"The fabric of American empire ought to rest on the solid basis of the consent of the people. The streams of national power ought to flow from that pure, original fountain of all legitimate authority." — Alexander Hamilton
Several states apparently have taken the first steps to claim sovereignty under the U.S. Constitution’s 10th Amendment. You may not have seen or heard about this from the mainstream media, but the ripple is as real as a sunrise.
Arizona, New Hampshire, Missouri, and Washington state are in various stages of legislatively declaring their sovereignty. Several states are giving notice that the federal government actually should abide by the terms enumerated in the U.S. Constitution.
They probably won’t succeed any more than Ron Paul did, but both the states rights movement and the Ron Paul reality are seeds that have been planted . . . and require attention and nurturing.
One of my long-time pet peeves is with officials who swear a sacred oath to “preserve and protect” the Constitution and then, in thought, word and deed, undermine, usurp, and abrogate the very principles to which they have sworn an oath.
This states rights movement is not just the erotic dream of constitutionally conservative patriots. It is the overdue beginning of the restoration of the republic.
The framers of the Constitution were colonial revolutionaries who were courageous and brave in ways our contemporary congress can only fantasize through revisionist rationalizations. The brave men who walked onto Lexington Green knew the time and place to "lead, follow, or get out of the way."
The congressional thespians posturing for sound bites (and the complicit mainstream media enablers), along with a form-over-substance president who is way more sizzle than steak, lack the courage to lead, lack the brains to follow, and suffer an abundance of ego that denies them the ability to get out of the way.
Abuse of power under the guise of authority is nothing new. However, it has grown geometrically for a long time. I used to think the big push started in 1913, but it really probably started with Lincoln.
The oligarchy that controls us is not partisan, but it is as serious as a heart attack and insidious as cancer. The media that is “supposed” to be our watchdog has become an enabling co conspirator.
New Hampshire’s HRC6 notes, “That the several States composing the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their General Government . . . whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force; that to this compact each State acceded as a State.”
This is not the first time states have dusted off the 10th Amendment, and for sure it won’t be the last. Also, notwithstanding the sincerity, commitment and principles of those courageous souls at the pointed end of the spear, it will not succeed — right now.
Many of us have been grousing about abuse of power from the District of Criminals for decades. We have been marginalized, “tut-tutted,” and smiled at as either amusing constitutional history buffs or right-wing wackos. However, Ron Paul did the republic a great service despite having failed in his efforts to win his party’s nomination. Paul actually exposed a wider audience to the intrinsic constitutional facts that establishment types have cavalierly ignored.
The oligarchy poohbahs have known for decades that they cannot impose their dream quest unless or until they can sufficiently dumb down the masses. Paul offered us the red pill or the blue pill.
The United States is not a democracy. The framers specifically shunned democracy and gifted us with a republic. They also wisely chose (after Gen. George Washington refused a crown) to create three co-equal branches of government.
Greed, inertia, and laziness have bastardized each branch into hybrids the framers would not recognize. This struggle is not a partisan battle. Both Democrats and Republicans have conspired to enhance the executive branch. Both Democrats and Republicans have despoiled the judiciary.
The framers of the Constitution did "ordain and establish" the document in an effort to "insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity."
Better men than ourselves sacrificed to "secure the blessings of liberty" for a posterity that has become increasingly jaded, myopic and derelict.
Gardens need weeding. Friendships need nurturing. Love needs to be requited. Without attention, gardens, friendships and love will all die. The gift granted us by the framers intended to "secure the blessings of liberty" is not a brick-a-brack to be deposited on a shelf to collect dust. It requires attention and nurture for its sustenance.
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