Where We Stand
Here at the B.S. Report we offer our opinions on a variety of subjects but, unlike the mainstream media, we won’t pretend to be fair, objective and even-handed. The fact is–we are biased. However, also unlike the mainstream media, we believe we have a moral obligation to our readers to explain our core beliefs. So, in the interest of full disclosure the following is our basic philosophy…
The B.S. Report is a place for us to comment–or even to vent. It didn’t originate as a “political” site, yet we readily acknowledge that, for the most part, it has become one. The reason for our change in direction is simple: We could no longer sit idly by and ignore the fact that the United States, as it was founded, is teetering on the brink of collapse. Frankly, to use this site for any purpose other than to help restore America’s founding principles struck us as remarkably trivial.
Look around, our economy is in shambles with trillions in debt piled high on innocent future generations; our government’s thirst for power is out of control and “unquenchable”; private property and individual liberty are under assault; and our Constitution is on life-support. We love this country BECAUSE OF ITS FOUNDING PRINCIPLES and we feel we have a duty to do our part, however small, to beat back the forces that wish to transform our nation.
First, a little bit about our politics: We are absolutely not Democrats–but nor are we Republicans as they exist today. To put it in a “nutshell,” as they say, we believe in our Founders’ ideas of limited government, private property rights, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution. We proudly refer to ourselves as “Constitutional Conservatives.” But it’s a conservatism that doesn’t reject change–-but does reject change for “change’s sake.” We believe there must be compelling deficiencies before a society willfully abandons the wisdom and time-honored traditions that have served as its bulwark for centuries.
The United States is a miracle–but it wasn’t an accident. It came about as the direct result of a defined set of philosophical, political, and religious ideals. To abandon these principles is to abandon the ideas that made this country an unparalleled success–and a magnet for all those people seeking freedom from tyranny. It is not our people but our founding principles that made America EXCEPTIONAL.
We believe in the power of the private citizen, largely unfettered by government intrusion. We believe in the concepts of “Natural Law,” “American Exceptionalism,” and the sanctity of private property; we believe in the quaint notion that “a man’s home is his castle.” We believe in “rugged individualism” and the “pioneer spirit” that not only built this country, but also allowed it to thrive and develop into the greatest nation in the history of the civilized world.
We regard it as our mission (and the duty of like-minded citizens) to help restore our fellow Americans’ belief in individual freedom–balanced by the inherent responsibilities that come with that freedom. We believe that, at present, there is an organized effort to destroy the basic tenets our republic was founded upon. We are fighting against that effort.
The United States is a nation of laws–that is to say, we are ruled by laws and not by men. We are not a Democracy–at least that’s not what the Founders intended. Our law is not based on majority rule. We were established as a Representative Republic and our rulebook is/was the Constitution.
Our Constitution was written in the plain English of the day and in most instances we know its meaning precisely. Therefore, and at the risk of being labeled “inflexible” or “lacking in nuance,” we believe that the Constitution actually means what is written in it–and not what some activist judges and politicians prefer was written in it.
We passionately support the “originalist” perspective of the Constitution because we hold that limited government and individual liberty can best be preserved by adhering to the true meaning and intent of the text. Today, however, we see all branches of government wildly out-of-control. Each has ignored its Constitutionally authorized responsibilities while instead venturing into areas far beyond the Framers’ intent.
The Executive Branch has turned despotic and now usurps Congressional powers by refusing to enforce laws dutifully passed through Congress, and by abusing its Executive Order privileges to enact unpopular laws without a vote–but by national decree. Law-making ability has also been illegally “outsourced” to hundreds of departments and “Czars” with huge budgets and insulated bureaucracies with vast powers that exist beyond the reach of the voting public–rendering election results to be less and less significant.
Meanwhile, Congress, instead of resisting this assault on Constitutional “separation of powers,” watches idly by as the Executive Branch grows ever more powerful, more lawless, and more disdainful towards the citizens it pretends to serve.
To make matters worse, Congress shirks its actual duties, as enumerated in the Constitution, choosing instead to focus on trivial matters such as which light bulbs we Americans should use or what they believe we should be eating. To force their enlightened worldview upon us, they use devious methods to pass bills that would never see the light of day if they were presented honestly. They “gin up” false calamities such as man-made global warming as a means to pass anti-capitalist, job-destroying bills designed to give themselves more power and control over both our personal behavior and our economic lives.
The Supreme Court, once held in high esteem, has all but abandoned its pretense to uphold Constitutional dictates and has become a disgrace and an embarrassment. Nine judges in robes “lord” over us as some sort of “super-legislature” whose decisions we must dutifully obey even when their edicts result in radical and sweeping societal changes–often in direct conflict with the will of the people who are left with little recourse from their legal salvos.
This omnipotent “pseudo legislature” represents a radical departure from the original vision of the Court as impartial arbiters. The Framers NEVER intended to grant judges a personal imprimatur from which they could engineer society according to their own musings. They believed in measured incremental change and wrote the Constitution as an effort to limit government–they feared handing politicians the power and ability to drastically alter the foundational underpinnings of our society.
But justices are doing exactly that–redesigning our society, often using the fiction of a “living and breathing” Constitution as their weapon of choice to bypass the written rule of law in order to achieve their legislative goals. We reject the idea of a “living and breathing” Constitution and dismiss it as a tactic used to circumvent the Constitution–not to faithfully interpret it. For the Constitution to possess any muscle at all its rules must be “fixed” and “definite.”
The Framers devised a deliberately cumbersome amendment process precisely because they were well aware that the Constitution would come under frequent attack. Their aim was to make it as difficult as possible for corrupt leaders to hijack the Constitution to serve their own selfish purposes.
Relying on judges to solve our problems ignores the obvious fact that they are people just like ourselves; no less immune from human weakness and temptation than the rest of us. Therefore, we believe it’s now become necessary to end lifetime appointments for judges and put in place mechanisms that would enable the citizenry to reverse unpopular and egregious court rulings.
Unfortunately, no written document can protect itself from an ignorant or immoral people, and a citizenry that no longer respects, understands or teaches its past is a sure sign of a nation in decline. It need not be so. America’s story is mostly glorious and should be taught and cherished instead of renounced and discredited–as it is today in so many of our public schools and institutions. So what can be done to turn the tide against these forces?
In our opinion the most reliable safeguard for ensuring individual liberty is to keep as much (non-Constitutional) power as possible out of governmental control and within the purview of the private citizen. We hold the distinctly American view that government derives its powers through the “consent of the governed” and we completely reject any “Government-Over-Man” philosophy. We abhor tyranny and find Socialism repugnant, as it smothers the spirit and initiative from its citizens and charts an inevitable course towards its more evil siblings: Marxism, Communism and Fascism.
We believe that America’s survival as a free nation with its focus on individual liberty is imperiled because we’ve abandoned our Founders’ noble attempt at limited government. As citizens, we have failed in our central obligation to reign in our elected leaders, many of whom view our Constitution not as the protector of our liberties–but as the OBSTACLE impeding their grand utopian schemes. Nonetheless, we will never surrender our freedom and we continue the fight in the hope that there are better days ahead.
We believe that government, even at its best, is not our “friend” and can never be trusted. Tyranny is always lurking and can only be resisted by an informed, virtuous citizenry determined to hold their public officials accountable to their oaths of office. History clearly illustrates that the theft of liberty is most likely to be achieved inch-by-inch by one’s own government–and not by some foreign adversary.
We hold the popular adage that “the government that governs least governs best.” We are strident in our call for “federalism” and the “separation of powers.” Our view is that government is always better, more responsive and efficient, the more local it remains. We urge that power that has been unjustly commandeered by the Federal Government be reclaimed by the separate states and we actively support such efforts.
We believe in a free-market open economy with limited regulation. We believe in Adam Smith’s economic theory of the “invisible hand.” And while some government regulation is necessary, we largely believe in the laissez-faire policies of the nineteenth century. It’s our belief that in almost any situation private solutions are superior to governmental “remedies.”
We believe in a unique American culture that must be transmitted from one generation to the next for it is vital to the survival of our nation. Unfortunately this transmission is not taking place because those in charge of our educational system, up to and including our elite universities, are actively in rebellion against our founding principles. These forces must be confronted and defeated.
We believe in tolerance but we also believe in standards. We believe it’s more important to stand for what’s right, and to do what’s right, in spite of the fact that you’re likely to hurt some people’s feelings. We believe that people’s feelings get hurt far more easily today than in days past.
We believe in a colorblind society with a legal and orderly immigration system. As a sovereign nation it’s our right to determine whom and how many we will allow into our country. And once admitted, it is the immigrant who owes his allegiance to his newly adopted homeland and bears the responsibility to assimilate.
It is they that must bend towards the ways of our country; we mustn’t change our ways to accommodate them. Our society has prospered because of our founding principles–-they cannot be sacrificed merely to make immigrants feel more comfortable.
We believe in peace through strength. Our freedom is not ensured by media talking heads, mealy-mouthed journalists, or big-mouthed bloggers like us.
We are keenly aware that the world is a dangerous place and we will always have enemies who wish to destroy us. It’s only through military power and our willingness to use force that prevents those who yearn to harm us from succeeding. It’s that simple. When we lower our guard and forget this basic truth we place our nation’s survival and our own individual welfare at risk.
We believe the United States of America, with all her faults, is a lighthouse of freedom and a force for good in an often dark world. We hold dear the grand “American Experiment” where a free people delegate certain powers to its citizen government to achieve particular ends, while always retaining the right to withdraw that power when it’s being abused.
We believe that many of our fellow citizens need to be reminded that freedom is not the default condition of mankind. Freedom is always the exception–it is an extraordinarily rare and precious commodity that must be treasured and fought for continuously or it erodes over time, or is stolen away by temporary politicians.
A free society cannot endure if its citizens are unwilling to stand up and defend freedom. Today our society and our institutions are under attack from within–yet we’ve become complacent and delude ourselves into believing that the America we cherish will forever survive. It is our hope that all freedom-loving Americans will soon understand the threat we are under and will rally together in an effort to save our nation–and protect our heritage!
Right now, our beloved nation is being “redefined” by people who don’t believe in lawful, limited government or a Constitution which sets boundaries on their power and authority. So instead of protecting individual liberty we are now treated as members of “groups.” This is not an American concept and, in fact, is totally alien and destructive to the freedom that defines our country–and it should be mightily opposed by all Americans.
Americans have always been a free people–not subservient peasants to be lorded over by government. Never in our history has the “Nation State” been more lawless and threatening than at this moment. They seek to control not just our personal wealth and assets–but our private behavior. And if this assault continues, America will no longer be a place where ordinary citizens have an opportunity to shape their own destinies by using their talents, persistence and creativity to achieve their highest ambitions.
Our future is bleak if we refuse to stand up against lawless government. For us the time is now to do our part to defend, preserve and restore the legacy of liberty that we inherited, so that we may pass freedom down to future generations. This requires a massive grassroots effort to educate (or re-educate) our citizens about freedom and our nation’s remarkable history.
We face a long, uphill struggle if we are to set America once again on her proper course—but it can be done! Remember, the United States was born by facing down, and defeating, so-called “insurmountable odds.”
Finally, we recognize that no society is guaranteed perpetual survival. With that in mind, we salute America’s true heroes–those men and women serving us in all branches of our armed forces. They are the guardians of liberty who have volunteered to protect our nation and serve as our first line of defense. In the end, they are the individuals responsible for our comfortable lifestyles and for the preservation and continuation of our great way of life. It is to them that we owe our thanks, our allegiance, and our never-ending gratitude.