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Choosing one’s slave master is a dilemma that confronts each voting American (those that still have the right and health to do so). The paradigm that justifies federal actions, fiats, executive orders and legislative mandates is federally touted or mouthed as “It’s for the people”; “It’s for their defense from those who would do them harm,” e.g., terrorists and the like; “It is for their health and welfare,” e.g., to address injuries, ailments and other trauma; or “It’s to maintain their freedoms.” Mind you, the people of the original colonies, through their representatives in concert, established the Constitution for these very purposes, among others as stated. The federal government did not convey these rights to the people, nor did the federal regime establish its own authority to act on behalf of the people. The preamble to the Constitution, in part, stated that “the people of the United States … in order to … provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty … do … establish this Constitution.” It therefore should be no novelty that what authority the government has was extended to it by the people to facilitate their defined defense from enemies, both domestic and foreign or for their general welfare, and for no other purposes, other than establishing the infrastructure of a “republic.”

We now discern in today’s American society federal laws, executive orders, policies and regulations, ad nausea, that not only criminalize the activities and historical liberties of Americans, but expunge or substantially infringe upon the very rights that the federal regime is authorized and obligated to protect. The average and productive American citizen cannot go through a single day without violating some state or federal criminal statute, rule, ordinance, executive order or regulation, either intentionally or inadvertently. The so-called “Patriot Act” was purportedly enacted to protect Americans from foreign terrorists, yet it infringed upon the privacies and individual rights of Americans as defined in that Constitutional charter, to wit, the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. We have the recent and so-called “White Letter” issued via executive order that authorizes the liquidation of Americans, wherever found, upon the unilateral determination of the administration, without the necessities or niceties of an indictment, a warrant, or an adjudication of guilt. Owing to the recent revelation by Mr. Snowden, we have the NSA, the FBI and CIA eavesdropping upon the private communications of American citizens, without their knowledge, consent or an issued writ — all under the pretense of defending them from foreign terrorism. The National Defense Authorization Act provides for the arrest and incarceration of an American without warrant, indictment, or even a trial — all under the pretense of protecting them from terrorists. Now we have the “Affordable” Care Act that eviscerates an American’s freedom of choice in the marketplace under penalty of fine or imprisonment pursuant to the proscriptions of IRS regulations (the Supreme Court euphemistically characterizes this penalty as a “tax” to make it fly). All of this federal activity and oppression nullifies the intendment of the Fourth and Fifth Amendment constraints upon the federal government.

To the point, the 13th Amendment provides in part, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude … shall exist within the United States.” To succumb to these infringements upon their individual liberties, the people have become the servants of a federal master to secure the proclaimed protection of that government. Where the citizen becomes beholden to an unwarranted authority which exercises dominion over him, he becomes a “slave” under the generally accepted definition of that term, and not as spun by a federal court that sanctions the edicts of a government that established that court in the first place. I would submit that it would be far more beneficial for the people to suffer the intrusions and onslaughts of a foreign potentate in order to remain free with their manifested rights under the Constitution, than to bend to the will of a rogue government that enslaves its own citizens contrary to the proscriptions of the Constitution. There may become a time to choose a slave master under which to live and toil — either a terrorist regime or one’s own rogue government. The better course would be to serve no master, but live a life as envisioned by the Constitution, as free and self-determining individuals. After all, it has been written that slaves are not permitted to exist in the United States.

Fredric Butler

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