Liberty Forged

the State has no money of its own, so it has no power of its own. ` Nock

Democracy does not equal freedom.

Posted by Jesse on March 9, 2009


‘Democracy’ The word can be heard daily—repeated by government officials, Democrats, Republicans, liberals, conservatives, the media, academia, and our patriotic neighbors. Popular wisdom seems to dictate that whatever may be good about America has something to do with democracyright?

But if democracy is really what makes America great, why did the Founders establish the United States as a consitutional republic and not a democracy? (Its curious that public (i.e., government) education has all but phased out such facts from whats left of civics and government studies.

The two foundational documents that protect the rights and property of individual Americans by limiting the federal governments power (the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence) dont even once use any form of the word democracy — and for good reason.<!–   Maybe that explains why the same voices parroting the democracy mantra ignore the U.S. Constitution at best, or describe it as a living (i.e., subject to arbitrary, subjective re-interpretation)—or obsolete—document at worst. –>

It is disturbingly instructive that, for the most part, American politicians, educators, and the news media have simplistically described the United States as a democracy for more than a century — yet the Founders expressed nothing but contempt for the very concept of a democracy.

Be sure to see the political primer from the site.

The American concept of government was fairly simple. It was centered on the principles of individual liberty and self-government. Liberty is the freedom to do what you want, when and where you want, as long as it doesnt do harm to someone elses liberty or property. Self-government is doing what you know is right and exercising the common sense, common courtesy, and deliberate self-restraint to stop short of doing injustice to the liberty or property of others. The natural outcome of a community founded on this principal is a greatly reduced need for civil government structure.

…..The Civil War, then, was fought primarily over the issue of states rights—that is, whether the individual, sovereign states that form the union of the United States still retain the rights reserved to them by the Constitution. Unfortunately for all Americans, because the South lost, the concept of states rights has been pretty much laid to waste. Slavery was destined to be abolished in any case, but the most significant, enduring, and ultimately negative outcome of the Civil War was an increase of centralized power in the federal government over the states and The People—which was only the beginning of an unfortunate and wholly unconstitutional trend in American federal government that has grown in ever increasing increments ever since.

….The federal governments persistent and ever-increasing disregard of the U.S. Constitution has been so gradual over the years that most folks have scarcely noticed—or even cared. Prohibition was another significant step in this process.

Todays Prohibition
The War On Drugs differs little from Prohibition: 1) Production, possession, and distribution are criminalized; 2) Costly, marginally effective federal enforcement taxes the citizens and diverts local law enforcement resources; 3) Other-wise law-abiding citizens, now branded as criminals & threatened with prison, resort to violence for survival; 4) Neither casual use, nor abuse, of the outlawed goods are significantly reduced—let alone eliminated; 5) A federal police state threatens liberty in general.

….Collectivism—and its close relative, political/idealogical globalism—have thus emerged as dominant threads in the American psyche during the past century. Cast aside as dimly perceived and obsolete artifacts of a bygone and essentially irrelevant era are such concepts as liberty, self-determination, and limited-government. Tax-funded, politically managed, government education has been instrumental in achieving this change, along with ever lower academic standards, higher levels of illiteracy, and a popular lack of critical thinking skills.

…..By establishing the Federal Reserve, Americas politicians transferred control of the nations financial backbone (and future) to unelected, profit-driven, private interests, instead of an accountable servant-government. What positive benefit to the American People does the Federal Reserve (which is neither federal, nor a reserve of The Peoples resources) provide? (Hint: none.) Yet Americans by and large have been duped into thinking the Fed is a necessary and constitutionally viable part of American government. (In reality, The People would be better off if control of American fiscal policy were returned to an accountable role directly tied to the representative government itself.)

The Constitution explicitly prohibits the U.S. government from directly taxing U.S. citizens. The 16th Amendment (questionably ratified in 1913) is sometimes cited as proof (to the naïve) that Congress has the power to directly tax the property and earnings of the average American, yet the Supreme Court has ruled — multiple times — that the amendment neither created, nor authorized, any new taxing power for Congress. But its original meaning has subsequently been unlawfully reinterpreted by Congress, the IRS, and lower courts to render Americans wages and property directly taxable by the U.S. government.

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