HOLOGRAM of LIBERTY: The Constitution’s Shocking Alliance With Big Government

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    Civic Belief #1: The Congress was given few specific powers. All else was left to the States and to the people under the 10th Amendment. Ample checks and balances protect the Republic from federal tyranny.

    Civic Belief #2: The Federal Government has become so powerful only because despotic officials have overstepped their strict, constitutional bounds.

    If #1 is true, then how did #2 happen?

    "The Constitution has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it." Lysander Spooner, No Treason (1870)

    Think about that. By either the Constitution's purposeful design or by its unintentional weakness, we suffer under a federal colossus which takes a third of our lives and regulates everything from alfalfa to xylophones. This is Freedom? So, why aren't Americans free? Perhaps we weren't really meant to be!

    hol· o· gram (häl' e gram) n. [< Gr. holos, whole + gramma, writing]
    2. a document falsely representing itself as an accurate metaphor

    lib· er· ty (lib'er tee) n. [< L. liber, free] 1. freedom from slavery

    Hologram of Liberty: The Constitution's Shocking Alliance With Big Government is a cold splash of water on our civic mythology. Hologram's main contention is that the 1787 Convention, its Constitution and Federal Government was the most brilliant and subtle coup d'etat in political history. While the majority of Americans then were Jeffersonian in nature, a few Hamiltonian Federalists eradicated our Swiss-style Confederation and replaced it with a latent leviathan. The Federal Government was given several escape keys to the putative handcuffing by the Constitution. Using the "necessary and proper" and "general welfare" clauses in conjunction with congressional powers under treaty, interstate commerce, and emergency, the "Founding Lawyers" of 1787 purposely designed a constitutional infrastructure guaranteed to facilitate a future federal colossus. While such a massive government was impossible to erect in the freedom-conscious 1780s, the "virus" of tyranny was cunningly hidden within the Constitution to foment the eventual federal behemoth we are burdened with today. The feds take in a third of economic activity and regulate everything from the price of corn to the size of chimneys and it's all constitutional!" Oh, it's only 'constitutional' because autocratic Supreme Court Justices say it is!," some would reply.

    Yes, but the Framers allowed the Supreme Court, without any check or balance, to approve of federal encroachment on the States and on the people. There is no constitutional avenue for overturning a despotic Supreme Court ruling—and it was designed that way. The feds are allowed to "monitor" themselves, like students grading their own tests. Had the Framers wanted to really check the Supreme Court, they'd have at least created an appellate court (activated by petition) staffed by justices from the States. Had the Framers wanted to really hamstring Congress and the President, they would have given the people a "no-confidence" device to remove traitorous officials in midterm. Had they wanted to, the Framers could have (as did the Swiss) easily confined the Federal Government—but they didn't want to. In their opinion, a strong central government—independent of real popular approval—was best for America. The Framers left the federal fleas in control of their own flea powder, and that's why we have such an unchallengeable government today.

    Most conservatives and libertarians believe that the Constitution and its Framers were Jeffersonian and laissez-faire. They were not, and they never claimed to be. This Jeffersonian gloss is echoic of two things: 1) What the Constitution was sold as to the people through The Federalist, and 2) How the Constitution, according to Jefferson, should have been interpreted under strict constructionism. Add the Red, White, and Blue, July 4th, the Founding Fathers and George Washington and you've got a civic religion with its unique parchment worship. There are but three ways to view anything, including the Constitution:

    • The way you see it.
    • The way you would like it to be.
    • The way it really is.

    Friends of freedom have gazed dreamily at the Constitution for two centuries, fusing #1 with #2 to create a false #3. We need to snap out of our parchment worship and coldly study the predicament of Liberty—before it's too late. Liberty-loving folks need to quickly understand that freedom is not well-served by the current Constitution. Neither is tyranny. It is Royce's firm opinion that the Constitution will be radically amended, if not abolished altogether, by "us" or "them" within 10 years. Royce proves that the States and the people were politically "checkmated" at ratification, and discusses his three peaceful solutions prior the imminent insurrection now brewing. The goal of Hologram of Liberty is to spark an active synthesis of Libertarians, Patriots, and Conservatives to prevent a 21st century Dark Age in America.

    There hasn't been an innovative theory about the Constitution in 84 years, since Charles Beard's An Economic Interpretation. We are long overdue for a paradigm shift to political reality. It's time to complete the story with Hologram of Liberty, the Jeffersonian/anti-federalist epilogue. Our window of opportunity for reestablishing freedom is quickly running out and we simply don't have time for comforting old fantasies. Hologram of Liberty is the freshest research on the Constitution since 1913.

    Softcover, 332 pages + appendix with original documents + index

    1      Political Magic

    But the Constitution was inspired by God!
    But the Founders were free-market guys!
    "Sacred cows make the best hamburgers"
    The "Constitution for the Newstates of America"

    2 "What Have Ye Wrought?"
    1770's to 1787
    Committee of Correspondence
    The First Continental Congress
    The Second Continental Congress
    1781-87: The Articles of Confederation
    September 1786: The Annapolis Convention
    Autumn 1786: Shay's Rebellion
    Overview of the Constitution
    The quiet revolution over time
    The wide range of government

3      The Slam-dunk

    Cleverly bypassing the State legislatures
    The fast break
    The Federalist: A fantastic propaganda effort!
    The people were suspicious and nervous
    The federalists' dirty tactics
    Dirty politics pays off

4      Feds Are On-line
    30 April 1789     75
    Congress (predictably) balks at Bill of Rights   75
    The Judiciary Act of 1789    79


    An overview of Hamiltonianism    83
    Rewarding speculators and stiffing veterans    84
    "a national debt...a national blessing"    86

    The coup de grâce--the Bank of the U.S.    89
    The effect of Hamilton's measures in toto   93
    1798: The Alien and Sedition Acts    94
    The 1800 election: Freedom or Tyranny?   98
    1803: Marbury v. Madison    100
    So, what is my point?     101
    "Welcome" to the Union...    102

    5      Concerns Then...Nightmares Today
    Federal "supreme" law gutted state authority    106
     "and all treaties made, or which shall be made..."   109
    Justices decide on their own federal brethren    117

    Supreme Court "interprets" Constitution    118

    States and people have no real political recourse    122
    Constitutional amendments difficult    123
    Feds control both the military and militias!    123
    Executive orders     126
    Other misc. details of the rigged Constitution    127
    "But the feds can do it!"    129
    The anti-federalists foresaw today's tyranny    129

    Some thoughts on the Constitution in general    134

6      Trickery's Origin

    From the "u.S.A." to the "U.S."   138
    "U.S." or "U.S.A."--so what?    140

    Federal citizenship vs. state Citizenship    141
    Back to our "U.S." story    144

    "We the People of the United States"    147


    7     Hamilton...Covert Bankster Agent?

    Hamilton's unexplained comings and goings    151
    A temporary setback for the Federalists    157

8      The Hard Truth
    DEATH BY "DEMOCRACY"     165

    The myth of "the people"    168
    The madness of modern "law enforcement"    169

    On the Study of Law     171

    9      Cure The Patient, Kill The Doctor
    WHAT CAN BE DONE NOW?    175

    Dramatic reversals by the current officials     176
    Impeachment of Congressmen and Justices   177

    New President using beneficial executive orders    179
    Virtuous constitutional amendments    180

    A 3rd party Renaissance     185
    Peaceful nullification by counties, juries, etc.    186
    Virtuous Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) 188
    Secession of the states     188
    12 Tips for Toppling Tyrants, by Claire Wolfe 193
    Are we headed for a civil/race war?    193

    Gee, what's the good news?    196

    10    Answers, Please!

    "Income" is undefined by Congress and the IRS 199
    Does a paycheck="net profits" and "income?" 201
    "Gain derived...from labor" 205

    How the Fed intentionally destroyed our money 215
    Dumping the "Federal Reserve Notes" 216
    Private, local money alternatives 218

    Here's my idea     230
    The Liberty Amendment    230
    Defense, Congress, and the courts    233

    11    The 10th Amendment vs. "commerce" clause

    History of U.S. interstate "commerce" power 243
    Forcing action vs. prohibiting action 251
    Back to Colorado's 10th Amendment Resolution 255
    Will the FFAs defeat Wickard's "affects?" 257

    The FFAs are waiting for courageous men 259

    It's probably time for the 10th's funeral 262
    Will the Supreme Court ever reverse Wickard? 263
    Some 21st Century hope? 265

12     Constitutional Convention (ConCon)
    Back in the mid-1970s 271
    The "Balanced Budget Amendment" 272
    Again, in the mid-1990s 273
    Watch out for a future disguised ConCon 274

    13     Constitutions of the Ages

    Tugwell's 1948 proposed "World Constitution" 295


14      Post-1997 Hologram
    GETTING THERE... 310


15     And Now, Back to Reality...

    10 Signs America is becoming 3rd-world before our eyes 319

    10 Steps to a Dictatorship, by Naomi Wolf 319
    One small problem... 319

    Introducing...Patriot Light! A third less courage
 than the regular Patriot! 321
    The First American Revolution 322

    There were no "Patriot Lights" in 1776 323


    The Declaration of Independence A/1
    Federalists vs. Anti-federalists B/1
    Constitution for the United States of America C/1


    Selected excerpts from:
    Chapter 1 - Political Magic

    That investigation into the nature and construction of the new constitution, which the conspirators have so long and zealously struggled against, has, notwithstanding their partial success, so far taken place as to ascertain the enormity of their criminality. That system which was pompously displayed as the perfection of government, proves upon examination to be the most odious system of tyranny that was ever projected, a many headed hydra of despotism, whose complicated and various evils would be infinitely more oppressive and afflictive than the scourge of any tyrant: . .
     . .
    No wonder then that such a discovery should excited uneasy apprehensions in the minds of the conspirators, for such an attempt against the public liberties is unprecedented in history, it is a crime of the blackest dye, as it strikes at the happiness of millions and the dignity of human nature, as it was intended to deprive
    [Americans] of the choicest blessings of life and the oppressed of all nations of an asylum [of liberty].

    These are strong words. The words of a prophet usually are. Samuel Bryan as "Centinel" published this in 1788. ... Through his forecasted "distraction of misery" Americans did not understand their government to be that "many headed hydra of despotism."

    Whomever sets the rules of the game determines the winner. As formed, the Federal Government is like quicksilver in your hand—there's no way to really clench it. The feds have several constitutional escape routes which have proven more than adequate to defeat any conceivable restraint. The people and their States were checkmated back it 1798. The "game" was, constitutionally speaking, decided at that time. It's just taken 208 years of board moves for the checkmate to painfully materialize.

    "It is freedom, gentlemen. It is freedom and not a choice of servitude for which we contend. We entertain no jealousy of the present Congress, but who knows but in some future corrupt times there may be a Congress which may form a design upon the liberties of the people. And will it be difficult to execute such a design when they have the absolute command of the navy, the army, and the purse?" - John Adams.

    By now, many (if not most) Americans would agree that the Federal Government is busily unbuckling its constitutional straightjacket. What they cannot describe 1) How the government managed to get out, and how to put the government back in its straightjacket and keep it there. While ideas on 2) vary widely, the general consensus of 1) is that somehow the government cheated. By "cheated," the Congress and the President have overstepped their bounds. The keener public understand that the Supreme Court's "cheating" has been most detrimental to Liberty.

    However, the straightjacket designers had foreseen the shoulder's guaranteed dislocation, yet did nothing to prevent it. Why not? For simple filial reasons: the intended prisoner was actually the son of straightjacket designers! (If coerced to constrain m son, I'd leave him some way out.)

    During the ratification debates, sly, theoretical assuagements from the federalists were the rule "Tyranny could not possibly happen with the Constitution's checks and balances!" Folks, there are no real "checks and balances" amongst the three branches of government. No branch has any real motive in restraining the others. Fed "blood" is thicker than the "water" of the people or of the states. Government is only appetite. It is never satiated; it always wants more. Its interest is far different from the people's interest. Can anything be more plain?

    If there is indeed true hope for Freedom—that the Constitution is the competent straightjacket of its Federalist ad copy, then I will cheerfully don the repute of a crank. I'd like to be refuted from a true desire to be wrong about all this. Somebody please show me any definitive evidence disproving my contention that:

    1) Federal expansion and intrusion is subject to no real, practical, enforceable constitutional limits, and
    2) The circumstantial, historical evidence clearly supports the Constitution being conceived, planned, debated, ratified and executed with the goal of relentless, unstoppable federal expansion at the expense of the States, the people, and freedom in general.

    It should bear notice that my research did not rely upon "Patriot" resources, but was drawn from the works of utterly "orthodox" historians, encyclopediasts, and biographers. So should any attempted refutation.

    The United States Constitution: A Hologram of Liberty
    A Review of the Kenneth W. Royce (a.k.a. Boston T. Party) Book

    By Tom Baugh, author of Starving the Monkeys

    A few months ago I read Boston T. Party's book Hologram of Liberty for the first time, and I was shocked. Until then, I was as much of a die-hard Constitutionalist as is possible for someone to be. Not any more.

    This book is a well-researched, scholarly dissection of the frauds surrounding the convention, the framing and the ratification of the Constitution for the United States of America. Any thinking person who reads this book should walk away angry at the hoax that has been perpetrated on the people of this country. So why hasn't this happened in droves? Two reasons.

    First, this books strikes at the core of all contemporary political debate. Don't let the publication date of 1997 fool you; the material here is timeless. With a complete grasp of these ideas, it is easy to see that the left-right debate is merely a pointless sham. Powerful interests derive their power from your participation in a heated struggle, and don't want you to realize that the struggle itself is based on a lie.

    Second, people want to believe in the nobility of the framers. Popular conservative talk show hosts are currently putting on such ridiculous eulogizings as "Founders Fridays" to prop up this myth. Yet, those people were fallible, like everyone else, and equally susceptible to the corruption of power, and gullible to fraud. Boston provides many examples in this book of how many of our nobility were complicit in speculative equity and land deals in ways that would make modern schemers blush.

    For these reasons, and others, you won't find many tea party flag-wavers who will enjoy this book very much. Instead, those people will dismiss it, and the author, as treasonous, because that doesn't require the thought that this book demands.

    Consider the following from the back cover:

    Civic Belief #1

    Congress was given few specific powers. All else was left to the States and to the people. Ample checks and balances protect the Republic from federal tyranny.

    Civic Belief #2

    The Federal Government has become so powerful only because despotic officials have overstepped their strict constitutional bounds.

    If #1 is true, then how did #2 happen?

    As Lysander Spooner described it over a century ago:

    "The Constitution has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it."

    Think about that. By either the Constitution's purposeful design, or by its unintentional weakness, we suffer a federal colossus which takes a third of our lives and regulates everything from axles to yarn.

    So, why aren't Americans free? Perhaps we weren't really meant to be!

    For example, the feds "monitor" themselves through the Supreme Court, like students grading their own tests! Where is any "check and balance" in that? There is no constitutional way to repeal Supreme Court rulings, and this was no accident. The Framers could have (as did the swiss) quite easily confined the Federal Government, but they didn't want to.

    The "Founding Lawyers" of 1787 left the federal fleas in control of their own flea powder, and that's why we have an unchallengeable government today. Cleverly designed to be weak, the Constitution is more form than substance, or else Freedom would ring in America.

    Kenneth Royce proves that the States and the American people were politically "checkmated" 210 years ago, and discusses his three peaceful solutions prior to the imminent insurrection now brewing. Hologram of Liberty is truly the groundbreaking, vital analysis of the Constitution.

    It is astonishing that this book, given its age, isn't the cornerstone of every libertarian or liberty event in the country. It is disturbing that so few people involved in those movements have read it, or in some cases, even heard about it. Neither had I, of course, but I was blown away when I read it. Now, many things make more sense, including the gut-level triteness of most neo-patriots, who cheer something they haven't taken the time to fully understand. Yet, this book explains why the protections of the Constitution necessarily shrink over time, while the powers expand without bound. Boston clearly explains why our current political environment is a direct consequence of the Constitution, and not in spite of it.

    Oh, and for all you veterans (of which I am one), remember that oath you took to the Constitution? Your oath was obtained by fraud, and as such, you are ethically released from any obligation to it. So proceed accordingly. Don't believe me? Then read this book and decide for yourself.

    Kenneth W. Royce (founder of Free State Wyoming), is a shooting instructor, speaker, and the author of 13 Boston T. Party books on guns, history, law, politics, privacy, and government. His Boston's Gun Bible is a classic within the shooting community, and his novel Molon Labe! has inspired a recent relocation wave to Wyoming. 


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