What You Learned about the Constitution is Wrong

Pretty much everything you know about the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights is wrong. The federal Constitution and federal “laws” Americans live under today have little to do with the plain and uncontested meaning of the Constitution that lasted well into the twentieth century.

The process of subverting the Constitution began at the very beginning, arguably with the creation of the First Bank of the United States in 1791. This subversion process picked up dramatically before, during and after the American “Civil War,” and exploded in the twentieth-century. Americans today live under a radically different form of government than even the relatively decentralized form of government that existed before 1913.

Ask someone on the street today what the powers of the federal government are and they’ll look at you with a blank expression on their face. They incorrectly assume Congress can pass any law it wants, so long as the law doesn’t violate the Bill of Rights. Ask someone what the First Amendment means and they’ll incorrectly say our free speech rights come from the First Amendment. This view that’s taught at schools throughout the country and parroted on national television is not only incorrect, but it’s the complete opposite of the Constitution’s objective and elegantly simple meaning.

What does Subversion Mean?

When we say the Constitution was subverted, we mean the Federal government, largely through its own federal courts, tortured (“interpreted“) the logic and plain meaning of the Constitution to unilaterally grant the federal government powers beyond those delegated in the federal partnership agreement. Worded differently, Constitutional subversion refers to the federal government unilaterally aggrandizing its own powers by interpreting away the Constitution’s strict restrictions and limits on its delegated powers.

This subversion process is nothing new. The day after his final Christmas on earth, Thomas Jefferson expressed concerns to his friend William Branch Giles. Jefferson said, “I see, as you do, and with the deepest affliction, the rapid strides with which the federal branch of our government is advancing towards the usurpation of all the rights reserved to the States, and the consolidation in itself of all powers, foreign and domestic; and that, too, by constructions which, if legitimate, leave no limits to their power. Take together the decisions of the federal court, the doctrines of the President, and the misconstructions of the constitutional compact acted on by the legislature of the federal branch, and it is but too evident, that the three ruling branches of that department are in combination to strip their colleagues, the State authorities, of the powers reserved by them, and to exercise themselves all functions foreign and domestic.” Jefferson continued by noting that representatives in Congress were, “joined in the combination, some from incorrect views of government, some from corrupt ones,” in pushing unconstitutional legislation. Jefferson urged continued protest against federal usurpations and argued reluctantly for secession only when the, “sole alternatives left, are the dissolution of our Union with [other states], or submission to a [federal] government without limitation of powers.”

How was the Constitution Subverted?

Constitutional subversion consisted primarily of stealthy political maneouver during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to consolidate power in Washington DC. Collectivists of varied stripes (socialists, communists, etc…) in America knew their egalitarian vision of heaven on earth (or hell on earth if you consider the number of innocents murdered by collectivist governments during the twentieth century alone) could not be achieved under the decentralized federal system created by the framers. An all-powerful, monopolistic central government was needed to implement the objectives of collectivists. In addition, powerful business interests sought to indirectly control or influence the coercive power of the central state to protect their commercial interests from market competition.

Supreme Court Accepted as Final Arbiter of Constitutional Interpretation

This unholy collectivist and corporatist axis of statism sought to rewrite American history by eradicating the Jeffersonian ethos of the American Revolution and the old republic from American political discourse. Statists in the early twentieth century knew they would never succeed in directly abolishing or replacing the United States Constitution because the American public would never stand for a direct assault on the symbol of its cultural and political traditions. Instead statists sought to bring about a “revolultion within the form” – maintaining the facade of America’s traditions while creating an entirely new system in substance. This revolution manifested itself in the creative but deceitful notion that the Constitution was a living breathing document meant to change with the times… with the United States Supreme Court serving as the final interpreter of the Constitution’s evolving meaning. This idea of Constitutional flexibility sounds desireable on a superficial level, but the notion of the Constitution as a living document is nothing but a stealth consolidation doctrine allowing the federal government, through its own courts, to unilaterally assume unlimited power – essentially destroying the Constitution and allowing for the creation of an all powerful collectivist/corporatist central state in its place.

Americans are Taught Dumbed Down Version of a False History

American school children are taught the dumbed down version of the Supreme Court’s inverted interpretation of the Constitution. When the Supreme Court hands down a decision that (more often than not) increases the power of government (in violation of the Constitution), parts of the decision, if important enough, are eventually printed in school textbooks. The information in these textbooks is then foisted upon young minds that have no way of determining whether the information they’re receiving is in any way accurate… but they trust it because they’re receiving the information in school from a school provided textbook… hence, it must be trustworthy. In the end, children don’t really learn much, but they come away with the idea that the Supreme Court is the final arbiter of the Constitution, and that its decisions are the supreme law of the land.

These Supreme Court decisions are then taught to law school students through the Socraticcase method“, which completely disregards the historical record – including such fundamental sources as the debates in the state ratifying conventions. In the legal community, decisions “handed down” by the Supreme Court are treated as though nine secular dieties descended from upon high to impart their wisdom upon the unlearned masses. Law students have no background knowledge or way to determine whether a court decision has any legitimate basis on not. Law students express their arbitrary opinions as to whether they like the outcome of a particular case, take their class notes, study for the final, then save those notes for when they study for the bar exam. Then another generation of lawyers enters the workforce without understanding the logical structure of the Constitution, all the while taking for granted that Supreme Court decisions reign supreme, no matter how ridiculous they may be.

Uninformed Citizens Making Uninformed Decisions

New generation of uninformed citizens
New generation of uninformed citizens

Because Americans do not know their own history, a circumstance is created whereby Democrats (who love government but want a little less war) cry that George W. Bush destroyed the Constitution. Then Republicans (who love war but want a slower rate of government growth) scream that Barack H. Obama shredded the Constitution. While both groups of citizens are correct that both men would be disavowed by the framers of the Constitution, they erroneously believe that the federal government still abides by the Constitution in any meaningful sense. What Americans do not understand is the Constitution ceased to exist in any meaningful sense decades before either of these Presidents had even been born.

The United States Constitution means nothing today. The Constitution serves the same purpose as the British Monarchy – it’s a symbol of tradition, but it masks a radical transformation in the underlying form of government in America.

Why was the Constitution Subverted?

As discussed above, the Constitution was subverted because it stood as a barrier to the creation of a centralized government with unlimited power. Unlimited power is what all politicians and politically connected interests (i.e., crooks and thieves) want because it enables them to use the coercive power of the state to extract wealth from some to enrich themselves and those who keep them in power. Aside from direct theft and redistribution, many political interests seek to use government to impose their utopian vision of society on as many people as possible. More money, power and coercion can be imposed through the federal government than can be imposed through fifty separate state governments. Why fight political battles in fifty separate jurisdictions when you can simply capture one government and use it to impose law on the entire country? Americans, through their lack of understanding and independent thought, have allowed criminals to subvert the Constitution and create an illegal and unconstitutional central government with unlimited power.

Purpose of this Website

This site tells the concise story of how a limited, decentralized government grew into the largest, most powerful centralized nation-state in the history of the world. It’s also a story of how power in America was inverted, usurped and consolidated by the federal government, and how Constitutional provisions meant to limit the power of the federal government were misconstrued into grants of federal power. It’s a sad short story, but one worth learning.