Signatures are unique. Some are flamboyant and hard to read while
others are neat and legible. One’s signature on a document declares
approval of the language therein, whether it be a formal contract, a
simple agreement, or a treaty between nations.
July 7, 1776, fifty-six signatories to the Declaration of
Independence thus pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred
honor as their commitment to uphold the unalienable rights granted to
all by God and later to be guaranteed by the Constitution of the United
States. From the flamboyant John Hancock to the neat and measured hand
of John Adams, these forefathers gave to us their posterity, a wonderful
gift of freedom that would be bought and paid for by the blood of
countless thousands then and down through the generations to now.
Fast forward to July 1998. President Clinton continues to put his
signature to every executive order he can get his hands on. And with
each stroke of his pen, precious freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution
are swept away with barely a peep from anyone, certainly from very few
Clinton’s executive orders bypass the will of Congress and the
people. They were designed to be few in number and are only to be used
in a limited capacity. This president signs them like checks at the toy
store but with far more serious implications.
The latest that we have been monitoring are twin executive orders
signed on May 14, 1998 and which will become law by Aug. 14 if not
challenged successfully. The first EO is titled “Federalism” #13083
(its twin is called “Consultation and Coordination with Indian
Governments”) and, at first glance, appears to be a reaffirmation of the
separation of powers between the federal government and the states. But
on careful perusal one discovers this is not the case. Instead, this EO
completely abrogates the 10th Amendment:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution,
nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States
respectively, or to the people.
Clinton’s EO 13083 revokes President Reagan’s EO 12612 of Oct. 26,
1987, which was an affirmation of the 10th Amendment and Reagan’s
commitment to return the powers of government to the people. Clinton’s
EO 13083 means that states’ and individuals’ rights will be subject to
“the whims of federal agencies.”
Clinton has always displayed a deep contempt for the Constitution and
for individual rights. He serves as the head thug, accompanied by his
first “thugess,” for those who would see our Constitutional Republic
turned over to a completely totalitarian state licking the boots of the
United Nations’ one-world government machine. There can be no doubt
about this. This is a man who obviously hates America and Americans.
Let’s go back to the Declaration of Independence. What were the
grievances against England’s King George enumerated there? Are they
relevant to and do they describe King Clinton and his court of
bureaucrats today? You be the judge:
He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary
for the public good.
He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing
importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should
be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend
He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large
districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of
representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them, and
formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual,
uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records,
for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his
He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with
manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause
others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of
annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise;
the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of
invasion from without and convulsions within.
He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that
purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing
to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the
conditions of new appropriation of lands.
He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing
his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.
He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of
their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms
of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies, without the
consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the military independent of and superior
to the civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign
to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent
to their acts of pretended legislation: for quartering large bodies of
armed troops among us; for protecting them, by a mock trial, from
punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants
of these states; … for taking away our charters, abolishing our most
valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our government;
for suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested
with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his
protection and waging war against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and
destroyed the lives of our people.
He is, at this time, transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries
to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny. …
He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas
to bear arms against their own country, to become the executioners of
their friends and brethren or to fall themselves by their hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us. …
Surely you see how our forefathers’ grievances against King George
closely parallel those we have against King Clinton?
Clinton’s policies are assuring degradation and destruction of our
natural resources, our industries, our individual rights and our
Let’s dethrone King Clinton, replace his “crown” with a dunce cap and
let him write across America’s blackboards, in his best penmanship,
“I’ve been a bad boy and I promise never to sign another executive order
as long as I live.” No, on second thought, let’s simply exercise that
new school policy called “zero tolerance” and expel him and his thugs
once and for all.
Hey, I’ll sign my name to that!
Trudy K. Thomas is a Southern California free-lance writer.