Thus Always to Tyrants

Alan P. Halbert
March 21, 2014

Sic Semper Tyrannis, Latin for “thus always to tyrants“; is the rallying cry against tyranny dating back to the Roman Empire with the utterance of this phrase by Marcus Junius Brutus upon the brutusdemise of Julius Caesar.  This simple phrase has been used by countless European nations to gain independence from their oppressive monarchs, as well as others down through the ages since first spoken two thousand years ago.  To give an American context to this phrase John Wilkes Booth immortalized it as he leapt to the stage from the Presidential Box after mortally wounding Abraham Lincoln at Fords Theater 147 years ago. 

Throughout history, man has always sought self-determination as a God given or Natural Right as they struggled against the rule of man through Kings.  This nation was founded upon the principle that man given the ability, the will, and means to do so could flourish under the rule of law.  Moreover, flourish we have, the amount of economic growth and wonders this nation has seen in its short existence of only 237 years is astounding, not rivaled in history. 

Many wonder at how this came about that we have stood in the belief of personal freedom to champion the individual, the cornerstone of our Republic above all else.  We have accomplished this by creating a unique identify that embraces all, while giving none dominion over others.  Our history is not blemish free, with the stain of slavery and oppression of the Indian Nations on our national honor.  We have endured; being true to our founding principles by righting theses injustices with the blood of our ancestors shed in battle as only these sins can be paid.

We have endured all that time and the ravages of condemnation have thrown against us to the pinnacle of freedom and liberty we now stand before.

One seminal danger that the Founders sought to address was that our President would never have divided loyalties with the simple requirement that our president be a natural born citizen as enumerated in Article II Sec. 1 of our Constitution.  These men were wise beyond their ability to foresee the future, though keen to realize the frailty of mere men to govern themselves. 

What does it mean to be a “natural born citizen” for the president?  The historical context means, that one has certain duties bound to themselves and their nation to act in the best interest of all its citizens as they mark their service to the nation while shunning any allegiance to another.  Recognizing that there is a distinction from an ordinary citizen or these wise men would not have placed this requirement amongst the pages of our Constitution. 

The concept of “natural born citizen,” challenged in a manner that our founders never dreamed would happen; that a man would rise to the office of president that would tear down the very fabric and framework of our Nation.

Our founders believed in the possibility that day would come to challenge this principle making Obamathis a national security issue so they placed this frail, meager and humble requirement into the framework of our Government. We are now facing that day with deliberate ruin of our nations economy by reckless spending of the nation’s wealth requires more in every Obama budget, year over year.  Signs of our decline are practically the same as Brutus eloquently spoke and shown by the following:

Authorizing the borrowing of revenues against the future, though spending it in the present is dangerous and foolhardy, though practiced without any restriction of sound fiscal management.

Division of our nation by a president that is using wealth, race, gender, creed, class distinction and political ideology to create doubt and fear in the nation’s citizens while advocating another vision for our nation, solely of his creation. 

Shrouding of the president’s identity of his past, credentials and bona-fides by not allowing scrutiny of his documents by this nation citizens, he alone creates the narrative that he wishes seen, and only that narrative many shameless judges and courts have been willing to assist in this endeavor. 

The president declaring to a sovereign State Court after being served valid order(s) from this court are not applicable to him, as he seeks reelection within the State of Georgia and that he is above the rule of law.

Creating a tax system that yokes only 51% of the nation’s citizens to pay federal income taxes while the rest either pay no federal taxes, or receive more than they paid in benefits.

Usurping the powers of the other two separate but equal branches of our government by redefinition of laws and using regulatory powers to thwart their legislative and judicial branch purview(s) into his office.  Using signing statements and executive orders rather than veto power granted to him by the Constitution to subvert legislation by his own hand. 

Deliberately defying and usurping the authority of congressional oversight by making unconstitutional appointments of secretaries and commissioners to agencies of the federal government while they are in session. 

Appointment of Czars which have overlapping authority to cabinet level positions that lack any congressional approval or oversight making their actions absolute without recourse against them by Congress or the People.

By passing final and absolute judgment upon the nation’s citizens without their 5th Amendment rights to due process of law, and denying them the ability to face their accusers in open court, by summarily executing these citizens in defiance of the Constitution with the use of secret panels.

Granting of Constitutional and Miranda rights to this nation’s sworn enemy when captured on foreign battlefields, the Geneva Convention designates these belligerents as illegal combatants and are not accorded any rights under this Treaty.  However, they are given these rights over our citizens by the granting of due process of law, while denying the same to our citizens.

Designation of the entire nation as a battle zone with authorization to use military assets in a law enforcement role sweeping aside the exclusive police powers granted to the several States by the Constitution.  This designation has the authority to arrest citizens by military forces and subject them to indefinite confinement without trial or charges; abolishing Habeas Corpus and Posse Comitatus, as long standing Constitutional guarantees to our nation’s citizens from abuse of process.

Callous, wanton and reckless spending of the nations treasure to sycophants that fawn upon this president to fill his election coffers with campaign contributions; in deference to his duty to safeguard the treasury to the benefit of all its citizens versus dispensation to the select few that curry his momentary favor.

Allowing corrupt law enforcement policies and practices that caused the death and destruction of hundreds if not thousands of a neighboring nation’s citizens without their knowledge or consent, with illegal arms sent across their border as a guise, impetus and artifice to curtail our Constitutional rights to keep and bear arms.

Electing a president with divided loyalties only hastens these events and the weakening of our nation, what is true for Rome the first republic is true today for us as it was for them.  The wisdom of the founders can only be embraced while we are forced to endure these inequities and injustice as a debasement of our freedom and heritage.  Thus always to tyrants that these things have happened as stated by Brutus in “Sic Semper Tyrannis“, one has to wonder could these very acts be said of Caesar?  

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