Carta, Habeas Corpus, the Petition of Right and others. Without this foundation there can be no freedom or civilisation, anyone being at the mercy of officials and liable to be spied upon and betrayed even in his own home. As long as these rights are defended, the foundations of freedom are secure. I see no reason why democracies should not be able to defend themselves without sacrificing these fundamental values.”
The freedoms we enjoy today are the legacy of our English forefathers whose values came to these shores in the hearts and minds of Pilgrims and other English settlers.
Our Constitution was not a whimsical experiment in governance created out of thin air by imaginative founding fathers. It was the product of centuries of lawmaking born out of the struggles of Englishmen who forged the Magna Carta and Common Law (case law) processed in English courts of law. Yet, our constitution, as it is, could not have manifested apart from God-breathed inspiration that came out of the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
Back on the subject at hand, a strong military is a must to defend our freedoms from despotic malefactors without our borders. However, it is of paramount importance that this strong military serve only to defend us against foreign enemies, while we defend ourselves within our borders under the Rule of Law.
Over recent years, our federal government seems to have lost perspective on these matters and now we see militarization of police departments. This must not be. Even lawmakers like Sen. Mitch McConnell willingly forego Constitutionally-guaranteed natural rights, saying that our homeland is now the battlefield against “terrorism”.
“The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.” — John Philpot Curran
Eternal vigilance manifests through citizen involvement. Our Republic will endure only so long as we have an informed public, one not willingly ignorant of our history and our Creator.