Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr., Introduces “Dare Call It Treason” | March 31st, 2013
In America in particular, WE THE PEOPLE are antecedent to and the source of each and every government, and always remain superior to all of them. As the Declaration of Independence explains, under “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” “all men are created equal” and “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights”, and “to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”. So “Governments” are not somehow self-generated and autonomous, but rather are the creations of “the governed”, which may exercise only such “just powers” as “the governed” deign to concede to them. Moreover, “Governments” can assert no claim to permanency, either in whole or in part. Rather, they are utterly dependent upon “the consent of the governed” for their continued existences and authority. For, “whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of the[ ] ends [for which it was instituted], it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness”. Self-evidently, if “the People”—by “Right”—may “alter or * * * abolish” “any Form of Government” when they find its actions fundamentally “destructive”, and may “institute new Government” as they see fit, and the rogue officialdom within the original “Form of Government” is entitled to no say whatsoever in this process, then the authority of “the People” cannot possibly derive from the “Form of Government” then extant, let alone from the as-yet-nonexistent “Form of Government” to be erected in its place, but instead must inhere in “the People” themselves, as a consequence of “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God”. That is, under the aegis of those “Laws” “the People” alone are the sovereigns, the “Form of Government” their creation, and public officials within that “Form of Government” subjects who necessarily owe allegiance to “the People”. — Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr.