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A Re-Declaration of Independence - Third Installment

Diane's "Magnus Opus" is rather long, so it has been broken into excerpts, and we will bring those excerpts in a concise manner here. If you are one who considers knowledge is the key to all worthy endeavors to, in exact wisdom, take back our Republic, Diane Rufino's "Magnus Opus" is a must read.

The previous second installment for "A Re-Declaration of Independence" can be found here.


    For members and officials of the federal government secretly scheming among themselves, along party lines, to disparage, to concoct lies about, to frustrate, to embarrass, to publicly humiliate, to bring charges of impeachment against (based on a fabricated scandal they planted), and to incite protests and violence against a good and exceptionally effective president (President Trump).... a president that the American people overwhelmingly voted for and supported. They did all such scheming to taint his presidency at the very least but hoping to remove him from office. In effect, the Democrat Party, its members in government, its political elites and wealthy supporters, and even the progressive main-stream media attempted a coup d'etat. Government (nor a political party so entrenched in the government) should never have the ability to undo the decisions and wishes of the American people. Government belongs to the People... NOT a political party nor one particular political philosophy.

    For scheming and succeeding in passing a bill through Congress to establish the Fourteenth Amendment and then scheming (thru the Reconstruction Acts and pure ambition) to have to adopted legally by all the States and then added to the Constitution. There is ample evidence of the shenanigans used by representatives from the Northern and other non-Confederate states in the House of Representatives and the Senate to pass the bill and then to hastily pass the highly unconstitutional Reconstruction Acts (then President Andrew Johnson acknowledged the unconstitutionality and did not want to sign it into law) to deny the former Confederate States their seats in Congress until each of those states ratified and adopted the Fourteenth Amendment. Note that at first, they were allowed their seats back in Congress ("they are our brothers") and all was going fine; the nation was attempting to heal. The former Confederate States were on board with the northern and border States in working together to pass and adopt the Thirteenth Amendment (to abolish slavery) but they were not on board regarding the Fourteenth Amendment. When the former Confederate States refused to adopt that Amendment, its representatives were kicked out of Congress. Congress, exhibiting true and unadulterated ambition for their vision of "the new Union" (post-Civil War Union), passed the Reconstruction Acts, in part to deny them their seats, and their representation, in Congress and predicated on them adopting the Fourteenth Amendment. It was not only a blatant violation of the right to be represented in government (remember how the colonists' cried "No taxation without representation!"), but also it was an outright exercise of coercion by one group of states over another group of states, both subject to the US Constitution and all its rights, assurances, and privileges, in order to alter that document. The Confederate States were good enough to help pass the Thirteenth Amendment but suddenly they were no longer good enough because they wouldn't help pass the Fourteenth Amendment, and because of that, they were subject to extreme constitutional violations.

    For the Supreme Court abusing its power by articulating an unconstitutional doctrine known as the "Incorporation Doctrine," using the arguably illegitimate Fourteenth Amendment. The "Incorporation Doctrine" is the doctrine by which portions of the Bill of Rights have been made applicable to the states. When the Bill of Rights was ratified, the courts held that its protections extended only to the actions of the federal government and that the Bill of Rights did not place limitations on the authority of the state and local governments. However, the post-Civil War era, beginning in 1865 with the Thirteenth Amendment, which declared the abolition of slavery, gave rise to the incorporation of other Amendments, applying more rights to the states and people" over time by sapping the states of their historic sovereign powers and right to legislate according to the will of their own people. Gradually, various portions of the Bill of Rights have been held to be applicable to the state and local governments by incorporation through the Fourteenth Amendment.

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    The power of the federal judiciary to review the constitutionality of a statute or treaty, or to review an administrative regulation for consistency with either a statute, a treaty, or the Constitution itself, is an implied power derived in part from Clause 2 of Section 2. The Court took an extreme liberal view in interpreting the Fourteenth Amendment to come up with its Incorporation Doctrine.

    For wealth distribution (theft from those who produce to those who don't or who are defined by government as not making enough money and therefore "living below the poverty line") which violates the very words and promises laid out in the Declaration of Independence. The second paragraph of the Declaration reads: "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.." Everyone knows that the term "pursuit of happiness" was meant not only to mean "property," but all the happiness and security and success that comes with its accumulation. Charlotte Cushman in her article "Founding Principle of the United States of America: Individual Rights" (July 2016) explained it well: "Re-distribution of wealth doesn't protect rights. The man who earns an honest living has his money taken against his will (theft) to be given to someone else. His right to what he has worked for, that which supports his life, has been violated."

    For deciding that healthcare is an object for which Congress can rightfully legislate, even though the Constitution grants it no such power and even though the Supreme Court could not rightfully find another power which could support the national healthcare act (Affordable Healthcare Act). Yet the statute is still in effect. According to Thomas Jefferson: "To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition." Charlotte Cushman in her article "Founding Principle of the United States of America: Individual Rights" (July 2016) said this about socialized medicine, as it relates to freedom: "Socialized medicine doesn't protect rights or life. The doctors become slaves of the state that regulates how they should practice medicine and the patients no longer can choose the best treatments for the best prices. Their right to use their own minds to decide what to do and to form contractual agreements with each other has been violated."Democrats and even a few Republicans pursued national healthcare and greater entitlement programs, as many suspected, to appeal to mostly Democratic constituents - to make them "more comfortable in their poverty."

    For passing "Bail Out" legislation to rescue certain businesses the government deemed to be too important to fail. By the way, the "bail out" legislation was one of the direct reasons the TEA Party movement was born. In her article "Founding Principle of the United States of America: Individual Rights" (July 2016), Charlotte Cushman wrote: "Bail-outs and subsidies don't protect rights. The government decides who succeeds and who fails instead of citizens who trade with each other. Taxpayers pay to support businesses by force through their tax dollars and become poorer because of it. The right to freedom of association and property has been violated."

    For espousing rhetoric over the many years causing too many Americans (mostly on the left) to have a corrupted concept of essential rights. Now people claim they have a "right" or are entitled to things like an education, medical care, food, housing and so on. But if people have a "right" to something, it means that somebody has to provide it. And when someone has to provide something against his will for someone else, there is only one word to describe it - slavery. The government rightly abolished chattel slavery of humans with the Thirteenth Amendment (humans can't own other humans, as if they were a piece of property), but it forces certain classes of Americans to be so-called slaves to "work for" and support other classes of Americans. Yet if man's survival is the objective, freedom is imperative. Since man does not automatically know how to survive, he has to use his mind in order to figure out how to live. He requires freedom so that he can think and act in accordance with the conclusions of his mind. Therefore, a moral country provides the conditions necessary for this to happen and there is only one political system that does this - the one designed and created by our founding generations.

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    For engaging in criminal solicitation by encouraging militant groups such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter to harm Trump supporters and to wreak violence and property damage to bolster the Democratic Party and its plans for government power.

    For colluding with the media to make sure the American people hear only one view of what is going on - The leftist or progressive government view. Many have labeled the main-stream media as "the fourth branch of government" as it has been serving to be its mouthpiece and promoter. Conservative points of view are excluded from TV, radio, and the internet. Conservatives have even mocked, ridiculed, and called horrible names such as despicables, irredeemables, and domestic terrorists. Such derogatory treatment, led by members of government, have caused great personal harm to good and decent American citizens.

    For raising taxes in order to spend federal revenue on non-constitutional programs (including state grants). Excessive taxation and wealth re-distribution programs are nothing more than legal plunder. Frederic Bastiat made it perfectly clear that it can never be consistent with a free society. "Legal plunder can be committed in an infinite number of ways; hence, there are an infinite number of plans for organizing it: tariffs, protection, bonuses, subsidies, incentives, the progressive income tax, free education, the right to employment, the right to profit, the right to wages, the right to relief, the right to the tools of production, interest free credit, etc., etc. And it the aggregate of all these plans, in respect to what they have in common, legal plunder, that goes under the name of socialism." Gideon J. Tucker offered this astute observation: "No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session." (1866) In his Inaugural Address (1801), Thomas Jefferson spoke these words: "A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government." He also wrote: "To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." Of course we know that Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence which outlines the essential principles and foundations of liberty that formed the basis of our existence as a free nation.

    For using tax revenue to unconstitutionally control and coerce the once-sovereign States. By using "conditioned" grants to the states, the federal government has found "an end run around the Constitution," both in word and in the spirit of federalism (the one-time most effective of "checks" on the power of the federal government; this was a unique and brilliant design feature of our American government system to keep the federal government limited and constrained within the confines of the Constitution. The use of public taxation as a means to control the States (which are always revenue-poor), along with the Supreme Court's unconstitutional creation of the "incorporation doctrine" using the Fourteenth Amendment to strip them of their historic sovereign rights and powers, has done immeasurable harm to the power of the States and has diminished greatly their ability to stand on their own and offer the kind of resistance to an ambitious federal government (the final and the most effective of "checks and balances") that our Founders designed and created with the US Constitution, and which each of the States relied on in ratifying it.

    For unconstitutionally growing and multiplying our Entitlement programs. Chriss Jami explains: "Man is not, by nature, deserving of all that he wants. When we think that we are automatically entitled to something, that is when we start walking all over others to get it." In absolute truth, there is no power granted to the federal government that authorizes it to establish entitlement programs, welfare programs, or wealth-distribution policies. According to Charles Koch: "Instead of fostering a system that enables people to help themselves, America is now saddled with a system that destroys value, raises costs, hinders innovation and relegates millions of citizens to a life of poverty, dependency and hopelessness. This is what happens when elected officials believe that people's lives are better run by politicians and regulators than by the people themselves. Those in power fail to see that more government means less liberty, and liberty is the essence of what it means to be American. Love of liberty is the American ideal."

    For engaging in criminal solicitation against American citizens whom they don't respect (not their party). For example, Rep. Maxine Waters engaged in criminal solicitation by calling on her followers to harass members of Trump's cabinet and advisors, to get in their faces, to threaten them, and as she specifically said: "Make them feel like they are not welcome." In fact, liberals/Democrats/progressives took her message seriously and did just as she instructed them. They harassed Sarah Huckabee Sanders so thoroughly that she and her family were forced to leave a restaurant where they went to dine in privacy. Calling out certain American citizens and making them feel like "they do not belong" is reminiscent of the Nazi Party of Germany in 1933. The party solidified its power by identifying every type of political opponent as a threat and as an enemy of the state, and one by one, going after them and either ostracizing them, jailing them, or sending them to concentration camps. And let us not forget Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex who engaged in criminal solicitation by calling on members of the left to occupy airports and interfere with its orderly operation.

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    For suppressing free speech primarily by colluding with the highly liberal main-stream media and by weaponizing various offices and agencies of the federal government against those who espouse views it deems unacceptable. A good example is the actions of government ever since Barack Obama was elected as president. Another example is the mandate to Lois Lerner, head of the IRS, by President Obama, to use its powers to grant or deny tax-exempt status to organizations to deny such to any Tea Party or other patriot organization. Even though Obama publicly denied Ms. Lerner had any intent to do so, the evidence was overwhelming and an internal audit confirmed that there was a clear intent to target conservative groups. As Dennis Prager wrote in his article "I Now Better Understand 'The Good German" (Townhall, January 5, 2021): "Half of America, the non-left half, is afraid to speak their minds at virtually every university, movie studio and large corporation -- indeed, at virtually every place of work. Professors who say anything that offends the left fear being ostracized if they have tenure and being fired if they do not. People are socially ostracized, publicly shamed and/or fired for differing with Black Lives Matter, as America-hating and white-hating a group as has ever existed. And few Americans speak up. On the contrary, when BLM protestors demand that diners outside of restaurants raise their fists to show their support of BLM, nearly every diner does." Dennis Prager further addresses this subject in his article "The Good American" (Townhall, January 12, 2021): "Now we are faced with a lockdown on speech the likes of which have never been seen in America. And the parallels with Germany are even more stark. The left-wing party (the Democrats) and the left-wing media (the "mainstream media") are using the mob invasion of the Capitol exactly the way the Nazis used the Reichstag fire. On Feb. 27, 1933, exactly one month after the Nazis came to power, the German parliament building, the Reichstag, was set ablaze. The Nazis blamed the fire on their archenemy, the communists, and used the fire to essentially extinguish the Communist Party and its ability to publish, speak or otherwise spread its message. Using the Reichstag fire as an excuse, the Nazis passed the Enabling Act, a law that gave the Nazi chancellor, Adolf Hitler, the power to pass laws by decree -- without the Reichstag."
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