|Government influenced by Bad Epigovernment|
I am going to give some examples of epigovernment, perfectly legitimate, centuries old, obvious, and in-plain-sight examples of ongoing and real, every day epigovernment.
I give these examples to help those who tremble at the notion of "conspiracy theory" due to exposure to years of propaganda aimed at indoctrinating us against critical thinking about a valid subject (cf. On The Origin of "Conspiracy Theory").
The first example of proper epigovernment is the federal government as a supreme government over state governments:
Article VI, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, known as the Supremacy Clause, establishes the U.S. Constitution, federal statutes, and U.S. Treaties as "the supreme law of the land." The text provides that these are the highest form of law in the U.S. legal system, and mandates that all state judges must follow federal law when a conflict arises between federal law and either the state constitution or state law of any state.(Wikipedia, "Supremacy Clause"). Likewise, state governments are valid epigovernments over county governments, and county governments are valid epigovernments over municipal (city) governments.
The Supremacy Clause only applies if Congress is acting in pursuit of its constitutionally authorized powers. Federal laws are valid and are supreme, so long as those laws were adopted in pursuance of—that is, consistent with—the Constitution. Nullification is the legal theory that states have the right to nullify, or invalidate, federal laws which they view as being unconstitutional; or federal laws that they view as having exceeded Congresses’ constitutionally authorized powers. The Supreme Court has rejected nullification, finding that under Article III of the Constitution, the power to declare federal laws unconstitutional has been delegated to the federal courts and that states do not have the authority to nullify federal law.
Thus, the nature of the concept of Epigovernment is not that epigovernment is ipso facto wrong in its proper place, rather the concept of epigovernment in this series is the wrongful supplanting of "the interests of the many" with "the interests of the few", such as the interests of the 99% being supplanted by the interests of the 1%.
That supplanting or overthrow of government by improper epigovernment (e.g. A Tale of Coup Cities - 6) is expressed in the following clause of the Constitution of the State of New Hampshire, one of our 50 sovereign states:
“Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men...(The Common Good - 8, emphasis added). In that clause, improper epigovernment is thus defined as using government for "the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men", instead of using government for the common good of the whole community, the whole nation.
The remedy for such an improper epigovernment is also expressed as:
Article 10. Right of Revolution(The Common Good - 8, emphasis added). The bottom line is that there is a time when the government of, by, and for the people toward the common good is overthrown by the few, who then begin to plunder and otherwise oppress the people (cf. MOMCOM: The Private Parts and MOMCOM - A Mean Welfare Queen).
... therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.
At such times the people, in order to maintain good government, that is, government free of improper epigovernment, must do something about it.
They must resist any such improper Epigovernment's influence over their government, and must do so with all their hearts, minds, and souls.
The current variety of improper epigovernment is further explained in earlier posts in this series (Epigovernment: The New Model) --as well as in additional Dredd Blog posts (see e.g. The Homeland: Big Brother Plutonomy - 9).
The next post in this series is here, the previous post in this series is here.
"Lean on Me", Al Green