This is the opening introduction to my next effort. I might end up putting it out in booklet form for a small price. We’ll see. If I do it will be the book I wished I had written first instead of that compilation of previous articles.
“When states are democratically governed according to law, there are no demagogues, and the best citizens are securely in the saddle; but where the laws are not sovereign, there you find demagogues. The people become a monarch… such people, in its role as a monarch, not being controlled by law, aims at sole power and becomes like a master.”
“IN the following pages I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense…”
I don’t know about you, but for me, during my school years, history and civics were my two least favorite subjects. I simply could not understand how studying the history of my own country, let alone that of others would help me later in life. And the study of government, I considered that an even greater waste of time than the studying of history. Yet now that I am much older, and somewhat wiser, and my government is passing laws which are infringing upon my rights I can understand why it is so important to have an understanding of these subjects. History does repeat itself, especially when a people cannot see the consequences of their own ignorance in regards to the system of government that they live under. That is why for the past decade or so I have been extensively studying the writings of our nation’s founders, the laws passed by our government, and the rulings of the judiciary whose job it was to ensure that justice was upheld in America.
What I have found is that this country is not the country that our founders had envisioned. Hell, it is not even the country of my youth any more, and it certainly is no longer the land of the free and the home of the brave. I have heard it said that our Constitution is dead. That is not true, our Constitution has not died, but the spirit which led our Founders to establish this Republic has long since died in the hearts and minds of many Americans. The French political philosopher Montesquieu once said, “The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded.” Let me tell you, our country has gone way passed a decaying of the principles on which our country was founded, those principles have rotted and putrefied and the government we have today bears absolutely no resemblance to the system outlined by the Constitution. Maybe on the surface it does, with our democratically held elections, but when we get down to what our government does it is a far cry from the limited government established in 1789.
You might be happy with the way things are in this country, you might be willing to accept the fact that our government is corrupt. You may, but I cannot. At the end of his Gettysburg Address Abraham Lincoln stated that “…government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it has perished, our government can, and routinely does, whatever the hell it wants.
This is, and has been true in regardless of whether the Democrats or the Republicans are a majority in D.C., or at the state levels for that matter. Far too many people still believe in the two party system and that you either vote for a Republican, or you vote for a Democrat. They believe that these two parties identify you and characterize you as either a conservative or a liberal. Gone is the idea of voting for a candidate because they stand for the Constitution, you either accept the platform of one of the two parties, or your opinion does not matter and your vote does not count.
In 1789 John Adams wrote, “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”
George Washington also disliked the concept of political parties, stating, “However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”
What you are about to read is about truth and truth alone. It is not about Republicans versus Democrats, or conservatives versus liberals, it is about facts and whether the people of this country have what it takes to face them. It is about whether we care enough about our rights and liberty to learn how our government has enacted law after law which have deprived us of them. George Washington also once said that “The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” We can blame our government for all that is wrong in America all we want, but the fault ultimately lies with us, the voters, because we had the responsibility to learn about our system of government and vote only for those who would uphold the Constitution and protect our rights.
Our Founding Fathers left us with two documents which, taken together, define the purpose for which they believed governments should be instituted, and the form that ours would take to best preserve the liberty of the people that it was to govern.
The Declaration of Independence, written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, states the primary reason for which government should be instituted, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
The preamble to our nation’s Constitution states the following: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, 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.”
Notice that both documents state that governments are created by, and derive their authority from the people. The preamble to the Constitution states that among the reasons our government was created was to ensure justice and to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. The Declaration of Independence states that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of the end for which it was established it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it. But, if you would read on, the Declaration of Independence goes on to say, “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Furthermore, in his Commentaries on the Constitution, former Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story declares, “The design is to establish a form of government. This, of itself, imports legal obligation, permanence, and uncontrollability by any, but the authorities authorized to alter, or abolish it. The object was to secure the blessings of liberty to the people, and to their posterity.”
From the facts provided you cannot deny that the primary purpose for establishing our Constitution was for the preservation of liberty, for the freedom of Americans to exercise their rights without governmental intrusion or interference. It was NOT to create a system in which they controlled our lives from the time we were born until the time we died. The Constitution was not to be deemed irrelevant if it proved to be a stumbling block for the expansion of governmental powers, it was a law, equally binding upon those whom we elect, and upon us as to what we could ask our government to do for us.
Article 6 of the Constitution, in part, states, “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”
In the 1866 ruling on Ex parte Milligan, Justice David Davis of the Supreme Court stated, “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.”
Therefore, if the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and it applies equally to rulers and people, AND it covers equally with the shield of its protection all classes of men, then the question arises why does it NOT apply equally to all? Why do those who make laws place themselves above the law? Why do the rights the Constitution protect not equally enjoyed by all Americans?
My point in writing this is to cause you to think about the purpose for which our government was instituted, the powers that we gave it, the limits we imposed upon it, and whether it has overstepped those powers to the point where it has become destructive to the ends for which it was established.
I hope that what I am about to say finds receptive ears and minds. I hope that those of you reading this can put aside your political party preferences and judge what I am about to say solely upon the facts I present. I hope that you can prove Hendrik Willem van Loon wrong about his belief that “Any formal attack on ignorance is bound to fail because the masses are always ready to defend their most precious possession – their ignorance.” If you can do that, you may be surprised at the conclusions that you come to, and you may wonder as to why you have continued to have faith in your government for so long.