In the days of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, the United States Constitution was drafted to ensure that a Republican form of government would be created that served the People that occupied the original 13 colonies and that it would ensure the creation of a country in complete opposition of British rule.
It laid the framework of a federal system that defines a national government and the three components that encompass the basis of this newly founded body. Those three branches include the Executive, Judicial and Legislative. These were created to ensure that each branch operated independently in order to provide a check and balance system so that no one branch would become the supreme body ruling the government.
The U.S. Constitution was created for the sole purpose of the People of the United States to elect representatives that they believed to be the best and brightest to defend their rights and uphold the law of the land granted to them by the U.S. Constitution. This was clearly a “revolutionary” concept as it established a new form of government. A form of government recognizing the sovereignty of each individual and defining that legitimate governments must be based on popular consent.
Each State (country), within the Union of States (United States of America), has been governed by their respective Constitutions, laws and ordinances at the time of each State’s creation and admittance to the Union. Each State has its own, independent form of government with its own constitution and its own Executive, Judicial and Legislative bodies elected by the citizens of that State.
Okay, so enough of the history lesson. The U.S. Constitution is 235 years old and has been amended numerous times in order to bring it into the time period for which it was amended. Amendments prohibiting alcohol (18th amendment) to repealing prohibition (21st amendment). Amendments granting a woman’s suffrage (19th amendment) to the abolishing slavery and involuntary servitude (13th amendment).
Although this document is over 200 years old, it was light years ahead of its time. The founders wrote it specifically tailored to keep the government they created from ever expanding from its sole purpose and granted the People to peacefully, or even in extreme cases, to defensively protect their freedoms by granting the right to transform, change or modify the existing federal government if it ever overstepped its boundaries by “Right of Revolution”.
Flash forward to 2011
Times have surely changed. From the right to bear arms, to mandatory health care, to corporate bailouts and enactments of war to the creation of a Homeland Security. To the right privacy, to the right of unreasonable search and seizures to the right of freedom of speech to the creation of a non-federal entity charged with printing worthless paper called currency, everything seems to be up for interpretation and debate these days.
But, how and why has this changed? Why are representatives, legislatures, executives, and judicial appointee’s from across our political spectrum always seemingly following an agenda not in alignment with the Constitution or even the People it was created to represent. From left to right, from Democrat to Republican, from moderate to conservative to liberal, why does nothing ever seem to get better no matter who occupies the Congress or that big White House on Pennsylvania Avenue?
Because they’re not following the supreme law of the land. They have slowly moved away from the Constitution in the name of security and prosperity. They have slowly begun to adopt policies and laws that are foreign in nature and adopted charters that coincide with the United Nations and other foreign governments. Charters and treaties for trade agreements, climate change, military alliances, commerce, protection of natural resources and participation in international courts.
Where’s the proof?
It’s out there. But you have to find it. You have to breach from what you’ve been taught or have not been taught in most instances.
Like this one: In 1913 the Federal Reserve Act was passed on a cold Christmas Eve night when a majority of Congress was on holiday. This Act was created to the illusion of protecting the U.S. monetary system from systematic failure. To avoid sharp economic downturns and to stave off recessions and depressions. It completely unrooted section 8 and 10 of Article I of the Constitution, which grants Congress sole discretion over monetary policy. To coin money and regulate its value. To regulate commerce. To provide for the general welfare of the United States.
But these measures have now been passed on to the Federal Reserve. Which, from its inception, was never a federal body beholden to the laws of the United States and has no real reserves. You can read about this in the book, “The Creature from Jekyll Island” by G. Edward Griffin. Its a thorough examination of the creation of this institution which now prints money at will and charges interest to the U.S taxpayer in the form of a hidden tax called inflation. Ever wondered why you pay income tax? Or, often wondered just what the heck the IRS really is? You’d be surprised.
Ten years ago, while they touted security from terrorists, the U.S Patriot Act was enacted after September 11th, 2001. This piece of legislation, and by some reports written well before the events of September 11th, have been in compete opposition to certain amendments to the U.S Constitution.
The Patriot Act authorizes indefinite detentions of suspects, searches and seizures of private property or business without the knowledge or consent of the owner, authorizes the use of federal agencies to monitor and/or search telephone, email and financial records without a court order and the expanded access to library and business records. Some of these provisions have not been expanded or extracted in scope as State attorney generals and the ACLU have taken these authorizations to the courts.
The Patriot Act was so huge and so long, encompassing thousands of pages, that a majority of Congress never even read the bill before its passage. How’s that for competency? The Patriot Act was renewed in 2005 and is currently up for renewal in the newly elected Congress. Check it out. Read it. Find out who voted for it and what provisions will remain and which one’s will expire. http://www.justice.gov/archive/ll/highlights.htm
In 2007 we witnessed, to the opposition of millions of Americans, the bailouts of corporations and financial institutions in order to avoid a compete meltdown of the American economy. We were told the sky is falling, that if these institutions failed we would see skyrocketing unemployment, massive layoffs and depression era situations. The Federal Reserve loaned over a trillion dollars to those banking, financial and corporate institutions deemed “too big to fail.” Wall Street would crumble and with it, the American Dream, 401 K’s, savings accounts and stocks.
Today GM and Chrysler have emerged from the ashes and have begun paying back their loans. That’s good. I hate to see American companies go under and thousands lose their jobs, medical benefits and life savings. But how long will this last? And where in the Constitution does it authorize government interference in the private sector? After all isn’t it free trade agreements and the tax structures created by Congress that lead to the ultimate demise of these companies?
The financial institutions have rebounded and have in some cases made billions and billions of dollars in profit and handed out billions of dollars in bonuses to executives and employees. But what exactly is Wall Street and who’s interest do they represent? Mine? Yours? I guess it depends which side of the fence you’re on.
But while the predators on Wall Street are showered with bailouts at the taxpayers expense and enjoy lavish bonuses and upscale living, we’re reminded of the fact that this country is still in a recession. 43 million Americans are on food stamps. Unemployment is reported at over 9% and could be well over 15% to 20% if you count those falling out of the system and not looking for jobs and those underemployed.
And recently, the Federal Reserve chief, Ben Bernanke, stated that those jobs lost will likely never come back. Leaving those without jobs currently without jobs permanently. And it has also come to light that the Federal Reserve recently released a disclosure statement that indicates just how much bailout money was dispersed into the monetary system: something to the tune of $12.5 trillion dollars. And some of that went to foreign banks. All in the name of the American taxpayer. Because, someone has got to pay for all that money… and its accumulated interest.
These are just some examples of how this country has been taken down the wrong road with laws and policies not granted to the government by the U.S. Constitution. Other subject matters that could have been easily added to the very long list are: GATT, NAFTA, last years Patient Protection and Affordability Act (aka, Obamacare), the United Nations Agenda 21, just to name a few.
I’ll touch on these subjects further in future articles. I will continue to provide information that may not be reported in the mainstream media. But I urge you to get involved, stay informed, keep up on Congress and their activities. Be proactive and write your representatives. Don’t fall by the wayside.
Use the World Wide Web. One of the last bastions of freedom of speech and expression we have. And that may be on the chopping block in the near future as it becomes easier and easier for the masses to access information deemed harmful to corporate and government interests and breaches in national security. But who’s making the decision of what’s harmful?
After all this is our country. It says so in the U.S. Constitution. Doesn’t that hold credence in this day and age? Time will tell.