The power of the people of these several States united on the North American continent having rarely exerted itself with such vigor and determination as is now evident in the Tea Party Movement.
There are Tea Party groups in all fifty states comprised of people from all walks of life, all ethnic backgrounds, and of varying faiths and religions. There are Tea Party groups that focus on specific issues, there are Tea Party groups that focus on broad topics, and there are Tea Party groups that focus on regional matters.
What then are the commonalities that bind together these various groups of disparate citizens of these United States of America?
A study of the history of this nation of individuals will reveal that these are a people of a determination which eschews tyranny and despotism and extols the virtues of civil, political, and religious liberty. That to this end a Constitution was written in which the system of governance was to be restrained to the extent that it shall not interfere with the objects of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness of the People.
Why then are the People, whether involved in the Tea Party Movement or observing its imperatives, asserting that the governance of the nation has not obeyed and is not obeying that which was so mandated by the adoption of the Constitution?
Let us act in such manner which will bring our communities, cities, states, and nation into accord in the following areas:
Whereas there seems to be no bounds on the ability of both the executive and legislative branches to spend monies, which the treasury does not possess, there must be constraints placed upon them.
Whereas the constitution grants congress the “Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States”. But the legislature have authority to contract debts at their discretion; they are the sole judges of what is necessary to provide for the common defense, and they only are to determine what is for the general welfare.
Whereas the 16th amendment to the Constitution, cedes to congress the ability to lay a direct tax on the wealth of the People, is oppressive, and in violation of Article I section 9 of the Constitution.
Whereas the 17th amendment to the Constitution removed the check on the 1st branch and diminished the rights of the several States by making the 2nd branch popularly elected.
Whereas the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank delegated to an uncontrollable private entity the power “To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;”, which is to be the purview of Congress.
Whereas the executive branch, with concurrence of the legislative branch, has abused its power by creating bureaucracies, which have become a burden on the budget and oppressive on the taxpaying public.
Whereas the judiciary, being vested with the power in “all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;”, it has usurped powers vested in congress by “legislating from the bench”.
That this nation is in great peril is a gross understatement.
That the very underpinnings of this nation have been eroded, by the elected and appointed officials, with their continual defiance of the rule of law so prevalent in their actions.
That those with whom the People have entrusted with the governance have usurped powers, abused powers, and violated the Constitution for many years is evidenced by the willful disregard for those principals from which it was borne.
That, that system of governance has plundered the wealth of the People in the furtherance of the aggrandizement of those in whom the trust was given.
It has therefore become incumbent upon the people to act in such manner that, through the provisions of the constitution, will further restrict the ability of those who would pervert its intentions and usurp powers.
We are met on a great battlefield of that conflict between the governance and the People, to test whether this nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure.
While the convention which produced the Constitution sat for barely 4 months, behind closed doors.
The ratification battle raged, in the papers of the era, for over 9 months until, with the ratification of New Hampshire on June 21, 1788, the ninth state ratified the Constitution.
The two sides of the public debate, dubbed “Federalist” and “Anti-Federalist”, wrote “papers” which supported the pro and con views of the Constitution respectively.
It is here then, that our understanding of the plan of the Constitution begins.
While it is not appropriate to go into detail here, it is of interest to note that Publius and Brutus were used as nom de plumes.
In a collection of 85 essays promoting the adoption of the United States Constitution, written 1787–1788 by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison (collectively referred to as the Federalist Papers), the three statesmen used the allonym "Publius" in honor of Publicola's role in establishing the Roman Republic.
The author of the anti-federalist essay series was "Brutus," a pseudonym for the author named after Marcus Junius Brutus, who helped assassinate Julius Caesar in order to preserve the Roman Republic. Brutus posed objections to the proposed Constitution, including the necessity of the people to sacrifice liberties to the government, the system of representation in the legislature, the powers of the legislature and judiciary.
There, in the use of these pseudonyms, we find that the former was instrumental in establishing the Roman Republic and the latter, with a lawful act of murder, acted in defense of the republic against the tyranny of the first Caesar.
It is equally clear through the arguments presented by Brutus that it was felt that the Constitution had not the necessary restrictions which would prevent this experiment from leading the country into tyranny.
Federalist 45: The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined.
Anti-Federalist 17: The powers given by this article (the last clause of section eighth, article first) are very general and comprehensive, and it may receive a construction to justify the passing almost any law.
The words of these men are not the object of our deliberations, but rather the experience of history is our guide.
When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for the people of one nation to re-form the system of government which has usurped the powers granted it by the people that it is charged to serve, and having devolved into an oppressive and tyrannical entity without control, it is the duty of the people to re-form that government.
While we continue to hold to the self-evident truths, that they still remain self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are still endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, a republican form of Government was instituted, at the cost of many lives, intended to derive their just Powers from the consent of the governed, — That that Form of Government has become destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to reform that Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes.
We the people of the United States of America find ourselves at a crossroad in the course of our history. We have allowed, through the various powers granted by the Constitution, our federal officials to usurp those things that were to be reserved to the States. We have allowed, nay asked, for that government to provide for the people those things which are at best marginally Constitutional.
Bad principles in a Govt. tho slow are sure in their operation and will gradually destroy it.
Bad Governts. are of two sorts. 1. that which does too little. 2. that which does too much: that which fails thro' weakness; and that which destroys thro' oppression. Under which of these evils do the U. States at present groan?
That in our deliberations there be the attitude of doing that which is correct for the embellishment of the whole union, not merely for the edification of any part(s) thereof.
While there may be some discussion as to what the popular sentiments are perceived to be, let us remember that these are what have led us to this debate. We should consider that we are providing a Constitution for future generations, and not merely for the peculiar circumstances of the moment.
We are Traditional Americans, and We Will Not Be Ruled.
We the People, being the final arbiters, have come together to assert our God given rights, which no government may put asunder. Further it is OUR duty to provide for posterity those things which will best secure those God given rights.
Citizen and Patriot,
Concordia res Parvae Crescunt