BACDKGROUND: Today all we hear is impeachment; the tearing down and removal of our history and historical reminders; the attacks on our institutions such as the Electoral College, States Rights, freedom of speech and Equal Representation; the branding of our Founding Fathers as Racist; the “need” to elect a President by popular vote and to eliminate equal representation in the Senate; and many more examples of the tyranny of the minority trying to reduce our Democratic Republic to an oligarchy led by Leftist Elites (rule by a select few).
The Left has systematically attacked the pillars of our Republic. The Electoral College; the fact that each State has an equal number of Senators, 2, to represent them, and the Constitution itself by trying to make it a “living” document that can change with the times. The Left has usurped education and inserted their anti-republic ideologies into the curriculum, K-University. The Left has dominant control over the main stream media through which to continue the anti-republic indoctrination that began in kindergarten. The Left sold “Fair Trade” as a panacea for all peoples when in fact it was a way to hobble the US economy with stifling regulations and controls while allowing our adversaries and enemies to prosper unfettered. The Left has created a permanent bureaucracy through which to ignore elections and perpetuate economic, foreign policy, social, and law enforcement Leftist policies. They have created an anti-free-speech environment where contrary thought and speach is not accepted and silenced. Only Leftist speech, thus thought, is acceptable. You either conform or you are cast out… Sound like Facism? That is what it is.
But in order to understand how an “elite” few on the left, an oligarchy, could seek to destroy the most stable and free form of government ever devised, we need to understand how this government came to be and the growing pains it endured in order to be created.
In order to discuss our maturation, we must first acknowledge that “American” colonists were residents of a British Colony/British American Colony and were first and foremost citizens of Great Britain. Many of its residents were also from other parts of Europe as well as slaves brought in from Africa and elsewhere. Regardless, they were subjects of British Monarchial rule and not free to self-govern. By the time of the American Revolution, colonists had become angry over their lack of self-governance, high taxation, and dictatorial edicts emanating from the “mother” country. The British colonist sought freedom to control their own destinies from any government and sought to create some form of organization to allow them to govern themselves and to achieve a high degree of individual freedom. It can be argued that if King George III had loosened his grip on the American colony, there may not have been an American Declaration of Independence nor the American Revolution.
The American Revolution
The American Revolutionary War was fought to rid the colonies of the shackles of British rule and provide the colonial citizens the right to determine their own destiny. The colonial revolt began in 1765, made official by the Declaration of Independence in 1776, then culminated when the colonists won their independence from Great Britain in 1783. But it would take until March 4th, 1789, before the colonies would mature from a confederation of the 13 colonies into the Constitutional Republic that we remain today. Our metamorphosis was not sudden, nor hurriedly decided. After all, no single state wanted to be controlled again by another State or heaven forbid a central government. It took time for the States to trust one another and to devise systems that alleviated their fears.
The Articles of Confederation
Following the Declaration Independence, the 13 colonies knew they had to band together in order to prosecute a war against the then world’s most powerful army, the British Army. None of the colonies trusted any form of a central government so during the Second Continental Congress they agreed to the Articles of Confederation on November 15, 1777. The Articles were ratified by all of the colonies on March 1st, 1781. It may seem remarkable today that it took almost 4 years to ratify the Articles but remember that horseback was the mode of transportation, the delegates had farms and businesses to run, and they were fighting the British at the same time!
The overriding principle of the Articles of Confederation was the preservation of each State’s sovereignty and independence. The very definition of the word “confederation” is an alliance or league of entities joined together for economic or political purposes. It was not the establishment of a new central government! The Confederation was constituted to create the final form of government for the States and in the interim conduct business on behalf of the group as permitted by its Congress where each state had one equal vote. The latter point is not insignificant. The One State One Vote rule highlights the States’ fear of central governments and the need to maintain real autonomy at the State level.
The US Constitution and the Birth of the Republic of the United States of America
The Articles of Confederation were effectively shelved with the convening of the Constitutional Convention in 1786. The lack of taxing enforcement and the debts that arose during the Revolutionary War made it imperative that the former colonies create a new form of constitutional government through which the Confederation of States could be governed. While the States had grown closer during the Confederation period, they individually still did not trust a strong central government and thus adopted a new constitution the enshrined a democratic republic form of government. The Articles of Confederation had already set forth a government that included a legislative, executive and judicial branch with recognition of the individual States sovereignty. The US Constitution that was ultimately ratified on June 21, 1778, and mirrored many of the structural aspects of the Articles of Confederation by delineating limited, specific powers of the new central government while reserving all other powers to the individual States.
What is a Republic?
One dictionary definition describes a Republic form of government as follows:
“A state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch.”
The Founders were especially careful to include specific controls to guard against the eroding of State’s rights by the central government and sought to curtail the growth of the central or federal government.
Electoral College: One such control was the inclusion of an Electoral College mechanism to elect the Executive Branch President. The Founders, especially those in the less populous States, feared that the more populous States would elect the President due to their shear number of voters. They sought a mechanism that would mirror each State’s legislative representation in Congress. Each State had 2 electors based on their 2 Senators then had the same number of electors as their members of the house of representatives. The latter was based on the State’s population as established by the constitutionally mandated census to be taken every 10 years.
This proportional model by State did eliminate a pure populous vote in the selection of the President and the Vice President and thus held up the “Republic” model in which all States had a voice in the selection of the executive. It is further upheld by each State’s ability to control their own elections for candidates for federal offices within the limitations set forth in the Constitution. So, both the Executive and Legislative branch elected officials are elected at the State level versus the federal level.
THE CURRENT ATTACK ON THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE BY THE LEFT IS A DIRECT ATTACK ON THE SURVIVAL OF OUR REPUBLIC BY ALLOWING A CONCENTRATION OF POPULATION (like in California and New York) TO ELECT OUR EXECUTIVE OFFICERS TO THE EXCLUSION OF INDIVIDUAL STATES.
The 10th Amendment to the US Constitution is considered to be part of our “Bill of Rights”. This amendment is simple and to the point:
“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.”
In other words, the federal government was given specific powers and authorities under the US Constitution and ALL other powers and authorities were retained solely by the States. The Founders, again, worried about a central federal government becoming too powerful and overwhelming the State’s autonomy and authorities. Unfortunately, the Courts and Congress, with silent ascent from the Executive branch, have eroded much of the State retained autonomy and authority in favor of a larger central government.
What our Founders could not foresee was the gradual erosion of the States autonomy in favor of more power being usurped by the Federal Government. This was primarily accomplished by the Federal Judiciary over the course of decades. Below are a couple of ways the Supreme Court has allowed the Federal Government to increase its powers.
Marbury v Madison (1803): Nowhere in the US Constitution does it grant to the Judiciary the power to decide if a law passed by Congress or an action by the President is “Constitutional”. Nowhere! But, in this decision, the Marshall Court granted ITSELF the power to do so. Some argue that this was what the Founders intended. I disagree. If the Founders had intended that the Federal Judiciary had the superior power, they would have said so in Article III. This decision has allowed SCOTUS to overturn Congressional laws, REINTERPRET what Congress intended specific laws to mean, and to stop the Executive Branch from enforcing federal law according to its own interpretation. In short, Marbury v Madison gave SCOTUS super powers over the Legislative and Executive Branches of our government…
The Commerce Clause: The US Constitution states in Article 1, Section 8: “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.” Liberal controlled SCOTUS has interpreted this to mean that anything that crosses State lines is subject to regulation by the Congress. And Congress has pushed this to the limits to the point that today; if a farmer produces let’s say corn; if that farmer chooses not to sell his corn at all; that farmer is still subject to any regulation Congress passes over the production or use or sale of that corn! Period!
The Right to Privacy: Oh yea, this doesn’t exist in the US Constitution! The Right to Privacy is a concept that originated amongst the Left and they used the Courts arguing that the 1st Amendment, 3rd Amendment, 4th Amendment, and the 5th Amendment implied the Right to Privacy. Why is this important? This is the basis for Roe v Wade, the right to an abortion. Nowhere in the Constitution is abortion permitted nor forbidden. Typically this means that Congress can legislate or regulate this procedure. But, since 1973, the Roe decision has protected the “Right to an Abortion” and has been used to curtail or limit State laws prohibiting or restricting abortions within their jurisdiction. This non-right argument has resulted in 250,000,000 US Citizens being denied the right to life as provided in the 14th Amendment which states in part: “…nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
THE EROSION OF STATE’S RIGHTS IS THE FOUNDATION FOR THE LEFT’S OVERTHROW OF OUR REPUBIC!
The Role of the American Civil War
The American Civil War was fought over a similar issues that caused our founders to issue the Declaration of Independence and to fight the American Revolution. That issue was State versus Federal rights and authorities much like the colony’s rights versus the British Monarchy. In 1858, fearing the election of Abraham Lincoln in the 1960 elections, the Southern States began discussing how to deal with an anti-slavery Republican President. In 1861, representatives from South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas, followed by the upper south (Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas and North Carolina) met to draft their own constitution. On March 11, 1861, these states formally adopted their own new Constitution that mirrored the US Constitution except it granted more autonomy to its States and created the Confederate States of America. This act effectively memorialized their cessation from the United States of America.
Why? Certainly these States were agrarian and relied on slave labor and this practice was vehemently opposed and threatened by the Northern Abolitionist movement represented by the new Republican President, Abraham Lincoln. These States viewed the election of Abraham Lincoln as a direct threat to their ability to set their own policy vis-à-vis slavery and other State’s Rights issues. At stake was the ability of these States to rule themselves independent of a central, Federal government. The slavery issue may have been more a fear factor by these States as Lincoln’s Administration offered them a Constitutional Amendment that would that would guarantee slavery where it legally existed. Lincoln himself in his inaugural address pledged only to hold federal property that was in the possession of the Union on March 4, 1861. The Confederacy’s distrust of the Northern States was such that they feared that eventually they would be forced to give up slavery and yield to northern pressure. The History Channel website discribed the events this way:
“The close connection between the right to revolution and separation from the governing power in the spirit of 1776 was an early theme in the provisional Confederacy. To be sure, the revolution was posited as a peaceful one. Separation from a Union perceived to be under the control of a tyrannical power that would destroy southern institutions was the objective.”
The Confederate leadership believed that the North would not start a war in order to preserve the Union. Following their early meetings in 1858, the Confederacy begin taking over “Federal” forts, armories and other “Federal” assets located in their States. By the time Lincoln was inaugurated in March of 1861, northern federal troops held only Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, Fort Pickens off the Florida coast, and one or two other outposts in the South. The Confederacy sealed the fate of the young nation when they attacked and took control of Fort Sumpter on April 12, 1861. The Fort’s leader, Major Anderson surrendered to the Confederacy’s General P.G.T. Beauregard after only 34 hours. The war was on.
In order to reinforce my point that slavery was a secondary issue to State’s rights, consider the following. Historians have argued that the decision of four border states that stood between the Union and the Confederacy was key as to whether there would have been a Civil War at all. The History Channel described the delicate balance as follows:
“The provisional Confederacy likewise sought vigorously to stimulate secession sentiment in the border states. ( Virginia, Maryland, Missouri, and Kentucky) Had all the border slave states thrown in their lot with one or the other government, there might not have been a war, or conversely, separation might well have become an accomplished fact.”
Ironically, the Confederate attack and takeover of Fort Sumpter caused two border States, Maryland and Delaware to side with the Union. Kentucky and Missouri declared themselves to be neutral but eventually sided with the North. Lincoln joined the fight to prevent the Confederate Cessation and ultimately the Union prevailed.
The Left’s Attack On the Confederacy and History
Ironically the Confederate constituents were the forerunners of the modern Democrat Party. Ironic since the Left Wing of this party is now trying to erase the Confederacy from our public squares and rewrite history. Ironic since there are two valuable lessons that the American People must remember:
- That the Union of States that make of the Democratic Republic called the United States of America must be protected and defended in order to guarantee that all of its People remain sovereign.
- That State’s Rights are paramount to our individual and collective Freedoms. The Federal Government must stick to the enumerated duties, powers and responsibilities that are specifically defined in the Constitution. All other Rights must remain with the States and the People.
The Cracks The Left Exploits
After taking a look at how we arrived at 2020, it is easy to see certain cracks that have occurred or been created that Left exploits. For one, most Americans are busy raising their families and making a living. It is not that they are apathetic as to the governing of their country, it is that they have expected their representatives to represent the People’s interest and not that of the government, and thus themselves. In 2008, the seeds were sown that created the Tea Party Movement. This is a movement that is outside of either political party and seeks to realign our country according to what is was meant to be, a country by the People.
The Left almost succeeded in ripping up our Constitution either by direct action or simply ignoring it. The legislative branch is almost worthless at this point and non responsive to the People. The current administration has gone a long way in forcing this body to act on issues the people expect to be fixed. The 2018 mid-term set this momentum back a big but it may take hold again depending on the 2020 elections. The Judiciary occupants are now being replaced with originalist or textualist judges that will hopefully stop all of the judicial activism and interference that has been taking place. The Left succeeded in corrupting our DOJ, FBI, Intelligence agencies and more to the point that they would seek to overturn an election. Hopefully this too will be righted.
Our Founders lived literally through fire and created the most stable Democratic Republic in History. One such Founder, Thomas Jefferson, stated: “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.“ In the 1860’s this revolution took the form of an armed conflict that killed 700,000 or so American citizens. In modern times, the Nationalist, America First revolution may become our third revolution through which to reset our Republic to its roots. Just like in the 1770s, it will take a vigilant and courageous People to act.
Sorry for the history lessons but it is important to have a common understanding how and why this nation was formed; the methods used to erode some of its founding principles; and how those that seek its demise will use One branch of our government against the other; the Federal Government against the States; and the States against the Federal Government to accomplish their goals. Republics are fragile by their very nature and dependent upon the controls set forth in the Constitution that created them for their survival. In the end, it is up to the people to protect themselves, their State, and the Republic itself.
The Only Thing Standing In The Way of the Left are We the People