Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Drought

There is a fundamental difference between the Constitution of the United States of America and almost any other government document in history. But it isn't separation of powers, or the two party system (which isn't even in the constitution) nor even the bi-cameral legislature. The thing that makes the CUSA special, and even today nearly unique is the distinction it makes between Les Droits de l'Homme and the "powers" of government.

The Bill of Rights was almost excluded... not because it was debated as to whether Freedom of the Press, and all the rest were bad principles, but because a large faction felt that these rights were so obvious as to need no explicit definition.

Moreover, the Bill of Rights does not "grant" anyone any rights. To the framers of the Constitution "rights" were self-evident all people (Ok, well, at least white male landowners) were endowed with by the creator. Any governing authority which contravened or expropriated those rights was violating more fundamental "laws" than any Constitution.

The right to be secure in our persons and belongings is "inalienable" meaning that the government can infringe those rights, but it CAN NOT take them away. The right to keep and bear arms isn't a "grant;" the entire "ban guns" legal argument is based upon a fallacy. The wording is that the "Right... shall not be infringed." Shall not, not mostly not, or we're giving it to you, but we can take it back, etc etc.

So before we start in on why gun control is bad, or good, or whatever, let me jump back to the point:

It is our DUTY and PRIVILEGE to put a stop to infringements of these rights, for ourselves, and to the extent we are able, for others. Firstly, don't vote for someone who doesn't fully and wholeheartedly support your inherent, inalienable rights. Talk to the officials who are elected. They are there to represent everyone, not just the people who voted for them or gave them money. Make your voice heard. Because if you don't stop it within the bounds of Constitutional authority, every American citizen, natural born or naturalized, is honor bound to those who died to get it for you in the first place to take up arms against their own government if necessary.

No one can tell you when that necessary point is, but it should be a Damocletian sword over every government official. I get agitated by the "Never Forget" slogans and the yellow ribbons because most of those campaigns (which aren't bad of themselves) have completely forgotten why we are here, how we got here, and what we are ostensibly fighting for. It is crucial to learn and teach and remember that this country was won from a tyrant by a Revolutionary Army. Our America the Beautiful once had a government comprised almost entirely of "traitors," "seditionists," and "treasonous insurrectionists." This Land of the Free was born in the blood of "freedom fighters". And the Home of the Brave became such because of the courage of farmers, tradesmen, professionals, clergy... who decided that the time was right and that action was necessary.

So the explanation that there is a law which makes it mandatory to "voluntarily self-assess" the tax which I "owe" the government rings hollow in my ears, and the ears of any well-informed American. It rings like the steel of the oppressor's sword.

For now, we pay "our" taxes. For now we still sit by and let the new aristocracy gather more and more "authority" to themselves. But one day, one day, Americans - farmers, tradesmen, professionals, clergy - will decide they have had enough.

And on that day the Tree of Liberty, long in the drought, will be refreshed.

No comments: