River Cities’ Reader
• Vol. 19 No. 804 • May 10 - 23, 2012
Business • Politics • Arts • Culture • Now You Know • RiverCitiesReader.com
to give up, to grant on a permanent basis.The implications of switching these wordsare staggering. By replacing critical words incourt rulings, the laws’ meanings are subvertedthrough language alone, and not by consentof the governed. It is a critical distinction, andAmericans must look to correct these subtlemanipulations using peaceful legal tools, suchas nullification and interposition.I urge you to watch the video on YouTubeof a lecture titled
Untangling Jurisdiction onFederal Land
by Stephen Pratt (RCReader.com/y/pratt). He gives an entertaining and thoroughrecap of the U.S. Constitution’s structure anddelegation of powers. The video is Pratt’spresentation to the Western States Sheriffs'Association convention in March. In additionto more than a hundred county sheriffs, therewere federal-government attorneys from various agencies in the audience, keen onhearing firsthand Pratt’s analysis of the history of nullification and interposition againstunlawful federal-government intrusion.History, conveniently left out of most of academia’s curricula today, proves that theobscene amount of power the current federalgovernment wields is largely usurped from thestates. Therefore it is up to the individual statesto reclaim their authority by routinely invokingnullification and interposition. Suggestedlinks to better understand nullificationinclude RCReader.com/y/amendement10 andRCReader.com/y/woods.Counties have the same nullification/interposition authority as the states. If acounty decides the state or federal governmentis acting outside the U.S. and/or stateconstitution, the county’s sheriff has theauthority to interpose and protect citizenswhose rights are being violated. There is muchto be said for elected officials who actually understand their oath of office and follow it.Sadly, too few challenge the status quo in fearof losing their pension or gold-plated benefits.Most Americans know things are going terribly wrong, but far too few are active in fixing it.Introduce yourself to your sheriff andask about his or her oath of office. Ask: If the state or the feds violate your rights, willhe or she protect you? Attend your county-board and city-council meetings (much moregoes on than you are told by the media);familiarize yourself with your state, county,and city charters; run for an office; contributeresearch on an issue that interests you; exploreadditional alternative media sources for yournational and international news; start watchingC-SPAN.
There are hundreds if not thousands of waysto get involved. Just start with one ... today.
by Kathleen McCarthykm@rcreader.com
WORDS FROM THE EDITOR
Start Thinking Solutions orStop Thinking You Matter
t is a deeply painful thing to finally admitthat the government you thought was yourprotector and friend is anything but. Orthat the politicians charged with upholding theU.S. Constitution – as their oaths dictate by law– not only ignore this nonnegotiable man-date but actually diminish it with conflictinglegislation that is largely illegal according to theconstructs of America’s republic under the ruleof common law.The common law I refer to is informed by the
which developed around twocore principles that provide the litmus test forall legislation: (1) Do all you have agreed to do(contract law), and (2) Do no harm to anotheror his property (criminal law).All kinds of statutes, administrativeprocedure, and highly arbitrary regulationshave been passed via hidden legislation amonghundreds of thousands of pages of bills,approved but not even read by our lawmakers,that do not remotely conform to the above twoprinciples. How many statutes and regulationsare adjudicated in criminal and/or civil courtwithout harm to another or another’s property?Most adjudication today is nothing morethan a means for government and attorneysto generate revenue in the form of penaltiesand fees for an exhaustive list of contrived violations that harm no one.By ignoring our political and civicresponsibilities for far too long, we have giventhe 1 Percent – which includes a relatively small group of primary leaders from theworld’s largest industries, in partnership withthe few entrenched politicians and bureaucrats– the foothold necessary to implement a globalagenda to control the world’s resources (water,food, energy, labor, and credit – the list is long).In
, the sequel to
The Hunger Games
, the character Plutarch cites an ancientLatin writer in comparing the population inthe Capitol to Romans as “
Panem et Circenses
,”explaining that it “translates into ‘Bread andCircuses’ ... that in return for full bellies andentertainment, his people had given up theirpolitical responsibilities, and therefore theirpower.”Sound familiar? Have Americans not donethis precise thing? The U.S. Constitution“delegates” specific and limited powers tothe government, while the states and peopleretain the authority. But the courts havereplaced the word “delegate” with the word“surrender” in many of their interpretationswhen applying the Constitution to our laws.“Delegate” and “surrender” have very differentmeanings; “delegate” means to send in trust incommission to act for another on a temporary basis, while “surrender” means to yield, to cede,
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