I’ll try to keep this short, as I know most people today are more preoccupied with the impending New Years Eve celebrations later this evening. I just wanted to say something, hoping that when people awaken in an alcohol induced fog tomorrow morning that a seed has been planted and that they make 2019 the year they pull their heads out of the proverbial sand and start truly trying to find a way out of the mess America has gotten herself into.
Although I stunk at geometry in high school I liked the logic of it; each theorem sets the foundation for the next until the resulting answer is discovered. In a way I write my commentaries geometrically; laying one foundation upon which the next one is built until I have proven my point by a series of corresponding truths.
Reading through the documents relating to the American Revolution one might say that our Founders also wrote geometrically. Many of the resolves and declarations begin with an opening premise, or statement, then start laying a truth, upon which other truths are set upon it until they fully justified their position or intent.
What I hope to do, is through a series of simple statements, get you to thinking about the current state of governance in the United States, and also get you to think about what you can personally do to alter, or reverse the trend, which I see as leading America towards an absolute despotism.
-Whether you believe in Creation or Evolution, at one point in time mankind did not have government. Therefore government MUST be something which was created by man. The question we must now ask is for what purpose was government created?
-There can be but two answers to that question. First, government can be established to secure the rights and liberty of the governed or it can be established to rule over and enslave the governed. There may be some shady middle ground on this, but if you look at it in a linear fashion government is either dedicated to preserving liberty, or in enslaving man in varying degrees.
-The question then is; for what purpose was OUR government established, to secure our liberty or to enslave us?
-To answer that question one must realize that prior to the Revolution the American Colonies were British subjects; meaning that the King of England and Parliament were their government. Under a purely monarchal rule the King could impose whatever laws he wanted upon his subjects. But Britain had a written constitution guaranteeing certain rights for British subjects, and Parliament had both the House of Lords and the House of Commons to represent both classes of British society. Therefore, all the laws the Colonists were obliged to obey came from Parliament. If you were to study the various taxes and laws which led to America seeking its independence you will see that they were all acts of Parliament.
-Why, therefore, did the Colonies rise up and revolt against their government? The answer is twofold. First they felt that the laws being imposed upon them violated their rights as freemen. Secondly, they felt that these laws were being enacted without their having any say in the matter. The Colonists were not allowed to be represented in Parliament, yet as British subjects they were required to obey whatever laws Parliament enacted.
-Does that not sound like slavery to you; being subject to the arbitrary will of one man, or a group of men, without any recourse but to obey or be punished?
-Numerous times they petitioned their government to have their rights restored and these laws repealed. To quote from the Declaration of Independence, “Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.”
-The Colonies then faced a decision; either continue to exist in submission to a government that did not respect them, or their rights, or attempt to free themselves from such oppressive authority. They chose Door Number Two.
-Years after the revolution James Madison would express their decision thusly, “The free men of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entagled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle.” In other words, the freemen of 1776 did not wait generations, or centuries had passed, to halt the progression of tyranny, they rose up as soon as it reared its ugly head and resisted it.
-It took them 5 yrs of war to obtain their independence from English rule, but during that time they established a confederacy; a loose union of States cooperating together to defeat a common foe and provide for the general welfare of all the States. This Confederation was outlined by America’s first constitution, The Articles of Confederation.
-I do not wish to go into any great detail on the Articles of Confederation, but there are two points I NEED to bring to your attention. The first one is found in Article II of the Articles of Confederation; it states, “Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this Confederation expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress assembled.” (My emphasis)
The second is found in Article XIII and it states, “Every State shall abide by the determination of the United States in Congress assembled, on all questions which by this confederation are submitted to them. And the Articles of this Confederation shall be inviolably observed by every State, and the Union shall be perpetual; nor shall any alteration at any time hereafter be made in any of them; unless such alteration be agreed to in a Congress of the United States, and be afterwards confirmed by the legislatures of every State.” (My emphasis)
-That was the government of the United States, both during and at the conclusion of the Revolution; and it remained the government of the United States until it was replaced by the one established by the Constitution.
-Prior to the ratification of the Constitution the United States was a confederation. One of the definitions of a Confederation is: a more or less permanent union of countries with some or most political power vested in a central authority. (My emphasis)
-Therefore it must be presumed that each State was considered an independent country unto itself; something which was affirmed by the peace treaty between the U.S. and Great Britain and the end of the Revolution; His Brittanic Majesty acknowledges the said United States, viz., New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, to be free sovereign and Independent States.
-Now I must return to the Articles of Confederation, Article II for a moment. That article states that each State retains whatever power which is not EXPRESSLY granted to the Congress established by the Articles of Confederation. Also, as Article 13 states, for any proposal by Congress to become law it must be submitted to and be approved by a unanimous vote of all 13 States.
-This severely hampered those who sought to expand the power of government as each and every State had to approve each and every law submitted to them by Congress before they took effect. I won’t mention any names but there were some scoundrels amongst our Founding Fathers, and some of them even proposed an almost monarchal form of government during the Constitutional Convention. They felt that the Articles of Confederation stood in their way in their goal to establish an American Empire, and that to achieve their goal the Articles of Confederation had to be done away with; as they gave the States too much power.
-During the Constitutional Convention there were some who suggested that the State Legislatures be almost entirely abolished; as they would stand in the way of the federal authority they were attempting to establish. Fortunately they were shot down by those who still believed that the States should remain an essential element in any truly Republican form of government.
-Now a Republican form of government does not mean one which is governed by Republicans, it means one which is founded upon the principles of a Republic. A republican system is simply one in which the supreme political power is held by the people but is exercised by elected representatives; nothing more, nothing less.
-According to those who wrote the Constitution they established a Republic. This is confirmed by comments made by Ben Franklin after the Constitutional Convention had adjourned, and by your loyal repetition of the Pledge of Allegiance, “…and to the Republic for which it stands…”
-Therefore, if the Constitution replaces the Articles of Confederations as the LAW which tells us what powers our government has been delegated with, then does it not make sense to learn what those powers are BEFORE you choose between who to elect to fill the various positions within your government?
-If you choose not to do that, either by ignorance or apathy, and your government becomes tyrannical and oppressive, what rights do those of us who do understand what our rights are, and what powers government is supposed to be exercising, have? Are we to remain silent and quietly submit to the laws that violate our rights?
-In 1772, four years BEFORE the Declaration of Independence was written, Samuel Adams wrote, ” All Men have a Right to remain in a State of Nature as long as they please: And in case of intollerable Oppression, Civil or Religious, to leave the Society they belong to, and enter into another.”
-The Declaration of Independence states that to secure our rights governments are instituted among men and 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.”
-Yet talk like that today gets one branded as an enemy to the country; a rebel. Well, when the patriots of 1775 met at Lexington and Concord the commander in charge of the British Redcoats demanded, “Disperse ye rebels.” So I would say that to be called a rebel is a badge of honor and distinction; especially in times when the government one lives under has violated almost every single right we have.
-As I stated in my opening comments, government can either exist to secure your liberty or to enslave you. But our government consists of only 535 elected representatives. There are over 300 million people in this country; people who in a Republic hold the supreme political authority. If 1/3 of those people simply refused to comply with any law which was unconstitutional, or which violated their rights, what could the government do; arrest or kill all of them?
-America need not have another violent revolution to restore it to its founding principles, but it MUST have a revolution of the mind. John Adams once said, “As to the history of the revolution, my ideas may be peculiar, perhaps singular. What do we mean by the Revolution? The war? That was no part of the revolution; it was only an effect and consequence of it. The revolution was in the minds of the people, and this was effected … before a drop of blood was shed.”
-If we wish to become truly great again we MUST return to the principles that made us great to begin with; otherwise we will just be repeating the same mistakes that led us to where we are today.
-James Madison said that “A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”
I beseech you to take it upon yourselves to learn the truth about your government before it is too late. John F. Kennedy once said, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
If you truly love this country, you will make the effort to stave off the inevitable; a violent conflict between those who only seek to be free and those who seek to subjugate and oppress us all. If that happens, and if those who seek to be free lose, it will be the ignorant and apathetic who pay the ultimate price; for the rest of us will be dead and there will be no one left to defend YOUR rights and your freedom.
Have a pleasant New Years…