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“Power of the Purse” and “Power of the Sword”

WE THE PEOPLE removed the possibility of any monetary mischief by government officials by disabling States and Congress from using silver and gold only as “Money” in all governmental fiscal transactions and court decisions.

Last Updated on July 11, 2022 by Constitutional Militia


“Power of the Purse” and “Power of the Sword”

Two principles of political science that have existed for centuries are fundamental powers in the founding documents: the power of the purse and the power of the sword. These are two fundamental principles for maintaining any government. Although our founding documents do not use these exact terms, the principles are self-evident.

Power of the Purse – That is the power to command wealth and redistribute it through taxes to pay for public services.

Power of the Sword – That is military coercion. The essence of government is coercion, to make people perform their duties or suffer some other consequence.

These two great powers of government are linked—without the “power of the purse” you cannot pay for the “sword” and without “the power of the sword” you cannot fill the “purse”.

We refer to the Declaration of Independence which asserted these two powers:

“…to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them,…”

The source of these powers is not the individual or the group “society”, or any individuals or “group’s” subjective views about politics. It is something objective, something in the nature of man. This is a subject much written about known as “Natural Law”. So the Founders did not create the principle, they adopted it and placed it in the Declaration of Independence :

“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends (the security of inalienable rights), it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

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