Thursday, May 26, 2016

"We the People," once America's sovereigns are now her subjects

By Doug Book, editor

"The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first."    Thomas Jefferson

For more than a century, members of Washington DC's political ruling class have treated the American people--the true sovereigns of this nation--like subjects, useful only on Election Day and for the payment of unsustainable obligations. These self-anointed patricians have abused the authority of their office while dramatically expanding the size of a government whose power the Founders had sought to define and constrain. Unfortunately, our elected representatives have discovered that as the power of government grows, so does their own.

Two hundred years ago it was America's political leaders who demanded a manageable central government based upon a Constitution--a legal document—designed to prevent that government running roughshod over the governed. During the debates on ratifying that Constitution, Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee said: "It goes on the principle that all power is in the people, and that rulers have no powers but what are enumerated in that paper [the Constitution]." "Is it enumerated in the Constitution? If it be, it is legal and just. It is otherwise arbitrary and unconstitutional."

In the ratifying instrument itself, the People of Virginia said they must "...declare and make known that the powers granted under the Constitution, being derived from the People of the United States may be resumed by them whensoever the same shall be perverted to their injury or oppression and that every power not granted therefore remains with them and at their will..."

The powers granted the central government by the people of Virginia may be "resumed"—that is, reclaimed--should the government at any time attempt to misuse that great authority which it has been permitted to exercise.

Delegates whose job is was to ratify the Constitution were so mistrustful of that document’s ability to properly direct and control the power of a central government that the Bill of Rights, including the 10th Amendment, were added before the Virginia delegates and others would vote to ratify.

"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."

Two hundred years ago, state delegates refused to ratify the Constitution until the 10th Amendment was made part of it. Today the 10th Amendment is the most thoroughly abused in the Bill of Rights.

In 2 centuries Americans have gone form defeating a Kingdom to groveling at the office door of political hacks; from reigning as the sovereigns of a nation to existing as its subjects.

It’s a disgraceful turn of events which we have brought upon ourselves by permitting it to happen.

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