Declaration of Independence
Constitution of The United States of America
I have been reading to excess both the Constitution and the Declaration of Indepencence. What I have found is quite interesting. The Declaration
of Independence directly conflicts several of the laws that we are bound by in the Constitution.
From Declaration of Independence:
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 effect
their Safety and Happiness.
Article 1 Section 8 : To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions.
Article 1 Section 9 : The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public
Safety may require it.
These areas of both documents discuss in some part rebellion or insurrection. The Declaration of Independence calls for rebellion or insurrection
against the government if it becomes too destructive. The Constitution on the other hand, gives Congress the right to suppress insurrections or
rebelions using the military. Under the Constitution, Congress is given the right to suspend Habeas Corpus in the event of a rebellion or
An interesting note on the subject would be the issue of the Posse Comitatus Act, it is in no way shape or form a part of any of the founding
documents written by our forefathers. It is a federal law and as such is open to interpretation, but according to the above laws stated in the
Constitution, the Posse Comitatus Act is null and void. Congress can deploy troops on American soil in the event of rebellion or insurrections against
the government. Likewise if you are part of the rebellion or insurrection, you can have your right of Habeas Corpus suspended indefinitely.
Some complaints listed in the Declaration of Indepence:
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation,
have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their
Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
These complaints listed above are ones that are currently being impossed on the People of the United States. Through some mistake somewhere in
the creation of the documents that follow after the Declaration of Independence, the people were given not one way aside from election of officials, a
way to correct a tyrannical or over powerfull government. My main concern is that election of public officials does not empower the people. The
corruption runs deep enough that just elections alone will have no effect on the current form of government.
The appointment of cabinet members is not a part of the government layout given by the Constitution. In fact the creation and appointment of
people to such offices that are newly created on a near daily basis, is part of the complaint list given by the writers of the Declaration of
Independence. My feelings are that the use of cabinets and special offices create an usurping power of government, that under a magnifying glass,
anylizes and restricts the rights of the people.
Use the links above and read both documents. I think that once you read them both, there will be a certain epiphany come about. The Constitution
was written quite restrictive to the peoples rights to change the new government once it became established. More or less my feelings are that the
forefathers, relying on good faith and their newly found brotherhood, neglected to put in a check and balance system that would usurp the government
if it became all of what we attempted to get away from in the first place.
Everyone that wants to change the way our country is ran must become very educated in ALL of the documents that led to formation of our country.
Only through knowledge will we be able to form a new and properly functioning form of government. We must use what works and take from history and
experience what did not work for govering the populace, and form new laws to protect what was not protected right in the first place. The Constitution
is like swiss cheese, so full of holes, leaving it open to so much interpretation, but also lacking regulation in government activities.
I think that as a whole we get confused about what laws and rights we are actually given or implied. Some times the ideas of the Declaration of
Independence become twisted in our minds into the laws of the Constitution.
This time people lets do it right.
Personal note: This is gonna be one wicked fight....!!!
edited to make title better.
[edit on 7-4-2009 by LeaderOfProgress]