In Part I of this article, we expounded briefly on the political history of how the Colonies via a successful revolution became States, and how then in the year 1913, via the troika of the Sixteenth Amendment,(1) the establishment of the Federal Reserve System and particularly the Seventeenth Amendment,(2) the Republic was on its way to virtually becoming a democracy.(3)
In this issue, we will discuss the events and ramifications of the States forming a Union.
Since the several States created the Union, it is axiomatic the Union can not be greater than the States. But, in reality, no longer do we have a central government formed by and subservient to the sovereign States, as was intended, and as was guaranteed by the Senators specifically being designated as the champions of the States.
Gradually over the intervening decades, because of the Seventeenth Amendment, the eagle atop the Capitol in Washington has had one of its wings (the Senate) amputated and grafted along side its other wing (the House) so that our eagle is biwinged on the House side and wingless on the Senate side. As a result, the eagle is flapping around on the ground. Thus unbalanced it can not fly. It is impossible for our National Emblem Eagle to soar again until the plastic surgery of repealing the Seventeenth Amendment is performed and the Senate wing is grafted back where it belongs, appointed by and responsible to State Legislatures --- in apposition to the House of Representatives. The Senate, again beholden to the States, will abolish the usurpations of the bi-Housed Congress and reestablish the prerogatives of the States.
Then, as it was until 1913, the checks and balances built into the original Constitution, that marvelously provided separation of powers to keep one interest from taking advantage of another, will again function. The Senate was given the oversight of confirmation of Judges, Ambassadors, Senior Officers, etc., so that none of these in their activities would encroach upon the prerogatives of the States. Before 1913, the States were protected in this regard --- now they are not.
It takes two-thirds of the Senate to ratify Treaties. A pre-1913 Senate could never have ratified the UN Charter as a treaty in 1945 because the UN Charter emasculates the States as well as the Union of these States and a Senate watching out for the States would have protected the States from being overrun and dominated by and made subservient to the UN.(4) Ditto for North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), World Trade Organization (WTO), Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), etc. by the scores.
It is interesting and enlightening and frightening to note that although the Armistice was signed at 11 a.m. on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1919, the Versailles Treaty after World War I was never ratified by the U.S. Senate because it contained the Covenants of the League of Nations, which would have done then what the UN Charter did 25 years later --- begin the erosion of American sovereignty. However, 1919 was only six years after the Seventeenth Amendment became part of the Constitution, and the Senators had not yet been totally weaned from their loyalty to their individual States. But in 1945, a generation later, only two Senators (Shipstead and Langer) protected their States by voting not to ratify the UN Charter.
The issue of land ownership is intimately involved. When a sovereign Colony became a State, all of the non-private land of the Colony remained State property. When a Territory becomes a State, the Territorial non-private land was/is to be State property. The Constitution sharply restricts Federal land holding in Article I, Section 8, Paragraph 17:
"Congress shall have Power To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful buildings";
This means that the vast "Federal lands" are forbidden by the Constitution. Since the Union government is to have no jurisdiction over these lands, the central government is forbidden to cede control of them to the United Nations Organization or any of its subsidiaries. Senators sent to Washington by their respective State Legislatures would see to it that Article I, Section 8, Paragraph 17 of the U.S. Constitution is obeyed.
Pre-Seventeenth Amendment: it was intended that the Senate would be the senior body because it represents the individual independent Colonies turned independent States that created the Union. Whereas the number of Representatives depends upon the relative population, each with a 1/435th voice; there are equally just two Senators for every State, each with a 1/100th voice --- four plus times as powerful. And the term of each Senator is three times that of a Representative. So the control of the Senators was more easily maintained by one or two hundred State Legislators in each State who frequently sit at the same time in one place, than the House can be controlled by the 500,000 to 600,000 people in each Congressional District who never meet under one roof at the same time.
Post-Seventeenth Amendment: Senators can more readily do as they please regarding their home State since they are disconnected from control by the State Legislatures back home, and they don't come up for control by the voters at election time but every six years. During which time they can (and do) create much mischief.
The House of Representatives (of the people) was given the originating jurisdiction of raising revenue so the taxpayers themselves would/could control how much they were taxed --- "with the consent of the governed."(5) This was the way the Founders precluded the "taxation without representation" under which they had suffered as Colonies of the Crown. But since the transformation from Republic to democracy in 1913, all three branches of the Union government have usurped this mandate in an attempt to pay for the 80 percent of Federal outlays having no authorization in the Constitution.
By ingeniously separating powers, many functions of the Senate are international (foreign) in scope whereas those of the House are preponderantly domestic.
But all of that radically changed in 1913 with the ratification of the Seventeenth Amendment. Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution sets three specific requirements on the new Union that it must obey:
1) "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union [that the central government will always be] a Republican Form of Government,..." By this commitment/obligation the Union (the creature) was foresworn (it solemnly pledged) "to every State" (its creators) that the Union itself would always be a Constitutional Republic. This promise is so flagrantly vio-lated today that our "leaders" unashamedly and proudly boast that the U.S.A. (today) is a democracy.
2) The Union "shall protect each of them (the States) against invasion." Which it is surely not doing as regards the invasion of illegal aliens across our borders. And,
3) The Union, when asked by a State, "shall protect each of them (the States) against domestic Violence." In recent months the Union, itself, has repeatedly initiated the travesty of domestic violence and even waged war against American citizens as in the case of Waco and Ruby Ridge.
These violations of Article IV, Section 4 are occurring because over the last 85 years the Federal government has been transformed insidiously and illegally from the Republic it was established to be, into a forbidden democracy. Hence, to reestablish the States as the creators of the Union, and the Union as the creature of the States, repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment is a necessity to again install and confirm the sane stability of a Republic governed by the rule of law and once again preclude the unopposed excesses of the mob rule of a democracy governed by men and special interest groups.
Caught up in all of this gerrymandering of responsibility and authority that is aided and abetted and fostered by the 1913 troika is the enslaving, bankrupting nightmare of so-called "federal health care." The Constitution does not authorize the federal presence in health. Therefore it is forbidden. But we have got it, with more to come. Until "We, the People" put a stop to it.
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) has been in the forefront to do so since its founding in 1943 when the first wholesale attempt to nationalize illness care (the Wagner-Murray-Dingle Bill) was roundly defeated.
Freedom from central government usurpation of powers not delegated to it by the Constitution is the issue today just as it was before the War of Independence. And repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment is a seminal part of the cure.
1. Loftman BA. The Sixteenth Amendment. Medical Sentinel 1996;1(1):28-29.
2. Caine CW. The Seventeenth Amendment. Medical Sentinel 1997;2(1):32-33.
3. Caine CW. Part I: The Colonies Become States. Medical Sentinel 1998;3(1):30-31.
4. Caine CW. Treaties. Medical Sentinel 1997;2(2):70-72.
5. Declaration of Independence, Paragraph 2.
Dr. Caine is an anesthesiologist in Jackson, Mississippi, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Medical Sentinel. His e-mail address is LandCCaine@msn.com.
Originally published in the Medical Sentinel 1998;3(2):63-65. Copyright © 1998 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).
(This column on the Constitution appears in the Medical Sentinel to remind us that it is the unConstitutional (and thus illegal) activities in medicine and all other facets of our lives that have trampled on and outlawed our God-endowed freedom and liberty.)