Yeah I know, the last article I wrote said it would be the last one for 2017. I can’t believe you actually believed that…
Right before I came down with a monster sized head cold, a good friend, and mentor of mine posted something on Facebook that, for four days, festered away in my head until I became well enough to once again sit in front of this keyboard and form coherent sentences. What my friend said was, “If forced to choose between political party loyalty and the Constitution, which would you choose?” He then added a little caveat, “HINT: You do it every election.”
I’m going to come right out and say it, the only people who choose the Constitution over political party are those who refrain from voting for candidates to any position within the federal government. As far as I’m concerned there hasn’t been a true Constitutionalist candidate who ran for political office for at least 150 years; with the possible exception of Ron Paul; and I had some doubts about him as it pertained to his unwillingness to question the eligibility of Barack Obama to hold the office of president due to his NOT being a Natural Born Citizen. But that is neither here nor there, and I’ve spoken enough on it in the past; so if you want to know what I’m talking about you are simply going to have to go back and read through my earlier blog posts.
The point I’m trying to get at is that every single voter in this country casts their votes for either political party, or for the candidate who makes the best sounding promises during their campaign; the Constitutional limitations upon government NEVER EVEN CROSSES THEIR MINDS!!!
Just look at how people react when they elect a president who has all these glorious visions for the future of America, only have Congress get in the way of those visions being implemented; they become angry at Congress for getting in the President’s way. Do people not know that it is not the job of the President to make law; do people not know that is the job of Congress? Of course they don’t, or if they do, they don’t certainly don’t seem to care. All that matters to them is that their candidate is not being allowed to keep their campaign promises because Congress is blocking them. With that kind of attitude we may as well accept that what people want is an elective dictatorship, not a president who is limited in what they can and cannot do.
I don’t blame people for the fact that they haven’t been given a thorough and comprehensive education regarding the Constitution. I do, however, blame them for maintaining that level of ignorance when facts are presented to them which contradict their precious opinions. If you were to ask me to describe the difference between ignorance and stupidity, I would answer by saying that ignorance is simply that lack of knowledge regarding a subject, while stupidity is the refusal to accept any information which broadens their understanding of that subject.
The problem as I see it is this, our system has been so corrupted for so long that there isn’t a person alive today who has lived when our government actually adhered to the Constitution. This corrupt, perverted and bastardized version of the thing we call government has become the accepted reality for most people, and anyone who attempts to expose the fraud which has been perpetrated on the people of America is looked upon as a radical or a nutcase. As Orwell so aptly said, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”
People have been so conditioned to accept the things they were taught in school, and to accept authority without resisting it, that our government has grown into this monstrous entity that sucks the vital life force out of our Constitutional Republic; liberty. The people of America have forgotten one vital concept, best expressed by something Thomas Paine wrote in 1777, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”
Now why would Paine use the word fatigue? Well it’s quite simple actually; it is because it takes effort to maintain one’s liberty. In Federalist 48 James Madison warned, “It will not be denied, that power is of an encroaching nature, and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it.” This requires that the people, first need to know what the limits assigned to power are, and then secondly take every measure possible to ensure that those limits are not violated, and remove from office and punish those who do. That simply does not happen in the America of 2017; nor has it happened for a very long time.
One of the hardest things I have tried convincing people of is the fact that the federal government has absolutely no authority to pass laws which make their lives more comfortable or more secure; other than to protect us from foreign invasion that is. It is not the job of the federal government to create jobs, create benefit programs for those in need, provide subsidies and grants to private institutions or individuals, and especially not to send millions of taxpayer dollars overseas in the form of foreign aid. Yet all these things, and more, are done by the federal government on a regular basis because the people of this country don’t understand, or care about the idea of spheres of power.
Basically stated a sphere of power is the extent to which anyone holding power over others extends. As an example, the sphere of power of the mayor of any city extends only to the people living in that city. The mayor of Los Angeles cannot enact ordinances that affect the people of Dallas, Miami, or even neighboring San Diego; as that would exceed their sphere of power and authority.
When our federal government was first established, its sphere of power extended only upon the States, not the people; and only then in regards to the regulation of commerce and the levying of taxes. All other powers given to the federal government were external in nature; meaning they pertained to our interaction as a nation with other nations; such as the making of treaties and the conducting of war.
Again, to quote from James Madison, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected.
The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State. The operations of the federal government will be most extensive and important in times of war and danger; those of the State governments, in times of peace and security.” (My emphasis, Source: Federalist 45)
If you had taken the time to read our Constitution you would have seen that this is actually the case. Therefore, if you truly believe that our Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land, how can you justify your vote for any candidate which makes promises that are not granted government, or which overstep the limits of the particular office that candidate seeks?
There is another concept that people need to think about when discussing how far our government has strayed from its original purposes; that of precedents. According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, a precedent is defined as: something done or said that may serve as an example or rule to authorize or justify a subsequent act of the same or an analogous kind. So basically, if we let government take one single step beyond its delegated authority, that sets a precedent for them to, not only repeat the infraction again, but to take further steps which overstep their delegated authority.
In 1785 James Madison wrote the following words that everyone should pay close attention to, “It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties–we hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The freemen of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle.” (My emphasis, Source: A Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments)
The people of America, and I’m not confining my comments to those alive today, have allowed their government to overstep its authority so many times, setting so many precedents, that the limits placed upon it have all but been eradicated and our government being one which does basically whatever it wants. This could not have happened if the people had cared enough to educate themselves as to the specific powers granted government, and place the Constitution and Bill of Rights above their own personal or political party interests.
Now I’d like to present just a few examples of how far out of whack our system has become. The first example is in reference to the spheres of power between the States and the federal government.
Article 2, Clause 2 of the Constitution declares, “[The President] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur…” Then in Article 1, Section 10 of the Constitution it lays the following restrictions upon the States, saying, “No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation…”
This only makes sense, as if the States were allowed to make treaties themselves, then it is conceivable that they might enter into treaties with foreign nations that conflict with the treaties made by the federal government.
Before I go any further, I need to address one simple fact. When the Constitution was ratified in 1789 there were only 13 States. Every State which has joined the Union since has done so by agreeing to accept the terms outlined by the Constitution regarding what powers they retain, and which powers are held by the federal government. Therefore, they accepted the fact that treaty making was not among their powers; that power belonged to the federal government.
Then justify how, on June 6, 2017 it was reported that Governor Jerry Brown of California signed an agreement to work with China to lower greenhouse gas emissions simply because he did not like the fact that the U.S. had pulled out of the Paris Accords on Climate Change.
By what authority did Governor Brown act to do something the Constitution explicitly prohibits him from acting upon? Listen, I’m a citizen of California; have been since birth, but I wish there was a clause in the Constitution that declares that any State which usurps federal authority shall be booted out of the Union, and all benefits received by the people of that State from the federal treasury shall be terminated. I’d love to see how Californians took it if Trump had kicked California out of the Union and terminated all Social Security and Medicare payments to its citizens; simply because their governor sought to assume powers that weren’t his to assume.
Spheres of authority people; they are either respected and we have a balance of power between the State and federal governments, or we have lawlessness and corruption.
The next violation of the Constitution which I’d like to discuss is in regards to the use of the United States military without a formal declaration of war by Congress. Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution states the powers given Congress; one of them being, “To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water…”
Do you know when was the last time Congress officially declared war? It was at the onset of World War II with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Every other single use of military force since then has been undertaken without a Congressional declaration of war; either due to obligations made in treaties, United Nations resolutions, or simply because the president decided that someone posed a threat to the United States.
Article 6, Clause 2 of the Constitution 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.”
Therefore, if the Constitution is the Supreme Law, then our government cannot enter into any treaty which violates it without itself breaching its delegated authority. Therefore, how can our government enter into a treaty which compels it to provide military assistance to a nation without a formal declaration of war by Congress?
Secondly, we the people of the United States did not elect the members of the United Nations; they do not represent us, and they have no legal authority to compel the United States to do anything they recommend. How can we justify the use of our military to enforce UN resolutions without admitting that they hold more authority than does our Constitution?
And finally, how can a president send troops anywhere without a formal declaration of war by Congress? In a letter written in 1783, George Washington stated, “The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure.”
I’m certain that there are those who are going to throw the War Powers Act in my face; so let me address that. All powers held by our government come from a grant given them by the true sovereigns of this nation; we the people. These powers are delegated to them in a written constitution, and cannot be transferred between the various branches of government without the explicit consent of the people; via the amendment process outlined in Article 5 of the Constitution.
There is a legal maxim that dates back to Roman law which states, “Delegata potestas non potest delegari” which means a delegated power cannot be further delegated. We gave Congress the power to declare war; they cannot delegate that power to the President simply because they enact a law saying it is so. For them to be able to do that they would first need to propose an amendment giving the President that authority; and then have 3/4 of the States ratify that amendment. Only then would the President lawfully have the authority to send our military wherever he deemed was in our national interests.
Finally I’d like to talk about everyone’s favorite subject; taxes. Did you know that, aside for an unconstitutional income tax implemented by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, our nation survived 124 years without a tax upon the income of the people? That’s an awful long time for a nation to exist without any kind of direct taxation upon the earnings of the people; isn’t it? Yet look what we accomplished in those 124 years; we became an industrial giant and a true world economic power; we built roads, schools and the people enjoyed the full use of the money they earned without the crippling inflation we suffer from today.
There are many ways in which taxes can be levied; there are direct and indirect taxes; there are levies and excises and tariffs. For the most part, during the first 124 years of America’s existence our government gained the money to fund its operations by tariffs and excise taxes. But when Lincoln established the first income taxes, the government saw that they were a very lucrative and effective way of generating revenue.
The problem was that the Constitution prohibited a direct tax upon the people unless it was apportioned. To explain how apportionment works, let’s imagine there are one million people living in a country and the government needs an operating budget of $1 million dollars. In an apportioned tax, the amount needed is divided by the number of people in the country; with each citizen owing an equal share. So, in our imaginary situation, each person would owe $1 in taxes.
Lincoln’s first income tax was a flat tax of 3% on incomes over $800; which was instituted in 1861. Then the following year another Revenue Act was passed which instituted which implemented a graduated income tax; which we have today. A graduated income tax is one in which the more you make, the more you pay in taxes.
Yet Lincoln’s tax plans expired in 1872 and our government was left collecting its operating revenue from tariffs and excises. But the government had tasted the sweet honey of taxes taken from the income of the people of this country; and they wanted the ability to tax our income back; but they couldn’t do so without amending the Constitution.
Enter the 16th Amendment.
People pay their taxes today for one of two reasons; out of a sense of civic duty, or for fear of being hassled by the IRS for non compliance. Even so, there are those who cry that the rich are not paying their fair share, although the rich pay more in taxes than the average person does; even with all the loopholes and tax shelters they seek out. If you ask me, it’s insane to thing that a person should be penalized for earning more than others; in fact it is a crime to require the people of this country to fund the operations of their government when the government’s sphere of authority does not directly affect the lives, liberties and properties of the people. (Federalist 45)
Still, people accept that taxes are an unfortunate part of life. If only they knew how wrong they were. There is substantial evidence that the 16th Amendment, which gave government the power to tax the incomes of the people, was never properly ratified. William Benson and Martin Beckman wrote a book on it entitled The Law That Never Was; and I suggest you read it to find out how you have been defrauded all your lives out of the full enjoyment of your earnings.
Even Hollywood producer Aaron Russo made a film entitled From Freedom to Fascism, beginning with a quest to find the law that states people must pay an income tax. He interviewed all manner of people seeking out the law that specifically states that people are obligated to pay an income tax; and no one, not even employees of the Internal Revenue Service, could find it.
Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?
I’ll bet you aren’t aware that there were two proposals for a Constitutional Amendment implementing an income tax; one by Senator Norris Brown of Nebraska, and another by Nelson Aldrich of Rhode Island. Aldrich’s proposal, Senate Joint Resolution 40 was the one which was accepted and eventually became the 16th Amendment.
Aldrich was, not only the Senate Majority Leader, he was also chairman of the Finance Committee. But there’s something else about Aldrich that I certainly wasn’t taught in school, that being that he was close friends with many powerful members of the banking industry. I’m not talking about your local banks; I’m talking about the big money houses that control massive amounts of currency; names like Rockefeller, J. P. Morgan and the Rothschild banking empire.
I find it highly suspicious that this same Nelson Aldrich attended a private meeting on Jekyll Island, off the coast of Georgia, in 1910 with Abram Piatt Andrew, assistant secretary of the Treasury; Henry Davison, a business partner of J.P. Morgan, Charles Norton, president of the First National Bank of New York, Benjamin Strong, another J.P. Morgan associate; Frank Vanderlip, president of the National City Bank; and Paul Warburg; a partner of Kuhn, Loeb & Co., a German citizen with close ties to the Rothschilds.
The outcome of that meeting was the initial plans for the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank; which coincidentally was established at around the same time the ratification of the 16th Amendment supposedly occurred.
I’m sorry, call me paranoid or conspiracy minded, but I don’t believe in coincidences of this magnitude; not when the government gets access to the earnings of the people while at the same time an institution is established which allows them to borrow almost unlimited funds to expand their powers. I simply don’t believe it was coincidental; I believe it was orchestrated and the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on the people of this country took place right in front of their noses.
Remember what I said about precedents? Well people accepted this fraud, and our national debt has been growing ever since, and we as taxpayers are bound to that debt like a having a ball and chain around our ankles.
I could go on and on and on with examples of how our government has expanded its power and control over our lives, reducing us from freemen to serfs to fund an out of control government; but I think I’ve probably already overwhelmed most people with too much information.
It’s funny, the place I work at has employees who always tell me to stop working so hard; because the company doesn’t care about my well being. They tell me that I’m simply a replaceable asset that, if I break, they will replace with someone else. Yet these same people cannot see that the same scenario exists in their relationship with the federal government; they are just a worker drone to keep the economy chugging along and keep the money flowing into the treasury to fund the governments unbridled spending. The insane part is that people keep asking their government to do MORE for them instead of trying to cut back on its spending.
That’s why I no longer vote, because it doesn’t matter who gets into office, they will either expand the size and scope of powers of our government, or they will exercise powers it was never intended the office they hold exercise. In either case the Constitution is ignored and our government goes on being a corrupted bastardized version of the one established in 1789; and I refuse to support it by voting for the criminals who hold positions within it.
I know there are many who will think I’m nuts, even making that assumption without even attempting to verify the validity of anything I’ve said. As the old saying goes, “You can’t fix stupid.” I’m tired of arguing with people who refuse to accept that they have been lied to simply because considering a differing viewpoint is too uncomfortable, or too damned much work. After all, how dare I demand that they stop watching their precious TV shows and seek out the truth!
But like Paine said, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” And since it seems that people are unwilling to support their freedom, they are going to have to live with the fact that they are not free, they are slaves.
Let that sink in…