you're going to protest against "the system" it's
important that you first understand how the system is supposed
to work. Don't assume you and everyone else
already know. Even some of our most brilliant
commentators sometimes make mistakes or lose perspective.|
Government in America is supposed to be of, by, and for the
People. That means that the People are the
sovereigns, the owners, the principals. The People
manage their government by hiring representatives and
delegating authority to them to administer certain specified
functions for the owner's (i.e., the People's) benefit.
We hire them through a process called elections which allows
all citizens who are eligible to vote and play a part in
the selection process. We hire and fire people who
work for us. We are their employers.
They have a responsibility to us. They take an
oath promising to honor those responsibilities and faithfully
execute their authority with integrity, according to the
instructions and within the parameters we give them.
Those instructions and parameters are laid out for them in our
Constitution and in the body of law that supports it.
If they don't live up to our expectations we have a
responsibility to ourselves and to each other to fire them and
hire others who we feel are more likely to do the job with the
level of integrity and competence that the job requires.
If we ignore our own responsibilities, by not keeping track of
what our representatives actually do with their time and the
authority we delegate to them, they can easily get the idea
that they can do whatever they want to do, such as behave as
if we gave them more authority than we actually gave them
and/or manage things for their own personal benefit and
gratification rather than for us and our posterity.
If that happens, we run the risk of losing control.
That can happen over time if the people that work for us think
that no one is "minding the store." They might
decide that it's in their own best interest to transfer their
loyalty to others instead of remaining loyal to us and/or to
the principles to which they promised to adhere.
In fact they might try to usurp our power, take it from us, in
favor of themselves, or give their allegiance to others
who might promise to reward them for their infidelity.
If that happens we could end up living under some kind of
authoritarian rule instead of our own constitutional
republic. And that could result in the loss of our
freedoms, our wealth, and our happiness.
Every representative we hire is given a set of guidelines
which they are instructed to follow. In fact,
before taking office each representative takes a sacred oath
and pledges his or her word of honor to follow those
guidelines in the administration of his or her duties.
Those guidelines are called the Constitution.
Associated with the Constitution are a set of rules, which we
call laws. So to follow the Constitution means to
adhere to the laws, and also to preserve, protect, and defend
the Constitution and its principles for the advancement of
freedom, honor, justice, mutual respect, democracy, success,
peace, and the pursuit of happiness, not only for Americans,
but for all peoples.
It's not only every elected official in America that pledges
to preserve, protect, and defend the
Others also take that oath, such as judges, attorneys, police
officers, military personnel, as well as newly-naturalized citizens.
In recent years, the integrity of every public official in
America has been tested. Their record in office is
available for review. We citizens have been tested too.
We all have either a public or a private record we can review.
would not be honorable, in my view, to take an oath without
understanding what you are promising to do.
And how can you judge how well a public servant is doing
their job if you don't even understand what their job
is. Their primary job is to keep their
oath of office. That's their sacred duty. Honoring
that duty is what stands between us and tyranny.
Certainly we should expect every elected official to
understand the pledge they make before taking office.
The Constitution includes a bill
of rights and their amendments in which all citizens are
guaranteed certain rights and privileges. Article
6, Clause 2 states that all treaties entered into by the
United States also become the Supreme Law of the Land along
with all the other articles of the Constitution.
Such treaties include, for example, the UN
Charter, the First
Geneva Convention, the Third
Geneva Convention, the Fourth
Geneva Convention, The United
Nations Convention Against Torture, the International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and many other
treaties as well.
We now have a record to go by, a body of evidence, if you
will, as to how well each of our local, state, and national
elected officials have performed in office. We can
see if our elected officials adhered to their responsibilities
and if we adhered to ours. Who can we
trust to protect our Constitution, our way of life?
Who has overstepped their bounds or failed to act?
Who has kept their word? Who should remain in office and who
should not? I believe we need to ask and answer
these questions if we hope to recapture our sovereignty or
live in a true constitutional republic. And I believe
we should not allow anyone to hold public office who doesn't
keep their oath of office. And only after
making that determination should we look to see how competent
they were in carrying out their legislative duties, such
as, whether or not you liked what they tried to do
through legislation. If they didn't keep their oath of
office, they shouldn't be allowed to stay in office no matter
what else they did or tried to do.
believe a review of points 1-6 above will clarify where we
are, how we got here, and what we need to do if we are to
reclaim our government, our freedoms, our self-respect, and
the respect of the rest of humanity. Our
freedoms and life itself might very well hang in the balance.
am offering you my own assistance if you feel inclined to
accept it. I describe what I am offering here
and also in the other links you will find along the
way. If you follow the links as I suggest, and
read with thought, care, and integrity, I think they just
might help you get your country back. It took me
many years and thousands of hours to write it all down and all
the while, I was learning, failing, trying again.
Let me make one more
observation: the people you elect to represent
you, most likely, will not have any more integrity than you
do, unless you're very, very lucky. That means if
you want a better country and a better future, do your best in
everything you do and do it with integrity. If you want to know the truth, be willing to
tell the truth. When you have integrity it makes it easier to
identify others who have it too. And most
important, when you fall down... get up and try again.
And, oh yes. You have a lot of work to do.
The next election is only a year away. I suggest
you not waste any time, lest you risk ending up working for
people who are supposed to be working for you. I wish
you the very best.
“Liberty lies in the hearts and minds of men and women;
when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can
no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help
—Judge Learned Hand