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Deo Vindice Newsletter No. 10.8

From: Steve W.
Sent on: Thursday, August 25, 2011 4:44 AM

Deo Vindice  


Volume 10, Number 8                                            Essays in Truth                                                               August 2011 


Welcome to the Florida League of the South

 

How To Choose a President
Do the current candidates use the Constitution as their guide?

We all should know that the occupied nation known as the Confederate States of America has been governed by the de facto government of the United States under their Constitution since 1865. This calls for a presidential election every four years. 2012 is obviously such a year.  We hear the candidates; we eagerly watch the debates; we listen attentively to the media and their mostly biased pundits.

And since many of us will be allowed to cast a vote for an elector supporting a particular candidate for their President, it may be educational at this time to lay out the job description for the office.

According to the U.S. Constitution, the successful nominee shall "swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Now, using the wording contained in the document, let's simply break down just what that entails.

  1. Every order, resolution, or vote to which the concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary and every bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a law, be presented to the President of the United States; if he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his objections to that House in which it shall have originated.
  2. The President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States.
  3. He shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur.
  4. He shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States, whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for.
  5. The President shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions, which shall expire at the end of their next session.
  6. He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures, as he shall judge necessary and expedient.
  7. He may, on extraordinary occasions, convene either Houses, or either of them.
    He shall receive ambassadors and other public ministers.
  8. He shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed, and shall commission all the officers of the United States.  

Read and study the details for yourself here .

Note that although it is his duty to recommend to the Congress measures he shall judge necessary and expedient – and with all presidents, there is certainly no shortage in this area – only Congress may legislate on these matters, and then, only within it’s constitutional limits.

The first and only paragraph of the very first section of the very first article of the United States Constitution declares, “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”

To sum it up, the learned statesmen and Founding Fathers who drafted the original Constitution never intended the presidency to be a powerful office spawning "great men." Article II, Sections 2-4, and a part of Article I, Section 7 that enumerate the powers of the president as shown above, comprise but six paragraphs, most of which deal with appointments and minor duties.

In addition, fearing a usurpation of powers not granted, the Constitution was amended to include this paragraph: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

The president is to act as commander in chief of the army and navy, but Congress alone can commit the nation to war, that is, "declare war." The president is to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed," but as previously stated, only Congress can enact laws, and then only within the scope of its limited, enumerated powers. Those powers, however, call for another story at another time.

The President may veto bills and appoint judges - important powers to consider in determining one's vote to be sure. Nevertheless, considering the overall picture, the presidency was intended to be a largely ceremonial position whose occupant would confine himself to making appointments and enforcing federal laws.

It must be said to those who cry for reform, that although this Constitution has been in effect for over 220 years, little thought or respect has been given it by those who seek to lead the people and represent the states of this Union. Over time, abruptly during Abraham Lincoln's presidency and progressively during the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, presidents have seized more and more power. They promise to increase or reduce taxes, provide or retain benefits or other such considerations, all for selected citizens or residents of their choice or even foreigners. Presidents now rule, not govern, through Cabinet Departments, High Level political “Czars” and Executive Orders. And because of an inadequately educated populace, the people react to assumed powers employed for his personal benefit rather than leagaly delegated ones when polled or questioned on a chief executive’s job performance – and of course, the questions asked rarely, if ever, mention the office holder’s constitutional requirements. 

Take a deep breath, relax and consider this fact supported by the evidence:

Reform is NOT Possible. It is time for a fresh start.


Lincoln Inflicts Kingly Oppression

In his book, "The Lost Art of Declaring War" (1998), Brien Hallett makes the following observations in regard to the framing of the constitution for the United States of America.

“Another popular and traditional way in which the dispute [over war-making powers] has been rendered since 1789 is to try to divine the “original intentions” entertained by the Constitution’s framers. Although the intentions of the members of the Federal Convention were many and mixed, there is general agreement that their primary intention was to avoid placing too much power in the hands of one person. This point was perhaps best captured by Abraham Lincoln in a letter dated 15 February 1848 to his law partner, William H. Herndon:

“The provision of the Constitution giving the war-making power to Congress was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons: Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object.

This our convention understood to be the most oppressive of all kingly oppressions, and they had resolved to so frame the Constitution so that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us.”

The great irony of Representative Lincoln’s critique of Commander-in-Chief James Polk’s war against Mexico is that, thirteen years later, after he had become commander-in-chief in his turn, Lincoln would himself inflict this “most oppressive of kingly oppressions” upon the United States. The Civil War is not only America’s largest undeclared war but also its most costly war in terms of casualties suffered.

Lincoln’s letter is also of great interest because James Wilson, a delegate to the Federal Convention from Pennsylvania, had previously used strikingly similar language in the Pennsylvania ratifying convention: “This [new] system will not hurry us into war; it is calculated to guard against it.  It will not be in the power of a single man, or a single body of men, to involve us in such distress; for the important power of declaring war is vested in the legislature at large…”

The Founders rightly gave war-making powers only to the representatives of the States -- which had to supply the troops -- in Congress assembled. Lincoln’s predecessor in office, James Buchanan, clearly recognized his dilemma as South Carolina and other States departed the federated Union – he had no authority to make war on anyone without the consent of Congress, and especially against people of his own country.

Lincoln, who seemed to frequently display a short memory, demonstrated no such scruples.

Thanks to Bernhard Thuersam of North Carolina for the inspiration


Thoughts on the Meaning of Independence

“The error is in the assumption that the General Government is a party to the constitutional compact. The States … formed the compact, acting as sovereign and independent communities.”

John C. Calhoun of South Carolina


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Reliving Florida's Past

AUGUST 3  1763   Spain transfers title to Florida to Britain in exchange for the return of the City of Havana, Cuba, which had been captured when Spain allied itself with France in the French and Indian War. Britain controlled Florida from 1763 until 1783, when it again became a Spanish possession at the end of the American Revolution.

AUGUST 4  1842    The Armed Occupation Act was passed by Congress.  Each settler who would settle and cultivate five acres or more of land in eastern and southern Florida for a period of five years would receive 160 acres of land and one year's rations from the Federal government.  Settlers were expected also to provide militia service, if needed, to control the activities of the warring Seminole Indians.  This was the prelude to the official declaration of the end of the Second Seminole War on August 14, 1842.

AUGUST 6  1868   Present State Seal of Florida authorized.

AUGUST[masked]    Duval County, Florida's fourth county, was created on this date. The county is named for William Pope Duval [masked]) , Territorial governor of Florida from 1822-1834.

AUGUST[masked]    Because of a yellow fever epidemic in Jacksonville, many residents of the area fled by train to Atlanta. Fear that that the epidemic would spread to Atlanta led city officials to require that every incoming passenger train be inspected by a doctor. Fortunately, none of the refugees fleeing to Atlanta ever caught the disease.

AUGUST 20 1864   The first edition of the Union, a predecessor of the Florida Times-Union, was originally published as a "war news" sheet.

AUGUST[masked]   Between 4:00 and 5:00 a.m., Hurricane Andrew struck South Florida with winds of 145 mph. Some gusts of 164 to 175 mph were recorded. As it made its way across the state, the wind velocity dropped to 125 mph, but soon elevated to 145 mph when the storm entered the Gulf of Mexico.

Andrew exacted a heavy toll in human life (more than 40 persons) and in physical damage. The damages inflicted by this great storm totaled more than $25 billion, with the agricultural sector sustaining more than $1.05 billion alone. Some 12.7 million cubic yards of debris were eventually cleared from the hurricane area. Homestead Air Force Base was demolished, approximately 920 vessels were destroyed, and the Turkey Point Nuclear Facility sustained damages near $100 million.


Independence Now
Let us leave in peace  

Are you fed up with federal encroachment, regulation and theft that have caused your liberty to evaporate?  Enough is enough!  Reform is NOT possible.

Read Florida As It’s Own Nation and then tell the Legislature that Floridians have the right to live free.

Sign the PETITION here.

(Petition is available to legal citizens of Florida only)


Historical Quiz

What high-ranking United States government official in recent times made the following admission?

“I cannot swallow whole the view of Lincoln as the Great Emancipator. Anyone who actually reads the Emancipation Proclamation knows it was more a military document than a clarion call for justice.”

Email your answer to [address removed]  

The first correct answer will win a Florida State Flag, suitable for outdoor display of your patriotism.   

Answer to last quiz:   

In 1776, there were 18 British territories in North America. Only thirteen declared independence from Britain and formed the united States of America.  Of the five remaining, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Isle and Quebec did not join this union and later became part of what is now Canada.  Name the remaining colony that did not emancipate itself and continued under British rule.

Answer: Florida (East and West) continued to be held by the British at the time of the American Revolution..

Congratulations to Michael Joiner of Orlando, Florida who had the first correct answer 


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