Thursday, March 16, 2006

A new truth

Ok, you've been lied to. OMG, could that be? How could anyone do such a thing? Who did it? Who lied?

Your teachers, your professor, your government. Why? In order to make you a good little, controllable citizen.

What did they lie about?

They lied about who's in charge.

Read this:

"For whenever a question arises between the society at large, and any magistrate vested with powers originally delegated by that society, it must be decided by the voice of that society itself. There is not upon earth any other tribunal to resort to." - William Blackstone, Blackstone's Commentaries

Now reread it and think about it.

What the great law writer, Sir William Blackstone, stated a couple of hundred years ago, still goes today. We the People are in charge. You should have learned that in your civics classes, in your government classes. But no. We are taught that the law as decided by the judges is final, especially if those judges sit on the supreme Court. But all of them have forgotten, or at least are ignoring, the truth and that is that their power comes FROM the People. The People have the final say and if We the People don't like what a judge decides, We the People in a simple majority (50% + 1) can override any and all judicial decisions.

That's right. If We the People gather 50% + 1 signatures of voters, we can decide Kelo v. New London to be invalid. We the People can invalidate Roe v. Wade. Not only is this concept stated succintly in Blackstone but it is written in no hidden terms in the Declaration of Independence, thusly:

.--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...

So next time you think you know something, question it. Study it. Review it. You might just find out you were brain-washed because someone had an agenda. Do I? Of course. I want thinking, independent people not a flock of sheeple feeding on the pablum of government.


Monday, March 13, 2006

Government secrecy

Have you ever wondered just how secretly the government of the United States was authorized to function? Have you noticed that the government tends to claim national security whenever the government doesn't want the People to know what the government is doing? Have you ever taken the time to see just what secrecy powers the Constitution grants to the federal government? Yes, the federal government must have its powers of secrecy granted. In the US system ALL power resides in the People. The People then delegate powers to local, State, and finally the federal governments. The United States of America is NOT a sovereign nation in the sense that Great Britain or France is. A sovereign nation holds all power and does not have its powers granted through a document. The United States has no independent power; all power is granted through a document, the Constitution for the United States of America.

The United States is in fact not a nation. The United States is a voluntary Union of fifty free, and independent nations. In order for the United States government to have a power it must be delegated to the United States by the People and/or member States through inclusion of the power in the US Constitution.

Clearly, the Constitution for the United States of America states the above facts in the tenth amendment and in the various grants enumerated throughout the document.

If one examines the Constitution for the United States of America, one will find the power to make things secret in only one place. The single grant allowing for secrecy is in the journals of the two houses of Congress. No other grant of secrecy is made. One must look logically at the single grant to the houses concerning their journals.

If a de facto power to have "national secrets" existed then the grant to the two houses of Congress is suprefluous. No clause in the Constitution can be considered superfluous. Each and every clause was hammered out in committee resulting in the document we have today. The Framers recognized that the government they were forming held absolutely no powers unless and until such powers were delegated. Now those same Framers recognized that the new government they were forming had no authority to have secrets from the People. The Framers also recognized that some secrecy might be necessary and so delegated a limited authority to the Congress to make such parts of their journals as they deemed necessary secret.

So what does this mean? One thing is that unless the power is granted, it is withheld (Tenth Amendment of the Constitution). Now the legislative branch was granted a minimal power of secrecy but neither the executive nor the judicial branches were granted any secrecy power. The fact that the Framers found it necessary to grant secrecy powers to one branch means that no branch held de facto authority to have secrets. The fact that no grants were made to the executive and judical branches provides direct evidence that these two branches of the federal government have no secrecy authority.

Congress is not authorized to grant new powers or transfer its own powers to any other branch. Congress' powers are limited to passing laws that are both "necessary and proper" (not necessary or proper but necessary AND proper) for carrying into exectution the powers granted to it and to the other departments. No where is a power of having secrets from the People authorized or granted except for in the journals of Congress. Thus no enabling legislation from Congress can be made to allow the executive and the judiciary to have secrets from the People.

Of course, all this discussion excludes good intentions because "There ain't no good intentions clause in the Constitution!"


Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Somebody of consequence

Are you? Do you think you are? Is your life directed toward doing, craving, desiring, chasing after fame, fortune, and worldliness? Will everybody know your name? Or will you be like the rest of us, a flash in the pan gilded in your 15 minutes of fame and forgotten?

I have spend my life, well at least a big part of it since I was nine years old, working on my genealogy. What I discovered in pursuing my ancestry is that of all the people who have gone before, 99.99% are forgotten except by a small number of VERY interested persons. Even in most families, the children have no knowledge of their greatgrandparents.

As I searched through document after document, I was amazed and appalled at how little was known about many of our more well known people. Many of our greatest Presidents were at the beginning of my searches in the 1960s men who lacked an ancestry. Count the truly famous people you know. Those who have really given something to the world. Those who have done so, not in the pursuit of greatness, but in the pursuit of doing good. There are but a few.

Having been a professor for more than two decades, I see my fellow professors in the paper chase. I watch as people beat themselves to death trying to grab the gold ring only to disappear shortly after their death into the nothingness of the Universe. Fame, fortune, greatness are all well and good but these should not be the end all for everything one does. Find life, live it to the fullest. Love those who love you. Love those who hate you even more. It matters not if you are famous. It matters that you loved and that you are(were) loved.

G-d Bless.