I am quite certain that a great many people think that I am have lost my marbles because I believe in all these, as people are so fond of saying, nut case conspiracy theories. Yet the truth remains that for more than a decade I have been learning some very disturbing things about the true state of affairs in this country. I had hoped to eventually tie them all together in an article that is easily understood, and backed by evidence that people simply could not deny.
However, over the past couple years I have come to realize that people simply don’t want to know the truth. As radio show announcer Michael Rivera once said, “Most people prefer to believe their leaders are just and fair even in the face of evidence to the contrary, because once a citizen acknowledges that the government under which they live is lying and corrupt, the citizen has to choose what he or she will do about it. To take action in the face of a corrupt government entails risks of harm to life and loved ones. To choose to do nothing is to surrender one’s self-image of standing for principles. Most people do not have the courage to make that choice. Hence most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all.”
Getting back to my attempts to tie it all together, the other night I had an epiphany of sorts. Does anyone remember learning how to work with fractions? Do you remember the term lowest common denominator? In my attempts to tie all these conspiracy theories into a nice digestible package, I have lost sight of the simple truth, that it all boils down to the fact that the 435 members of the House of Representatives, the 100 members of the Senate, the President, and the Supreme Court, no longer honor their oaths of office to support and defend the Constitution.
This is not an issue about right versus left, conservative versus liberal, it is an issue in which elected representatives on both sides of the political spectrum have decided that their agenda, their party’s core beliefs, allow them to overstep the limits placed upon government by the Constitution. It is about the fact that our government has decided that it no longer has to obey the law which governs its actions and that government has evolved from being our servant, to our master. It is that simple, and if I cannot get people to accept, and do something about it, then there is absolutely no hope for the future of this country.
If I were to say we should burn the Constitution I would be scourged by my fellow countrymen for being un-American. Yet how many of them could actually tell you, in any amount of detail, what is it, and what it does?
The Constitution is nothing more than a contract by which the people of the colonies established a system of government in which granted members, elected by them, the authority to perform certain specifically enumerated tasks for the general welfare of the Union. In that case it is much like a power of attorney in that it defines what the government can do on our behalf. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a grant of unlimited power for the government to do whatever the majority THINKS is in our best interests. And above all, our Constitution was established to preserve and protect our rights, which predate its existence.
Thomas Paine, in his pamphlet The Rights of Man, explains this principle clearly, “It has been thought a considerable advance towards establishing the principles of Freedom to say that Government is a compact between those who govern and those who are governed; but this cannot be true, because it is putting the effect before the cause; for as man must have existed before governments existed, there necessarily was a time when governments did not exist, and consequently there could originally exist no governors to form such a compact with.
The fact therefore must be that the individuals themselves, each in his own personal and sovereign right, entered into a compact with each other to produce a government: and this is the only mode in which governments have a right to arise, and the only principle on which they have a right to exist.”
We are, or we used to be anyway, a nation based upon the rule of law, with the Constitution being the Supreme Law of the land. But what is the purpose for which laws are written? According to Black’s Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition, law is defined as “That which is laid down, ordained, or established. A rule or method according to which phenomenon or actions co-exist or follow each other. Law, in its generic sense, is a body of rules of action or conduct prescribed by controlling authority, and having binding legal force.”
Remember, we the people are the sovereigns in this country, a fact affirmed by the Supreme Court in the case of Glass v Sloop Betsy, “The sovereignty of a state does not reside in the persons who fill the different departments of its government, but in the People, from whom the government emanated; and they may change it at their discretion. Sovereignty, then in this country, abides with the constituency, and not with the agent; and this remark is true, both in reference to the federal and state government.”
Although he may have been referring to the ability of a government to govern the people, in Federalist 15 Alexander Hamilton stated a fundamental truth the people should understand, “It is essential to the idea of a law that it be attended with a sanction; or, in other words, a penalty or punishment for disobedience.”
If you stop and think about it, our government passes all types of laws which in some way regulate and control our lives. All of these laws are attended with a sanction, or punishment for disobedience and there are numerous agencies whose sole purpose is to ENFORCE the law, as decreed by government.
But, if the government oversteps its authority and enacts laws which are not authorized by the specifically enumerated powers found in Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution, or which infringe upon our unalienable rights, which agency can the people turn to who will enforce the law upon government? Sure, we can vote elected officials out of office, but what legal recourse do we, as the true sovereigns, have when the government, including the court system, is corrupt and refuses to uphold the Supreme Law of the Land?
When all attempts at peaceful redress of grievances have failed, when our voices fall upon the deaf ears of those who have taken a solemn oath to protect our rights, there is always the recourse explained by John Locke, “Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience.”
Then of course, there is the alternative spoken of by Abraham Lincoln, [yet betrayed by his actions as president], “The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
Yet have we become too soft, too accustomed to a life of ease and comfort to get our hands dirty in the defense of the liberty our nation’s founders fought and died for? I see too many people who STILL place hope upon voting for someone, be it a president, or their representative in Congress, who will uphold the Constitution.
This whole concept of my candidate isn’t perfect, but he’s a whole lot better than the other guy is insane. The problem with that is, as Howard Phillips once said, ” The main difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats would take us over the cliff at 80 miles an hour; the Republicans would stay within the speed limit — but we’re still heading over the cliff.” Whether we are speeding towards that cliff, or simply doing the speed limit, eventually the time will come when we go crashing over unless we turn the car, or in this case, the direction this country is heading, around.
As long as we are only offered, or accept, that there are only Republicans and Democrats to choose from, then we will continue to get more of the same, it is only a matter of what dosage of corruption we choose to accept in those whom we elect.
Our government merely reflects the amount of corruption, and dare I say, evil that we the people choose to tolerate. In 1749 Samuel Adams wrote, “[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.”
Alexis de Tocqueville, best known for his series Democracy in America, once stated what made America great, “Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
In 1975, Arnold Toynbee, who is known for his twelve volume analysis on the rise and fall of civilizations stated, ” Of the 22 civilizations that have appeared in history, 19 of them collapsed when they reached the moral state America is in today.”
Although I don’t particularly care for Martin Luther King, there is something he said which I happen to agree with, ” He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
We as sovereigns have the power and authority to demand that our government abide by the powers granted it by the Constitution, or to abolish said government in its entirety, “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…” Declaration of Independence.
However, as Judge Learned Hand once said, ” Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.” The longer we wait, the longer we continue to accept the lesser of two evils, the closer it comes to becoming impossible to restore our nation to one in which the rule of law, and our rights, are respected.
I have grown weary of constantly repeating myself to people who refuse to take the time to sit down and think about the things I write about. When I hear people say they we have to give (choose a candidate) a chance to undo the damage his predecessor caused I know that what I have been saying has not gotten through their thick skulls.
So it all boils down to something Winston Churchill once said, ” If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
And to quote Patrick Henry, “Give me liberty or give me death!” As I said, I’m weary and have lost hope in the people of this country to do what must be done. So I say, bring it on, let’s get it over with.