We need to take a hard look at “our” government before more die.
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Whenever I mention we ought to have a constitutional congress to anyone, anywhere, and the first thing I hear is, “You don’t have the authority to call a constitutional congress,” I can admit to an amount of dumbfounded awe.
“This is the same America I grew up in, right? Am I in “bizarro world” or something?!? This is the same America that required me to take U.S. History in Junior High, High School, AND for my ‘basics’ in college?? I mean, I know I am from West Texas, that we are typically about 7 to 9 years behind New York City or Los Angeles, and we aren’t supposed to be very sophisticated, but I know I wasn’t the only one in class, and my graduation in 1991 wasn’t that long ago!”
The right of a people to assert its obligation to alter or change entirely a government which it feels has failed to meet the citizens’ basic unalienable rights was fundamental in the founding of the United States over two centuries ago. It is my right to call for a constitutional congress, and yours. Every single United States citizen breathing air at this moment has that same right. That right was conferred in the bones of our foundational document, The Declaration of Independence! We forget that at our peril.
Allow me to place the call for a peaceful assembly of a constitutional congress, as is enumerated in the founding precedents of modern political philosophy, within some grounding context.
“Context?”, you might ask.
Let’s start with a source everyone has no trouble finding, Wikipedia’s Right of Revolution, in the opening paragraph, states:
In political philosophy, the right of revolution (or right of rebellion) is the right or duty of the people of a nation to overthrow a government that acts against their common interests and/or threatens the safety of the people without cause. Stated throughout history in one form or another, the belief in this right has been used to justify various revolutions, including the American Revolution, French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, and the Iranian Revolution.Wikipedia @ Right of Revolution
Many of our Founders and the thought leaders who fertilized the soil from which other movements, revolutions, and transitions have grown, extolled the ideas of deep thinkers such as John Locke, an instrumental philosopher upon whose writings many have drawn heavily. He declared,
…that under natural law, all people have the right to life, liberty, and estate; under the social contract, the people could instigate a revolution against the government when it acted against the interests of citizens, to replace the government with one that served the interests of citizens. In some cases, Locke deemed revolution an obligation. The right of revolution thus essentially acted as a safeguard against tyranny.
Morton White, one of our most influential philosophers, was a highly respected historian. In his considerations of our own American revolutionaries, he said,
“The notion that they had a duty to rebel is extremely important to stress, for it shows that they thought they were complying with the commands of natural law and of nature’s God when they threw off absolute despotism.”
The legal historian, Christian Fritz, envisioned a ‘contract’, or compact between a ruler(s) and the people had been made:
“In this bargain, the people were protected by the monarch in exchange for the people giving the king allegiance. This was a contractual relationship. American revolutionaries accused George III of breaching his implied duty of protection under that contract, thereby releasing the people in the colonies from their allegiance. The sovereign’s breach of the hypothetical contract gave rise to the subjects’ right of revolution — grounded on both natural law and English constitutional doctrine.”Christian Fritz
Further in Wikipedia, you can find discussion on the preconditions that sober-minded individuals, our own Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, felt were necessary, prior to inciting such a bold move as altering the established governing of a society.
On the eve of the American Revolution, for example, Americans considered their plight to justify exercising the right of revolution. Alexander Hamilton justified American resistance as an expression of “the law of nature” redressing violations of “the first principles of civil society” and invasions of “the rights of a whole people”. For Thomas Jefferson the Declaration was the last-ditch effort of an oppressed people — the position in which many Americans saw themselves in 1776. Jefferson’s litany of colonial grievances was an effort to establish that Americans met their burden to exercise the natural law right of revolution.
The basis for my call, and if my fellow citizens agree that the logic is sound, a case built solidly, is the sentiment mirrored in the heart and sincere presentation of our own venerable document, the Declaration of Independence. That enshrined document first expressed the revolutionaries’ reasons for independence with the preamble, and begins the case in saying,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
The document then continues to the core reasoning for this call for a constitutional congress, that,
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
Our “unalienable Rights”, the foundational cornerstone of our society, the lives of our citizens, the liberty of us all, and any hope of our future happiness has been violated, breached, and our future prospects torn asunder, and thereby placed into serious jeopardy, by those who would be our “servants and representatives”.
These “unalienable” rights have been disregarded repeatedly, but never so egregiously as in the last several months. Our right to make this call resides in the question, “How many American lives have been taken because of this corrupted and irredeemable system of ‘ours’?”
United States Covid-19 cases
Updated May 4 at 10:08 PM local
Confirmed Cases | Deaths
1,360,172 | 80,001
TOTAL CASES 1,300,696
TOTAL DEATHS 78,771
The fact that that the number of deaths is greater than the total deaths of Americans in Vietnam, The Gulf War, The Iraq War, AND the Afghanistan War COMBINED should be enough to satisfy the call for constitutional congress. The numbers we are talking about, which from the early 1960’s, let’s say from the first “advisors” to Vietnam in 1955, until today, took a total of seventy-five years to accrue. It is a gruesome tally that, as of the writing of this article, has been surpassed by the number of deaths in the U.S. from Covid-19 and its complications since this last February.
Let that sink in.
In the span of three months (3), we have surpassed the combined total death count of all of our American military conflicts that occurred within the last 75 years.
I would say that the loss of life ALONE qualifies as a violation of the following, stated within the Declaration of Independence:
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 of 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 powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.
Tell me America, how much liberty have you had lately? Are we feeling happy?
Of course, I am doing what any American, entrusted by the founders of our modern society to be informed, to pay attention as a responsible citizen, and especially as a veteran Marine, who served honorably during the Gulf War, should do: I am calling on the people of these United States to rally to the call, seriously consider the fundamental danger facing every single one of us, male & female, cis & trans[, black, white, red, yellow, and brown, young and old. We must, as our obligation to ourselves, hold a cconstitutional congress!
The following is a rough outline for the process for a constitutional congress as I envision it, and humbly submit for your consideration of the duty that should be discharged upon those who attend the proposed congress:
Outline of Process for a Constitutional Congress
Pick one citizen at random from each county in the U.S. to represent all citizens. Guidelines as of now are to remain simple and strict. Those are:
- Service in whatever government is decided upon is similar in application to our current ‘jury duty’.
- Whatever the C.C., convening on Nov 6th, 2020, finally decides upon to enact as a system of government, or a style of society going forward, it shall guarantee our UNALIENABLE rights.
- Further, it MUST be entirely transparent in all communications, with access to documents and dealings made public (live or within a reasonable time frame [2 weeks or less]). No secret or confidential meetings shall be held, and all records shall be open and available.
- Anyone ‘serving’ in any decided structure, as actual servants of the people, may only serve in whatever capacity, and/or as long as the C.C. decides, and must return to their previous profession and station, and never be involved in Federal politics for the rest of their lives. They may be involved in local government, and although I believe state offices should also be excluded, that decision will reside in the C.C.
- Finally, all current federal elected and appointed officials[SS7] shall ‘freeze’, and ‘shelter in place’, maintaining the functions of government, until such time as the C.C. convenes and discharges its duty as assigned by the people and enumerated within this initial ‘call’. The current federal elected officials and federal appointees, and the delegates of the C.C. may only do what is necessary to keep OUR government stable until we decide what to do with our society going forward!
Power corrupts, greed is bad, and we are being “consumed”, rather than consuming. Why else would our government get us out ‘mingling’ again before everyone knows we have done enough testing?!
We have given the fox the key to the hen house, along with our checkbooks, personal information, our cars and houses, and all the power to keep us from our own hens, and now 78,771 American lives have been lost because of… what? what reason or excuse could ever be worth that many already spent American lives? What ineptitude, or mismanagement, or ignorance, or willful stupidity is worth a loss of this scale?