This well considered contributed post, brimming with thfe wisdom of a habitual sage, is Diane Rufino's Magnus Opus. A Re-Declaration of Independence ... think about Diane's title ... it is an ominous collection of words that begs for a statement of fact, and a conclusion of performance planned for future generations of real patriots, who must heed the call to 're-declare OUR independence' by re-declaring their independence from all that would control their incorruptible spirits against the pronounced, wisdom and the declared advisements by OUR Founders, a humbling history of how to sustain this Republic.
This article is dedicated to our great Founding Fathers - men who had the courage, the foresight, and the wisdom to secure the freedom that I exercise and enjoy every single day. - Diane Rufino
The purpose of this article is to remind Patriots and others who love this country that all is not lost. This article in essence, plain and simple, is a call to action! The answer and solution lies in the very document that articles the principles and natural law philosophy which define our country and the very foundation upon which she rests - The Declaration of Independence. The reason people don't know this is because for too many decades now, the serious study of our founding documents has been removed from our public school curriculum.
The solution lies in the first and second paragraphs of the Declaration. In the first paragraph, Thomas Jefferson boldly proclaimed: "When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."
In the second paragraph, Jefferson explained: "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. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness..... "
The reason why citizens need to be able to shed an abusive government is to protect and continue to secure their natural and God-given rights.
Abolishing this government is an absolute must. I have little doubt that it will shed any of its powers, divest itself of unconstitutional offices and agencies, decrease taxation so it doesn't allow itself to spend for unconstitutional purposes, transform the federal judiciary into a system of courts that strictly interprets the Constitution (citing the Federalist Papers, the writings of any of its drafters or signers, or any of the debates in the state ratifying conventions in their "opinions"
). I have no doubt that any congressman or senator would have any desire to limit his or her power, or that of the leviathan that he or she works for. Power corrupts. The other option is for the country to split up. Yes, I'm talking about secession or a negotiated and peaceful split. This option might be preferable in order to accommodate the diametrically opposed philosophy (government-wise) of its people. And yes, the very words and truths articulated in the Declaration of Independence provide the basis for this.
Now, as we have learned over the years -- talk is cheap. And the protests of elder, white-haired limping Americans is futile and laughable. Sure, we have the precious right of free speech and the right to petition our government (including protest). These rights are not only in the Bill of Rights but they are in the very FIRST amendment. We've seen how ineffective our speech, our massive protests, and our magnificent DC marches have been. More than anything, they have served to make us nothing more than fools, despicables ...
And now we have learned that our popular voice (ie, our vote) doesn't work either. It can be bought, replicated, stolen, misappropriated from a death certificate, or simply fabricated by mal-intentioned party operatives.
But violence, threats, leaking sensitive information, looting, property damage, and even murder ... now that's something. That is what works.
Violence and destruction does work, doesn't it? Government recognizes it, responds to it (positively), and often encourages it (usually for its own purposes). And that's the problem, isn't it.? Government ignores the peaceful protests, the well-meaning petitions, the thoughtful supplications, and the intelligent debates but responds to the barbaric gang-style outbursts of hoodlum-types and ignoranuses. How are we to expect, or even hope to expect, that peaceful protests , well-meaning petitions, thoughtful supplications, intelligent debates, and sincere remonstrances will be effective? Surely they can't be the only "weapons of choice"
in this novel scheme called America. Surely our Founding Fathers didn't think so.
Ambrose Bierce wisely stated: "Democracy is preserved with 3 boxes: the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box."
Surely our Founding Fathers didn't expect such options to be the end all- be all in the defense of our liberties and in the vigilante oversight of our government.... one that has quickly become corrupt and tyrannical. After all, they certainly didn't limit themselves to those options. We just need to look at the fiery speech delivered by Patrick Henry's speech on March 23, 1775, at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia:
"We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne! In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free-- if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending--if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained--we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!"
The point I am trying to make is that while speech is cheap (and is actually an essential protected right), it is action that Patriots MUST take. They absolutely must commit themselves to engage in mass civil disobedience (at the very least; for example, a nationwide protest involving not paying federal income tax) and even to commit violence and property destruction for this country. The government has become so badly tyrannical and abusive (as well as undignified and a universal joke) that most people have absolutely no trust or faith in it to do the right thing for decent hard-working Americans - that is, those other than minorities who are stuck in lower-paying jobs or have become generationally- dependent on welfare, or who have placed too much attention on victim hood, illegal immigrants, or those with confused gender issues, This government is hostile to such patriotic hard-working Americans - punishing them with progressive schools, high taxes, property confiscation, and suppression of speech.
James Madison wrote: "If there be a principle that ought not to be questioned within the United States, it is, that every nation has a right to abolish an old government and establish a new one. This principle is not only recorded in every public archive, written in every American heart, and sealed with the blood of a host of American martyrs; but is the only lawful tenure by which the United States hold their existence as a nation."
(September 7, 1793)
And so, again, the solution lies within the first and second paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence. It is grounded in the laws of Nature, Nature's God, and in the statement in the second paragraph that establishes the Right of the People to alter or to abolish the government, and to institute a new one that serves only its rightful purposes. After all, as the Declaration acknowledges and establishes: Governments derive "their just powers from the consent of the governed,"
which is we, the People. The Declaration of Independence, in a very sense, is the blueprint for the action we must take if we intend to save our original Constitution (with its stated meaning and intent), to continue securing our natural and God-given rights from government intervention, and to save our republic.
In the 12th century in England, the people began to become aware of their rights and to assert them. An early document, the Charter of Liberties of 1100 was written by King Henry I when he ascended to the thrown in that year. It was an early recognition of individual liberties. And then in 1215, the English nobles forced King John to sign the Magna Carta (the "Great Charter") acknowledging the rights of those in his kingdom and therefore placing limits on his power. In 1649, after King Charles I suspended Parliament (the people's body; established in the Magna Carta), instigated a civil war, and proved to be an absolute tyrant, Parliament successfully brought charges of treason against him and had him executed for his excessive abuses of power. In 1688, being fed up with the objectionable policies of King James II (including the confiscation of firearms of political opponents), a group of English Parliamentarians invited the Dutch magistrate William III of Orange-Nassau (William of Orange) to overthrow the King. They promised a bloodless transition. intervention. William's successful invasion with a Dutch fleet and army led to James fleeing to France and abdicating the throne. In December 1688, Parliament appointed William as provisional governor. In 1689, William and his wife Mary (who happened to be King James II's daughter), were presented with the English Bill of Rights, which was essentially written to have the effect of a contract. William and Mary would lose their right to the throne if they dared to violate or abuse the human rights articulated therein.
All of this history was absorbed into our history, and the repeated charters and remonstrances to the English kings and the subsequent abuses of those documents formed the bases for our founding documents - most especially our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution, and our Bill of Rights.
In the 17th century, philosophers like John Locke pondered on such subjects as where our rights come from and what the rightful role of government should be. He was probably the most prominent philosopher of the Enlightenment era. His writings, together with the England's storied history, influenced our Founding Fathers, especially those who wrote and signed our founding documents, and certainly motivated those to fight for our independence in the American Revolution.
The impact of what our Founders wrote and created to establish this nation is best summed up by Charlotte Cushman in her American Thinker article (July 4, 2016), "Founding Principle of the United States of America: Individual Rights"
Our country was the first and only country in history that was founded on a brand new idea, the idea that people have rights. These rights are:
- • the right to one's own life (which includes that which one has worked for)
- • the right to one's own liberty (freedom to live the way you want provided you don't hurt anyone else)
- • the right to pursue one's own happiness (not everyone else's-yours)
When America was created, there was another new idea -- the idea that the only legitimate purpose of government was to protect these rights, to make sure no person violated the rights of another. Government was not there to tell men what to do, or how to live their lives, or to take by force what each man has earned by his own efforts to give to another. Initiation of force was banned from human relationships. The only proper use of force was in retaliation against those who had initiated force or fraud against another. Force was only used as a means of defending rights through three branches of government: the police, the military and the courts. And that's it. The purpose of government was to only do that one thing and nothing else. It was to protect individual rights.