In an essay published in the National Gazette in 1792, James Madison stated, ” Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions .” Think, for a moment, what Madison may have considered an ‘excess of power’ and then ask yourself if the government we live under today just might happen to match that criteria.
I won’t go into too much detail, but just think about how many things you need a permit or license for, and how many rules and regulations there are that dictate what you can and cannot do, then you may begin to realize that government has ceased being your servant and has become your master. Yet with all the so-called laws that have been enacted to control and regulate us, people still think that every couple of years they have a say in how our country is governed simply because they go to the polls and vote.
The average American for whom my articles are intended, honestly believes that this country is a democracy, that the majority rules. I don’t know how many times I must repeat it, but we are a republic, or at best, a representative democracy where those elected to represent the people are bound by the Constitution to limit their actions to those powers specifically enumerated within that document. Anything else that they do, which falls outside the parameters of their specifically enumerated powers, is usurpation and tyranny.
The Alabama Declaration of Rights states, ” That the sole object and only legitimate end of government is to protect the citizen in the enjoyment of life, liberty, and property, and when the government assumes other functions it is usurpation and oppression.”
In 1782 Thomas Jefferson wrote, “[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.” Yet the people, through a systematic plan of propaganda and indoctrination, the people believe that the government has nearly unlimited powers, that its purpose is to provide for them, and that as long as the majority of the people support its actions then the minority are obligated to obey these usurpations of power.
I want you to think about something George W. Bush said back in 2005, ” See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda. ” If you look up propaganda in the dictionary, one of the definitions you will find is, ” deceptive or distorted information that is systematically spread.”
If people would stop listening to the lies they are told by the mainstream media and their elected officials, and take the time to familiarize themselves with the Constitution and the writings of the founding fathers, then they would begin to realize that their government has become a monster that seeks to control every single aspect of their lives. Yet, as long as people still believe that since they can go to the polls and swap out a Republican for a Democrat, or vice versa, and that it is going to make any difference at all, this country has no future.
It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if most Americans honestly believed that back in the late 1800’s the two primary political parties were the Republicans and Democrats. It would not surprise me either that most Americans did not know that our first President, George Washington, claimed no affiliation to any political party. In fact, Washington himself stated, ” However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”
In Federalist Papers 9 and 10 both Alexander Hamilton and James Madison warned against the danger of factions, or the divisions of the people along what we would now consider partisan lines.
I know most people could care less to learn about the evolution of political parties in this country, so I will boil it down to basics. When parties first began forming the divided themselves along two belief systems. There were those who favored a strong central government and there were those who believed government’s control over the lives of the people should remain at a minimum, with the Constitution being the guide to what a government could, and could not do.
Here we are today in 2012 with another variation of the same old two party paradigm in which people believe they have a choice between two opposing views on how this country should be governed. But do we really?
If you think about it, the Constitution is the sole document which grants our government any power over our lives. Were it not for the Constitution our government would not even exist as it currently does. The Constitution breathed life into our government, and should be the guide by which they justify their every action.
The purpose for which our government was instituted was not to provide for the every need, wish, or desire of the people, but merely to manage the general affairs of the nation, while safeguarding the rights of the people, some of which are contained in the Bill of Rights.
It does not matter that the Congress thinks that just because something is in the general welfare of the people that they have the authority to enact these laws. In a letter to Albert Gallatin, Thomas Jefferson declared, ” Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated .”, and it certainly does not matter that nine Justices of the Supreme Court simply say that a law is constitutional that we have to obey it.
In 1905, in the case of South Carolina v. United States, the Court ruled, ” The Constitution is a written instrument. As such, its meaning does not alter. That which it meant when it was adopted, it means now.”
In the case of Amos v. Mosley, the Courts ruled ” If the legislature clearly misinterprets a constitutional provision, the frequent repetition of the wrong will not create a right. ” Do you understand that? Do you understand that just because they say they have the authority to do certain things, and they repeatedly do them, it does not mean that they actually do have that authority.
And finally, in State v. Sutton, the Court ruled, ” When any court violates the clean and unambiguous language of the Constitution, a fraud is perpetrated and no one is bound to obey it.”
Judge Hugo Black clearly stated that ” Our Constitution was not written in the sands to be washed away by each wave of new judges blowing by each successive political wind.” Our Constitution was meant to be adhered to, to the letter and intent for which it was created by the founders, not by current political expediency.
Our founders realized that, over time, all systems of government would become oppressive…even our own. They realized that to prevent that the people must remain educated about how their government was supposed to function, the limits placed upon its powers, and the nature and scope of the rights of the people.
You know, I could honestly care less if you walked around believing that the government has all these powers if…and this is a BIG IF, if the laws they enacted ONLY affected those who supported them. Unfortunately the laws enacted by these usurpers and traitors affect me as well, and therefore I have to suffer my rights and my freedom being trampled upon, I have to witness my country going to ruin because YOU do not care enough to educate yourselves.
But, as long as there are people who still think our government is doing exactly what it is supposed to do; that there really is a huge difference between the Republicans and the Democrats; and that they actually have any control over what their government does, I will be there with a crowbar and an article, trying to pull their heads out of their asses.
After all, if George Bush can repeat the propaganda over and over again, so can I.