By Chuck Baldwin
March 24, 2010
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Passage of the so-called "health care reform" bill in the House of
Representatives this past Sunday, March 21 (I won't even address the
inferred unconstitutionality of Congress doing business on the Lord's Day.
See Article. I. Section. 7. Paragraph. 2.) drove yet another stake into the
heart of America. For all intents and purposes, it is the health of the
United States that is in dire need of healing. In fact, the US has been on
extended life-support for decades. With its condition being rendered
critical, and absent major surgery, its days are numbered. The passage of
this bill only serves to further weaken an already frail Constitution. In
fact, this one may prove to be the fatal blow. Lady Liberty may never
The decision by Congress to socialize medicine in the US ranks among the
most draconian, most egregious, most horrific actions ever taken by the
central government in Washington, D.C. This bill rocks the principles of
liberty and constitutional government to the core. It changes fundamental
foundations; it repudiates historical principle. Oh! The same flag may fly
on our flagpoles, the same monuments may grace our landscape, and the same
National Anthem may be sung during our public ceremonies, but it is not the
same America. The Congress of the United States has now officially turned
America into a socialist state.
On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the health care bill into
law, and as such, this date--along with March 21--joins a list of dates that
have each inflicted unconstitutional, socialistic, and sometimes even
tyrannical action against the States United and have, therefore, contributed
to the destruction of a free America.
April 9, 1865
This is the date when General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern
Virginia to U.S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Regardless of
where one comes down on the subject of the Civil War, one fact is
undeniable: Abraham Lincoln forever destroyed the Jeffersonian model of
federalism in America. Ever since, virtually every battle that free men have
fought for the principles of limited government, State sovereignty, etc.,
have all stemmed directly from Lincoln's usurpation of power, which resulted
in the subjugation and forced union of what used to be "Free and Independent
States" (the Declaration of Independence). In fact, the philosophical
battles being waged today regarding the recent health care debacle (and
every other encroachment upon liberty and State power by the central
government) have their roots in Lincoln's tyranny.
July 9, 1868
This is the date when the 14th Amendment was ratified. This amendment
codified into law what Lincoln had forced at bayonet point. Until then,
people were only deemed citizens of their respective states. The
Constitution nowhere referred to people as "US citizens." It only recognized
"the Citizens of each State." Notice also that citizenship was only
recognized among the "several States," not among people living in non-State
territories. Until the 14th Amendment, people were "Citizens of each State."
(Article. IV. Section. 2. Paragraph. 1.) The 14th Amendment created a whole
new class of persons: "citizens of the United States." This false notion of
"one nation" overturned the Jeffersonian principle that our nation was a
confederated republic, a voluntary union of states.
February 3, 1913
This is the date when the 16th Amendment was ratified, and the direct income
tax and IRS were instituted. This was a flagrant repudiation of freedom
principles! What began as a temporary measure to support the War of Northern
Aggression became a permanent income revenue stream for an
unconstitutional--and ever-growing--central government.
April 8, 1913
This is the date when the 17th Amendment was ratified. This amendment
overturned the power of the State legislatures to elect their own senators
and replaced it with a direct, popular vote. This was another serious blow
against State sovereignty. The framers of the Constitution desired that the
influence and power in Washington, D.C., be kept as close to the people and
states as possible. For example, the number of representatives in the House
of Representatives was to be decided by a limited number of voters. In the
original Constitution, the ratio of "people of the several States" deciding
their House member could not exceed "one for every thirty thousand."
(Article. I. Section. 2. Paragraph. 3.) And when it came to the US Senate,
the framers also recognized the authority of each State legislature to
select its own senators, thereby keeping power and influence from
aggregating in Washington, D.C. The 17th Amendment seriously damaged the
influence and power of the states by forcing them to elect their US senators
by popular vote. The bigger the State, the less influence the State
legislature has in determining its US senator. Senators who answered to
State legislators, each answering to a limited number of voters, are much
more accountable to the "citizens of the several States" than those who are
elected by a large number (many times numbering into the millions) of
people. For all intents and purposes (at least in the larger states), US
Senators are more like "mini-Presidents" than they are representatives of
December 23, 1913
This is the date when the Federal Reserve Act was passed. This Act placed
oversight of America's financial matters into the hands of a cabal of
private international bankers, who have completely destroyed the
constitutional principles of sound money and (for the most part) free
enterprise. No longer would the marketplace (private consumption, thrift,
growth, etc.) be the determinant of the US economy (which is what freedom is
all about), but now a private, unaccountable international banking cartel
would have total power and authority to micromanage (for their own private,
parochial purposes) America's financial sector. Virtually every recession,
depression, and downturn (including the one we are now experiencing) has
been the direct result of the Fed's manipulation (again, for its own
purposes and with Washington's cooperation) of the market.
June 26, 1945
This is the date when the United Nations Charter was signed and America
joined the push for global government. Ever since, US forces have spilled
untold amounts of blood and sacrificed thousands of lives promoting the UN's
agenda. Since the end of World War II, in virtually every war in which US
military forces have been engaged, it has been at the behest of the UN. And
it is also no accident that America has not fought a constitutionally
declared war since we entered the UN--and neither have we won one.
Furthermore, it is America's involvement in the United Nations that has
spearheaded this draconian push for a New World Order that George H. W.
Bush, Henry Kissinger, Tony Blair, Walter Cronkite, et al., have talked so
much about. The United Nations is an evil institution that has completely
co-opted our US State Department and much of our Defense Department. It is
an anti-American institution that works aggressively and constantly against
the interests and principles of the United States. But it is an institution
that is ensconced in the American political infrastructure. Like a cancer,
the UN eats away at our liberties and values, and both major political
parties in Washington, D.C., are culpable in allowing it to exert so much
influence upon our country.
June 25, 1962, and June 17, 1963
These are the dates when the US Supreme Court removed prayer ('62) and Bible
reading ('63) from public schools. At this point, these two Supreme Court
decisions were the most serious affront to the First Amendment in US
history. Think of it: from before a union of states was established in 1787,
children had been free to pray and read the Scriptures in school. We're
talking about a period of more than 300 years! Of course, the various State
legislatures--and myriad city and county governmental meetings--still open
their sessions in prayer, as do the US House and Senate, and even the US
Supreme Court. But this same liberty is denied the children of America.
There is no question that America has not recovered from these two horrific
Supreme Court decisions. In effect, the federal government has expelled God
not only from our public schools, but also from our public life! And America
has not been the same since.
October 22, 1968
This is the date when President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Gun Control
Act of 1968. Before this Act, the 2nd Amendment was alive and well in the
United States. The Gun Control Act of 1968 turned a right into a privilege
and forever forced the American people to bow to the altar of government
when seeking to arm themselves. Interestingly enough, this Gun Control Act
mirrored Nazi Germany's Gun Control Act of 1938. In fact, the Gun Control
Act of 1968 is almost a verbatim copy of Hitler's Gun Control Act of 1938.
Our Founding Fathers could never have imagined that governments within the
"several States" would ever be allowed to deny the people's right to keep
and bear arms. In fact, it was the attempted confiscation of the firearms
stored at Concord, Massachusetts, that triggered the War of Independence in
1775. That the people of Massachusetts would be denied their right to keep
and bear arms, as they are today, could not have been foreseen--and would
never have been tolerated--by America's founders.
Yet, most of the hundreds of draconian gun control laws that have been
inflicted upon the American people have all come about as a result of the
Gun Control Act of 1968.
January 22, 1973
This is the date when the US Supreme Court issued the Roe v. Wade and Doe v.
Bolton decisions, which, in effect, legalized abortion-on-demand. These two
decisions expunged the Jeffersonian principle that all men are endowed by
their Creator with the unalienable right to life (Declaration). Since then,
more than 50 million unborn babies have been legally murdered in their
mothers' wombs. Abortion is, without a doubt, America's national holocaust.
It has opened the door to a host of Big Government programs and policies
that have resulted in the wanton destruction of human life both in the
United States and overseas. It has created an entire industry whose express
purpose for existing is the destruction of human life. It has desensitized
the conscience and soul of America. Furthermore, it has forced men of
decency and good will to finance--with their tax dollars--the unconscionable
act of killing unborn children.
And once again, another Jeffersonian principle was eviscerated. He said, "To
compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of ideas
which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." The Roe and Doe
decisions violate this principle in the most egregious manner possible.
October 26, 2001
This is the date when President George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act,
and the federal government's war against individual liberty began in
earnest. Most of the unconstitutional eavesdropping, snooping, wiretapping,
phone call intercepting, email reading, prying, financial records tracking,
travel watching, ad infinitum, ad nauseam, by federal police agencies began
with the implementation of the Patriot Act. The Department of Homeland
Security and the "war on terrorism," which have resulted in the deaths of
tens of thousands of innocent people worldwide, and the usurpation of
federal power at home, have all come about as an outgrowth of the Patriot
Act. The USA Patriot Act has forever shifted the focus of American law and
jurisprudence against constitutional government and individual liberty,
toward a police-state mentality. The Patriot Act is even turning our local
and State law enforcement agencies into military-style "Jackboots," where
police officers see themselves not necessarily as guardians of the
citizenry, but, as often as not, as adversaries, where citizens are deemed
to be the "enemy."
October 17, 2006, and October 9, 2009
These are the dates when President G.W. Bush signed and re-signed the
Military Commissions Act. This Act is the outgrowth of the Patriot Act but
has, in effect, terminated the fundamental protections of individual
liberty, which are found in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. For all
intents and purposes, the Patriot Act and Military Commissions Act
eviscerated the 4th and 5th Amendments, and do serious injury to several
others. The Military Commissions Act also expunges the constitutional right
of Habeas Corpus.
March 21 and 23, 2010
These are the dates when Congress passed and President Obama signed into law
the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," the so-called "health care
reform" bill that we spoke about at the beginning of this column. While
Social Security and various Welfare programs have toyed with socialism in
the United States, this bill is the largest and most expansive endorsement
of socialism in American history. This bill socializes some 18% of the US
economy by socializing the health care industry in America. The fallout and
ramifications of this bill are going to be horrific.
When future historians review the demise of our once-great republic, they
will observe that the above dates, including March 21 and March 23, 2010,
were the dates that destroyed America. The American people have been far too
tolerant for far too long.
People concerned about the future of freedom and prosperity in America
should line up quickly and demand that their respective State legislatures
and governors resist this new health care bill, even to the point of
refusing to implement it in their states. More than 30 states are
threatening to take the health care bill to court. But states must do more
than that. They must follow the lead of the State of Virginia and pass
legislation refusing to comply with it. Yes, I'm saying it: it is time for
another State rebellion! If states do not stand up and draw their lines in
the sand now, it will be forever too late.
I will be speaking at Tax Day Tea Party in Montgomery on April 15th. I am a little nervous and excited to be sharing the stage with Greg, Kevin, George, et al, but I am so excited to tell you that Chuck Baldwin will be our Keynote Speaker. You will not want to miss this inspiring Patriot!!!
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NOTE TO THE READER:
Chuck Baldwin is a syndicated columnist, radio broadcaster, author, and
pastor dedicated to preserving the historic principles upon which America
was founded. He was the 2008 Presidential candidate for the Constitution
Party. He and his wife, Connie, have been married for 37 years and have 3
children and 7 grandchildren. See Chuck's complete bio at: