Although people may not even recognize it for what it is, I think that there are a great many people in this country who realize that there is something terribly wrong in America. The problem arises when they try to pinpoint the exact nature of the problem. A part of the problem is that most of them can’t see past the two party paradigm; they blame all our nation’s troubles on the ‘other’ party and think that if it would just get out of the way ‘their’ party could fix everything that is wrong in America. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but it isn’t quite that simple.
I rarely watch the news anymore as I honestly think that those who report it are more akin to ministers of propaganda than they are legitimate journalists. However, when I do there is one phrase that causes my ears to take notice and sets off alarm bells inside my head; that phrase being the words bipartisan effort. Whenever I hear that, the first thought that comes to mind is; whatever it is they are trying to do can’t be good for my liberty.
Yet I hear people applaud that our politicians have put aside their partisan differences and are working together to enact whatever law it is they feel is in our country’s best interests. Every single time I hear something like that I want to ask those saying it if the government actually has the authority to enact whatever law it is they are attempting to pass; and if so, where in the Constitution can that authority be found.
According to census statistics, there are roughly 323 million people living in the United States at this time. I’m probably being very generous when I say this, but out of those 323 million I’m guessing that maybe 1 million of them have a working understanding of our nation’s Constitution. That’s not only sad, it’s outright scary; to think that out of all those voting in our elections only a very small percentage of these voters understand the purpose for which our government was established and the powers it is lawfully entitled to exercise. What makes things even worse is that the majority of these people don’t even care that they are ignorant; they believe an understanding of the document that established our government is not necessary to make an informed decision at the voting booth.
With ignorance being so pervasive, is it any wonder that people are so readily willing to accept laws that restrict their liberty and bind them in servitude to their government? There was a time in our country’s past when all the people wanted was liberty; nothing else. As Patrick Henry so aptly put it, “Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings-give us that precious jewel, and you may take everything else.” Nowadays the mantra may as well be, “Give us everything else, and you can take away our liberty.”
If the safeguarding of our liberty truly was the primary reason why our government was instituted, you would think that people would be interested in learning how that liberty came to be lost; but apparently they aren’t. Most could care less about things that happened fifty years ago; and even less concerned with events that occurred a hundred and fifty years ago. Yet if you want to know how you came to lose the liberty your government was instituted to protect, that is when you need to begin your search.
The first thing people need to understand is, that whatever actions our government performs, it was to do so as representatives of two bodies; the States and the people. The drafters of our Constitution established a bicameral Congress; meaning there were two distinct bodies which comprised it; the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Senate was to be the voice of the States, and the House of Representatives was to be the voice of the people. For any measure to become law it would need to be accepted by both Houses of Congress before being sent on to the President for his approval. In this manner, both the States and the people could effectually block laws that they felt threatened their rights.
As sovereign and independent bodies, the States agreed to form a Union for their best interests, and established a government to serve specific functions. At no point in time did the States ever relinquish their sovereignty to the federal government; except in those areas specifically enumerated within the Constitution. In fact, it was commonly accepted at the time that, should the government created by the Constitution ever become oppressive, it was the right of any of the States to withdraw from the Union. The Commonwealth of Virginia even wrote this into their declaration of ratification, “We the delegates of the people of Virginia … Do, in the name and in behalf of the people of Virginia, declare and make known, that the powers granted under the constitution, being derived from the people of the United States, may be resumed by them whensoever the same shall be perverted to their injury or oppression…”
When the Southern States chose to secede from the Union, Abraham Lincoln acted unconstitutionally by raising an army to invade them and use the force of arms to compel them into remaining in the Union. Whether you agree or disagree with their reasons for seceding is of little importance; what is important is was any States right to do so should they feel that remaining under the authority and jurisdiction of the government created by the Constitution was found to be oppressive.
Had the tables been turned, the roles reversed, and the federal government been located in Atlanta instead of the District of Columbia, and had the New England States chosen to secede, I would have supported their right to do so as fervently as I support the right of the Southern States to have seceded in 1861. I would also have condemned the actions of the federal government had it raised an army to invade the North to force them into remaining in the Union.
You have been conditioned into believing that the Civil War was a war fought between the North and the South over ideological differences; the perpetuation of slavery versus the abolition of slavery. This simply is not the case! The Civil War was fought over the right of any State, or group of States, to leave a voluntary Union of States, and the federal government’s choice to use force against those who might choose to leave the Union.
Let me ask you a question. Do you honestly think that if Abraham Lincoln chosen not to raise an army to force his will upon the seceded States that the Northern States would have taken it upon themselves to invade the South and force them into adhering to the Union? If they did, then they would essentially be denying their own right to secede; which if you had studied history you would have realized that the North had also considered at various points in our nation’s history.
No, it was Abraham Lincoln and Abraham Lincoln alone who felt it was his duty as President to preserve the Union; even if it meant using military force against those who had chosen to sever the ties which bound them to a government they found to be harmful to their interests.
If you can just look at the Civil War from that perspective, everything else falls into place so easily.
Therefore, even if the South was misguided in their reasons for leaving the Union, (Which I believe is not the case), they were fully justified in doing so; and when the North invaded them, they became the aggressors, and when the South lost the cause of liberty and independence lost as well. As egregious as that was, as horrific as was the loss of life during the years that constituted the war, what came after the end of hostilities was far worse.
The Republican controlled Congress sought to punish the South for the war. First off they violated Article 4, Section 4 of the Constitution which guaranteed each State a Republican form of government when they broke the South into 5 military districts, each of which was to be headed by a former Union Officer of the grade of Brigadier General or higher.
The justification for this was that there were no legal State governments in existence which could protect life and liberty of the people in the South. Yet by the terms of the Reconstruction Acts they made it impossible for the South to have any legitimate governments. Part of the terms of Reconstruction was that no one loyal to the Confederacy could hold any political office in any of the former Confederate States; which disqualified just about everyone.
Yet if they were to have a truly Republican form of government, shouldn’t the States be allowed to choose whomever they want to represent them, and not be ruled over by military dictators and live under martial law? That certainly doesn’t sound like a Republican form of government to me; it sounds more like a military occupation of conquered territories.
This Act by Congress was deemed so offensive by President Andrew Johnson that he vetoed it, calling it a “…bill of attainder against 9 million people, absolute despotism…” Nonetheless, the Congress overrode his veto and then went about the process of impeaching the President for opposing them.
As offensive as that is to constitutional principles, what happened next was far worse. Under the guise of granting rights to the recently freed slaves, an amendment was fraudulently declared to be ratified which placed everyone in the United States into a state of servitude; the 14th Amendment.
You have to realize, that prior to the 14th Amendment the jurisdiction of the federal government was only exercised upon the States; and only then in pursuance of the specifically enumerated powers found in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. After the 14th Amendment was illegally ratified, all that changed.
It all boils down to one simple word; jurisdiction. Are you aware that prior to 1789 there was no such thing as citizen of the United States? Prior to that, although people may have called themselves Americans, their citizenship was to the State wherein they lived. Section 1 of the 14th Amendment changed all that, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.”
After the 14th Amendment was declared to be ratified, the people of this country held dual citizenship; citizens of the States wherein they resided and citizens of the United States. However, you can lose your State citizenship; just as a naturalized citizen might lose their citizenship status of the country of their birth; even if they are not aware that they have done so.
Should you be born in one of the federal territories or in the District of Columbia, you are a United States citizen and nothing else; and subject to the jurisdiction of the federal government. But did you know that if you fill out any official form, and mark your citizenship as United States Citizen, that means you willingly accept that you are no longer a citizen of the State wherein you live, but a United States Citizen, and nothing but a United States Citizen. So, if you have a passport, you are a United States Citizen, and therefore subject to the jurisdiction of the federal government.
Why is this so important? Well, it is because it binds you to the debt created by the government. Section 4 of the 14th Amendment, and I’ll bet you didn’t even know there was a Section 4, states, “The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.”
Have you ever read any of the financial documents regarding the national debt? Have you ever stopped to wonder why it is often called the Public Debt? Well, now you know; it’s because by assuming the status of United States Citizen you are under the jurisdiction of the federal government, and bound to the debt created by that government.
You are a slave to the debt created by our government; and the more it spends making you feel safe and comfortable the deeper into slavery you fall.
There is a little known document in American History that I’m certain you have not been taught about; I know I certainly wasn’t. This document is called the Hazard Circular, which was written in 1862, which states, “Slavery is likely to be abolished by the war power, and chattel slavery destroyed. This I and my European friends are in favor of, for slavery is but the owning of labor and carries with it the care of the laborer, while the European plan, led on by England, is capital control of labor by controlling wages. THIS CAN BE DONE BY CONTROLLING THE MONEY.”
It then goes on to say, “The great debt that capitalists will see to it is made out of the [Civil] war must be used to control the value of money. To accomplish this, the Government bonds must be used as a banking basis.
We are now waiting for the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States to make this recommendation.” (Emphasis added)
Well, the Secretary of the Treasury, one Salmon P. Chase, did just that. And does that not sound like the way in which money is introduced, or created out of thin air, by use of the sale of government bonds; worthless pieces of paper that are introduced into the economy which are then designated as having value as a form of currency?
What do you think all these Quantative Easing’s have been if they aren’t the introduction of money into our economy by the purchasing of government bonds? Yet the more money that is introduced into an economy the less value that money holds. This is the nature of inflation; the hidden tax that Ron Paul spoke so frequently about. Inflation is not the increase in the cost of goods and services; it is a depreciation of the cash you use to pay for those goods and services by an overabundance of currency in the economy.
And all that money is created by expanding the debt; of which you are bound to by the taxes upon your earnings. You, as a United States Citizen are a serf who works and pays taxes to fund an ever expanding debt; all the while you have your government exercising jurisdiction over YOU at the loss of your most precious commodity; your liberty.
The 16th Amendment may have established the income tax, but none of this would have been possible had the 14th Amendment not been declared, and commonly accepted as being ratified. The truth about this amendment is the truth they don’t want you to know about. Yet it is the truth that you must come to terms with if you ever hope to see this country restore itself to its former glory and status as the land of the free.
If you truly love this country, if you truly love liberty, you will stop playing their game of voting for Republicans or Democrats and educate yourself about this; the greatest con that has ever been perpetrated on the people of this country. Voting isn’t going to make any difference; they are all in on it; Republicans and Democrats. They want you to keep believing that your vote makes a difference in the direction this country takes. They fool you with these small issues, while behind the curtain they keep expanding the size of government, the powers that it wields and the debt it accumulates.
Look behind the curtain, take the red pill; choose whatever analogy or metaphor you want, but wake up to this simple truth; YOU ARE A SLAVE. If you can do that, there may be some hope for our future. If you can’t, then there is no use in me even wasting my time writing; because you simply refuse to see the truth when it’s right there in front of you.