American Minute with Bill Federer
Thomas Jefferson wrote to Mr. Hammond in 1821:
“The germ of dissolution of our federal government is in … the federal judiciary;
an irresponsible body … working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped from the States.”
On JUNE 25, 1824, James Madison wrote to Henry Lee:
“I entirely concur in the propriety of resorting to the sense in which the Constitution was accepted and ratified by the nation. In that sense alone it is the legitimate Constitution.
And if that be not the guide in expounding it, there can be no security for a consistent and stable … exercise of its powers …
What a metamorphosis would be produced in the code of law if all its ancient phraseology were to be taken in its modern sense.”
Justice Hugo Black dissented in Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) to Justice William O. Douglass’ discovery of “penumbras” of meanings from “emanations” of provisions in the Bill of Rights, thus creating a “right of privacy” which led to abortion:
“One of the most effective ways of … expanding a constitutionally guaranteed right is to substitute for the crucial word or words … another word or words, more or less flexible …
‘Privacy’ is a broad, abstract and ambiguous concept which can … easily be interpreted as a constitutional ban on many things …
No provision of the Constitution specifically gives such blanket power to courts to … hold unconstitutional those laws which they believe unwise or dangerous … (To do so) takes away from Congress and States the power to make laws … and transfers that power to the Court for ultimate determination.”
President James Monroe stated in his First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1817:
“Under this Constitution … the States, respectively protected by the
National Government under a mild, parental system against foreign dangers,
and enjoying within their separate spheres, by a wise partition of power …
It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising the sovereignty.
Usurpation is then an easy attainment, and a usurper soon found.
The people themselves become the willing instruments of their own debasement and ruin.”
President William Henry Harrison stated in his Inaugural Address, March 4, 1841:
“The danger to all well-established free governments arises from the unwillingness of the people to believe in … the influence of designing men …
This is the old trick of those who would usurp the government of their country. In the name of democracy they speak, warning the people against the influence of wealth and the danger of aristocracy …
The tendencies of all such governments in their decline is to monarchy … and, like the false Christs whose coming was foretold by the Savior, seeks to, and were it possible would, impose upon the true and most faithful disciples of liberty.
It is in periods like this that it behooves the people to be most watchful of those to whom they have intrusted power.”
Ben Franklin stated June 2, 1787:
“There is scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharaoh
— get first all the people’s money, then all their lands, and then make them and their children servants forever …
There is a natural inclination in mankind to kingly government …
I am apprehensive … that the government of the States may, in future times, end in a monarchy.”
President George Washington stated in his Farewell Address, September 19, 1796:
“In contemplating the causes which may disturb our Union, it occurs as matter of serious concern, that any ground should have been furnished for characterizing Parties …
One of the expedients of Party to acquire influence, within particular districts, is to misrepresent the opinions and aims of other Districts.
You cannot shield yourselves too much against the jealousies and heart burnings which spring from these misrepresentations …”
“And of fatal tendency … to put, in the place of the delegated will of the Nation, the will of a Party;-often a small but artful and enterprising minority …
They are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the Power of the People and to usurp for the themselves the reins of Government;
destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion …”
Washington stated further:
“One method of assault may be to effect, in the forms of the Constitution, alterations … and thus to undermine what cannot be directly overthrown …
It is indeed little else than a name, where the Government is too feeble to withstand the enterprises of faction …
I have already intimated to you the danger of Parties in the State …
Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of Party, generally.
This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its roots in the strongest passions of the human Mind.
It exists under different shapes in all Governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form it is seen in its greatest rankness and is truly their worst enemy …
Domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to Party dissention, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism …”
“But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism.
The disorders and miseries … gradually incline the minds of men to seek security … in the absolute power of an Individual … (who) turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty …
Ill founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection …”
“It opens the doors to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the Government itself through the channels of party passions.
Thus the policy and the will of one country, are subjected to the policy and will of another …
The habits of thinking in a free Country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration, to confine themselves within their respective Constitutional spheres; avoiding in the exercise of the Powers of one department to encroach upon another …”
“The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism.
A just estimate of that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates the human heart is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position.
The necessity of reciprocal checks in the exercise of political power; by dividing and distributing it into different depositories, and constituting each the Guardian of the Public Weal (welfare) against invasions by the others, has been evinced by experiments ancient and modern; some of them in our country and under our own eyes.
To preserve them must be as necessary as to institute them …”
Washington continued his Farewell Address:
“If in the opinion of the People, the distribution or modification of the Constitutional powers be in any way particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates.
But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.
The precedent (of usurpation) must always greatly overbalance in permanent evil any partial or transient benefit which the use can at any time yield …”
Washington continued with what could be considered a warning of globalists and foreign trade bills:
“Passionate attachment of one Nation for another produces a variety of evils …
It gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens … facility to betray, or sacrifice the interests of their own country … sometimes even with popularity …
Such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent Patriot.
How many opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to practice the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion, to influence or awe the public Councils! …
Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to
believe me fellow citizens) the jealously of a free people to be constantly awake …”
“Real Patriots, who may resist the intriegues of the favorite, are liable to become suspected and odious;
while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests …
`Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent Alliances with any portion of the foreign world …
‘Tis folly in one Nation to look for disinterested favors from another … it must pay with a portion of its Independence for whatever it may accept …
In offering to you, my Countrymen these counsels of an old and affectionate friend, I dare not hope they will make the strong and lasting impression.”
Self-Educated American Contributing Editor, William J. Federer, is the bestselling author of “Backfired: A Nation Born for Religious Tolerance no Longer Tolerates Religion,” and numerous other books. A frequent radio and television guest, his daily American Minute is broadcast nationally via radio, television, and Internet. Check out all of Bill’s books here.