The term “The United States” is plural. After all, Our country is a republic. Its a collection of independent but united states each with its own government, ceding very few specific powers to the federal government through the constitution. At least that’s how it is supposed to be.
Over the past 80 years or so, Liberals have been attacking our constitution and our country by doing everything in their power to centralize power in washington. They have done this in direct violation of our constitution (see the 10th amendment). While I won’t go into all of the ways that our Federal government operates unconstitutionally (that is the subject of another post…), I’d like to focus on the public mindset that is reveled in the way that we refer to ourselves when we incorrectly say “The United States is…”
Most of us do it. Out of habit, we say “The United States is…” which is plainly incorrect. Not only grammatically, but ideologically. The proper term is “These United States Are”. With the passing of the 17th amendment, Woodrow Wilson effectively abolished our republic, and only the repeal of that amendment can restore our republic. And return us to a country where “these United States are…” is once again, a common term.
The members of the house of representatives are directly elected by the people. In each state, the people of that state elect their legislature, and according to the constitution (sans 17 amendment), The United States Senators are to be appointed for a single congress by each state. The states send their Senatorial delegates to washington to represent their state. This balances the power between the fed and the state, and allows it to be kept in check by the people. (Pretty amazing system actually)
- The people have a state elected representative body, and also are preresentated in washington through the house.
- The states have their representatation throught the senate.
- The country has its representative to the world, through the presidency.
At least, thats how its supposed to be. When it was that way, we all said “These United States Are…”, understanding that each state was autonomous, and only operated collectively with the other states when dealing with the federal issues outlined in the constitution. This centers power at the state level. It defeats special interest groups, lobbyists, and those who would try to usurp power through bribery, improper influence, etc. and relegates these subversion artists to obscurity having no ability to effect the country as a whole.
This concept drives liberals crazy. They don’t want you to be able to vote with your feet. They don’t want you to be able to vote with your dollars. They want power centralized where they can mandate their agenda, control everything they wish to control, and keep you under their thumb.
In an america without the 17th amendment, and a federal government that is governed by the 10th amendment, issues are solved at the state level where they are understood. if you disagree with the way a state handles something like welfare for example, you can vote with your feet by moving to another state. This forces the states to pay attention to EVERYONE. Not just the rabble at the gates screaming for more unearned money from the treasury like we have in Wisconsin right now.
Without a Marxist tax system (progressive taxes were thought up by Karl Marx Himself), you can vote with your dollars. You can choose not to support something with your money if you disagree with it. Not spending is your vote. This keeps politicians in line with the tax payers. In other words, through your choices, you can vote every day of your life instead of once every couple of years.
Liberals have been, and continue to attack this idea because it takes away their ability to force you to comply with their ideology. It de-powers them, and empowers you. it keeps the power in the hands of the people first, then the states, and lastly the federal government, in that order. With the 17th amendment in place, that order is reversed, and the people get trampled by regulation, taxation, unionization, and by the loss of liberty that has resulted from every socialist government ever implemented…. bar NONE.
The moral of the story is this:
In order to restore freedom and our republic, we must repeal the 17 amendment, repeal the 16th amendment, and implement a fair tax that is paid equally by everyone, and eliminate every federal law and program that fails the 10th amendment test.
With effort, we’ll get there. We’ll get back there again. where we should be. With marxist policies eradicated, and the people empowered once again.
You can take up this task by refusing to say “The United States Is”, and instead correctly say, “These United States Are”. When someone asks you why, take the opportunity to explain it to them.
One by one, vote by vote, we will implement real change by re-aserting our constitutional authority over our government. This is what is meant by the phrase “Of the people, by the people, for the people”