September 23, 2014
by Dwayne Stovall

Welcome to the United State: Now What?

National Socialism is alive and well in the United State of America, and the individual States need to decide for where to go from here. What you choose to do will help determine the direction of your State.

The evidence is overwhelming: The limited Federal Government created by the framers of the Constitution of the United States, is finished, and what we have is an unlimited National Government.

Why continue the charade? The founding principles of federalism – where the States would hold the expansive power, republicanism – where we would be represented by those we elect, and limited government – where our liberty would be protected, no longer exist. And we all know in our bone marrow that a simple majority of politicians in Washington D.C. will never –NEVER– make the decisions necessary to stop this decline.

In other words, they will never follow the Constitution, restore liberty, balance the budget, cut spending, pay off the debt, stop the empire building, or limit themselves, in order to restore State sovereignty and independence. This begs the question: Why continue the charade?

Truth to power: Our path to failure has been set in stone for decades, and it makes absolutely no difference which party is in charge; the results have been essentially the same, and unless the States assert their authority over it, it is certain that we can expect the same results in the future:

*The now National Government will continue to grow because of evermore increases in debt and deficit, and the relentless overreaches of   power will continue unabated.

*The States will continue to turn a blind eye to the loss of sovereignty, while supporting the unconstitutional behavior of this National Government, in order to keep the flow of borrowed money coming.

*The People’s liberty will continue to be destroyed under the guise of fairness and security, and as good little nationalists we will continue reelecting the same overlords to run the national plantation, in hopes that will have mercy on us and point the government gun at someone else’s head, at least for a while.

And as much as we want to hold up our pocket Constitutions and quote Thomas Jefferson, this decline will continue completely unimpaired by the same Constitution that has not seriously limited the Federal Government in over a century. Yes, slavery is alive and well, and that parchment we hold so dear has been made irrelevant.

Some people want to place sole responsibility for this failure on the President, but the President is not the primary problem. The POTUS is elected by the people, and regardless of which party has held the Whitehouse, the government continues to grow unconstitutionally.  The only reason the office of President of the United Stated has become a modern day King is because we are all, including Congress and the SCOTUS, unwilling to adhere to the founding principles of federalism and limited government.

Some want to blame the Congress, and there is a good argument for it: Here is an elite group of individuals, generally unaffected by the laws they create; laws that basically steal from the same people they are supposed to represent. But like the POTUS, the members of Congress are also elected by the people, and regardless which party controls the majority, their behavior has also been consistent for well over a century.  How can we really blame congress when election after election only reinforces the fact that “We the People” don’t truly care that the people they reelect are generally the same people using the government to steal from them?  All that really matters is that the thief they keep in office is wearing their team’s jersey. Who gives a damn about States’ rights and liberty, right?

The responsibility for our decline into National Socialism from “Free and Independent States” falls squarely on the Supreme Court of the United States. These unelected, well-connected, lawyers consistently take power from the States that the federal constitution does not authorize, and continue to rule in areas of State law that are in no way “pursuant” to their limited federal authorities. They have been the most powerful weapon used to nationalize all power, and to strip the States of all sovereignty and independence.

In order to stop this decline, the State legislatures must snap-out of this National mindset. They must look at the Union as it was designed; a Republic.  They must demand that federalism, the principle that the States would maintain powers that as Madison said, “are numerous and indefinite”, be restored.

The States have Supreme Courts of their own. They must be made to understand that, outside those limited and enumerated authorities delegated to the federal by the States, they are the most influential legal authority in their respective States, not the SCOTUS.

The States legislatures have got to stop participating in the federal court system; the court system where States go to lose. Without serious pushback by the State legislatures, this decline into National Socialism will not stop, and if left unchecked will lead to some very bad places.

It is time for each State to revisit its relationship with the Union, and time for each individual to decide how much liberty they are willing to have taken. We the People are once again being led into servitude by an elite few in a town far, far, away, and this simply cannot continue.  This is not about pitting the States against one another; this is about bringing every State together against an out of control National Tyrant.

The time to stand for liberty and freedom is upon us, and the citizens of the each State will have to rely on themselves to get that message to their State legislators, loud and clear.

It is time to restore State sovereignty, and stand up to this no longer federal, but National, Tyrant.

In liberty,

Dwayne Stovall – Get Off My State  09/23/14

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September 11, 2014
by Dwayne Stovall

The War Between Right and Left.

You’ve heard all the phrases before: Republican vs Democrat, Conservative vs Liberal, Right vs Left, or Red vs Blue. These are phrases used to describe the ideological war Americans have been embroiled in for well over a century, and it only gets worse with time. We live in a perpetual paradigm of Us vs Them that involves no real discourse or debate. Why is this?

It’s because we no longer have the limited federal system of government created by the Constitution; the system in which all expansive power resides in the States, but instead have an unlimited national system in which ALL the power rests in a National Government.

Today we all live in the United “State” of America, in the county of (insert your state here). The Union is no more. The States have lost all sovereignty and independence making the Declaration of Independence meaningless.  And by giving ultimate control to a National Government, the Constitution and Bill of Rights in each State have been rendered meaningless as well.

There is no real discourse. We no longer debate ideas. Those days are long since passed. Today we are in a war –a war– over ultimate power.  We are in a war over who can get the most people into positions of power in the National Government in order to force every citizen, in all 50 States, to live according to their demands.  This is the exact opposite of the federal system we were gifted by the framers of the Constitution; the system in which the States held expansive powers and the federal was limited; a system in which the citizens of one State had the authority to manage their own affairs without interference from the citizens of another.

The reversal of power, between the States and the Federal, is exactly why the federal Constitution no longer limits this National Government in any serious way, and the nationalizing of power is exactly why we are locked in a perpetual ideological war.  Think about it. If the States were still operating under the governmental system based in federalism, as the framers intended and to which the States agreed, people would be free to live in the State of their choosing that most aligned with their morals, values, principles, and political ideals. No one would be motivated to fight over ultimate power in a National Government, because there would be no need to force everyone in the entire Union to live according to the wishes of a few. For example: If the citizens of one State wanted to define marriage in their constitution, they could, and if the citizens of another State wanted to disallow any government involvement in marriage, they could.  At that point, any citizen in either State would have the freedom to move, if they so choose, to the State that most aligned with their values.

Again, under federalism, the decisions of the citizens of one State are not the business of the citizens of another, but our decline into nationalism has made the citizens of one State feel justified, albeit unconstitutionally, in being involved in the affairs of every State. What makes this decline even worse is that the more power is centralized in a National Government, the less the people are represented, and the farther out of scale we become. Let me explain…

Here in Texas, there are over 26 million citizens.  That is almost ten times the combined population of all 13 original States when they ratified and implemented the U.S. Constitution. That is almost the combined population of the United States when the Civil War was fought. As for the Union, there are over 316 million citizens spread across 50 different States, and all are managed by just 546 elites in a National Government.  In truth, we are all managed, quite literally, by 5 of 9 unelected well-connected lawyers. And even more to the point, we are all controlled by just one unelected well-connected lawyer that happens to cast the swing vote.  Does this sound like a representative government in which just power is derived from the consent of the governed?

Big government Republicans have destroyed liberty and the Constitution, and taken unconstitutional power, under the guise of advancing freedom and democracy around the world.  Big government Democrats have destroyed liberty and the Constitution, and taken unconstitutional power, under the guise of advancing equality and democracy round the world.  The elites in both parties are not at war with each other because they are on the same side and completely aligned with one goal: taking more power.  They both support the United States as a Democracy, not as the Republic it was designed to be, because democracy is nothing more than mob rule, and they control the mob.

Americans today are such well-trained compliant little Nationalists that we attack anyone willing to stand up against tyranny. We are indoctrinated to believe that resistance to the National Government’s destruction of our liberty is somehow unpatriotic.  We believe an elite group of unelected, but well connected, lawyers have the power to rule over everything, everywhere, all the time, regardless of what the federal Constitution says to the contrary. We are so nationalized, that not only do we believe they have that power, we beg them to use it.

Sadly, we have reached the point in our decline into nationalism that we are actually giving our support and sanction to the loss of our own liberty. We are ready and willing to vote away our freedom.  Even when the actions of our overlords make it perfectly clear they intend to place every citizen in servitude to this National Government, we continue to reelect them, applaud their unconstitutional behavior, and sing the National Anthem in approval.

In my view, federalism, that founding concept of limiting the federal government and giving the States expansive power, is the answer to most of our problems.  No, it won’t immediately make a dollar worth a dollar or take away the incredible debt overnight, but it would go a long way towards divesting this unconstituional power away from the center, restoring liberty, and stopping this ideological war between right and left.

Dwayne Stovall – Get Off My State  09/11/14

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September 9, 2014
by Dwayne Stovall

Education in Texas: Not What the State Constitution Requires.

If you have a child in a public school in Texas, you likely have already been introduced to the wide range of testing requirements needed to achieve a high school diploma. These requirements, while generally confusing, also seem to change faster than a lobbyist can change suits.  It would appear testing has become a main focus point for every political faction in the State.  We all want our children to be well educated, but I have to ask: What is the actual purpose of these tests?

When I read the Constitution of the State of Texas it is clear to me that the purpose of the State’s education system is the same today as it was when the document was adopted in 1876, “it is essential to the preservation of the liberties and rights of the people.”

The idea that we are somehow constitutionally bound to educate every child for the primary purpose of attending a university is wrong.  The requirement set forth in the Texas Constitution is clear, and when the State Legislature takes tax money from Texans in one part of the State, to subsidize something that is not required in another part of the State, they are acting unconstitutionally.  I support extra curricular, specialized, and advanced classes, but local control should take precedence in this area.

The purpose of education in Texas, according to our Constitution, is to protect individual liberty and rights; the basic tenets of a republic based in federalism.  In 1875, while debating the education article and prior to ratifying it in the Texas Constitution, Major Charles S. West, of  Travis, read a few quotes to express his position.  The following is from Say’s Political Economy:

“If the community wish to have the benefit of more knowledge and intelligence among the laboring classes, it must dispense it at the public charge. This object may be attained by the establishment of primary schools of reading, writing, and arithmetic.”

Concerning the quotes he read, Mr. West said:

“These, sir, and hundreds more, might be cited to show the importance of public education. So much importance did the fathers of the Republic of Texas attach to the care of public education that it was one of their chief complaints against Mexico that she had failed to provide a system of public education, and for the diffusion of knowledge.” Saying in their Declaration of Independence: “It is an axiom in political science that unless the people are enlightened it is idle to expect the continuance of civil liberty or the capacity for self-government.”

I would argue that in order to meet the requirements of our Constitution, it is imperative that the Lone Star State refocus education on reading, writing, arithmetic, Texas history, American history, federalism, republicanism, limited government, and liberty.

Education in Texas, like everything else in America, is basically controlled by an elite few located far, far, away, in the National Government, and what little control is left to the State is overrun by government bureaucracy and corporatism.

Under our current system, will future generations of Texans be able to sustain their Republican form of government, individual liberty, or rights?

Hope springs eternal.

Dwayne Stovall – Get Off My State  09/09/14

August 19, 2014
by Dwayne Stovall

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.