Illegal Law in the United States
Illegal Law in the United States
By J Timothy Connor
As I watch the machinations of the Congress and the President, I think it’s time to remember that the United States is an odd country, in that there has always been such a thing as “illegal law” here.
Now, that may seem strange, but it doesn’t take a lot of digging to see that this is true.
First, what is the one common activity that the President, the House and Senate members, the Supreme Court judges, and other elected officials all do when they take office? The answer is, swear or affirm to uphold the Constitution of the United States.
Now, why is that a big deal? It’s a big deal because the Constitution was written as a document allowing elected and appointed officials to control the government of the U.S, but only under certain conditions. There is a reason why the Constitution begins with “We the people…do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America.” And if you don’t think the people who wrote that considered it important that those conditions be clear AND concise, consider the history leading up to it.
- We had just finished a war against the most powerful country in the world at that time, one with a navy that had been victorious for over 200 years, and an army that had kicked everyone’s butt who had opposed it
- We had made the break, knowing full well that if we lost, we would not only lose, but likely have all of our leadership hanged, or at least imprisoned
- We had taken pains to list over 20 issues that lead to our making the break with England, and noted that it was only after repeated offenses of these types that we had taken this serious step
- We had spent over five years under the loose Articles of Confederation, mainly because the people of that time were so nervous about instituting another federal level of government, fearing that it would get out of hand and override the liberties of the people
- And, once the Constitution was completed, we took the time to spell out – specifically – ten Amendments to make absolutely sure that it was clear what the people wanted, and what was NOT allowed.
With those things in mind, do you think those writers wrote with the intent that what they said should be changed or adjusted at the whim of those who were in power? The answer is a solid “Duh!”. Of course they didn’t. That Constitution sets the standards under which government laws and activities may be conducted, and if they are not conducted that way, they are illegal . It doesn’t matter what office a man or woman holds, President, Judge, Representative, or Senator – all come under the power of those constitutional rules.
- That means that it is illegal to appoint “Czars”, who receive their appointments outside of the approval of the elected Congress
- It means that it is illegal to interfere with the right of the people to freely exercise religion, whether it is an elected official or an IRS employee who is interfering
- It means that writing laws that prohibit free speech, whether it has been deemed “hateful” or loving, is outside the bounds of law for the government – it is illegal. (Don’t you think there were some pretty hateful things spoken in the years leading up to, and certainly in the middle of, the Revolutionary War?!).
- It means that it is illegal for the Administration to seek to shut down news companies because they don’t like what is being reported; and deeming them not news organizations to give a grounds for it is balderdash.
- It means that …the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed… means just that. This last part is interesting, because it didn’t mean the Colonials would be allowed pea shooters or bows and arrows, but banned from rifles. Because the purpose of the amendment was to allow individuals to defend themselves when their liberties were threatened – by an army! It seems that you have to have a J.D. after your name to interpret that any way but what it clearly says!
- It means that a minority group, whatever its composition, cannot go through the Judiciary to make law when they can’t get it accomplished through the Legislative branch. Such actions are illegal .
But, when the people under that Constitution, 230 years later, don’t take the time to learn what their governing document says, the government can try to fool them, and use the machinery of government to override the will of that people.
The majority of Americans are very unhappy with what is happening right now in our federal government, but their wishes are being ignored. We have become uninformed to the point of thinking the United States is a democracy, instead of the republic that was originally established. But the actions of our current elected officials are not even good democracy , which at least allows the majority to rule in matters of state. We are seeing nothing less than tyranny (autocracy, oppression, domination, despotism) by elected officials of both parties, and it will only be when the citizens of the country stand up and say “Enough”, that the illegal lawmaking and activity will stop. We are never to hold a man or a woman, regardless of party, up as the final authority for our country. We have committed to holding the Constitution itself in that position.
“Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”
“Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.”
“Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”
“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
All of the above quotes from Thomas Jefferson ( 1743-1826)
“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”
“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
“Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
“Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.”
All of the above quotes from George Washington
J. Timothy Connor is a husband, father of three sons, and business owner. He has been a government employee, a teacher, and an employee of both large and small companies.