Power Lurks Behind Power

stevepb / PixabayAny consolidation of power will create the need for the rising of another opposing power structure. Whether the power that is happens to be applied politically or militarily, there will be another power  lurking in the background which will eventually arise to contest the power structure in place. History is filled with examples of this. Nations that manage to gain control exist for a period but eventually falter and are challenged by another arising nation that will challenge that power structure. These power struggles seem to be the written history of mankind on this planet earth.


     The United States is not going to end up being the exemption to the rule. Sadly, the power of the United States has begun to weaken by corruption within. This weakening within will extend globally and any influence our economic and military power had over world events will be challenged  by another world power force. Likely history will look back and write of  the good old days when the power was in the hands of a liberty minded power rather than that of a tyrant or communistic regime. Time will tell.

That is not to say we are quite at that point just yet. Should the power of freedom and liberty for all, fail from within, is yet to be determined. The point of no return is nearing but perhaps with a societal revival, good intentions will prevail and buy us a few more generations of liberty as we came to know it.

Complaints and frustrations of overreaching federal control are legitimate in this constitutional republic. Attempts are currently underway in the minds of informed liberty minded citizenry regarding ways to limit federal powers. The devil though could be in the details. An attempt to limit federal power with more statewide power in itself may be our undoing if and when global considerations are factored into the equation. Should a power struggle ensue between state and federal agencies much political time and effort will be spent squabbling over legal cases. Freedom and individual liberty will become bargaining chips as a means to gain the public support.

 Federalism is a precept on which America was founded. The balance of power with the real driving force of power being in the hands of the people. It would not be any stretch of the imagination to say that with a combination of complacency and an inattentiveness, the American populist has allowed the balance of power to become lopsided in favor of federal government powers to exceed their constitutional intent.

The obvious temptation to attempt to control that power is by creating federalist states that will flex their 10th Amendment muscles and begin a conflict of power against power. This will likely end up by bringing conflict to the people involved. The people will unite behind their state and then power will not be united but rather divided. That is not to say that all states will independently flex their muscles but more than likely, states will unite with states and divisions within the Union will materialize. The consequences of this are anybody’s guess but the end result will be a weaker nation as a whole, not a balance of power as determined by the imaginations and intent of this countries founders.

An altogether unlikely, yet more proper and efficient course of action to take, would be for the people to unite behind a moralistic approach and cease to demand from the governmental powers the basics of life. Should the populace cease their demands from the government, services and also personal freedom and protection of their freedoms, the need for the power of government to govern would cease to exist internally. A state with more power is still power. The fact that the power is localized is no assurance that it will not be abused. Remove the need of governmental control and services when and wherever possible and power will eventually return to the people where it actually originated years ago.

 The need for governmental power to exist globally will still be present as it is unfathomable that the world will cease from power struggles. Recognizing this reality of the world we live in should cause us concern. We should not weaken the federal powers to a point where they can not maintain their strength globally. A peaceful moralistic removal of need for governmental interference in our lives will not negatively affect the strength of our national influence to protect our nation from foreign aggression.

A united populace with the intention of asking less from their federal overseers will eliminate much of the power they hold over us. If no one is waiting for a government check to come in the mail and lobbyist have nothing to lobby for, then slowly the power hold that the federal government exercises will lose its impact. Self-governing is only possible though if the individual is willing to assume personal responsibility for his/her actions.  Self-governing will only succeed if the people are also united behind a moralistic approach. Self-governing amongst a mass of individuals will surely fail if the self is elevated above the other. All races, all sexes, all religions must unite behind the need for a common cause. We will need to cooperate and learn to work with each other. This is not a form of communism as controlled by government but rather a true force of liberty in action to be reckoned with. Again, only by assuming personal responsibility for each and every action will the masses not need an unlimited power of government to govern each and every action. Our free enterprise system can solve most all problems on its own if it also can govern its behavior.

There will certainly be a need for a rule of law and organizations such as government at each level of our society.  A balance of these powers will be balanced both by the lack of need of government and by the power everyone possesses according to his/her capability and call to duty. Three levels of federal government as our constitution intended at the federal level and three levels of local government at the state level with one branch of power in each body clearly represented by the people. Eliminate the need for power allocation by assuming responsibility for your own actions and our different levels of government can concentrate at doing its specified job at hand.

We now, have a federal power wasting its time governing over issues that could quite well be handled by an involved moralistic sharing and compassionate society. The reason America has ended up with such an intrusive powerful government is because the citizenry has allowed itself to be convinced that we the people can not handle our own affairs nor provide for ourselves and others. You could say America has lost its morality. If we wish to remove the yoke of government; remove the need. Help those who have fallen down, onto their feet,  by joining with community charitable efforts. When we let government do our job we are giving government the power vested in ourselves. The task of preserving our God given natural rights is our duty to protect and preserve. Do not rely on elected officials or judges to assume that duty. If we do, again we are giving them a portion of our power.

While we focus on our community needs: aiding those who need assistance;  we also can get involved and use our power vested in our vote to  elect  representatives that reflect our moralistic views. One branch of government belongs to “we the people” who are the driving force and strength of a nation and control the purse. Our Constitutional Republic needs us to save it from itself.



Published bygrcable

Left the college scene to pursue a lifestyle in backcountry. Cowboyed and cattle ranching living the dream Self-employed and semi-retired


  • Norma Mackey

    March 7, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    How do we remove the power corporations have over local, state and the Federal government? If this is successful on a local, state and national level I can corporate entities doing their best to either take control or stop it. How do we keep corporate hands out of it, with the power they have obtained over the last 50 years?

    • grcable

      March 8, 2019 at 11:39 am

      Good question. We will have to be cautious in not just looking for donations that may be based on private gain.

    • Daniel

      March 8, 2019 at 3:14 pm

      By replacing government with cooperative, competitive organizations which provide nothing more than a mechanism for voluntary, united action to solve a real problem (e.g. electric power).

      When corporations have no one to carry out their wishes for money, there will be no one to donate to. With competitive organizations,we can desert a bad one and jump onto – or start our own – good one.

  • Daniel

    March 8, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Mr. Cable:

    Well said.

    “…power of freedom and liberty for all” is to me an oxymoron.

    To have real peace, freedom and prosperity we need to have alternatives to coercive, confiscatory, violent gangs calling themselves “government.”

    Joining co-ops to solve problems, and living in intentional communities, possibly without borders, needs no power, only our own power to choose the ones we like, if any.