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“Constitution Support” Pushes Back Progressive Tyranny

The best guarantees of a republican form of government are individual knowledge and individual support of freedom throughout governments and organizations.

James Anthony
December 18, 2020

Novel Harms from Progressive Tyranny

To help older people live through the new SARS-CoV-2 respiratory virus, older people should be isolated until younger people build immunity that minimizes outbreaks [1].

Convenient fast tests would let younger people test themselves any day they were going to see older people and if they were infectious, stay away [2].

Instead, government people created great regulatory uncertainty that slowed what would have otherwise been very-fast development of fast tests; then approved a single $5 fast test but blocked people from testing themselves at home; and bought up the whole years’ supply and didn’t let anyone test daily.

Also, everyone should sleep well [3], let their temperature rise as high as 104°F [4], and intervene early with hydroxychloroquine plus zinc [5], with supplemental NAC [6], and with dexamethasone [7].

Here, government people and many healthcare researchers and providers mostly have at minimum not informed us about any these evidence-based actions we can proactively take on our own or seek from healthcare providers, to help ourselves. On legal, inexpensive generic hydroxychloroquine and its essential adjunct zinc, government people and nearly all researchers have done far worse: they have run studies and tests that haven’t considered zinc and that haven’t intervened early, and they have widely misinformed individuals by presenting these results as relevant. Government people even imposed bans on hydroxychloroquine for SARS-CoV-2, early on, right when the most people were the most vulnerable.

More generally, experience has shown that if political and public health leaders provide reassurance and keep medical care available, then people function as normally as possible, and this is the best possible response [8].

Instead, government people have debuted novel communitywide lockdowns that have greatly slowed the development of protective population immunity. These novel lockdowns have kept older people at elevated risk of exposure for a dramatically-longer period, greatly disrupted social institutions and individual liberty, and greatly harmed many people’s wealth and health.

A Tyrannical Form of Government

The St. Louis County Council delegated legislative authority to the St. Louis County Executive.

On April 22, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page signed an executive order decreeing that the Director of the Department of Health shall impose such mandatory rules, orders, or policies as is necessary and appropriate to protect public health and safety.

The Council voted to conduct oversight over the Executive, but the Executive vetoed and the Council didn’t override.

On November 12, Acting Director Emily Doucette ordered that people not leave or be outside their residences to meet people socially except as specifically allowed, not gather in groups of more than 10 people except as specifically allowed, not exceed 25% occupancy in businesses except as specifically allowed, quarantine generally for 14 days if they’ve spent 15 minutes within 6 feet of a person who tested positive, and wear face coverings indoors and outdoors if they’re 6 or older and if they may be within 6 feet of people not in their household.

On November 17, the Council introduced bills to let them formally use resolutions to cancel executive orders. A vote could take 4 to 6 weeks.

This is not the republican form of government that’s constitutionally guaranteed to the people of each state [9].

A republican form of government has ultimate control by citizens, has no executive with absolute power, and has the rule of law [10].

Not one of these protections is provided by the St. Louis County government in general, as shown by this government’s SARS-CoV-2 virus actions. Citizens do not have ultimate control to vote out of office the lawmaking Department of Health Acting Director Emily Doucette. The lawmaking St. Louis County Executive Sam Page has unchecked absolute power. And the County Council and County Executive Sam Page both defy the county charter that vests all lawmaking power in the council.

These actions are exercises of unconstitutional absolute power [11] in a county government. Exercises of unconstitutional absolute power are similarly systemic in the national government, state governments, other county governments, city governments, association governments (such as in homeowners associations, churches, and school boards), and companies.

In the latter cases like homeowners associations, churches, and companies, the organization members or customers are free to choose among such organizations. But when all individual organizations in a given region adopt a specific practice, then individual members or customers lose the choice of selecting a different organization to obtain a different desired practice. The collective power of such organizations to enforce the specific practice becomes like an unconstitutional government’s power—equally absolute [12].

Constitution Support

Absolute power must be eliminated, and could be eliminated simply.

Legislators could simply repeal past delegations of legislative power. Executives could simply only enforce statutes and codes and opinions that they themselves believe satisfy the applicable constitution or charter. Judges could simply opine constitutionally on cases that challenge the core problematic statutes or codes that delegate legislative power.

People with power over a larger region could simply use their own legislative, executive, or judicial power to oppose any exercise of absolute power in a subregion. People with power over smaller subregions could simply use their own power to oppose any exercise of absolute power over a larger region.

Each state-government officer and national-government officer is in fact under oath or affirmation to support [13] or protect [14] the Constitution. And anyway even without this formal deputization, each person’s conscience would require that they support the Constitution in each of their actions.

Despite this, we rarely see any aspect of unconstitutional Progressive governance opposed by any of the people who are in a position to oppose it. Progressive monopoly means that they never have to say they’re sorry. Also, Progressive monopoly means that they get to saturate us with misinformation—through government schools, government-supported research, and government-friendly media and social media and other crony companies.

Even so, absolute power can be eliminated securely through the actions of the rest of us.

The ultimate power comes from knowledge [15]. Individuals make use of huge amounts of information, choose the solutions that are best for each individual, take action immediately, and make course adjustments immediately. Always seek to understand what individuals would do if they were free, and always seek to understand each exact way that Progressive government people are stopping us.

Activists and media are first-movers in revolutions and in major-party formation [16]. Politicians are vigilant followers; once support by voters reaches critical mass, politicians jump on the bandwagon.

Grassroots activists can organize voter-information meetings where voters can share information with other voters about every race in every primary and election. Media people can inform us about the many ways that we, making choices for ourselves as customers and freely-acting individuals, take great care of ourselves. Also, media people can inform us how we will regain freedoms if government people simply repeal unconstitutional statutes and codes, execute only statutes and codes that the executives consider constitutional, opine constitutionally on cases, and guarantee a republican form of government in every region.

Wherever any of an organization’s people reject exercises of unconstitutional absolute power, there is that-much more freedom.

Ultimately if local support of the Constitution is to be sustainable, then in each place where activists and media successfully organize and inform others, we the people must form and grow a good major party.


  1. Anthony, James. “Living through Coronavirus, Living with Coronavirus” rConstitution.us, 11 Aug. 2020, rconstitution.us/living-through-coronavirus-living-with-coronavirus/. Accessed 18 Dec. 2020.
  2. Anthony, James. “Government Agencies Are Holding Back ‘Fast Tests’ that Could Be Saving Lives.” FEE.org, 19 Sep. 2020, fee.org/articles/government-agencies-are-holding-back-fast-tests-that-could-be-saving-lives/. Accessed 18 Dec. 2020.
  3. Cohen, Sheldon, et al. “Sleep Habits and Susceptibility to the Common Cold.” Archives of Internal Medicine, vol. 169, no. 1, 2009, pp. 62-7.
  4. Lwoff, Andre, “Factors Influencing the Evolution of Viral Diseases at the Cellular Level and in the Organism.” Bacteriological Reviews, vol. 23, no. 3, 1959, pp. 109-24.
  5. Anthony, James. “Hydroxychloroquine, Used Early, Is the Most-Effective COVID-19 Treatment, and Is Likely Much Better Given Supplemental Zinc.” rConstitution.us, 30 July 2020, rconstitution.us/hydroxychloroquine-used-early-is-the-most-effective-covid-19-treatment-and-is-likely-much-better-given-supplemental-zinc/. Accessed 18 Dec. 2020.
  6. Seheult, Roger. “Update 69: ‘NAC’ Supplementation and COVID-19 (N-Acetylcysteine).” MedCram, 11 May 2020, www.medcram.com/courses/take/coronavirus-outbreak-symptoms-treatment/lessons/12741441-update-69-nac-supplementation-and-covid-19-n-acetylcysteine. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.
  7. Horby, Peter, et al. “Effect of Dexamethasone in Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19 – Preliminary Report.” medRxiv.org, 22 June 2020, www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.06.22.20137273v1.full.pdf. Accessed 18 Dec. 2020.
  8. Inglesby, Thomas V., et al. “Disease Mitigation Measures in the Control of Pandemic Influenza.” Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science, vol. 4, no. 4, 2006, pp. 366-75.
  9. USA Constitution, art. IV, sec. 4.
  10. Natelson, Robert G. “A Republic, Not a Democracy? Initiative, Referendum, and the Constitution’s Guarantee Clause.” Texas Law Review, vol. 80, 2002, pp. 807-57.
  11. Anthony, James. “On the Reading of Old Constitutions.” rConstitution.us, 9 Oct. 2020, rconstitution.us/on-the-reading-of-old-constitutions/. Accessed 18 Dec. 2020.
  12. Boyack, Andrea. “Common Interest Community Covenants and the Freedom of Contract Myth.” Journal of Law and Policy, vol. 22, no. 2, 2014, pp. 767-844.
  13. USA Constitution, art. VI, cl. 3.
  14. USA Constitution, art. II, se. 1, cl. 8.
  15. Hayek, F. A. “The Use of Knowledge in Society.” The American Economic Review, vol. 35, no. 4, Sep. 1945, pp. 519-30.
  16. Cohen, Marty, et al. The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations before and after Reform. University of Chicago Press, 2009, pp. 47-80.

James Anthony is the author of The Constitution Needs a Good Party and rConstitution Papers, publishes rConstitution.us, and has written articles in The Federalist, American Thinker, and Foundation for Economic Education. He’s an experienced chemical engineer with a master’s in mechanical engineering.


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