Mark Levin's new book Ameritopia has a few sections right in the middle of the book on John Locke, whose enlightened philosophy served as the catalyst for the Founders' creation of our Declaration. I'd like to read a few passages to illustrate just how what we're living through right now isn't a random occurrence of circumstance, but was recognized even before the dawn of our nation.
Consequently, Locke argues that the only legitimate form of government is that which is established by the consent of the members of society; that the only kind of government that can preserve the individual's God-given natural rights, including his liberty and labor/property, is a representative commonwealth in which there are three branches or at least three distinct responsibilities; that it must operate through just and impartial laws, which are applied equally to everyone in the society, including those in government; and that the extraordinary power of making laws must not be delegated to those who are beyond the reach of the governed.
Our current rulers have excluded themselves from every imposition, furthering the separation between those governing and those being governed. Now pay extremely close attention to this next excerpt:
However, if the government loses its legitimate purpose, its form is irrelevant. "As usurpation is the exercise of power which another hath a right to, so tyranny is the exercise of power beyond right, which nobody can have a right to; and this is making use of the power anyone has in his hands, not for the good of those who are under it, but for his own private, separate advantage. When the governor, however entitled, makes not the law, but his will, the rule; and his commands and actions are not directed to the preservation of the properties of his people, but the satisfaction of his own ambition, revenge, covetousness, or any other irregular passion."
Sound like anyone we all know?