- runaway national debt,
- ballooning entitlement programs,
- an expanding federal government,
- an executive branch that has assumed and exercised dictatorial powers through the use of executive orders, selective enforcement of laws, and blatant disregard of the Constitution,
- Our national Congress is driven by opinion polls, the desire to be reelected, and inappropriate financial support influencing passage of laws that reach beyond Congress’ Constitutional powers. Members of the House of Representatives and the US Senate are elected by the people, and none of them will risk angering the special interests groups who benefit from the out-of-control government spending.
- The Supreme Court has become an out-of-control, politically-motivated, appointed-for-life legislative-executive force with the power to manipulate the law and the Constitution so the Court can dictate social policy.
- never-ending nation-building wars,
- more and more consolidation of power in Washington away from the States,
- big business, investment bankers and big banks helping themselves to the public treasury at taxpayers’ expense,
- expanding government intrusion into individual citizens lives, and
- a general movement of our central government towards socialism.
an Out-of-Control, Consolidated All-Powerful
The common thread through all three branches is the total disregard for the Constitution in favor of increasing the power of the federal government at the expense of individual liberties. Our general government is looking more and more like a consolidated totalitarian central government fully out of control and responsible to no one.
Make no mistake about it, no one in the central government, the elected leaders or the judiciary, protect individual freedom. They protect themselves and their financial supporters. Did the Founders fail so miserably that the Constitution has produced the current state of affairs?
How can this be stopped and fixed?
Our central government as it currently exists and functions cannot fix it, but the federal republic that was created by the Constitution and ratified by the conventions of the people of the thirteen States between 1787 and 1791 can fix it.
We the people, directly and through our free, sovereign and independent States, lawfully and peacefully, simply need to tell Congress, the President and the Supreme Court to go back to and honestly abide by the Constitution as it was ratified by the thirteen States one by one from 1787 to 1791.
How do the American people accomplish this monumental task?
We do it responsibly, patiently and with a determined resolve one step at a time to have this country survive and prosper for our children and our grandchildren.
The Founders’ Answer:
Free, Sovereign and Independent States
The Founders’ Answer: Free, Sovereign and Independent States is dedicated to peaceful reinvigoration of the principles that the Founders placed in the Constitution.
Our goal is to energize the States to assert their powers as Free, Sovereign and Independent States to shrink the size and power of the Federal Government. The President, Congress and the Supreme Court have demonstrated their inability honestly to live within the Constitution.
The Founders rejected the notion that a powerful Federal Government, the Supreme Court, or otherwise, could honestly and fairly govern the states while preventing its own abuse of powers beyond those delegated by the States to the Federal Government in the clear language of Constitution.
The genius of our Founders adheres to the fact that only the States themselves, exercising their Sovereign powers, have any chance of ever checking and controlling the Federal Government’s expansion and abuse of power.
The First Step to energize the States to assert their powers as Free, Sovereign and Independent States is to make the people aware of the issue, and to correct an horrendous fraud on the American people that occurs every day.
The Pledge of Allegiance as currently written needs to be replaced.
The History of the Pledge
The Pledge was written by Francis Bellamy, a defrocked Christian Socialist minister who was a vice president in charge of education for the Society of Christian Socialists, a national organization that promoted state socialism. Bellamy said that the true reason for allegiance to the flag was to indoctrinate American school children in the false history of the American founding that the States were never sovereign and that the union created the states, not the other way around. Bellamy’s concept of “one nation, indivisible” equated to a consolidated, monopoly or unitary all powerful state and was a critical step to achieving a socialist government. Until the 1950’s, public school students were taught to recite the Pledge of Allegiance with their arms extended similar to the way Nazi soldiers saluted Hitler.1 Bellamy’s message in the Pledge of Allegiance was and is anti-American, and a slap in the face and an insult to loyal Americans, the Founders, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the 1783 Treaty of Paris and the Constitution.
Undeniable Proof that the States are
Free Sovereign and Independent
In the Declaration of Independence signed July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies declared themselves to be free and independent states. The Articles of Confederation (the first “constitution”) adopted in 1781 provided that each “state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this Confederation expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress assembled.” The States were nations or countries. In 1783, Great Britain and the thirteen new States (countries) signed the Paris Peace Treaty to formally end the Revolutionary War. Article 1 of the Paris Peace Treaty acknowledged each State by name as a free sovereign and independent state.
Each State was and continues to be, even today, a free, sovereign and independent State. A State is a country or nation. The terms mean the same thing. The thirteen colonies had governed themselves with oversight by Great Britain. Each colony seceded from Great Britain and became a separate state, country or nation. Great Britain recognized their status as free, sovereign and independent countries in the Paris Peace Treaty in 1783. Each State had a separate legislature, judiciary, militia, and constitution and, as set forth in the Declaration of Independence, the “Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.”
In 1787, the Congress under the first constitution, which was called the Articles of Confederation, authorized a constitutional convention to be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The delegates to the 1787 Philadelphia Convention made the deliberate decision to continue to have a federal republic, that is, a form of government in which sovereign power is divided between a central authority and a number of constituent political units, as opposed to a national government created by one general convention of the people of the country. Conventions of the people of each of the States adopted the Constitution and delegated certain limited enumerated powers to the central government and retained all powers not delegated to the central government.
The colonies had been under the rule of Great Britain which had become a consolidated centralized state ruled by Parliament which was corrupted and influenced by the business interests of the Bank of England and its owners.
The British constitution was a series of documents, treaties and customs, but was not embodied in a single limiting contract. The States knew that, like the government of Britain, without a written contract, the legislative, judicial and executive branches would rewrite history to make the power they wished to have and exercise.
Three of the Founders Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay wrote a series of papers known as the Federalist Papers to explain the Constitution to the New York ratification convention. The Federalist Papers are considered to be a reliable explanation of the Constitution and a reliable source of the history of the development of the Constitution. As stated in Federalist Paper 39, by James Madison:
[I]t appears, on one hand, that the Constitution is to be founded on the assent and ratification of the people of America, given by deputies elected for the special purpose; but, on the other, that this assent and ratification is to be given by the people, not as individuals composing one entire nation, but as composing the distinct and independent States to which they respectively belong. It is to be the assent and ratification of the several States, derived from the supreme authority in each State, the authority of the people themselves. The act, therefore, establishing the Constitution, will not be a national, but a federal act.
That it will be a federal and not a national act, as these terms are understood by the objectors; the act of the people, as forming so many independent States, not as forming one aggregate nation, is obvious from this single consideration, that it is to result neither from the decision of a majority of the people of the Union, nor from that of a majority of the States. It must result from the unanimous assent of the several States that are parties to it, . . . . Were the people regarded in this transaction as forming one nation, the will of the majority of the whole people of the United States would bind the minority . . . . Each State, in ratifying the Constitution, is considered as a sovereign body, independent of all others, and only to be bound by its own voluntary act. In this relation, then, the new Constitution will, if established, be a federal, and not a national constitution.2
A “federal act” meant that it was an act by the States, not by the national government. “Federal” means “States.” The term “Federal Government” means “States’ Government,” not “Peoples’” or “National” or “Central” Government.
The Federal Government is not a democracy created by the whole people of the United States. The Founders rejected democracy because history had demonstrated that democracy leads to tyranny, socialism and dictatorship.
The States created the Federal Government for the convenience of the States as the States’ agent to carry out limited delegated powers. The States adopted a treaty they named the Constitution to carry out functions the States believed, in the interests of the individual States, could better be carried out as a group. The Federal Government was created to implement those limited functions for the States, not to take on a life of its own.
The Founders carefully and deliberately drafted the Constitution with checks and balances to guaranty that the powers not delegated to the Federal Government remained with the States and that the States sovereignty was paramount. All branches of the Federal Government have disregarded these checks and balances and usurped the States’ sovereign powers. For the United States to survive for our benefit and the benefit of our children and grandchildren, the States need to reassert their sovereignty and the Federal Government needs to acknowledge and respect it.
The First Step:
Pledge Allegiance to the Constitution
not to the Consolidated National Government
Every time Bellamy’s Pledge of Allegiance is recited, it is a pledge against the States’ Government created by the Constitution and in favor of the all powerful consolidated National Government that is trying to replace the States’ or Federal Government. It is time to correct this intentional deception of the American people. The United States is not “one nation,” but are free, sovereign and independent States.3
The Founders’ Answer: Free, Sovereign and Independent States is asking all of the citizens of each of the free, sovereign and independent States to write their US Senators and their US Representatives to request and urge them as their elected representatives to sponsor and vote for legislation to amend the Pledge of Allegiance set forth in 4 US Code Section 4 so that instead of being a Pledge of Allegiance to the National Government, it is a Pledge of Allegiance to the Constitution as follows:
I pledge allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America, and to the principles for which it stands, free, sovereign and independent States, under God, voluntarily united by contract, with the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all.
The Founders’ Answer: Free, Sovereign and Independent States also is asking all of the citizens of each of the free, sovereign and independent States to write their Governors, their State Senators and their State Representatives asking them to sponsor and sign legislation to stop using the Pledge of Allegiance to the National Government and asking them to substitute the Pledge of Allegiance to the Constitution in all instances where the Pledge of Allegiance routinely is recited.
Further, everyone is urged to substitute this new Pledge of Allegiance to the Constitution whenever asked to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Founders’ Answer: Free, Sovereign and Independent States has provided drafts of letters so that it is easy to write state and federal elected representatives. Download the letters and please take a few minutes to write your US Senators, your US Representatives, your Governors, your State Senators and your State Representatives.
Also, spread the word. Support the cause and buy a Tee Shirt, a bumper sticker, a hat, a coffee mug. These items will draw attention when you display or use them and foster communication and energize the people.4
Thanks for your attention and…
GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
1- Pledging Allegiance to the Omnipotent Lincolnian State State, DiLorenzo, Thomas J., Lewrockwwell.com (2003), Thomas DiLorenzo Archives at Mises.org.
2 - The Federalist No. 39, Conformity of the Plan to Republican Principles, Independent Journal, January 16, 1788 [James Madison].
3 - Pledging Allegiance to the Omnipotent Lincolnian State State, DiLorenzo, Thomas J., Lewrockwwell.com (2003), Thomas DiLorenzo Archives at Mises.org.
4 - For those who are interested in learning more about the true history of the Constitution and the political philosophy of the founders in crafting the constitution, The Founders’ Answer: Free Sovereign and Independent States, LLC refers you to the books and writings of the following persons: Charles Adams, Albert Taylor Bledsoe, Thomas J. DiLorenzo, John Remington Graham, Jeffrey Hummell, Donald W. Livingston, Thomas Woods, and the various writings in the archives at the Mises Institute at Mises.org