“But the only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted, when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary to keep the waters pure.” – Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Lafayette (Nov 4, 1823)
Daily we see news articles, stories, and opinion pieces telling us what is wrong with our nation and society. We are told that it’s this things’ fault, this groups’ fault, or lack of a particular law that is the cause. We ‘can not trust anyone,’ so they say, and only the law or government can help us, protect us, keep us safe from everyone else. But whom will keep us safe from the government? Well the government, right?
“I’m from the government, and I’m here to help,” said Ronald Reagan during a speech given at the Illinois State Fare (August 12, 1986), talking about the difficulty farmers were experiencing. President Reagan, speaking about farming troubles, attributed government intrusion into farming as contributing to their problems. Reagan lamented at how because of “conflicting and haphazard policies” by the government that the farmers found themselves in the situation they were experiencing. Ronald Reagan in a roundabout way is speaking of liberty, and how the people and private businesses know better of how to run their lives and determine their affairs.
The Constitution of the United States secures many freedoms and rights for the people, gives specific powers and authority to the federal and state governments, but it also established what could best be called a level playing field to all. A level playing field in the sense that we are all given the same freedoms and liberties, not an economic level playing field. What the individual does with that level playing field and liberty is their own prerogative. The level playing field is what significantly attributed to a rapid advancement of technologies and economy in the United States, until 1913.
Since the conclusion of the Civil War (1865) and subsequently throughout Reconstruction, the liberties of the people and the sovereignty of the states have been whittled away. The pace of usurpation grown steadily after the adoption of the Federal Reserve (1913) and has increased to what we find ourselves dealing with today.
The overall purpose of this blog is to find these instances of usurpation and squashing of liberties, discuss and point out how the instances are violating either or both the Constitution and the principals of liberty. The intent is to validate each counterpoint with facts; writings from the founding fathers, the Constitution, Supreme Court case law, and other supporting documents. Every attempt will be made to limit personal interpretation and musings; when those occur they will be noted as such. All effort will be done to link to supporting documents, videos, and audio recordings.
“I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!” – Patrick Henry, speech addressing the second Virginia Convention (March 23, 1775)