I’m still too busy to write another 1000 words of essay and Mike is still being lazy, so have a look at something I wrote ten years ago. Other than updating it with more recent bullet points, I don’t think it needs to be revised.
- Habeas Corpus suspension for American citizens.
- Military hardware and training provided to police departments. Allegedly minimal supervision and control by the federal government over the use of the equipment, but minimal public trust in that assertion.
- Active-duty military forces conducting security operations within US borders.
- Official Abandoned Areas along the southern border and within the city of Los Angeles.
- The US Constitution distorted, contorted, and inconvenient parts judicially ignored.
- The constraints US Constitution treated with incredulous contempt. (Are you serious? Are you serious?)
- Membership for life once elected to Congress.
- Allegedly competing political parties differing only in how to divide up the spoils.
- Nationalizing industry and giving the spoils to supporters of the regime.
- Laws passed which have the support of fewer than 40% of the population.
- Laws passed with no meaningful content other than “to be determined by regulation under this law”.
- The federal government refusing to perform some of its explicit duties and forbidding any state or citizen from performing them.
- A President who explicitly states that he will not follow laws passed by Congress and signed by himself.
- A President who signed a bill even though he did not believe it to be Constitutional.
The list goes on. (And I could provide links for all of the above, but I’m busy here. Except for the last, which was Bush43, they’re all in recent news.) This doesn’t account for the gluttonous appetite, directly consuming a sixth of GDP and indirectly controlling a large fraction more.
The US Constitution is the “contract” which authorizes the federal government to exist, which gives the government its sole legitimacy. That seems obvious when stated like that, but many people don’t think about it. The US federal government is there and always has been there and does whatever the President says it does.
That way lies tyranny.
I’d argue we’re already there. The federal government blatantly disregards the document, the contract, which authorizes it.
The US federal government has no legitimacy.
The US federal government now operates only by chicanery and naked force.
Given this, what is the moral obligation of the citizenry to support the US federal government?