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There are checks and balances which were instituted by the founders to prevent the government from obtaining and maintaining tyrannical power over the peace, rights and liberty of the people.
Checks and balances were recognized necessities and written into the constitution.
In modern American schooling we have been taught that we live in a democracy; meaning a government of democratic representation for the people (although originally this also included democratic state representation).
We are taught the checks and balances against corruption and tyranny come in the form of the three opposing branches of the federal government. The executive, legislative and judicial, yet this is only a very small facet of the full spectrum of checks and balances set forth in the constitution.
This is simply a lie of omission, but it is a lie none the less.
Balance does indeed come from the three branch structure of fractured authority within the federal powers; the power of the legislature to coin money, declare war, make law and impeach, the power to veto and the power to pardon of the executive and finally the antidemocratic judiciary with the power of overseeing the constitutionality and legality of both; all while being sworn to uphold the constitution for liberty and justice with all.
While the structure of breaking the powers of the ‘king’ into many branches is genius in its wisdom, this is however, more truly a balance rather than a direct check on tyranny.
We should be taught America is a constitutional republic of sovereign states with democratic representation in government.
We should be learning about the direct checks which come in the form of limiting the national federal authority strictly to the 17 enumerated powers in the constitution, yet this is seldom taught or fully understood.
Most importantly, in modern American schooling we are not taught, what I call, the three trunks of government. These are the divisions in the trunk, or main body, from which the branches grow. In the constitution these trunks are named within three separate sovereign bodies, these being; the national sovereignty, state sovereignty and the individual’s sovereignty.
Each has its own sphere of stewardship, authority, powers, duty and its own creator.
The states gave seed to create the trunk of the federal government under the conditions of the constitutional convention.
For generations the people tilled the earth, tended the fields and defended the land, to create good local conditions for the trunks of their individual states.
The natural free agency of men fought and bled their land red for their own personal posterity’s freedom. This right to defense of personal liberty from force is bestowed in the unalienable nature and condition of our creation. The trunk of humanity is rooted in our natural free agency and the divine infinite indivisible individual capacity of man.
Three separate trunks of sovereignty supporting and maintaining their respective branches within the canopy of government and a free and just society as a whole.
However both the national-federal government and nation-state governments were instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, from the trunk of humanity.
The federal government was created by the states as a trunk of protection against invasion from without or the destruction of liberty and constitutional violations from within. They were to serve as a protectorate, as the fragile shielding leaves and offer wise assistance with vantage from above.
Even more direct checks against federal and government tyranny are state rights and local rights under the authority of the constitution. State interposition and nullification are powerful branches of supreme authority and stand directly in the way of unconstitutional federal acts, regulations and policies. State authority of internal policy is locally just, accountable and securable. State sovereignty was a guarantee, a check against rulership and tyranny from federally afar.
The ultimate check against government tyranny is the individual daily exercise of personal liberty, in defense of that liberty.
Each of us has the power, duty and authority to expose tyranny among mankind and in our governing bodies, whenever encountered. Whether with citizen grand juries or by exercising the freedom of speech, we must secure justice and truth in our assembly representatives, council members, sheriffs and local law enforcement officers.
The great trunks of each state and the even greater trunks of every individual, standing against tyrannical force, fraud or corruption of liberty, peace and justice, will always prevail.
We the people are each the final check and our local institutions, upholding the constitution, are the truest form of balance in our government.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.