The Federal Government has substituted itself for King George III. The Executive, the Judicial and the Legislative Branches are all at fault. It is not the just the Obama administration. Nor the Bush administrations. Nor the fault of the Clintons. It is not the Democrat Party or Republican Party that bears the blame, it is both. It is the patient relentlessness of the Progressive Movement that is the cause. It is the fault of human nature released and unhindered by Constitutional limits on government power. It is the result of giving in to the temptation of using coercive force to advance pet theories of social improvement. It is the result of using the Power of Government to reform human nature. It is the fault of the Utopians.
We are all aware of the ringing rhetoric of the initial few paragraphs of The Declaration of Independence. The individual points listed by Jefferson and signed off on is less widely discussed. It is interesting to consider these points as they might be seen today. The Federalist system as outlined in The Constitution has been totally crushed by the Federal Government. We might derive benefit from comparing the points that placed the Founders at odds with the King in 1776 with those that put our Tea party movement at odds with the Political Establishment of both parties in the second decade of the Twenty-first Century.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. The Federal Government has refused to enforce the laws passed by the Representatives of the People. The Defense of Marriage Act was left unenforced by the current Attorney General’s Justice Department. The Border was left unsecured despite Congress mandating the construction of a fence. He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. Texas was threatened with a USAF enforced No Fly Zone if its State Law forbidding intrusive body searches was carried out. Arizona’s attempt at policing its own illegal alien population was overturned by the Supreme Court, which is a Federal Institution. In cases too innumerable to list the SCOTUS has overturned Laws enacted by the States that involve explicit powers not ceded to the Federal Government. (All Powers not explicitly listed in the Constitution are reserved to the States and the People.) He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
The Federal Government has endeavored to increase the numbers of illegal aliens in the States, for the purpose of increasing the States’ expenditures on healthcare and welfare of impoverished foreigners. This is to make the States more dependent upon the Federal Government than otherwise they would be. They have encouraged the influx of foreigners for the purpose of lowering the price paid to laborers. They are even at this very time attempting to make legal citizens of multiple millions of foreign-speaking aliens for the purpose of gaining ever more dependent populations. This is for two purposes. One: The century long push toward greater democracy has succeeded in overwhelming the limitations placed upon the proper arena wherein majoritarianism may dictate. Massive numbers of poorly educated illiterate non-fluent English speakers being easily manipulated and bribed by government largesse serves the mob-tyranny’s purposes. Two: the underlying hatred of Free Markets by the educated elite seeks the deliberate bankrupting of “The System”. This is so they can say that “Capitalism has failed”, when in actuality they have destroyed it. And this they do in order to once and for all destroy America as The Exceptional Nation.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
The Federal Government has established vast bureaucratic institutions that oppress the people. Merely the cost of funding these bureaucracies is draining the pocketbooks of the People. Even worse is the appropriation of the free use of private property by these branches of Federal Power. Privately owned lands are closed to farming, mining, building upon or any usage whatsoever by the whims of unelected Federal Bureaucrats. They have invented a False Belief System called Man Made Climate Change. They have falsely made catastrophic predictions. They have used the crisis atmosphere to attack the very act of exhaling. The Federal Environmental Agency has ruled that Carbon dioxide is a pollutant though there is no evidence that it is. The Federal SCOTUS has ruled that this EPA may define anything as a pollutant and thus has empowered it to regulate every form of production and commerce.
They have sent militarized Food and Drug Administrators to storm dairy farmers for selling raw milk. They have sent militarized EPA units to building sites to halt the owner’s attempts to improve it.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
The Federal Government has kept the United States of America on a total war footing for at least Seventy-Five years. They have deliberately thrust us into the midst of Europe’s wars and machinations. They have used the Armed Forces of the United States supposedly as defenders of the Liberties of foreign nations. But even worse is the fact that they have used our Military to support oppressive regimes in diverse lands. They have illegally usurped the State Governors’ duties as Commander-In-Chief of the States’ Militias. They have maintained a Standing Army larger than the greatest of European war-loving Nations. They tax the American People in order to spend more on the Federal Military than the rest of the world does on its.
They have taken the United States to War without the expressed approval of the Congress. They have created an International group of alliances and have put our military at the call of foreign states.
They are training a Paramilitary for domestic use. The Department of Homeland Security another of the Bureaucratic despotisms eating out our sustenance is buying up the market of ammunition. The Federal Government seeks to disarm the American People despite the Second Amendment. They can only be motivated by the basest motives. They have signed an International Small Weapons Ban that theoretically places American citizens under International Law, to be judged and prosecuted, fined and imprisoned by foreigners.
They have established networks of spies amongst our own people. They treat the People as they might an enemy nation. They listen to our telecommunications. They search without the approval of a Judge.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
The Federal Government has illegally entered the United States into International and Supranational Organizations foreign to our Constitution. They have placed dangerously powerful bureaucracies over us. They have created an Internal Armed Force found nowhere in the Constitution. They pass laws with names designed to trick the many. The Patriot Act is one that criminalizes the Patriot! The Department of Homeland Security is deployed throughout our lands. It is aimed at we the people. The Federal Government looks at Americans who support the Constitution and Liberty as enemies of the state!
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
Deliberate armed attacks on religious separatists resulted in no prosecutions for the murder of children and women. They claim the right to kill any American who they believe is an enemy of their government. Many whistleblowers and reporters have died in unusual circumstances. They have lost our trust. We now imagine the F.G doing things once thought unimaginable.
The deliberate shipping of guns to known criminals was not only considered but also acted upon. Guns were sold to foreign criminals who used them to kill thousands of innocents in their own country of Mexico. And it was expected that there would be killings of Americans in America. This was done in order to gain the support of the people for disarming themselves. They have misled the People into fearing guns rather than the criminals who misuse them.
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
In this case the Federal Government has enacted Trade Policy that has markedly harmed the People of the USA. Though the Constitution gives the Congress the power to regulate international trade it has abdicated that role to the Executive. The F.G. has enacted Trade Agreements with foreign nations in order to further the interests of the select few. They have forced the American born laborer to compete with the hordes of Asia. The vast improvements in shipping have diminished the price of importing most products across the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. The great Cities of the American Heartland where the industrial might of the nation once held sway have become rusted blighted regions. They have allowed inexpensive imports to replace nearly all American production returning our export profile to that which is seen in developing nations; raw materials, agricultural products and the like. They have allowed the jobs that may not be done cheaper overseas by Asian coolies to be done by foreigners who are present here illegally. They have encouraged the undermining of the rule of law by turning a blind eye on these practices because the bottom line of the few is benefited.
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
The Federal Government imposes fees and licenses upon every conceivable activity. They are forcing Americans to purchase Health Insurance covering conditions that they would otherwise not be concerned about. Their Supreme Court has termed this a “Tax”.
The IRS has been used as a Political Arm of the Federal Government. It has abused its taxing power by selective scrutiny. Its taxing power itself is of unclear Constitutional validity.
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
As listed above unelected bureaucrats are depriving many American citizens of their property rights. In the name of the “Patriot Act” citizens may be investigated without a search warrant. They may be tried in so-called FISA courts that are not in the public domain. Often as part of the judgment the afflicted parties are forbidden from speaking of their experiences.
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
Gitmo. The Federal Government has constructed a prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. The claim that this is not on American Territory “allows” them to keep prisoners taken from anywhere in the entire world. American citizens accused of crimes against their own country have been and are kept there as well.
For abolishing the free System of English Laws … For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
The Federal Government in the course of two and a quarter centuries has usurped most of the Powers carefully and deliberately left to the States. This has been so thorough that the word “state” has achieved an additional definition. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/state
Definition 5 a : a politically organized body of people usually occupying a definite territory; especially : one that is sovereign. This was the definition of the word in 1787. It is only with the passing of time especially after the Civil War that definition 7 evolved. a : one of the constituent units of a nation having a federal government “the fifty states”. The States were originally the fount of Sovereignty. Article 1 section 8 of the Constitution does cede to the Federal Government the power “To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States.” However Americans were Citizens of their respective State. It was only by virtue of one’s citizenship in a State of the Union that one was considered to be an American citizen. But on July 9 1868 it was changed. After the Civil War The Fourteenth Amendment was added. Former Confederate States were required to ratify it before they were restored to the Union. The original sin of Slavery still exacts is toll. In reaction to the low purpose to which States’ Rights were put, we have now a Federal Despotism.
The F.G. altered the composition of the US Senate. Article One Section 3.The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State chosen by the Legislature thereof for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote. This is a key point in understanding the Framers’ understanding of the Federal System. The Senate was envisioned as essentially a conference of Ambassadors, two from each State. This once more shows the nearly full sovereignty the States were presumed to retain. This was the law of the land for most of American History! Progressives had been campaigning for a change to popular election of the Senate. They succeeded and under the demonic Woodrow Wilson the Seventeenth Amendment rewrote this law. William Jennings Bryan and the reformers argued for popular election of the US Senate. In a foretaste of what was to become their standard operating procedure their methods included highlighting perceived flaws with the existing system, specifically corruption and electoral deadlocks, and through arousing populist sentiment. ‘Most important was the populist argument; that there was a need to “Awaken, in the senators…a more acute sense of responsibility to the people”, which it was felt they lacked; election through state legislatures was seen as an anachronism that was out of step with the wishes of the American people, and one that had led to the Senate becoming “a sort of aristocratic body – too far removed from the people, beyond their reach, and with no special interest in their welfare“.’ (Quoted from Wiki quoting ““Ulysses at the Mast: Democracy, Federalism, and the Sirens’ Song of the Seventeenth Amendment” by Jay. S. Bybee.)
On the other hand “Ralph A. Rossum, writing in the San Diego Law Review, notes that the debate over the amendment’s adoption lacked “any serious or systematic considerations of its potential impact on federalism…The popular press, the party platforms, the state memorials, the House and Senate debates, and the state legislative debates during ratification focused almost exclusively on expanding democracy, eliminating political corruption, defeating elitism and freeing the states from what they had come to regard as an onerous and difficult responsibility. The only three exceptions were Root, Hoar, and Representative Franklin Bartlett” (Wiki article on the Seventeenth Amendment). Perhaps here is the first example of the bum’s rush used to such effect in the “Affordable Care Act” and the “Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act” out of the Senate. The Constitution’s Senate was to be the domain of established men. It was the opposing force to the populist House of Representatives. The political establishment of the State, presumably knowledgeable of the issues important to its economy would be represented in the Senate. Clearly this would not do for the Progressives. They rightly saw the Established pillars of the community as being a bulwark against statist redistribution. A mere glance at Chuck Schumer, John McCain and the rest of the Gang of Eight is unfortunate evidence of the original wisdom of the Constitution. The existence of such an Asiatic gang belongs in the Peoples’ Republic of China not in the US Senate. This is the result of popular election of Senators.
In fact, if there were one thing and one thing only to undo it would be this Seventeenth Amendment. The Seventeenth Amendment has done more to undermine the true Federalist relationship between the National Government and The States than any other act. The masses of the voters are not well educated or sophisticated enough to resist the temptations of the demagogue. The particularities of the individual State’s interests as distilled through the local and State legislatures is eradicated. Thus the interests of a politically savvy class who are economically creatures of the Nation are united across State lines. In the same manner a newer set of politically savvy creatures of the Global economic space is eroding the particularities of “mere” national interests. The Seventeenth Amendment deserves its own dedicated essay.
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
The F.G. through its Supreme Court and Constitutional Amendments has overturned a multitude of State laws; all adopted through open State Legislatures in accordance with established State Constitutions. They have abused the Interstate Commerce clause of the Constitution to construe a right to impose whimsical theories of social betterment upon the People.
They are buying entire production runs of ammo in order to make an end run around the Second Amendment. Instead of the right to bear arms we are going to be left with the right to bare arms. Arms without ammo are bare and useless. They have created a new paramilitary force that is nowhere empowered by the Constitution. It is a standing army and worse. It is a standing army tasked with the mission of waging war against the People. They have militarized the Federal Emergency Management Agency; an agency itself not conceivable to the Founding Federalists. They have utilized natural disasters to disarm citizens. They boast of never letting a good crisis go to waste! And they have shown the willingness to create crises if none are naturally forthcoming. FEMA has signed an agreement with its Russian equivalent in which they agree to train and prepare to “help” with the others’ emergency mass situations. This is high treason. The presence of armed Russians at any American mass emergency would itself constitute the greatest emergency ever witnessed on this Continent. Manpower is not lacking in America. The only “advantage” Russians would afford the F.G. is a willingness to fire upon Americans that fellow Americans might refuse. In exactly the same manner the Hessians were utilized against the English-speaking colonists. Fellow Englishmen overall would not take vengeance upon civilians. But the Hessians would.
They have arrayed a suite of high tech weapons and spy-ware against us, the American People. Whether we wish it or not, they are making war upon us.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
The agents of Federal Tyranny are actively stirring up racial animosities among the American People. They have enticed mentally handicapped persons to take part in conspiracies aimed at creating Crises, crises that are not wasted. They have invited foreigners who have no common heritage with our history, languages or religions to come in mass migrations. They have traveled the world apologizing in our name for evil and malevolent deeds that we have not committed. They attempt to frighten us with Terror that is attributed to the very foreigners they have forced us to accept into our communities. They do so to justify the paramilitary police state aimed at us.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
We have petitioned many referenda only to have the Federal Courts disavow them. We have passed State laws only to see them too overturned. We have tried to nominate candidates to represent us but the Federal Courts have intruded into the manner in which we conduct our primaries. The IRS has illegally placed roadblocks to our Political Action groups. We have been labeled as terrorists for resisting tyranny.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Federal brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the true united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies(States), solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies (States) are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the Federal Tyranny as it is now composed, and that all political connection between them and the State of The USSA, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.