by Matt Erickson, PatriotCorps, ©2020
(Dec. 2, 2020) — Regardless of the outcome of any political election—the 2020 Presidential election included—six basic legal truths help protect American rights and liberties from political subterfuge.
1. The U.S. Constitution is already the supreme Law of the Land (U.S. Constitution; Article VI, Clause 2).
2. Every member of Congress and every high federal official must already swear an oath to support the Constitution, before they may exercise any governing power (Article VI, Clause 3; Art. II, Sect. 1, Cl. 8).
3. By their mandated oath, government servants become “bound” by the constraints of the Constitution (Art. VI, Cl. 3).
4. No person “bound” by the Constitution may stand superior to it, being able to change it or its powers (Art. VI, Cl. 3).
5. The U.S. Constitution may only be changed by ratified amendments (Article V).
6. Only the several States ratify proposed amendments, by three-fourths action of all of them (Article V).
Peculiarly, these fundamental American principles now seem largely impotent. It is widely understood, for instance, that Supreme Court justices routinely “interpret” words of the Constitution in such novel ways as to essentially grant new federal powers.
It further seems as if election winners may steer government remade into their own image, as they rule untouchably from on high and appoint federal servants who help them lock in their reign of inherent power.
But, if the Supreme Court may reinterpret words found in the Constitution to meanings at odds with their original understanding—like “necessary and proper” to mean “convenient,” for instance—what is actually keeping justices from carrying that reinterpretation much farther, in other cases, to further secure their absolute rule?
Take, for instance, what I have named “The Political Year Strategy”—involving the word “year” as it is found in the Constitution relating to the elected terms of U.S. Representatives, U.S. Senators, and Presidents and Vice Presidents, and also relating to the frequency of federal elections.
If justices of the Supreme Court—who necessarily also swear an oath of constitutional support—may reinterpret “general welfare” to extend federal powers, what is stopping them from redefining “year” to be a much longer period of time?
The easiest way to justify this decision—if you believe those who are bound by the Constitution may nevertheless act superior to it—is simply to have members of Congress change the date for federal elections within their enumerated power (Art. I, Sect. 4, Cl. 1 and Art. II, Sect. 1, Cl. 4), to February 29th, which is Leap Year Day.
Choosing the only day that shows up on the calendar once roughly every four years can create—again, if you believe federal servants may change their own powers for exercise throughout the Union—a new type of “year,” a special “political year.”
The “political year” can thus come to mean the type of year used for determining the length of elected federal terms and regarding federal elections. The “political year” would specifically come to be defined as the length of time until the day specified for federal elections again shows up on the calendar.
Without the Constitution prohibiting Congress from picking any specific day or date for federal elections, there appears no direct restriction to members’ enumerated power to pick the day or date they desire.
If Congress soon picks February 29th as election day, then when February 29, 2024 rolls around (the next time February 29th again appears on the calendar, after 2020), then one political year will have passed, by its new definition.
February 29th, 2028, would be two political years, signifying when the next federal election would occur, after the 2020 election (if February 29th is soon chosen as the date for federal elections). Thus, the 2020-elected Representatives would finally be up for re-election, in 2028.
February 29th, 2036 would be four political years (four leap years [16 calendar years]) after the 2020 election, or the time when the 2020-elected President and Vice-President would be up for election.
And, February 29th, 2044 would be the time for re-election of the 2020-elected U.S. Senators who serve a six-[political]-year term.
For those who point out that the Constitution speaks nothing about a “political year”—only “year”—what do they say to the Supreme Court who long ago came up with a special type of speech—“commercial speech”—that became subject to far less government protection (versus “political speech,” which remained otherwise well-protected)? After all, the First Amendment speaks only to “freedom of speech.” If “speech” can be divided into “commercial speech” and “political speech,” then “year” can be divided into a “calendar year” and “political year.”
By pushing this Government-by-Deception-through-Redefinition scheme too far, its underlying fallacy starts to become increasingly apparent. One then needs only to begin following the long trail of evidence to expose the Deep State as the ugly bit of clever fraud as it is and must necessarily be, for inviolable rules are just that—inviolable. Appearances do not trump reality. Pull back the curtain and help expose the fraud and learn to live again in the reality which is our Constitutional Republic of enumerated powers exercised only using necessary and proper means.
Matt Erickson is the author of 11 public domain books, including Trapped by Political Desire: The Treatise, which tells a fictional story involving The Political Year Strategy, to show the real story, of how federal officials have cleverly steered government away from the Constitution, so we may right our path. He is the Founder and President of PatriotCorps.org.