By Richard Crist, OMD
"The Constitution," gives Americans the idea that the government was created for them, to protect their person, property, and liberty. My question is, "Were the founding-fathers protecting you-the-people, or were they more interested in protecting themselves from you?"
Will the answer, shine light on: The political polarization of working/nonworking people, that pits Conservatives against Liberals? Or is that a smokescreen, the real battle being between the "Wealthy Class" verses the "Working/Nonworking Class?" And finally, is "James Madison's Federalist Paper No. 10," written in 1887, the beacon-of-light that answers these questions?
Federalist Papers No. 10, stresses James Madison's fear of factions, the common-people's constitutional right to form them; and the affects those factions have on aristocrats and their power to govern. He wrote, "By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community."
Madison's concern was with the people's constitutional power to organize, advocate, and vote. Their superior numbers, and the vote gave them more power than the wealth of the aristocrats. They could vote them out of power and then take their wealth, "... measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority." He also wrote. "A rage for paper money, for an abolition of debts, for an equal division of property, or for any other improper or wicked project ... " Listing fears where factions could take advantage of the rich and he characterized advocating against their interests as improper, even wicked.
Madison categorized the players in these factions into classes: property owners, non-property owners, creditors, and debtors, and he worried about the divisiveness of the wealth gap, "But the most common and durable source of factions has been the various and unequal distribution of property. Those who hold and those who are without property have ever formed distinct interests in society."
He then writes about the different purposes of factions, their economic classes, and pondered what to do with them, "There are two methods of curing the mischiefs of faction: the one, by removing its causes; the other, by controlling its effects." Madison settled on controlling, "... the causes of faction cannot be removed, and that relief is only to be sought in the means of controlling its effects."
To control, Madison outlined the two party political system to divide and animosity for polarizing the people, as a remedy to protect aristocrts power and wealth, "...divided mankind into parties, inflamed them with mutual animosity, and rendered them much more disposed to vex and oppress each other than to co-operate for their common good."
The divide-and-conquer technique outlined in Federalist Papers No. 10 is still enforced today; it has keep the working/nonworking people polarized, powerless, and controlled throughout history. As time passes issues change to where today the moral issues are: Abortion, Immigration, Gun-Control, and LBGTQ Rights that keep you-the-people divided and impotent.
It's noteworthy to say that the number of people who are directly-physically effected by these moral issues in their personal-life is small, and to most the affect on your everyday-life is minor to nonexistent. Whereas, the emotional-impact of you being upset or morally-outraged by the propagandized-distortions these issues have undergone, inciting strong reactions within you, can deeply polarize large portions of the population.
Madison pointed-out the importance to form a republic, and within it a controlled democratic process, "A republic, by which I mean a government in which the scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect, and promises the cure for which we are seeking."
In Madison's Republic, a small group (aristocrats) represents the people with a functioning Democracy within it that allows the people to vote for candidates that will govern them. Giving the illusion of freedom-of-choice and democratic-self-government. An illusion because Madison and other aristocrats got to choose the candidates; and could appoint people to power (like today). Therefore, neutralizing the people's voting power throughout the States, and making people relatively easy to control.
The deck has been stacked against you from the very beginning. Change did start in 2016, with Trump and in 2018 with AOC's squad. None of them were picked by their "Political Party's Leadership." These "Aristocrats" don't indorse Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, or other progressive candidates or their programs either. "They" endorse Moderate and Conservative candidates, who will keep you-the-people poor/powerless and them rich/powerful, as it's always been. Although divided and weak, the power-of-the-vote is still there, it's been waiting for 232 years, how long will it take before you-the-people figure out how to use it?