Today, most people have never heard of the Articles of Confederation or the Northwest Territorial Ordinance. Although virtually everyone has heard of the “Declaration of Independence,” virtually no one realizes it is not merely an interesting historical document but is, in fact, as much the law as The Constitution of the United States.
Instead, virtually everyone presupposes that The Constitution of the United States is not only the “supreme law of the land” (as per Article 6 Section 2 of the Constitution), but is the only “law of the land”. As a result, people presume that in order to understand the “law of the land,” we need go no further back in time than to the Constitution.
In fact, the issue of constitutional supremacy is more complicated since the “Declaration of Independence,” Articles of Confederation and Northwest Ordinance also carry legal authority comparable to that of the Constitution. While it may be true that the Constitution is “supreme” among those four instruments, it’s not necessarily true that its supremacy can automatically overrule fundamental principles found in the previous three documents.
For example, in the second sentence of the “Declaration of Independence” the Founders declared the following truths to “self-evident”: 1) all men are created equal; 2) all men are equally endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; 3) these God-given, unalienable Rights include (but are not limited to) Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
The third sentence of the Declaration declares in part, “That to secure these rights, governments are institute among men . . . .” With that third sentence, the Founders declared the primary purpose of government: to secure to each man, woman and even unborn child, their God-given, unalienable Rights.
We still celebrate those self-evident truths and fundamental purpose for every 4th of July. I defy any bitch or bastard in what currently passes for “lawful” government to show me where in the “supreme law of the land,” the People of The United States of America ever agreed to waive their claim to God-given unalienable Rights or absolve the government from its primary duty to “secure” those God-given Rights.
• How do I know that the principles of the Declaration (as well as Articles of Confederation, NW Ordinance) have as much standing at law as the Constitution?
Congress said so.
Volume 18of the Revised Statutes of the United States as enacted by the 43rd Congress (A.D. 1873-1875) and published by the Government Printing Office in A.D. 1878. (Note that Volume 18 reflects the law as it was known to exist after the 14th Amendment was (allegedly) ratified in A.D. 1868.)
In that Volume 18, the Congress published a section entitled “The Organic Laws of The United States of America”. That section includes four documents:
1) The “Declaration of Independence”;
2) The Article of Confederation;
3) The Northwest Ordinance; and,
4) The Constitution of the United States.
There is nothing in that collection of documents to suggest that the Constitution is the only component of “The Organic Laws of The United States of America”. Instead, the four documents are presented as a cohesive collection, each of which are still every bit as much the Law as the Constitution.
• The implications are enormous.
For example, we have legal authority to assert the principles in the “Declaration of Independence” as carrying the force of law.
• We can also begin to see a possible distinction between “The United States of America” (the perpetual Union expressly created by the Articles of Confederation in A.D. 1781) and the “United States” (created by the Constitution of the United States as ratified by the People of the several States in A.D. 1788):
As created in the Articles of Confederation, “The United States of America” includes only the States of the Union. However, the “United States” (created later by the Constitution of the United States) also includes Washington DC and the territories. Technically, it appears possible that “The United States of America” does not include any territories or Washington D.C..
Thus, it appears possible that if you are “in Washington DC” and/or “in” one of the “territories,” that you may be “in the United States” but not within the perpetual Union styled “The United States of America”. Conversely, if you are within one of the States of the Union and/or within “The United States of America,” you might not be “in the United States”—nor “subject to the jurisdiction thereof”.
• Here’s another unlikely but interesting possibility: While Article 6 Section 2 of the Constitution declares that instrument to be the “supreme Law of the Land,” what comprises the “Land”? I presume that at the time the Constitution was ratified, the term “Land” was intended to mean something like the “country” and included all of the People of The United States States of America and of the territories. But is it possible that the “Land” referenced referred only to “land” in the sense of “territory” and without inclusion of the People of the several States comprising “The United States of America”? Is it possible that some slick shysters masquerading as judges have since presumed the “land” to mean territory but not People?
• Conjecture concerning the implications of “The Organic Law of The United States of America” may be endless, but here’s where you can find your own copies of the relevant law:
1. Go to Statutes at Large (run by the Library of Congress) at: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwsl.html
2. Click on the “Browse Statutes at Large” link on the left side of the page and it will take you to: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwsllink.html
3. Scroll down through the list of Volumes 1 through 18 of the Statutes at Large. Look for Volume 18 at the bottom of the list. Click on “Part 1: Revised Statutes and it will take you to http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llsl&fileName=018/llsl018.db&recNum=1 (the cover page for Volume 18).
4. Click on the “Next Image” link near the top of the page. It’ll take you to an essentially blank page. Click on “Next Image” again and it will take you to image “iii” at: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llsl&fileName=018/llsl018.db&recNum=3 This page is a certification under seal by the Secretary of State William M. Evarts that this collection of the Revised Statutes (Volume 18) is “legal evidence of the laws therein contained, in all the courts of the United States, and of the several States and Territories”.
5. If you continue to click twelve more times on the “Next Image” link (at the top of the page), you’ll come to image “xv”—the last page in the Table of Contents. Or, if you like, simply enter “xv” in the search engine near the top of the page. In either case, you’ll come to: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage.
6. And, now, it begins to get a little weird. When (at least ten years ago) I first found this information in Volume 18, after “image xv” there were additional “image numbers” in the search engine to identify the next 56 pages that comprise “The Organic Law of The Unites States of America”. But since then, those 56 pages are no longer listed in the search engine at the top of the page. Instead of ii, iii, iv, or 1, 2, 3 at the search engine to identify and image/page, the pages comprising The Organic Law of The United States of America have no identifying numbers in the search engine. I don’t believe this is an accident. I am convinced that the powers that be don’t want you find The Organic Law of The United States of America.
However, once you reach image “xv,” if you hit the “Next Image” link again, it will take you to the cover page for “THE ORGANIC LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” at: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llsl&fileName=018/llsl018.db&recNum=16
7. Click “Next Image” and you’ll find a blank page. Click “Next Image” again, and you’ll find “THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE—1776.*” at: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llsl&fileName=018/llsl018.db&recNum=18
8. Keep clicking “Next Image” four more times and you’ll find “ARTICLES OF CONFDERATION—1777” at: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llsl&fileName=018/llsl018.db&recNum=22 (The Articles of Confederation may have been proposed in A.D. 1777, but so far as I know, they weren’t ratified until A.D. 1781.)
9. Click “Next Image” six more times and you’ll find “THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENT—1787” at: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llsl&fileName=018/llsl018.db&recNum=28.
10: Click “Next Image” four more times and you’ll come to “CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES—1787” at http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llsl&fileName=018/llsl018.db&recNum=32 (While the Constitution was proposed in A.D. 1787, it was not ratified by the People until A.D. 1788.)
11. If you keep clicking “Next Image” 40 more times, you’ll come to the end of the text and index for the Constitution—and the end of the section entitled “The Organic Laws of The United States of America” at: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llsl&fileName=018/llsl018.db&recNum=72
• Immediately above and below each page image, you’ll see a link entitled “Higher Quality Image (TIFF-43K)”. If you click on that link on each page, you’ll get a downloaded copy of the page. Alternatively, you can simply right-click on each page and select “Save Image As” or some such. I suggest that you make copies of every relevant page including the cover page for the Revised Statutes, the Certification by the Secretary of State, the Preface, and each page of the The Organic Laws of The United States of America. You might even want to make copies of the 10 (+/-) pages of the Table of Contents between the Preface and “The Organic Laws of The United States of America”.
• You want to secure a credible copy of these documents that is admissible at law. You want to secure a credible copy of these documents while you still can.
I recall finding a second set of “The Organic Laws of The United States of America” in Volume 17. I can no longer find that copy. Perhaps my memory is simply faulty. Or maybe that second copy has been removed from the digital reproduction of Volume 17. I can’t prove either possibility.
But here’s something I can prove. There’s another source of all the Revised Statutes from A.D. 1789 through A.D. 2007 at: http://www.constitution.org/uslaw/sal/sal.htm. This source claims to be a “Complete Collection”
However, if you click on Volume 18, you’ll only get to “Part III” and it does not include “The Organic Laws of The United States of America”. Volumes 17 and 19 are also without “The Organic Laws . . . .” At minimum, the “Complete Collection” at this website is not “complete”.
Maybe the missing “Organic Laws” are grounds for a conspiracy theory, maybe “The Organic Laws” are only missing due to negligence or incompetence. But bear in mind that the only book that I’m aware of on the internet that presents “The Organic Laws of The United States of America” has removed the relevant page numbers from the search engine. That omission, at minimum, makes those pages more difficult to find. That omission and increased diffulty supports suspicions that the “powers” don’t the People to find “The Organic Laws of The United States of America”.
I therefore suggest you download and keep credible, legally admissible copies of “The Organic Laws of The United States of America” because 1) that collection of documents is potentially powerful; and 2) that collection of document might be “disappeared” in the foreseeable future. If hundreds or thousands of people have independently downloaded “The Organic Laws . . .” and they are made to disappear, those hundreds (or thousands) of witnesses will make the disappearance real and harder to deny.
You may be able to make your copies “admissible” if you and two or more friends each independently download complete copies of “The Organic Laws” (plus the surrounding pages), each drafted an affidavit to memorialize the downloading and source of the pages, and then filed one complete copy of “The Organic Laws” document with three or more independent affidavits as verification into the County Record. Out of the mouths of two or more shall a thing be established, hmm? If I recall correctly, under Rule 92 (?) of the Federal Rules of Evidence, once a document is filed into the County Record, it become admissible in court.