Checks and Balances

» Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Slideshow, Words from Past Chairmen | 0 comments

Checks and Balances

I’ve been saying for the last couple months that our tea party will be concentrating on state and local issues. The reason being, I see little hope for our federal government to get the nation back on the right track. The Executive Branch has been acting like a tyrannical oligarchy, the Legislative Branch has been acting like a rubber stamp for the Executive Branch, and the Judicial Branch has been legislating from the bench by inserting liberal ideology in their rulings, while the Legislative Branch has been accepting the Court’s unconstitutional rulings as new law. This says nothing about the affects K Street is having on politicians in Washington. Our only hope to preserve Liberty is to influence the state legislature in such a way that they take a firm stand on the Tenth Amendment, and tell the federal government “We are a sovereign state and will not abide by unconstitutional edicts”. This will be a monumental task, but a necessary one nonetheless.

Our checks and balance system at the federal level has systematically been eliminated, and our federal government now has all the markings of a Banana Republic. Without getting into the weeds, I can make a strong argument that this is exactly why the federal government is attacking the Second Amendment with such vigor. Those in Washington know full well that the reason our Founders inserted the Second Amendment was to guarantee the Citizenry a last resort to protect the Republic the Founders established.

Indeed, when they penned the Declaration of Independence, they told us that it is our obligation to be the last defenders of Liberty. Allow me to refresh your memory by quoting the second paragraph of the Declaration:

” We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they’re 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 to 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 power on such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. ” ( bold and italics are mine)

This section of the Declaration does not automatically insinuate a call to arms, as many believe. But what it does say is that when any government — including ours — becomes destructive to these ends, We the People who give government the power to secure these rights have the right ( and even the obligation ) to “alter or to abolish it” when government becomes destructive to these ends. That effort would first be in a peaceful manner, either by civil disobedience or by educating our state legislators of their obligation to resist tyranny from Washington. This is especially true if it becomes evident that the federal government coerces a state by any means, including economic blackmail. ( i.e. “You do this, or we will withhold federal money” ).

The motive for this email is the result of FBI Director Comey’s announcement in which he stated that his agency will not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton, even though he laid a strong case to do so. His decision comes on the heels of a myriad of scandals that have embroiled the Executive Branch and / or its agencies. No one involved has been held accountable. No one has been held responsible for Fast and Furious, the IRS targeting conservatives, Benghazi, the V.A., or any other scandal that can be mentioned. Ergo, our federal government has become a Banana Republic right before our eyes.

It should be clear to everyone that the federal government and its agencies are now there not to serve the People, but to protect the varied bureaucrats and administrators of those agencies, placing themselves above the Rule of Law, while at the same time subjecting the Citizenry to burdensome rules and regulations that — by design or consequence — stifling the Spirit of Liberty. They have — and continue to — violate the Oath they took; to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States.

I hope this post explains why we will be concentrating on state issues rather than federal. And we hope that you — the tea party member — will join us in our efforts to reclaim state sovereignty.

In Liberty,
Steve Osborn
SCTP Chairman