Where Are We? Alan Adaschik, APFN, 2004-01-24
Approximately 235 years ago, our forefathers came together to create a common government for the thirteen newly independent states. This government, a republic, was limited in scope and power by its constitution. It was also supposed to be a federation or federal government of the existing state governments, subordinate to them, as opposed to a national government which would be above and superior to the state governments. Somewhere in our history, the system failed and the federal government exercised a prerogative or power not provided for in our constitution. At this point, our constitution's amendment procedure failed, which meant that the constitution had failed in its entirety and unknown to those who should have been concerned, it was on this day that our Republic died. The stage was now set for our federal government to transform itself into a national government not bound by constitutional provisions or considerations.
Once the dam of our Republic had been broached, no matter how minor and innocuous the break, what followed was inevitable and preordained. The trickle would become a stream, the stream would grow into a river, the river into a torrent, and finally, the whole dam would be washed away in an uncontrollable deluge of federal laws and regulations. This is the state of our union today. The union is dead and in its place we have a monolith of a government: all powerful and accountable only to itself. In truth, our constitution is now nothing more than a historical curiosity.
Because our government no longer abides by our constitution, every high government official, elected or otherwise, violates the oath they take to preserve and protect our constitution concurrent with speaking these words. To preserve a constitution means that you will religiously abide by it. To swear you will do this with your fingers crossed behind your back is a lie that sets the stage for a government where lying and deception are sacred duties and the birthright of those in power.
The United States of America is no longer a collection of "united states" but instead the states have become subservient governments to our national government which now rules unfettered by constitutional precept. Therefore, the republic we once had no longer exists. This being the case, when we "pledge allegiance" to our Flag and to the Republic for which it stands, we do so in vain. This fact is not lost upon those who lead us. Not only does this deplorable state of affairs give license for them to lie to us, our hypocrisy, albeit our unwitting hypocrisy, is ample justification for them to conclude that we not only deserve to be fooled, but should be fooled for our own good.
Because our government and those who lead us believe deceiving the public is normal, acceptable, and advisable, this attitude has corrupted most other institutions of our society; colleges, universities, the media, and public and private corporations. All these institutions subscribe to and support the big lie and all these institutions believe that the average American, by nature, is ignorant and should be kept that way for his own good and, of course, the good of those who lead us. Incredibly, these people actually view this deplorable state of affairs as a win/win for all concerned. Unfortunately, this kind of warped thinking is why America no longer works, why everything we held dear and took for granted is long gone, and why Americans feel so frustrated today.
We presently live in a nation where the war on terrorism is being used as an excuse to violate the inalienable rights of Americans and the rights of the citizens of other nations as well. The big lie perpetuated by government officials is that these measures are necessary to protect us from terrorists. The simple truth of the matter is that prior to declaring a war on terrorism, our government had more than enough authority to deal with terrorist threats against the United States, but failed to do so not because those tools were inadequate, but because those entrusted to use them were incompetent. The irony of this situation is that these same people have used their failure as an excuse to deny us many of the rights we enjoyed previously and by so doing, have handed the terrorists their greatest victory.
We presently are fighting a war in Iraq, initiated through lies and perpetuated by lies. Admittedly, Saddam Hussein was a brutal tyrant that deserved to be deposed, but that is not the reason told to the world by government officials to justify invading Iraq. Now we are wrongfully told that we are fighting terrorism in Iraq. To be sure, terrorists elements have been induced by our invasion to flock to Iraq to aid the Iraqi insurgents, but that is not who we are fighting. The Iraqi insurgents are made up primarily of people who wish to rid their homeland of an invading army. In other words, they are patriots, albeit desperate patriots fighting an invading army the only way they can, but they are just as nobly motivated as the patriots who give us the nation within which we now live. There are three groups of victims in Iraq: innocent non-combatants caught in the crossfire, the fine young men and women who make up our armed forces, and patriotic Iraqis, defending their homeland against a foreign aggressor.
Presently, manufacturing jobs are disappearing from this nation in droves in response to the New World Order's global economy and despite this our government postures that we are in an economic recovery. Indeed, we are experiencing something that has the earmarks of an economic recovery, but the truth is that deficit spending on the war on terrorism and exploding consumer debt are the only things nudging up the economic indicators used to judge the health of our economy. Despite the positive numbers, this kind of recovery is not sustainable unless our nation stays in a perpetual state of war and the national debt can be increased without limit. Under the leadership of George W. Bush we have crossed a line that should never be crossed. The health and well being of our economy is now dependent upon deficit spending, and continued deficit spending will be the financial ruin of our Nation.
We cannot afford to wage any war on terrorism, never mind one that goes on forever. Similarly, we cannot afford the cost of sending men to Mars no matter how noble this venture may seem to be. The United States of America is insolvent. Despite this, President Bush maintains that deficits mean nothing and we can go on spending irresponsibly without concern. This is unmitigated claptrap, the result of which will be the total economic collapse of this Nation, which is now no longer far off in the distant future, but just around the corner.
Fortunately, our government has not yet progressed to murdering citizens who disagree with it [but see below]. It is also true that we still retain a semblance of free speech, although my personal experiences tell me that this is not really the case. There is a price that must be paid for speaking too freely in America today. However, ignoring this point, what else is left of our freedom? Inalienable rights no longer exist and we no longer have the right to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures, the right to be secure in our own homes, the right of privacy, the right to retain our property, the right of self-determination, the right to petition the government for the redress of grievances, the right to know what our government is doing, the right to economic security, and the right to pursue our own happiness as our conscience dictates. I suppose one could argue that we still have it pretty good and things could be worse. Yes, I agree. We could be homeless, in jail or dead, which are the only things "worse" that come to mind.
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Comment by Peter Meyer: It's true that the U.S. federal government has illegimately and unconstitutionally abrogated to itself powers which, according to the tenth amendment, belong to the states and to the people. In fact the U.S. federal government is a totally illegitimate institution, created by the treasonous actions of members of the U.S. Congress in 1871 (for details see The United States Isn't a Country It's a Corporation!). American citizens can recover their rights and freedoms as recognized by the Bill of Rights only by the complete removal of the U.S. federal government, including all federal agencies. All employees of those agencies who (after being given a choice) choose to remain in the service of that illegitimate entity should be regarded as traitors and dealt with accordingly.
Someone on the APFN bulletin board commented:
Re: Gov't murdering citizens who disagree with it.
Sat Jan 24 15:10:51 2004
"Fortunately, our government has not yet progressed to murdering citizens who disagree with it."
From Waco to Yugoslavia:
The US military was at Waco
"General Wesley Clark was involved in the siege and final assault near Waco, Texas that killed, by a combination of toxic gas and fire, at least 82 people including some three dozen women, children and infants."
Continued at http://www.apfn.org/apfn/clark.htm
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