The results of this lack of knowledge are all too obvious today. The Federal Government has become the Master rather than the agent, and dictates to the States, rather than taking direction from them. The Congress has forgotten its role and the Executive has arrogated more and more power that rightfully belongs to Congress. The only lawful, Constitutional money, gold and silver, has been replaced with paper money, Federal Reserve Notes, issued by private bankers, who have, by debasing our currency, robbed us of our true wealth. A dollar today buys what about 3 cents would buy in 1920, and the dollar has lost approximately 40% of its value since 2000.
We have more regulations that limit our Constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms, issued by non-elected bureaucrats of extra-Constitutional agencies, than our Founding Fathers could have imagined. Our once great Republic has become a Marxist/Fabian Socialist wasteland, and most Americans aren't even aware of it. As Benjamin Franklin reputedly warned us, we have sacrificed our freedom for "security" and have lost both.
Even our food supply is restricted. The food gestapos raid farms and hold women and children at gunpoint for the "crime" of selling raw milk to informed adults. Our right to travel has been converted to a privilege requiring licensing. Our common law right to work and keep the fruits of our labors has been converted to taxable "income". Yet not one person in a hundred is aware of the fraud behind all of these activities.
Yesterday I received a weekly email newsletter from Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger. Below are his comments. I could not have said it so well. Happy Independence Day, America!
Now, a little 4th of July meditation:
I don't use the word "freedom" much any more, but "self-government." Most people think "freedom" means licentiousness, the liberty to do any damned thing you please. It doesn't. The man who is a slave to his passions is no freer than the man who is a slave to a salt mine -- in fact less so, because his slavemaster doesn't need chains & whip.
We are only free to do what we have a moral right to do, no more. Substitute licentiousness & & rebellion & anarchy for that, and you have, well, something that looks like the USA today.
Another thing: no man and certainly no constitution, "grants" or "protects" your rights. You have no rights unless you as a "belligerent claimant in person" ENFORCE those rights. That part of the "self" in self-government. If you won't fight, you aren't free, and your children surely won't be.
Thus the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, after they had made their case against George III & declared the independence of their sovereign states, ended with this warrant:
"With a firm Reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor."
If you aren't willing to pledge the same, NOT when the mob is clamouring for war & patriotism is cheap, but when most of the country opposes the law & the truth, and then stake everything on maintaining your rights, you aren't free, and never will be. When those men signed that Declaration, less than 25% of the country wanted secession and independence, & that number fell sharply when the British troops landed.
Finally, the signers knew there is only one guarantor of liberty. As the Swiss philosopher Henri-Frederic Amiel said 75 years later, "If liberty is to be saved, it will not be by the doubters, the men of science, or the materialists; it will be by religious conviction, by the faith of individuals who believe that God wills men to be free but also pure; it will be by the seekers after holiness, by those old- fashioned pious persons who speak of immortality & eternal life, and prefer the soul to the whole world; it will be by the enfranchised children of the ancient faith of the human race."