IN HIS INAUGURAL SPEECH, GEORGE WASHINGTON STATED: “THE SACRED FIRE OF LIBERTY.”
We, the American people, are very good at conversion. Let’s convert that “sacred fire of Liberty” into action, by converting it to a burning desire for the Freedom we once enjoyed.
In my opinion, the Constitution of the United States is like a contractual agreement. One which elected officials must swear to uphold. The preamble sets the tone for that contract, which states: “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 prosperity, do ordain and establish the Constitution of the United States of America.”
The fourteenth Amendment states, section one: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for a crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
In this country and our way of life there is validity to contractual agreements. And properly exercised can be legally enforced. There are certain criterion to contractual agreement. Usually dated with signatures, entered into voluntarily. And must have boundaries. Can’t contract for anything without a boundary. It’s an agreement between two or more persons, which creates an obligation “to do or not to do a particular thing.” A contract is a promise or a set of promises for which the law gives a remedy or a performance of which the law in some way recognizes as a duty.
In this connection, it appears to me, one can reasonably assume the Constitution of the United States is a written document of agreements relative to those who make, enforce and intrepret the laws, to the people they swore to uphold. Therefore have an obligation to abide by and failure to do so violates the agreement.
Of particular interest to me is the clause which prohibits involuntary servitude. The question is, what is involuntary servitude? We all know voluntary means agreement, and involuntary means against our will. According to Blacks Law dictionary, used by most judges, attorneys and courts, defines servitude as: “The state of a person who is subjected voluntarily or otherwise, to another person as his servant. A charge or burden resting upon one estate for the benefit or advantage of another; a species of incorporeal right derived from civil law and closely corresponding to the “easement” of the common law except that “servitude” rather has relation to the burden or the estate burdened, while easement refers to the benefit or advantage or the estate to which it acrues.”
Estate meaning, “the degree, quantity, nature and extent of interest which a person has in real and personal property.” Everyone has some kind of estate, from the clothes on their back to the money in their pocket. Therefore any real or personal property we own is property which belongs to us.
I was prompted to write this article after a member of my family, with six dependents, just paid over $244,000 federal taxes and $30,000 state taxes, plus all the other tax requirements on real estate property, automobiles, utilities, food, clothing, and shelter. Exorbitant income taxes forced to pay to benefit others. Involuntary payment to benefit others. Is this not involuntary servitude, by definition? Is this not forced taking of an individual’s real and personal property from his estate?
Can this be defined as anything other than thievery and involuntary servitude? Does this not violate the 14th amendment of the Constitution which states involuntary servitude shall not exist within the United States? If not, why not?
As I see it, being forced to fork over one’s earned income (property), by a gun or threat of a gun, to benefit others, is no less than involuntary servitude.
At this particular time in our history, when millions are gathering in quiet non-violent protest in the Tea Party movement, it appears to me the bottom line is a rejection of the exorbitant taking of one’s property is at the core of all the disenchantment and dissatisfaction of the citizenry of this country. Aside from each person marching and protesting, it is reasonable to assume there are many others who agree, who are not marching, which multiplies the protestors by thousands. Silence does not give consent. But standing up speaking out and showing disagreement in some form, is our chance and choice of turning things around, now or never.
Ours is a country, according to the founders, supposed to be operated on Law. It’s all about Life, Liberty, and Property. We are living in an era where one buys and pays for their home but only possesses it, and do not own it, because others aside from the person who purchase it, control it. We don’t own anything we don’t control. And the Constitution is the document which supports our right to ownership, and the law of the Land.
Here’s the American Creed as expressed by William Tyler Page: “I believe in the United States of America, as a government of the people by the people and for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed. A democracy in a Republic; a sovereign nation of many sovereign States, a Perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those PRINCIPLES of Freedom, equality, Justice and humanity, for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes!! I, therefore, believe it is my duty to my Country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its Flag; and to defend it against all enemies.”
Living in an era when the “involuntary servitude” clause is so violated, suggests it’s time to defend against all enemies.
LET FREEDOM RING