Celebrating 13 Constitutions

The Confederacy was a failed attempt at a co-op among the 13 colonies whose revolution made them sovereign nations. When the Confederacy failed, the need for unification became clear. Each of these nations/states had their own constitution. Those 13 constitutions protected the rights of the people from the oppression they had just escaped. Today, Constitution Day 2019, we celebrate 13 constitutions.

Don't Tread on Me, Gadsden Flag
The 1775 flag by General Christopher Gadsden

Their need for unification resulted in the Constitutional Convention which in turn gave us the US Constitution. These thirteen nation/states were very jealous of their sovereignty. This jealous concern for the rights of their citizens generated a great portion of the discussion in that convention. They were most anxious that a new co-operative among the states would never overpower them and become a threat to the freedoms they had just paid so dearly to buy.

Thirteen Constitutions

The sovereignty of the thirteen states was patently clear in the fact that each had its own constitution. In fact, it was under the auspices of those constitutions that the US constitution could be adopted. There was no other way to form the needed co-op.

Perhaps the greatest mistake in our history was made when we first began to visualize the new government as an umbrella rather than a platform. As a people, we have almost universally looked to this new federal government as holding the keys to progress, and in so doing have handed the big, legal club to the government most politically and geographically distant, most intractable, and most disdainful of our rights.

Today there are 51constitutions that have created 102 legislative bodies that write all our laws. One hundred of those bodies have the authority to write any law their respective constitutions permit. The other two we call “Congress” and its legitimate (i.e. constitutional) powers were severely limited but have been carelessly extended into every nook and cranny of our lives. Congress is in our pockets, our offices, our kitchens, our garages, our bathrooms and even our bedrooms.

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The states have already begun to take back their sovereignty. It is time we re-conceptualized the federal government as the co-op formed by the states. It is high time to return our primary allegiance to the states who are much closer, much more responsive to our cries, and much easier to control. We could begin by posting the tenth amendment in our kitchens.

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

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Jackson Pemberton

Jackson graduated with honors in Physics and Mathematics and in the top of his MBA class. He is the die-hard constitutionalist who wrote the bicentennial series A New Message for The Freeman magazine in 1976. He is currently writing the book Church and State, A Citizen's Guide and publishing as he writes it on The Jackson Pemberton Blog.
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Perhaps the greatest mistake in our history was made when we first began to visualize our new government as an umbrella rather than a platform. As a people, we have almost universally looked to this new federal government as holding the keys to progress, and in so doing have handed the big, legal club to the government most politically and geographically distant, most intractable, and most disdainful of our rights. It\'s high time we put that genie back into its original lamp of liberty.

3 thoughts on “Celebrating 13 Constitutions

  1. Excellent post, we the people have become universally ignorant, constitutionally speaking. Along the way we the people also lost our ability to think critically, so we are led by the nose wherever those who desire to control us want us to go. How else can one explain the clamor for the Federal government to be paternal and take care of all of our wants, needs and desires.

    No better illustration is “Conservatives” who clamor for FedGov to spank Google, Facebook, Twitter for behaving badly.

    1. Thanks for your comment! The Google pair (Google and Youtube) and the Facebook pair (Facebook and instagram) do have an enormous share of the social media market and might be considered monopolies there. I don’t like interfering with the free market, it’s just totally against my principles, but … Maybe it would help if they had to disclose, in real time, what they are doing. I am quite certain that facebook, for example, has blacklisted my political posts – there was a sudden drop in responses to them about 2 years ago. I’m pretty sure they are very stingy about how many of my “friends” and public viewers get exposed to them. Since they have the power to throw elections by filtering search results (Google) and other means, maybe we do need them to list by each exposure, how many people have had an opportunity to see them. The poster should also be able to see, on his own page, how many exposures each post has had. As a IT veteran, I know that would be easy and cheap to do and it would show the world what they are doing. Of course they could easily lie with those numbers and there’s no easy way (that I can think of at the moment) to catch such a practice. S0 – ?

  2. Thanks for adding me to your blog! I enjoyed reading your comments , they are spot on, even though some would say radical. This is exactly what this country was founded on, “We The People”!

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