TVA analogy to Declaration of Independence
April 9, 2016
The following was written to a correspondent several years ago on the 4th of July and it is obvious that the Constitution needs to take the further step, as you suggest, to amend it; Article 5, by the States. The wording of the Amendment may or may not consider the formation of a New State.
In any case, it would be a daunting task. I believe there is plenty of support for such an Amendment showing the federal government that the States are sovereign and cannot be overrun with rules and regulations from Washington. Many States have a bone to pick with the feds.
Shall we venture further down this road that is full of potholes? I say, yes.
Your comments already on this indicate to me you are willing to go the second mile.
This is an example of how the “king,” now the federal government, is like the King of England nearly 300 years ago. With deep honor, this play on words is used to see what was fought against then is becoming applicable today with the insidious tentacles of the TVA throughout the Tennessee River Valley region.”
Under the cover of the Tennessee Valley Authority, a federal agency, it has manipulated about $10 billion a year to their own purposes often to the detriment of TVA’s 4.6 million ratepayers.”
Declaration of Independence from the TVA
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for the people of the Tennessee Valley Authority Territory to dissolve the political bands called for in the U.S. Constitution who are entitled to a decent respect to the opinions of the residents therein, that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self evident that the ratepayers of TVA should not bear the burdens of inefficient management and wasteful spending heretofore exhibited in a $25 billion debt owed by all ratepayers.
That gross negligence of TVA management has resulted in additional billions of dollars required to be paid by ratepayers that should not have been incurred.
That while previous managers of TVA held down expenses to provide lower than usual electricity rates, present management under the new Board of Directors structure recently approved by the Congress has shown a complete disregard of ratepayers’ concerns.
That when any form of government becomes destructive of the just powers of the people governed by the TVA, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it.
That government programs long established such as the TVA should not be changed for light and transient causes. 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.
Such has been the patient sufferance of approximately 9 million citizens in parts of seven sovereign states in the Southeastern United States; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their relationship with the Tennessee Valley Authority. The history of the present TVA is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the continued establishment of an absolute monopoly. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid remaining 43 United States.
Through the TVA Act of 1933, it prohibits the governors in seven states to enact legislation that would require approval of those states before electricity rates could be increased; large districts of people relinquish their right of representation in their several legislatures, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
The TVA Board of Directors has held meetings at places unusual and distant from the depository of their public records in Atlanta, Georgia, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with their measures.
TVA has erected a multitude of offices and sent hither swarms of officers to harass the people in the TVA Territory.
TVA has kept among the people a police force without the consent of the seven legislatures.
TVA has combined with others to subject the people to a jurisdiction foreign to State Constitutions, and unacknowledged by State laws.
• For imposing taxes upon the people through electricity rates without the consent of the people in seven states;
• For abolishing the free system of laws in a neighboring State, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging the boundaries to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these States.