Pretty are they not?
A spectacular show those whom have not experienced the horrors of war. A simulation of the explosions, the roar, and the crackle of fire in the night. But Stinger missiles do not blast in shades of red white and blue, and phosphorus is a white that is blindingly bright that almost burns the eyes while it lights the night sky.
What have we become?
What have we done?
“The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Only if every single citizen feels duty bound to do his share in this defense are the constitutional rights secure.”
― Albert Einstein
Thomas Jefferson wrote
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
We run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, and give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses.
And the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they do now, on oatmeal and potatoes, have no time to think, no means of calling the mis-managers to account; but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains around the necks of our fellow sufferers.
And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second, that second for a third, and so on ’til the bulk of the society is reduced to be mere automations of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering.
And the forehorse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.
Yes, we did produce a near-perfect republic. But will they keep it? Or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom?
Material abundance without character is the path of destruction.”
Thomas Jefferson 1816 Third President of the United States 1801 -1809
We have not refuted our government. In fact we have embraced it. No longer the young striving, adventurous nation we once were we have become a nation of lazy, greedy fools whom desires what our government can give us. We beg for hand outs, ask for relief from work, and stress, and life in general.
Once a nation of those who forged their own way in to success or failure, now we rely on others to determine our path. Our Independence once something to be held, as a bright lamp burning in the night to the rest of the world we chose instead to join their foolishness, of debt, poverty and governmental control.
The light still burns, but not as brightly.
“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of Constitutional power.”
― Thomas Jefferson
Where does one go when there is nowhere left to run?
To whom does one turn when the the world itself has gone mad?
I forget whom said it but someone once wrote that the public is a pack of mad dogs, wolves, and as such will clamber for the simplest scraps of meat and consider themselves satiated while the owner feasts on the steak.
We have lost our sense of responsibility.
No longer do we wish to be in control of our own lives, or that of our children, we want society to raise them, society to raise each other, we wish for the government to help guide society in a quasi-Utopian class based civilization.
That is not what our fore Fathers envisioned. A strong government was not in their desires.
“I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
― James Madison
One need look no farther than the Constitution to see that. The Constitution is not a government instrument to restrain the people, it is the peoples instrument to restrain the government. No on group holds the power, according to the Constitution.
The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.
He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.
No where there does it say the President may pass law. No where there does it say a President may bypass law. The Constitution makes it clear that the Senate and Congress hold the real power. But we have moved beyond that. We have elected individuals whom have grown soft in their work. Whom have grown to enjoy the luxuries upon which our tax dollars loft upon them. They have grown accustomed to a way of life in which you and I furnish.
The soldiers, airmen, Marines, sailors and warriors whom defend our country bleed, die, and live on less than 1/3rd the salary of a member of the US Congress. Less than 1/3rd the salary of member of the US Senate. Is being a member of Congress, or the Senate, sleeping in nice warm beds, without fear of IED, heat, body armor, artillery or war such a trial that deserve more money than a soldier?
In the military we are taught the concept of Leadership by Example.
If we are to believe that our government leads by example then that means we should be able to:
I. Fail to pay our taxes in the sum of several million dollars without fear of reprobation.
- Back in September, Charles B. Rangel, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, (the committee in charge of writing tax policy for the entire nation), forgot to pay taxes on $75,000 income he received from his rental property in the Dominican Republic.
- Tom Daschle, the former senator from South Dakota was chosen to head the Health and Human Services Department but had to withdraw February 3rd over his failure to pay 128 thousand dollars in taxes in the last two years.
- Nancy Killefer, former Assistant Treasury Secretary under Bill Clinton, was forced to withdraw after President Obama nominated her for the post of Chief Performance Officer when it became known that she had failed for a year and a half to pay employment taxes on household help.
- Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner failed to pay $34,000 in taxes for Social Security and Medicare when he was a senior official at the International Monetary Fund from 2001 to 2003.
- Rep. Hilda Solis, the Labour Secretary, husband paid about $6,400 to settle tax liens against his business — including liens that had been outstanding for as long as 16 years.
- Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius has admitted to irregularities in her tax returns extending over three years
“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
― Abraham Lincoln
II. Pass laws that apply to everyone…..but us.
- The president uses executive orders to exceed his authority granted by the Constitution;
- *Government requires permits for, then manipulates the permit process to deny, the free exercise of First Amendment rights;
- Government engages in unreasonable searches and seizure without following the standards and rigors of the Fourth Amendment;
- Government investigations are used to bully people and companies into parting with their rights; and
- The executive branch refuses to comply with transparency laws, and thereby hides its other forms of lawbreaking
- American Citizens and Law Enforcement are killed but the Dept of Justice refuses to cooperate with Congress
When government breaks the rules, what are you entitled to do about it? Are you bound by unconstitutional laws forced on you by those who live by their own rules?
Consider the following famous Americans, and the Rule of Law:
Excerpt from the Bill of Rights, Amendment I:
“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…”
Please observe that this does not contain any exceptions
Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
16 Am Jur 2d, Sec 177 late 2d, Sec 256:
“The general rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law, is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of it’s enactment, and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it… No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law, and no courts are bound to enforce it.”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged:
“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible to live without breaking laws.”
Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861:
“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing Government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.”
“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.”
― John Marshall
At what point do we reach a breaking point?
At what level does the American populace realize that their rights are being eroded? When the military is allowed to use high tech spy technology within our own borders against the civilian populace?
When your lands can be taken away from you?
When you can no longer defend yourself from the criminal element?
When the laws fail, when our government restricts us, when our protectors no longer protect who watches the watchers?
The answer is sitting at a computer, reading this letter. Consider that on this date a country was freed from tyranny that was set upon its citizenry through illicit taxation, and restriction of peoples rights. The right to hold our government accountable rests in our hands.
What action will we take? Or shall we sit quietly, and continue to take what ever handouts they offer us from their table?
Happy 4th of July.