Long Train of Abuses

I have been requested to explain my position more thoroughly.  In my attempt to increase readership by avoiding boredom I have apparently sacrificed detail and specifics.  You can consider this my pledge to be more informative in the future without forfeiting the good-natured badgering of all the idiots in this world.  Hopefully I will be able to find a fair and balanced way of presenting my topics.  Seriously though, I’ll try to keep them short and sweet without skimping on the facts or boring you to tears.

I will also take this opportunity to announce the introduction of a new award which will be conferred upon one unlucky individual each month.  This yet-to-be-named award is designed to give proper recognition to those people (or groups) who go to extraordinary lengths to eliminate individual liberty.  A great example would be the Patriot Act or the defunct REAL ID act.  Stay tuned to learn more.

Today I would like to talk in general concepts and explain what the intended goal of TNAR exactly is.  I have gotten some negative remarks regarding the whole concept of a new American Revolution so it seems pertinent to clarify a few items.  Hopefully it will become clear that the objective of TNAR is in harmony with that of the Founders.

The first and most important concept for us to recognize is that the United States was formed in response to the encroachments and abuses perpetrated by England, and specifically by the King.  It was not until after England had continually failed to recognize the rights and grievances of the citizens within the colonies of the New World (America) that they took up arms.  The final act of the disgruntled colonists was to issue the Declaration of Independence which announced the continual abuses by the crown and finally severed all political ties to Great Britain.  It is with this often overlooked document that we begin our discovery.

The opening paragraphs of the Declaration establish the existence of a natural law (i.e. natural rights) belonging to all of mankind which supersedes and preempts that of governmental law.  Only for the purpose of securing these rights are governments formed by the consent of those being governed.  In addition, these governments are given only certain limited powers for the express purpose of ensuring the rights of all.

It must be stressed that the delegated powers can only be comprised of those which are able to be delegated in the first place.  For instance, since individual man does not possess the inherent right to coerce his neighbor into giving him alms, the power of coercion in this manner cannot be delegated to a government.  Regardless of how one views the redistribution of wealth, if it is broken down to the lowest possible level it can be viewed in no other manner than that of coercion and theft.  But I digress.

Besides the obvious separation from the crown, the Declaration of Independence also insists that “whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive” towards the liberties of the people, “it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it” [emphasis added].  One does not have to look very hard to discover innumerable instances of our government’s “destructive” actions upon the liberties of Americans.  Most people, however, argue that the “long Train of Abuses” by the King of England were much more extreme than those experienced today by our own king and his retinue.

The original draft of the Declaration posed the following among the numerous usurpations:  “He has erected a multitude of new offices, [by a self-assumed power] and sent hither swarms of new officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.”  The final draft did not contain the bracketed phrase but I feel it gives a better idea of the intent.

Today we have the concept of a “living” constitution.  In general, the Congress introduces legislation which, while obviously unconstitutional, is defended on the basis of one of three phrases politicians love to abuse.  The act is then signed into law by the king Demoblican currently holding the title of President.  Should this new law then be challenged by one of the governed (i.e. citizen), the Supreme Court will ultimately “interpret” whether or not this is something the Founders would approve of.  In other words, the Federal government dreams up a law, the Federal government considers whether to sign it into existence and the Federal government decides if it was within the authority of the Federal government to do so in the first place.  They are their own judge, jury and executioner!  Can you not see the full compatibility with a grievance of the original colonies?!

This brings me to the issue of nullification.  For a complete and very well documented exploration of the issue of nullification I strongly urge you to read Tom Woods’ new book.  I will make but a single argument in addition to the common sense anecdote outlined above.  Everyone is familiar with the opening line of the Constitution: “We the People of the United States.”  What most people do not realize is that this was edited just prior to the final draft presented to the States by the Committee of Style and Arrangement.  In other words, they did not change the essence of the document, merely the form.  The August 6 version read as follows:

We the people of the States of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, do ordain, declare, and establish the following Constitution for the Government of Ourselves and our Posterity.

Obviously, the people were first and foremost citizens of their respective States and then only subordinate to the Federal government.  The Constitution, as ratified by the people of the sovereign States, was understood to delegate only those powers specifically listed within to the Federal government.  Every single additional power, with exception to those recognized as supreme rights unable to be delegated, would be retained by the individual States.  I cannot stress how important this fact is in today’s misguided political nightmare.

I believe this brings me full circle to my original claim of explaining the purpose and goals of The New American Revolution.  In recognition of and in agreement with the original Founders, TNAR insists upon the inherent right of every single man, woman and child on the face of the Earth to do as he damn well pleases.  The rights of man are supreme and encompass all aspects of daily life.  The only agreeable limit to an individual’s liberty is that which protects the corresponding rights of another.  This means that every person has the right to better himself or even harm himself but has no right to encroach upon that of another.  This also means that each and every person must accept the responsibility for his actions, be they positive or negative.

In similar fashion, the States can be thought of as a sort of individual within the framework of the nation.  Each State has the inherent right of a sovereign to pursue the ends of its citizens by whatever means they allow.  The sole and explicit job of the Federal government is to ensure that the laws and actions of one State do not inhibit the rights of another.  Period.  There is no Constitutional authority for the Federal government to perform easily ninety percent of the functions it has assumed today.

I propose that the Federal government could easily be cut in half with very little fallout.  The additional forty percent would be temporarily painful for some of the government leaches in our society but with a small amount of effort everyone could be made more or less happy.  Furthermore, with 90% of the government out of our hair and no longer meddling in the economy, the United States would see the biggest boom in the history of mankind.  (Not boom as done by explosives but boom as in positive economic activity.)

If this sounds too good to be true, let me know why.  If you agree and want to know how to assist in this change, let me know.  If you think I’m a nutcase, let me know.  Regardless, stay with me through this rough journey.  It is to be hoped that eventually those truly with power (the people) will be able to oust the parasites from all levels of our government so we can finally live in a nation which believes in true liberty.  Having government permission to go about your life in an approved manner is not liberty, it is slavery.

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace.  We ask not your counsels or your arms.  Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.  May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.” – Samuel Adams, 1776

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