When No Lives Matter — Begin Transforming
It’s not enough to say, Black Lives Matter. Black Lives are Essential.
Emotions are pouring on the streets of our agony. People joined in a cause: Voicing a demand to end the systematic tyranny and violence police inflict on Black lives. Hearts are moved while the law remains the same.
The structure for racism and classism lauded for abolishing slavery in the United States escapes common and public awareness.
All the protests and marches will fail to change the root. Underlying principles allow the United States government and its extensions(state police) to treat persons as property or collateral to dispose of as they see fit.
We must evolve by educating and drastically reforming the base definition comprising our concept of self: Being and existing in the eye of the government. In the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, a new citizenry is established.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.(Contstitution of United States of America 14th Amendment, Section 1)
This amendment appears to be lawful and creating equality for all. But is it? And, why do we find the word privileges instead of Rights stated in the second sentence? Who is granting privileges? Privileges must be granted whereas Rights are recognized.
Or, am I just being a foolish semantic idiot?
Before delving into the meanings of these most important words we must return to our understanding and reason for the Constitution of the United States of America. Was this document meant to grant People rights?
The direct answer is the Constitution of the United States of America, including the Bill Of Rights, was written and adopted to limit the government to its powers.
As is stated in the Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
What are our unalienable rights? And, whether we believe in a creator or not are we endowed with these rights because we are human?
But, we the People have had our existence, in the eyes of the United States(government), altered.
We, People, are considered Persons under the new constitution beginning with the 13th Amendment. We may all be subjected to slavery or involuntary servitude if duly convicted of a crime. Slavery was not abolished.
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
If we have not been convicted of a crime then we are granted privileges granted by the United States under the guise and facade presented as rights. Faux rights may be revoked or reconsidered at any time.
How are Persons defined and is our government deriving its powers from the consent of the governed?
Persons can be defined as human beings, corporations, partnerships, or organizations. We can find these explanations in USC codes(United States Codes), the official compilation and codification of the general and permanent statutes of the United States.
The argument may be made there is a difference between a human and a Juristic person(Artificial). However, under statutory law, the lines are blurred. We can see this illustrated by:
22 U.S. Code § 1643a
(1)The term “national of the United States” means (A) a natural person who is a citizen of the United States, or (B) a corporation or other legal entity which is organized under the laws of the United States, or of any State, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, if natural persons who are citizens of the United States own, directly or indirectly, 50 per centum or more of the outstanding capital stock or other beneficial interest of such corporation or entity. The term does not include aliens.(Cornell Law School — Legal Information Institute)
The dangerous power the government grants embeds itself in the 4th Article in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America:
The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations, and claims shall be held illegal and void.
This amendment appears to only be speaking of public debt but the meaning is much deeper. Much more is intended than denying reparations for freed slaves.
The ambiguity sewed into defining the debts incurred for officers of the United States or any state and obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion is vast.
The strongest language is used above in “, shall not be questioned.” The United States gave itself ultimate power over its citizens(persons) here.
This is why police may barge into a home, shoot a sleeping woman 8 times in the back, then claim, “Oops, we made a boo-boo.” Because the officers of the state operate in the process of dealing with a crime committed by a person who is equivalent to a corporation or thing.
Yes, when media and outcries reach a saturation point authorities cannot deny then examples are made. An officer or two, and even a stray politician is sacrificed to mollify objections and calls for justice. But, thousands and thousands of abuses go unreported and abuses continue.
Under the broad sense of insurrection or rebellion, debts, services, and obligations we Persons may not question the government’s actions. The amendment may seem only to be about slavery but it is applied in the most ambiguous and vacillating interpretation to enforce the brutality police mete out in the streets every day.
The 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments were not ratified as defined in the Constitution because it was a time of war. The country was under martial law. These amendments were put into place like a royal edict.
Are we still under a form of tacit martial law? Why do Amendments 13 and up to the Constitution of the United States change the sense of restricting the government to giving it ruling power over its citizens? Why do those amendments rewrite the original articles of our Constitution?
Does the U.S. government serve its citizens any more or are we to serve? Shall we be the representative republic for all People black, yellow, tan, brown, white, and any other shade imagined?
We are one species. One extant human race, homo sapiens.
In a sense, all citizens are now the property of the United States Government.
We have all been deemed things.
Things to be choked out or shot in the back for running while black.
Collateral to be knocked down and paralyzed for exercising our given privileges.
Property to be tear-gassed and terrified for a photo op.
People maimed and killed for the color of their skin.
Humans treated as trash because they struggle financially.
Individuals tortured for exercising their genetic sexual make-up.
By capricious determinations in favor of powers unwilling to relinquish their white and wealthy domination our nation is ruled and has been ruled, since the Civil War, by a government by and for the government.
And, we cannot dismiss the shame and disgrace the United States of America perpetrated against people of color before and through the Civil War.
Time To Unite
The call to action is difficult, but with so many beginning to realize the horror of a continued authoritarian state the opportunity exists to seize the moment for real change.
The horror of para-military troops stomping on our supposed rights, really privileges, is only a surprise to white eyes living in denial under the sugar-coated privilege the United States continues to give its sycophantic, complacent hordes.
I call for the rewriting of our constitution with much of the same original ideas first brought forth by those such as John Locke. But this time We The People will mean all People including all nationalities.
The term Persons as defined in the 13th 14th amendments must be deleted.
People are whole and not created by a document. We exist and are whole — sui juris. The original constitution does not grant Us rights, it is there to recognize our rights and restrict the government to its limited powers.
We must establish this again. All nations and People must seek this.
Protests to end police brutality and honor black lives must have a directed purpose. To just emote without the drive for a clear resolution serves only to bring attention to the surface without offering a real solution or real movement towards progress.
The color of my skin does not hinder the tears in my eyes and soul for the oppressed. We must all seek to be seen. Really seen. People with the same blood running through our veins.
After the uproar, there will be appeasement that will not address the root problem therefore the disease of abuses will persist.
No less than 80% percent of the United States’ population must come together. We must all sign a document that is immutable and unmistakable. In my opinion, this transaction should be accomplished using blockchain and presented online through social networks.
A new cryptocurrency will be developed and distributed on web pages for all the population of the United States of America to digitally sign. The signatures will be permanent and undeniable as well as unchangeable.
The revolutionary document will be easily accessed and available to all through Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter, YouTube, etc. The United States audience available using social networks is vast.
Easy, simple explanations and blogs will illuminate the reasons. I propose the title:
Declaration For Revision and Reformation of the United States of America
There can be no violent protest with this declaration. Only by lawful and direct redress. Through education and illumination. And, by presentation in proper as well as a formal audience in front of Congress, The Supreme Court, and the President.
We are long overdue for a reformation. We have continued to evolve as People but our government and many of the ideals it perpetuates have not.
Proposal for the introduction to our Declaration:
Declaration For Revision and Reformation of the United States of America
The People of the 50 United States of America and it’s territories, by unanimous consent and decision, declare our inalienable and unalienable rights to dissolve and delete Amendments 13 through 27 to the Constitution of the United States of America.
We the People of the United States of America hold these truths to be self-evident, that all humans are created equal. People of all colors, sexual orientations, and gender identities have the right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. The term People, under law, will by law always represent these truths.
When any Form of Government becomes destructive towards these inherent freedoms, it is the Right of the People to alter and abolish it, then institute new Government. The safety and happiness for the People require the restructuring and reconstruction of such principles while abolishing tyranny and unjust usurpations of rights equivocated with privileges.
(More to follow in a coming story. Some phrases and wording are directly from the Declaration of Independence.)
Shedding Government Ownership
I am a dreamer and, my dream is to for all to be free.
To live in a country where a black person may take a walk without worrying for their life. For every woman to feel secure and whole in her being treated equally on all accounts. And, every consenting adult is able to be who they are, sexually without prejudice or ridicule.
Perhaps we can achieve greatness we have never known.
(I wrote this and questioned myself at every turn. This thinking is dangerous in that I question and remonstrate against the machine. I believe it is possible for me to be persecuted for making the above statements.
Every day I will continue to be a part(yet removed) of the machine until a consensus by the majority of Americans seek change.
Long live the United States of America and may it evolve and change by and for its People.)
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