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Blue State California Actually Agrees With Red State Texas: The Federal Gov. Has Too Much Power!

February 2, 2017

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Is California going all Texas on us? Texas is known for its independence. It’s not fond of the Federal government mandating what it has to do. Remember the Texit movement? Does the recent Calexit movement mean that California is seeing the light that the Federal government has too much power?

The only difference between the Texit and the Calexit is the media and the elites think it is cool when California talks secession, but not so much when Texas talks secession. Read this article, “Can Texas Legally Secede From The United States?” from June of this year. It paints a bleak picture for the Texit movement.

In this article titled, Calexit: Record Number Of Californians Support Secession, New Poll Finds, one in three California residents are in favor of a “peaceful withdrawal” from the Union. Why the sudden move toward states rights? If you guessed because they don’t like Trump’s potential executive orders you guessed correctly. The only reason they would be afraid of the Presidential over reach is if the position of the Presidency had the power to be lord over the States.

In this article, California is Threatening To Cut Off Funds to Washington, California is looking for ways to suspend financial payments to Washington. I have always thought this is a great idea. If you don’t send the Federal Government money, it has nothing to use for extortion.

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The power of our chief executive increased under George W. Bush. It grew exponentially with Obama’s executive orders that were never seriously challenged by the opposition party. Now that the President is not a progressive central planning democrat, the left thinks the position has too much power. I agree with them. The Federal government in general and the Presidency in particular have usurped powers that the Constitution never gave them.

10th AMENDMENT

Even though California is tardy, welcome to the 10th amendment party. The 10th Amendment states: 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.

This means that the Federal Government only has the powers enumerated in Articles 1 through 6 of the Constitution. Any powers not listed, are reserved to the States or the people.

CAN WE AGREE?

We should all agree that the Federal Government has too much power. Can we all work together to roll back the powers that the Federal Government has usurped from us? We should not wait until the other party wins before we talk about how big the Government has grown. If both sides of the aisle work together to roll back Government power we will be able to do it through the political and legal process.

If we wait any longer the only choice is for states to actually attempt secession. The cost of this has proven to be very high, look at the Civil War. The only thing keeping states from seceding is the power we have allowed the Federal Government to usurp.

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who I have a great deal of respect for, said: “If there was any constitutional issue resolved by the Civil War, it is that there is no right to secede.” I respectfully disagree with Justice Scalia.

The Declaration of Independence (click here) is a founding document that states the reasons why we wanted to secede from the British Empire. Here is what it says:

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for on people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”…………

“…….Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security…….”

Our country seceded from what our founders saw as a despotic British Empire. If secession, was used by our foundering fathers, isn’t it our birth right as sons of these founders to use the same process to, “dissolve the political bands which have connected us“, when Government becomes tyrannical?

Fortunately we don’t have to reach the point of secession if both Red and Blue States can agree that the Federal Government has too much power. We can not just believe this when the opposition party has the power in Washington. We have to do something about it when our own party is in power or this will end badly.

 

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July 4th: What Does Independence Day Mean?

July 4, 2016

 

On July 4th 1776 the Continental Congress adopted Thomas Jefferson’s final draft of The Declaration of Independence. The war for American independence was already under way. The “Shot Heard Round The World” had been fired at Lexington on April 18 1775. In May of 1775 the Continental Congress appointed George Washington commander and chief of the continental army. We know the result of the American Revolution. Does the Declaration of Independence have any relevance to todays world.

The Declaration of Independence is as important today as it was when it was written. The first sentence reminds me of what is going on in today’s world.

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

The British exiting the EU and States taking our Federal Government to court for usurpations of power are examples of political bands being dissolved. We are seeing centralized governments extending their boundaries of power farther than they should. We know this because individuals everywhere are pushing back against these expansions. The British have been warning the EU for years about its expansion of power. Finally the British voted to “dissolve the political bands which connected them with another” without having to fire a shot. But this political shot was heard round the world.

We individuals and States have the same problems with our Federal Government. It has flooded the banks of its power and the cascading water of regulations is destroying individual liberty. The Constitution doesn’t seem to be a threat to the politicians and bureaucrats who sit in the seats of power, while the Supreme Court goes along with almost every expansion of Federal power.

Let’s look at the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence and see if it is talking about our problems with out Federal Government?

“WE hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of Government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness”

Government is established to secure individual rights. Our constitution protects our individual rights against the power of individuals in Government. Our constitution was supposed to limit Governmental power so it wouldn’t harm the life, liberty and property of individuals. The Government is subordinate to the individual. Whenever Governments are destroying individual rights it is “the right of the people to alter or abolish it“. That’s very clear language, wouldn’t you agree? Let’s continue with the second paragraph.

“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long-established should not be changed for light and transient causes: and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to fight themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The History of the present King of Great-Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states.”

People will put up with a lot before they will take action against usurpations by individual politicians and bureaucrats in Government. People always weigh the costs of taking action against costs of not taking action. We are reaching the point in America where more and more individuals are deciding the cost of pushing back against Governmental power is less than the cost of continuing down the big government road.

The Declaration says “Governments…..derive their power from the consent of the governed”. Our first choice is to fight in the political arena. This is what Great Britain did vs. the EU. The cost of a political fight is low compared to the cost of having to physically fight for freedom. The last sentence of the Declaration of Independence states:

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes , and our sacred honor.

When these men signed the Declaration of Independence they became traitors to the crown and were subject to execution. By the wars end almost all of these men had lost their property, several had died penniless, many lost their families. That’s a high cost to pay for freedom.

These men set the foundation so we have the ability to reestablish individual freedom without having to pay the kind of price they paid. We have to first relearn our founding principles and than claim them. Remember our Government “derives its power from the consent of the governed“. Our job is to teach the people why individual liberty is better than Government central planning. Until enough people understand this concept we won’t be able to exercise our “right, our duty to throw off despotic government“.

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July 4th – Our Choice: Liberty or Tyranny!

July 3, 2015

 THE SPIRIT OF 1776….. ALIVE? OR DEAD?

On July 4th 1776 congress adopted the Declaration of thirteen United States of America for their Independence from the tyranny of The King. When you read the Declaration of Independence you can’t help but think that Jefferson was writing about today. Every new command decreed by our political and bureaucratic betters is an assault on individual decision making. Our sphere of individual liberty is shrinking by the day. Is the spirit of 1776 just a flickering flame about to be blown our, or will it spark a revival of liberty? With each passing day we are taken farther away from the history of 1776. History is a record of past events. We have failed to keep the history of our founding fresh in our minds. Before we look at some of the words in the declaration, lets look back at what it was like in Colonial America.

EVOLVED FREEDOM IN COLONIAL AMERICA

Colonial America developed relatively freely for a couple hundred years before 1776. A culture evolved here over these two hundred years which was different from the culture in England. In a book titled “A Patriot’s History Of The United States by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen, they write about a few trends that led to the spontaneously evolved freedom that existed at the time of the Revolution.

“First, the sheer distance between the rulers and the governed – between the King and the colonies – made possible an extraordinary amount of independence among the Americans”…..”Second, while the colonists gained a measure of independence through distance, they also gained political confidence and status through the acquisition of land. For immigrants who came from a nation where the scarcity of land marked those who owned it as gentlemen and placed them among the political elites. The abundance of soil….make them the equals of the owners of manorial estates in England. It steadily but subtly became every citizen’s job to ensure the protection of property rights for all citizens, undercutting from the outset the widespread and entrenched class system that characterized England. Third, the precedent of rebellion against a government that did not carry out the most basic mandates – protecting life, property, and a certain degree of religious freedom (at least from the Church of England) was established and supported by large numbers, if not the wast majority, of colonists. Fourth, a measure of religious toleration developed.” (1)

“By 1774 American colonists already had attained a standard of living that far surpassed that found in most of the civilized parts of the modern world.” (2)

The economic system in place in the world at this time was mercantilism (read here), which was a system where the state gave special subsidy and monopoly privileges to businesses, individuals, and groups the state favored. It encouraged exports and discouraged imports, and the enforcement of these regulations created a bureaucracy that built state power.

Patriot’s History talks about mercantilism, “Mercantilist doctrine demanded that the individual subordinate his economic activity to the interest of the State….it didn’t help the English that mercantilism was based on a conceptual framework that saw wealth as fixed and limited, meaning that for the Government to get more wealth, individuals had to receive less of the fruit of their labor…….Having the State pick winners and losers in the fields of enterprise proved disastrous……Americans came to despise regulations that threatened the further development of America’s thriving merchant trade…..Traders at the top favored regulations because they allowed them to freeze out aspiring competitors, but producers and consumers disliked the laws and they were swiftly becoming the majority.” (3)  Does any of this sound familiar? (Crony Capitalism)

THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

The tyranny of Government is what man has been fighting since before recorded history, and it is what we fight today. The freedom of the individual is rare in history, while the tyranny of government over the individual is the historical norm. Here are a couple of excerpts from the declaration, ask yourself if these words are applicable today.

“We hold these truths to  be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that  among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness–That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Our rights are above the Government, they don’t come from Government. Governments are instituted by men in order to secure each individuals rights. Governments get their just power from the consent of the individuals. When a Government becomes destructive in securing the rights of individuals, the people have a right to change or abolish it.

“Governments long-established should not be changed for light and transient Causes……Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”

Individuals will suffer evils for a long time before they will pay the heavy price of  changing or abolishing Government. The evil has to become intolerable before men will make a change. Remember intolerable is in the eye of the beholder. We are not there yet, but we are getting closer with each new regulation, tax, intervention, along with each new case of political corruption.

Jefferson then lists the abuses by the King. There are too many to list here, read the Declaration and see if any of the abuses apply today.

“In every stage of these Oppressions we have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms…..A prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the  Ruler of a free People.” 

When a rulers acts are the definition of tyranny, he is no longer fit to be the ruler of a free people.

“…and by the authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, Free ad Independent States; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown…….And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

The founders absolved their allegiance to the crown, and instead pledge to each other their lives, their fortunes, and our sacred honor.

TYRANNY OR RIGHTS

Why do I see tyranny where others see government giving rights. Health care is only one example. I see Government telling me what I can and can’t do with by healthcare decisions as tyrannical and a violation of my right to property and contract. Others see Obama care mandates on their health care as somehow gaining rights. We obviously have different visions on how the world works. Compromise between the two visions only creates a chaotic middle ground, and this is where we are right now. Which direction we go from here will determine if we, at some point, will be faced with a similar decision our founders faced in 1776. At that point we will have to “rely on divine Providence, and mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor”, if we are to remain free men.

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Footnotes.

1) From A Patriot’s History Of The United States by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen, pg 25-26

2) From A Patriot’s History Of The United States by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen, pg 25

3) From A Patriot’s History Of The United States by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen, pg 49-50