Un-Constitutional & Do Rights Exist Without Money?

What Coronavirus has proved, is that “our rights” are more or less first world luxuries, that cannot be expressed or adhered to in times of uncertainty. Since we are, begrudgingly perhaps, perfectly fine with civl liberties being suspended during this period of fear….

When it comes to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, you have to understand the purpose for which they were drafted and then signed. If you are a defender of so-called rights or liberties, then you must define where these rights and liberties come from.

You see, the Declaration of Independence was a stand-alone document that was in fact a letter from the colonies to King George…and King George only…

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The Declaration of Independence opens with the “Introduction”.

In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands 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.”

Immediately following is the ever so cited “Preamble”

“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 Happiness. –That 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 of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or 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.”

You see, the Declaration of Independence was a document full of emotional terms and phrases, meant to not only declare independence from the crown, but also to motivate and inspire the colonies to rise up and fight for their independence from the crown.

Yet, the Declaration of Independence was signed the 4th of July 1776, it wouldn’t be until the 4th of March 1789 until what we now know as the U.S. Constitution became….law?

Prior to the U.S. Constitution becoming law, the Articles of Confederation were created and were the law of the land…I mean the colonies.

The Articles of Confederation were made law on the 1st of March, 1781 and would prove to be quite obsolete very quickly.

The Revolutionary War was fought from 1775-1783.

So….why was there a “need” to create a Constitution?

Let’s look at Shays’ Rebellion….

Shays’ Rebellion took place after the Revolutionary War, 1786-1787. Daniel Shays was a American Revolutionary War Veteran….now why would a veteran suddenly oppose the government he so ardently fought for? Daniel Shays led four thousand rebels in a protest or revolt or riots or warfare against what Shay and his “Shaysites” felt were economic and civil rights injustices. Funny how a document like the Declaration of Independence is so emotional and righteous when it comes to the colonies declaring their independence from the crown, yet, once they’ve won the war, it seems as if the governing bodies of the newly formed “United States” seem to mimic those same injustices upon their own citizens…

You see, our government even then relied heavily on debt and without other European Monarchies extending lines of credit, which enabled the colonies to host the Revolutionary War, then we could still be under the British Crown today. Upon winning the war, those monarchies wanted their money back…or else! Also, many Revolutionary War Veterans of the time were still owed back-pay from the government they had just defended. Yet, then like today, it doesn’t matter what the government “owes” you, you will pay the government first or face the consequences.

Once the newly formed nation attempted to recoup the monies owed to foreign crowns, they did so by taxing…taxing without representing even. (Oh the friggin NERVE).

So, these Revolutionary War Veterans, who might have been inspired by lines in the Declaration of Independence such as..

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands 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.”

or maybe even…

“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 Happiness. –That 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 of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or 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.”

Yet, when it came to their rights as individuals, it seemed that these words, phrases and terms no longer applied. Even back in 1786, elected representatives did not answer letters or calls that were opposed to what that elected representative was attempting to accomplish. So, ole Shays started a rebellion. The rebellion was eventually quelled, fighters on both sides died either fighting for the freedoms they had fought for in the Revolution and fighting to quell the uprising of dissidents.

Thomas Jefferson wrote to James Madison concerning the rebellion. Mind you, this was in reference to Shays’ Rebellion, not the Revolution.

January 30, 1787 that occasional rebellion serves to preserve freedoms. “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”

George Washington, who was of upper class, yet who witnessed first hand the atrocities and the sacrifice that those who fought in the Revolution had experienced and what they fought for, penned a different letter.

October 31, 1786 to Henry Lee, “You talk, my good sir, of employing influence to appease the present tumults in Massachusetts. I know not where that influence is to be found, or, if attainable, that it would be a proper remedy for the disorders. Influence is not government. Let us have a government by which our lives, liberties, and properties will be secured, or let us know the worst at once.”

Even though Washington was from the elite class of the time, what he had experienced himself and what he witnessed his men experience had a profound impact on how he viewed himself and how he viewed others, the experience no doubt humbled him greatly.

The Declaration of Independence was penned and signed to motivate and inspire, the Declaration of Independence was not a document that outlined our rights from that point forward, it was a singular document penned for one man, but distributed to everyone. What the Declaration of Independence seems to be is more or less “Do as I say, not as I do”.

Now, let’s have a gander at the Constitution.

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The Constitution opens with the Preamble.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Do you notice the difference in language used? According to the Declaration of Independence…

“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 Happiness.

From the Declaration to the Constitution, we’ve moved from a fierce sense of an independent individual to a union?

If our unalienable rights were endowed by their creator when it came to the Declaration, then why were these words absent from the Constitution? If the Constitution nor the Bill of Rights acknowledge that our rights are unalienable or that they are endowed by a creator, then where do our rights come from and do they even exist?

I would argue that what is considered constitutional and what is not constitutional has less to do with a piece of paper and more to do with what we are either willing or not willing to put up with.

The notion of constitutional rights what is and what is not, is strictly based on our pain tolerance. The higher tolerance for pain that we possess, means the less rights we have. The lower tolerance for pain that we possess, means the more rights we maintain.

The Constitution has been up for debate since before the ink was dry. The Constitution is written in such a fashion to be as ambiguous as possible. You see, the Constitution has always been us as individuals and as a society. Frankly the Constitution itself proves that it is meaningless to the extent that it can be and has and is manipulated to serve the government and not the people. If our unalienable rights were endowed by our creator when it came to the Bill of Rights, then maybe our rights would be our rights, but sadly, they are not, so our rights are as flammable and disposable as the parchment the Constitution was written on.

Perhaps the Constitution was more or less a treaty or an attempt at peace between the government and the people of the time more than a living document. And perhaps that is why the Preamble to the Constitution reads as such.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

  • Question…

Do you or does someone you know confuse the Declaration of Independence with the Constitution? 

I cannot find any direct link or correlation between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. This leads me to believe that both are completely separate of the other. If you know how they are linked or correlated, please let me know.

In closing remember this, location, location, location. Where you live, work, pay taxes and spend your money is so much more powerful than any vote.

When you vote, you exercise faith, where and how you spend your money is the real power.

If you dont’ like it where you’re at now, move or deal with it, those are the only two options. If you cannot fix your situation, what makes you think the government will fix anything that doesn’t profit them directly. Like Ole Shays, he was made to pay the government before they would pay him what the government owed him!

If you’re not willing to move to a place where you can still exercise your rights, or, pay more money for more rights, then you have proven that your rights are more a of a luxury than actual rights.

And as we all know, luxuries are not to be practiced during times of uncertainty.

Funny how that works.

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13 thoughts on “Un-Constitutional & Do Rights Exist Without Money?

  1. Comfort is an incredible tranquilizer. I agree with your assessment in this blog. Along those lines, I feel that our “pain tolerance” has increased so much because of our ability to be comfortable and entertained in our own homes. We dont even know what our inalienable rights are because we have never been alienated from them or are unabke to recognize what that looks like because of a conformist mindset. I look forward to discussing this with you.

  2. Marleen

    Back in “the day” one had to be a white landowning male to vote. I was going to say owning land required money for buying it, but I think they mostly just took it at first. Then they spent money on slaves when they couldn’t just take them too. Maybe it was property-owning men who voted — so, land and people. Now the only private interests who legally own people are private prisons (I don’t know for sure if any are truly “private” or if they are all, rather, incorporated). Women, meanwhile, weren’t allowed many basic rights either for a long time (even if we take voting out of the picture as something denied or desirable).

      1. Marleen

        Who (by their own definitions) were in charge in this place? I was speaking historically, concerning this country/union. The context of your topic is historical.

  3. Gubment schools don’t teach history anymore. They teach gender confusion.

    There are many that can’t tell the difference between the Declaration and the Constitution. We have one of the signers (of which one, I can’t remember) buried in this town.

    If there was a place that everyone could live freely without tyranny, it wouldn’t work. Someone, somewhere ALWAYS wants to “improve” and/or “run things differently”. Until humans learn to tame their respective egos, there will always be strife, in one form or another.

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