RIGHTS, MAN-MADE ANTI-RIGHTS AND WHY "SAFETY NETS ARE IMMORAL
August 28, 2012
is the dogma of our time that proponents of government safety net programs
hold the moral high ground. Accordingly, Democrats preen over their
own "compassion"; and Republicans chime in that they too "believe in
safety net programs". But safety net programs are unconstitutional and
immoral. They are unconstitutional because "charity" is not
one of the enumerated powers of the federal government.
They are immoral because they are based on a fabricated system
of man-made anti-rights which negate the Rights
God gave us.
Origin of Rights and the Purpose of Civil Government
Declaration of Independence sets forth the Principles which were fleshed
out - more or less perfectly - in Our Constitution. The key is the 2nd
paragraph, which begins:
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 securethese 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 to abolish
it…" [emphasis added]
shows that God gave us a great many rights such as to earn, keep, and
inherit private property; to defend ourselves; to worship God; and to
live our lives free from meddling and interference as long as
we observe the God-given Rights of others. But men are not angels.
Evil men seek to take God given Rights away from others. Evil men seek
to exercise power over others. That is why we need
civil government - to restrain the wicked. Without civil government,
we would be in anarchy, always defending ourselves from those who seek
to do whatever they want with our lives, liberties,
persons, and propertySo! Rights come from God, and the purpose of civil government
is to secure the rights God gave us.
Power is from The People!
Constitution was based on the radical Principle that The People
are the original source of political power. Throughout history,
political power has been seen to originate with the King.
This is powerfully illustrated by King John I in the movie "Robin Hood"
with Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchet. King John saw his Will
as "law", and the People as "subjects" to his Will. But in
this Country, WE THE PEOPLE ordained and established the Constitution
and created a federal government. And the federal government
We created was subject to us. The Preamble to our
Constitution, "WE THE PEOPLE of the United States", is our assertion
that We are the source of political power, and We are the
creators of the federal government.
& Enumerated Powers
created a "federal" government. A "federal" government
is an alliance of Sovereign and Independent States associated together
in a federation with a general or national government to which is delegated
supremacy over the States in
specifically defined areas only. In Federalist
Paper No. 45 (9th para), James Madison, Father of our
Constitution, explains the separate spheres of operation of the federal
and State governments. Only a few enumerated powers are delegated to
the federal government - all other powers are reserved by the States:
powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government
are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments
are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally
on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce
… the powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the
objects which … concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the
people, and the internal order …and prosperity of the State."
So! What are these
areas where We delegated to our "creature" - the federal
government - authority over the States? We listed in the Constitution
every power We delegated to each branch of the federal government. These
are the "enumerated" powers.
It is ONLY with respect to these enumerated powers - those listed in
the Constitution - that the federal government has lawful authority
over the Country at large!
Does the federal
government have authority to issue patents & copyrights? Yes!
How do we know? Because Art. I, Sec. 8, cl. 8 delegates this power
Does the federal
government have authority to institute social security, food stamps,
Medicare, aid to families with dependent children, and obamacare?
No! How do we know? Because these are not listed among the
enumerated powers delegated to Congress.
Congress and the President have authority to conduct war &
national defense (Art I, Sec. 8, cl. 11-16 & Art II, Sec.
2, cl 1); and the President and the Senate have authority to make treaties
respecting trade, commerce, and diplomatic relations (Art II, Sec. 2,
cl 2). The
lawful objects of treaties are restricted to the enumerated powers.
Accordingly, the President and the Senate may not lawfully enter into
the UN Arms Trade Treaty because the Constitution does not permit the
federal government to restrict firearms; and further, the 2nd
Amendment prohibits the federal government from infringing our pre-existing
Right to bear arms.Domestically: Congress has authority to make laws respecting
a uniform commercial system: Specifically, uniform
weights & measures, a money system based on gold & silver where
CONGRESS (not private bankers such as the fed) regulates the value of
money, issue patents & copyrights, make bankruptcy laws, establish
post offices and build some roads (Art I, Sec. 8, cl. 4-8). The President's
duty is to implement the foregoing (Art. II, Sec. 3). Congress may make,
and the President is to enforce, laws respecting who may become a naturalized
citizen and the procedures for naturalization (Art
I, Sec 8, cl. 4). The Constitution authorizes
Congress to make criminal laws respecting counterfeiting,
treason, accepting bribes, and piracy & other felonies committed
on the high seas. Congress may make those few criminal laws which are
"necessary & proper" to carry out enumerated powers, such as making
it a crime to file false claims in federal bankruptcy courts, and to
lie under oath in federal court.
Congress has authority to levy taxes and borrow money and appropriate
funds (Art I, Sec. 8, cls 1,2 & Sec 9, cl 7), but ONLY
for purposes authorized by the Constitution. So! Congress may levy taxes
to fund the military, to pay the salaries of the people in the patent
& copyright office and other constitutionally authorized offices,
and to carry out other delegated powers.
lawfully create, and appropriate funds to, the federal Departments
of Education, Health & Human Services, and Agriculture? No!
Because these are not constitutionally authorized offices!
With the 13th,
14th & 15th Amendments, the defect
in our Constitution permitting slavery was corrected, and Congress was
delegated authority to make laws enforcing the Amendments.
We created federal courts and strictly limited their
jurisdiction. The kinds of cases We permit federal courts to hear are
itemized at Art. III, Sec. 2, cl. 1. So!
This is basically all We gave the federal government authority to do
for the Country at large. In all other matters, the States - the Members
of the Federation - are sovereign and independent. So "federalism" refers
to the form of the government We created in our Constitution - a "federation"
of Member States united for limited and enumerated purposes only;
with all other powers being retained by the States and The People.
the federal & State Governments are to go about Securing our God-given
is not the federal government's job to secure all our God given
Rights, just those appropriate for a "federal" government. Other rights
are secured by the States.
the God-given Right to Life is Secured:
federal government is to secure our right to life by
military defense (Art. I, Sec. 8, cl. 11-16); by protecting us from
invasion (Art IV, Sec. 4); by prosecuting traitors (Art III, Sec. 3);
and by laws against piracy and other felonies committed on the high
seas (Art. I, Sec. 8, cl. 10). The States reserved
the powers to secure our right to life by prosecuting murderers, outlawing
abortion, euthanasia, drunk driving, the selling of harmful substances
to minors, and imposing quarantines for dangerous contagious diseases.
States may have pure food and drug laws. States or local governments
may outlaw conditions such as old tires lying around which breed mosquitos,
which cause disease. States also once secured our right to life by means
of "support laws" which required family members to care for their own!
Fathers were to provide for their minor children! Adult children for
their elderly parents. The Bible requires family members to care for
their own - and State laws used to implement this Godly Principle.
But in our
brave new world, people are no longer obligated to support dependent
family members - everyone just goes on a government program. That
is what Aid to Families with Dependent Children, Social Security,
Medicare, Medicaid, obamacare, are about - relieving people of their
Responsibilities imposed by God to themselves and to their own families.
also increase the size and power of the federal government. That's
how we got the Frankensteinian monster it is today.
the God-given Right to Property:
federal government is to secure our property rights
by requiring an honest money system based on gold & silver,
and by establishing uniform and honest weights & measures
(Art I, Sec. 8, cl 5). Inflation by means of paper currency and fractional
reserve lending is theft; so honest money must be based on precious
metals. Honest money and honest weights & measures are called for
in the Bible. The federal government is to secure our property rights
by punishing counterfeiters (Art I, Sec. 8, cl 6).
The federal government is to secure our property rights by providing
for bankruptcy courts. This permits the orderly dissolution
of debtors' estates with fair treatment of creditors; or the reorganization
of financially troubled businesses for the benefit of all (Art I, Sec
8, cl 4). And the federal government is to secure our property rights
by issuing patents & copyrights to inventors and
writers to recognize their ownership of their intellectual labors (Art
I, Sec 8, cl 8). The States are to secure our property
rights by prosecuting robbers, penalizing negligence, fraud,
breach of contract and slander. States and local governments may impose
burning bans when dry weather makes outdoor burning dangerous. Local
governments may make ordinances requiring people to maintain their properties
so as not to deflate housing values.
the God-given Right to Liberty:
federal government secures our right to liberty by laws against
slavery (13th Amendment). But the federal government secures
our God-given right to liberty primarily by obeying the Constitution!
The reason our Constitution so strictly limits and enumerates the powers
of the federal government is to secure our basic right to be
left alone to live our own lives free from meddlesome and interfering
do-gooders, tyrants, and bullies.The States
secure our right to liberty by laws against kidnapping, false imprisonment;
and by prosecuting rapists, molesters, and muggers.
the God-given Right to Pursue our Own Happiness:
federal, State, and local governments secure this right by not meddling
in our lives! We have the right to live our own lives free from
interference as long as we do not deprive other people of their
the God-given right to a Fair Trial:
Bible requires civil governments to give fair trials
- to citizens and aliens alike. See, e.g., Dt. 1:16-17, Dt. 19:15-20
& Mt. 18:16; Ex 18:13-26; don't bear false witness.
the Hereditary Class System:
Remember! We are all equal before the Law - we all
stand on equal footing before God and are supposed to stand on equal
footing in human courts. So our Framers outlawed hereditary aristocracy
with its class system: Art I, Sec 9, last clause & Art I, Sec. 10,
cl 1 prohibit the federal government and the States from granting Titles
of Nobility. So! Do you see? The only proper
function of civil governments is to secure the Rights God
gave us - and this is how it was to be done. And note
something else about God given rights: They don't put us in conflict
with each other. When all civil governments do is secure our
God given rights - protect us from foreign invaders and domestic criminals
and tortfeasers - the People can live together in peace.
So THIS is the gift our Framers gave us in 1787 when they drafted our
Constitution. But for the last 100 years, we have been letting this
gift slip thru our fingers.
is our Country coming apart? Why is everybody at everybody else's throat?
Why is our financial system collapsing? Why has our Country turned into
a moral cesspool? Because we forgot the Principle set forth in our Declaration
that the purpose of civil government is to secure our God-given
rights - by protecting us from those who seek to take these
rights away from us. And we were seduced into believing that civil
our needs; and
from the risks and uncertainties of Life.
But these beliefs
are Evil and Destructive. They destroy Countries and individual Human
Government which Provides to Some, must Take from Others
do governments provide for our needs?How
do they PAY for the safety net programs progressive
Democrats and Republicans love so much? They
take money from some people by force and give it to other people!
At the beginning, the money was taken from those who paid taxes.
When that pot of money wasn't sufficient, the governments borrowed
money to fund the welfare programs. Now, they can't borrow enough,
so the federal government devised new methods of creating massive
debt to be shoved on the backs of our grandchildren and great grandchildren.
This is stealing. The federal government takes money which doesn't belong
to them - they create massive debt to be paid back by future generations
- and they give it to people who have their hands out - in exchange
for their political support. All these "safety net" programs: social
security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, aid to families with dependent
children, free day care, head start, forcing hospital ERs to provide
free medical care, unemployment compensation, and the like, are all
based on taking money from some people (born and unborn) by force
and giving it to others. On the State level, we are
told that a free public school education K - 12 is a fundamental "right".
So property owners are taxed heavily to pay for the public schools which
have churned out generations of Americans who know nothing and can't
think but have been indoctrinated into a secular statist worldview.
Meanwhile, teachers' unions and purple-shirted SEIU thugs are screaming
for more benefits to be paid into their bloated pockets by taxpayers
who make less money than the union thugs! The welfare state
isn't based on "compassion". The welfare state is based on Envy, Coercion
& Theft. THIS is what has set us at each other's
misuse of governments to rob some of the People for the benefit of favored
groups - the public
and private sector unions, businesses owned by Obama fundraisers, and
welfare parasites. Senior citizens were once a favored group, but Seniors
will be phased out via Obama's death panels. The welfare state with
its "safety nets" negates God's Gift of Liberty, and
it violates God's Laws protecting private property, prohibiting theft,
and condemning envy. And when a culture is based on Envy, Coercion and
Theft, as ours now is, it is impossible for The People to live
in peace with one another.
in a Cocoon? Or as Free and Independent Manly Men and Womanly Women?
were also seduced into believing that the federal government should
protect us from the risks and uncertainties of Life. And so the federal
government regulates and controls all human activity. Under obamacare,
bureaucrats in the federal Department of Health & Human
Services will control access to medical care! Education is
regulated. OSHA regulates work conditions. EPA regulates the air and
the water and "emissions". The federal government oversees the wages
we pay and get - all arrangements between employers and employees; all
human activity is regulated and controlled and taxed. Obama's model
is the Life of Julia: a single mother dependent on the federal government
throughout her life who lives in a cocoon woven around her by the federal
government and paid for - by others. The price of the cocoon is personal
liberty and dignity. We exchanged our glorious heritage for a bowl of
porridge. The test for us is this: Have we become so dependent on handouts,
and are we so indifferent to the fate of our grandchildren, that we
refuse to stand up to the federal government and tell them all to
go to hell?
Progressives and the Regulatory Federal Government
Country was made great by our Forefathers who valued freedom so much
that they left their homeland on a dangerous voyage to come here where
there was no job, no home, no "safety net", no nothing but
God, wilderness, Liberty, and Opportunity. Our Forefathers came to this
Country without health insurance! Without disability benefits! Without
retirement pensions! What happened to bring us where we are today -
on the brink of social, moral, and financial collapse? During the late
1880s, Progressivism with its meddlesome and unconstitutional policies
arose. The Progressives were going to "fix" everything and "fix" everybody
by "regulating" everything and everybody. They would get "experts" to
run everything and manage everybody and tell them what to do. The Progressives
did many bad things - I'll just mention a few: The federal government
started regulating railroads. Congress passed anti-trust legislation
and created the federal Food and Drug Administration. In 1913, the 16th
& 17th Amendments were ratified. The Federal Reserve Act was passed
in 1913. Prohibition - the 18th Amendment - was ratified in 1919. God
says we may drink alcohol; but Progressives didn't agree with that and
so banned it. Federal funding for maternity and child care started.
We moved to the present unconstitutional system of Presidential primaries,
and abandoned the procedures for electing Presidents set forth in the
12th Amendment (ratified 1804). So it was the Progressives - and Teddy
Roosevelt was the first Progressive President - who initiated our abandonment
Model for Civil Government, our abandonment of our Constitution,
and our descent into the cesspool of Envy, Coercion, Theft, and Dependency.
The Social Security Act was passed in the mid-1930's, and Medicare in
we are laboring under the ridiculous notion that we have a whole host
of "rights" to stuff which is paid for by other people: the
"right" to a free public school education; the "right" to a fair wage,
paid vacations, maternity leave, and equal pay for equal work; the
"right" to an income for when you are old, unemployed, sick, disabled,
or whatever; a "right" to a "decent" standard of living including
"adequate" food, clothing, housing, medical care, and other social
services. And let us not forget the "right" to free cell phones, the
"right" to free birth control, and the "right" to free abortions and
abortifacts! What's wrong with all these "rights"? What they all have
in common is a claimed "right" to live at other peoples' expense.
They elevate parasitism
into a "right". All these handouts must all be paid
for by someone. And unless other people pay for these freebies voluntarily,
the money must be taken from them BY FORCE. So it turns some of us
and our grandchildren and great grandchildren into plucked geese.
That is why the welfare State is evil, immoral, and rotten
to the core. And it is operated by politicians who seek only
more and more power for themselves. THIS is why we are all
at each other's throats. The people who are getting the handouts want
more! The people who have been paying are sick of paying for the welfare
parasites who sit at home watching their big screen TVs eating junk
food - all of which is paid for by those who work, along with those
who haven't even been born. God NEVER gave us the "right"
to demand that other people be forced to pay our living expenses and
give us free stuff - cell phones and abortion pills!God
NEVER gave us the "right" to force others to subsidize our own failures,
vices, weaknesses, or irresponsibility. Two of the 10 Commandments
deal with the sanctity of other peoples' property. Not only are we
forbidden to steal other peoples' stuff, we are forbidden to covet
the Bible, God's Laws uphold the sanctity of private property.
these man-made Anti-rights negate the God-given Rights because
they steal our Property and our Liberty. The
welfare State - socialism - communism - fascism -obama's blather about
"redistribution" and "fairness" are evil and immoral because they
are based on a violation of God's Laws granting us Liberty, upholding
the sanctity of private property, and condemning envy and theft.
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Should We Do?
We must repent.
We must return to God, our Founding Principles, our Constitution.
We must acknowledge that the present system cannot continue; and that
everyone's favorite "safety net" programs - Social security
and Medicare - have done much to destroy The Family and the
concept of Personal Responsibility. The Bible, which we have spurned
for a very long time, tells us that families are the primary "welfare"
institution. For a very long time, families actually did take care
of one another! Elderly parents died at home with their children.
But today, people see it as the responsibility of the "government"
to care for elderly people - to provide them an income and pay their
medical expenses. And when they can no longer take of themselves,
they are put in nursing homes where they die … alone. Social security
and Medicare are evil - they corrupted us and destroyed our families.
They are bankrupt and filled with fraud. Politicians use them as a
tool to manipulate the gullible. Still, many of our Senior citizens
have become dependent on these programs. So we must phase out these
unGodly and unconstitutional programs in an orderly manner. All taxes
need to be reduced dramatically so that people have more money to
set aside for themselves and their own families. The Estate Tax should
be eliminated. In the Bible, the eldest son got the double share of
the inheritance because it was his prime responsibility to care for
his aged parents. We must pull together with our families. We
must rediscover Personal Responsibility! Until we were corrupted
by the Progressives and their evil programs, we were a remarkable
People characterized by "goodness". PH
Read the Constitution!"Charity" is not an enumerated
power! James Madison said, in opposition to a proposal to
give aid to French emigrants, that he could not undertake to lay his
finger on that article in the Federal Constitution which granted a
right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money
of their constituents. Annals
of Congress, House of Representatives, 3rd Congress, 1st
Session, Jan. 10, 1794, p. 170-171. 2.
People in the federal government now do whatever they
want with our lives, liberties, property and persons [TSA
agents feel us up, the Executive Branch will control our access to
medical care, etc.]. The federal government has become destructive
of the purposes for which it was created; and since it is violating
our Constitution, is ruling without our Consent. Hence, it is illegitimate.
Alexander Hamilton referred to the federal government as our "creature"
No. 33 (5th para); and Thomas Jefferson called it our
"creature" in The
Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 (8th Resolution). 4.
For a discussion of Congress' Enumerated Powers, go here.
For the enumerated powers of the President, go here.
For the enumerated powers of the federal Courts, go here. 5.
Get a pocket copy of our Declaration of Independence and federal Constitution.
Using different colors, highlight all references to God, the enumerated
powers delegated to Congress, the enumerated powers delegated to the
President, and the enumerated powers delegated to the federal courts.
You will be amazed. Then prepare another highlighted copy and
send it to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. 6.
God gave us the Right to hunt for food and to use arms to
defend ourselves. Jesus commanded his disciples to
sell their cloaks and buy a sword. 7.
Most of the criminal laws Congress makes for the Country at large
- all drug laws, all laws which
pretend to restrict gun ownership, whether sports figures take steroids,
etc., etc., etc., are unconstitutional as outside the scope of the
powers delegated to Congress in the Constitution. 8.
What is so appalling about John Roberts' opinion in the obamacare
case is that Roberts in effect says that Congress may tax for any
purpose whatsoever. 9. The purpose of the 14th Amendment
was to protect freed slaves from Southern Black Codes which denied
them basic God-given Rights. But the 14th
Amendment has been perverted by judges on the supreme Court
to create a "right" to kill unborn babies, a "right" to engage in
homosexual sodomy, and probably, a soon to be created "right" to homosexual
marriage. Do you see? Human judges claim the power to create "rights."
And note how these judicially fabricated "rights" are contrary to
God's Laws. 10. Many of the cases federal courts decide are outside
their constitutional authority to hear: They have no authority to
review STATE Laws and STATE Constitutional provisions respecting prayer
in schools, posting of the Ten Commandments in public places, abortion,
homosexual acts, and homosexual marriage. The supreme Court has long
been seizing powers which Art. III, Sec. 2, cl. 1, doesn't delegate
to them. Those judges should be impeached, tried, convicted, kicked
off the bench, and prohibited from ever again holding federal office
(Art I, Sec. 3, last clause, & Federalist
No. 81, 8th para). PH.
is a retired attorney who now lives in Tennessee. Before getting a law
degree, she got a degree in philosophy where she specialized in political
philosophy and epistemology (theories of knowledge). She now writes
extensively on the U.S. Constitution, using the Federalist Papers to
prove its original meaning and intent. She also shows how federal judges
and politicians have ignored Our Constitution and replaced it with their
personal opinions and beliefs.h
Internationally, Congress and the President have
authority to conduct war & national defense (Art I, Sec. 8, cl. 11-16
& Art II, Sec. 2, cl 1); and the President and the Senate have authority
to make treaties respecting trade, commerce, and diplomatic relations
(Art II, Sec. 2, cl 2). The lawful objects of treaties are restricted
to the enumerated powers.