The question facing us today is whether or not we consider ourselves free individuals.
Our ancestors, a ragtag population of farmers, merchants, laborers, and slaves fought the greatest nation or earth to throw off the shackles of tyranny and establish a government “of the people” whose sole purpose was to secure our God-ordained Liberties.
The principles of Liberty are declared within our the Declaration of Independence. “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.— That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”
Our Constitution was written with a firm reliance on “Our Creator” — God. It truly encapsulates Liberty by creating a severely limited central government charged only with the power to establish and maintain a sovereign Union within the world community. It repeatedly prohibits this government from addressing any routine function within the States or any function pertaining to the daily lives of the people. These responsibilities are unambiguously reserved for the States themselves or the people — the essence of Liberty.
The the “Bill of Rights” theoretically was not needed due to the severe restrictions imposed within the Constitution, but to “prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers,” many States insisted upon their addition as a condition of ratification. Every one of these rights reinforces the restrictions against Congress…
To ensure there would be no misunderstanding whatsoever, our ancestors insisted upon the 9th Amendment which reinforced that our rights are ordained by God, and so being are virtually unlimited, and in no way limited to the few specifically referenced within the Bill of Rights. Conversely the 10th Amendment reinforced the exact opposite for the newly created central government — that its powers were limited to those specifically enumerated, and that every governmental need of society were the undisputed responsibility of the States themselves, and the day-to-day needs of the people were to be addressed by the people themselves.
This Constitutional division of power worked unimaginably well propelling the United States from a third world nation, immediately after the Revolution, to a world class superpower in every regard – economically, morally, charitably, and defensibly — by the start of the 20th century.
For the last century, our republic has been under a coordinated attack by self serving politicians driven by special interests seeking advantage through federal power.
The federal government ignores every restriction of its power and now controls virtually every aspect of society — education, energy, food production, healthcare, retirement, housing, transportation, welfare, communication, and the environment to name just a few.
To fund this monstrosity it extracts as much capital as possible from the private sector resulting in the virtual destruction of our economy. Yet, due to its inefficiency, incompetency, greed, and corruption, Washington seeks even more money and acquires it through the accumulation of crushing debt or simply printing it out of thin air.
Unless we can restrain Washington back within its constitutional confines we cannot exist. The policies of Washington will destroy us.
The founders anticipated this scenario and provided us the answer — if we have leaders at the state level with enough courage.
The only solution is to enforce the provisions of the Constitution at the State level, making unconstitutional activity by Washington irrelevant.
This site explains how.
The Preamble to the Bill of Rights:
Congress of the United States
begun and held at the City of New-York, on
Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.
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.
RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.
ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.
Article the first… After the first enumeration required by the first article of the Constitution, there shall be one Representative for every thirty thousand, until the number shall amount to one hundred, after which the proportion shall be so regulated by Congress, that there shall be not less than one hundred Representatives, nor less than one Representative for every forty thousand persons, until the number of Representatives shall amount to two hundred; after which the proportion shall be so regulated by Congress, that there shall not be less than two hundred Representatives, nor more than one Representative for every fifty thousand persons.
Article the second… No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.
Article the third… Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Article the fourth… A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Article the fifth… No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Article the sixth… The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Article the seventh… No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Article the eighth… In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
Article the ninth… In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Article the tenth… Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
Article the eleventh… The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Article the twelfth… The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg, Speaker of the House of Representatives
John Adams, Vice-President of the United States, and President of the Senate
John Beckley, Clerk of the House of Representatives.
Sam. A Otis Secretary of the Senate
“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
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“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
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