The Confederate Flag
A Symbol of Slavery Today? Or, Government Control
Much has been said about the flag of the confederacy, that it represents a period in our history that was not one of our Nation’s most shinning moments. To some that may be true, however, the conflict between the North and South was not brought about by the slave question. It is a known fact that the ownership of slaves was equally divided throughout the states. The events which brought about the Civil War was not over the slave question, it was the tariff laws passed by Congress with the weight of the Northern industrial States. The signing into law several tariff bills, among them was the tariff of 1829 (Tariff of Abominations): A law benefitting the North, and President Lincoln threatening force to collect the tariffs. It was about oppressive taxation by the federal government. Like most wars created by governments, slavery became a rallying point to gather public support, much like the “weapons of mass destruction” used by the Bush administration to justify the killing of the citizens of Iraq.
“It is well known that Lincoln made skillful use of his lifelong protectionist credentials to win the support of the Pennsylvania delegation at the Republican convention of 1860, and he did sign ten tariff-increasing bills while in office. When he announced a naval blockade of the Southern ports during the first months of the war, he gave only one reason for the blockade: tariff collection.” More Lies About the Civil War, By Thomas DiLorenzo, January 18, 2011. The South resisted the oppressive tariffs and President Lincoln threatened force to collect them.
Abraham Lincoln, as taught be the government schools, is pictured as one of our most revered presidents. The facts are out there, but not taught in the government schools. Michael Keehn, in an essay on our “Core Problem, referring to the national debt; “But as time went out there evolved some dissent in Congress. The southern States felt they were being railroaded by the northern States in Congress. To make matters worse, England, our former creditor, sent in its agents and provocateurs to stir up trouble, distrust and dissension, and they were successful. Eventually the Southern Delegates walked out of Congress.
“This is where things begin to get really interesting. When the southern delegates walked out of Congress, there was no longer a quorum to conduct business. Under the parliamentary law of Congress, the only vote they could take, was to set a date to reconvene. They didn’t do this, which means they adjourned “sine die.” “Sine die” means “without day”. With no date set to reconvene a session of Congress, that legislative body legally ceased to exist. And Congress is the only body in the United States that can legally declare war.
“Therefore, when Abraham Lincoln declared war against the Southern States, he did so illegally. . . .
“Lincoln issues the first Executive Order, which is in form, legislation with force of law. This is an action not supported by the Constitution. . . .
“Because of the public school system, most people of today believe the Civil War was about the issue of slavery, and nothing could be further from the truth. It was a war about States Rights, . . .”
Considering the oppressive nature of the federal government over the States and the citizens of this Nation, we have another flag that reminds us of the ever-present forces of slavery in America – the flag of the United States of America.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase: “. . . a law that takes property from A. and gives it to B. It is against all reason and justice, for a people to entrust a Legislature with such powers; and, therefore, it cannot be presumed that they have done it. . . . With very few exceptions, the advocates of such laws were stimulated by ambition, or personal resentment, and vindictive malice.” Calder v. Bull, 3 Dallas, U.S. 386, 388 (1798)
Chief Justice John Marshall continues this theme in his opinion from, The Antelope: “That it is contrary to the law of nature will scarcely be denied. That every man has a natural right to the fruits of his own labor is generally admitted, and that no other person can rightfully deprive him of those fruits and appropriate them against his will . . .” The Antelope, 23 U.S. 10 Wheat. 66, 120 (1825)
Supreme Court Justice Matthews: “For the very idea that one man may be compelled to hold his life, or the means of living, or any material right essential to the enjoyment of life, at the mere will of another, seems to be intolerable in any country where freedom prevails, as being the essence of slavery itself.” Yick Wo v. Hopkins, 118 US 356 (1886)
Supreme Court George Sutherland: “Property, per se, has no rights, but the individual – the man – has three great rights, equally sacred from arbitrary interference; the right to life, the right to liberty, and the right to property. The three rights are so bound together as to be essentially one right. To give man his life, but deny him his liberty, is to take from him all that makes life worth living. To give him liberty but take from him the property which is the fruit and badge of his liberty, is to still leave him a slave.” (1921)
Chief Justice Earl Warren, Lucas v. 44th Gen. Assembly of Col., 377 US 713, 736 (1964); “As stated by this Court in West Virginia State Bd. of Educ. v. Barnette, 319 US 624, 638, ‘One’s right to life, liberty, and property . . . and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.’
“A citizen’s constitutional rights can hardly be infringed simply because a majority of the people choose that it be.”
Constitution for the State of Wyoming, Section 7: “Absolute, arbitrary power over the lives, liberties and property of freemen exist nowhere in a republic; not even in the largest majority.”
“This case involves a cancer in our body politic. It is a measure of the disease which afflicts us. … Those who already walk submissively will say there is no cause for alarm. But submissiveness is not our heritage. The first amendment was designed to allow rebellion to be our heritage. The Constitution was designed to keep government off the backs of the people…. The aim was to allow men to be free and independent and to assert their rights against government…. The America once extolled as the voice of liberty heard around the world no longer is cast in the image which Jefferson and Madison designed, but more in the Russian image.” Supreme Court Justices Douglas and Marshall, Dissenting Opinion, Laird v. Tatum, 408 US 1, at 28,29 (1972)
The present-day United States flag should fly with the “cycle and hammer” as they seek the same object.
Both the confederate flag and the “Betsy Ross” flag should fly together as they both find their source in the struggle against the tyranny found in government even today.