Constitutional Thinking: American history: The road from a republic to democracy
As the roaring 1920s came to an end, the American financial system suffered a “heart attack” known as the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Federal Reserve policy, both before and after the crash, along with government blunders, took away the confidence of many Americans. We had an “emergency again”.
Republicans, blamed for the financial problems, were swept out in 1932, and Democrat, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) was elected President.
Forget the song, “Happy Days are Here Again.”
That’s a lie they want you to believe, even today.
Dark days were coming in droves.
The economy did not recover by the time of the next election.
In fact, we were in the dumps for 11 years, until the start of World War II.
Using provisions found in Section 5(b) of the Trading with the Enemy Act of 1917, Roosevelt began his massive assault on the remains of the America republic.
As his first official act, Roosevelt froze American’s bank accounts and assets by Executive Order:
“By virtue of the authority vested in me by Section 5(b) of the Act of Oct. 6, 1917 (the Trading with the Enemy Act), as amended by section 2 of the Act of March 9, 1933 (The Emergency Banking Act – HJR 192)…, in which congress declared that a serious emergency exists, I as President, do declare that the national emergency still exists; that the continued private hoarding of gold and silver by subjects of the United States poses a grave threat to the peace, equal justice, and well-being of the United States; and that appropriate measures must be taken immediately to protect the interest of our people” (read Bankers).
“Therefore…I hereby proclaim that such gold and silver holdings are prohibited, and that all such coin, bullion…shall be tendered within fourteen days to agents of the Government of the United States for compensation at the official price.”
Safe deposit boxes were sealed and could only be opened in the presence of an agent of the IRS (the collection arm of the private Federal Reserve).
Notices of this order were posted in conspicuous places in all Post Offices across America on June 5, 1933.
The Emergency Banking Act, in reality, had less to do with banking, than keeping the public from owning gold and silver.
Criminal penalties for “hoarding” were imposed calling for a maximum penalty for noncompliance of twice the value of the gold, plus a $10,000 fine and 10 years in prison, or both.
A second blow came on March 16, 1933 when a cowered Congress gave the president the power to devalue the dollar up to 60 percent and to monetize silver at $1.29 an ounce when the market price was 27 cents.
With the gates open to inflation, Roosevelt started devaluing the dollar by raising the price of gold to $31 and later to $35 an ounce, where it would remain until 1971!
Government and bankers (the real criminals), made out like a bandit, as the value of your new paper dollars went down in value while their precious metals values went up.
Consider what had really happened.
The United States had gone bankrupt! We were bankrupted: out of the old United States of America, out of our real money - gold and silver, or of our allodial (absolute) title to our land and property, and out of our common law as it applied to the Federal government.
We don’t live in our Founding Father’s America.
When FDR took over, he said that, as citizens of the United States, everyone would have to contract through him (corporate executive) to do anything.
This is when licensing really took off.
It comes from the territorial (Washington D.C.) corporate side, where laws are made under statutes, not the Constitution.
The states of congress don’t compare statutes to the common law like they did before.
That is how we get blatantly un-constitutional laws, rules and regulations along with government agencies.
When automobile-related fatalities increased as more automobiles hit the roads in America, people called for “safety” and according to Wikipedia, we copied French and German drivers license statutes.
New York passed in 1910, a law for professional drivers to have a license, then, New Jersey required mandatory examinations for all to receive a license in 1913.
It’s a slippery slope, giving up freedom for “supposed security.” Do you really believe the requirement to have a “driver’s license” keeps us safe on the highways?
Free men don’t need a license to travel, or to show a government ID.
Today, we have a license or permit requirement for almost everything we do; a doctors license, lawyers license, teachers license, brokers license, contractors license, etc.
We would often be better off with apprenticeships for training, and an ethical people who earned a good reputation, rather than relying on questionable licenses.
To be continued.