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MODERN FEDERALIST. No. 3

The Balanced Center - The Constitution
For the Independent Thinker.
Robert Briscoe

To the People of the Unites States of America:

What human beings are really seeking is individual happiness and self-realization. Human happiness thrives only in a certain kind of environment. The prerequisites for the environment are being destroyed. But, most people just know they are not happy.

Scores of unnecessary problems have risen to plague humanity. The answer to most of the problems is comparatively simple. Return to fundamentals. Get back to basics.

The American founders measured political systems in terms of the amount of coercive power or systematic control which a particular system of government exercises over its people. In other words, the yardstick is not political parties, but political power… the two extremes being ANARCHY and TYRANNY.

These seem to be the rules of Rulers:

  • People are not equal but they are divided into classes.
  • The thrust of the government is top down.
  • People have no unalienable rights only what government gives.
  • The people are considered the property of the government.
  • The rulers issue edicts which are called laws. The rulers interpret and enforce the law.
  • The enforcement of law is nearly always by force.
  • Problems are always solved by issuing more edicts or laws, setting up more bureaus, more harassing the people with regulations and burden of taxes.

If you look closely at these types of government you will see harsh oppressive rulers with a long history of blood and terror, both anciently and in modern times. Under it, the people are stratified into an aristocracy of the rulers and a lot of common people in perpetual poverty, excessive taxation, stringent regulations and a continuous existence of misery.

These seem to be the rule of Freemen.

  • Decisions and selection of leaders is by consent of the people.
  • Laws by which they are governed are considered natural laws.
  • Power was dispersed among the people and never allowed to be concentrated in a group.
  • Primary responsibility for resolving problems rested first with the individual, then the family, then the community, then region and finally the nation.
  • They are organized into groups where every adult had a voice and a vote.
  • They believe the rights of the individual were considered unalienable rights.
  • The system of justice was structured on severe punishment unless complete reparations could be made.
  • They always tried to solve the problem at the level where the problem originated.
  • Accused persons are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty.

The people of Ancient Israel and Anglo-Saxon Common Law functioned under two systems quite similar to this fundamental order. The entire code of justice is based on primarily on reparations to the victim rather than fines and punishment by the commonwealth.

The American Revolutionary War did not commence as a war for independence but originally designed merely to protect the rights of the people from the arrogant oppression of a tyrannical king. The founding fathers wanted the rights and rule of English freemen under Anglo-Saxon Common Law.

The Balanced Center

The founding fathers found that “the Articles of Confederation” was too far to the right; i.e. "No Law" or Anarchy. The national government ended up being little more than a general “Committee of the States”. They made recommendations to the states and then prayed that the states would respond favorably. The founders struggled to get America firmly planted in the balanced center of the political spectrum. James Madison later wrote:

The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite… The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement and prosperity of the State (Federalist Papers, No. 45, pp 292-93)
The fixing of our Constitution in the center of the political spectrum was designed to maintain this political equilibrium between people, the states, and the federal government. The idea was to keep the power base close to the people. The reason for separate departments in our government was one of solving problems while the other was preserving resources and individual freedom.

Every generation of Americans struggled to pay off the national debt up until the present one. Jefferson warned against confiscatory taxation and deficit spending. He said it was immoral for one generation to pass on the results of its extravagance in the form of debts to the next generation. The founders also warned that the only way for the nation to prosper was to have equal protection of “rights,” and not allow the government to get involved in trying to provide equal distribution of “things.” They also warned against the pooling of property as advocated by the proponents of communism. Samuel Adams said:

The Utopian schemes of leveling [re-distribution of the wealth] and a community of goods [central ownership of means of production and distribution], are as visionary and impractical as those which vest all property in the Crown. [These ideas] are arbitrary, despotic, and, in our government, unconstitutional. (William V. Wells, The life and Public Servant of Samuel Adams, 3 vols. [Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1865], 1:154)

Jefferson wrote:

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. (Ford, Writings of Thomas Jefferson, 10:4)
No other sure foundation can be devised for the preservation of freedom and happiness… Preach… a crusade against ignorance, establish and improve the law for educating the common people. Let our countrymen know that the people alone which can protect us against these evils [of misgovernment]. (Bergh, Writings of Thomas Jefferson, 5:396-97)

Today our government has shifted into a tyrannical government by the elite political aristocracy who know better that we. Both parties have gathered illegitimate new powers at the expense of our freedoms. They are enacting laws which are against the laws of nature and humanity, thus enslaving the citizens with debt and visionary, impractical schemes. Shame on us… we’ve wanted a life of ease. To get it, we repeatedly empowered thieves, liars, and con men, simply because they promised us ease. Our politicians promise but don’t deliver… can’t deliver their promises against the laws of nature.

The critical moment in history has come. Our governmental officials are out of step with nature. “Just do something” is not the answer. Shortcuts have consequences. You simply cannot rename or change the rules and get a different result. The laws of nature do not change that way. Nothing comes easy; nothing happens fast. Rewards take hard work, patience and dedication. Nature does not make false promises… it does, however, provide pain because of stupidity.

Right is right, even if no one is going it; and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it.

Justice can never be expected from laws arbitrarily passed in violation of standards set up under the laws of nature. If the laws of nature could be changed by vote I’m not sure we could depend upon anything to be consistent.

Our Constitution for the past two hundred plus years has provided a system of government where people have had the freedom to seek individual happiness and self-realization. Industry, wealth and good have thrived under this constitution. This government has the best track record in providing a thriving atmosphere for human and economical development in the world. And the United States has blessed the entire world. The other governments of the world have not provided this blessing or development unless they have followed our example. In fact, their people want to come to America to live.

In the meantime, our new generation of humans seem to feel they need to reinvent the wheel. The progress is in reverse. They are using drugs, riots, terrorism, unnatural sexual practices, organized crime, brutalizing children, living in debt-ridden properity, serial marriages and other insanity related civil practices.

My conclusion is that since the Constitution of the United States has proved itself in the past 200+ years and we need more countries to follow our origional example. In the meantime, because the United States is declining, we must strictly adhere to the Constitution and the laws of nature as it was originally intended to be followed. Return to fundamentals. Get back to basics.

PUBLIUS.

 

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