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Deo Vindice Newsletter No. 10.12

From: Steve W.
Sent on: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 7:52 PM

Deo Vindice  

Volume 10, Number 12                                    Essays in Truth                                                               December 2011  

Welcome to the Florida League of the South


The People Cry "Reform, Reform"
But there can be no reform 

Consider these two widely held beliefs by those who feel that the United States government has become too powerful and intrusive and don’t quite understand how this came to be.

 Popular political belief number 1:

Congress was given few specific powers.  All else was left to the States and to the people.  Ample checks and balances protect the Republic from federal tyranny.

Popular political belief number 2:

The Federal Government has become so powerful only because despotic officials have overstepped their strict, constitutional bounds

So if #1 is true, then how did #2 happen?

Wasn’t the United States Constitution supposed to check invasive federal growth and protect our freedom and liberty?  Of course it was supposed to according to the civic folklore we were taught in school.

As far back as the century before last, in the midst of profound discontent, political philosopher and legal theorist Lysander Spooner answered this question in his widely circulated No Treason essay in 1870 when he declared, “Whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain - that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it”.

That said, we do not really know the Constitution.  A careful in depth examination of the document and the debates that let up to its ratification in 1789 will indeed reveal that the political circumstances we now have is what we were supposed to get. In illegally scrapping the Articles of Confederation in favor of the current Constitution, the creator was subtly forced under the foot of the creature with no relief in sight.  History has shown that working within the system to elect so-called conservatives to “Take Back Our Country” is an impossible task within the current governmental structure. Under these conditions, we are consigned to "dance with those that brung us".

While many readers may perceive this as heresy and wish to demonize the messenger, the facts do speak for themselves. Reform is not possible.

Straight to the point, the question must now be asked. Has separation become necessary for true freedom and independence for Florida and our Southland?  Study for yourself the whole story behind the events of 1787 to 1789 and then – you make the call.

Musings On the Constitution
Political ads of the times by Madison and Hamilton 

If there were 24-hour cable news channels back in the 1780s, the people would have been treated to a host of framers appearing in numerous interviews pushing for passage and ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

James Madison would opine:

"...this assent and ratification is to be given by the people, not as individuals composing one entire nation, but as composing the distinct and independent States to which they respectively belong. It is to be the assent and ratification of the several States, derived from the supreme authority in each State, the authority of the people themselves. The act, therefore, establishing the Constitution, will not be a NATIONAL, but a FEDERAL act. That it will be a federal and not a national act, as these terms are understood by the objectors; the act of the people, as forming so many independent States, not as forming one aggregate nation, is obvious from this single consideration, that it is to result neither from the decision of a majority of the people of the Union, nor from that of a majority of the States. It must result from the unanimous assent of the several States that are parties to it."

(A close look at this statement reveals that it does not mention the Constitution but only the type of act which would cause its ratification. A nice sleight of hand there, Jim)

Refering to the document itself, Madison would promise:

"The powers delegated to the proposed Constitution are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State government are indefinate. (Federal) jurisdiction extends to certain enumerated subjects only, and leaves to the several States a residuary and inviolale sovereignty over all other subjects."

The Federalist Papers No. 39 

Alex Hamilton, answering the pundits would assure us that:

“The administration of private justice between the citizens of the same State, the supervision of agriculture and other concerns of a similar nature, all those things, in short, which are proper to be provided for by local legislation, can never be desirable cares of a general jurisdiction.”

The Federalist Papers No. 17 

However, after the votes were in (ratification) with a federalist victory the real truth began to emerge when Hamilton, interpreting the power of Congress to regulate commerce, posed the following rhetorical question only three years later:

What regulation of (interstate) commerce does not (theoretically) extend to the internal commerce of every state?

Alexander Hamilton – Report on Manufactures (1791)

And the dominos of liberty continue to fall.  

Down the American Memory Hole

You may be surprised to learn that Washington, Jefferson, and other Founding Fathers took the right of secession for granted. Probably not one American in a thousand is aware of this today. But it was inherent in the Declaration’s proposition that the original colonies “are, and of Right ought to be, Free and Independent States.” 

Read the rest of the story here: The Lost Confederacy of united States


Thanks to Joseph Sobran for the inspiration 

We Call Them Southrons 

"It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.  For this very reason people of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here."

Patrick Henry, May 1765, Speech to the Virginia House of Burgesses

The Cause of the South is the Cause of Us All

"I am with the South in life or in death, in victory or in defeat... I believe the North is about to wage a brutal and unholy war on a people who have done them no wrong, in violation of the Constitution and the fundamental principles of government. They no longer acknowledge that all government derives its validity from the consent of the governed. They are about to invade our peaceful homes, destroy our property, and inaugurate a servile insurrection, murder our men and dishonor our women."

Maj. General Patrick Cleburne, CSA

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The Florida League of the South wishes for its readers 

 A Very Happy and Blessed Christmas 

And a Prosperous New Year

Reliving Florida's Past 

DECEMBER  1  1928   The first air line service between Miami and New York was inaugurated today by Pitcairn Airlines (later known as Eastern Airlines).

DECEMBER  3  1825   President John Quincy Adams confirmed the selection of Pensacola as the site for the construction of a United States Navy Yard.

DECEMBER  4  1925   Newspapers report today that more than 600,000 persons are living in tents as migration outstrips the ability of builders to construct new homes during the "Florida Boom."

DECEMBER  6  1861   Governor John Milton today signed the bill changing the name of New River County to Bradford County in honor of Captain Richard Bradford, who was killed in the Battle of Santa Rosa Island on October 9, 1861.

DECEMBER  9  1825   The City of Tallahassee is incorporated today.

DECEMBER 15  1780  The Spanish, French and American military authorities, led by General George Washington, are planning a combined raid against British held Pensacola and the three colonies/states of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

DECEMBER 15  1780  The Florida Legislature appropriated $10,000 for the purchase of cloth to be given to patriotic women's societies to manufacture uniforms for Southern soldiers.

DECEMBER 20  1879   Jacksonville's Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company was chartered today.

DECEMBER 25  1539  The first Christmas service in the present-day United States is believed to be a Catholic Mass offered by priests of Hernando de Soto's expedition exploring in the vicinity of Tallahassee.

DECEMBER  26  1702   The unsuccessful British siege of St. Augustine was severely curtailed today by the arrival of Spanish relief vessels in the harbor.

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.

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In the debate over amendments to the United States Constitution in 1789, what important word moved to be inserted in Article 10 by Thomas Tudor Tucker of South Carolina was objected to by James Madison and thus the motion was defeated?

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