At a church social a man came up to grandpa and said this,
“ I read your challenge to Joe over at “Truth 101” and I was just wondering what changes you would make in our government if you had the power and authority to make any changes you felt necessary?
Grandpa was taken by surprise with this question and did not respond to the question at first. After thinking on the question for a bit he responded in this manner.
“First of all, my good friend, in order to have the power and authority to make any changes I would need the power and authority of a dictator. That would be the only way that any person could make the changes in government that he would like to see. You could ask the same question of anybody and you could be sure to have as many different responses as persons you asked.
That is true for Joe also if he was to take up my challenge. Though I will admit that doing so would also clarify one’s political position on the issue of government in a way that would really give the people a choice. For it would require that anyone who took up this challenge put a positive spin in their argument instead of all the negativity that is being spewed by both sides of the issue now.
But most important is the fact anyone who took up this challenge would have to have a very clear understanding of both, the positive aspects as well as the negative aspects of their personal ideology. For they would have to be able justify their changes to the way government is working now. And that will not be an easy task. And they will have to justify it from any and every angle.
Just as important would be the fact that if anyone was to accept this challenge they’d have to be very specific about the changes they’d make. Just making generalized statements of change would have no meaning to anyone. It would only create division instead of uniting a people.
With these rules in place I would first have to recognize that we abide under a constitutional government and recognize that the federal constitution is a legal contract and the parties of that contract were the States not the people as the word people is commonly understood to mean. And as read, this document set up a federal government with specific powers and authority separate from the powers and authority of the States. The tenth amendment makes this very clear.
Since I have the powers and authority of a dictator the federal constitution is where I’d begin to make my changes of government. And my very first act would be the repeal of the 13th, 14th, and the 15th amendment. And there is a specific reason for this.
The left would be yelling right now after hearing this that I have just revealed my racist attitude. And they would be yelling that I was trying to take this nation back to a time when slavery was legal. That is the farthest thing on my mind.
What I would be doing is creating a situation that will determine whether or not we, as a people, have learned from the past or we will determine if the past is doomed to be repeated. What I would be doing is giving the States another opportunity to be sovereign States or to remain as governments subordinate to the federal government. What I would be doing is giving the people the opportunity to choose what kind of government they wish to live under once again.
What I would be doing is forcing the people to take another look at how the federal constitution should be interpreted. This would require that the people place the federal constitution in historical context not in ideological context. The repeal of these three amendments would have an enormous impact on how the world views the people of our nation and how we view ourselves as a nation of people.”