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We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident...
The original conception and how we forgot...

by Mark A. Goldman                                                                    12/15/2014

The People would be sovereign, He said.  America would be a democracy. The People would be the owners.  All authority and responsibility would rest with them.  The People would delegate some of that authority to their employees who would run and manage the nation's business.  They wouldn't give away their authority or sovereignty, they would just delegate some of it to others, and the people who accept that authority would then have the responsibility to execute their duties in accordance with the goals and purposes of the sovereign owners, i.e., the People.

Since there are many more citizen owners than there are employees, the hiring of representatives (i.e., employees) would be done through a process we call elections where citizen owners exercising one vote each, would elect (i.e., hire) public servants who would voluntarily pledge their loyalty and allegiance to the People.  If any elected employee/representative were to abuse that power and/or fail to execute their duties honorably or satisfactorily, they would be removed from office by impeachment, criminal proceedings, or simply by being voted out of office, whichever is appropriate.  Note, that at no time do the People give away their sovereignty... they can't by definition.  They can only delegate certain powers, which they can later rescind, if or when it becomes necessary.

Now in America, the powers delegated to elected officials have limitations.  In fact, the power and authority that each citizen or sovereign owner possesses, also has limitations.  Those limitations are spelled out in a written document we call the Constitution.  No citizen or group of citizens has the authority to exceed or set aside the authorizations or limitations set forth in that document.  Before taking office, every elected official and certain other specified persons formally take an oath of office and pledge that they will faithfully preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign or domestic, to the best of their ability.  For example, every member of the military, every police officer, every practicing attorney, and every judge also takes that oath and accepts the responsibility to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution when they enter their professions.

Of course, to honor that pledge, they must first read and study the Constitution to understand what it says, for that fundamentally is the most important part of their job.  It's the only part of their job for which they take a sacred oath, promising on their word of honor, that concerning that duty, they will never let us down.

And although every private citizen does not take that oath in a formal ceremony, every citizen by embracing his or her citizenship rights is implicitly bound by that same pledge.  Consider and remember this:  that every foreign born person who becomes a citizen of the United States must formally take that oath and pledge that they too will faithfully preserve, protect, and defend their Constitution against any enemy, foreign or domestic.  Certainly our founding Fathers did not intend that the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of citizenship would or should be more stringent for foreign born citizens than they are for native born citizens.  Therefore, one can only conclude that every citizen, be that citizen foreign or native born, has the right, duty, and obligation to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution against any enemy foreign or domestic, to the best of their ability.

So what does this mean really.  For one thing it means that every citizen, every elected official, and every organ of society is bound by honor to align their intention and behavior with the goals and purposes of the sovereign People, which intentions and limitations are spelled out in the Constitution .  That alignment includes a personal commitment to pursue, in the spirit of, the intended purpose of, that Constitution... which is to say, the universal acceptance and preservation of all the rights and freedoms enumerated therein.

So we must conclude that any organization that obtains a charter or license to engage in a business, practice, or other activity in the United States is duty bound to align and subordinate itself, in spirit and in practice, to the United States Constitution... to its principles, and  to the People who are the nation's sovereign owners and conservators.

No citizen has a right to conduct themselves, and no institution has a right to conduct itself in a manner that is inconsistent with the preservation, protection, and defense of the rights and freedoms enumerated in the Constitution of the United States.

In America, for example, you have the right to earn as much money as you can... as long as you do not in the process allow yourself to undermine, in spirit or in practice, the rights, privileges, freedoms or sovereignty of others.  Which is to say, you have no right to subordinate the rights, privileges, freedoms or sovereignty of the People to your own purposes.  No one, for example, i.e., no citizen, and certainly no elected official, and no other employee or contractor employed by the People or any of its subdivisions, has the right to injure another human being without due process of law.  No individual, no employee of the People, and no institution in America has the authority to delegate to anyone, the power or right to end another person's life or to injure another person, intrude on their privacy, seize their property, or take away their rights, in any manner, shape or form, if doing so is prohibited by the Constitution.  Let me repeat, that no one has a license to kill or torture anyone, and no one has the right to deny any person, any portion of his or her rights, privileges or freedoms without due process of law, because no person, no group of persons, no elected official, nor any group of officials has the authority to issue such a license.   Any exception to this understanding, if there is any, is documented in the Constitution.  And the absence of any exceptions clearly stated therein, means there are no exceptions.

And note also, that under Article 6, Paragraph 2 of this sacred document, international commitments made by Treaty are also the Supreme Law of the Land.  What does that mean?  Well, based on treaties we've already entered into, it means we are not to treat any human being on this planet, or any planet, with any less honor and respect than we treat our own citizens, for that would be contrary to the spirit and purpose of our values, rights and freedoms as enumerated therein.   It means we are a people who live by our word and sacred oath of honor in forwarding the cause of freedom, justice and decency always and everywhere.  Certainly the primary job of every person employed by We the People is to honor and keep their oath of office.

And what about now?

At this point I would like to offer you the following five items as an introduction or overview into where I think we are now and how we got here.  This information is a minimum prerequisite, if we hope to even talk about this intelligently:

  1. The Century of the Self - Documentary -  (4 parts-1 hr each)
  2.  The Turning of the Tide by David Icke -   (1 hour 34 minutes)
  3. Judge Andrew P. Napolitano -,     ,
  4. The Declaration of Independence
  5. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

A few additional sources, in no particular order, for understanding the status quo

People to read and hear from:

1.  Noam Chomsky, now 86, is the author of a great many books.  He has been heralded by some as the world's number one political intellectual of our time.  He is known throughout the world but you will likely never see him interviewed in the mainstream media.

2.   Here are the names of some friends I've never met or spoken to (a very incomplete list and in no particular order)... also people you may have never heard of, or if you have, you will also probably never see or hear being seriously interviewed in the mainstream media.  (I've included a few links to get you started): Chris Hedges, George Galloway, Marjorie Cohn, Peter Van Buren, Ellen Brown, Miko Peled, Paul Craig Roberts, John Pilger, Dahr Jamail, Edward Snowden, Noam Chomsky, John Whitehead, Ralph Nader, Vandana Shiva, Juan Cole, Glenn Greenwald, Stephen Lendman, Dave Lindorff, Sibel Edmonds, Norman Solomon, Matt Taibbi, Michael Hudson, Francis A. Boyle, Chris Floyd, Naomi Wolf, David Swanson, Michael Parenti, Jonathan Turley, Mike Whitney, Glen Ford, Amy Goodman, Linh Dinh, Jeremy Scahill, Tom Engelhardt, Susan Lindauer, Greg Palast, Bruce Fein, Helen Caldicott, Daniel Ellsberg, David Stockman, William Rivers Pitt, William Black, Eric London.. articles by these people and others can be found at my web site:

For more in-depth reading on related topics, you might return to the web sites where the people listed above have published the linked articles that I provide on my website.  My current favorite: but there are many more.

Books:   Most of the people listed above have written or produced books in addition to articles or videos .  But here are three that I think are particularly enlightening in terms of their ability to disabuse a lot of people of their preconceived ideas about how things work.  There are many more 'must reads' which I'm not going to list here.  Many more...  but why not start somewhere... why not these three.

Extreme Prejudice by Susan Lindauer
I Was An Economic Hit Man by John Perkins
How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff

 Video:   The Anatomy of a Great Deception - Available for purchase at (very important)


I have spent the last 25 years or so and thousands of hours researching what I write about.  It takes a lot of research to find credible voices that are able to unravel some of the secrets and illusions that keep us from knowing who and what is going on below the surface and behind closed doors... things that surreptitiously take away our joy, our health, wealth, and well-being, like a disease that has no name or cure.  But I believe there is a cure.  I believe the cure is enlightenment, i.e.,  exposing the source of the disease to light.                -- M.A.G.


"...and if you haven't the courage to tell the truth, or the consciousness to honor the truth, or the love to love the truth, then one day you will not have the truth to tell, and soon thereafter you will not live in a place that will acknowledge the truth when it is told, and not long after that the truth will not be told, for it will no longer be allowed.  You cannot hope to be a traitor to life, and then expect to live in a free and just society."

From "The Answer"
By Mark A. Goldman


 Starting Over - A book by Mark A. Goldman
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