In 1787, Representatives from the States, united to create a Constitution that would institute and restrict the behavior of, a strong central government and it's Representatives, defend against serious invasions, suppress insurrections and otherwise, protect the rights of the people. They set the rules with the idea that it would be The People who would be ultimately in charge of and responsible for, the running of the country. It would not be left to an Aristocracy, an Oligarchy, or a Tyrant to make the decisions for the Citizens. All aspects of the endeavor were designed to have The People in charge at every level and in every way, the FINAL SAY on EVERYTHING!
The Constitution for The united States reinforces this concept time and again. It starts right off the bat, with the preamble and reiterates this concept throughout the document. We see it even previous to this in the Declaration of Independence, wherein it declares that people;
"...are endowed by their Creator (not Government), with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,"
"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute (among Men), new Government,..to effect their safety and Happiness"
Then they proceed to lay out the reasons for this platform and violations of human rights by King George. Today, we find our own federal and state governments guilty of the EXACT same violations described in the DOI, from mock trials and imposing taxes without our will, to forced behaviors.
We are trapped in the same conundrum, once again, but the truth is that WE THE PEOPLE are in charge of it all, and it is WE THE PEOPLE who must recognize this inherent power and exercise it. As evidence I present the Preamble to the Constitution, To Whit;
"We the People of the united States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution FOR the united States of America."
And it's The Militia that was to be trusted to enforce these rules, restrictions and protections. PERIOD! No standing armies as we see in our Union controlled, Jack-booted, police departments at every level in every town.
"I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials." - George Mason,...
in Debates in Virginia Convention on Ratification of the Constitution, Elliot, Vol. 3, June 16, 1788
"Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom? Congress shall have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American ... The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the People." - Tench Coxe, 1788.
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