State of the Union

It is that time of year. One of the biggest events on the political calendar. The President of the United States will give the State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress and the American People (how I so loath that term, but…). I have an observation about this event that might strike some of you as iconoclast, but I hope that you will at least get something from it that will prompt you toward a more local outlook of politics instead of slouching toward Gomorrah.

For the past four months, I have been working as a defense contractor at the Office of General Counsel for the Secretary of Defense. Basically, this office looks at everything from amendments to current treaties or defense agreements, requests for statutory exemption from certain restrictions when sharing information about weaponry or intelligence, replies to Congressional inquiries that come out of the blue or from testimony by any of the DoD principles, even giving a legal once-over of responses to stories printed in the media. We call these items “actions.” One of the actions that came across my desk this past week was a segment of the upcoming State of the Union address.

While I did not actually read the substance of the action, I have been thinking about the process going on right now in the bowels of Washington DC that is putting together this speech which no one will remember after a week. The Defense Department’s Office of General Counsel–the legal advisory team for the Secretary of Defense–reviewed all segments of that speech that are going to be discussing “defense” matters. (I say “defense” because what this really relates to is matters of empire. The idea that even a portion of our “defense” spending actually goes to ensuring the sovereignty of the United States and the protection of the states from foreign invasion is laughable.) So, if DoD is going through this process, how many other departments of the general government are going through the same course of action?

The Departments of Energy, Education, State, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, all have a hand in the final product that you are going to view President Trump read next week. None of the sentiments of that speech are going to be his original ideas or goals. Sure the framework of what the speech covers will be his, but the actual substance of it will be the work of lawyers and career staffers and political hacks. What you are going to hear is the sentiment of the Deep State. Hopefully Trump goes off script and publicly states things that will actually do something to increase the liberty of the People, but I am not going to hold my breath.

Our country is at a stage where it is a republic in name only. Long gone is any notion of the States having any authority to govern their own affairs outside of the powers delegated to the general government. As I am learning this semester in Constitutional Law, the phrase “due process” is just a great umbrella with which the Supreme Court hides a negative on State authority. Yes, it is clearly not in the Constitution, but there is apparently a right to privacy but no, there is no right to contract. The States, at this stage of our experiment are simply corporations of the general government, just as Alexander Hamilton wanted them. (Thank you Burr for killing that swine.) For while the Constitution is not a document that codifies the economic system of Adam Smith, it apparently is an instrument to codify the social policies of Gloria Steinham.

Our only hope rests in the States. We must look for and push to the fore State leaders who will assert the rightful separation of powers and support our rights as free people to arrange our societies as we choose. This means that some states are going to arrange things in a manner in which we disagree, but they have that right. They have the liberty to live in a society that they choose. We cannot seek to graft our preferred view of society onto the whole of the 50, but we must not allow for societies such that we do not wish to live to be foisted upon us.

So while watching or listening to the theatrical show next week, keep in mind, none of that is real. Those words have been watered down by the legal beagles in the Deep State. The real fight for freedom is not in DC. It is in your State capitols, your county governments, and in your own neighborhoods.

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4 Responses to State of the Union

  1. Robert A. McReynolds says:

    Sorry for the strange formatting of that first paragraph. I copied and pasted this into the writer and I am still trying to figure this damned thing out.

    • MLHMLH says:

      If you edit in the “visual” mode there is a clipboard with a “T” on it in the tool bar. I highlighted the first paragraph and clicked on the clipboard, et viola!

  2. DevereauxDevereaux says:

    We lost the republic with the 17th Amendment and the SCOTUS ruling that Congress may spend “for the general welfare”, a term that originally was meant to represent the relationship between states, not general boondoggles.

    States are more and more attempting to exert influence on what happens and what DC. Democrats are fighting it every inch of the way. All this is to be expected.

    I would wish the President would send a copy of the SOTU to Congress and bypass the whole dog and pony show. Much more efficient and practical.

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