Imagine, if you will, that you suddenly found yourself in an uninhabited land, with an abundance of resources at your disposal, and only yourself to depend upon for your very survival. This purest form of existence is what’s known as the State of Nature; in which each individual shares both the freedom to seek their own path in life, and the responsibility for their own survival.
This is the condition the very first settlers to this country voluntarily placed themselves in; leaving the comfort of society in their home lands to come and face the unknown in a continent 3,000 miles away. Why would anyone voluntarily leave the safety and comfort of the known for the peril of establishing a new life for themselves in the unknown?
The answer is quite simple; freedom. What is freedom if it is not the ability to make your own choices in life? But freedom is like a coin; it has two sides. On one side you have the freedom to do as you please, while on the other side you have the responsibility of accepting the consequences of the choices you make. These consequences are yours, and yours alone to bear.
There is not a human being alive today that has not been born into some form of society; each with their own set of laws or customs to regulate their behavior. When one speaks of a law they typically attach a penalty for the disobedience of that law. But what is the fundamental nature and purpose of laws?
Law is simply defined as the system of rules that a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its member and may enforce by the imposition of penalties. But where do these laws come from, under what authority are they put into place and for what purpose should they serve?
In 1850 a Frenchman named Frederic Bastiat wrote a book entitled The Law, wherein he states, “Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.”
That is almost like the age old question of ‘What came first; the chicken or the egg’, instead being changed to read, “What came first; life, liberty and property, or the law?” It was because men entered into societies that laws began to be made to regulate the actions of their members. Therefore the question begs to be asked, what are the reasons for which laws are written?
The obvious answer is to better ensure that each member of society is free to enjoy their rights under Natural Law to the fullest extent. Again, to quote from Bastiat, “Each of us has a natural right—from God—to defend his person, his liberty, and his property. These are the three basic requirements of life, and the preservation of any one of them is completely dependent upon the preservation of the other two. For what are our faculties but the extension of our individuality? And what is property but an extension of our faculties?
If every person has the right to defend—even by force—his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly. Thus the principle of collective right—its reason for existing, its lawfulness—is based on individual right. And the common force that protects this collective right cannot logically have any other purpose or any other mission than that for which it acts as a substitute. Thus, since an individual cannot lawfully use force against the person, liberty, or property of another individual, then the common force—for the same reason—cannot lawfully be used to destroy the person, liberty, or property of individuals or groups.”
The law can have no other purpose than to safeguard the life, liberty and property of the members of the society which promulgate the law. When laws begin being written that do anything other than that they cross over and become unjust; oppressive; as they begin restricting one’s ability to fully enjoy their rights, or the fruits of their labor. Or, as Bastiat put it, “The law perverted! And the police powers of the state perverted along with it! The law, I say, not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose! The law become the weapon of every kind of greed! Instead of checking crime, the law itself guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish!”
When our Constitution was written a Preamble was included which declared the purpose for which the government created by that document was to serve. It does not grant any specific powers; it merely states intent. The Preamble to our Constitution reads as follows: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” (My emphasis)
Liberty is defined as the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views. Jefferson defined rightful liberty in a letter to Francis Gilmer as follows, “Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”
Government can only be established by two means; either by a grant of delegated authority, or it must be assumed by those who seek to rule over others. In America our system of government was created by a grant of power given to elected representatives to act, for certain specific purposes, on behalf of the entities which it represented; the people and the States. When government goes beyond the specific powers granted it by the charter which created it in the first place, its actions become violations of the law. It is that simple.
It does not matter that a majority of the people are in favor of their government passing a law which violates the liberty, or takes the property of one class of citizens for the benefit of another; if it is not among the specific powers granted government by the solemn act of the people of constituting government, then it is a violation of the law and a crime against humanity in general.
In 1866 the Supreme Court ruled, “The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances. No doctrine, involving more pernicious consequences, was ever invented by the wit of men than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government. Such a doctrine leads directly to anarchy or despotism.” (Ex parte Milligan)
Neither the government, believing its actions to be in the best interests of the people or the nation, nor the people, can ask their government to do things which overstep the constitutional limitations upon government.
In 1786 James Madison wrote a letter to James Monroe in which he stated, “There is no maxim in my opinion which is more liable to be misapplied, and which therefore needs elucidation than the current one that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong… In fact it is only reestablishing under another name and a more specious form, force as the measure of right…”
I can’t count the laws which have been passed which somehow restrict the liberty of the people of this country. To make matters worse, society has imposed its will, in the form of political correctness, upon people further limiting their freedom to speak as their opinions dictate.
For instance, when one speaks openly about enforcing existing immigration law the politically correct crowd begins chanting the mantra of racist as a means of silencing the truth; that our immigration system is not broken, the laws contained within it are simply not being enforced.
I do not want to make this about immigration, I was simply using that as an example of how our nation refuses to enforce the laws which are in place in accordance with the power granted government by the Constitution, all the while allowing laws to be enforced which are NOT in accordance with the powers granted government by the Constitution.
The Federal Reserve is another perfect example. Congress has the authority to coin money and regulate the value thereof. They do not have the authority to give that power over to another group; especially a group of private bankers such as those hold controlling interest in the FED.
It has been said that the average citizen cannot go about their daily affairs without breaking enough laws to land them in jail for the rest of their life. Typically these laws are not enforced until one becomes too critical of the actions of their government; it is then that the full weight of the law, so to speak, is brought to bear upon them.
James Madison, in Federalist 62, declared, “It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what is will be tomorrow.”
People are so caught up right now in the presidential election; with those on the Trump side supporting his plans for a wall between Mexico and the US, the lowering of taxes, and his plan for making America great again, and those on the Hillary side supporting all her socialist plans to provide things which benefit all her supporters.
Not once have I heard either candidate, or any of their supporters for that matter, speak of restoring the liberty we have lost because our government has enacted laws which overstep the specific grant of authority given them by the people, or by its breaches upon the sacred barrier which protects our most fundamental rights. NOT ONCE!!!!
In 1822 James Madison wrote a letter to W. T. Barry wherein he stated, “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” Let me tell you the ignorance of the average person in regards to the history of this country and its system of government is breathtaking in its scope and breadth; it makes the Grand Canyon seem like a mere crack in the sidewalk in comparison.
I saw a video just yesterday of Mark Dice interviewing people on the street asking them what was it about Hillary Clinton’s conservative platform that they supported. The answers he got left my jaw hanging with a sense of despair for the future of this country.
People say that those in our government probably don’t even know what the Constitution says. Oh, they know all right; they simply don’t care what it says. There is something else they know as well, that being that the average voter doesn’t know the first thing about what the Constitution says, and is therefore easily fooled into accepting law after law which further enslaves them.
In a letter to his wife written in 1775, John Adams stated, “But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever. When the People once surrender their share in the Legislature, and their Right of defending the Limitations upon the Government, and of resisting every Encroachment upon them, they can never regain it.”
That may very well be true; that we have lost our liberty and are never to regain it. But there is also another fundamental truth which was declared by John Locke in his Second Treatise on Civil Governments; that being, “…whenever the legislators endeavour to take away, and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any farther obedience, and are left to the common refuge, which God hath provided for all men, against force and violence. Whensoever therefore the legislative shall transgress this fundamental rule of society; and either by ambition, fear, folly or corruption, endeavour to grasp themselves, or put into the hands of any other, an absolute power over the lives, liberties, and estates of the people; by this breach of trust they forfeit the power the people had put into their hands for quite contrary ends, and it devolves to the people, who. have a right to resume their original liberty…”
Whether you choose to see it or not, our government has declared war upon our liberty, and as the Declaration of Independence states, it is our right, OUR DUTY, to throw off government when its intent to place us under absolute despotism becomes apparent.
Is that treason? I think not. Treason is what the government is guilty of; by its overstepping of granted powers and its continued violation of our sacred rights our government has proven time and time again that it no longer serves the purpose for which it was created.
I am not saying to take up arms and overthrow it; that would be foolish. I am saying, however, that I no longer care to participate in the fraud of choosing who will be my slave-master. You might think that Trump, or Clinton for that matter, have all the answers and can fix all that is wrong in America. Just realize this, once whoever gets elected gets into power, if they upset the status quo, rock the boat too much, they will find themselves going down in history in the footsteps of former presidents Lincoln and Kennedy.
Those who control our government have worked too hard, too long, to lose the control they wield over government. They are not going to sit back and let anybody, even a Donald Trump, upset their plans.
As it was said in the classic 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.” Americans are engrossed in the grand spectacle of choosing a new president, while ignoring the men behind the scenes who own and control our government, and the continued violations of the very law which created it.
So no matter who you have decided to vote for this coming November, don’t you dare tell me that your candidate is going to restore liberty in this country. Liberty was lost a long time ago and, aside from a small portion of this country, nobody even batted an eye about it.