The Historical Truth About The
“The farther one looks back, the farther forward one can see” – Sir Winston Churchill
A lesson in American constitutional history, something to read on the weekend...you'll be glad you did.
By de Andréa
July 6, 2013
In a man on the street interview a group of collage students were stopped, the radio interviewer introduced herself and asked a question of a 3rd year undergrad who said he was studying to be a teacher. The question posed to the student of education was “when did the Revolutionary War take place”? The student thought for a moment and then responded with a question of his own. “Wasn’t that the war that took place in the 1940’s or somethin”? My friend…this is why we have lost our
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The truth about the
United States is it was never meant
to be a democracy; the founders shuddered at the very thought of it. Why…because they knew that democracies historically
always end in tyranny.
Something I want you to know, you will never find anyone more patriotic than yours truly, and because of that I want you to know the truth about
America. The people of the founding generation did not
think of Americans as Americans at all. They did not see themselves as one people
but instead as individual citizens of the various states. More like the European Union of
today, a collection of independent sovereign States united under one flag.
Even as late as the Civil War, people such as Robert E. Lee, who disagreed with secession by the way, and wanted a ‘united’ United States, left because his State seceded and not because he suddenly wanted Virginia to be another country.
Another example of the feelings of many in the founding generation was the fact that the term “We the People of the United States” that opens the preamble to the Constitution caused such great controversy during the ratification debate process, it was thought to be a blatant attempt to make the ‘States’ irrelevant. That is how important State sovereignty was to the Fathers of our
The Constitution was meant to improve the existing Federation of the various States as created under the Articles of Confederation. It was not meant to create anything new. This was stressed over and over by the supporters of the Constitution in the ratification debates. The Framers voted by State, and, though some of the Framers wouldn’t even sign the completed document, but since it was adopted by all the States it was called unanimous. The ratification votes of the various conventions voted by state not as individuals. As provided in the original documented Constitution, the members of the U.S. Senate were not elected by the people at large. The
U.S. Senators were instead selected
by the State legislatures. The house was
designed to represent the people, and the Senate was constitutionally designed
to represent the States.
The Constitution never would have been ratified without this statutory provision designed to protect the States from losing their integrity as sovereign republics which had voluntarily joined together. This was essential, and this was generally the understood theme of the law.
So when was our social contract revised? How can a contract be unilaterally revised? I cannot stress enough the importance of this single historical fact. The States would not have ratified the Constitution ‘at all’ unless they had direct access and representation in this new central government. The fact that their own legislators voted directly for
U.S. Senators gave them that direct
representation. This is why the (Senate)
is called the State House and the (House) is called the Peoples House. The 17th Amendment for example, passed
in 1913 destroyed the sovereignty and the representation of the states. Today the states have no official direct access
to the Federal Government. This single
mistake made by ignorant men who didn’t know their history voluntarily changed
for which it was designed, into the dreaded democracy that the framers so desperately
tried to avoid. As I stated earlier, historically, the beginning of democracy is
why we are headed toward despotism. American Constitutional Republic
When did we agree to surrender our liberty in exchange for security? When did we agree to move from a voluntary federal republic to a centrally-planned democracy? When did our freedom from warrantless searches which we are protected from under the 4th Amendment, morph into 360° surveillance? When and how were the guarantees found in the Bill of Rights turned inside out and upside down?
The scariest thing I see about all this as I research the history of
is not that our totalitarian “wannabes” will use any excuse and any subterfuge
to undermine limited government for the benefit of their power and their crony
capitalist’s profit. No, that doesn’t surprise
me at all this is what governments historically do and why we have constitutional
law to prevent it.
But what catches my attention is that as I speak to more and more people about this creeping government sponsored corporatism the majority of them say things like, “I’m glad the government is watching out for terrorists” or “If you’re not saying or doing anything wrong why should you care if the government listens in?” We must be made aware of the historical words of Benjamin Franklin, in the Historical Review of Pennsylvania (1759) “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Who was Ben Franklin? Look it up my friend!
Not only have Americans been dumbed down to the point where the majority of college graduates need remedial studies, especially in history, but these descendants of the pioneers have lost sight of the American Dream. Asked, “What is the American dream?” Most collage grads today will recite the pabulum spooned out by the privately owned Federal Reserve Bubble Machine, and the political hacks who gave them their power: which is “The American Dream is to own your own house and have an green ‘Eco Friendly’ foreign made Toyota Prius in every garage.”
That is not the American Dream my friend! The American dream is a limited constitutional government, personal liberty, and economic opportunity for all. Which is already gone or it has become just a fraud presented like a fake rabbit in a dog race.
At what point do unilateral changes to a contract render it null and void? That’s the point, there is no point. I have long said, it will still be ‘called’ “the
”. The stars and stripes will still wave, there
will still be elections, and we will still hear that this is the freest most
prosperous nation on earth as our freedom slips away and our opportunities
shrink and we have lost the real American dream that we have long since
forgotten. United States of America
During the ratification debates it became clear that the Constitution would not be ratified unless there was a promise that the first order of business for the new government was going to be to amend the newly ratified document to state some things that a majority of people thought were missing. The promise was made and the first ten amendments were added. Today we still call this our Bill of unalienable Rights, which now has since become our bill of government privileges. While few people can recite all of them and some can recite a few, almost every American knows they exist. No mater how vague, the Bill of Rights still has a treasured place in the American heart.
Few if any know what was said in the Preamble to the Bill of Rights, which is neither mentioned nor studied today. This preamble sets out the purpose of the law of American rights and is enlightening as a starting point for understanding what they are, and what we are now so rapidly losing.
“THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution” (emphasis mine). The Bill of Rights was added in order to prevent misconstruction, or the words of the document, or abuse of its power by the government to be established under the Constitution. This could not be possible unless the words of these amendments were supposed to mean what they say, not what black-robed partisans interpret them to say.
The Bill of Rights were not written nor adopted in their order of precedence. The number one amendment requested by the States was set as the 10th Amendment or the capstone Amendment; the most ignored and abused law in the Constitution. “The powers not delegated to the
by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the
States respectively, or to the people.” In other words, above all, the citizens of the
various States were concerned most that the central government not run rough
shod over the States which were the home republics closest to and controlled by
the people. They feared that the central
government would become a huge Leviathan, a monster crushing dissent, and
smothering freedom. Well their greatest
fears have become a reality. Moreover, they
never heard of the IRS, the NSA, or the EPA.
They never imagined an unelected, appointed for life Supreme Court that
would cancel amendments to State constitutions that were legally adopted
according to the processes within those state constitutions. Not since they had overthrown King George had
they lived under the suffocating tyranny of a Patriot Act or rule by anti-constitutional
decree such as Obama’s presidential executive orders. United States
According to the amendment process in the Constitution, the States can offer amendments to the Constitution by calling for a convention to propose such amendments. Many people are afraid of a convention believing that those who advocate for a limited government, personal liberty, and economic freedom could not carry the day and the Constitution would be altered in a negative way. So instead we have opted for constitutional destruction in a surreptitious incremental progressive way.
It is time to admit to ourselves that the so-called progressives have been and are changing their so-called “Living Document” every day in countless ways: executive orders, unconstitutional regulations (from the EPA for example) and legislation of (the 4th Amendment bending Patriot Act for example). We must face the fact the dam has broken and the wolves are now guarding the hen house. The ship has sailed and the fix is in. We need a reset button before we slide completely into the abyss of totalitarianism still under the name…The United States of America. As I said the flag will still fly, the national anthem will still play, yet the land of the free and the home of the brave will be as Obama said, “fundamentally transformed” into a centrally-planned, regimented, totalitarian surveillance state. And “We The People” ignorantly voted for it. As I stated at the beginning of this article in the words of Sir Winston Churchill “The farther one looks back, the farther forward one can see.” Without the knowledge of ones own history, one cannot see ones own future; this is why we blindly travel down this road to destruction that has been traveled so many times before.
Once the scales have fallen from our eyes and we see that just because they call themselves liberals, people who want to control every aspect of every one’s lives one can see they are no more liberal than any of the other statists who have sought total control to impose their idea of utopia on anyone at any time in any place in the past.
THE BOTTOM LINE: What we need my friend is an American Spring. What we need is Americans to act like Americans and demand the freedom that is their God given birthright. Freedom is not just another word for nothing left to lose. We the People who believe in limited government, personal liberty, and economic freedom have got to unite or we will end up joining a worldwide chorus singing, "Desperado" a song by the Eagles, written by group members Glenn Frey and Don Henley. “And freedom, oh freedom well, that’s just some people talkin’ your prison is walking through this world all alone.”
The centrist philosophy no longer holds water. We must all work to influence our States, our home republics, to reign in the runaway despotic-centered bureaucracy machine before we are strangled in the red tape and buried in illegally enacted regulations.
The States must prove their relevance or the States will slip unnoticed into unread history.
Before you leave, take another look at the words under my banner at the top of this article. You will see the surreptitious progression of tyranny that exists in
today…all because of the ignorance of
history, we will be deceived and we will enable our own destruction.
Thanks for listening my friend, and may God continue to bless The Constitutional Free Republic of America – de Andréa
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