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As We Approach 237

As we approach Independence Day 2013, this might be a good time to take stock on the American experience: where we are, where we came from, what we are supposed to be and what we have become, collectively, as a country. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the United States of America has become something other than what our Founders and Framers would have envisioned. In fact, it could be argued that the “old white guys in wigs” would not only be shocked for what we have become, but for our apathy in allowing our country to become what it is.

Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying:

“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have.”

Today, the United States federal government is so large and so intrusive that it not only employs 4.4 million people, but holds a national debt of over $16.8 trillion dollars. This does not address a $124.6 trillion unfunded liabilities mandate. These numbers appear shocking because they are shocking. And when one takes into consideration that each year the US federal government operates “in the red,” even though they glean $2.902 trillion in revenue from various sources (individual income tax being the primary source at $1.359 trillion), one can only conclude that the federal government has taken on the role of the arrogant spendthrift, and one that disavows Benjamin Franklin’s sentiment, “When you run in debt; you give to another power over your liberty.”

But perhaps the whole of our modern American experience can be summed up in the end state of this quote by Thomas Jefferson:

“A departure from principle becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of society is reduced to mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering…And the fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.”

Taxation
In the formative days of our Great American Experiment, the Founders and Framers set up a federal government limited in its authority and scope. In fact, in the early days of our Republic the federal government operated almost completely on revenues gleaned from tariffs and trade. It wasn’t until the 19th Century that the “income tax” would come to be and even then, until the passage of the 19th Amendment, the constitutionality of the income tax was held in question.

Today, thanks to an inequitable tax system – the Progressive tax system – we have a populace that is purposefully divided into factions: one that pays federal taxes, another that avoids paying federal taxes, and yet another that believes the taxes collected are due them. In a land where everyone is supposed to be equal in the eyes of the law (read: government), we have allowed those who we elect to office to literally create a class system, through which they manipulate the citizenry for political gain and the retention of power.

Religion
To say that the United States of America was founded on deep-rooted desire for the individual to be free to practice the religion of his or her choosing is to understate the importance of the issue. Truth be told, the issue of religious freedom delivered pilgrims to American shores centuries before. The Founders and Framers, being deeply reverent men – much to the opposite of claims by the secularists of today – understood all too well the importance of not only freedom of religion (the natural law right to worship in the dogma of choice) but the idea of recognizing something larger than self where government was concerned. As our founding documents – the Charters of Freedom – are predicated on the understanding and acknowledgment of Natural Law (the acknowledgement of a Higher Power), it is only the intellectually dishonest who argue religion did not (and does not) play a significant role in the government of our Republic.

To wit, The Declaration of Independence states:

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…” (emphasis added)

Yet, today, military chaplains are forbidden from even displaying a Bible on their government issued desks for the ignorance of history served up at the hands of Progressive and secular activists.

Today, because of an activist Judicial Branch (and at the urging of Progressive and secular activists), the innocent notion of a separation of Church and State, which in its original intent was meant to reassure one denomination that another would not be placed above it in an establishment of a “national religion,” i.e. the Church of England, has been grotesquely distorted to require the ever-increasing banishment of all religious symbols from the public square. And at the same time, the federal government – in the form of ever-expanding entitlements – seeks to replace the Creator as the Alpha and the Omega for the American citizenry.

Law
At our country’s inception, the Judiciary – the Judicial Branch and all federal courts in its charge – was to administer federal law in the context of constitutionality. Was it constitutional or what is not? Or was the question reserved for the States and the judiciaries of those States, per the 10th Amendment?

Today, our entire legal system – federal as well as the lessers – is held hostage to a system of precedent law; Stare decisis et non quieta movere, a Latin term meaning “to stand by decisions and not disturb the undisturbed.” This is understood to mean that courts should abide by decided precedent and not disturb settled matters, regardless of whether the decision was born of activism. If the judiciary produced judgments and opinions that had fidelity to the Constitution – as the Constitution mandates, then the notion of stare decisis would be a good thing. But those who serve in the Judiciary are equally subject to human intellectual infirmities as are those who serve in the Executive and Legislative Branches. Truth is, one decision based on ideologically; one activist decision, forever moves law away from the Constitution.

As Steven G. Calabresi, a professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law and a visiting professor at Brown University, opined in a paper titled, Text vs. Precedent in Constitutional Law, published the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy:

“The argument…is that the doctrinalists are wrong in arguing for a strong theory of stare decisis for three reasons. First, there is nothing in the text, history, or original meaning of the Constitution that supports the doctrinalists’ strong theory of stare decisis. Second, the actual practice of the US Supreme Court is to not follow precedent, especially in important cases. In other words, precedent itself counsels against following precedent. And, third, a strong theory of stare decisis is a bad idea for policy reasons…

“Both textualism and originalism supply arguments as to why following precedent is wrong. As for the text, it is striking that there is not a word in the Constitution that says in any way that precedent trumps the text.”

Yet, decisions on issues from voting rights to life-ending procedures, social issues to mandatory health insurance are continuously based on precedent law, or stare decisis. And with each decision that bows to stare decisis, we move further away from fidelity to the Constitution.

Self-Reliance
At the founding of our nation, our citizenry was comprised on those who wanted the freedom to build, to create, to glean the benefits of their labors based on the effort with which they sought success. Pride was not the product of artificially installed self-esteem, but a humble condition of dignity, arrived at through determination, education – sometimes, or most times autodidactic – and perseverance. The United States was a nation of strong individuals, determined to embrace the freedom – the liberty, that the New World afforded them; a nation of people with a commonality based on self-reliance and a brotherhood born of the love of liberty and justice for all, not just the oligarchic few.

Today, our country has devolved into a socialistic nanny-state, complete with an entitlement faction that will very soon not only outnumber Ayn Rand’s “producers” but a faction that celebrates its gluttony; its piggish appetite for entitlement, even as they scheme to avoid the responsibility of maintaining the Republic; even as they demand more from a government whose seemingly sole purpose is to concoct new ways to extract wealth from those who produce. Today, 47% of the nation’s people do not pay federal income taxes. Today, 23 million households are dependent on food stamps. Today, nearly 49 percent of the citizenry lives in a household where at least one member receives a direct benefit from the federal government.

That those duly elected to office exploit this societal malady for purposes of maintaining power is tantamount to a betrayal of the very principles held by those who gifted us the exquisite beauty of liberty. I wonder, if the Founders and Framers could confront the elitist oligarchs of today’s American ruling class, would they be strong enough to do so with temperance?

On this, the 237th anniversary of the American Declaration of Independence, we would be wise to self-examine our national condition. Do we really want to be a nanny-state? Do we really want to admire a legal system that moves further away for the very basis for our freedom with each decision? Do we really want to support a government that increasingly steals from the producers to give to the dependent class of their own creation, and for purely ideological and politically motivated purposes? Do we want to be a nation that stands arrogantly in its belief that We the People – or They the Government – are the highest power to which we must answer, therefore abandoning our God-given right to acknowledge Natural Law?

In 1964, future president Ronald Reagan gave a speech titled, A Time for Choosing, in which he said:

“We are faced with the most evil enemy mankind has known in his long climb from the swamp to the stars. There can be no security anywhere in the free world if there is no fiscal and economic stability within the United States. Those who ask us to trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state are architects of a policy of accommodation.

“They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right….

“You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.”

Today, my fellow Americans is Independence Day. Please, think about it.

New Grievances for a New American Revolution

Two hundred and thirty-six years ago, 56 brave men representing the thirteen united States of America declared that separation from the British crown was necessary as a result of numerous abuses of power and infringements upon personal liberty. These men were not only willing to jeopardize their good names, but their “Lives, [their] Fortunes, and [their] Sacred Honor.”

Once again, Americans face a despot, a leader who is unwilling to accept limitations on power that have been set forth, one who is unwilling to embrace the very foundations of the American Capitalistic economy. The word “despot” carries a very strong negative connotation, but it is applicable to the Obama presidency for a number of reasons. The Oxford English Dictionary defines a despot as “any ruler who governs absolutely or tyrannically; an oppressor.”

Remember that Valerie Jarrett, co-chair of Barack Obama’s Presidential transition committee told Tom Brokaw in a 2008 Meet the Press interview that “Obama [would be] prepared to take power and begin to rule Day 1.”  The plan all along has been to “rule” this country, not lead or govern, which are leadership styles more commonly associated with a free country.

For the past three years, we have experienced a series of shock and awe moments, as this administration has exercised absolute power in a way that is creating “repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of absolute Tyranny over these States” (Declaration of Independence). Once again, “let Facts be submitted to a candid world” in an effort to make the case:

  • He has permitted the abuse of eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages. Read
  • He has forced individuals to pay tax penalties for refusing to buy health insurance. Read
  • He has abused executive order and executive privileges, especially in the efforts to cover up misdeeds of his administration. Read
  • He is working actively to allow student loan debt to be forgiven, effectively showing economic favoritism of one group of citizens over another. Read
  • He has shown preference to business and misused government funds to support and rescue failing companies run by large campaign donors. Read
  • He has failed to follow the separation of powers between the branches of government.  Read
  • He has abused taxpayer dollars to take extravagant family vacations while others have to sacrifice because they are out of work. Read
  • He has failed to meet with his JOBS Council in more than half a year, even though unemployment numbers are at a record high during his presidency. Read
  • He has shown blatant disregard for the law of the land.
  • He has engaged in excessive “stimulus” spending. Read and Read

Further, he should be removed from office this November for the following offenses:

  • For neglecting to adequately equip and protect the U.S. Armed Forces and border agents. Watch
  • For building dangerous friendships with dictators and leaders of our nation’s enemies (Read) and destroying alliances that our nation has had for centuries. Watch
  • For associating with known domestic terrorists. Read and Read and Read

Courageous American citizens must once again declare our intentions to be free from despotism; we must demand that the power of the federal government be diminished and returned to the states; and we must vote in November in such a way as to move toward this end. If we do not, we are facing a grim future, the possibility of states seceding from the union, and a New American Revolution that will forever alter the landscape of this great nation.

Revolution

Egyptian Protests 2011This past spring we witnessed the flames of revolution across the face of the Arab nations. Old leaders were thrown out and new leaders are taking over. But who are these new leaders and what is their intent? Some believe that the Muslim Brotherhood, a radical group, will be organizing and winning elections in those countries where elections will be allowed. But what is the Muslim Brotherhood? And what is its aim for the Middle East? Were the Revolutions about freedom?

We have heard reports from Egypt that women who participated in the protests have been tested for virginity. We have heard that there have been murders of Christians in Egypt. We have listened to, and read about an American female reporter who was molested, virtually hand raped by Egyptian men in the crowds because the men thought she was Jewish.

These actions are not about freedom, they are about abuse and tyranny.

Our so-called leaders in Washington have decided to contribute to the 40 billion dollars pledged to these Arab nations at the G-8 Summit in France. We cannot afford this, or any other expenditure that is not directly for the American People.

We, the people, will be paying for this and many other “necessary” programs that have been set up (Harry Reid included the Cowboy Poetry Convention in this genre) by Congresses and Presidents in the past as well as during this administration. Our children, grand children and, reaching into the future to our great grand children, will be paying in taxes for all of the frivolous expenditures that they have forced on the American People.

The American Revolution is said to have been based on a Tax Revolt, but it entailed more than just the taxes being imposed on the Colonists. But let’s leave the cause at the taxes for now.

Americans banded together to declare Independence from Britain and upon that action, they created the Articles of Confederation which were used to govern the colonies until the writing of the Constitution was enjoined due to the inadequacies of the Articles. The Bill of Rights is prominent in our Constitution. The United States of America is the first totally free country in the history of the world. You can reach back into the past, but you’ll not find a country that has the rights of the people spelled out more clearly and concisely than in our Constitution.

One of our most precious rights is the Right to Assembly, covered by the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. American people started to wake up and began to assemble in protest against the spending being done by Congress in 2009. We are organized into Tea Parties which are a grass roots movement to tell Washington D.C. that we’re tired of their flippant spending and shoving down our throats legislation that we don’t want.

Symbol of the Tea PartyThe Tea Parties are a new Revolution in this country, one that is peaceful and powerful at the ballot box. We must continue to send the message to the Congress-Critters in the Swamp of Washington D.C. that we’re tired of over taxation, over spending and having unconstitutional legislation thrown at us.

The question we must now ask is, are they listening to us?

And if they are not listening, what is our next move?

Reflections on Independence

On July 4th, people celebrate a national holiday. But how many people in the United States understand what the holiday is all about? I’m sure many do, perhaps even the majority. But I know there are those that have no clue as to its meaning.

From conversations I’ve had online with liberals, it seems that they believe that the Revolution against Britain started and ended in one day. When asked about Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense”, they respond that they’ve never heard of it, much less read it.

Our Founding Fathers were oppressed by a tyrant –  King George III –  and by a Parliament in which they had no representation.

Tax after tax was imposed upon the colonists. The governors of the colonies were not elected, they were appointed by the King. The colonists were allowed to vote for City and Colony Councils. These councils passed bills which were presented to the governor for his signature to make them laws. Many bills were not signed. Samuel Adams tried to get slavery outlawed in Massachusetts but the governor of that colony would not approve the legislation. Then, the fighting began, and Samuel had to give up his crusade for the blacks to be free.

Samuel and others had written extensively over the years to inform the populace of the immorality of the oppression that the King imposed on the colonists. But Independence wasn’t mentioned in depth until the year 1776; approximately a year after the fighting had begun. With the publication of Common Sense by Thomas Paine, and the writings of Samuel Adams, people began to see that reconciliation with Britain was impossible and that independence from England was the only path to follow.

What the people of colonial America wanted was freedom. Freedom to pursue their own lives without the oppression of Parliament and the King, the lack of representation in that Parliament and taxes that a country over 3,000 miles away imposed on them. It took months to communicate with the island nation and most of the time a missive from the King would require more information from the colonies. Some decisions took years to decide due to the fact that it took approximately 3 to 4 months for a ship to go from the American Colonies to Great Britain.

Upon deciding that independence was the only way to relieve the colonies of the burdens thrust upon them by England’s rulers, Thomas Jefferson was asked to write the Declaration of Independence. Thomas consented, and with the help of Samuel’s writings, he wrote one of the most concise, intelligent and specific documents the world has ever seen.

That document declared the Rights of the People under God’s Law and under Natural Law: the right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Today, we live under the illusion of having freedom. We don’t. From our toilet’s water level to approved light bulbs, from nutritional information being on the packaging of our foods to a First Lady telling us we can’t have bake sales in our schools, we are ruled. We are no longer citizens; we are once more subjects, but this time, it is of a tyrannical Federal Government.

What are we going to do about it? Perhaps we’re in the minority of people in the United States of America. I read peoples’ blogs and I see Populism from many middle of the road writers who think they are expressing a conservative opinion. People see one thing as oppressive, but they don’t take the next step in critical thinking to see another person’s action as something that should not be legislated against.

We have thought crimes now. Marxism has crept into our government since the middle 1800’s through Unions as well as philosophically within our colleges and Universities. Philosophy that is taught on the higher levels of education filters down to the rest of society and people have adopted the thinking (or non-thinking) of collectivism.

On this Independence Day, of 2011 we must make a commitment to take our country back, to release the bonds of slavery from our lives and the lives of our neighbors.

We must do that first by using one of the four boxes we have to combat tyranny: the soap box, which can be used to educate our neighbors and family and which this space in the Blue Nowhere is set up to do, the ballot box, where we can cast our votes for those candidates that come closest to our own beliefs, the jury box, where we can use jury nullification to make a statement that we think the law is immoral, or not necessary, or unconstitutional.

The final box is the most serious box we have. I pray we never have to use it again. It is the ammo box.