It had begun, innocently enough when representatives of five States met the year before to discuss making some minor alterations to the Articles of Confederation specifically to improve commerce---the States were notorious for enacting protectionist measures on the import of products from the neighboring States. They decided to invite the remaining States, all of whom except one, Rhode Island who smelt a rat, decided to send representatives.
223 years ago today (Sept. 17, 1787) the culmination of the efforts of 55 self appointed conspiring men who dreamed of a master's power over everyone, and had schemed in secret to those ends came to fruition. The remaining 39 signatories -- 16 members who had started the journey had fled, some saying this was no more than a sinister plot to seize the power of the states or enslave the people -- expelled a hot steaming turd they called "The CONstitution of the United States of America" to replace the Articles of Confederation already existing between the States.
And according to their document, once nine State constitutional conventions out of then thirteen existing States, agreed to abide by this document the Constitution came into effect and was binding upon the States.
It took a few months---much longer than they intended. And only because of the seven states quickly agreeing (ratifying), two of those States were now wavering and the people behind the Constitution could not secure the two more ratifications needed to "legitimize" their labor. The great compromise was offered to address the concern of a central power being created to rule them all: The Bill of Rights that would be written down later (four years later) to ensure our Rights could never, ever, ever be trampled upon by this creation.
These visionaries gave us what exactly? What was it we already did not have? And who bestowed the power upon them to deliver us into bondage?
A central government to rule them all.
So what is the Constitution of the United States?
Lysander Spooner did an intricate study of this very question.
Is the Constitution a contract?
If it is, how can it be binding on those who have not agreed to it? And since all the signatories to it are now dead, if it is a contract then it too is dead. So it must not be a contract.
Is it a treaty between the States that binds the States? Forever?
Well, it certainly does not say that. And it is hard to believe a State would sign on to it (ratify) knowing they could not leave later if they found living within the United States of America was not in their best interest.
But Abraham Lincoln made if abundantly clear the government of the United States will not allow States to leave. The federal government murdered a significant percentage of the males in the nation to demonstrate their resolve in this matter. And bankrupted those surviving malcontents who opposed them for more than five generations to insure such opposition to their desires never rose up again.
I know one State, Rhode Island, refused to ratify the Constitution and was boycotted by all the others until under extreme duress they did eventually bow to their collective will.
I can't really say why the Constitution has any power over anyone other than it is enforced by the guns of government. It clearly has no legitimate source of its binding authority that I can find. It merely has the force of government . . . and really what else does any government have when all is said and done but force. They are a gang with a flag.
The Constitution is a persuasive document in that we are born into it. We grow up with it. We may get taught a few points about it in government run or government approved schools. We get deluged from time to time with patriotic propaganda drumming up support for it. But just because we do not question its authority, or legitimacy over us does not lend it legitimacy. Indeed, government's response to those who declare their freedom from its power shows how insecure government is of its power being questioned or denied.
So what does the Constitution do?
It is pretty simple. You can read it in a single sitting, though it may take a day to digest your way through it, and look up the meaning of some of its words. The Constitution of the United States of America created a central government that was to have limited and specified powers over the States, and to interact with or defend from other nations.
How did that work out for us?
Well, today I know of not a single area that the federal government does not consider is within their purview to legislate, enforce or judge. I know that of all the things governments do within the United States none of them concern themselves with their only legitimate function---protecting individual Rights.
Indeed clearly their only two concerns are to rob those under their grasp of as much of their earnings as possible while ensuring a property detection, collection and enforcement apparatus to keep those earning coming in. Like every government that has ever existed, our governments are nothing more than a parasitic organism that threatens the host if a cure is proposed.
Until you free your mind from fear; fear that you need "government," fear of making your own decisions and living with the consequences of your decisions, and fear of your government's response to your self imposed freedom you can never know liberty. And neither will your kids.
So Happy Constitution Day Serfs! Enough celebrating, now get back to work.
Good intentions will always be pleaded for any assumption of power. The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.