‘We the People’ Against Tyranny: Seven Principles for Free Government, by John W. Whitehead

Ultimately, a nation is only as strong as its principles and its adherence to those principles. John W. Whitehead lists seven principles for the government of a free country, derived from the Constitution. The government’s failure to adhere to these principles is obvious. From Whitehead, at rutherford.org:

 “As I look at America today, I am not afraid to say that I am afraid.”—Former presidential advisor Bertram Gross

As history teaches us, if the people have little or no knowledge of the basics of government and their rights, those who wield governmental power inevitably wield it excessively. After all, a citizenry can only hold its government accountable if it knows when the government oversteps its bounds.

Precisely because Americans are easily distracted—because, as study after study shows, they are clueless about their rights—because their elected officials no longer represent them—because Americans have been brainwashed into believing that their only duty as citizens is to vote—because the citizenry has failed to hold government officials accountable to abiding by the Constitution—because young people are no longer being taught the fundamentals of the Constitution or the Bill of Rights, resulting in citizens who don’t even know they have rights—and because Americans continue to place their trust in politics to fix what’s wrong with this country—the American governmental scheme is sliding ever closer towards a pervasive authoritarianism.

This steady slide towards tyranny, meted out by militarized local and federal police and legalistic bureaucrats, has been carried forward by each successive president over the past fifty years regardless of their political affiliation.

Big government has grown bigger and the rights of the citizenry have grown smaller.

However, there are certain principles—principles that every American should know—which undergird the American system of government and form the basis for the freedoms our forefathers fought and died for.

The following seven principles are a good starting point for understanding what free government is really all about.

First, the maxim that power corrupts is an absolute truth. Realizing this, those who drafted the Constitution and the Bill of Rights held one principle sacrosanct: a distrust of all who hold governmental power. As James Madison, author of the Bill of Rights, proclaimed, “All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.” Moreover, in questions of power, Thomas Jefferson warned, “Let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” As such, those who drafted our founding documents would see today’s government as an out-of-control, unmanageable beast.

The second principle is that governments primarily exist to secure rights, an idea that is central to constitutionalism. In appointing the government as the guardian of the people’s rights, the people give it only certain, enumerated powers, which are laid out in a written constitution. The idea of a written constitution actualizes the two great themes of the Declaration of Independence: consent and protection of equal rights. Thus, the purpose of constitutionalism is to limit governmental power and ensure that the government performs its basic function: to preserve and protect our rights, especially our unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and our civil liberties. Unfortunately, the government today has discarded this principle and now sees itself as our master, not our servant. The obvious next step, unless we act soon, is tyranny.

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One response to “‘We the People’ Against Tyranny: Seven Principles for Free Government, by John W. Whitehead

  1. When will we learn? When will YOU learn? There is 240 years of overwhelming and surmounting evidence that SHOULD only lead to one conclusion, that it is not possible for a nation of people, a group of people, or an individual, to be free and yet be GOVERNED! Duh! Freedom and government are an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms. It’s oil and water, they just do not mix.

    Problem is, for a nation to live by these principles necessitates that we take responsibility for our individual lives. It goes beyond a job, of working for a living, of providing for oneself and/or one’s family. It necessitates not ever handing over your responsibilities to strangers.

    This means recognizing that we should not depend upon strangers to protect us from crime. Over 100 million of us are armed to the teeth. Why do we depend upon badge-wearing, uniformed, armed thugs for our protection?

    Why do we leave it to strangers to decide who of us are in need and then dole out dribbles (after they get their take). We each have a responsibility to look out for those less fortunate.

    Below is my rendition of the Declaration of Independence:

    The Declaration of Absolute Sovereignty of These United States of America

    When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one Nation to dissolve the political bonds which have imprisoned them for 240 years, 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 this separation, namely:

    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 them are Life, Liberty and the unbridled Freedom to attain whatever goals, dreams and asperations they so desire, as pursuant to their Happiness, so long as to Not Violate or Inhibit by Chicanery, Force or the Threat of Force these very same rights and ambitions of their Fellow Man.

    We here therefore declare and recognize that no human may have his or her rights be honored while, at the same time, disrespecting and dishonoring the rights of any other human being.

    That to secure and ensure these rights, the Total Abolition and Destruction of All Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from The Will of their Creator, the God of the Bible and Lord of the Universe.

    That whenever any Form of Government rears it Ugly Head and becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to Abolish it, laying again a Foundation on such principles of Anarchism and organizing its powers in such manner as to them shall seem most appropriate to effect their Safety and Happiness and Well being.

    Prudence, indeed, will dictate that any Governments, however long established, should Never be sought as a means to freedom, for there can be no freedom where any form of Government exists. Freedom and governments are an oxymoron and are antagonistic each to the other.

    When a long train of abuses and usurpation, 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 and to provide new Guards for their future security.

    Such has been the patient sufferance of these States; and such is now the necessity which compels them to alter their former Systems of Tyranny.

    The history of the self-proclaimed authority of Congress, Senate and White House is a history of repeated criminal injuries and usurpation, 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:

    In 1871, the Congress of the United States passed a law that changed the United States of America to the United States Incorporated. To this very day these States are Incorporated and, as such, are owned.

    In 1913, through the chicanery of such ilk as Woodrow Wilson, et al, ownership of the control and printing of fiat currency was made possible through private ownership of the Federal Reserve.

    An evil collusion exists between that of the governments of the States and that of thirteen families, whose wealth well exceeds that of half the world’s population and, subsequently, these families own this government and its populace.

    We, therefore, the peoples of these United States of America, Assembled and appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these States, solemnly publish and declare, that these United States are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to any Authority other than that of the God of the Universe, and that all connection between them and self-appointed political authorities is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

    That as Free, Sovereign and Independent States, they have full Power to protect its shores from hostile and foreign invasion, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts which these Independent States of a Free Peoples may of right do.

    And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

    Bill Ernstberger


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