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What the Feds are Allowed to Do and Where They’re

Allowed to Do It




By:  David Deschesne

Editor/Publisher, Fort Fairfield Journal

August 30, 2017



   Over the years, since the War of Northern Aggression in the 1860’s, there has been a tendency in society here in the U.S. to grant more power and authority to the U.S. government than they’ve been allocated in the Supreme Law of the Land—the U.S. Constitution.  Movies and TV shows abound showing the feds with all power and authority. But do they lawfully possess that power?

   There’s been a lot of talk about the Constitution and the rights that are enumerated in it.  The mainstream news media loves to equate white supremacists with the first amendment freedom of speech every chance they get so they can belittle that right and cajole society into allowing government to turn it into a privilege that is doled out only to those groups who comply with the establishment party line.

   The government, however, does not now have, nor has ever had, the amount of power the news media has trained people to think it has.  But, with colleges and universities creating “free speech zones” and the communist mainstream news media giving them a pass with a wink and a nod, society’s mindset is slowly shifting to accept that fraud as if it were reality.

   So, what does the Constitution say about what the feds are allowed to do and where do they actually have jurisdiction to exercise federal law?  Old time readers of the Fort Fairfield Journal are likely grinning right now.  They’ve already been schooled and will consider skipping this editorial because they already know the answers.  However, it would be good review for them and definitely an eye-opener for newcomers who have never read that document before.

   The U.S. Government is strictly limited by the Constitution – a law all Congressmen, Senators, the President and judges swore to uphold (but most rarely do anymore), so perhaps we as the owners of this union of States should be aware of what this owner’s manual says about how this union is supposed to operate.  Is it then any wonder that the communists and socialists who are in control of our colleges and universities are so adamant about quashing the distribution of this document on their campuses.  All good command and control authoritarians understand that if we understood what the rules really were and actually required our politicians to abide by them, their communist and socialist dreams of a utopian mass slave grid of the population would evaporate into the same thin air their fake, artificial paper debt money—the Federal Reserve Note—comes from (which is also not authorized by the U.S. Constitution, but that’s another class already recently taught in this newspaper).

   The limitations on the U.S. government can be found at Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution.  It is written in very plain English so I will simply reprint it here for all to see and add my commentary where I think it would be helpful.


U.S. Constitution

Article I  Section 8


Clause 1. The Congress shall have Power to lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

[Notice here where it says “all duties and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States.”  The Federal Income Tax is an excise tax on the use of the Federal Reserve’s “money.”  Since there are different tax rates for people of different incomes, it does not comply with this Clause to begin with because the tax isn’t uniform among everyone.  But, the Federal Income Tax can’t even be lawfully enforced within the States anyway (see Clause 17, below) but I digress.] 


Clause 2. To borrow Money on the credit of the United States.


Clause 3. To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations and among the several states, and with the Indian Tribes;

[This is the so-called “commerce clause.”  All regulating commerce among the several states was supposed to mean is to make sure states didn’t tax items coming into their borders from other states—most states do, now, by calling it a “sales and use tax” and try to force vendors from other states to collect that tax for them.  The Feds now use this perceived regulatory power to require federal background checks on firearms purchases even though that is in violation of this clause, Clause 18’s jurisdiction limitations and the 2nd amendment to the Constitution.]


Clause 4. To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;


Clause 5. To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standards of Weights and Measures.

[This means Congress is supposed to create the money by coining it (not printing it) and regulate its value.  However, in 1913 criminals in the U.S. Congress, and presidency, conspired to usurp this clause of the Constitution and hand this power over to their friends in a private banking syndicate that is not elected by or accountable to the American people.   This syndicate was named the “Federal Reserve” which is a misnomer because it is not a branch of the U.S. government and has absolutely no reserves since it deals entirely with debt note I.O.U.s]


Clause 6. To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current coin of the United States;

[Reference my notes to Clause 5.  The Federal Reserve is counterfeiting the securities and coin of the United States and has destroyed their value, yet Congress does not punish them as this clause allows]


Clause 7. To establish Post Offices and post Roads;


Clause 8. To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;


Clause 9. To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court.


Clause 10. To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;


Clause 11. To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

[This is where a lot of people get confused—especially conservative Republicans.  This clause authorizes Congress, not the President, to declare war.  Only Congress can declare war.  The president then becomes commander in chief of the military to carry out that war.  The President has no authority granted anywhere in the Constitution to declare war, yet we allow presidents—both Republican and Democrat—to unilaterally commit our troops to war situations on a whim, then go to Congress to ask for a rubber stamp on it.  Again, this type of war conduct is unlawful and should not be tolerated.]


Clause 12. To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

[Most people don’t know Congress can only raise and support the Army for only two years at a time. (the Air Force, which was once a part of the Army, is at the mercy of Congress). The original thought was this would prevent a standing army by sending all the troops home after a war was finished.  However, Congress simply keeps appropriating money every two years in perpetuity and keeps the Army in a constant state of alert in order to fill plush government contracts to private vendors who then kick a percentage of that money back to the Congressmen who vote to keep the charade going.


Clause 13. To provide and maintain a Navy;

[For those of you who balked at my notes in Clause 12 and complained that we need a strong, permanent national defense, here it is (plus Clauses 15 & 16, below).  Only the Navy is authorized to exist in perpetuity by the Constitution and this is the clause that elucidates that.  Now, as little as one ship would constitute a “Navy” to fulfill this mandate.  The Marines, while part of the Navy, do not fall under this clause.]


Clause 14. To make Rules of the government and Regulation of the land and naval forces;


Clause 15. To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress insurrections and repel Invasions;


Clause 16. To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

[Rather than fund and support a professional standing army, which the founders knew always led to a tyrannical police state such as what we are suffering under now, the Constitution allows for the Militia to be the ones who suppress insurrections and repel invasions.  The Militia is all able bodied men 18 to 45 years of age who are willing to be trained for military service.  The U.S. government and all communists and socialists despise putting this kind of power into the hands of the common man because it is a serious check against the power they want to exercise against the rest of society with a massive, bloated, dictatorial, authoritarian police state to violently extort money from and exploit the rest of their citizen-neighbors who they consider their slaves.  An armed and trained militia would actually be able to resist that exploitation which is why it’s encoded here in the Constitution as a safeguard to freedom and liberty.]


Clause 17. To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of Particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings  And;

[Read this clause very closely over and over again.  These are the only places the U.S. government has authority to enforce its laws.  It’s pretty plain English, but to make it plainer, the U.S. government can only enforce federal law in the District of Columbia, lands within a state that have actually been sold or ceded (given) to the U.S. government, federal buildings, military posts, bases and ports and U.S. territories and possessions (such as Puerto Rico and Guam).  That’s it.  The rest of the areas within the several states that do not fall under those criteria are off limits to U.S. government jurisdiction or law enforcement.  Yet, the feds prance around into the states on a daily basis to enforce their fake income tax “laws,” gun “laws,” health insurance “laws” etc. ad infinitum.  If we just held the feds to this one rule that they all swore to uphold, then most of the federal police state we suffer under today would disappear overnight.]


Clause 18. To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.


  That’s it.  These are the only things Congress has the authority to do and as you can see, they are severely limited geographically as to where they can actually enforce their laws and exercise their power.  All other laws and items of public interest are left up to the States and the people (see 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution).  Note:  Do you see anything about health care or health insurance in these rules?

   The command and control communist utopians who have hi-jacked our colleges, universities and news media cringe at the thought of limited powers at the federal level with the vast majority of the rest of those powers reserved to the individual states and the private citizenry.  You simply can’t make a slave class society and exploit the masses for financial gain with these kinds of limitations on the central government of a country.

   This is why colleges, universities and the ‘mainstream’ media are so hostile to the Constitution, and its dissemination throughout society because they understand if the people read the rule book and held politicians accountable by not re-electing those who violate those rules—their communist utopian slave state dreamland would crumble and all their financial profits disappear.

   Now that you’ve read the rules that limit Congress.  You can apply all legislation passed by Congress to this test to see if they are actually operating within the rules.  If you find your local Congressman or Senator is voting for laws that are in conflict or violation of these rules simply don’t rehire them when they run for re-election.   This isn’t about getting Democrats or Republicans out of office, it’s about getting the rule breakers out of office and once you’ve read the rule book you will find there are plenty of rule breakers on both sides of the political aisle.

   Study these rules and learn them.  Then elect only representatives who will truly follow them.  This will make you an enemy of the State since the Department of Homeland “Security” has deemed Constitutionalists as “Domestic Terrorists” but you’re only a terrorist to the criminals who want to exploit you for financial gain.  With that said, the Department of Homeland “Security” has got to be dissolved, too since they are a menace to a free society.


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