First of all, allow me to thank you for taking the time to visit. Whatever your beliefs, I hope you will find this site interesting and informative.
Next, a brief introduction. My family roots are primarily in the American Midwest. I have spent time in the U.S. military and have also worked as a civil servant. Although I have taken off the uniform, I regard the oath I took to support and defend the Constitution of the United States as a lifelong pledge. Disturbingly, I have found that few of today’s citizens–including many on the public payroll–understand our Constitution.
Given the poor state of civic education in our country, many of those charged with carrying out our laws do not understand our government’s founding documents. To uphold the Constitution, one must know what it says, what it means and what it does. Public officials at all levels should understand the limitations of the United States Government’s power and the division of responsibility between it and our mosaic of state and local governments.
To be clear, this blog is conservative in nature and not reflexively “anti-government.” My desire is to see the federal government carry out its enumerated powers as effectively and efficiently as possible. Stepping out of day-to-day regulation of individuals’ private activity is one way the U.S. Government could refocus and shift attention to its appropriate core competencies such as defense, foreign affairs and immigration. Such a shift would force our state and local governments–the officials of which are most accessible to average citizens–to take full responsibility for such broadly familiar services as education.
The themes alluded to above will be the primary subjects of most of the postings here. Should you have any requests or suggestions for future submissions, feel free to say so in comments here or by direct messaging me on Twitter (@JQPatriot).
John Q. Patriot