When running down the laundry list of modern threats to freedom and liberty in America, atop that list is the corrupt and anti-constitutional nature of today’s judicial branch. Without a genuine respect for the rule of law and reverence for the supreme law of this land inside the judicial branch, JFK is right – an absence of peaceful solutions will always result in violent revolution.
"When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." – Thomas Jefferson
It didn’t take long for Jefferson to recognize the one major flaw in the U.S. Constitution.
"At the establishment of our Constitutions, the judiciary bodies were supposed to be the most helpless and harmless members of the government. Experience, however, soon showed in what way they were to become the most dangerous; that the insufficiency of the means provided for their removal gave them a freehold and irresponsibility in office; that their decisions, seeming to concern individual suitors only, pass silent and unheeded by the public at large; that these decisions nevertheless become law by precedent, sapping by little and little the foundations of the Constitution and working its change by construction before any one has perceived that that invisible and helpless worm has been busily employed in consuming its substance. In truth, man is not made to be trusted for life if secured against all liability to account." --Thomas Jefferson to A. Coray, 1823. ME 15:486
Our founders entrusted the power to interpret the Constitution and law to the 3rd branch, the judicial branch. At the time, the term “interpret” was limited by definition to – To explain the meaning of words to a person who does not understand them; to expound; to translate unintelligible words into intelligible ones; as, to interpret the Hebrew language to an Englishman.
But by Jefferson’s letter to Coray in 1823, it had already become clear that lifetime political appointees would soon expand the definition of their own power, to interpretations driven by political motives and limited only by the imagination.
Today, we watch a daily diet of judicial tyranny and terrorism to the degree that we are no longer shocked or even dismayed.
- States have no 10th Amendment rights, told by the courts that all federal law trumps state law.
- The US Constitution does not say what is says, it says what the courts imagine it to say.
- The people have “no standing” to know who is sitting in their White House.
- The will of 70% is trumped by social justice according to 30%.
Arizona cannot secure its border or protect its citizens from invasion and drug wars spilling across from Mexico.
New York cannot balance its state budget without federal approval, which is based upon labor union agreement.
Citizens only have the rights that the ruling class elite are willing to afford on any given day, so long as those rights are not used to speak out against the ruling class elite, in which case you have already been identified by Homeland Security as a “potential domestic terrorist.”
This is what we can expect when the people have forgotten to be forever vigilant for decades, leaving the running of this nation of, by and for the people, in the hands of elected snake oil salesmen and women.
Today, the power structure in America is turned upside-down. The Founders gave birth to a nation and government of, by and for the people. Today, our government and nation runs at odds with the vast majority of the people.
In priority of greatest power –
- The lame stream press – he who controls information controls public sentiment and decisions.
- The nine member oligarchy known as the Supreme Court limited only by their imagination.
- The Executive Branch is free to appoint Czars outside of congressional or judicial oversight and issue any law it wants under executive order.
- The Legislative Branch is no longer limited by the enumerated powers in the U.S. Constitution.
- States no longer have representation via the U.S.Senate now subservient to the Fed.
- States have no 10th Amendment rights.
- The people are slaves to their rulers spending them generations into debt.
In short, the current state of our union today is far worse than that which caused our nation’s founders to break from England and toss tea into the Boston Harbor.
The people fear their government. The government is only mildly irritated by those “right-wing extremists” willing to speak out in opposition.
We are no longer allowed to discuss God in government or good government in church. Our current White House resident announced to the world that we are no longer a Christian nation, despite our entire history rooted deeply in Judeo-Christian principles and values of individual free will.
But on March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry stood in St. John’s church in Richmond Virginia for the sole purpose of presenting the most famous political speech in American history. Most American’s are familiar with the closing sentence of this speech – “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
However, few American’s are familiar with the entire speech or related history concerning the orator, Patrick Henry. There was no prewritten speech, no speech writers and no teleprompter. Henry was not one of the more successful men of his time, having spent more time failing than succeeding.
Yet he was passionate about individual freedom and liberty and when he spoke at St. John’s Church that day, he spoke eloquently from the heart. More importantly, his words are as appropriate today as they were in 1775.
“Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.”
And so it is today… when truth is so frightening that the lies are preferred by many in society. In 1775, there were those who mocked Henry, as a radical or warmonger. There were others who preferred to negotiate peace at the price of liberty.
However, Henry was firm…
“They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable²and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.”
There is but one significant difference between 1775 and today and that difference is the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution and Bill of Rights had yet to be written, much less ratified and implemented.
Today, we face the same threat to individual freedom and liberty, this time largely from within the hall of our own elected government. However, we have a peaceful remedy that did not exist in 1775, the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, which have indeed stood the test of time.
Our state of the union is threatened because the Constitution is not presently in full force or effect. The remedy is to resurrect this document returning it to its proper place as the supreme law of this land. The only thing standing in the way is our corrupt Judicial Branch, which imagines its power as an oligarchy, where only a select few are free to rule over all others via judicial fiat.
Jefferson was right and so was Henry.
Our Justice Branch presents the greatest threat to individual freedom and liberty in America. Without strict adherence to the Constitution and principles of free-will within, there can be no personal or economic freedom and liberty.
But a nation, in which the judiciary rests all decisions upon the brilliant works of our founders, can be forever free and prosperous.
What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
What God has made free, let no man enslave.
It is not the Constitution that should be judged by the courts, but rather the courts that must be judged by the Constitution. In this country, the American people are the only rightful jury.
Copyright ©2010 J.B. Williams