As to liberty, the heroes who signed the great document pledged themselves to buy liberty with their lives. Liberty is never unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it always vanishes.
— Heinlein, Starship Troopers
We had a saying in the Corps: "complacency kills." I find that to be valid not just while deployed, but here at home too. Complacency has allowed the state to swell from the Jeffersonian tradition of limited government to the leviathan it is today.
It may be tempting to blame it all on the usual suspects — the great centralizers like Hamilton, Marshall, Clay, Lincoln, and FDR — but we must remember government is only allowed the power people give it.
The federal government has gone far beyond protecting its original charge of protecting "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." It has made itself the sole arbiter of the Constitution and as such, its judgement, and not the chains of the Constitution, becomes the limit of its power.
I am not calling for any patriots to shed their blood (or anyone else's for that matter), as Heinlein mentioned (a play on Thomas Jefferson's own words), but I do ask that the patriot shed the the comforts of complacency and bind the federal leviathan by the chains of the Constitution, as was intended.