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FELLOWSHIPS for LAWFUL GOVERNMENT

February 20, 2011

FELLOWSHIPS for LAWFUL GOVERNMENT

(Forcing Government to Obey the Legitimate Law of the Land)

by

Tinsley Grey Sammons

tgsammons.wordpress.com

bastiatlaw@aol.com

 

In 1992 the idea of Fellowships for Lawful Government came to me rather suddenly while watching an Assistant DA  render a victim of bad law. In those few minutes I realized with absolute clarity, that the ballot alone will never defend and perpetuate the American Ideal so eloquently expressed in the Declaration of Independence.

So then Folks, what can be done to enforce respect for the Unalienable Rights of the Individual along with Equal Protection of the Laws? It dawned on me that day in court that perhaps something called Fellowships for Lawful Government supported by a significant number of informed – and wanting to be informed – citizens in every jurisdiction could do the job.

 

If Americans are to secure the blessings of Liberty and Justice for All, they must do so by seeking redress via Sui Juris filings*; by employment of Informed Grand Juries that are aware of their Fifth Amendment guaranteed Presentment Power; and by Informed Petit Juries that are aware of their lawful power to judge the law as well as the fact. A juror should neither permit himself to be deceived, nagged, nor intimidated into violating his own conscience.

 

*One of the first obstacles that can and must be overcome is the illegitimate Filing Fee requirement. The requirement is an obstacle to the First Amendment’s redress of grievances clause, and therefore can be defeated on constitutional grounds.

 

Fellowships for Lawful Government could turn the rising tide of incremental tyranny presently engulfing the United States of America.

 

The de facto rule of America by juris doctors and career office holders must be terminated. However, nothing actually happens until it is On the Record and if members of the Brotherhood of Juris Doctors are to be excluded from legitimate efforts to acquire redress, then Sui Juris filings will be necessary. At least some, if not most, of the Fellowships for Lawful Government supporters should become competent law clerks.

 

The law is the weapon, the courtroom the battlefield, the judge your enemy and your lawyer is an enemy spy.

Michael H. Brown

 

It is wise to exclude attorneys . . . simply because they have been indoctrinated to respect the illegitimate Legal System that has supplanted the legitimate Law of the Land. Those of us who have a passion for Liberty and Justice must focus on these indoctrinated enemies of both:

 

The power of money invades every cell of the justice system and destroys its promise. — Gerry Spence

 

Lawyers are everywhere. They abound in our hamlets and swarm in our cities. They overcrowd our legislatures, flourish as the heads of state and, like dead fish too long in the water, rise to the top of our great corporations. — Gerry Spence

 

The Brotherhood of Juris Doctors wields great power. It is essentially that power that the Fellowships for Lawful Government must overcome and virtually destroy in detail.

 

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. –Thoreau

 

If no more than one in a thousand literate adults in each county, i. e. jurisdiction, in America would passionately support a Fellowship for Lawful Government, that should be enough to systematically enforce the legitimate Law of the Land which is facilitated by the Unanimous Declaration.

 

 

As in 1776, the time for the use of lawful* force has arrived. If it is lawfully employed, then the bloodshed that is a natural part of an armed revolution will not be necessary.

 

*Lawful and legal are not synonyms. There is an ethical element in lawful that is absent in legal. To be lawful, the thing in question must not offend a healthy conscience.

 

Skill in filing court papers should be a part of every civics study. If the worsening misrule of America by juris doctors, career politicians, and juris doctors who are career politicians, then Americans not of the Establishment nor favored by it, must use all of the lawful tools at their disposal.

 

It’s your court and your grand jury folks, use them bravely, intelligently and wisely. Keep foremost in your political thinking the fact that nothing lawful is certain to be enforced until it is On the Record. Know too, that with a Sui Juris filing, a single Citizen* has the potential power to speak the law** and record it there. With intelligent support from his Fellowship for Lawful Government he can safely create news that the mainstream media will eventually be unable to ignore. When that happens, it will signal the beginning of the end of the favor and privilege now enjoyed by the plundering parasites who presently rule America in systematic violation of the lawful principles upon which America is founded.

 

* http://www.molokaiadvertiser-news.com/

scroll down and click Law v Traitors button

 

**Thus juris-diction.

 

Tinsley Grey Sammons, (1936 –)

bastiatlaw@aol.com

tgsammons.wordpress.com

 

 

Endnote: A person has no moral authority to have the Government do anything to a fellow-human being that his own conscience or sense of justice would forbid him to do personally. With this in mind, how many Americans would force their way into a harmless neighbor’s home, handcuff him, cage him and confiscate his arbitrarily declared illicit substances? How many would then testify – or testiLIE – against him knowing that he might be incarcerated for years while his spouse and children fend for themselves as best they can during their loving father’s long absence?

 

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CRUEL UTOPIAN FOLLY

November 7, 2010

 

CRUEL UTOPIAN FOLLY

(An Open Letter to Peace Officers)

by

Tinsley Grey Sammons

bastiatlaw@aol.com

tgsammons.wordpress.com

 

The more corrupt the State, the more numerous the laws. —Cornelius Tacitus (c. 55-117 A.D.)

 

The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state. —Tinsley Grey Sammons (1936 —)

 

Unfortunately, few Americans know enough to acknowledge that the Declaration of Independence is America’s primary judicial source. It is the philosophical bedrock upon which America’s Constitution should stand. Any and all power that is repugnant to the principles that inspired the Unanimous Declaration are unlawful and should be eliminated. The worst of the existing unlawful power has been conferred by fraudulent employment of the Constitution’s Commerce Clause. If it can be said that the Constitution has an Achilles’ heel, it is surely the Commerce Clause. In spite of the philosophical clarity of our Constitution, subsequent judicial interpretations by politicians called judges support and perpetuate the legal fraud that is now being imposed on the Many for the financial benefit of the Few.

 

Since fraud and its consequences are intrinsically criminal, it is unfortunate that peace officers are called upon to participate in judicially approved crime. Compelled by legislative and judicial fraud, the peace officer must face the outraged, and sometimes enraged, victims of unjust laws—laws that are created and underwritten by career politicians, legislating lawyers, and judges. These servants of the People systematically violate their oath to defend the Constitution, which is supposed to be the fulfillment of the promise known as: The Unanimous Declaration.

 

More than anyone, peace officers should despise the legislating looters and judicial despots who create and underwrite unjust laws. It is the peace officers who must do the dirty work of enforcing each law for better or worse. It is cop who must be the highly visible bad guy in the public eye. It’s the cop who must sometimes put his life on the line while those responsible for the perpetuation of many unjust laws safely reap financial benefits far in excess of a policeman’s modest pay. It’s the cop and not the legislators and judges who must face his fellow Citizens with the consequences of their Cruel Utopian Folly. Where are the affluent juris doctors and sweet-talking politicians while the lowly cop patrols the killing fields?

 

Officer, you too are a Citizen subject to the equal protection of the laws. As such, you should carefully consider the incremental growth of the increasingly evil Judicial Industry that you now serve at the expense of ordinary working folks—folks who once trusted you to protect their unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and all rights psychologically derived therefrom.

 

A peace officer’s modest income is usually much less than that of the legislators, judges and other lawyers who are the major benefactors of the unjust statutes now ruthlessly imposed on your fellow Citizens. Today, unjust laws support an enormous Judicial Extortion Racket, and it is the police who are required to make and retrieve the kills for the law-privileged parasites to financially devour. THEY prosper by sacrificing YOUR honor and self-respect.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUDICIAL INDUSTRY

October 22, 2010

THE JUDICIAL INDUSTRY

by

Tinsley Grey Sammons

bastiatlaw@aol.com

tgsammons.wordpress.com

The Judicial Industry will continue to grow and its excesses will remain unchecked as long as Americans depend on nothing more than the ballot for control and accountability. The ballot alone will give them precious little of either.

Beginning with the Controlled Substances Act and unjust statutes derived therefrom, i.e., power that contravenes the principles underpinning the Unanimous Declaration should be repealed outright. Timidly begging for the so-called legalization of marijuana merely concedes to government the unlawful power to prohibit self-medicating and chemical self-pleasuring with alternatives to ethyl alcohol. Philosophically, the legalizers do more harm than good.

The law perverted! And the police powers of the state perverted along with it! The law, I say, not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose! The law become the weapon of every kind of greed! Instead of checking crime, the law itself guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish! —Frederic’ Bastiat (c. 1850)

Bastiat’s powerfully enlightening work, THE LAW can be downloaded free. Every concerned American would be wise to have a copy among his study and reference works.

At this stage of American history, candidates should be asked which laws they intend to repeal. When it comes to making new law, the first law that should be ratified is a law requiring an expiration date for statutes. Office holders could simply let bad laws expire with little or no political risk.

Elections alone will never disabuse Americans of bad law. Folks would be wise to show solidarity by creating and supporting Justice Fellowships. Ideally, every adult American would possess knowledge sufficient to seek redress by filing sui juris while his Justice Fellowship backs him to the hilt. With enough public pressure, even the Mainstream Media will come to its senses.

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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.

GATEWAY LAW

October 22, 2010

GATEWAY LAW

by

Tinsley Grey Sammons

bastiatlaw@aol.com

tgsammons.wordpress.com

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. —Thoreau

The core issue in the Drug War is not drugs themselves but the unalienable right to possess and use them. De facto Prohibition is a legal racket that serves opportunists and parasites on both sides of the law. It is gateway law that firmly establishes a legal, albeit unlawful, precedent for the power to violate the Bill of Rights under color of law.

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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.

A RUDE AWAKENING

October 6, 2010

 

A RUDE AWAKENING

Tinsley Grey Sammons

tgsammons.wordpress.com

bastiatlaw@aol.com

Like most White Southerners born in 1936, I grew up naïvely believing that Americans are the only truly free people in the world. Like countless others who enlisted in the Armed Forces in the early 1950s and later watched Perry Mason on black and white television, I was comfortable just knowing that since I was harmless, I was safe. In those days, in the absence of informed perception and critical thinking skill, I could not have imagined that institutionalized injustice and Plunder by Law would eventually reign in what I had always believed to be the most just of all nations. After all, we Americans do have a Constitution to protect us, don’t we? And it’s free, isn’t it? Sadly, my smug repose was shattered long before my fortieth birthday.

Reflecting on my past naïveté, I wonder just what I expected my Constitution — a covenant that I never bothered to study prior to 1992 — to do for me? Did I think that if I were unjustly arrested, an all-wise and learned judge would ponder the issue and then perhaps say, “The statute that you have allegedly violated is unconstitutional, Mr. Sammons. Case dismissed! Oh, and by the way, do you wish to file charges against those who conspired to have you arrested in violation of your unalienable rights?”

In the mid-70s I was angered by an article in Readers Digest titled: “The Fingerprint That Lied”. According to the article, thirteen witnesses testified that the defendant in question was working from a catering vehicle while the robbery he was later convicted of was occurring across town. If a single witness can cause a conviction, then why can thirteen not cause an acquittal? Whatever happened to Common Sense? I’d sure like to see a copy of the judge’s instruction to that jury.

In spite of those thirteen exculpatory witnesses, a single fingerprint lifted at the scene was enough to convict the unfortunate defendant. How did such an overwhelmingly logical conclusion fail to prevail and generate an acquittal . . . and an investigation as well?

The victim of a wrongful conviction was freed two and a half years later when his tenacious defense lawyer discovered that the fingerprint expert had altered the print to enhance his own reputation as an expert. I never found out what, if anything at all, happened to the fingerprint expert.

Years later my son-in-law was arrested for an armed robbery that occurred while he was a mile away from the crime scene having coffee with me and two other reputable citizens. The sheriff’s deputies refused to take our statements, so, poor Jim spent five fearful days in jail before the real culprit was arrested. Had it not been for an experienced investigator, Jim would likely have accepted a plea bargain, i.e., a legal threat/bribe, and gone to prison.

In 1992, my son was the victim of a serendipity setup contrived to gain advantage in a child visitation controversy where accusations of drug use are standard fare. Probable cause for the armed intrusion and arrest was a statement made by a nonexistent confidential informer. How does one challenge a nonexistent accuser when you can no longer even challenge a real one? Whatever happened to the due process guaranteed by the Bill of Rights?

America’s legal system has apparently become Domestic Enemy Number One, a monster to be feared by everyone not favored by the favored factions.

The heinous crime of having two blue valium tablets left by an overnight female guest and discovered on my son’s dresser cost us dearly. (Now grown, my son’s two sons are his partners in their successful vehicle service and repair shop near Hawthorne Florida.)

America’s most crucial problem today is essentially a legal problem. Unfortunately, the Democrat/Republican election pendulum will fix nothing; rather, like Edgar Allen Poe’s terrifying pendulum, their legal transgressions will continue descending with each dreadful election cycle, eventually severing the last vestige of freedom from our lives. The two major parties are but factions seeking control of the nation’s financial turf, which will continue being harrowed, sown, and the crops harvested by America’s neo-peasantry.

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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 justifiably arrogant, blue-collar-to-the-marrow curmudgeon. He and his wife settled in Gonzales, Louisiana after their home in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

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AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL WAR

August 2, 2010

AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL WAR

by

Tinsley Grey Sammons

bastiatlaw@aol.com

tgsammons.wordpress.com

Slightly Fairer Sentencing

http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul686.html

Madam Speaker, I rise in reluctant support for S. 1789, the Fair Sentencing Act. My support is reluctant because S. 1789 is an uncomfortable mix of some provisions that reduce the harms of the federal war on drugs and other provisions that increase the harms of that disastrous and unconstitutional war. I am supporting this legislation because I am optimistic the legislation’s overall effect will be positive.

–Congressman Ron Paul (July 30, 2010)

Each successive ramping up of the federal war on drugs has made it more evident that this war is incompatible with constitutional government, individual liberty, and prosperity. It is time for Congress to reverse course. I am optimistic that S. 1789 – even with its faults – may signal that Congress is ready to begin reversing course. It is imperative that the House of Representatives pursue a dialogue on how we can end the federal war on drugs – a war that has increasingly become a war on the American people and our Constitution.

–Ibid.

In 1992 a careful reading of Dr. Thomas Szasz’ OUR RIGHT TO DRUGS, along with a serious study of the Unanimous Declaration, caused me to draw the following conclusion:

In the United States of America, no Power that contravenes the Principles underpinning the non-amendable July 4, 1776 Action of the Second Continental Congress has Lawful Authority.

Lawful and legal are not synonyms. There is an ethical element in lawful that is often painfully absent in legal. Sadly, it is in fact quite possible for an unlawful power to be legally enforceable. Since history is replete with atrocious legal suffering, Americans ought never to acquiesce in Conscience and Tolerance being excluded from their lawmaking. The simple and incomparably eloquent Declaration of Independence, which was surely influenced by the Virginia Declaration of Rights, is the philosophical litmus test for the lawfulness of any government power, existing or proposed.

By Their Deeds . . .

Substance abuse is surely bad but sumptuary laws have consistently proven to be much worse. The only legitimate responsibly that government has concerning drug possession and use is in proper labeling and the substance user’s personal responsibility for the, occasionally tragic consequences of his actions. Being intoxicated or stoned is not a crime per se, but admittedly recklessly endangering others by driving under the influence surely is.

Sunset Clause

Announced in 1972 by President Richard Nixon, the legal train wreck referred to as the War on Drugs has continued on for nearly forty years before a Congressman found the courage to label it for the record as, unconstitutional.

There is no more evident reason for a sunset clause, i.e., expiration date, being a part of every piece of legislation. A bad law could simply be allowed to expire without elected office holders courting disfavor in some of their supporters by initiating the repeal of certain laws.

The need for a Sunset Clause is so compelling that it cries out for an amendment to the Constitution making it a mandatory part of lawmaking.

Institutions Die Hard

The Drug War is in fact a monstrous legal racket that benefits opportunists and parasites on both sides of the law. Even after their criminal nature is revealed, financially successful institutions die hard . . . very hard. In the case of the Drug War, political reputations and profits are at risk, so, slaying the unconstitutional monster won’t be easy.

Why the Monster Must be Slain

The so-called Drug War is actually a legally sanctioned Persecution of individuals who choose self-diagnosing, self-prescribing, and self-medicating. Many also choose chemical self-pleasuring with alternatives to ethyl alcohol and there is nothing intrinsically criminal about any of it.

A Dreadful Precedent

In America today an illegitimate Constructed System of Precedents has supplanted the legitimate Law of the Land. As long as Americans acquiesce in de facto Drug Prohibition and the unconstitutional Drug War, no serious objection can be made to any laws, existing or proposed, that do not exceed the atrociousness of the existing laws supporting the  Drug War. The Sixteenth Amendment along with lawyer Harrison’s infamous Act blew the gate wide open and even paved the way for the eventual construction of a totalitarian state.

Salvaging the American Ideal

The American Ideal became a non-amendable matter of record in 1776. Since that time, elections alone have proven inadequate to enforce respect for the Ideal. So then, what can be done? I suggest that the People not favored by the regime du jour and the establishment that it serves, show solidarity by creating and supporting a Justice Fellowship in every jurisdiction. In time, with input from critical thinkers, a National Network of Justice Fellowships could wield enough lawful power to salvage the American Ideal.

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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.

PAIN, PROHIBITION, and PLUNDERING

July 19, 2010

PAIN, PROHIBITION, and PLUNDERING

by

Tinsley Grey Sammons

bastiatlaw@aol.com

tgsammons.wordpress.com

Why do adult Americans insist that their Government treat them like children?

Following shoulder surgery that was a little more than fifty percent successful, I continue using hydrocodone for pain control. If I choose to replenish my supply legally, I must periodically make a thirty-mile round trip in order to get expensive written permission from a de facto agent of the State called, a doctor. A doctor has no way of knowing whether or not a patient’s pain is real . . . and likely does not care, beyond being paid while carefully avoiding outrageous legal consequences. Pain is subjective and personal. Forcibly withholding the means to relieve a person’s pain is morally equivalent to inflicting the pain. It is intrinsically criminal to do so.

The Controlled Substances Act is clearly a contravention of the spirit of the unamendable Unanimous Declaration and the spirit of the Bill of Rights as well.

In addition to effective pain control, the hydrocodone I ingest actually makes me feel good, a real perk for a weary 74 year-old retired Geezer with a body worn by decades of labor. But I wouldn’t divulge that to the doctor since self-medicating to feel good is frowned on in America. In fact, I’m convinced that drug manufacturers actually try to take the feelgood out of drugs to discourage individuals from using them recreationally. Hydrocodone sold in America is unnecessarily adulterated with acetaminophen which does nothing more than increase toxicity. So then, from the prohibitionist’s point of view, it’s okay to be disease and pain free but it’s not okay to feel good while you’re doing it. This is considered so important to those who insanely perpetuate the War on Self-medicating and Chemical Self-pleasuring that drug manufacturers are willing to risk a user’s health by needlessly increasing the toxicity of their product(s). Are all the lawyers in America asleep? C’mon guys, initiate those lawsuits before folks wise up and unite in Justice Fellowships, then file Sui Juris, thereby leaving you out of the financial loop.

Why is an adult American – a citizen of what was once considered the most free nation in the world – forced to get permission from an agent of the State to purchase that which ought to be honestly labeled and available on the free market at a reasonably competitive price? Why should an outrageous and unnecessary de facto broker’s fee, along with prohibition costs, be added to the cost of relief?

Cui bono?

Indeed, Who benefits? When subjected to critical thinking, it becomes clear that the ill-considered War on Drugs has degenerated into an institution that does nothing more than provide political distraction and financial fodder for opportunists and parasites on both sides of the law. Frederic’ Bastiat’s term Plunder by Law fits the Drug War quite well.

The Drug War is fueled with exaggerations, sensationalism, half-truths, lies, and unfounded fears. Adult Americans would be wise to muster the resolve to end this dreadful precedent for unlawful government power.

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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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REDRESS

July 18, 2010

REDRESS

by

Tinsley Grey Sammons

bastiatlaw@aol.com

tgsammons.wordpress.com

Seeking redress via filing court papers is a major part of the suggested plan to lawfully salvage the American Ideal. The other essential parts are Justice Fellowships and Grand Juries that are aware of their power to end corruption by employing their Fifth Amendment Presentment Power.

The Justice Fellowships’ first target should be the abolition of the unlawful filing fee requirement on the grounds that it is a constructed violation of the First Amendment’s redress of grievances clause.

As for Rights, a Politically Competent Individual clearly understands the difference between a right, a lawful privilege, and a crime committed under color of law.

Unalienable Rights are the natural rights that every human being is born with. The right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness should be ruthlessly defended since an undefended right is no right at all.

The constructed Legal System that has supplanted the genuine Law of the Land must be destroyed in detail. If juris doctors and career politicians end up working for minimum wage on the serving lines of fast food providers, or working as hoppers for garbage collection businesses, that just might be where they really belong.

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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.

THE LEGALIZERS ERR

July 17, 2010

THE LEGALIZERS ERR

by

Tinsley Grey Sammons

bastiatlaw@aol.com

tgsammons.wordpress.com

The Legalizers’ approach to ending the Drug War is fundamentally flawed. They fail to challenge the lawfulness of what is in fact a persecution of individuals who choose to medicate themselves without paying for written permission from a licensed professional; or they choose to pleasure themselves with alternatives to ethyl alcohol.

No power that is repugnant to the principles underpinning the unamendable July 4, 1776 Action of the Second Continental Congress has lawful authority. It is crucial that a citizen understand that lawful and legal are not synonyms. There is an ethical element in lawful that can be painfully absent in legal. History is replete with dreadful crimes, legally committed by agents of government.

To settle for anything less than an across the board repeal of the de facto prohibition of certain drugs is going to be a grievous mistake that will continue to impoverish and imprison harmless Americans for years to come — until a significant number of folks come to their senses regarding the only morally acceptable relationship between the individual and his government. Piecemeal “legalization” concedes a power to government that does not in truth lawfully exist. Drug Prohibition is the product of an intrinsically criminal distortion of the Constitution’s Commerce Clause.

As long as We, the People permit tyranny to be profitable, there will be plenty of tyranny. Just follow the money and you will always find the (frequently awful) truth.

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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.

FORSAKEN PROMISE THE

July 17, 2010

THE FORSAKEN PROMISE

(A Brief Critical Analysis of the American Ideal)

by

Tinsley Grey Sammons

bastiatlaw@aol.com

tgsammons.wordpress.com

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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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.