What trumps the U.S. Constitution? Is there a document
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of America and Iraq use it equally? Find out.
27, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 714
Terrorizing The U.S. Constitution
With The Declaration of Independence (DOI)
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--Aug. 27, 2003--I’m
watching Americans defying the U.S. federal government. They are
acting not unlike many people in Iraq who refuse to accept the
occupational authority of the United States to run their country.
removal of the Ten Commandments monument in an Alabama court house refuse to
Instead of guns and bombs, the American Federal
Terrorists are kneeling, praying and protesting the removal of the
5,280-pound Ten Commandment granite monument placed in the lobby of
Alabama’s Supreme Court by its Chief Justice two years ago.
Many protest the removal of the Ten Commandments on a
moral basis, arguing that without “God” the law cannot be morally
But, there is another issue shrouded by the religious-secular
debate. That is the occupation of a state by the federal government,
and the trumping of state’s rights by federal rights.
Individuality is the fundamental premise of American civil
rights. The right of anyone to speak his or her mind, to believe in
what he or she wishes to believe in, and to pursue a lawful livelihood
in whatever field chosen, preserves and protects the true principles
of Freedom in America.
At the core of
America's freedoms has been the right of the state to control its
own destiny, in harmony with other states. What happened to
At the core of these freedoms has been the right
of the state to control its own destiny, in harmony with other
states. The federal/state is supposed to be the combination of each
individual state, melded together with all their differences to make
one “more perfect union.”
Religion was the cornerstone of all of our liberties.
To the vast majority of Americans, it still is.
So it is in Iraq.
Iraq is torn into a variety of states, headed by religious
beliefs that often clash with one another. Clans and tribes form
political factions, spinning around religious beliefs that each group
claim is the “higher authority.”
The United States in Iraq faces a massive problem of trying to
federalize a nation that is divided not unlike America.
America is the sum of fifty states. It is also the sum of 285
million individual franchisees, the citizens of America.
Each is granted the right of “individuality” not under the
Constitution, but specifically by the Declaration of Independence.
The Declaration of Independence is the “higher authority.” It stands
above the Constitution, and gives the people the “right to revolt”
against the potential onerous nature of federalism.
The removal of
the Ten Commandments is forcing a challenge between individual
rights and federal rights
In Alabama, the issue over the presence of the Ten
Commandments in the lobby of the state’s Supreme Court is forcing a
challenge between individual rights and federal rights. Which one has
the most power?
Politicians and news pundits keep rolling the rock back to
the Constitution of the United States, claiming that the “highest
authority” of what’s right rests in the laws and edicts of the federal
This is a fallacy.
The Declaration of Independence keeps the true power of
individual liberty alive. The refusal to bend to federal law in the
Ten Commandment case is not a defiance of the Constitution or federal
law, but an act of solidarity between the people and the Declaration
Federalism would have us all believe that the Constitution
is the singular document authorizing our freedom. Federalists, and
most journalists, forget to remind our children that our freedom as a
nation was chiseled into history by the Declaration of Independence.
The U.S. Constitution did not come into effect until ten years after
the victory of Americans over British rule.
The Declaration was the primary weapon used to smash the
federalism of Great Britain over the colonists. When the government
dictates how individuals can live, and tries to control the behavior
of its citizens at their expense, then the right to revolt rises above
all letters of law.
That is the point of the Ten Commandments. Moral law is
being butted against black letter law.
Federal law is trying to squeeze the testicles of state
law. Its purpose in this issue is to bend the state to the will of
the “government.” The government is assuming the rights of the
people in the state of Alabama are less than the rights of the federal
order to remove the Ten Commandments is similar to the Boston Tea
The federal order to remove the Ten Commandments from the
lobby of Alabama’s Supreme Court building is similar to the Boston Tea
Party. It is “regulation without representation.”
Heavy-handed governments risk revolution.
Iraqi dissidents are killing
roughly one American a day, as
they protest the presence of the United States. While we may argue
against that violence, it is not dissimilar to the acts of
Revolutionists attacking the British in 1775.
And what is happening in Alabama begs the question about
our policy in Iraq. Federalism both here and there is a form of
latent Terrorism. Its power rests quietly out of sight until it
closes its fist and smashes down, reminding the citizenry that the
Beast of Terror is often its own government.
Iraq found that Saddam Hussein wielded a fierce fist, one
that spilled blood of the innocent deep into the earth.
|Iraq found that
Saddam Hussein wielded a fierce fist
The United States is constantly changing its leadership,
fearful that any one group will amass far too much power and seduce
the public into Complacency while it rapes and ravages the land.
Power does corrupt.
In Alabama, the issue is whether the fist of government
has the right to smash the Ten Commandments.
There can be no question about the right of dissent. The
people protesting in front of the Alabama Supreme Court are exercising
their rights, not under the Constitution, but under the Declaration of
Independence. The Constitution bends to the Declaration. All
As this is being written, there is a group of 25 men
framing the new Iraqi Constitution. This will be the fourth
Constitution since the inception of the nation at the turn of the
What hasn’t changed, and will never change in Iraq, is the
right of revolt.
America and all nations reserve such rights to revolt. It
is a fundamental right, as fundamental as displaying the Ten
Commandants or the Koran.
What concerns me about the issue in Alabama is the state of
Complacency. Across the news little if any information at all is
being told about the Declaration of Independence, or its power and
position over the Constitution.
Certainly, politicians will not promote the document for it
invites the removal of a government not serving the people. It also
empowers people to stand above the law as proscribed by governments.
Laws, however, are not laws when issued by governments.
Almost daily, thousands of laws are being created and few
are being removed. In California in one year, more the 1,800 laws were
Once sodomy was a crime. Now, the law has changed and it
Laws that can come and go, and are decided by a group of
human beings, are not laws at all.
Laws that come
and go are not laws at all
A law is an immutable, unchangeable force. Gravity is a
law. Jump off a building and you’ll fall at 120 mph no matter what
the Supreme Court says.
Abortion is now legal in the United States. Not too long
ago it was a crime. When laws shift with the winds, they cannot be
laws. They are mere human opinions cut out of the opinions of a few
in behalf of the many or, in some cases, the few.
Man-made laws are nothing more than vainglorious attempts
to try and manage the behavior of others. Not all such laws are
bad. Many are well intended. But are they “laws.” Not hardly.
They may be rules and regulations, but not laws.
The Ten Commandments are laws. They are the foundations
of not of just Christians and Jews, but of every religion that seeks
to evolve in a moral manner for the future security of their children.
Moral laws belong not to any group, but to us all. These
Principles of Vigilance of human behavior cross all cultural lines,
all economic, social and political barriers. If one were to travel
deep into the jungle where people had never come into contact with
modern civilization and asked the chief of wisdom to share the “laws
of moral behavior” for the tribe, the fundamentals of the Ten
Commandments would appear.
The words might not be exactly the same, but the
Principles of Vigilance would be on target.
Men and women over centuries and centuries of evolution
have come to understand the basics of right and wrong. The federal
government doesn’t need to tell them what is right or wrong. It can
try to manage right and wrong, but in the final analysis, it has no
power to dictate it. The people will do that.
When governments assume the duty and responsibility to
dictate the moral behavior of people, the people revolt. It is
The power of
the people crumbled the secrecy of the Catholic Church
The Catholic Church recently felt the sting of the
public’s right to rule when countless violations of sexual abuse were
shot like cannons at the fortress walls of the Church’s sanctuary.
The power of the people to crumble the secrecy of the Church
prevailed. Individual rights overwhelmed federal rights.
We must be careful when we teach our children about
fundamental rights. To teach children that the federal government, or
the Church laws, dictate a person’s rights or his or behavior must
bend to such laws is erroneous.
Children must be taught that their rights as individuals
come from a Higher Authority than any man-made laws. Moral laws,
embodied within the Ten Commandments and other moral guidelines such
as the Koran and Bible, are the “higher authority.”
the colonies stood up to federalism and used Thomas Paine's book
as their authority
The United States was formed on this
Principle of Individual Vigilance. Citizens of the
colonies stood up to federalism and changed the “laws” governing them.
They used the “Rights of Man” as their authority. They
said the authority for governing themselves came from “God,” and that
the highest authority of the land was the Supreme Being, who gave us
all “inalienable rights.”
In Iraq, there are people
protesting the right of Iraq to form and shape its own destiny.
In Alabama, the same drama is underfoot.
We all need to step back and ask ourselves: “What are we
teaching our children?” Are we teaching them they must conform to
the “rules” or that they have the right to “protest” them?
The Beast of Terror would have us accept the federal law
removing the Ten Commandments. He would have us think it is a
religious issue, not a freedom issue.
Vigilance is your Declaration of Independence
True freedom means we must have Courage in the face of
Fear, Conviction to battle Intimidation, and Right Actions taken for
the Children’s Children’s Children to undermine the threat of
Complacency—non action, acceptance of the status quo.
Teaching a child that he or she is protected by the
Sentinels of Vigilance, and that it is his or her duty to make the
right choices not just for him or her, but also for future generations
so their rights are not threatened, is not an easy task.
You can make it easier, however, by taking the Pledge of
Vigilance (below) and practicing the Principles of Vigilance.
Then, when someone comes to your door and tells you to
remove your Bibles, Korans, crosses and other religious symbols
because the government wants to protect the children from parents’
opinions, you can flash the Pledge of Vigilance into the face of the
Vigilance is your Declaration of Independence. As
Thomas Jefferson once said: “The price of Liberty is eternal
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