As a matter of course, "We the People" have lost the practice of self-government
and have become an ordinary Nation. We have abandoned the practical virtues
and strengths of our union of Republics and substituted for it, the perceived
benefits offered by the generosity of a marginally democratic, socio-fascist,
centralized national ruling class. Of course, the property for a benefit
granted to one inhabitant must be extracted from some other inhabitant.
The extraction by a benefactor of property from an unwilling participant
necessitates a corollary destruction of any individual right to property
and pursuit of happiness.
There is nothing in the life of an American man, woman or child that
may be exercised without the qualification of Professionals and permission
of Regulators who know better than we if, when and how it may be done.
From birth, live, dead or terminated, to death, natural, murdered or terminated,
our existence is controlled and regulated by quasi-government men and women.
This process has been devolutionary, placing our Citizens now on the
same political level as the People of the various American Indian Nations,
sovereign in name only. We retain the dream of sovereign and free, but
in the harsh, cold light of reality the truth is that we are ruled... "governed"
would be an inappropriate description of our governance.
If you have just said to yourself, "What hogwash and exaggeration!",
think about it for a moment, with just slightly deeper effort than the
superficial evaluation you have just made. How long do you think you sill
stay our of jail in America if you do not report and register a home-birth?
Or a still-borne home-birth? Recording a new child's name and parents in
the home Bible or its equivalent, is no longer acceptable conduct. The
same question applies at a death in the neighborhood. Do you think that
you can just go out in the back yard and bury your Grandpa? Fire him up
and scatter the ashes about the forest? Don't try liberty at home, it's
reserved for the Professionals who are licensed and know how and why it
So, with the lightweight thinkers properly guided to the less-trodden
trail with us, let's consider our new government. Are its benefits and
convenienvces worth the effort to tolerate its meddling in our lives?
We have an elite, defacto ruling class consisting of about 1% of our
population, a tax-paid governing sector of about 25% of our working population,
a dependent class of about 60% of our population and of course, the rest
of us. The "rest of us" are the productive and wealth generating sector
of our society, the remnant of our once free and proud society. Even so,
this remnant of a liberty-minded people has lost its independent vitality.
Only a handful of Americans are consciously aware of this fundamental
conversion of our governing processes and fewer understand the significance
of what has been lost and how the deed was done. These Americans who understand
and object, I will call the new patriots, assuming until otherwise proven
that we agree that the restoration of supremacy of individual rights and
liberty over the convenience of government and benefit to "society" is
our common aspiration. If individual rights are not sacred and preserved
by common agreement, no part of society is safe from sacrifice on the altars
of governing expediency and social benefit.
We are governed, yes... but we are our own governors, choosing from
among ourselves the men and women to whom we grant the privilege to serve
our common necessary purpose. Our intention is that once the dreary business
of governing is delegated temporarily to those we trust, we may devote
our own time on this earth to our private activities and individual pursuit
of happiness. The sole function for which we animate our representatives
is to preserve our inherent personal rights and liberty from our enemies,
both foreign and domestic.
In this fundamental sense, having taken our liberty and banished our
government, we created our institutions and processes for governing ourselves
and we alone, not our representatives, have the right to alter, abolish
or replace those processes and institutions. Our representatives and institutions
lack any authority to act as the sovereign, except in representing us in
the commerce of nations.
Over the years, our Presidents, Congress, Judiciary and States have
found this basic relationship of sovereignty, people and government to
be inconvenient until now, after casting off our former government, we
find ourselves again under the iron hand of tyranny. Subjugation to modern
American tyranny remains relatively and momentarily voluntary, but we can
feel the hot breath of unrestrained totalitarianism on our collars. Only
the foolish and imprudent will stand silently and allow continued progression
to an irreversible state of submission and subjection.
At our War Between the States, the prevalent understanding before Lincoln's
presidency was that states were sovereign and secession was a viable political
right. Lincoln eliminated the concept of state sovereignty by invading,
conquering and occupying the states of the Confederacy. Lincoln then re-incorporated
the states of the Confederacy under a state of Reconstruction and military
rule. During this process, Lincoln unconstitutionally created an entirely
new state and had state representatives removed from the Congress who would
not agree to legislation for his ambition of a new Federal Nation.
A fair argument can be made that the constitutional union of "the United
States of America" (a plural proper noun) expired at that period and was
replaced by a new Nation, called the "United States", (a singular proper
noun). Neither succeeding presidents nor Congress have deemed it necessary
to repeal the anti-constitutional legislation known as the Reconstruction
Acts, establishing military rule in the states. These acts remain valid
and in effect today.
Over the following years and administrations, the Federal Government
has replaced the Constitutional division of federal authority with parallel
Federal institutions, substituting Federal Municipal Fiat for constitutional
authority. The reasoning is effective, however faulty in law. The Federal
Government as we know it today, was created piecemeal as successive Congresses,
Presidents and Courts abandoned the delegated powers and limitations of
the federal constitution, exchanging limited enumerated powers for presumption
of unlimited municipal powers over the District of Columbia and other
federal Places purchased for "needful buildings" and other enumerated purposes.
The Congress and President claim with Federal Court confirmation,
that the Constitution has no controlling effect within federal municipal
powers expressed under Article I, Section 7, Clause 17. Their claim is
that the Federal government rules there and it exercises exclusive sovereign
authority with unlimited powers. What Congress, the President or the Courts
order, is the law of the Municipal Federal enclave. While the claim of
the reconstructed Federal Government may be excused as misunderstanding
or expedience of institutionalized bureaucracy, the excuses must end at
What came next may easily be termed treason. The Federal government,
via the institutional bureaucracy, at the instigation of a succession of
presidents, the acquiescence of the Congress and the complicity of the
federal courts, extended the presumption of Federal Supreme Sovereignty
to the States. Although initially slow to adopt this revolutionary and
treacherous scheme, the state institutions and representatives joined the
Federal Government to create what we now mistakenly consider to be the
new "United States". The replacement of the constitutional republican union
by the Federal National Government is not fully accomplished, but has achieved
a national quality and effect. Many of our society prefer the Nationalization
of our country's governing processes. A few find the conversion unwelcome.
These Sheriffhenry Essays explore the processes, effects and consequences
of the ongoing revolution against constitutional government by treasonous
representatives and ambitious institutions.
In these essays, I allude to "We the People", state constitutions, the
federal constitution, the Federal US government and the State governments.
The common theme of my essays is to explain these terms and why they are
critical to understanding individual loss of self-determination and governing
sovereignty in our country. The goal suggested by these essays is the recovery
of our individual liberty and inherent sovereignty.
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