Continued – The Greater Depression – Catalyst for Change
A Solution Presented
Whills was visibly shaken by the losses in the Lower Courts. Some sources (2) reported that President Whills would roam the residence floors of the White House, throwing tantrums and destroying objects both personal and historical. While these reports cannot be confirmed, it is a simple fact that forty-seven objects of historical significance are now missing from the inventory of the White House. When considering the events to come, this is not a ‘smoking gun’ pointing directly at Whills, though most historians agree that Whills was likely to have destroyed at least some of the missing objects with his well-documented outburst.
Weeks went by while the Supreme Court considered the arguments presented both for and against the Federal Jobs Act of 2012. Whills, desperate to save the political capital he’d invested in the Act, was struck with an epiphany in late May, 2013. While most, even now, see it as a brilliant idea, it was unconventional to say the least, and Whills was not one for conventional politics. Instead of reaching out within his own party, or even to a member of the opposing party, Whills scheduled a televised speech, and sought out another newly-elected, ‘independent’, far right house member – Representative John Carl of Alaska.
On June 2nd, 2013, President Whills made his televised speech. While this is not unusual, it’s execution was highly irregular. Every channel, be they over air, cable, or online, carried the speech. Whills speech was also simultaneously broadcast over all the radio frequencies, commercial and emergency channels. It was a never before seen level of manipulation in the communications between a Government of the People, and the People that elected said Government. History tells us that this event was orchestrated and coordinated months in advance, but at the time, no one was aware of the level of control that President Whills already had at his command.
a Direct Address to the People
Sitting in the Oval Office, Whills reached out to speak directly to the American People, and presented an idea.
“There are forces in this country that want to actively work against you – the American People – in order to subjugate you. These people, and I use that term loosely, have brought court case after court case, in order to keep you from having the secured right to work, the right to dignity; the right to have a meaningful place in our Society. These forces are intelligent, well-funded, and they are using our laws, put in place by our Founding Fathers, to manipulate the courts into declaring the Federal Jobs Act of 2012 as an ‘unconstitutional overreach of power’. They are working hard to take your jobs from you, to take your livelihood away. They are literally taking the food you’ve earned out of the mouths of your children.
“I cannot stand by and let this happen. While I too am bound by the courts, and the Constitution of this Great Country, there is a solution to resolve this question once and for all, and remove the ability of those who wish to control us, to do so through the Court System”
-President Robert R. Whills
With this, President Whills called over Representative Carl, who added the following:
“Tomorrow morning, I will introduce on the Floor of the House of Representatives, a Constitutional Amendment, that will once and for all resolve the legal questions regarding the Federal Jobs Act of 2012. Once that amendment is approved and ratified by two-thirds of the States, there will no longer be a question of the Constitutionality of the Act. With this amendment, we will have the authority to keep the Federal Jobs Act in place, ensuring that you, the American People, are never again without work, never again without a paycheck, and never again put in the jeopardy of being unemployed.”
.The transmission ended with President Whills, an American Flag draped over his left shoulder, commanding the people to contact their Senators, contact their Representatives, and contact their State Governments, to demand immediate approval and ratification of this amendment, before the Supreme Court could come back with a decision.
History would look back on this moment as the beginning of the end for any meaningful form of Democracy in America at the time. The Supreme Court was due to be back in session on August 31st, 2013. Through a never-before seen coordination of Federal and State actions, the 28th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified and approved, and became law on August 15th, 2013, when Missouri approved and ratified the amendment, giving the final nod needed for the two-thirds majority. By manipulating the public, and by manipulating the legislative branch, as well as the States and their legislatures, President Whills had pushed through a Constitutional Amendment, and done so more quickly than any Amendment in American History; far faster than even the ratification of the Constitution itself. The courts had been undercut, and effectively bypassed. Since the 28th Amendment was now an approved, ratified part of the Constitution, no court in the land could find it to be unconstitutional. And while the purpose of the 28th Amendment was supposed to uphold the Federal Jobs Act, there was a portion of the specific wording in the Amendment that would soon be used, and not for the purposes one would hope.
The Text of the 28th Amendment:
Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. This is a re-enforcement of law established in the fourteenth Amendment.
Section 2. Given that Employment is a necessary and required portion of life, and indeed required to ensure liberty, and property, which are guaranteed rights and privileges to citizens of the United States, meaningful work options and availability are recognized as a required portion of the life of a citizen, for without such, no liberty, prosperity, or freedom can exist.
Section 3. No person or entity, be they State, Corporation, or other entity, shall be allowed to infringe on the right of a citizen to hold meaningful employment, even if said employment is provided by the State (be they Regional,or Federal), as long as the citizen’s contribution to civil society is gainful and agreed upon by a general consensus.
Section 4. The validity of the Right and Privilege of the Administrative and Legislative Branches of the United States, authorized by law, to manage and encourage said employment, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume the right to hold this power null or void. Any debt or obligation incurred by the the United States, or any court action challenging the rights granted in this amendment, shall be held illegal and void.
Section 5. The Congress and the Administrative shall have power to enforce, by appropriate Legislation or Executive Order, the provisions of this article.
With the provisions of the Federal Jobs Act of 2012 now firmly secured as irrefutable Law with the adoption of the 28th Amendment, it was widely expected that Corporations would start hiring again, and the furloughed workers would be called back to their positions in Government-led projects.
This is not what happened.