“Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are
sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms
to which they are accustomed.”
(Declaration of Independence)
I’m firmly convinced that the only thing that will restore freedom, or as I prefer to call it, liberty to America is a state of suffering and bondage that reduces every man, woman and child to the status of bonded servants to an all powerful government controlled by an oligarchy that hides in the shadows pulling the strings of the puppets the people elect when they vote. Even then I have the sneaking suspicion that if they are fed and entertained they would still not muster up the courage required to shake off the chains that bind them to a cruel and uncaring master.
When the overwhelming majority of a people of a country refuse to educate themselves; basing their opinions upon what they were taught in school, what they hear on the news or coming from the lips of their masters, there is no hope for liberty to prevail. Such a people are immune to facts and truth; choosing instead to believe the lies which have been, and continue to be, spoon fed to them. For them to accept the truth would require that they accept a portion of the blame for what is wrong in this country, and then take steps to remedy the cause of their suffering.
No matter how hard I try I cannot get people to see that their voting will not make things better in this country. All one has to do is to look at what happens when government enacts a law that people do not particularly care for. When that happens, if you tell them that they share a part of the blame for that law being passed, they will inevitably say, “But I didn’t write that law, government did.” To which I typically reply, “No you didn’t, but you voted for the assholes who did.”
I truly believe that it is beyond the ability of most people to accept that if a system allows their government to enact laws they do not like; laws that violate either their rights or their liberty; or takes their income and redistributes it to those one segment of society, or government itself, deems deserves it more than they do, then that system is BAD!
If that system is bad then it follows that the men who established it either screwed up, or they intentionally created one which would allow the government they were creating to have the power to enact laws that violated the rights and liberty of the people. There can be no other explanation for how our government has become so powerful and disrespectful of our rights and liberty!
I know I have used this quote numerous times in the past, but maybe this time it will make more sense this time around, “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist.” (Lysander Spooner)
At the very top of this rant I posted a quote from our Declaration of Independence; written by Thomas Jefferson. I think that accurately describes the conditions in America today; although those conditions were pushed to the limits with the recent actions taken by government to combat the spread of the Covid virus.
Yet even though people were forced to stay at home, they still had homes to stay in, and for the most part, food to put on the table. Americans had not yet suffered sufficiently for them to realize that the things there government was telling them they MUST do were, in fact, tyrannical and oppressive; they still trusted that their government had their best interests in mind when they implemented those policies.
Some people did see these policies for what they were; infringements upon their rights and liberty. Some refused to comply and found themselves being turned in by their friends and neighbors, or fined, arrested, or beaten by the police for violating government mandated stay at home orders and social distancing guidelines. If people cannot see that the America they live in today more closely resembles Nazi Germany than it does the land of the free, then there is absolutely no hope for the future of this country.
As I said, at the beginning of this rant I posted that quote from the Declaration of Independence. But how many of you know the words that immediately follow that quote? I’m guessing not very many; so I’ll enlighten you, “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…”
I don’t know if I’m getting old and senile, but I don’t see any reference there to voting Asshole A out of office and replacing them with Asshole B in the hope that Asshole B will be better than Asshole A was. Again, I may be getting old, but I think what that passage says is that we should get rid of the system of government that reduces us under absolute Despotism; and if absolute Despotism isn’t where we are currently at, the distance between where we are right now and absolute Despotism is so miniscule as to be insignificant!
It is easy for people to criticize a certain politician; be they a Congressman or a President. It is much more difficult for them to criticize the system those politicians are a part of. This, in part, is due to the fact that most people have absolutely no understanding of how that system was designed; what powers were delegated to each branch of government. All one has to do is look at how people choose a president to accept that as being true. When people vote for a president based upon the promises a candidate makes, it shows me that people do not realize that the president has absolutely no authority to fulfill those promises; that power rests with Congress; and even then that power is limited to certain specific functions.
If the people of this country do not even have a rudimentary understanding of the basic structure of their system of government, or the powers delegated to each branch, how can they hope to keep those they elect within the confines of those powers? Yet try to get people to undertake a study of the Constitution, and how it was established, and you’d have better luck toppling Mount Everest with your bare hands. People simply don’t care; they are not willing to expend even an hour or two a day studying some musty parchment from the past; let alone the arguments that ensued by those who supported or opposed its ratification.
One of the most dangerous premises a people can believe is that the Constitution is a living document; that its premises and limitations can be ignored or violated if it suits the overall public good. That simply is not true, and the sooner people get that through their heads the better. If you believe that rubbish, there are a few quotes I would like for you to read.
– The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances. No doctrine, involving more pernicious consequences, was ever invented by the wit of men than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government. Such a doctrine leads directly to anarchy or despotism. (United States Supreme Court, Ex parte Milligan, 1866)
– Resolved … that the government created by this compact [the Constitution for the United States] was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to itself; since that would have made its discretion, and not the Constitution, the measure of its powers. (Thomas Jefferson, Kentucky Resolutions, 1798)
– If in the opinion of the People, the distribution or modification of the Constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed. (George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796)
-On every question of construction, carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed. (Thomas Jefferson, letter to Justice William Johnson, June 12, 1823)
Let us now examine those quotes in a bit more detail. The first quote states, “The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances.”
While I do not condone their use of the word rulers, the fact remains that the Constitution is a law that binds both those we elect, and those who do the electing. If those we elect do something the Constitution does not authorize them to do, THEY HAVE BROKEN THE LAW! If we, as voters, elect someone based upon promises to do something that the Constitution does not authorize, THE VOTERS HAVE CONSPIRED TO BREAK THE LAW!
Then it says the most important thing, that the Constitution, “…covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances.” This debunks the belief that we have a democracy; for in a democracy a simple majority can violate the rights, or infringe upon the liberty of certain classes of men, or all classes of men if the situation warrants it.
In 1943 Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson held, “The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One’s right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.” Please tell me that I do not need to explain that for you; for if you tell me that I will just stop writing now; for you are beyond hope!
The next quote from the Kentucky Resolutions is also simple enough; and if it isn’t then you must be brain dead. It simply states that government does not get to decide what powers it will exercise on our behalf, the constitution that established that government does; and it is our duty as voters to ensure that government stays within the limits of the powers delegated to it. If we can’t do that, or won’t do that, what’s the purpose in even having a constitution; why not just install a dictatorship, an oligarchy, or a mobocracy?
The next quote, from Washington’s Farewell Address, addresses that belief that our Constitution is a living document. In a manner of speaking it is a living document in that it can be altered or modified through the amendment process; but until that happens it is, as the SCOTUS held in 1866, a law that binds both rulers and the people.
And finally we get to the Jefferson quote from his letter to Justice William Johnson. I saved this for last as I believe it is the most important of all the quotes I provided. I say that it is the most important because it gets to the underlying cause of all our problems in this country – the overall ignorance of the people as to how their system of government came into being; the arguments both for and against it. Without an understanding of that the people are subject to whatever they are taught in school or hear on the news; which 99.9% of the time is wholly inaccurate; if not outright lies.
When people vote they vote for a candidate based upon their understanding of what government should do for them; what powers it is authorized to exercise on their behalf. The thing people fail to understand is that the Constitution was a transformative document in that it was replacing one system of government for another. Some people wholeheartedly supported this change, while others opposed it for various reasons; such as its lack of a Bill of Rights. One cannot glean an understanding of what this system of government is unless they have, first read the document that created it, and secondly, read the arguments both for and against its establishment.
Patrick Henry stated this about the transformation he was witnessing, “Here is a revolution as radical as that which separated us from Great Britain. It is radical in this transition; our rights and privileges are endangered, and the sovereignty of the states will be relinquished: And cannot we plainly see that this is actually the case?” (Virginia Ratifying Assembly, June 5, 1788)
To understand why Henry would say that requires that you understand what kind of system they had prior to the adoption of the Constitution; and more importantly, what that system had been designed to do. That system, by the way, was The Articles of Confederation.
That system was established, not to represent the people, rather it was established to represent the individual States. Each State was co-equal to the others; regardless of size and total population, and no measure could become law unless all the States unanimously agreed to it.
Under this system there was no president and there was no judiciary, (Supreme Court). All they had was a Congress; and a weak one at that. When that system was replaced by the one outlined in the Constitution, everything changed in America, as the government was designed to be run by, and have powers that directly reached to the people, not the States.
As people, taken in conglomerate, are apt to concern themselves only with matters that directly affect them they would not show much concern for what their government was doing unless it placed undue hardships upon them, or their ability to earn a living and provide for their needs. (Funny how some things never seem to change)
This combination of ignorance and apathy allowed government to, slowly but steadily, expand its powers beyond those it was intended it exercise on our behalf. It is not just the current generation that is to blame for the government we have today, it is the fault of generations dating back to the time the Constitution went into effect.
However, that fact does not release you from the obligation to learn the truth, nor does it release you from the duty to resist the ever expanding tyranny of your governments.
In 1785 James Madison would write about that in his Memorial and Remonstrance, “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)
Well we, and our ancestors, certainly have dropped the ball on that one; we have allowed government to strengthen its abuse of power by establishing precedent after precedent. Yet regardless of all that, they still work for us; at least in principle. Therefore, in principle again, all we have to do is tell them they can’t do that; and if they don’t listen, (and here is the most important part), we don’t have to obey the laws they pass that violate our rights and liberty.
If writing or calling your elected representative does not affect a change in their behavior, if voting for a better quality of candidate does not stop government from passing laws you do not like, if protests do nothing to restore any of your lost freedoms, then there is always your right, (to steal a line from Nancy Reagan) to JUST SAY NO.
The 16th American Jurisprudence makes that abundantly clear, “Since an unconstitutional law is void, the general principles follow that it imposes no duties, confers no rights, creates no office, bestows no power or authority on anyone, affords no protection and justifies no acts performed under it. No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it.”
Read that last line again, “No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it.” If the courts do enforce them, then they are your enemy just as much as those who pass the laws you might choose to disobey. This is not a novel principle; all one has to do is undertake a study of how the Colonies responded to the Stamp Act of 1765 to see that civil disobedience effectively nullified that law. All it took was a bit of courage on behalf of those who disliked, or disagreed with the law.
I look around me today and see all these people wearing face masks and practicing proper social distancing, and I think that courage is not in abundance; especially when I hear people say that they believe it is a pain in the ass, or bullshit, but that government says we gotta do it, and they meekly obey. Is that what has become of bravery, of patriotism, of defending liberty; “Well my master says I gotta do this, so I guess I better do it or they will punish me.”
Our government will not listen to us when we tell it to stop violating our rights and infringing upon our liberty; of that I am certain. Therefore, there are but two ways that we can regain any of the freedom our government has stolen from us. The first is for enough people to simply say NO; to not obey ANY law that violates any of their rights or infringes upon any of their liberty. If enough people would do that, we could effectively neuter government; bringing it back to within the powers which were promised it would exercise when the Constitution was being argued among the State Ratifying Assemblies.
Yes they will come after you if you do that; and that is why it takes courage to do it. But as Thomas Paine wrote in his Crisis Letters, “THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.”
If that won’t work, or if not enough people join in the fight to defend their rights and liberty, there is always the last resort, as outlined within the Declaration of Independence, “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.”
While I am not calling for an armed revolution, unlike some people I know I am saying it may become inevitable; for as John F. Kennedy once said, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
So if you wish to avoid violent conflict in this country I suggest you stop bowing down and worshipping those who trample upon your rights and liberty; I suggest you stop obeying orders and stand up for your freedom, before those of us who truly love our freedom are forced into defending ours, and yours, because you’re too much of an ignorant chickenshit motherfucker to do it yourself!
You think you’re free because you can still feed yourself and be entertained; at least to a certain extent. Well in 1933 a woman named Emma Goldman wrote something you need to pay close attention to, “There is neither freedom nor security in the world today: whether one be rich or poor, whether his station high or low, no one is secure as long as there is a single slave in the world. No one is safe or secure as long as he must submit to the orders, whim or will of another who has the power to punish him, to send him to prison or to take his life, to dictate the terms of his existence, even from the cradle to the grave.”
If you want freedom you’re going to have to do two things. First you’re going to have to stop supporting, and voting for people to a system that has a proven track record of trampling on that freedom. The second thing you’re going to have to do is to grow a spine and resist those who seek to impose these rules, regulations and laws that deny you your freedom.
If you say, but Neal, that’s treason, or at least sedition; you’re damned right it is. But is it truly treason when those who have sworn an oath to support and defend the Constitution, (which includes the restrictions imposed upon its ability to pass laws that violate our rights), have forsaken that oath and become tyrants? Is it truly treason to stand up for your liberty against those who would take it from you?
Our Founders were guilty of treason when they stood up to the tyranny of King George III to reclaim their liberty; and you honor their deeds and heroism every July 4th. Yet by your very actions; by your very submission to the tyranny of your government today, you dishonor their memory and their deeds.
John Adams once wrote, “Posterity! You will never know, how much it cost the present Generation, to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make a good Use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.” I can only imagine what he must be saying now, as well as what Patrick Henry; Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and many others would be saying as they gaze down upon a nation that willingly submits to tyranny that is far worse than the one they risked their lives freeing themselves from.
All I see and hear when I interact with the great mass of society is obedient little sheep who obey the commands of their masters. Well the time has come for you to grow some balls and become a black sheep; one who does not follow the crowd; one who says NO MORE to these laws that violate their rights and liberty.
Things are only going to get worse if you don’t…
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