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» posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 3:48 pm by Jeremy Herrera
Since I have seen many that want to exile, imprison, deport, and etc to people that have signed the petitions on the White House website I figured they either don’t know the history or they just don’t believe in the rights of the people or the states. I can say this with just two documents from our founding and one letter from the co-author of the Constitution to another co-author.
In the original document that created the country the founder stated why they were breaking the ties to the mother country and forming their own country. That document is the Declaration of Independence and it states in the first paragraph;
“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.”
The founders found themselves in a place that they felt the bonds with Brittan were making their life more as slaves than part of a country. They had petitioned the king repeatedly to request lowering the taxes on them, to allow free trade, and to have a voice in Parliament. But instead the king kept raising taxes to support his wars. So over time the founders risked not just their wealth, livelihood, or lives, but everything in pursuit of self governing. They then continued in the second paragraph to explain the freedoms they were pursuing and the rights of all men;
“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 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 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.”
In the next document, the Bill of Rights, the very first 10 amendments that a number of states would not ratify the Constitution without because they didn’t want to go from one despot to another one. So in the very First Amendment it states;
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
This Amendment states in plain English that all people in the country have the right to petition the government, to voice their opinions and beliefs openly and freely. The founders did this because they knew from their own experiences that the people should not have to hide from their country as they had to with Brittan. They knew that if a country was truly free that the people should have these freedoms.
The last document I am linking here is a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to James Madison of January 30, 1787, just 11 years after declaring Independence from Brittan and months before the Constitution was ratified. In the letter Jefferson states that the treat of rebellion in voice or action is how the people hold the power to keep a government in check and that a rebellion from time to time is good for a government to still on course.
“Societies exist under three forms sufficiently distinguishable. 1. Without government, as among our Indians. 2. Under governments wherein the will of every one has a just influence, as is the case in England in a slight degree, and in our states in a great one. 3. Under governments of force: as is the case in all other monarchies and in most of the other republics. To have an idea of the curse of existence under these last, they must be seen. It is a government of wolves over sheep. It is a problem, not clear in my mind, that the 1st. condition is not the best. But I believe it to be inconsistent with any great degree of population. The second state has a great deal of good in it. The mass of mankind under that enjoys a precious degree of liberty and happiness. It has it’s evils too: the principal of which is the turbulence to which it is subject. But weigh this against the oppressions of monarchy, and it becomes nothing. Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem. Even this evil is productive of good. It prevents the degeneracy of government, and nourishes a general attention to the public affairs. I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccesful rebellions indeed generally establish the incroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions, as not to discourage them too much. It is a medecine necessary for the sound health of government.” – Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, Paris, January 30, 1787
So in the current day we have found a number of people creating petitions to have a number of state secede the Union and obtaining well over the number of signatures that the White House has set. With a little research people who oppose the petitions would know that these petitions hold little more weight than to tell the government that they are unhappy with the current direction the country is heading. That without the power of the Governors and the legislation of those states, the petitions are nothing but protests. Even if state did follow these petitions, it is within the rights of those states to secede because each state is supposed to be a country among other countries united for the common good.
Yet, the counter protesters of these petitions seem to lose the sight of what the founders set forth. A country where the people are free to protest, free to speak, and free to petition the government and that each state is supposed to be separate and free from the federal government. But instead they want to exile, deport (unsure how you deport a person born in the same location as you wish to deport him from), and imprison people that have signed these petitions, in essence remove the Constitutional Rights that the founders risked everything for to create a free nation of separate states United for a Common Good. It is those that are willing to sign the petitions and willing to be called names, laughed at, and threatened that are Patriots because they are standing up for their rights as citizens of this country. Those that wish them ill fate are the ones did not support the Rights given to a free people that want despotism.
What scares me is that knowing history, these things have been done before and it started a civil war where families were broken in two…
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