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Are Those Shackles Comfortable?

by Neal Ross

Sunday, April 04, 2010

A little over a year after being sworn into office, Barack Obama signed into law a health care reform bill which forges one more shackle which places us, the American people, one step further into bondage to them, the government.

While the democratic leadership giddily celebrated their victory, I was left asking myself what is next on their agenda? Is it another attempt at amnesty for over 20 million illegal aliens, or is it the passage of the Cap and Trade Act which would make it next to impossible for you to sell your home unless you retrofitted it to meet stringent energy conservation rules? Whatever it is that they set their sights on, it won’t be good for us, the people.

Most people, whether or not they agree with the policies of their government, still go on living their lives as if nothing is wrong in this country. They are blind to the fact that with each new law their freedom and their liberty is restricted a bit more. Just because you do not see a cell does not mean that you are not a slave!

I often wonder if our elected representatives even understand the constitution which they swear an oath to uphold. I have long since given up on a majority of the people of this country understanding it.

If they did, they would realize that it created a government that was designed to manage the general affairs of the nation; create its currency, post roads, settle disputes over commerce, and a few other general items. It was never intended that it legislate upon the affairs concerning the individual, as does this monstrous new health care law.

As of late I have been asking myself a question with increasing frequency. I have been wondering, as smart as our nations founders were, how could they not have seen what would happen to this country under the system of government that they were creating?

Former President Kennedy said, “I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent and of human knowledge that has ever been gathered together at the White House – with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.” To say something like that about an individual shows the level of respect that is held for their level of intellect.

So, how could someone that smart, that learned on politics, human nature, and a host of other subjects, not foresee the possible weaknesses in the constitution which would allow for the government to expand its power well beyond what was intended?

It has been said that these flaws were intentionally introduced into the constitution by its creators. I wonder how many people know that those who attended the Constitutional Convention, overstepped their legal authority by drafting it?

The intent of the convention was merely to amend the Articles of Confederation, which stated that the states had merely entered into “a firm league of friendship with each other, for their common defense, the security of their liberties, and their mutual and general welfare, binding themselves to assist each other, against all force offered to, or attacks made upon them, or any of them, on account of religion, sovereignty, trade, or any other pretense whatever.

Even after the constitution was written, it took a momentous effort to get it ratified by the states. The states feared any strong central government that would intrude upon their sovereignty, or infringe upon the rights of the individual. If they could only have gazed into the future and saw what would happen if they voted in favor of the constitution maybe they would never have voted in favor of it.

But how have we gotten to the point where we are today? Author Kenneth W. Royce writes, “The framers well knew that growth in their beloved Federal Government could only be achieved gradually over time in leapfrogging fashion, branch over branch through political sleight-of-hand.

The people of this country are too preoccupied with whatever it is they do in their spare time to understand what true liberty is, and how they have never tasted it. With each succeeding administration, with each succeeding Congress, new laws are enacted which strip away one more facet of their liberty. And as John Adams once said, “But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.

There will come a time when the people realize that but when it happens will it be too late to do anything about it is the question. There are some who are not willing to let it get that far.

When I enlisted in the Air Force, just over thirty-one years ago I raised my right hand and swore an oath which stated, “I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…

Just because I am no longer actively serving in the armed forces does not mean that oath is any less binding to me. As flawed as it may be, I will fight to my last breath to try and restore our government to the limited one it describes.

There are many Americans who feel the same as I do, that they are willing to fight, and possibly die, defending the principles of freedom and liberty. In drafting the Kentucky Resolutions, Thomas Jefferson wrote, ““Resolved, That the several States composing the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their General Government . . . . and that whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force. . . . that the government created by this compact [the Constitution for the United States] was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to itself; since that would have made its discretion, and not the Constitution, the measure of its powers; . . . . that this would be to surrender the form of government we have chosen, and live under one deriving its powers from its own will, and not from our authority;.

Jefferson is also quoted as saying, “Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.

James Madison once said, “If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands…they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress… Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America.

Even with all these statements concerning the limits imposed upon the powers of the government, it has still grown exponentially, and, of late, with increasing frequency. So, if you are a lover of freedom, what are you to do?

In 1776 Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, which states, “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.

Edward Abbey once said, “A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” James Madison is quoted as saying, “A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country.

In recent years, the militia has become something that is feared by the general public. Our government, and the media, have ensured that when the term militia is mentioned, people envision a bunch of radicals intent on overthrowing the government. With the events of 9/11, and the ensuing legislation passed in its aftermath, the militia can now be classified as domestic terrorists.

Yet, for the most part, they are merely people who cherish their freedom a bit more than their lives. George Mason once said, “I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few public officials.

The militia, as intended by the founders, no longer exists. It has been replaced by the National Guard, which is an offshoot of the military which is under the control of the government. This is what was considered by our founders as a standing army, and it was considered as a serious threat to our liberty.

Anyone who recalls Hurricane Katrina may remember the footage of National Guardsmen confiscating the weapons of those who remained in New Orleans after the passage of the Hurricane. The military, a standing army, was disarming the public, which comprises the militia.

Elbridge Gerry was our fifth Vice-President, serving under James Madison. He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and the Articles of Confederation. He refused to sign the Constitution because it did not include a Bill of Rights.

During the floor debate over the second amendment, Gerry is quoted as saying, “Whenever governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins

(1 Annals of Congress August 17, 1789)

Recently the media reported on raids on a Michigan militia group known as the Hutaree. It was reported that they were producing weapons of mass destruction, (pipe bombs). It has also been said that the raids were the result of information gained by an FBI informant within the group. Whether or not these people were radicals or not, it is only one more instance in which the media paints the militia in general under a bad light.

Yet Tenche Coxe wrote, “Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American… The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.

Joseph Story, in his Commentaries on the Constitution, states, “The militia is the natural defense of a free country against sudden foreign invasions, domestic insurrections, and domestic usurpations of power by rulers. It is against sound policy for a free people to keep up large military establishments and standing armies in time of peace, both from the enormous expenses, with which they are attended, and the facile means, which they afford to ambitious and unprincipled rulers, to subvert the government, or trample upon the rights of the people.

And finally, in Cockrum v State, the court ruled, “The right of a citizen to bear arms, in lawful defense of himself or the State, is absolute. He does not derive it from the State government. It is one of the high powers delegated directly to the citizen, and is excepted out of the general powers of government. A law cannot be passed to infringe upon or impair it, because it is above the law, and independent of the lawmaking power.

Over two hundred years ago, a group of people, militia members, had had it up to their eyeballs with the governments intrusions upon their liberty. The events leading up to their revolt are well documented for anyone who cares enough to take the time to read up on them.

The point is, a line in the sand had been crossed and these men felt they had no recourse but to take up arms and fight for their freedom. They were labeled as traitors to the crown, and faced certain death if caught. But their liberty was more important to them than their lives. As Nathan Hale once said, “I regret that I have but one life to give for my country.

With each succeeding law our government passes, these militia see the shackles of slavery being forged. They feel that they are being pushed into a corner until one day they will have no recourse left but to once again take up arms to defend their liberty.

They will be labeled as traitors, or in today’s world, domestic terrorists. Yet all they want is for the government to stop infringing upon their God-given liberties. I am not a member of any militia, but remember that oath I took? Well, I guess you know which side I will be on if the bullets start to fly.

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“Militia” is not a dirty word, It’s A Duty!

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. “Notice the commas?”

We are hearing more and more about “Anti-Government” groups these days, as we did during the Clinton era and it’s going to get worse before it gets better. Among these   groups are, Patriot, Oath Keepers, Tea Party, Constitutional, Anti Illegal Immigration, States Rights, Armed Rights, Anti Abortion, Christian, Veterans and Militias just to name a few, as mentioned in the DHS report.

If you are NOT a radical Che Guevara,  Black liberation, LaRaza racist you must be a dangerous right wing extremist… according to the 5th column media and current Progressive / Marxist government movement…  How long has it been since you have heard anything about the Islamic training camps or Aztlan movements conducting their business in the United States?

The most recent decrying of radical right wing extremism has been leveled at the “Guardians of the Free Republics” and the “letter” they have sent to the Governors of all 50 States.  Read the Warrant . As you read this “letter” you will discover that it is actually a Constitutional “Warrant”… not just a “letter”.  Using the word “letter” makes it common , carefully chosen wordsmithing by the media is just another tactic to lessen the importance or disqualify the sender as a nut job, radical or whatever. What they don’t understand is, the constant exposure to their craft has given more and more of us the ability to read between the lines where they hide the truth… if they include it at all!

This reminds me of a recent conversation on a local radio show, “Caplis and Silverman”.  Host Craig Silverman and guest host Jessica Corry… Both lawyers, had a lighthearted exchange about how the Constitutional section of their law education was the shortest part. This is because law schools are not focused on the Constitution, they are focused on “Case Law” decided by people like Justice Stevens, Kennedy, Ginsburg and Breyer of the U.S. Supreme court…  citing foreign law as an influence on the decisions they apply to the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Could this be why most Americans, lawyers, politicians and scholars do not understand the language in the “Warrant” by the Guardians? Or do they and don’t support it.

Delivering Bricks for Terrence Carroll in the Colorado House well.

Most people and the politicians they elect do not understand arrest powers, common law or People’s Rights vs Citizen’s Rights in general are due to lack of honest historical education in our schools. To them this “Warrant” seems foreign, what is up is now down and down is now up.  Recent remarks about the “Warrant” by Baptist Minister, Lawyer, Illegal Immigration supporter and  Colorado Speaker of The House Terrance Carroll indicate he doesn’t have the capacity to understand, according to his own words… he is the one that must be imbalanced!

Some of the Bricks delivered to Rep. Terrence Carroll 2006

Honestly some of the most sincere, competent and well balanced people I have ever meet are the people involved in the Patriot movements, it’s definitely not most of the politicians I have meet. In fact you would be hard pressed to understand the Constitutions and remain a modern Democrat or Republican, the more you learn about the Constitutions the more apparent the corruption is.

“A Well Regulated Militia” the word most keyed on “Regulated”. From Federalist Number 29; It requires no skill in the science of war to discern that uniformity in the organization and discipline of the militia would be attended with the most beneficial effects, whenever they were called into service for the public defense.

Within the context of this description you could use the word “Trained” in place of “Regulated”.  Some people are not suited for the rigorous training involved in belonging to a “Well Trained Militia” for them there are other areas of civic duty they must participate in, apathy is no excuse. In the end we must conclude that participation or supporting a local Militia is a civic duty, we cannot enjoy the freedoms given to us by the Founders and the Fallen without defending them from the people who are bent on destroying them… We are Bound… “Americans are the Militia.” or they are traitors.

Just think if an active Militia would have been present to guard the rights of the people against Black Panther intimidation at a polling place in Philadelphia in 2008, I can guaranty it would have turned out differently, a Militia’s sole purpose is to protect the God given sacred rights of the people against Tyranny, if you give that up you will be enslaved.

To learn more about the intent of our Forefathers and the word “Militia” you can read it from the Federalist Papers for yourself, all you need to use is a little common sense to understand it.

Isn’t “Anti Government” a good thing if the Government is corrupt?

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