July 1, 2016 is the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, PA, the high water mark of the Confederacy. After this battle, the War Between the States raged for another two years, but the South never regained the success that it enjoyed during the first half of the war.
At the end of the war, our constitutional form of government, as defined by the founding fathers, no longer existed. The states, which created the federal government, became subordinate to the federal government. The states no longer controlled currency or the armed forces. The states no longer had the right to leave the Union (other than Texas). This led to the states losing their participation in the federal government when the amendment was passed that made the senate elected by voters, rather than appointed by states, rendering the state governments little more than provincial administrators.
As we celebrate the birth of our nation on July 4th, let us also pause to remember the death of that nation four-score-and-nine years later. The United States of America is no longer that nation “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,” as our founding fathers established. We are no longer citizens who are endowed by our maker with inalienable rights – the government now dictates our rights, despite the Constitution that they swore an oath to defend. Out politicians believe that parts of the Bill of Rights are “terrible mistakes made by the founding fathers” and are demanding that these parts be removed. As a friend of mine reminded me: “When politicians ask you to weaken the Bill of Rights, one would do well to remember that the purpose of the Bill of Rights is to protect you from the politicians.”
We are a nation under occupation by a government that was established under an illegal force of arms. The change of our nation from “These United States ARE” to “The United States IS” was never ratified by the citizens of the United States. It was thrust upon us by a military dictator and his band of blue-coat thugs. We are not truly free, and we haven’t been since 1865, when the nation established by our founding fathers died.
Abraham Lincoln, the tyrant responsible for the senseless deaths of nearly half a million Americans, brought this ruin upon us. It’s because of him that this country is now in the dire situation that we find ourselves in. His beliefs in an all-powerful central government that rules the states and the people – in direct opposition to our Constitutional form of government as conceived and created by our founding fathers – has grown out of control, and it all started during Mr. Lincoln’s little war. The states and the people must someday exercise their Constitutional rights to reestablish a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, or the citizens of the United States of American will find themselves enslaved by a government that is leading us to our utter destruction.