The Moral Arc and the Flaws in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution

As the immoral claims to unjust authority have become more and more obvious over the centuries, morality has continued to move toward individual freedom.

The Moral Arc and the Flaws in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution
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“The arc of the Moral Universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” — M. L. King Jr.

From the Pharaohs to the Caesars, to the priests, the Kings, the dictators, and now the presidents, premieres and prime ministers, the arc of morality has been bending towards… something. Zoom out and the pattern becomes easily apparent. As the immoral claims to unjust authority have become more and more obvious over the centuries, morality has continued to move toward individual freedom.

The idea of America as a shining city on a hill, as a beacon of freedom to the world was unprecedented and changed humanity for the better more than any shift in history. But just as a rainbow never seems to quite touch the ground, this arc has not yet arrived at its completion. I believe the pot of gold which sentient life on Earth has been seeking is simply the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP). This principle states that no one has the right to initiate force or fraud against anyone else, except in true self-defense. In Natural Law, it is stated as simply “do what you said you would and do not encroach on the person or property of others.”

Almost everyone can recognize the moral validity of this simple awareness, yet virtually everyone supports daily violation of this obvious moral compass — in the form of government. Why? Because we’ve been duped by tyrants throughout the ages. The “divine right to rule,” “manifest destiny,” “eminent domain”… all distractions from the most obvious of conclusions: the universal application of the Non-Aggression Principle prohibits authoritarian governments, because the necessary taxation for it to survive is, in and of itself, a violation of the Non-Aggression Principle. Taking people’s money against their will is simply theft.

So this universal morality requires a stateless society. That’s what they don’t want us to know! That’s why they demand that every child attend state propaganda schools for at least a dozen years to be indoctrinated into the belief that someone needs to rule us if we are to survive and thrive.

The foundational documents of the United States of America were such a profound positive departure from prior governance that they allowed for a relatively free market, the scientific method, and some semblance of a rule of law — and humanity’s quest for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness took its largest leap in history. But now, 2½ centuries later, we are on the verge of a national police state and complete global tyranny. Why? Because the documents were flawed, and so many have been dumbed down out of critical thinking and the primal instinct for freedom.

In the light of this context, I invite you to dare to join me in a simple inspection of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution to see if we might solve the mystery of where they went wrong.

Declaration of Independence

…that all men are created equal.

This was not just a societal vernacular. They meant just the men. It didn’t apply to women. It didn’t apply to men of color. It didn’t even apply to men who didn’t own land. We can look back and potentially forgive these “founders” who were so trapped in their particular paradigm, that many owned slaves and none allowed women to participate in social decision-making. I have always been a huge admirer of Thomas Jefferson and did my pilgrimage to his historic home at Monticello. I felt a deep kinship with this man while standing in his study and realizing all of the dots that he was trying to connect with science, society and ethics. I honor his creation of the Jeffersonian Bible, in which he excerpted a small number of statements from the New Testament, attributed to Jesus, that actually sounded to him like enlightened wisdom. This is what he read each morning in an effort to sort the wheat from the chaff of religion. And many of his statements on liberty showed a similar quest to do the same politically.

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” — Thomas Jefferson
“The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.” — Thomas Jefferson
“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will, within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law,’ because law is often but the tyrants will and always so when it violates the right of an individual.” — Thomas Jefferson

My respect for this man does not, however, keep me from acknowledging his shortcomings, as hopefully those who follow us will do concerning our perspectives.

Back to the Declaration:

Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

This is made up out of thin air. There is no consent of the governed. There is no “social contract.” Did you ever sign one? No, neither did anyone else. The “founders” made up the contract and then just assumed that everybody should be subject to it. That was what kings did. And the basic flaw is the creation of government itself.

That whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it and to institute new government…

Yes, we naturally have the right to throw off unjust government, but every government is unjust. So the assumption that the answer is “to institute new government” is further proof of the same ultimate flaw in this document. A third grader would understand this simple logic — that no one has the right to rule over the rest of us simply by claiming it — if they had been homeschooled well.

The Constitution of the United States of America

We the People of the United States…do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

The people didn’t create this decree. A few wealthy white men did and once again assumed agency for everyone else.

All legislative powers…shall be vested in a Congress…

Says who?

Congress shall have Power to lay and collect Taxes…

And so the immoral self-authorization of theft from the people begins…

Within a short period of time, the government was taxing the people well beyond the rates inflicted by England’s King George that triggered the Revolutionary War.

To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;

What could possibly go wrong? Fast forward a couple of centuries and the U.S. is the greatest debtor in history, and:

To coin Money…

This assures endless inflation (another tax) and the dollar has lost over 98% of its value.

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting…

So that these elite can have a monopoly on their own counterfeiting operation.

To declare War…

…At the behest of the bankers whenever they aim to acquire new land, treasure and tax base.

And not since the Korean War has the criminal syndicate called the U.S. government actually gone to Congress for approval of all the imperialist wars.

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections…

Of course, tyrants are going to immediately claim a monopoly on force and the right to use it to suppress dissidents.

I could go on and on into the details of how they planned to count slaves in the census and how to control “Intoxicating liquors,” but I believe these prior examples make the key point. Free speech, the right to bear arms, protection against unwarranted search and seizure — these are vital protections, but if they are entrusted to an illegitimate, immoral centralized authority, then the cancer is built into a system that will grow ever more corrupt until it destroys the society it claims to protect.

We’ve looked at some of the subtleties of how “the Big Con” gets spun: assume the right to authority over others, over money, over health, over war and enforce that false claim while duping or crushing dissent.

For a further confirmation, check the text of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. All the rights sound heart-warming and affirming of the individual…until you read that those rights are granted by the UN and can be withdrawn “in case of emergency.” Now we are watching the WHO try to pull the same scam with their Global Vaccine Passports.

The Declaration of Independence states that it is our duty to throw off corrupt government and to provide “new guards for their future security.” Yes, but finally we need to establish those guards with independent security and dispute resolutions organizations — competing for business and reputations in a true free market — while all are held accountable to the Non-Aggression Principle.

I do not favor a violent overthrow of the American Government. I do support a peaceful transition to a voluntary world based on the Non-Aggression Principle — rules, but no rulers.

Human rights are not granted by the state or by an old guy on a cloud. They are a reflection of the way nature works — honoring the freedom and creativity of each individual toroidal vortex we call a person. Then that being can freely channel the universal life force between space and Earth. When enough of us recognize that intrinsic right to not be violated, then we have the true basis for a universal morality — applicable through all the cosmos for all time. Then we will have solved the mystery of thriving on a healthy planet and we will be welcomed into the cosmic family of those who found the key to life and love. This is how we have “the force be with us.”