Wednesday, March 2, 2011
By Paul Martin

By Michael LeMieux
March 2, 2011

It has become glaringly obvious that our current federal government, and most state governments to varying degrees, have become illegal, oppressive, usurpers of power that run contrary to the constitution and the people they represent.

Governments come in all manner of design. They are more apt to be abusive than they are comforting to those they purport to defend or represent. Of all the governmental forms the most protective of individual rights is a constitutional republic, solely because the powers the government wields are derived from the people and therefore the government cannot legally derive any power that is not granted to the government by the people. Yet, a republican form of government is the most easily lost to a non-attentive or ignorant citizenry.

In the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence we find, concerning the government and the rights of the people: “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

All governments, and therefore government powers, have a beginning. They are either usurped, meaning taken by force, or the powers are delegated to them by those that created the government. In the case of a dictatorship or other oppressive governmental forms, the power is nearly always usurped. Any power that is assumed by government and not derived from the consent of the people is only “operative” based on the force used to ensure compliance.

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