Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Life, liberty reserved for living

Editor,

The United States Constitution is a trust, so named the United States, into which party A., “we the people” pledge a property for the beneficial use of party, B. “ourselves and our posterity,” forever and ever.

The property pledged into this trust is the property of life, liberty, and the pursuit thereof.

The property of this trust is left to the living, to ourselves and those yet to come, and is not left to the dead.

The “public official” makes oath or affirmation to defend the properties of this trust, life, liberty, and the pursuit thereof from the claims of the dead.

This trust is reserved for the living and not for the dead as Thomas Jefferson so eloquently stated in his letter to Madison, “the earth belongs in usufruct to the living, that the dead have neither powers nor rights over it."

John Swenson
Ronan

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