By W J Anthony
“What is the “Government?” asks a child.
Is the United States of America now in a situation like that of Humpty Dumpty in the rhyme of English children’s tales?
“Government is that which enacts laws and that which administers the powers of the laws.” replies the teacher.
When colonists in North America revolted against the English King’s tyrannical rule of the American colonies, certain leaders of the colonists published the Declaration of Independence in 1776. They said in its second paragraph:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. 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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of absolute Tyranny over these states. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”
The facts of twenty-two grievances against the king were presented to the peoples in other countries of the world by this Declaration of Independence. With the confidence and trust in the words of the second paragraph, the United States was born through the Revolution efforts of the people of the colonies, because they were unable to plead their grievances with the King’s despotic rule of the English colonies in North America.
The colonial leaders realized that they had an obligation to inform people in England and other countries why the colonists could justify their revolt. They chose to do that by distributing the Declaration of Independence, a document which explains how people obtain their right to govern themselves, what should be the true purpose of Government, and when do people have the right to throw off a Government.
For centuries, the kings of Europe were considered to have a divine right to rule the people with military power. The Declaration of Independence stated that the Creator of all people gives each person an equal unalienable birthright to Life, Liberty and their pursuit of Happiness. To use their birthright, people establish Governments and grant to Governments the just powers that are necessary for Government to secure the unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness by the People.
The Declaration of Independence taught Americans that Congress and the President get their authority if the People consent to give Congress and the President the just powers that are necessary to serve the rights of People. But how might such authority be abused?
In 2012, the American People will be confronted by the dangerous powers, which President Obama obtained when two thirds of the Republican and Democratic members of the Senate and House of Representatives voted for the National Defense Authorization Act, and its attached Section 1031. It now threatens American citizens.
The danger is immediate and must be replaced by the introduction and passage of a new bill and law that will nullify the content of Section 1031. That will require the election of new members of Congress who promise to introduce or support a new bill that will remove the Section 1031 powers by a two-thirds majority of both houses of Congress.
The American people need to elect candidates for Congress this year who will remove President Barack Obama from the Presidency, because Obama insisted on stripping the exemption for American citizens from Section 1031.
The bill without the exemption that Obama demanded would have passed without Obama’s signature, but Obama signed the bill not because it needed his signature to pass, but because he wanted it to be publicly known that he arrogantly intended to use the unConstitutional power of the law against Americans who disagreed with his power.
Congress failed the American People by removing the exemption for American citizens.
Two thirds of the members of both houses of Congress failed the American People when they complied with Obama’s demand and passed the law, deleting the American exemption in Section 1031.
The President can now order members of the Military to arrest and detain indefinitely in prison any American citizen he chooses while the so-called war on terror exists. Now, no detainee is provided with the right to a jury trial by peers in a civilian court of law.
America’s Government is influenced by millions of efforts and agreements of Americans who are bonded together in a strong wall of power and opportunity, constructed with the bricks of Government duty obeyed by the consent and trust of the American people.
But now, the wall of Government can be damaged and destroyed by dissolving the consent that bonded the democratic people’s trust of the just powers of Government. While the bill was being debated, President Obama threatened Congress that he would veto the bill unless Congress removed the clause that exempted American citizens from being arbitrarily arrested by the Military and subjected to indefinite detention in prison, as Section 1031 of the NDAA law allows. Congress conceded and removed that clause, and over two thirds of the members of the Senate and two thirds of the House of Representatives passed Section 1031 of NRAA bill, and Obama signed his name in approval of the law.
The law now enables President Obama to order the US Military to capture and indefinitely detain in prison any American citizen who disagrees with Obama, whether it be on Obamacare or other issues without allowing the accused to use due process of the US Constitution. That power remains in effect as long as the war on terror continues.
“All the king’s soldiers and all the king’s men could not put Humpty together again.”