In researching for this article I stumbled across a quote found in Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead which I would like to open with, “The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.” What is evident is this, the body of men and women who comprise our national government are criminals who have forsaken their oaths of office and abandoned the principles which guided our nation’s founders as they fought for their independence and established our Constitutional Republic. You heard me right, I said criminals.
The reason people cannot see this simple truth is best explained by something Dresden James once said, “When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.”
Yet, as Winston Churchill once said, “The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” The facts to support my statement are there, if only people would put aside their emotions, and for once in their lives, think. As John Adams stated in his defense of the soldiers accused of what we know as the Boston Massacre, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” So, if you will permit, allow me to present you with some cold hard facts for you to consider.
In 1776 a group of 56 men, representing the people of the 13 colonies of the United States, gathered together and committed treason by voting in favor of a document which declared, “We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America…do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States…”
These 56 men had come to the conclusion, as the Declaration of Independence states, that “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.” So, to put it in modern terminology that you can understand, they had had enough of the Kings shit and they weren’t going to take any more. However, it took more than a simple declaration for them to achieve independence, it took brave men who were willing to take up arms and fight so that they might obtain it.
To continue, the point I want to emphasize is that these men declared that the 13 colonies were free and independent states. At this point in our nation’s history, the federal government, as we know it today, did not exist. Which leads me to my next point, the drafting and ratifying of the Constitution.
Our government did not simply up and create itself, it was only by the representatives of the states coming together and outlining a plan for it that it came into existence. As Thomas Paine said in his pamphlet the Rights of Man, “A constitution is a thing antecedent to a government, and a government is only the creature of a constitution. The constitution of a country is not the act of its government, but of the people constituting its government.”
As the Preamble to our Constitution CLEARLY states, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
When George Mason wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights, he stated, “… all power is vested in, and consequently derived from, the people; that magistrates are their trustees and servants and at all times amenable to them.”
That statement applies for all bodies of government, from the local, all the way up to the federal, the men and women we elect to represent us are our servants…not our masters. As the Constitution is the Supreme Law of the land, all elected officials are bound to obey it. The word law is defined as “A body of rules of conduct of binding legal force and effect, prescribed, recognized, and enforced by controlling authority.” Therefore, if all power held by any form of government is derived from the people, then we the people are the controlling authority. In the Supreme Court case of American Communications Association v. Douds, the Court ruled, “It is not the function of our government to keep the citizen from falling into error. It is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.” Or, as Thomas Jefferson said, “The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.”
In 1785 James Madison wrote a Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessment, in which he stated something I consider of vital importance. Madison wrote, “We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of Citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. 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.”
Do you understand what Madison said? He was telling us that the free men of America did not wait until power had gained a death grip over their lives before they took action. Unlike us today who live under a government far more oppressive and intrusive, and controlling than was that of King George III.
In 1764 James Otis wrote The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved. From that document I quote, “But if every prince since Nimrod had been a tyrant, it would not prove a right to tyranize. There can be no prescription old enough to supersede the law of nature, and the grant of God almighty; who has given to all men a natural right to be free, and they have it ordinarily in their power to make themselves so, if they please.”
Dresden James once said, “The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims. The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those which blissfully and unawaredly enslave themselves.” As long as we continue to believe that we can make a difference at the voting booth, when the entire system has been corrupted, we ARE the most perfect slaves.
On 23 March 1775, Patrick Henry delivered, what I consider to be, the most stirring speech ever given by mortal man, his speech to the Virginia Convention at St. Johns Church, where he said, “The questing before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery… it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.”
Well, do you have eyes, can you see that our government has assumed powers it was never intended they possess? Can you not see that there is hardly anything you can do without a permit, license, or some sort of government rule or regulation governing your actions? Is that what you call being a free man? If so, I would sure hate to see YOUR definition for slavery!
In 1961, during his Roosevelt Day Commemoration Message, President John F. Kennedy said, “Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.” That was half a century ago, and tyranny and oppression has grown a hundredfold since. How much more will we take before we too declare to our government, “We’ve had enough of your shit and we aren’t taking any more.”
In closing, I’d like to leave you with something Winston Churchill once said, “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is 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 precarious 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.”
I am certain that our nation’s founders are sitting up there in Heaven asking themselves, “What the hell are they waiting for?” And you know what, I am asking the same damn question myself.
July 9, 2012
~ The Author ~
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