Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual
truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to
abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to
complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence,
from dependence back again to bondage.
~Alexander Fraser Tytler~
I know that some of my more recent contributions to the fight for liberty have been somewhat harsh, and although you may not believe me; for that I am truly sorry. It’s just that I get so frustrated trying to explain things to people; things that every American should understand, yet remain incomprehensible to most people. It is either that folks are unable to understand them or that they simply do not care about the topics I write about; and if that is the case then America is truly screwed and our future is very bleak indeed.
I would hope that anyone who has attended the public school system in the U.S., or the public indoctrination centers, as I prefer to call them, has at least heard the line from Patrick Henry’s famous speech wherein he says, “Give me liberty or give me death!” However, how many of you have read the words which preceded that declaration? If not, please allow me to oblige by sharing them with you. Prior to making that famous statement Mr. Henry also asked, “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?” If you want my honest opinion, in answer to Mr. Henry’s question most Americans would probably answer a resounding YES.
Aside from a small percentage of people in this country, most Americans simply do not care to educate themselves as to the events leading up to the Founding of our Republic, the arguments which took place over whether or not to accept the system of government proposed by the Constitution and the events which have occurred over the course of our nation’s history which have shifter power from the individual to the almighty federal government.
I wonder, what would men like Patrick Henry think of us now? How would men who risked their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor feel about us today when we sit back and let the things they so valiantly fought for be squandered away while we lay around watching TV, play video games, or post mindless comments on social media accounts like Facebook?
I think I know the answer to my own question because John Adams already told us how he would personally feel. In a letter Adams wrote to his wife on April 26, 1777 Adams states, “Posterity! You will never know, how much it cost the present Generation, to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make a good Use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.”
It seems that sentiment ran strong in Adams blood, as his cousin Samuel Adams also said, “If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
I know that many of the people I’m trying to reach with these articles will never care; but I cannot simply give up; the cause is too worthy, and the consequences for failure are too great to just throw in the towel because people don’t care. So continue I must; regardless of whether my target audience gets the message or not.
One of the biggest problems I face with people is their perspective when I discuss the loss of liberty and the shift of power from the individual to the centralized federal government. Many of those who emigrated here claim that America is a much freer country than the one from which they were born in. Also, many of the people reading my commentaries base their views on their short lifetimes; often only a couple decades.
To understand how much we have lost you MUST go back to the beginning and see what we were originally given and then compare THAT to what we have now. It is only then that the loss becomes drastically obvious. The only way one can measure how much freedom we have lost, and how we have lost it, is by studying the history of this country. If you base your opinions solely upon your short life span then you will never be able to measure how much freedom you have lost, and the reasons why you have lost it.
But you must also understand the terminology used by our Founders when discussing which system of government to establish for this country because if you do not fully understand the meaning of certain words or phrases you will never understand what type of government we actually have.
For instance, the frequent use of the word democracy in describing our system of government is a fallacy that has been, and continues to be, pounded into our heads by educators, the media, and our elected officials. Yet we are not a democracy; we do not gather ourselves together and make the laws which affect all of us; which is what happens in a true democracy. A democracy is, as Ben Franklin said, “Two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.”
If people cared enough to read the writings of the men who participated in the creation of our system of government they would have found that these men despised democracies. In Federalist 10 James Madison said the following regarding democracies, “Hence it is that democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and in general have been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths…”
We may gather together in our precincts and cast our ballots for those who will represent us in a democratic manner, but our government is, at least according to the men who created it, a Republic. Once elected they are bound by certain limitations and cannot, legally anyway, do anything that exceeds the limits laid out for government by the Constitution. Furthermore, to guarantee that the Constitution would be accepted by the required number of States a Bill of Rights was promised, and then later delivered which placed certain rights beyond the reach of lawmakers, judges, and more importantly, the demands of an uninformed public who might later seek to see them revoked.
To truly understand the fight that has been going on since the day the Constitution went into effect one must understand the difference between a national form of government and a federal form of government. You see, there is a difference, a huge difference. Under a federal system of government the Union, or the United States of America as we call it now, is a confederation of sovereign States. Under a national system which is a consolidation of the States into a single entity controlled and governed by the central government created by the Constitution. Today the two words may be interchangeable, but believe me, there is a big difference between them.
You have to understand that prior to the Constitution, prior to the winning of the revolution, the States were sovereign entities, each with no power or authority over the other. It was by a unanimous vote of the State delegates that the Declaration of Independence was approved. Under the Articles of Confederation it was only by a unanimous vote of all the States that any law could be passed. When the American Revolution was won the Peace Treaty which followed recognized each State as a single sovereign entity.
Each State was jealous of its sovereignty and was wary of any system of government which would take away any of the power they held or intrude upon the internal affairs of the States. Was this requirement that a unanimous vote for the passage of any law stop many laws which would have been beneficial for the Union from being passed? Possibly, but it also reserved to the States their sovereign identities and kept the power localized and out of the hands of one single body.
Had you not studied, and I’m guessing most Americans haven’t, the Philadelphia Convention which produced our Constitution, you would not know that when proposals were being made as to the powers given government, James Madison suggested that a supreme veto be granted the government over the laws passed by the States. This did not go over well among the delegates as they saw it as an intrusion upon their sovereignty and confirmed what Patrick Henry had said about the convention in the first place when he said, “I smell a rat in Philadelphia.”
Madison wanted the central government to have the power to veto laws passed by the States and Alexander Hamilton wanted to model our system after the British with a president being elected for life. The compromises which were made, particularly with regards to the Senate being chosen by the State Assemblies, did not sit well with Madison and lessened the power this new government would have over the States.
You see, that is where the battle between freedom and the power wielded by government began, in the convention which produced our Constitution; and it has been going on ever since. To again quote from Patrick Henry, when the Virginia Assembly met to vote on the proposed Constitution Mr. Henry declared the following, “Mr. Chairman … I rose yesterday to ask a question which arose in my own mind. When I asked that question, I thought the meaning of my interrogation was obvious: The fate of this question and of America may depend on this: Have they said, we, the States? Have they made a proposal of a compact between states? If they had, this would be a confederation: It is otherwise most clearly a consolidated government. The question turns, Sir, on that poor little thing-the expression, We, the people, instead of the States, of America.” This goes straight to the issue of whether ours is a federal or a national system of government, and in typical political doublespeak James Madison states the following as to whether we were given a national, or a federal system of government, “The proposed Constitution, therefore, is, in strictness, neither a national nor a federal Constitution, but a composition of both. In its foundation it is federal, not national; in the sources from which the ordinary powers of the government are drawn, it is partly federal and partly national; in the operation of these powers, it is national, not federal; in the extent of them, again, it is federal, not national; and, finally, in the authoritative mode of introducing amendments, it is neither wholly federal nor wholly national.”
Thomas Jefferson once said “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yeild and government gain ground.” If you really think about it once government gains power over you, it never relinquishes it. In fact, it typically seeks to expand its power over you. When our government was created it was not the rights of the people that posed the biggest threat to government, it was the power held by the States. So from almost the beginning the federal government sought to intrude upon the power and authority of the States.
In response to the Alien and Sedition Acts Thomas Jefferson would write, ” . Resolved, That the several States composing, the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government; but that, by a compact under the style and title of a Constitution for the United States, and of amendments thereto, they constituted a general government for special purposes — delegated to that government certain definite powers, reserving, each State to itself, the residuary mass of right to their own self-government; and that whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force…”
This is what is known as nullification. In short Jefferson told the federal government that its authority stopped at the front door of the State and its laws did not apply within the State. This would not be the first time the States attempted to nullify federal law, the South would try it again in the 1830′s to alleviate the burden upon their agricultural economies by the tariffs imposed upon them by the federal government. This time, however, a crisis was not avoided and the result was a Civil War. It was not about slavery as we have all been told, it was about the federal government imposing its will upon the States and whether the States had the right to secede from, what they believed to be, a voluntary compact which bound them together as a Union. Abraham Lincoln said they didn’t, so he raised troops to force them into adhering to the Union. The South loss, and the power and authority of the States suffered a severe blow to their sovereignty.
In short, Madison got what he wanted, a national government which became Supreme over the States. The final nail in the coffin for State’s Rights was the 17th Amendment. The 17th Amendment took the power of choosing Senators from the States and passed it to the people; leaving the States with no say whatsoever in what laws were passed by the central government. Patrick Henry now had his answer, it all boiled down to “We the people…” Now, instead of being co-equal powers, the States had now become subordinate entities in regards to the balance of power between the State and federal government.
Throughout all this conflict between the State and Federal authority the Federal authority has also sought to increase its power over the individual and restrict the freedom which was once such a cherished possession.
Again, returning to Patrick Henry’s June 5, 1788 address to the Virginia Assembly, “Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings-give us that precious jewel, and you may take every thing else: But I am fearful I have lived long enough to become an fellow: Perhaps an invincible attachment to the dearest rights of man, may, in these refined, enlightened days, be deemed old fashioned: If so, I am contented to be so: I say, the time has been when every pore of my heart beat for American liberty, and which, I believe, had a counterpart in the breast of every true American…”
This attachment to liberty has almost vanished from the breast of most people in this country today. We see laws being passed which violate our most sacred of rights; gun control laws, freedom of speech, freedom to pray in public places, the sanctity of our privacy, all being given up for the misguided belief that it is all done in the public good.
We have, in effect, become more than a democracy in which anything the public asks for the government grants; we have become a nation in which the government tells us what we want and then gives it to us. A democracy alone would have been bad enough, as Alexander Fraser Tytler once said, “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”
Now we have a system which is controlled from behind the scenes by moneyed interests; be they the military industrial complex, business interests, or the financial centers of Wall Street; but make no mistake about it, our government no longer represents the best interests of the people, and it has long since gave a damn about the best interests of the States as sovereign entities.
I see these things as clear as day, as if I’m reading the script of a play which has been concealed from the vast majority of Americans. All I’m trying to do is to expose the truth to everyone else; but my efforts fall upon deaf ears.
I no longer have any desire to participate in the fraud that we have any say in how government operates. By voting I am saying that I submit to whatever laws this corrupt and illegal entity called the federal government passes over me. I DO NOT SUBMIT!!!
I am a free and sovereign individual endowed with unalienable rights which nobody has the right to restrict. Over two-hundred years ago when Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence he declared that governments were instituted to secure my rights, not limit them. I have not seen government make any attempt to do anything other than expand its power over me, and my rights, for a long time. It has taken me almost 4 decades to come to this realization, but now that I see it, I refuse to participate in the fraud.
I will write, in the hope of staving off the disaster I see on our nation’s horizon, but I refuse to cast a single vote for anyone because the whole system is corrupt and beyond repair. It is not until the people awaken from their stupor, and begin to understand the nature of their rights, and seek to restore to the States their due power and authority that we can even begin to hope for change.
I know this has been long, and much of it hard for many of you to get your heads around, and that alone will mean that many of the people who need to understand it, won’t. Until they care enough, until they stop worrying such trivialities as sports, video games, and Facebook, and start paying attention to the history, and future, of their country, things will continue to get worse. I know they won’t be, but I can only hope that they are prepared for what their ignorance and apathy will sow.