Patterns of Force


The assault on our freedom began almost the same time as the fight for it began.  That sounds almost strange but it is the truth.  George Washington threatened and actually did, lead troops against a small group of people for protesting the Whiskey Tax.  When they heard he was coming with an Army they quickly capitulated, agreed to pay the tax and Washington pardoned them.

John Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Act which put a good number of people in jail and levied fines against them for speaking their mind.  Jefferson descried the Act, but while not personally going after any newspaper, his followers were not so kind.  Nothing on the scale of the Adams Administration, but enough that, to me, it leaves a stain on his Presidency.  Jefferson allowed the Act to expire naturally, and later pardoned those effected.  Much later Congress returned the fines that were paid.

So all was well within the Republic.  Jefferson was followed by Madison and Monroe and Congress fairly well abided by the Constitution.  But then came the 1860’s and Lincoln.  It’s hard to even believe that today such things could take place, yet in some form or another they do.  But we’ll get to that.

Most people know, I would hope anyway, of this in article 1 Section 8; “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.” Some even know that President Lincoln suspended that writ during the Civil War.  Not that history books make a big deal out of it, they like to talk more about how he freed the slaves.

But note the opening lines of Section 8; The Congress shall have power… yet it was President Lincoln who suspended the writ.  In addition he closed down, completely shut down the Chicago Times, and various other Newspapers who wrote anything he deemed dangerous to his war effort.  Lincoln’s military arrest of civilians and any dissenting opinions.  Some even called for Lincoln’s impeachment for his violations of the Constitution.  I note that no one tried to go and impeach him after the fact, or call on his Administration for trials either.

I’m not saying that we should forget what Lincoln did, nor what the Bush Administration did.  I’m saying we should learn from it and not do it again.   The same applies to FDR.   Only problem is, we don’t.  Next to Lincoln FDR did more to sink the Republic than any other President.  Nothing he did was in any way shape or form Constitutional.  But managed to get the USSC to go along be saying he would pack the court with liberals who would follow his lead.

His “progressive” plans included no-work for pay,(WPA), Social Security and numerous other plans that brought the Federal Government into the everyday life of Americans.  It really was the forerunner of the “Great Society” of LBJ, who, like the current President, believes you can fight a world war and still spend without pause, the tax dollars of the average American.

Logic demands that at some point, the people must take control, must, by nature, take control if they are to continue to be a self governed people.  Should we continue to be determined to be ruled by Party, to accept only those who “The Party” wishes to be in the running, (read who has the bucks), then are we really self-governing, or merely deluded into thinking so?

At least the next 4 generations are going to be paying for our dependency on the Government, don’t you think it is about time for them to understand that a Republic doesn’t work that way?  Isn’t it time to teach them that a Republic isn’t what the Government can screw you out of, but what you can do for yourself?

The business of America isn’t business run by the Government.  It’s the business of America to grow without more than necessary Government interference.

Tyranny doesn’t have to be one person, or a dictator, it can be 600 elected people.  The only difference is you elected tyranny.  The shackles weigh the same.


“Rebellion to Tyranny is Obedience to God”


8 Responses to “Patterns of Force”

  1. Sterling Says:

    I’m sure that you are correct about that cap. My point being, not being educated in his presidency, but being familiar with the history of freeing the slaves, etc., I didn’t notice. I will be sure to read the references you noted, and thanks to you, and chas for the information.

    And along with my thanks, my apologies to chas, for using your blog as a classroom for another teacher!
    Anything to help Ma’am. If I can pass on some things that I have learned in my time it is a good thing. 😉


  2. capmotion Says:

    Sterling, certainly even the most sanitized/deifying publications reveal to you that he illegally suspended habeas corpus to imprison his political detractors, a writ that has been around for almost 1000 years and which could even cause the king to cave in; that tyranny alone should inform the debate. You’ll recall that those on Ali’s blog are enamoured of Fox News, and Fox’s senior judicial authority, Judge Napolitano, who has written some most compelling exposes of constitutional irregularity in the Republic, has a most telling chapter in his “Constitution in Exile,” entitled “Dishonest Abe,” which discusses [reveals] much of what chas and I have written about. Then there is the well-footnoted “Lincoln Unmasked,” by Professor Thomas DiLorenzo, who also has much of his writings on the subject on the lewrockwell website. Then too, you could read Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address to learn that he never gave a whit about freeing the slaves [and committed himself there not to do so] – until that became politically fasionable later on; nor did he ever believe in equality nor desegregation, even later.

  3. Sterling Says:

    Thank you chas, and if I may, cap, for the education. I must confess that I am not that educated on Lincoln’s presidency. I am, however, very familiar with his legacy, one that does not include the deeds outlined by the two of you. I have several books given as gifts to me by family, and these assaults on our Constitution are curiously missing. I will do more reading, thanks to you both.

    Once again chas, I am better for reading your articles.
    And I am better for having you as a friend and someone I can consult with.


  4. capmotion Says:

    Not only did income tax come out of his “civil” war, but as I lecture to both kids and attorneys alike, he conned the congress into allowing him to print paper money in the name of “war” emergency, since art. 1, section 8, does not empower the government to do other than coin money and set its value [the expectation being that money would have commodity value, being made out of copper, silver, and gold]. They gave him the “temporary” power to print money to pay the war debt. That power was never surrendered back. If you were to litigate the power of the government to print paper money now, the courts would refer you back to the Legal Tender Cases from the civil war; we are still in the civil war emergency era on that score. That is why scoundrels in government these days frame their arguments in terms of “war” [on drugs, on drunk driving, on poverty, etc.]; they learned that if “war” can be the rationale, the Constitution can be detoured, the legislature cedes power and the judiciary blinks.
    I had not considered that in such a context cap. Thank you.


  5. Eileen Says:

    Very well written post as usual.
    Thank you Ma’am.

  6. carolynro Says:

    Most people believe that history began with the date of their birth. We never look back and even if we do we disregard the lessons that are in our history. I don’t think the founders ever envisioned what power hogs the congress would become, let alone the corruptive money influence. It is only in that context does the media or the political parties look to the past for support for their self promotion. States rights are over-shadowed by personal greed and a federal government that justifies all that it has become with lies about helping the poor, the infirm, the immigrants. And a majority of people are happy to substitute or replace the constitution with liberalism and socialism.
    Adams warned that our Constitution was for a moral and religious people and wholly unsuitable for any other. Which explains why the original intent of the Founders is so easily ignored these days. God is being replaced by Government.


  7. capmotion Says:

    Some even called for Lincoln’s impeachment for his violations of the Constitution. I note that no one tried to go and impeach him after the fact, or call on his Administration for trials either.
    No, they assassinated him, and for the un- and contra-constitutional reasons you noted, and more. Much more. Indeed, he swore out an arrest warrant against the chief justice of the United States for correctly noting that the president was without power to suspend the Great Writ. Had that warrant been served and the chief justice arrested, we would have had a revolution, not merely a war of northern aggression. Booth was not a whack job; he was a states’ rightist who vehemently opposed Lincoln for having sunk into military dictatorship, and he was not alone in perceiving Lincoln to have become a tyrant. Lincoln closed newspapers and jailed people and deported a congressman for disagreeing with him. Monstrous! Had he lived, he might have been impeached. Because he was killed, he went from being a tyrant to being an undeserved demi-god.
    If memory serves he also established an Income Tax to pay for his war, later deemed unconstitutional. But I am not so sure he would had been impeached. The North having won was certain of their righteousness and thus hailed Lincoln as a hero.


  8. Gini Says:

    Great piece Chas. I’m not logged into wordpress…it’s late, but I am trying to keep up with you!!! Great piece, again…thanks for paying attention, and reminding us all how important it is to guard our freedoms and rights, and along the way, remember what we learned about our country in school. I had some great teachers, way back in them thar days! lol I am off to bed now! Gini
    I also had some great teachers, but I carried my studies even further having enjoyed history so much. A luck twist of fate for me as I get to write about something I love.


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