“In times of tyranny and injustice, when law oppresses
the people, the outlaw takes his place in history.”
~Robin Hood ~
I know that deep down most people are good and that they try their best to be law abiding citizens. Most people hold down jobs, do their best to pay their bills on time, have never stolen anything, and pay their taxes before the April 15th deadline. There is an old saying that states, “Ignorance is bliss.” If people only knew how wrong they were when it comes to their belief that they are law abiding citizens.
In 2009 a Civil Liberties lawyer named Harvey Silvergate published a book entitled 3 Felonies a day in which he explains that there are so many laws on the books that the average American is guilty of committing 3 felonies a day before suppertime. One has to wonder, with all the 3 Strikes You’re Out Laws that have been passed, if it isn’t a coincidence that they enacted a law that could land most people in prison for the rest of their lives for committing crimes they weren’t even aware were criminal acts.
It truly amazes me when I hear people complain about the stupidity of certain laws; then go about their lives obeying them anyway. While some may view these laws as pure stupidity, I see them in a different light. These laws, at least from my perspective, are just a means to control us; keep us in line. As long as we don’t rock the boat, so to speak, these laws, and the punishments they prescribe, will never be brought to bear upon us. However, if we begin to stir the shit, threaten the status quo, then a vast multitude of charges can be brought against us; making our lives a living hell fighting the vast, so-called, justice system.
James Duane, a Regent Law School professor has given numerous lectures entitled Why You Should Never Talk to the Police. In them he often states, “Estimates of the current size of the body of federal criminal law vary. It has been reported that the Congressional Research Service cannot even count the current number of federal crimes. These laws are scattered in over 50 titles of the United States Code, encompassing roughly 27,000 pages.”
Even the mighty Supreme Court is not sure how many laws affect the lives of the average American. In a statement given by Justice Stephen Bryer we read, “The complexity of modern federal criminal law, codified in several thousand sections of the United States Code and the virtually infinite variety of factual circumstances that might trigger an investigation into a possible violation of the law, make it difficult for anyone to know, in advance, just when a particular set of statements might later appear (to a prosecutor) to be relevant to some such investigation.”
In 1788 James Madison, Founding Father and 4th President of the United States, wrote, “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.” (Federalist 62)
Truth be told, in the eyes of our government, and those who enforce the edicts they pass off as law, each of us are criminals. How it is that anyone could continue to support either the lawmaking bodies which pass such inane and unconstitutional laws, or the enforcement agencies which ensure these unjust laws are uphold, is beyond my level of comprehension.
I am not saying we should live our lives without government, or without law enforcement to ensure the laws are upheld, to do so would say I promote anarchy; society needs some means of maintaining order and ensuring that justice is served. But there must be a means of ensuring that those who make and enforce the laws do not cross over and become tyrannical and oppressive.
In 1776 Thomas Paine published his pamphlet Common Sense which was influential in causing a great many of the Colonists to lean towards secession, or independence from the Mother Land; or Great Britain. In his pamphlet he states, “Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one: for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.”
Read that as many times as you must for the importance of those words to sink in.
If government is but a necessary evil, does it not make sense to keep government as small and unobtrusive as possible? Would it not make even more sense to keep it within the specific grant of power which created government in the first place?
I know most people won’t bother to read through the grievances listed in the Declaration of Independence and then compare them to the long list of laws which we suffer under today; but rest assured that were our Founders alive today they would be asking, “What the hell are you people waiting for; it’s time to throw off these shackles of oppression and regain your liberty.”
When Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence he not only listed the grievances the Colonies levied against their King, he also explained their belief as to the nature of our rights and the purpose for which governments should exist. While this document did not create a system of government, it laid out the purpose for which any future system of government the Colonies might create should exist.
The Declaration of Independence states, “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. 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.”
I know those words may sound familiar, but have you ever stopped to think about what they actually say? Although I have come to believe that the ratification of our Constitution was a huge mistake, the fact remains that it was indeed ratified, and that it became the Supreme Law of the Land. (Article 6, Clause 2)
Although the overall ruling in Chisholm v Georgia was later overturned by the 11th Amendment, there remains a quote within that ruling that still holds true, “…at the Revolution, the sovereignty devolved on the people; and they are truly the sovereigns of the country, but they are sovereigns without subjects…with none to govern but themselves; the citizens of America are equal as fellow citizens, and as joint tenants in the sovereignty.”
Sovereignty, simply defined, is supreme power or authority. Our government exists because the people who were alive in 1789 willed it into existence by ratifying the Constitution. That same Constitution outlined the structure of our government and described the certain powers each branch was to wield. It is, to put it plainly, the law which governs the actions of our government.
Yet in 1788, while arguing whether to adopt or reject the proposed Constitution, Patrick Henry warned, “My great objection to this Government is, that it does not leave us the means of defending our rights, or of waging war against tyrants…”
In that same speech Henry goes on to say, “Such a Government is incompatible with the genius of republicanism: There will be no checks, no real balances, in this Government: What can avail your specious imaginary balances, your rope-dancing, chain-rattling, ridiculous ideal checks and contrivances?”
Like it or not, our government was not established to be a democracy where the will, or the needs of a majority, is all that is needed to ensure that laws are enacted, or that rights are restricted. We are, or we used to be, a Republic where the rule of law kept governmental powers within a specific set of restrictions as to what laws it could enact. Those days have long left us and government today now passes whatever laws it deems are in the public interest. In essence, government has morphed from servant into master, and we the people are no better than subjects; the very thing our Founders fought a war to free themselves from.
Again, like it or not, our government no longer serves the people, it serves a small group hidden behind the scenes who, by means of money and influence, dictate what our government shall, and shall not, do. Some people call these people the special interests; I call them the shadow government or power cabal. These men are the true rulers of this country; not the government or the people who were, at one time, the true sovereigns.
Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter is quoted as saying, “The real rulers in Washington are invisible and exercise their power from behind the scenes.”
Woodrow Wilson, the same Woodrow Wilson who signed the Federal Reserve Act, placing us in servitude to this shadow government, declared, “Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.”
While we fret over the threat posed to us by groups of our own creation, such as ISIS and Al Qaeda, former mayor of New York, John Hylan told us who our real enemy was, “The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities, states and nation.”
And yet the vast majority of Americans still believe that by their going to the polls and casting votes for whom will represent them, in this bought and paid for government, is going to bring about a restoration of the rule of law and constitutional limitations upon government? I’ve used the word before, and I’ll use it again, you must be delusional.
People have put their faith and trust in a band of criminals that would put the Mafia to shame, and they continue to do so by voting. As Mark Twain so eloquently said, “If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.” The well has been tainted, our system infiltrated, bought, and controlled by those who seek absolute dominion over all humanity.
As long as you remain a functioning, and non threatening member of society, they will leave you be. But raise your voice too loud, or take too big a stand against them and they will bring the full weight of, what they like to call the law, to bear upon you.
As Charles Austin Beard so perfectly stated, “You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.”
Therefore I must ask, who is it that is breaking the law when they stand up to government; either in words or by civil disobedience? If the Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land, and if the government enacts laws which violate the Constitution, does that not make the government the ultimate lawbreakers; and not those who oppose these unconstitutional exercises of power?
After all, our Founders, particularly those who one by one affixed their signatures to the Declaration of Independence were all considered as having committed acts of treason against their government. Yet we revere them today.
How ironic it is that those remaining few alive today who stand for the same principles they did are now looked upon as being whackos and conspiracy theorists…
But you go ahead, cast your vote for Trump, Hillary, or an independent candidate if that makes you sleep better at night. Continue to put your trust and faith into a system that threw you under the bus years, if not decades ago.
I know these words make me unpopular; but you know what? I don’t care. The truth often hurts, but better the truth be told than to assuage the people with comforting lies, while wolves lie in wait to deprive them of their freedom. Maybe someday people will look back and say, “You know, Neal was right. Maybe we should have turned off our TV’s and listened.”