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Vail Daily letter: On our own

Fredric Butler
Vail, CO, Colorado
newsroom@vaildaily.com

I had a different take on the recent ski vacation of Mr. Biden at the Beav, and that being likened to a visit by a foreign potentate or dignitary with access to the enormous wealth and power from a distant land.

For a three-day vacation, the spectacle of a plane worth millions parked on the tarmac in Eagle, legions of praetorian guards (aka, Secret Service), an extremely large C-17 cargo plane with limousines and support personnel and vehicles within, and the free facilities of Eagle County and Vail Resorts made available to him (compliments of the taxpayer) seemed to me as a bit crass, extravagant and disconnected.

What with millions of American citizens without work, without legal claim to shelter, without a sense of direction and now burdened with confiscatory taxes to support the trillions of federal debt and the lifestyles the likes of Mr. Biden, I sensed that the republic I once knew had become something else — say, an aristocratic oligarchy, a social state with its attendant and entrenched power elite or an unfettered democracy.

This brings to mind John Adam’s admonition: “A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.”

When our supposed “public servants” (Biden et al) have such a lack of empathy and disconnect from the hard times now being experienced by their constituents and enjoy the perks, benefits and pensions of an elite strata of society, the bell has tolled for our grand republic and for liberty itself.

Thomas Jefferson once penned, “The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.”

I submit that the people have as much right to liberty, prosperity and acquisition of the “good life” as Mr. Biden has to his three-day vacation on the slopes of Beaver Creek in these most difficult economic times.

Those in Washington, D.C., have forsaken the admonitions and proscriptions of the Constitution that they were elected to do the work of the people and not to personally avail themselves of the trappings of power and the largess of the public treasury.

We now have a federal government that rules and reigns by fiat and not under the law that is constricted by the Constitution. We do not have a meaningful Constitution. This brings to mind the blunt statement by Jefferson Davis (circa 1860): “I love the Union and the Constitution, but I would rather leave the Union with the Constitution than remain in the Union without it.”

Through the Enabling Act of Colorado (1876), which was approved by the federal government when it acquired statehood, Colorado was assured that it would have a republican form of government. Article IV, Sec. 4 of the U.S.Constitution guarantees to Colorado and all other states a “Republican form of government.” Furthermore, under Article II, Section 2 of the Colorado Constitution, the people have the “sole and exclusive right of governing themselves as a free, sovereign and independent state … .”

One would then conclude that when the federal government has eschewed the mandates and proscriptions of the U.S. Constitution, ignored and violated the provisions of the Enabling Act that brought Colorado into the union in the first instance, and has repudiated the principles of a “republican form of government” as constitutionally mandated, then Colorado and its people are at liberty to become independent and a sovereign unto themselves. This is not only a natural right, but a legal one borne out of the common law of contracts; this is the recipe for succession.

Fredric Butler


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