“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” — Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
One of my Fox colleagues recently sent me an email attachment of a painting of the framers signing the Constitution of the United States. Except in this version, George Washington — who presided at the Constitutional Convention — looks at James Madison — who was the scrivener at the Convention — and says, “None of this counts if people get sick, right?”
In these days of state governors issuing daily decrees purporting to criminalize the exercise of our personal freedoms, the words put into Washington’s mouth are only mildly amusing. Had Washington actually asked such a question, Madison, of all people, would likely have responded: “No. This document protects our natural rights at all times and under all circumstances.”
It is easy, 233 years later, to offer that hypothetical response, particularly since the Supreme Court has done so already when, as readers of this column will recall, Abraham Lincoln suspended the constitutionally guaranteed writ of habeas corpus — the right to be brought before a judge upon arrest — only to be rebuked by the Supreme Court.
The famous line above by Benjamin Franklin, though uttered in a 1755 dispute between the Pennsylvania legislature and the state’s governor over taxes, nevertheless provokes a truism.
Namely, that since our rights come from our humanity, not from the government, foolish people can only sacrifice their own freedoms, not the freedoms of others.
Thus, freedom can only be taken away when the government proves fault at a jury trial. This protection is called procedural due process, and it, too, is guaranteed in the Constitution.
Of what value is a constitutional guarantee if it can be violated when people get sick? If it can, it is not a guarantee; it is a fraud. Stated differently, a constitutional guarantee is only as valuable and reliable as is the fidelity to the Constitution of those in whose hands we have reposed it for safekeeping.
Because the folks in government, with very few exceptions, suffer from what St. Augustine called libido dominandi — the lust to dominate — when they are confronted with the age-old clash of personal liberty versus government force, they will nearly always come down on the side of force.
How do they get away with this? By scaring the daylights out of us. I never thought I’d see this in my lifetime, though our ancestors saw this in every generation. In America today, we have a government of fear. Machiavelli offered that men obey better when they fear you than when they love you. Sadly, he was right, and the government in America knows this.
But Madison knew this as well when he wrote the Constitution. And he knew it four years later when he wrote the Bill of Rights. He intentionally employed language to warn those who lust to dominate that, however, they employ governmental powers, the Constitution is “the Supreme Law of the Land” and all government behavior in America is subject to it.
Even if the legislature of the State of New York ordered, as my friend Gov. Andrew Cuomo — who as the governor, cannot write laws that incur criminal punishment — has ordered, it would be invalid as prohibited by the Constitution.
This is not a novel or an arcane argument. This is fundamental American law. Yet, it is being violated right before our eyes by the very human beings we have elected to uphold it. And each of them — every governor interfering with the freedom to make one’s own choices — has taken an express oath to comply with the Constitution.
You want to bring the family to visit grandma? You want to engage in a mutually beneficial, totally voluntary commercial transaction? You want to go to work? You want to celebrate Mass? These are all now prohibited in one-third of the United States.
I tried and failed to find Mass last Sunday. When did the Catholic Church become an agent of the state? How about an outdoor Mass?
What is the nature of freedom? It is an unassailable natural claim against all others, including the government. Stated differently, it is your unconditional right to think as you wish, to say what you think, to publish what you say, to associate with whomever wishes to be with you no matter their number, to worship or not, to defend yourself, to own and use property as you see fit, to travel where you wish, to purchase from a willing seller, to be left alone. And to do all this without a government permission slip.
What is the nature of government? It is the negation of freedom. It is a monopoly of force in a designated geographic area. When elected officials fear that their base is slipping, they will feel the need to do something — anything — that will let them claim to be enhancing safety. Trampling liberty works for that odious purpose. Hence a decree commanding obedience, promising safety and threatening punishment.
These decrees — issued by those who have no legal authority to issue them, enforced by cops who hate what they are being made to do, destructive of the freedoms that our forbearers shed oceans of blood to preserve and crushing economic prosperity by violating the laws of supply and demand — should all be rejected by an outraged populace, and challenged in court.
These challenges are best filed in federal courts, where those who have trampled our liberties will get no special quarter. I can tell you from my prior life as a judge that most state governors fear nothing more than an intellectually honest, personally courageous, constitutionally faithful federal judge.
Fight fear with fear.
• Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is a regular contributor to The Washington Times. He is the author of nine books on the U.S. Constitution.
Think, People. Think.
For those who failed fifth-grade math…. when these sensationalist jerks on TV say that there has been a “five hundred percent increase”….
It means five times whatever the number was yesterday.
If there were five cases yesterday, there are 25 today.
We routinely lose 30,000 to 60,000 people to the regular Common Cold (yes, “Coronavirus” is the Common Cold Virus) every year in America, and 700,000 worldwide.
Why aren’t they being honest and calling it “Common Cold Virus” instead of making up this new, technical name and pretending that “Covid 19” is anything but a new strain of the Common Cold?
And not a particularly deadly form of the Common Cold, either?
A test for “Coronavirus” doesn’t distinguish between Common Cold (the plain old flu we always get ) and any of the various strains of this same virus.
So now the idiots are just counting all flu cases as “Covid 19”.
See how this works?
They are guaranteed all those huge numbers and deaths from plain old influenza, but they are falsely claiming that all these deaths are being caused by “Covid 19”— their new Bug-A-Boo and excuse.
So they are deliberately making it look like something exceptional and different and new, and they are deliberately propagandizing the severity of it and pumping up the numbers of purported cases, too.
It’s irresponsible fear-mongering BS.
To keep us focused AWAY from what is actually going on — the settlement of the UNITED STATES, INC. bankruptcy.
Trillions of actual credit and assets that are owed to us, not the British Territorials, are at stake.
And they want to keep your eyes off the ball.
Liars, Liars, Stumps on Fire….
The rats are trying to buy an interest in our estates for themselves using our assets and credit to do so.
They are presenting “the CDC” as some big authority we all need to listen to.
The CDC is a privately owned vaccine company and on the take for hundreds of millions of dollars from the men who promoted weaponization of the Common Cold.
Don’t believe me? Maybe you will believe RFK, Jr.?
These despicable criminals set up this entire pandemic to profit themselves.
Instead of being in a position to control and manipulate our response to their handiwork…..
And instead of being allowed to profit themselves….
They should be arrested, tried, and executed without any further adieu.
It might not help their victims, but at least we would be rid of them.
And as for the CDC, it should be shut down and all its assets liquidated.
It’s Board of Directors should be denied any benefit of the corporate veil.
Its’ collaborators on this “project” — DARPA, the Pirbright Institute and Wellcome Trust and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation should all be similarly dismembered, liquidated, and their board members/trustees denied any protection of the corporate veil.
Corporations are only allowed to exist for the Public Good, and as you can see, these corporations have not existed for the Public Good.
They have planned this pandemic with malice aforethought and for profit.
Thousands of people have already died because of these mass murderers.
And now, Mr. Trump — do you know what your duty is?
Dear Mr. Trump — March 27, 2020
SPV = “Special Purpose Vehicle” = “Public Transmitting Utility”, etc., etc., etc.,
So, what the attached (FB Friends go to my website to see the document) run down shows is that the Exchange Stabilization Fund (a giant currency commodity rigging fund) is being used to buy a fictitious first position interest in other fictional entities.
In this case, the Territorial Government is creating new fictitious “PERSONS” to convey the assets of other fictitious PERSONS belonging to the Municipal Government (our estates and public transmitting utilities) and offering to use our credit to do it; and all of this is fraud.
It was fraud in the beginning (1868) and in the middle (1933) and it is still fraud now (2020).
Obummer did this same schtick during the 2008-2009 bailout and Big Short on Wall Street. All those “Billing Statements” that used to come to “JOHN MICHAEL DOE” were converted by a similar process to the name “JOHN M DOE” and next, unless I am mistaken, they will attempt to roll that PERSON into a John M. Doe or JOHN DOE or some other variation of “fictional entity” to function as a “Special Purpose Vehicle” — and all of it is a fictional conveyance of language, that is, fraud.
It was a fraud to impersonate Americans and create Cestui Que Vie Trusts named after them. It was a fraud to use DOG LATIN to convey those Trusts. It is still fraud no matter what they do or say. And they are still trying to victimize the actual owners of the property to do this.
The actual gold, silver, land, and other assets owed to us, is staggering. The middlemen armed with nothing but hot air and lies are trying to intervene and cut a “priority creditor status” for themselves out of their own lies and fabric of their constructive fraud.
The actual asset accounts have been sealed and coded so that they cannot be opened except by the actual living man, Julius Divinagracia. Instead of expediting his access to the accounts and allowing him to do his job, the Mindless Ones have contrived to render him misidentified and helpless, while they do everything in their power to prevent the re-venue of the actual assets to the actual owners — who are all living people. Not governments. Not institutions. Not corporations.
Mr. Trump’s advisors are a bit slow on the uptake. They have been told that Julius Divinagracia has entered the jurisdiction of the States of the Union and is under the protection of The United States of America. He is fully empowered and set free of any possible claim of Municipal citizenship obligation. Or Territorial Citizenship obligations.
It’s time for the Territorial Officers to assist in bringing forward the actual asset accounts, instead of playing stupid games aimed at cashiering those accounts to generate fictional credit for themselves.
This isn’t about “gold” versus “credit” versus “stocks” versus “bonds” versus “cryptos”. It isn’t “United States Citizens” versus “U.S. Citizens” versus “citizens of the United States”, either.
This is about basic ownership and rights to private and public property that has been purloined and abused, about incorporated “governmental services corporations” abusing their Employers in Breach of Trust, about generations of bankers and politicians and military officers acting in Gross Breach of Trust to defraud, impersonate, impoverish, enslave, and prey upon their own Employers, about the Pope playing a two-sided game of fraud and false pretenses and employing schemes to impersonate people and disrespect them as THINGS.
Dear Mr. Trump…. it’s a sorry business at best. Don’t make it worse.
No more “SPVs” being dreamed up by some schmuck in the Treasury Department, Department of Commerce, or DOT.
We have denounced the Scottish Interloper’s role in 1868 and we denounce its attempts at a repeat performance now. You may not use our credit to buy yourselves an unearned interest in our assets or seek to replace us as the actual Parties of Interest owed all right, title and interest related to the Municipal Corporations that have been used as a fraudulent fictitious conveyance and bankrupted under conditions of fraud, too.
Notice to Agents is Notice to Principals, and Notice to Principals is Notice to Agents.
You all need to straight up and fly right and expedite the re-venue of our assets to us. Stop playing this criminal game of deceit and impersonation, identity theft, False Registrations, and color of law governance.
The cats are back. The rats have to go.
The boys in blue have been busted and that’s all there is to it. Move on. Do the right thing. Remove the False Registrations and restore the proper owners to the possession and enjoyment of their own property, free and clear of all debt or encumbrance.
Do not offer to use our own credit to buy interests in our estates. Re-venue our estates to us. We are clicking our silver slippers together and saying, “There’s no place like home.”
The only Special Purpose Vehicle that needs to function is the Treasury Account for the United States of America 1789. It needs to transfer all associated assets including the valid credit assets back to The United States of America 1776 mercantile account, and from there, to disburse to the individual (former) franchise owners and their States of the Union. Not the Territorial States of States.
And, it’s time to come clean and talk to the American States and People in terms of their political status choices. Everyone has the right to know and to choose. This should have been done in 1865. For God’s sake, do it now.
We have the key to the asset accounts and we know exactly what went on here. Any attempts to lie to the American People or anyone else about the actual ownership and status of our accounts will only result in more acrimony and present-day accusations of fraud. Better to lay the blame on FDR than continue this corruption and have nobody to blame but yourself.