FREE, OR NOT FREE?
Friday, May 04, 2007
"Uncle Sam not only wants you; he wants your email and your phone calls, and he wants a blank check on your bank account." - Harry Browne
Americans have good reason to question whether they are still free. A lot has happened since America's founding fathers sought to protect individual rights from the tyranny of government. Our rights and freedom have been eroded over time – and it is our fault because we allowed it to happen. We allowed the politicians to get away with it.
Today our elected representatives in government seem completely oblivious to the U.S. Constitution. Sure they give lip service to the constitution, but then turn right around and ignore it in order to accomplish their political agenda. It happens in all three branches of government by both Democrats and Republicans.
We became slaves to the government with the passage of the Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution that started the individual income tax. With all that new money coerced and extracted from the People, government expanded exponentially. And then government expanded into areas that the U.S. Congress has no authority over because the People never gave them the explicit power in those areas to legislate. These are the 20 enumerated powers from the U.S. Constitution over which the U.S. Congress has authority and no more:
Article. 1, Section. 8.
The Congress shall have Power To
lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises,
to pay the Debts and provide for the common
Defence and general Welfare of the United States;
but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform
throughout the United States;
To borrow Money on the credit of the United
To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations,
and among the several States, and with the Indian
To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization,
and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies
throughout the United States;
To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and
of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights
To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting
the Securities and current Coin of the United
To establish Post Offices and post Roads;
To promote the Progress of Science and useful
Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors
and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective
Writings and Discoveries;
To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme
To define and punish Piracies and Felonies
committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against
the Law of Nations;
To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and
Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on
Land and Water;
To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation
of Money to that Use shall be for a longer
Term than two Years;
To provide and maintain a Navy;
To make Rules for the Government and Regulation
of the land and naval Forces;
To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute
the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections
and repel Invasions;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining,
the Militia, and for governing such Part
of them as may be employed in the Service of the
United States, reserving to the States respectively,
the Appointment of the Officers, and the
Authority of training the Militia according to the
discipline prescribed by Congress;
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases
whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten
Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular
States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become
the Seat of the Government of the United States,
and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased
by the Consent of the Legislature of the
State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection
of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards and other
To make all Laws which shall be necessary and
proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing
Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution
in the Government of the United States
or in any Department or Officer thereof.
So why, then, have we allowed our politicians to create, enact, appropriate and expend money for functions and organizations such as the following that are clearly unconstitutional?
A Department of Education;
A Department of Health and Human Services; and to
Allow self-rule for the District of Columbia.
So long as "We, the Sheeple" do nothing to change our government, we will continue to lose our freedoms. Apathy has become rampant in the United States by us – the slaves of government, while the special interest groups just keep-on pushing for new legislation that We, the Sheeple must pay for.
In order to regain our freedom and liberty we must repeal the Sixteenth Amendment. That will begin the downsize effort to reduce the size and power of the federal government to the level our founder's intended. We must only elect or reelect congressional representatives and presidents who pledge to repeal the Sixteenth Amendment and to strictly follow the U.S. Constitution the way Ron Paul does. Nothing else will suffice.