WE THE PEOPLE of the united states, in order to form a more perfect union,establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense,promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America.
Those powerful words are the introduction to our constitution. The constitution outlines the responsibilities of the federal government. It lists specific obligations to be upheld to support the union. It also specifically lists certain things which the government shall NOT do. The constitution not only outlines the responsibilities of the government but it also outlines our rights. Some people misunderstand this to mean that the constitution gives us our rights. I shake my finger while i say no no no. Its important to understand that the constitution does not give us our rights. If this was the case then that would mean that the government has the right to take them away. Its important to understand that our rights were given to us by our creator, as mentioned in the declaration of independence; All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. Whoever you believe your creator to be, whether it’s god or buddha, or allah or whoever. you are born with your rights. The constitution simply highlights them with language intended to serve as a warning to government to make it clear that they are not to even attempt to take them away.
Today both people in government and ordinary citizens have forgotten the basic function behind the constitution. It is the chain around the neck of the government which keeps it in check, and protects our rights in the process. The federal government is not the ultimate authority. The only powers it has are that which we have granted to it through the constitution.
Here is an example of how the government used to respect and abide by the constitution back in the day, compared to the way they totally ignore it today.
In the year 1920, alcohol was banned by the government with the ratification of the 18th amendment. And then in the year 1933 the ban was lifted with the ratification of the 21st amendment, which repealed the 18th amendment. Now lets think about this for a minute. It took a constitutional amendment to give the government the authority to ban, to criminalize the possession, manufacture, and transportation of a certain substance. And it took another constitutional amendment to reverse this ban. This goes to show that this was back in a time when a little of the spirit of the founders still lingered in those who served in our government. They understood and at least still partially respected the fact that the only authority they had was granted though the constitution. And they went though the proper process to achieve that end. Fast forward to modern day. Can anyone point out to me the constitutional amendment which grants the feds the authority to criminalize street drugs? How about the amendment which grants them the authority to make gun regulations? hmm… you cant can you? because they dont exist. Dont misunderstand me. I dont support the use of street drugs. The point I’m making is that the government, at the federal level, doesent have the authority to criminalize or even regulate it. These are issues that should be handled though the state legislators. Lets remember the tenth amendment: The powers not delegated to the United States through the constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people. Lots of things these days that should be handled exclusively at the state level are dictated by the feds. And the problem has spread beyond congress. Lots of the federal agencies like the ATF, IRS, and EPA create their own laws which they expect us to abide by. And they will lock us up and/or shut our business down if we dare disobey. Let us now remember article 1 section 1 of the constitution; All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a congress of the United States, which shall consist of a senate and house of representatives. I dont see it saying anything about the ATF or EPA or any other federal bureaucracy having legislative powers. Maybe theres some pages missing from my copy of the constitution here… hmm
There are so many federal laws today that the average person commits 2 to 3 federal crimes every day. Have you ever connected to an unsecured wifi internet connection? maybe your neighbor in the apartment next door doesent have a password set up on his internet and you connect to it on your laptop to surf the web? third degree felony offense at the federal level. Have you ever taken prescription medicine that isent prescribed to you? example:
They have been ignoring the boundaries of their authority for long enough. We have to start fighting against unjust laws. By complying with them, we are aiding the system and allowing it to continue. If your ever charged with an unjust crime, fight it! dont make any plea deals. Demand a trial by jury. Bring to light the fact that the law itself is null and void. Make your case as public as possible. Draw attention to it so that others know they arent alone. This isent a silver bullet but its a start. We are never gonna take our country back if we continue to be timid, keeping our heads down, and going along to get along. Its time to get loud, get in their face and remind them who we are and who, according to our founding documents has the real power. WE THE PEOPLE!