by Al Benson Jr.
Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America
When Patrick Henry forcefully argued against Virginia’s ratification of the U.S. Constitution he made several prescient observations. In her book Patrick Henry: Patriot and Statesman Norine Dickson Campbell noted a statement made by Patrick Henry regarding the different sections of the country. Henry said: “The Northern states will never assent to regulation promotive of Southern aggrandizement…There is a striking difference, and great contrariety of interest between the States…This government subjects everything to the Northern majority. Is there not then a settled purpose to check the Southern interest?” Now that was a good question. How long has it been since anyone asked it? You can bet the farm your “history” books are not about to deal with it.
Miss Campbell noted, on page 367 of her book, Henry’s almost prophetic assertions, when she said: “His discernment in the Virginia Convention 180 years ago is astonishing and merits singular praise in light of the events of today. He prophesied the fate of the agricultural South at the hands of the industrial North. He foretold the baneful effects of a supreme judiciary beholden to no one. Patrick Henry declared that this government would not last a century. He had not been in his grave 65 years before his predictions came to pass…” The advent of the War of Northern Aggression proved conclusively what Henry had stated. Virginia should have listened. Henry also argued that, should this Constitution be adopted, then more of a “Bill of Rights” than ten amendments should be adopted. It has been stated that Henry favored nineteen amendments, but we only ended up with ten, most of which are just plain ignored by government today at any level.
Be that as it may, if we read the first ten amendments we find that power was supposed to reside with the states and that these amendments seem to be written in a way that restricted the federal government. From the First Amendment that starts out “Congress shall make no law…” to the Tenth Amendment stating the powers not delegated to the federal government by the Constitution …”are reserved to the states respectively or to the people.” The intent would seem to be one that limits federal power over the states and over individuals.
However, in this context, we must remember that, in 1776 we did NOT fight an “American Revolution.” We fought a War for Independence. Then, in 1861, the real American Revolution occurred–a revolution that God-fearing and patriotic Americans in both North and South lost! Unless and until we begin to slice through some of the bovine fertilizer they forced on us in most of those Unitarian seminaries we refer to as “public (really government) schools” we will never be able to grasp that sad fact. Consequently, most people are utterly unable to even begin to think about dealing with the mess we find ourselves in today. By 1865 FEDERAL DICTATORSHIP had won the day and the fatal seeds of the federal oppression we find ourselves beset with today had been sown. I don’t think even Mr. Trump totally apprehends the true depth of what we refer to as the Deep State. The reason for this state of affairs was American apostasy, pure and simple. After Northern Unitarian apostasy had denied the truth of Scripture and repudiated the Holy Trinity, and done it quite successfully for over two generations, something had to give. They sowed the wind and we are living to reap the whirlwind.
So, taking apostasy into account, let’s take a look at our constitutional amendments. The first ten sought to restrict federal power except in certain specific areas. But by the time the second version of the 13th Amendment came along the American Revolution was nearly over. Debates on the second Thirteenth Amendment were taking place in 1864, just before the shooting phase of the revolution was over.
So look at the wording contained in the second 13th Amendment–“Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.” You have the same exact wording in the infamous 14th and 15th Amendments. In fact you have basically the same wording in the 16th, 19th, 23rd, 24th, and 26th Amendments. Can you observe the fundamental shift in thinking here? Please note that, by 1865, we had degenerated from the concept of “Congress shall make no law” to the concept of “Congress shall have the power to enforce.” Consider that for awhile.
There is a not-very-subtle shift after the War of Northern Aggression from state power to federal power–where we are today. This is proof of the success of the shooting phase of the revolution which started in 1861, but it is also proof of the cultural shift in the North, which started decades earlier.
Some of those who took part in the debates concerning the second 13th Amendment could see the revolutionary nature of the amendment in its wording and they sought to warn their colleagues of its revolutionary intent–to no avail. Many who partook of the debate were the usual suspects in the abolitionist/reconstruction/19th century Deep State camp. Others were not. Fernando Wood, Democrat of New York stated: “The control over slavery, and the domestic and social relations of the people of the respective states, was not and never intended to be delegated to the United States…”
According to Wood, the proposal of the amendment “arraigns the President as having violated the Constitution in his Emancipation Proclamation, and stamps it as a nullity and void.” Wood contended that the war was not fought to preserve the Union, “but was directed against the sovereignties of the states, and to destroy such of their domestic institutions as were obnoxious to the views of the party controlling the government for the time.” The slavery question aside, there was a concerted effort on the part of the federal government to destroy the rights of the individual states and to replace those rights with national power. And if we are still naïve enough to think that such did not succeed, then we have no real grasp of our history.
With the adoption of the second 13th Amendment, Congress began to usurp the rights of the states and began to exercise unconstitutional power to enforce “appropriate legislation” to back up its new national decrees. This was, in essence, the beginning of our modern “civil rights” movement. It was also the beginning of the eventual repeal of the Bill of Rights. The “Patriot Act” passed hurriedly after the 9/11 situation finished that repeal almost completely.
Now admittedly, you may not like them apples–I can’t say that I’m overly fond of them myself. But let’s face facts. Departure from God’s Truth (apostasy) paved the way for forty years for the 1861-65 American Revolution. Unless we are willing to repudiate that apostasy and return to “the faith once delivered unto the saints” the revolution, in its more revolting states, will continue unabated until God judges an apostate and corrupt America.
Until we realign our thinking in regard to apostasy and revolution and start trying to act biblically in regard to our present dismal situation, we are only spinning our wheels and getting deeper into the mud of chaos and confusion. Either we will accept God as our Ruler, or tyrants will rule us. There is no middle ground.