Ken Klemm Spring Hill, FL, USA
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
John F. Kennedy famously said, “Ask not what your
country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your
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
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
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
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.
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?
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
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