Allow me to reveal to you something that I find rather interesting about the “constitution”. Stay with me here for a bit… I promise it will be worth it.
Have you heard of Noah Webster? (Note: There is a lot of confusion between Noah and Daniel Webster, but there was no relationship between them. Daniel Webster is best known as a lawyer, a member of Congress, a secretary of state, and perhaps the greatest orator of the first half of the nineteenth century. Noah Webster’s fame is quite different: it rests on his pen.)
Do you know why Noah Webster spent more than 25 years writing and publishing his dictionary?
Noah realized that England and the new America had different forms of government, institutions, customs and laws. Because of this, he believed that they needed different vocabularies. He also knew that science and technology were developing rapidly, and new words were being introduced just as quickly. So, he spent over 25 years researching words and their origins and writing the first American dictionary. This dictionary helped Americans to feel pride in their new country, and enabled everyone across the new nation to have a standard vocabulary.
Webster’s greatest achievement was the dictionary. In 1800 he published his intentions of writing a dictionary. He published a shortened, concise but comprehensive, version in 1806. The final version was finished in 1825 and published in 1828. It contained 70,000 words. It is no exaggeration to say that it was immediately accepted as the greatest dictionary of the English language on both sides of the Atlantic. Why would he dedicate SO MUCH time to this mundane sounding undertaking?
Contrary to popular opinion, he did NOT write it so that people could check their spelling. He wrote it in an attempt to prevent the government from changing the meanings of the words in the constitution. In fact, if you look in the very front of the 1828 Noah Websters Dictionary on page 11, you will find an elequant and delightful to read passage from Noah himself explaining why he wrote his dictionary which I will quote below (Take note of how many times “America” is used, and how many times “United States” is NOT used):
“This country must in some future time, be as distinguished by the superiority of her literary improvements, as she is already by the liberality of her civil and ecclesiastical constitutions. Europe is grown old in folly, corruption, and tyranny – in that country laws are perverted, manners are liscentious, literature is declining and human nature debased. For America in her infancy to adopt the present maxims of the old world, would be to stamp the wrinkles of decrepid age upon the bloom of youth and to plant the seeds of decay in a vigorous constitution. American glory begins to dawn at a favourable period, and under flattering circumstances. We have the experience of the whole world before our eyes; but to receive indiscriminately the maxims of government, the manners and the literary taste of Europe and make them the ground on which to build our systems in America, must soon convince us that a durable and stately edifice can never be erected upon the mouldering pillars of antiquity. It is the business of Americans to select the wisdom of all nations, as the basis of her constitutions, – to avoid their errours, – to prevent the introduction of foreign vices and corruptions and check the career of her own, – to promote virtue and patriotism, – to embellish and improve the sciences, – to diffuse an uniformity and purity of language, – to add superior dignity to this infant Empire and to human nature.” ~ Noah Webster 1828 dictionary (page 11).
So it seems that we have been transformed from an infant empire to an empire of infants who need a nanny. Essentially what Noah is beautifully expressing above, is that the “old world” that the colonists escaped from was full of corruption and tyranny… as our country currently is again today. He goes on to say that the laws in Europe are unacceptable because of how perverted they have become, and how long standing law and traditions are not being honored, people are being dumbed-down and not reading as much as they should, and human nature in general has been debased or destabilized… all by design. The worst thing to happen to the fledgling America would be to let the corruption and tyranny sprout and grow here at home. Everyone back then knew how bad the problems were. However, time has a way of making us forget.
So then what important message does this evidence? I believe the moral to the story here is that the meanings of words are vitally important. The meanings of words have been altered. Because of this we should always define the terms we use if needed and AS needed to clarify and rectify the deception that we have been subjected to.
I have a suspicion that the dejure government of “America” was extinguished when it began to be called the “United States”. You may be wondering why this is, and I will tell you why this is important. Think about this… the place I am at is commonly referred to as Oregon. When you add a “State of” to the beginning of “Oregon” it changes it from something that is real, into something that has an ALTERED STATE… it is not the same thing as Oregon… it is a different “state of” Oregon… a compromised state if you ask me!
When you begin noticing these things, you will start seeing them everywhere… for example the “State of the Union” address is not addressed to the “Union” but the altered “state of” it.
When the founders were inspired to write the constitution, Noah Webster was terrified that someday the courts would screw it up. He spent over 25 years writing an entire dictionary simply to keep those meanings true to what the founders envisioned for this country.
Another important thing to remember is that a lot of people make a mistake by referring to “constitutional rights” that they in reality do not have. The constitution does not give us rights. When we are born we inherit natural rights as living beings. We are not a fictional creation of government, we are living, breathing, unique, individual, intelligent men and women. The government did not create us. WE created government for the sole purpose of protecting us, of which it is failing miserably at. The constitution is the document that was written to restrain government and protect your rights. It was never intended to be used to grant them or take them away.
So the next time you hear some one refer to “their” constitutional rights, please set them straight and tell them that it is their “protected”, “guaranteed”, or “non-negotiable” right. Because we don’t have a fighting chance if the corruption has spread so far as to have changed the minds of men by deception through altered meanings of words. The only way they win is through deception, and they are not going to win because we are now wide awake.
Even though it is the 5th amendment and not the first, in my opinion it is the most important amendment to the bill of rights (and the most important element of our liberty). The fifth amendment reads as follows:
“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
“The Framers derived the Grand Juries Clause and the Due Process Clause from the Magna Carta, dating back to 1215. Scholars consider the Fifth Amendment as capable of breaking down into the following five distinct constitutional rights: grand juries for capital crimes, a prohibition on double jeopardy, a prohibition against required self-incrimination, a guarantee that all criminal defendants will have a fair trial, and a promise that the government will not seize private property without paying market value.” – (Source: https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/fifth_amendment)
Essentially what this amendment is supposed to do is prevent the government from stealing (they call it seizure) private property, prohibition of self-incrimination and double jeopardy, guarantee to a fair trial, and grand juries for criminal trials. The protection of life, liberty, and property includes everything rightfully under your control, including your body, papers, documents, car, land, bodily fluids, laptop, phone… everything. This also includes your rights as they are considered your property. But this is getting off topic so I am going to end this one and leave you with one last word of wisdom: Take the time to learn your rights. They are the most valuable things you will ever learn to be able to live your life they way you want.
Invest in yourself, you are worth it.