What happened to constitutional rights?

In 1995 Dr. Eugene Schroder – a veterinarian, farmer, political philosopher and activist – published a book called “Constitution: Fact or Fiction.” In it he quotes from Senate Document 43, 73rd Congress, first session, as follows:

“The ownership of all property is in the State; individual so-called ownership is only by virtue of Government, i.e., law, amounting to mere user, and use must be in accordance with law and subordinate to the necessities of the State.”

Elsewhere in his book, Schroder discloses that President Franklin Roosevelt declared that the country was in a state of emergency at the start of his administration in 1933 and invoked the Trading with the Enemy Act of 1917 at the suggestion of the Federal Reserve Bank. Soon thereafter this act was amended to include American citizens within its jurisdiction. Consequently, American citizens became equivalent to enemies of the federal government, and Roosevelt was able to force them to surrender their gold to the treasury, as is well known. It is not so well known that it also allowed him to transfer ownership of their property to the federal government, as noted above. Did Roosevelt convert free Americans into serfs at the suggestion of the Federal Reserve Bank? Under a subsequent Banking Act, it is claimed that all the property of Americans became security for the “money” issued by the Federal Reserve Bank.

Under the Constitution, an emergency can be declared in case of invasion or insurrection and, once proclaimed by a president, can only be terminated by a president. Therefore Roosevelt’s declaration of a financial emergency was unconstitutional. Nevertheless, none of the presidents since Roosevelt has seen fit to terminate it. According to Senate Report 93-549 of 1973, “Since March 9, 1933, the United States has been in a state of declared national emergency,” and also, “A majority of the people have lived all their lives under emergency rule. For 40 years freedoms and governmental procedures, guaranteed by the Constitution, have been abridged by laws brought into effect by states of national emergency.” Therefore, in 2013 it appears that this country has been ruled under emergency powers, where citizens are deprived of their rights under the Constitution, for 80 years.

This unconstitutional relationship between Americans and their government has been enshrined by numerous laws and regulation. There are so many laws that I have been unable to determine how many laws there are. A recently published book suggests that everyone in the country unknowingly commits three felonies a day. If so, these laws and regulations create a dangerous vulnerability for the average citizen without constitutional protection. The fact that we have more people in jail per capita than any other country in the world is shocking. The violation of common law by the drug laws and 200 other laws permitting confiscation of property is also worrisome. It has turned some policemen into entrepreneurs. It is reported to be a hundreds-of-milllons-of-dollars-a-year business for the U.S. Marshalls Service. Perhaps our lawmakers should start repealing laws instead of writing new ones.

I heard Roosevelt’s speech in which he said that there was nothing to fear but fear itself. It was a very moving speech and gave the people hope that better days were ahead. I felt some loss in surrendering my single gold coin but believed that it was for the good of the country. Now, after almost 100 years of watching the freedom, health and prosperity of Americans gradually disappear, I no longer believe that the country benefitted. On the other hand, it seems obvious that the Federal Reserve Bank and its “too big to fail” associates have. I also find it disquieting that government agencies, including the Social Security Administration, are reported to be purchasing large quantities of hollow-point ammunition while ordinary citizens are having difficulty purchasing even small quantities of .22-caliber rounds.

These are the facts as best I can determine them. I suggest that readers investigate them for themselves and then decide what to do about them.

Jack Phillips lives in Saranac Lake.