From the Articles of Confederation entry on Wikipedia:
On January 21, 1786, the Virginia Legislature, following James Madison’s recommendation, invited all the states to send delegates to Annapolis, Maryland to discuss ways to reduce interstate conflict. At what came to be known as the Annapolis Convention, the few state delegates in attendance endorsed a motion that called for all states to meet in Philadelphia in May 1787 to discuss ways to improve the Articles of Confederation in a “Grand Convention.” Although the states’ representatives to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia were only authorized to amend the Articles, the representatives held secret, closed-door sessions and wrote a new constitution.
So, they were supposed to fix the Articles of Confederation (AOC) but the nationalists among them decided to scrap the Confederacy that the AOC established and write something new, without authorization from their States, which thing would create a national government. Most Americans say, “So, what? The U. S. Constitution (USC) is the greatest political document in the world.”
You must look at the Constitution in this way
Those who defend the USC do so without understanding, for they do not separate the USC, which was written by the nationalists, from the Bill of Rights, which was a product of the minds of the federalists. The nationalists who wrote the USC in secret wanted to impose a strong national (centrist) government upon the States and saw no need for a Bill of Rights to protect the people from the monster they were creating. In fact, they argued that having a Bill of Rights would be bad! Luckily, (or speaking more truthfully), by divine grace, God inspired the federalists to insist upon a Bill of Rights, which were added as the first 10 Amendments. But the nationalists ever thought their creation (the USC) was perfect as is, without the Bill of Rights.
When you look at history, think about how abusive the national government has been, encroaching on the rights of the people just about every chance it has had. Now, think about what is the only thing that has somewhat checked these tyrannical abuses of power. Has it not been the Bill of Rights? Yes, of course it has. Now, imagine how history would have been different had those nationalist conspirators—who usurped their delegated States’ authority and wrote the USC in secret—had their way, and released it upon the American people without a Bill of Rights. Can you imagine the horrors we would have had from the very beginning? We see horrors among us today and say that the government has grown too large and too centralized, but this growth took hundreds of years to occur because of the restraints the Bill of Rights put upon government. Without the Bill of Rights, government would have ballooned overnight and the horrors we see today would have existed two hundred years ago.
When you look at the USC, then, you must see it as its creators saw it: sans a Bill of Rights and about as perfect as mortal man could make it. And that, in fact, is the problem with the USC. It is man-made law, which God has said brings men into bondage, for this is what the laws of men have always done and been designed to do: to bring men into all types of bondage, so that men can rule over their fellow man and enrich themselves with other men’s goods.
So, all those who extoll the virtues of the USC are not praising the USC, for there is nothing particularly good about it, but their praise is for the Bill of Rights, which is cause for celebration. And that is the part that was inspired of God. For God needed to restrain this thing that had been created in secret, for a time, until, when it became the behemoth it now is, gobbling up every right and power it can find, God could work a work of restoration and bring us back to where we first went awry.
The NAC is a reset
It was always the intention of God that those delegates fix the AOC, but they didn’t do it. So, God is going to fix the AOC with the NAC (or something like it), because God’s purposes are never frustrated. In the end, He always get what He wants. In this case, we are going to be taken back to a Confederacy, as if we were transported back in time to May 1787. It is going to be as if those unfaithful delegates actually did their appointed job and corrected the AOC under inspiration of God. It is going to be as if the USC never existed (save for all the history we had under it). It will be a complete reset.
A Confederacy is superior to a National Government
The NAC’s Confederacy has token similarities to the national government established by the USC. There is a bicameral Congress composed of a Senate and a House of Representatives. There are two Senators per State and multiple Representatives per population apportionment. But that is pretty much where the similarities end.
In essence the NAC is a pure Confederacy of States. The Congress represents the States and their interests, not the people. No one is popularly elected, like under the USC, but all are appointed by the State governments. Nevertheless, there is interaction with the people because they (the people) get to approve or disapprove of all those appointments. This corresponds, basically, to the law of common consent. Thus, the NAC’s Confederacy has perfect legitimacy on all levels.
Unlike the USC, which has enormous powers, the NAC’s Confederacy has extremely limited powers that deal with State issues. The Confederacy is mainly concerned with defense, but also has power to make treaties, regulate the border crossings of foreigners, provide a sound monetary source, a post office, resolve disputes between States, and little else. This Confederacy, in fact, might seem weak on the surface, but it makes for an extremely dynamic and diverse society, which is fully protected from any foe, whether foreign or domestic.
The so-called “dynamic” American economy currently under the USC is but the symbol or shadow of the economy that would exist literally under the NAC. The USC has the economy under a whole lot of restraints at present, yet it still chugs along “dynamically” (so-called). The NAC, though, unleashes the full American economy, freeing it from its restraints, allowing the Lord to finally give the Gentiles a taste of what the Nephites had. Everything becomes, or will become, literally dynamic, on all levels, in a never-ending spiral of (non-miraculous) prosperity. (And yet, even this won’t be what God has in store for us. But you have to start somewhere, right? So, the NAC shouldn’t be considered the prosperity miracle, but just a set-up for the prosperity miracle which is to come.)
Again, the national government under the USC restrains, while the Confederacy under the NAC will set all things free of restraints. Yet it also will keep us safe and secure, so there is no trade-off. We need not choose between the security of the USC and the freedom of the NAC. The NAC will secure us more fully than the USC does and will also give us greater freedoms, so it is superior to the USC on literally every point.
Secret combinations, political parties and special interests
Do you remember what happened a mere five years after king Mosiah did away with the monarchy and established a system of judges? Sure, the people rejoiced in their new-found freedom, but a certain set of men were ticked off at this change of events because there was no longer a centralized position of power in the government from which to rule over men. They wanted to be kings over men, but they couldn’t because king Mosiah changed the dang laws! Everything was too decentralized for power hungry people to be able to control anything. So, just five years into the reign of the judges, Amlici of the Nehors appeared on the scene:
And it came to pass in the commencement of the fifth year of their reign there began to be a contention among the people; for a certain man, being called Amlici, he being a very cunning man, yea, a wise man as to the wisdom of the world, he being after the order of the man that slew Gideon by the sword, who was executed according to the law—now this Amlici had, by his cunning, drawn away much people after him; even so much that they began to be very powerful; and they began to endeavor to establish Amlici to be a king over the people. (Alma 2:1-2)
In like manner, there are to be wicked and conspiring men among the Gentiles:
Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you:
In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation— (D&C 89:4)
These same conspiring men, who have genetically modified our food, who have poisoned our water supplies, who have conspired to put toxic chemicals into our bodies and the bodies of our children, in the name of science and medicine, who have promoted sexual liberation and abortion that they might be able to farm human body parts (of the aborted children), etc., all for gain, fame, honors of men and power, these very same men (and also women) have a vested interest in the national government, for although it is not a monarchy with a king, it still nevertheless represents kingly authority over men, which is what these conspiring men need and desire in order for them to obtain their riches and dominion over men.
So, it should not come as a surprise that there will be intense opposition to the NAC once it starts to gain traction among the people. And it should not come as a surprise that even after the NAC (or something like it) is installed as the Supreme Law of the land, that just a short time afterward there will be calls for it to be changed into something that allows for either a king-type of office or kingly authority over men. In other words, these same men aren’t going to go away without a fight, and even after their power and control is taken away from them by the NAC, they will use every means in their power to re-gain the lost ground and powerful positions they had, even if it means conspiring with our enemies to wage war against America, to bring it back to a national government.
This means that on the one hand the NAC will destroy secret combinations and conspiring men, during the time that it is the law, but on the other hand, so all-pervasively destructive will the NAC be to tyranny that all would-be tyrants will be forced to use excessive measures to restore their thrones, so war will be inevitable under the NAC. There will be forces both within our borders and also outside of them trying to take the NAC out. Even if the conspirators in this country are all arrested and put down, the conspirators in other countries will not sit idly by and watch the great prize of America be literally snatched from their fingers by the NAC.
The NAC foresees all of this
Although it could be technically correct to say that the NAC’s Confederacy is weaker than the national government under the USC, the powers vested in the Confederacy by the NAC are specific and sufficiently powerful to deal with these conspiring enemies of the people. The NAC already foresees that such secret combinations will exist, and that they will attempt to destroy the NAC and return the people to the USC, or to bring about an even stronger government, such as a world government, and the NAC plans for these conspiracies. In other words, although the specific powers of the Confederacy are extremely limited, they are also extremely powerful and perfectly requisite in dealing with all enemies whether foreign and domestic. Even if the entire world conspires against America under the NAC, and decides to wage war against us, the NAC provides for this contingency and will be able to see us through it.
The USC’s national government has no power to restrain conspirators
In contrast, the national government under the USC is a breeding ground for conspiring men and corruption. Not only is there a continual push to consolidate all power under the executive branch (the President), for that is the office that most closely matches a king, but all branches of government routinely grab at whatsoever new power and authority they can steal from the people, representing the continuous manifestation of kingly authority over men. Additionally, although having a real king would be magnificent to these evil people, they would really love to have a world king, and so they also push for world government and to do away altogether with the sovereign nation-state. These things happen, or can happen, under the USC, because it is man-made and has no foresight whatsoever. In other words, fore-sight comes of the Spirit of freedom, even the Holy Ghost, which is the spirit of prophecy and revelation. Man-made documents can’t see the future and so must just guess as to what is actually needed. Most times these guesses are all wrong because of the change in conditions that inevitably comes, which no one ever saw coming.
The USC doesn’t provide for conspiring men because why should it? It was crafted by conspiracy and conspiring men, after all! Why in the world would conspiring men put safeguards in the very document they are creating to make it impossible for conspiring men to take control? The USC, then, as a creation of conspiring men, was designed to be a vehicle that could be used to control the States, not to free them or the people. (The Bill of Rights, on the other hand, was designed to be a vehicle that could be used to control the USC.) The USC didn’t make the States or their people any freer than they already were under the AOC. Its sole function was to consolidate stolen State power in the hands of a few men (Congress, the Justices and the President) under the guise as this would make us safer or more protected, militarily, and also more prosperous if commerce could be regulated.
But all of this was just false propaganda playing on men’s fears. This is even the tactic used by evil men today. If you can instill a false fear in the population, you can make them give up anything, even their rights and privileges.
The NAC keeps State rights intact, the USC doesn’t
The States are sovereign and were ever meant to be. Contrary to what people might think, God does not approve of sameness. He likes diversity. Thus a male is a male and a female is a female. They are not designed or intended to be unisex, or the same. Diversity is the name of the game in the divine economy of God. “Sovereign States in a Confederacy” creates diversity among the States. They become more nation-like under a Confederacy, while under a national government there is a certain conformity that takes place with much less diversity and no sovereignty. The rights and independence and sovereignty of the States is fully intact under the NAC. They can freely enter the pact and freely leave it, all done peacefully.
Not so under the USC. The national government is over the States, just as kings were over men. It is the same principle. The national government, then, exerts kingly authority over the States and also over their people. When a State tries to break away, we end up having a civil war or a war between the States. Thus, the national government doesn’t give a hoot about the States or their people. The Feds are in charge and as each day passes, they are more and more in charge, stealing authorities from both the States and their people.
But make no mistake about it, the States are just as tyrannical as the national government, and those in State governments are also trying to do what the Feds are doing, creating their own police state and trying to consolidate what they can steal from the people, under their own authority. This is why the NAC doesn’t just abolish the national government, but also restrains the States from exerting kingly authority over men, like the national government does.
A final word
One more thing about Article IV that makes it stand out is the fact that Congress under the NAC is paid by their respective States. In other words, Congress under the NAC won’t be able to vote themselves a pay raise. Some States will pay more and some States will pay less, to their respective Representatives and Senators. Thus, each State will get what it pays for.
In my next installment I will discuss Article V, which covers monetary issues. Feel free to disagree on any point mentioned in this post. Bring your strongest reasons against the NAC and let’s have an open debate. And for those who like the NAC and want to install it as the Supreme Law of the land, here is my advice and prediction (and also see this comment, and this comment and this comment) :
A continual strategy of debate will install the NAC in this country and I challenge anyone to prove me wrong. I say that Americans will jump at the chance to debate the NAC and to show that the Constitution is better, but, according to the rules of the debate, they will have to read the NAC first, and once read, they will be hard pressed to defend the Constitution. Thus, everyone who hears, or watches, or reads, or participates in, a NAC debate, will become convinced that the NAC is what this country needs.
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