“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. The bamboozle has captured us. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
“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.”
When it comes to nations, what is the measure of greatness? Is it the territory they possess, or occupy? Is it the wealth they amass, or the health of their economy? Or could it possibly be the freedom their people enjoy; the unobstructed action according to the dictates of their own conscience?
World history is replete with examples of nations that started off small and grew into mighty empires controlling vast tracts of land and often subjugating those they conquered. Of course we all know about the Romans, but do you know about the Greeks under Alexander the Great, or the Turks who expanded the rule of Islam under the Ottoman Empire, or the Mongols under Genghis Khan? Then of course there was the Russian Empire, (1721-1917) and the Qing Dynasty, (1890-1912); probably haven’t heard about those, have you?
Some empires last longer than others; the Roman Empire lasted around 500 years. But if history tells us anything it is that all empires fall; no exceptions. The reason I bring this up is because I want to ask you a question: Is America a nation, a Republic, or are we just another in a long line of those who sought to create an empire?
Listen, I’m just some schlep who works in a food processing plant. I do not have a PhD in history, but I have done quite a bit of personal study and I have come to the realization that most, if not all of what I was taught in school about our country’s history is incomplete, or a complete falsehood.
There is a quote that I’ve used from time to time that I would like to repeat for you now, “A nation that is ignorant of its past is a nation that is ripe for deception and manipulation. Therefore, it is not what happened, but rather what people believe happened which determines the present actions of a nation.” If you are unaware of the true events that shaped the history of your country, you are easily misled and deceived by those who currently maintain control of that nation’s system of government. Therefore, those who write the history books that you learn from are actually shaping your opinions of our nation’s past; and if those history books are inaccurate, or filled with falsehoods, then what you think you know about your country’s past will be based upon lies.
In his novel 1984 George Orwell made a very telling statement, coming from Winston who worked in the Ministry of Truth, “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” If you give someone control over what facts are taught about a country’s past then you have given them the power to shape the future; and who gets to decide what is and what isn’t taught about a country’s past if it isn’t those living in the present.
I sometimes sit back and listen to people argue about the Fake News they hear on TV. People argue over whether CNN or FOX News is lying or biased this way or that. What if they are both lying; has anyone ever asked themselves that question? And, if people can believe that the news media is lying to them, how much of a stretch of the imagination is it to believe that those who write the history books they learn from have lied to them as well?
There is an old Russian proverb which says, “Trust but verify.” What that basically means is never take anyone’s word on something; including mine; always try to verify the validity of what they say. I have never asked anyone to take what I say for granted; as the gospel truth. In fact, quite the opposite is true; I have always hoped that people would take the time to research whether what I have said is true or a lie. That is the ONLY way a person can find the truth, by seeking it out for themselves. Unfortunately most people want their information handed to them on a silver platter and are too busy, or too lazy to take the time to do any kind of research.
Then of course there is the Cognitive Dissonance factor; the state that occurs when one comes into contact with data or information that conflicts with pre-existing beliefs. Some people are simply not able to get past that; meaning they would rather go on believing lies than accept the truth. That is a hurdle that I myself have fought many a time; and it is only because I value the truth so highly that I was able to get past it.
People today accept the government they live under for two reasons. First, they have not been taught the truth about its powers or the reasons for which it was established, and secondly, it is the only one they have ever known; meaning they find it difficult to believe that it might have another intended reason for existing other than to provide them with all the things they are used to.
I do not care if you are a Republican or a Democrat, if you base your entire beliefs upon whatever your party tells you government should be doing, you are letting others shape your opinions for you. The ONLY way to know why your government was created, and how it fundamentally altered the structure of this country, is to study the history of America before this system of government was implemented, and then study the arguments both for and against the implementation of the government outlined by our Constitution.
I used to think the Democrats were pure evil and that the Republicans offered the only choice for salvation. I still believe the Democrats are intent on destroying everything this country was founded upon, but I no longer believe that the Republicans are any better. Rather, I believe the Republicans offer people an alternative to the Democrats, but in reality are just as bad as the Democrats when it comes to increasing the powers held by our government, and equally guilty of depriving us of the liberty government was supposed to secure and defend.
The pathway to this conclusion was not an easy path; it meant I had to extensively study the thoughts and beliefs of those who fought in our War for Independence, and then study the arguments both for and against the Constitution. Then, once that was done I had to study the history of our government and see how it strayed from what powers were promised it would exercise to what powers it currently exercises.
It has taken me roughly 20 years to get to where I am at now, and I am still learning things all the time. I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am today had I not made the conscious decision to stop believing everything I was being told; to seek out the truth for myself. Oh, of course there is also the fact that I didn’t reject the knowledge I discovered simply because it contradicted existing beliefs, or made me feel uncomfortable.
One thing I have discovered along the way is that the closer one gets to the truth, the fewer there will be who believe what they have to say. I have also discovered that there are 3 categories of people in this country. There are those to whom the truth means everything and who will do whatever it takes to find it. Then there are those who choose to believe whatever they are spoon fed by those in positions of authority; the government, the media, academia, and even religion. And finally, there are those who don’t care one way or the other; they simply exist without any concern for anything other than their comfort and seeking entertainment.
One thing I have learned – something that nobody can deny or refute – is that our country was founded upon the principle of government by consent of the people. That concept is enshrined in the very document that gave birth to America as an independent country, the Declaration of Independence.
What if I no longer consent to being governed by this entity called the US government? Can I simply say, “Sorry guys, I no longer consent to your authority over me, so please stop enforcing your laws upon me and depriving me of my hard earned money by your payroll deductions.”
What if a State decides that the federal government has exceeded its authority and they no longer wish to remain under the jurisdiction of the federal government; can they tell the government to take a hike; that their laws no longer apply within that States borders?
The unfortunate answer to both is a resounding NO!!!
Then, if the entities which created our federal government cannot free themselves from its authority, especially when it exceeds the specific powers given it, does that not sound remotely like tyranny to you? If this is true, if the people or the States are bound forever to this entity known as the federal government, does that not deny the principle contained in the Declaration of Independence; “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…”
Thomas Jefferson sought to stop the federal government from overstepping its just authority, while at the same time protecting the sovereignty of the States when he wrote, “…the several States composing the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their General Government . . . . and that whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.” (Source: Kentucky Resolutions, 1798)
Unfortunately, Jefferson’s resolutions were nothing but a minor speed bump in our governments quest for more power. In his Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XIII, Jefferson wrote something that people should pay close attention to, “[The purpose of a written constitution is] to bind up the several branches of government by certain laws, which, when they transgress, their acts shall become nullities; to render unnecessary an appeal to the people, or in other words a rebellion, on every infraction of their rights, on the peril that their acquiescence shall be construed into an intention to surrender those rights.”
Pay particular attention to that last sentence, and for those of you who are functionally illiterate, acquiescence means to submit to something passively, without question. The reason I say that is because that was not the character of those who founded this country; to passively accept whatever laws their government, (the King), imposed upon them. In fact, in his Memorial and Remonstrance, James Madison wrote, “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.”
Our country was founded by men who resisted the excessive use of power which deprived them of their rights. I’m sorry to say that it is currently populated by people who bend over and take whatever their government tells them is in their best interests.
Jefferson’s attempts to halt the encroaching power of the federal government did little to stop his worst fears from coming true. In a letter to William Branch Giles in 1825 Jefferson wrote, “I see,… and with the deepest affliction, the rapid strides with which the federal branch of our government is advancing towards the usurpation of all the rights reserved to the States, and the consolidation in itself of all powers, foreign and domestic; and that, too, by constructions which, if legitimate, leave no limits to their power… It is but too evident that the three ruling branches of [the Federal government] are in combination to strip their colleagues, the State authorities, of the powers reserved by them, and to exercise themselves all functions foreign and domestic.”
What Jefferson feared was exactly what James Madison promised would not happen, that the States would retain their sphere of authority and the federal government would be limited and restricted in its powers. Madison explained this succinctly in Federalist 45 as follows, “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.” Madison then expanded upon that point by saying, “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.”
Yet throughout all this assumption of power by the federal government, one concept remained constant, that we had a government by the consent of the governed, and that whenever any form of government became destructive of the ends for which it was established it was the right of the people to alter or abolish it and institute NEW government that would seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.
That all changed in 1861 when Abraham Lincoln denied the right of the South to leave the Union and form a government which better suited their needs.
Does it truly matter whether the South seceded over tariffs, slavery, or other reasons? The fact is that, as participants in the creation of the federal government, they retained the right to leave a voluntary union of States, and the entity which created them had absolutely no authority to hold them to a Union they no longer wanted to be a part of. I defy anyone to find wording in the Constitution which authorizes the federal government to bind the people, or the States, to its authority for all time.
Yet that is exactly what Lincoln did when he rose an army of 75,000 and marched them into another sovereign nation; The Confederate States of America. It was only after the two warring nations had been at war for awhile that the justification for Lincoln’s war of aggression shifted from simply saving the Union to saving the Union AND ending slavery.
Horace Greeley, a Northern newspaper editor, wrote this about the impending secession of the Southern States, “Whenever a considerable section of our Union is resolved to go out of the Union, we shall resist all coercive measures to keep them in. We hope never to live in a Republic when one section is pinned to another by bayonets.” Years after the war ended Woodrow Wilson wrote this about the true nature and history of the war, “It was necessary to put the South at a moral disadvantage by transforming the contest from a war waged against states fighting for their independence into a war waged against states fighting for the maintenance and extension of slavery…and the world, it might be hoped, would see it as a moral war, not a political; and the sympathy of nations would begin to run for the North, not for the South.” (Source: A History of the American People, Pg 231)
I think we all know the South lost their war for independence, and we all should know that history is written by the victors; meaning the South would forever be condemned and denigrated by historians, both for their use of slaves and their attempt to break apart the Union.
Yet if what they did was treason, why were none of the Confederate leaders ever brought to trial? Was it clemency on the part of the North; an attempt to heal the wounds caused by the war? I doubt it considering that radical Republicans like Thaddeus Stevens sought to punish the South; dividing it up into military districts under the command of former Union Generals. Then they rammed the 14th Amendment down their throats as a pre-requisite for regaining their seats in Congress.
So if they felt so much animosity towards the South, why weren’t any Confederate leaders brought to trial for treason? Well Salmon Chase, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court offers a glimpse of the truth, “If you bring these [Confederate] leaders to trial it will condemn the North, for by the Constitution secession is not rebellion.”
There is a distinction between rebellion and secession that I don’t think people have given much thought to. Rebellion is armed resistance to the authority of a governing entity. Secession is simply the dissolving of political bonds which held two separate entities together. Our Revolution with Great Britain was an act of secession. Britain could have chosen to let the Colonies leave in peace, but it didn’t. Fortunately those on the side of independence won that conflict. Unfortunately, in the Civil War, they didn’t.
Jefferson Davis prayed for a public trial, hoping that it would vindicate the Confederacy in the annals of history books. Davis himself stated, “Rebellion indeed! How can a sovereign State rebel? You might as well say that Germany rebelled against France, or that France, who was overwhelmed in the conflict, rebelled against Germany, as to say that the sovereign States of the Confederacy rebelled against the North or the government. O that they had dared give me the trial I so much coveted, and for which I so earnestly begged, in order that I might have opportunities to vindicate my people and their cause before the world and at the bar of history! They knew that I would have been triumphantly acquitted, and our people purged of all taint of treason, and they never dared to bring my case to trial.”
So instead, they captured him and let him languish in prison for two years; finally releasing him a broken man and never giving him the opportunity to justify his cause. Thus the history you have been taught about the noble men who fought for THEIR independence has been tainted and biased by Northern sentiments; just as Major General Patrick Cleburne predicted, “Every man should endeavor to understand the meaning of subjugation before it is too late… It means the history of this heroic struggle will be written by the enemy; that our youth will be trained by Northern schoolteachers; will learn from Northern school books their version of the war; will be impressed by the influences of history and education to regard our gallant dead as traitors, and our maimed veterans as fit objects for derision… It is said slavery is all we are fighting for, and if we give it up we give up all. Even if this were true, which we deny, slavery is not all our enemies are fighting for. It is merely the pretense to establish sectional superiority and a more centralized form of government, and to deprive us of our rights and liberties.”
There are various and often complex theories as to what we currently have now as a system of government, but one thing is certain…it is not one which had the consent of those governed. I do not consent to it, yet if I were to attempt to assert my rights I would find myself facing a judge where the cards are all on their table. I know others who do not consent to it as well, and most of them go along to get along; although they patiently await the day that more people will awaken to the fact that they are governed by tyrants.
The way I see it now is that we have a government that is run by Democrats and Republicans; neither of whom owe any allegiance to the document that grants them any authority over us. The Democrats are openly Socialist, while the Republicans are offered up as a faux alternative to the Democrats, but in reality are equally guilty of expanding the powers held by government and trampling upon the liberty government was supposed to safeguard and preserve.
Then on top of that we have a populace who ignores the truth and swallows the lies fed to them by those ‘in charge.’ In short, we’re screwed until enough people realize that they’ve been lied to and used and once again develop the same courage and fortitude their founders had and rise up against those who seek to enslave them. Seek hell, they’ve already enslaved us, they just give us a few paltry privileges while our rights have all but vanished.
I think Lincoln stated it best in his Gettysburg Address, “…that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” I say that because people are fundamentally lazy and apathetic. They will accept whatever their government tells them is in their own best interests; even if it means the total loss of their liberty.
Yet regardless of what the majority of the people think, Alexander Hamilton, (as much as I despise him), stated a universal truth in Federalist 78, “There is no position which depends on clearer principles, than that every act of a delegated authority, contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void. No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. To deny this, would be to affirm, that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men acting by virtue of powers, may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid.”
America will never again be a great nation until the people once again start resisting the unconstitutional exercise of power by their government; and that means resisting damned near every law it passes. America will never again be great until the people stop looking to government for the answers to all our problems; for in truth government is the REASON for all of our problems.
Until the people realize that simple fact, not a damned thing is going to change.