Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Ken Klemm Spring Hill, FL, USA

Posted: 2018-08-22

Freedom to Decide

America was ranked number one in individual economic 
freedom. We could decide where to live, how to worship 
(or not worship), whom to socialize with, what goods to 
produce, what services to perform. In cooperation with 
our local community and state, we could decide how to 
educate our children, arrange our transportation, 
manage our resources and environment, and much more. We 
were free to negotiate terms and compensation for our 
goods and services - including medical care.

Today, America has dropped in rank to number 17. What 
happened?

John F. Kennedy famously said, “Ask not what your 
country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your 
country.”

During last year’s horrific storm season, many private 
citizens stepped up and performed heroic rescues of 
life and property. They did not wait for official 
government personnel to arrive and do it. They took 
immediate action.

This is exactly what President Kennedy was talking 
about. “Country” meant people.

We cannot escape the Law of Balance. Everything has a 
cost. Whenever we ask government to do more for us, we 
trade away some of our freedom.

As a result, the American government has grown 
immensely - and 3 dangerous conditions exist:

1. Virtues and ethics are not being taught in public 
schools; 

2. Debt and unfunded liabilities are out of control; 

3. There are elite classes to whom the rule of law does 
not equally apply.

Historically, whenever these 3 conditions persisted, 
the republic in question declined and fell.

Every decade or so, frustrated voters hand control of 
Congress to the other party - hoping they will fix 
things. Every 4 or 8 years they choose a new leader - 
again, hoping for change.

But nothing changes. 

It is not a personnel problem. It is a structural 
problem. The American structure is broken.

In the years following its 1776 founding in 
Philadelphia, America was chaotic. It had no respect. 
Other nations bullied and exploited it. Some of its 
states disregarded it to the point of not bothering to 
send delegates to Congress. They were wary of a central 
government.

In 1787 the states sent delegates once again to 
Philadelphia to hammer out a blueprint for America’s 
structure. The resulting document enumerated (or 
limited) the powers of the central government and its 
leader. The Framers did not want to replace the tyranny 
of King George with a King George Washington.

The original Constitution of the United States of 
America, with its ratified amendments, would fit in the 
back pocket of your blue jeans. 

However, if you order a copy today from the U.S. 
Government Publications Office, what you would receive 
for your $180 would contain more than 3,000 pages and 
weigh more than 10 pounds.

What happened?

Unelected judges modified the interpretation of the 
document to where it is unrecognizable. The original 
Commerce Clause, for example, simply prevents the 
states from imposing immigration policies or tariffs 
against each other. Its meaning is now so bent and 
twisted out of shape, it gives Washington control over 
states’ education, transportation, environment, health 
care, and much more.

In Article V, the Framers spelled out how it takes a 
whole lot of people to amend the Constitution. However, 
in a case of a 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court, one 
justice
, in effect, amends it.

Unelected judges handed much or our freedom to decide 
over to unelected bureaucrats.

So is America FUBAR?

Hold on!

The Framers, many of whom were students of history and 
human nature, foresaw that lazy citizens would greedily 
demand more services and elect their way back into 
tyranny.

At the Constitutional Convention, George Mason rose and 
said something like, “Tyrants would never pass an 
amendment which limits their tyranny.”

He proposed the Second Clause of Article V, which gives 
the states the ability to amend the Constitution 
without involving Congress. It passed without debate.

Critics of the clause fear a “Runaway” Convention of 
States, but any amendment must still be ratified by 3/4 
of the states.

Your Friend and Servant,

Ken Klemm - Florida, USA

P.S. “The basis of our political system is the right of 
the people to make and alter their constitutions of 
government.” ~ George Washington