This word is synonymous with American history. Thirteen countries, each in his own right, had declared independence from Great Britain by execution of the Declaration of Independence. After the completion of the War of Independence each, again, chose to maintain a high degree of autonomy. As a result the Articles of Confederation [Confederation - A league or compact for mutual support, particularly of nations, or States. - Black"s 5th] were developed to create a Union unlike anything the Europeans had conceived before this time. Thus developed a concept which we are led to believe, by government and it"s processes, does not first. There was, however, a model for this "compact" existent prior to the arrival of white man on these shores. The Iroquois Nation Confederacy had a "constitution" which allowed a high degree of autonomy for the individual nations, while allowing for common support in several areas. The document was originally referred to as "The Great Peace."
Subsequently, after weaknesses were found in the Articles, in convention, "a more perfect Union" was formed. This was accomplished with the purpose of providing protections similar to what had been created by the Iroquois Nations, still intended not to create a single nation [see Federalist Papers #101, rather to enhance the ability of the federal, not national, government to conduct it"s limited business. Whatever the consequences it was realized that the need for unity, the working together despite conflicts in certain ideologies, was necessary if the Union were to be maintained.
It is time for us to look at some realities that the Founding Fathers recognized. Their success is apparent today, at least to some degree. They chose to put aside their differences for the good of the whole. The Federalist Papers and the Anti-Federalist Papers are filled with discussions of the disputes, intentions and criticisms of the opinions of others. Finally, however, after all of the disputes were reconciled to a point of acceptance, the growth of the Nation could proceed.
We are facing a similar situation with regard to unity today. Today, there are many factions attempting to resolve these issues through any number of methods. The respective interpretations of the Founding Fathers intent notwithstanding. These divisions tend to keep us divided to a point that little is accomplished constructively. Each faction is fighting its own battles while proclaiming victory, frequently just prior to arrest. There is a need, now, which is as much as urgent as the need was just over two hundred years ago, for us to put aside our differences and work together to accomplish our common goals. As was reported in a previous post, Liberty is at stake in this country. Its loss will be mourned by all. Its passing perhaps the greatest singular loss we could sustain. Within Liberty lies the heart of the concept of "Republican Form of Government," as guaranteed in Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution. Freedom from restraint, except under lawful authority.
Can you imagine what would happen if arrests could only be made under presentment of a Grand Jury, as is so clearly stated in the fifth amendment to the Constitution? Many patriots" time lost while in jail fighting principles would be regained for more productive use. The "law enforcement" agencies would be put on notice that the great principles of foundation are being reclaimed. The process of Resurrection of the Constitution would begin. It is only for us to come together in an effort that has the blessings of the great concept which can begin this process, and that effort may be here before us now.
Lynda Lyon called today and made the following statement:
"One would have to have been here in Opelika, Alabama to witness the travesty of a trial that my husband and co-publisher, George Sibley, had to endure. Even many of the locals here are stunned at the speed with which George was convicted and recommended for the death penalty. As his attorney remarked, "This was a railroad express, this was a rocket ship." We are not giving up. We are not afraid to stand on our principles of liberty or Death, just as we did in Florida. We are calm and working for appeal. We will fight this to the Supreme Court, if necessary. We trust in our legal knowledge, but more importantly we trust in God. A sharp Constitutional lawyer can make this a landmark case to help turn our country around. Our fight has just begun."
Is this the effort that we can come together on? Those of you who are willing to test this issue, of Liberty, please contact George Sibley or Lynda Lyon, via mail, at PO Box 2407, Opelika, Alabama state, PZ 36801. Give them a phone number where they can reach you, collect. No 800 numbers. If you have anything to offer, please, now is the time to pitch in for the good of all. These people are where many of us may be in the near future if we fail to begin the resurrection process soon. Or, you may call and leave me a number where George and Lynda may call you, collect, and I will pass the information along to them.
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