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A PRIMER ON “MARTIAL LAW”

No American alive today can believe that the men who wrote the Declaration of Independence, who acted upon it to separate the Colonies from and to conduct a long and sanguinary war against Great Britain, and who upon the strength of the Declaration then enacted constitutions for their States and the United States ever imagined that the powers to behave in the fashion of George III—powers that he had used to bring about “a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object [that] evince[d] a design to reduce [Americans] under absolute Despotism”; and powers the very use of which justified the invocation and exercise of “the[ people’s] right, * * * their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security”—were among the “just powers” that “Governments * * * instituted among Men, deriv[e] * * * from the consent of the governed”. And no American alive today can believe that WE THE PEOPLE in that era authorized the States and then the United States in their constitutions to do what the Declaration of Independence had just condemned as “abuses”, “injuries[,] and usurpations” aiming at nothing less than “absolute Despotism” and “absolute Tyranny”.

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