William Rawle’s 1826 Work Kills Anti-Secession Ignorance
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – “The power to ratify — get this through your heads. Please get this through your heads. You are dangerous to liberty with your current mode of thinking. The power that is acknowledged — this is key to understanding this, my friends. You have to understand this, for Heaven’s sake! The power that is acknowledged in Article VII of the Constitution is the power to secede. This is all you need to know.” Check out today’s transcript for the rest….
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Mike: Let’s go all the way to Chapter 22 on the permanency of the union.
Quassata respublica multa perderet et ornamenta dignitatis et praesidia stabilitatis suae. Oratio pro Marcello. [Mike: That’s a little Latin for: This is a discussion on the permanency of our union spoken for some guy named Marcello.]
Having thus endeavoured to delineate the general features of this peculiar and invaluable form of government, we shall conclude with adverting to the principles of its cohesion, and to the provisions it contains for its own duration and extension.
The subject cannot perhaps be better introduced than by presented in its own words an emphatical clause in the Constitution.
The United States shall guarantee to every state in the Union a republican form of government, shall protect each of them against invasion, and an application of the legislature, or of the executive when the legislature cannot be convened, against domestic violence.
The Union is an association of the people of republics; its preservation is calculated to depend on the preservation of those republics. The people of each pledge themselves to preserve that form of government in all. Thus each becomes responsible to the rest, that no other form of government shall prevail in it, and all are bound to preserve it in every one.
But the mere compact, without the power to enforce it, would be of little value. Now this power can be no where so properly lodged, as in the Union itself. Hence, the term guarantee, indicates that the United States are authorized to oppose, and if possible, prevent every state in the Union from relinquishing the republican form of government, and as auxiliary means, they are expressly authorized and required to employ their force on the application of the constituted authorities of each state, “to repress domestic violence.” If a faction should attempt to subvert the government of a state for the purpose of destroying its republican form, the paternal power of the Union could thus be called forth to subdue it.
Yet it is not to be understood, that its interposition would be justifiable, if the people of a state should determine to retire from the Union, whether they adopted another or retained the same form of government, or if they should, with the, express intention of seceding, expunge the representative system from their code, and thereby incapacitate themselves from concurring according to the mode now prescribed, in the choice of certain public officers of the United States.
Mike: I invite you to read the entire chapter. What Rawle basically says is that, yes, it’s true that you can suppress rebellions and insurrections, but you only suppress them when the state requires it. Folks, this was codified in the law after the War of Northern Aggression. It’s called the Posse Comitatus Act. The question arose: Can the Union army just willy-nilly be sent into any state by the president or congress and just go start shooting people and forcing them to elect senators and representatives? The answer is no. Only when the executive or legislative authority requests it can that happen.
Now, for those of you that insist that there’s some obscure comma or semicolon located somewhere in the text of Article I, Sections 8, 9, or 10 that prohibits self-government — that’s what it is. You either have it or you don’t. Either you are free as a people to ratify a constitution, meaning if the power was conferred to ratify, then the power is thus also conferred to un-ratify. This is not difficult to understand. Only when something is made and done under Almighty God, like sacramental marriage, is the power not conferred on the human to unmake. If God makes, God can unmake. God did not make the U.S. Constitution, he didn’t. As a matter of fact, he was kicked out of the proceedings. It is Godless and soulless, and many of you boast and brag of it. Don’t even go there.
The power to ratify — get this through your heads. Please get this through your heads. You are dangerous to liberty with your current mode of thinking. The power that is acknowledged — this is key to understanding this, my friends. You have to understand this, for Heaven’s sake! The power that is acknowledged in Article VII of the Constitution is the power to secede. This is all you need to know. I’ll read it to you because some of you refuse truth. The truth, our Lord and Savior told us, will set you free. Understand this.
Before I even get into this, or finalize this, I say this as an educational concern. A citizenry that is fully comprised of the legal and truthful parameters under which they conduct business among themselves is going to be a better, more productive in its governing affairs, less corrupt citizenry than one that does not know and then will leave it to the designs of evil, despicable men, diabolical men. If you don’t tell them that this is what their restraint is, they will abuse, as we have ample evidence of today. That’s why this is important. It might be the most important thing to know.
Article VII acknowledges something. What it is? It acknowledges the sovereignty of the American sheeple. It acknowledges that in their sovereignty, they may act together in their own sovereign, legal countries called states. This is the other point of contention for some of you. [mocking] “States aren’t real states like every other state.” No, they are, they most certainly are. They’ve only hired a union and transferred some of their sovereign authorities to it to act on their behalf as an agent, which you’re free to do. That doesn’t mean that you’re not a state because you let the union act on your behalf voluntarily. Article VII: “The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same.”
Katy bar the door. Pound the gavel three times. End of discussion. Game over. That’s the whole shebang. Read Article VII. Explain the domestic insurrection suppress rebellion clause. Explain to these people — tender hearts and minds all, I’m sure. There’s a whole paragraph that contains the Supremacy Clause. It doesn’t just say it’s supreme. It says supremacy “in pursuance thereof,” meaning, if something is covered by the Constitution, the states said the federal authority would be supreme. By their own ratification, they’re acknowledging it as a supreme authority, on those enumerated powers. Everything else they reserved, they reserved to themselves. They reserved Ebola to themselves. They reserved alien friends to themselves. They reserved membership in the union to themselves.
Again, this is not difficult to understand. If the blob of America, which is one ginormous, gelatinous mass of people, they can be ruled roughshod and ordered about by a federal authority claiming authority by the Constitution that I hold here in my hand, then when the nine states ratified, the four remaining that did not would have then been co-opted. They would have been compelled, compulsory ratification. [mocking] “Too bad, you guys lost. You’re in the minority now. You have to join our union. You have to abide by our wishes. You have to acknowledge our laws. You have to pay our taxes. You have to abide by our imposts and excises.” We know as part of history that did not happen. It didn’t happen in North Carolina. North Carolina said: You can take your little Constitution and go have fun with it, pal. Rhode Island said no. New York and Virginia both would have said no if the telegraph had been in existence. Communication was stifled between the two. Yes, there was a plot. We won’t get into that today. Article VII again, for your anti-secessionistas, understand this. If a state has a sovereign authority to ratify the U.S. Constitution, it also has the sovereign authority to un-ratify it, whether you like it or not. Article VII: “The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same.” For those of you in the nitwittery, in the peanut gallery out there who still remain unconvinced, Article IV, Section 3:
New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new States shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; [Mike: Again, they’re agreeing to this if they ratify.] nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.
Mike: Then there’s the clause in there which, if you read my essay about Cliven Bundy and about territorial properties of the U.S., explains Article IV, Section 3. The best explanation that you can find of Article IV, Section 3 powers is contained in the otherwise much maligned Dred Scott decision. Justice Taney, in the end of the Dred Scott decision, explains Article IV, Section 3, explains the territory power and explains it very well as it was understood when the Constitution was ratified.
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Why do all these things matter? These things matter because this is how you run a federal system. Does anything that I’ve been talking about today sound remotely like what is enforced today? We don’t have a federal system. That’s the whole point. This lunacy, this sickness out there that has pervaded that makes people think we live in a federal system is just that, a joke. It’s a joke. It doesn’t mean that we should ever stop aspiring to have one. Please do not misunderstand. It just means that basically one is not in operation today. The individual states are so afraid of losing those billions of dollars of free printed money that they won’t do anything about their own plight. The sheeple that they govern are so afraid of losing those billions and trillions of dollars of free printed money that they won’t do anything about their current plight. In other words, they subjected themselves and have now basically agreed to be blackmailed, extorted into remaining in a poisonous political system, and it is poisonous.
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