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 nation-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. In doing so we have handed the big, legal club to the jurisdiction most politically and geographically distant, most intractable, and most disdainful of our rights.

Today there are 51 constitutions 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-conceptualize the federal government as the co-op formed by the states. It is high time to return our primary allegiance to the jurisdictions that 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.

Maybe we should also change our pledge of allegiance – that every-morning-every-classroom recitation that inculcates the idea that the federal government is the only government in this republic. Maybe it should say: “I pledge allegiance to the flags of the city of _____________, and the county of _________________, and the state of ________________, and the United States, one republic, under God, with liberty and justice for all.”

“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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2 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.

  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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