To some of my friends who are much opposed to the once creeping, now stampeding socialism that we are now facing, I have opined that it is fruitless to appeal to the Federal Government, in any of its forms to block or even slow our rushing descent into totalitarian oblivion. A good friend of mine in a high place is very upbeat about the prospect of the Supreme Court overturning the new health care bill that is now being challenged in court by some 20 states. I asked him what he would do on the morning after the Supreme Court upholds that monstrous law. I pointed out to him that on that day, we who care should be prepared to immediately call for a Constitutional Convention to staunch the bleeding wounds that have been inflicted on our Republic. Otherwise the only options that I see is for us to passively surrender to the dark forces of collective slavery or to resort to bloody revolution to save human freedom for us and posterity.
For us to believe that the minions of the Federal Government will protect and preserve the Republic that they, each and every one, swore to uphold is to believe in a fairy tale. Those in Congress, each of them, if he or she is not on the “take”, sees himself (or herself) as President. Those in the Courts owe their positions … and don’t disregard their pay … to the other two branches. It is patently naive, probably ludicrous, to think that any of the people in that august brotherhood would redress the wrongs that they have already inflicted upon the States … or upon the People.
Today we see that a federal judge, an appointee of this patently corrupt system, has contravened the will of 70% of the American population and ruled against Arizona’s attempt to stem the lawlessness within its borders. This be-cloaked lady of the judiciary upholds anarchy in preference to a State protecting itself for that specter which the Federal Government, obligated as it is, refuses to confront. The legal pundits of the media aver that the Supreme Court will hear the case, maybe, after the disgraceful 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, another minion of the Federal Government, hands down its preordained decision against the people of the Southwest. Those in the know are sure that the Court will hear the case “in a few years.” And that outcome is also in doubt.
The only thing that those leftist activists in today’s government who are trying to form their “dictatorship of the proletariat”, their utopia, have overlooked is that the States are supreme in our Republic and the Federal Government is their servant. There is still a chance to save the day if those in the Legislatures of the States will rise up and put an end to this madness.
I wrote about this in my series: “Solving It!” in January … I append the conclusion of that essay here again, as I believe that you and I … We … should start to seriously contemplate the actions of its conclusions.
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… However, if we look at who has the real power in the United States it is still the States. When the Congress or its members get to the point that they disregard, subvert, bribe, cajole, dictate to or otherwise ignore their relationship under the Constitution to the States, it is time for the father to discipline the child.
The Constitution needs to be amended to redress the transgressions of the Congress, the Courts and the bureaucracy. It is the only non-violent way to cure the excesses that we see. The States have never amended by convention, except upon the original ratification. But the Constitution can be amended, by first by convening a Convention called by two thirds of the States for proposing Amendments and second, adopted upon ratification by three fourths of the States. Could this be done? An analysis of the “red” versus the “blue” States strongly suggests that the Convention could be called. An analysis of the “red” versus the “blue” counties in the several States suggests that true reforms could be ratified by ratification Conventions in the States. And finally, true to the republican principles without which there would have never, could have never been a United States of America, each State votes equally in a ratification. Wyoming could cancel Connecticut; Idaho, California. It is patently obvious that many members of Congress, and the Left Wing Intelligencia, would resist this idea by all means possible, for they know that it is they that need to be reined in. Consideration for popular support should be realized from the American public, which is exceedingly angry with politicians in general and the Congress in particular. It is time for grass roots leadership to retake the reins of our destiny. It is time for the Governors and Legislators to reassert their rightful role in American government. They need to call for and then formulate the Amendments necessary to preserve the Republic.
What specifically should be done? Let me suggest –
- First and foremost, repeal the 17th Amendment. This action would restore true peer selected statesmen to the Senate who would faithfully represent the interests of their States. It would simplify the process, stopping the demagogues, huge campaign expenditures and the outside influence of pressure organizations and the deleterious effects of massive wealth or fame. Once again, men like Webster, Calhoun, Clay and possibly even a Lincoln would reappear in that august body.
- Repeal the 16th Amendment. Individual income taxes, coupled with FICA and now health and environmental (hidden) taxes will soon approach 50% or more of each individual’s income. Ask the rhetorical question, “What does the Federal government do for you that is worth half of everything you make?” … the Federal Government was run for 124 years without income taxes. There will never be stability in our government so long as those Congressmen with the checkbook have unlimited funds with which to feed lobbyists and bribe voters. The Federal government has plenty sources of revenue to fund those operations for which it was created, without the income tax that enslaves us all.
- Clarify that the 14th Amendment was not ratified to strip the States of the guarantee in Article IV Section 4 of the Constitution of their right to a Republican form of government … of their choosing. It is inconceivable that the States knowingly expected the intervention of Federal courts in the make-up of their legislatures to result from ratification of an Amendment to grant suffrage to former slaves. If that had been the intention, the Amendment would have surely failed. (Since I wrote this, it has become apparent to me that this Amendment (which was enacted to grant suffrage to the former slaves) has been so perverted that it should be totally overhauled … for instance, the granting of citizenship to the babies of illegal immigrants. Additionally, it is absolutely ludicrous to assert that the States ratified it to take away their 10th Amendment rights.)
- Clarify that the “Interstate Commerce Clause” is to promote commerce between the several States only and is patently not a license to, carte blanche, regulate all aspects of American life. This interpretation of the Constitution is diametrically opposed to the intent of the founders. They did everything in their power to protect the States and republican principles from overreaching by the Federal government. The Supreme Court’s interpretation of this clause completely subverts the reason for State governments and the spirit of Republicanism that was held to be so important by the Founders.
- Clarify that no Federal law is valid in this land that did not to originate in the Congress and go through the process of enactment described in the Constitution. The President should have wide latitude to administrate his duties in an expedient manner. Provide that any executive order be effective for only a time certain and then expire unless ratified by a simple majority vote of both Houses of Congress. To fail here invites future Dictatorship.
- Provide that the no person appointed by the President can hold a position of administrative authority, of enforcing the Law, unless confirmed by the Senate. Possibly let a majority of the Senate designate those officers requiring confirmation.
- Revisit Congressional monetary powers. Should the Congress be empowered to encumber Americans, now and in the future, with limitless debt? Should Congress be constrained to limit its money to gold and silver as the States are? Should America’s money be regulated by a private entity? Why isn’t the Federal Reserve Bank audited?
- Reaffirm that only those things specifically designated in the Constitution are in the purview of Congress and that all other governmental duties are in the purview of the States.
- Western States, supposedly on an equal footing with the original States, are treated as chattels of the Federal bureaucracies because of retained lands. These States are perfectly capable of administrating their territories. Most have trained their Federal administrators at their own institutions of higher learning. Federal administration of these lands is an un-articulated national tragedy. There should be no Federal lands, with the exception of landmarks and possibly parks.
- (And it has become apparent also, since I initially wrote this, that English should be made the official language of the United States of America.)
None of us, who care for the freedom of the individual or of economic life, wants in any way to do away with the Constitution, only to strengthen and closely define its original intents. There is a small cadre of Leftists, Internationalists, who believe that the freedom of the individual should be eliminated so that their nebulous Millennia of love can be ushered in. If their empathy for love, safety, sharing, caring and such, is so compelling, why must it be forced upon those of us who believe in the inviolability of the individual and the free market, whether we agree or not? Leftists, who believe that way, also believe that those who consider the Constitution the guardian of freedom must be eliminated politically, because they are such an impediment to their goals. The intellectual Leftists are few, but their un-intellectual following, those who are interested in “bacon” coerced from “them” are many. The Left has been so incrementally successful in subtly destroying the Republic that we must take action now.
We could take a lesson from the Left … we could consider one, several or all the suggestions above. We got into this predicament by their maxim … “If you can’t have a full loaf, insist on one anyway and if that is impossible, then settle for a few slices that you didn’t have before.” But the time for Fabianism is well past. If a Convention is convened, all the suggestions need to be considered, because further action may not be possible or delay may be fatal to the cause.
The States, the true manifestation of popular democracy and exemplars of republicanism, through their democratically elected governors and their democratically elected representatives must act immediately. The roll of the Federal government must be put into perspective and action must be taken to relegate it into its proper place in our Republic. The consequences of failure to act could very well mean the end of the Republic and with it, the end of human freedom … maybe forever!
Can the Republic be saved? It is up to us … it is up to you …