dissident ~ n. a person who opposes official policy, esp. that of an authoritarian state.
We live in a nation where the constitutionally respectful are becoming increasingly outnumbered by those who neither understand the underpinnings of our founding nor recognize the benefits that flow from those foundational values.
In place of legitimate constitutional scholarship in our educational system, we see a systematic and unrelenting effort to overturn the original concepts of our Constitution in favor of some “living” replacement — an “updated” document made for a diverse and evolving population, or so we are told.
Those who hold offices created by the Constitution itself are the very people using the power of those offices to usurp constitutional authority and undermine its place in American law.
After Obama utilized his entire first term to levy insult after insult against the rule of law in our nation, we conservatives appealed to our fellow citizens to vote with us to halt his lawlessness. We discovered to our eternal dismay that we — not they — are the minority.
Abraham Lincoln said:
We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
This role has fallen to us now. We are both more and less than the citizens we were before 2012. We have become dissidents. In our own land. We are, however, in good company. After all, Jesus was a dissident.
But let’s look at a more approachable example for our time: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.