Americans have been steadily losing their property rights, one of the key elements of the US Constitution and its amendments, deemed important to the Founders because of tyranny experienced under British rule.
Thomas Jefferson, 1788:
It astonishes me to find … that so many of our countrymen … should be contented to live under a system which leaves to their governors the power of taking from them the trial by jury cases, freedom of religion, freedom of press, freedom of commerce, the habeas corpus laws, and of yoking them with a standing army. This is a degeneracy in the principles of liberty … which I would not have expected for at least four centuries.
When the US Constitution was drafted, approved and finally ratified by the states of the Union, it was assumed that the description of specific powers granted to the government would leave no doubt, as to what the government could do and could not. The absence of powers over the rights of the people should have kept them protected. The Founders decided to be specific and add to the Constitution ten amendments to declare the Bill of Rights. The Constitution details the powers authorized by the federal and state governments and the Bill of Rights is a guarantee of those rights as part of the US Constitution.
was a lawyer, revolutionary theorist and leader, diplomat, first vice president, and second president of the United States. He was raised on
a farm in Braintree (later renamed Quincy), Massachusetts and was the first in his family to attend college at Harvard, as well as the first
professional person as a lawyer.
In 1765, John Adams lived part of the time in Boston with his wife, Abigail Adams, and their children, opposing British revenue measures and their enforcement by the military. Yet he was considered a moderate because he never joined in demonstrations or publishing inflammatory rhetoric in the manner of his cousin Samuel Adams or a friend and fellow lawyer, James Otis.
We are facing a crucial period in American history, not that such things weren’t faced before. We are for at least the third time facing economic ruin, but as if that wasn’t enough our federal government is breaking the rules in separation of powers that was limited by the Constitution, a document of government law that was not created overnight. Those we elected
have continually, in various degrees, continue to ignore the limited government articles of the Constitution of the United States. Those we elected are more concerned with politicking rather than being statesmen and stateswomen after winning the majority vote. Elections have become a circus side show as to who can think up or invent as much crap they can heap upon the character of their opponent; and too often elements of it or all of it is true.
Books have been written about the Revolutionary War and George Washington‘s role as the first commanding general of the Continental army for almost as long as America has been a republic. The greatest act of his life, other than leaving a Will and Testament that not only freed the slaves of Mount Vernon, but insured of their well-being when freed; was his resignation as commander-in-chief of the American forces that stunned the world and even impressed the British crown. This act was followed by a circular letter to the states in which he proclaimed,in writing, his retirement. No American leader has matched that legacy, and despite this and other aspects of the quality of his character, he has been attacked by “historians” – authors of books set out to defame his position of honor as not only the first President of the United States, but probably the best that ever served in that office.
On Thursday, July 17 1776, a very young Continental Congress learned the power of words when General George Washington refused to accept a dispatch from British General William Howe and his brother, Admiral Richard Viscount Howe, opening peace negotiations, because it failed to use the title “general.” The Howe brothers, representing the British Crown, had the authority to put down the colonial rebellion, or to readmit the colonies to the British Empire. So they wrote to Washington inviting him to enter into negotiations with them as representatives of the crown. However, they could not use Washington’s title, “general,” as to do so would have given legitimacy to the rebel army the British denied had the right to exist. Washington would neither excuse the affront nor open the letter. When the British began informal negotiations with members of Congress, the Patriots withdrew from the talks when the British refused to recognize their independence.