FORSAKEN PROMISE THE

THE FORSAKEN PROMISE

(A Brief Critical Analysis of the American Ideal)

by

Tinsley Grey Sammons

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I seldom debate the amendable Constitution, preferring instead to champion the Principles that inspired the unamendable July 4, 1776 Action of the Second Continental Congress.

Largely by way of incremental construction, every level of American government has degenerated into a legal abomination, where the rule of lawyers and career politicians encroaches upon, dilutes, and even nullifies the birthright of every American, i.e., the right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness along with other duly acknowledged rights, all of which are derived from the preceding combination.

Working Americans endure exhausting labor and stressful responsibility, only to see much of their substance taken by law-wielding predators for the benefit of drones, parasites, and of course, the predators themselves.

Jefferson’s Explanation

“But with respect to our rights, and the acts of the British government contravening those rights, there was but one opinion on this side of the water. All American Whigs thought alike on these subjects. When forced, therefore, to resort to arms for redress, an appeal to the tribunal of the world was deemed proper for our justification. This was the object of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take. Neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular and previous writing, it was intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion. All its authority rests on the harmonizing sentiments of the day, whether expressed in conversation, in letters, printed essays, or the elementary books of public right, as Aristotle, Cicero, Locke, Sidney, etc. The historical documents which you mention in your possession, ought all to be found, and I am persuaded you will find, to be corroborative of the facts and principles advanced in that Declaration.”Thomas Jefferson (Letter to Henry Lee, May 8, 1825)

The Unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America —Action by the Second Continental Congress, July 4, 1776

WHEN in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

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 Happiness¾That 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 to 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 shewn, 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 [George III] is a history of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.

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 which is self-evident is so ingrained in the human psyche that it sparks no debate. Since every individual is an end in himself, with lawful title to himself, every individual is endowed with precisely the same unalienable rights. Unalienable means precisely that, un-alienable. This is the natural law that never changes. An incomparably eloquent expression of the American Ideal, the declaratory judgment referred to as the Declaration of Independence is the lawful wellspring of American jurisprudence. So then, why have Americans so foolishly relinquished their birthright to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness?

Note how the late Soviet Union—a monstrous experiment in ruthlessly enforced socialism—eventually imploded into the moral vacuum of its own fundamentally flawed philosophy. Unfortunately for Americans, the collapse of the Soviet Union left the United States burdened with a bloated bureaucracy desperate to justify and perpetuate itself in order to maintain the financial status quo. Those who wield power and covet the wealth that power provides willingly relinquish neither, so, close on the heels of the Soviet collapse, a grossly exaggerated drug danger was repeatedly heralded and the existing phony drug war intensified, allegedly to “rid America of this scourge”. It hasn’t been successful and it never will be, but crises, whether real or fabricated, always expand a government’s power at the expense of liberty and justice.

Recklessly responding to 9/11 in 2001, posturing lawmakers granted law enforcers and the judiciary additional legal power to rudely disrespect individual rights.

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That among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…

The qualifier “among” implies that there are additional unalienable rights yet to be identified and secured. Beginning at birth, the right to life is the primary right while the right to liberty is the value that makes all other values possible; and how could one rightfully pursue happiness without being alive and at liberty to do so?

Rights secured by the Constitution have been effectively lost to unjust statutes, i.e., fundamentally unlawful, yet legal, power that evil men and well-meaning fools easily put to an evil use. But instead of wisely demanding that bad laws be repealed outright, Americans have fallen into the wishful thinking trap of creating more laws or tweaking existing policies while remaining oblivious to the tragically indisputable fact that it is wise to disarm and remove deadly mines, rather than depend on remembering their location.

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That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed…

Thomas Jefferson was a peerless wordsmith among wordsmiths, who made his every written word count. What better way is there to secure the blessings of liberty than by creating a government severely limited to acquiring and wielding only just powers from the consent of the governed? The importance of the qualifier just simply cannot be overemphasized. The unalienable rights expressed in the Declaration of Independence were eventually secured by the Constitution, which was created to legally shield the individual from excesses imposed by the government itself.

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That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it…

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America’s arrogant, greed-driven Judicial Industry is a monster that continues to grow and thrive on an interpretation monopoly, and just plain plundering by law. Note for example how the once sensible focus on safety regulation has increasingly shifted to revenue collection. Sadly, virtually every level of American Government has never been more destructive to its founding principles than it is today. Individuals today are bitterly reaping the consequences of inexcusable ignorance and irresponsible acquiescence.

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And institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.

A human being is an end in himself. Therefore, an uncompromising commitment to the defense and perpetuation of individual rights merits every individual’s attention and support. Firmly dedicated to principles acceptable to the very nature of Man, the Framers of the Constitution created history’s first moral government—but even history’s most glorious covenant is irrelevant paper unless a significant number of Citizens have the knowledge and rectitude necessary to defend and enforce it.

Although criminal law targets the individual, there is in reality a population’s collective consciousness that often supports unlawful power. An extreme example is the lynch mob, although there are much more sophisticated examples that are systematically more deadly. During the Twentieth Century mass murder under color of law was made more efficient than ever before by modern technology.

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Prudence indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed.

Governments are armed and dangerous. Governments also have a legal, not to be confused with lawful*, monopoly on the use of force—including deadly force. Since bad government can easily become even worse government, one should be patient in the face of transient wrongs—however, the systematic wrongs committed by government today are well established and financially predatory rather than merely transient.

*Legal and lawful are not synonyms. There is an ethical element present in lawful that is painfully absent in legal.

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But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a Design to reduce them to absolute Despotism…

Persecution for profit naturally worsens until the beneficiaries of the persecution are savaged by their outraged victims. If enforced respect for unalienable rights cannot be accomplished by peaceful redress, then, as in 1776, redress by force of arms is morally justified.

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It is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government and to provide new Guards for their future Security.

Unalienable rights are not favors won in elections. They are the natural power that never lawfully changes, and every American is morally obliged to respect and defend it.

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Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies…

And such is the sufferance of informed Americans not favored by the regime du jour.

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And such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.

Americans need only reject the existing system of unlawful powers that have supplanted the legitimate Law of the Land. A Republican form of government is guaranteed by Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution.

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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 an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.

Today, freedom loving Americans have more to fear from their own secretive, faction and lobby-corrupted government than the Colonists ever had to fear from their King and his Parliament.

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He has obstructed the administration of Justice.

An ordinary Citizen choosing to report a violation of his unalienable rights to the Justice Department by way of its investigative organization, the F.B.I., will quickly discover that the primary concern of government agencies is the maintenance of the imperial status quo.

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He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the Tenure of their Offices, and the Amount and Payment of their Salaries.

endless Power versus Liberty struggle, the record of the judges is worse than merely disgraceful —some of it is intrinsically criminal. Federal judges and Supreme Court justices serve life terms in office, although some should be banished for life to some remote atoll for the lives they’ve unjustly ruined. Ruthlessly creating and imposing bad law upon the common folk, legislators and judges systematically violate the Law of the Land for the financial benefit of themselves and the establishment they serve. Once America’s worsening Legal Holocaust is exposed, informed grand juries ought to issue the Presentments* necessary to order their individual indictments for their systematic crimes against humanity.

*See: Fifth Amendment. If employed by informed grand juries, the little known presentment power is a legal weapon that could all but eliminate corruption in government. Merely being the target of a grand jury investigation can end a scoundrel’s political career.

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He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their Substance.

Freedom is being incrementally submerged in a political cesspool brimming with regulations, prohibitions, and punishments. The Judicial Industry systematically impoverishes—and often imprisons—harmless citizens made “criminal” by legislative license and judicial ukase.

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For imposing taxes on us without our Consent.

With unlimited power to tax* and spend, so-called representatives arrogantly betray the taxpayers among their constituents by squandering huge sums of money on patently unlawful programs.

*Formally educated parasites cash in on complexity where simplicity would work much better. The only just system of tax collection is a pay as you purchase, single sales tax collected without exception or consideration for the purchasers’ ability to pay. The legal terror apparatus referred to as the IRS should be replaced by something called the RDA, or Revenue Distribution Authority.

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For depriving us in many Cases, of the Benefits of Trial by Jury.

Those arrested are at the mercy of the Judicial Industry, which, by virtue of its usurped control of grand juries and its exclusive license to inflict severe consequences for the disobedience of laws whether good or bad, has monopoly control over justice—or the absence of it. Since constitutional due process is an impediment to quick profit, the Judicial Industry dispenses with it whenever possible. Even if an accused has the financial power to defy the threat/bribe of a plea bargain, he will risk a jury that has not been informed of its unalienable right to follow Conscience and vote to acquit in righteous defiance of bad law.

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In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated Injury. A Prince whose Character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the Ruler of a free People.

Repeatedly trying to elect away what is essentially a legal problem that should be remediable in a court of law simply won’t work. For that, Americans must find the resolve and muster the solidarity necessary to ruthlessly enforce the genuine Law of the Land.

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Permission to reprint in whole or in part is granted, provided full credit is given

Tinsley Grey Sammons, 1936 — is a self-educated Geezer with an abiding passion for liberty and justice. He served as an enlisted man during the Cold War and retired from his automobile service and repair business in 1998. He describes himself as a very angry, blue-collar-to-the-marrow curmudgeon. He and his wife settled in Gonzales, Louisiana after their home in St. Bernard Parish was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

 

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2 Responses to “FORSAKEN PROMISE THE”

  1. Kelley Says:

    Check out the Pamphleteers site, might give you some research info. It is mostly daily quotes from the Founding Fathers.

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