Skip to comments.You say you want a revolution? Here is how to restore freedom in America.
Posted on 06/29/2012 11:04:52 AM PDT by Greg Swann
Will Republicans repeal Obamacare next January -- or ever? Don't hold your breath. Mainstream politicians of both parties are addicted to corporate campaign contributions -- and who knows what other kinds of bribes? -- so what we will get will be a pathetic, cosmetic "reform" of Rotarian Socialist medicine. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
If you want to restore the liberty of the American people, you will need to change the United States Constitution. And you will have to do that by constitutional convention and state-by-state ratification, because there is no way that Congress will vote for the necessary changes.
In a very short summary, here is what needs to be done, if the head of steam built up by libertarians, by free-market conservatives and by the Tea Party movement is not to be wasted. The text within the quotation marks is proposed amendatory language, followed by a discussion of the objective to be achieved.
1. "The words 'general welfare' appearing in the United States Constitution or its Amendments do not create any powers of the legislative, executive or judicial branches of the government of the United States. Any legislation authorized by the words 'general welfare' is repealed." This gets rid of one of the most pernicious pieces of federal elasticity.
2. "Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3 of the United States Constitution is stricken in its entirety. Any legislation authorized by that clause is repealed." This does away with the power of the federal government to regulate commerce. The interstate commerce clause is second only to the general welfare clause as a means of enlarging the power of the national government.
3. "Amendment 16 to the United States Constitution is stricken in its entirety. Any legislation authorized by that Amendment is repealed." Goodbye federal income tax. The federal government will have to return to taxation by capitation -- the head tax.
4. "Amendment 17 to the United States Constitution is stricken in its entirety. Any legislation authorized by that Amendment is repealed." This language puts the Senate back under the control of the states. This was a vital check on federal power. Its absence is what has permitted the most abusive usurpations of power by the federal leviathan.
5. "No governmental entity in the United States nor any office-holder or employee of any governmental entity in the United States is immune from criminal prosecution or civil litigation." This eliminates the legal doctrine called sovereign immunity. The argument is that the people ought not be able to sue themselves. But when government functionaries commit crimes against citizens, they should be held fully accountable to the law. Americans fought and died so that no sovereign could tread on the rights of the people.
This language will eliminate much of the federal government. The power to defend the nation will be retained, but most of the alphabet soup agencies will be gone, as will be most of the taxes and regulations strangling our economy -- which means we can look forward to an "economic miracle" in very short order. The states will have to fill some gaps, as will the civil courts, but I think we will all be quietly amazed at how little value the national government brings to civic life -- and how relieved we all will be to be out from under its enormous weight.
If the first word that comes to your mind is "But" -- every word after that will be capitulation to tyranny. If you want freedom, this is just the beginning of the process of dismantling the leviathan state. If you won't support these small overtures to restore American liberty, you will deserve the chains you so proudly wear...
Sorry to disagree. It apparently doesn’t matter what’s written in the U.S. Constitution. It’s a meaningless piece of scrap paper now.
Until and unless we develop a population that is WAY more educated in the principles of Constitutional government, a Constitutional Convention would be a very dangerous proposition.
This could quickly degenerate into a free-for-all with every whacko leftist group putting up their own amendments for a Right to Healthcare, a Right to a Job, etc. (basically the whole FDR Second Bill of Rights speech and then some)
Here’s a sign of the coming revolution:
Smith & Wesson stock up over 18% today.
Do you really want to slay Fedzilla?
Shut down the Federal Reserve.
it is the main pillar of Progressive Gov’t. All Progressive Gov’t schemes (obamacare is a prime example) is built on the ability of Gov’ts to run massive deficits. Eliminate that, and you eliminate Fedzilla.
Sound proposals all.
any constitutional convention is guaranteed to get hijacked by the left. then you’ll see the bill of rights gutted before yoru very eyes. starting with teh second ammendment.
Add a gold standard.
No borrowing unless pursuant to an actual declaration of war by Congress.
The VERY first strike will be anybodys’ claim to anything FREE. You pays or you stays!
Codify the state’s right to secession.
Eliminate the federal criminal code, and federal criminal courts.
“Sorry to disagree. It apparently doesnt matter whats written in the U.S. Constitution. Its a meaningless piece of scrap paper now.”
This fact I also acknowledged.
An amendment might also make it clear that the Federal Employees in black robes don’t have the final word on the Federal Constitution. Instead may(in keeping with their oath) mealy nully unconstitutional acts like the other 2 branches, and the States domestically.
“Codify the states right to secession.”
Probably the signal most important element to keeping the consent of the governed. The ability of the governed to withdraw, imply at least a minimal level consent.
They were warned.
Then we'd have to go back to the Gold Bullion Backing for our Monetary System.
Since that GOLD is gone, we wouldn't have much of an economy. Except for new jobs in the Gold Digging Industry.
And what is backing our currency now?
Split the Nation in two - one free and loyal to the constitution and it’s people and the other international fascist.
So the question before us is stay married or get divorced. If we cannot negotiate a better slave contract — and the Tea Party movement, most fundamentally, is a slave rebellion — then we will at least know where we stand.
No...succession is the only answer now.
> Split the Nation in two - one free and loyal to the constitution and its people and the other international fascist.
I have always liked that idea. Getting rid of the 17th Amendment would do a lot to promote individual liberty in some states.
It is way past time to reverse the monster in Versailles on the Potomac. We have tried everything to reverse the course it is intent on following. Not even over a million protesters marching on Versailles made a dent.
All the words in the world will mean nothing if good men do nothing. Patrick henry said: “I know not what course others may take; but, as for me, give me Liberty or give me Death.” He said this knowing full well that he may have been hung by the British for treason to the Crown. He had guts. Are we less brave or have we become a nation of cowards?
I REFUSE to accept this ruling.
Fairies and magic unicorns that shit skittles. Obviously.
It would be great to have an amicable divorce,
but bear in mind, the core of the other ideology is control of the individual and elimination of individual liberty. They aren’t going to be satisfied with controlling those who want to be controlled. That’s no fun, and doesn’t satisfy them in the least. They MUST control those who don’t want to be.
They won’t let us go peaceably.
The commerce clause could easily be defanged with a simple clarification.
The federal government only has the power to regulate interstate commerce in the specific case where two or more states are in conflict. The mere threat of federal intervention would cause the conflicting states to work it out, and there would then be very very few instances where this clause came into effect.