A new group is trying to save America with an old strategy: RedState
In Montana, as in much of the rest of the country, freedom-loving conservatives have been gathering in churches, hotel / motel convention rooms, and home kitchens with increasing frequency since the beginning of the year. They have been discussing all facets of the invading socialist-Marxist agenda and the loss of traditional American values, especially freedom. Everyone in these meetings knew that nothing that had been done thus far had effectively stopped, or even significantly slowed, the left’s drive toward an all-powerful central government and its dubious promises of its version of “security” and “equality” – the same kinds of promises that have led to the rise of all totalitarian governments in modern history. You had to do something new and fast.
At one such meeting, John Sheets, a lover of American history, met Darin Gaub, a well-known leader of the Montana Conservative movement. They mutually recognized that the Conservative movement was too divided in its priorities and, although there was a mutual demand for action among the Conservatives, there was no common direction. They proposed bringing together all the separate movements under a unifying idea: the idea of returning the power that had merged into the central government to its rightful place, already restore freedom through the original intent of the United States Constitution and the principles of the Declaration of Independence.
Together, they wrote a document called the Declaration of Constitutional Consent and founded the organization called Restore freedom (https://restore-liberty.org/ ). The statement they created does not serve to replace any founding documents, but rather describes the original intent of the founders when they wrote those documents: to bring to light the strictly limited authority of the federal government and list many of the abundant violations of the law. the pact that is the Constitution. Finally, it states that because the limited authority maintained within the central government derives solely from the consent of the people within sovereign states, any act of the federal government outside of that consent is illegal and will not be enforced.
This is not a new idea. In fact, he dusted himself off from Thomas Jefferson and James Madison’s own statements along the same lines, as well as from the debates over the ratification of the Constitution. It was repeated by many of the key figures of the founding generation.
For example, Alexander Hamilton (himself a great admirer of a powerful central government) said in Federalist 78, “… There is no position that depends on clearer principles, that any act of a delegated authority contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is null. Therefore, no legislative act contrary to the constitution can be valid. To deny this would be to affirm that the deputy is older than the principal; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men, acting by virtue of powers, can do not only what their powers do not authorize, but also what they prohibit ”.
In other words, anything the federal government does outside of its powers is invalid and void. However, it is up to citizens and states to declare them null and act as if they really are null. This concept and promise was the basis for convincing the delegations of the different colonies to ratify the Constitution. It is the same principle that the Tenth Amendment gave us as an additional guarantee that all powers not delegated to the United States government are reserved to individual states and the people.
Restore freedom is a 501 (c) (4) non-profit organization committed to education and promoting the re-adoption of that principle. And advocacy means engaging with state and local leaders to encourage them to endorse the principle and take action to that end, when warranted. Restore freedom has started collecting signatures on the Declaration of Constitutional Consent in their website (and would like people to physically send the statement to politicians across the country), has established state-level leadership in more than twenty states, and is actively participating in numerous state legislatures, governors, and influential figures in those states. They are also organizing classes on the original intent of the Constitution and working with key data analysts to identify electoral integrity issues.
It must be made clear to conservatives around the world that Washington or our dire leadership as a country cannot be fixed simply by replacing the vagrants of Washington with other vagrants. What is needed is a careful selection and selection of constitutional conservatives committed to action at the grassroots level. As Jefferson recognized, the states are “the true barriers to our freedom at home.” Restore freedom aims to change the entire culture and thinking on how to save freedom in this country, using a very old and proven concept to do so.
Will you join and support the cause?
(Disclaimer: Your correspondent is the South Dakota state coordinator for Restore Liberty.)