Don’t Even Start

Here we go again, yet another shooting on a school campus and the inevitable cry for ‘something to be done’ to prevent more of the same in the future. Let’s put aside all the conspiracy theories about how it was a false flag incident designed to further weaken our resolve to allow the private ownership of guns. Let’s put aside the fact that one of the students captured on film appears to have been the same girl who was also captured on film at Sandy Hook…at Aurora….and at Boston, that’s just crazy that our government would do something like that.

Let’s also put aside that in William Cooper’s 1991 book Behold a Pale Horse, we find the following, “The government encouraged the manufacture and importation of military firearms for the criminal to use. This is intended to foster a feeling of insecurity, which would lead the American people to voluntarily disarm themselves by passing laws against firearms. Using drugs and hypnosis on mental patients in a process called Orion, the CIA inculcated the desire in these people to open fire in schoolyards and thus inflame the anti-gun lobby. This plan is well under way, and so far is working perfectly. The middle class is begging the government to do away with the 2nd Amendment.” I mean, if you put aside the fact that MK Ultra has been proven to have been a government sponsored mind control program, that is just crazy talk and anyone who mentions it does not deserve to be taken seriously.

Doesn’t it strike you as just a little but odd that before the next of kin have been notified the media machine and our elected officials are all on the same page calling for stricter gun laws to prevent further tragedies? I was in the Air Force for 13 years and I never knew to government to do anything that quickly. And as Matt Farrell correctly said in Live Free or Die Hard, “It took FEMA five days to get water to the Superdome.” Our government just isn’t capable of reacting that fast unless something has been pre-planned and all that is needed is the order to execute an order given. But again, that is just crazy talk Neal.

Okay, let’s put aside the crazy talk and presume that what we are being told is what really happened, some kid just snapped and took a shitload of guns to a college campus and began selecting people to kill.

Why? What causes these people to snap, to plan a shooting rampage like they do? The news media tells us that more often than not these kids were social misfits, or they were bullied. What they don’t tell us is that these kids have all been diagnosed with some form of mental illness and been prescribed some sort of drugs to combat their so-called illness. The media doesn’t tell us that a common side effect of the medication we pump our kids full of is the same behavior these shooters exhibit when they go on their rampages. They don’t tell us that the antidepressant trazodone has been said to cause, “New or worsening depression; thinking about harming or killing yourself, or planning or trying to do so; extreme worry; agitation; panic attacks; difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep; aggressive behavior; irritability; acting without thinking; severe restlessness; and frenzied abnormal excitement.”

Yet the first thing we hear after these shootings is the call for stricter gun laws. How about stricter control over who is prescribed these harmful drugs? And I don’t buy this bullshit about bullying being the root cause of this extreme form of aggressive behavior, and I’ll tell you why.

I’ve only told this story to a couple of close friends, but now I think it’s time the world knows why I think this whole bullied kid brings guns to school is a crock of shit. When I was in the Fifth Grade my family moved from San Jose, CA to Oroville CA. As most kids did back then, we didn’t have video games, cell phones, so we played outside. One evening my younger brother was playing with some neighbor kids who were younger than he was. He was laying on his back and pulling his knees up to his chest. The kids would sit on my brothers feet and he would catapult them out like cannon balls. One kid landed on his belly and started crying.

A older girl, the same age as I was, saw it and came over and started chewing my brother out. I said, “Linda, it was an accident, calm down.” Without warning she swung around and punched me in the gut and knocked the wind out of me. My younger brother freaked out and ran inside. Less than 10 seconds lager my father come running out, with a gun in his hand, and yells, “Bitch, get off my property before I call the cops.” To this day I have no idea what my brother told my father to evoke such a reaction, I never bothered asking. All I know is that instead of coming out to find out what had happened, he came out, guns blazing as it were, and forever altered the course of my life.

You have to remember, this was the FIFTH GRADE. When I went to school the next day my status had changed from new kid in town to the pussy who needs his dad to protect him from a girl. In the blink of an eye I went from someone who at some future date might have blended in and made friends to someone to be picked on, bullied, and challenged to fights to watch him cry.

That reputation followed me from elementary school to junior high, and to a lesser extent from junior high to high school. I learned what it meant to be a social outcast, a misfit, a pussy. Yet did I ever bring a gun to school and kill my tormentors? And don’t say it was because I didn’t have access to guns, my father had a virtual arsenal laying around the house and from an early age he had taught me how to shoot. Had I wanted to I could have gotten my hands on guns and took them to school…easily. But the point is the thought never crossed my mind. I just sucked it up and took what they threw at me. It made me tough, kind of like in that old Johnny Cash song A Boy Named Sue.

Have you people ever watched an old western and seen how large herds of cattle are moved…CONTROLLED…by just a few cowboys on horseback? That is how I see most people, a big herd of mindless people who follow the instructions of a few in the media or in politics. Your thoughts, your beliefs are spoon fed to you and you don’t have an original thought of your own running through your minds.

People today are so easily influenced. Just the other day I did a small experiment. We were out grocery shopping and as I pushed my cart out into the parking lot towards my car I kept gazing up into the sky. As I did I noticed other people began looking upwards too. There was nothing up there but sky and a few clouds, but people assumed that since I was looking up there that there must be something to see, so they looked up too.

That is how the media works. They say a few key words, key phrases, and the people do the rest. They have been programmed to trust people in these positions of so-called authority and when they hear these key words or phrases they react a certain way without thinking. So when the news says rampage, tragedy, shooting, the people react accordingly by repeating the phrases they have been taught…STRICTER GUN LAWS.

When I was stationed at Vandenberg Air Force Base my mother notified me that they found a tumor on my father’s back and that it was cancerous. They removed the tumor but the cancer was still in his body and had spread like wildfire and was in his colon, his lungs, and his lymph nodes. He died within 6 months.

Cutting the tumor off did nothing to stop the spread of the cancer eating away at my father. That is how I view gun control laws enacted in response to these rampage style shootings. The root problem still exists, that being evil people seeking to bring harm to innocent people. Guns are just the tools these sick people choose to enact their plans, if we could take all the guns out of circulation in the public these sick people will still be there, and they will find some other way to kill.

The problem is not guns, the problem is that people today have no value for life. People also have been taught that life owes them something, that society owes them something, and that when they don’t get what they believed they are owed they act out because they feel like they have been singled out by society. People need to be taught that life is not fair, that you need to be tough to make it out of life alive. Instead we have a whole group of pussified people who are heavily medicated and believing that life has slighted them. It is a recipe for disaster and taking the guns away from innocent people isn’t going to do a damned thing to stop further shootings.

But that is just what they want, they want a society full of people afraid of guns, not thinking about the WHY of these school shootings. They want the majority, YOU, calling for the disarmament of the minority, ME, and all the other law abiding gun owners. And how exactly do you think taking everyone’s guns away is going to make the world a safer place, when the only people who have guns are in positions of authority over you?

A disarmed society has no means of fighting back against oppressive power and abuse of authority. They could begin rounding up all these people with all these so-called mental illnesses and there would be nothing you could do to stop them. Your kid with ADD or ADHD, they could come get him/her and you couldn’t stop them. The returning Vet with PTSD, round them up and lock them away. Then what about writers and bloggers like me who espouse all these pro Constitution articles…round us up and lock us away and there would be nothing we could do to fight back.

If there is anything left of the patriotic spark left in your minds, if there is any ability to think, to reason, I’d like for you to consider very carefully two quotes. The first was taken from a speech delivered by Patrick Henry on June 5, 1788 and the second was from the Protestant Pastor Martin Niemöller who openly opposed Adolf Hitler.

Read and think…

“Oh, Sir, we should have fine times indeed, if to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people. Your arms wherewith you could defend yourselves, are gone; and you have no longer an aristocratical; no longer democratical spirit. Did you ever read of any revolution in a nation, brought about by the punishment of those in power, inflicted by those who had no power at all?”

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.”

Who is it that you think defends your freedom, your liberty? The government? If so you are a fool and there is no hope for you. We, the gun owners of this country, who understand that power corrupts and that it is our duty, our responsibility as patriots, to stand against unlawful abuse of power, are the only thing standing between you and a government that would deprive you of every freedom you still enjoy.

As Joseph Story wrote in his Commentaries on the Constitution, “The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.”

And you want to see us disarmed? If you ask me, you guys are the danger to society and are the ones that need to be locked up.

Guns aren’t the problem, people are the problem. But it is easier for you to call for gun control than it is to call for a revision of the way you think and feel so, as always, Americans take the easy route and then feel good about themselves by saying they fought for something to make the world a better place. But make no mistake, you take away our guns and the world will be a whole lot more dangerous for you than it is now. And you can take that to the bank.

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Make Your Choice

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of
civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
~Thomas Jefferson~

I just don’t understand people, I really don’t. Aside from a small percentage of people, very few in this country understand how our nation’s system of government is supposed to operate. What makes matters worse is a vast majority of these same people don’t seem to care. Our country is going to hell in a handbasket because the people we choose to represent us, in both our State and Federal government, no longer abide by the powers granted them.

Far too many people believe that their civic duty is solely to participate in the election process and then leave the governing up to the people who win the elections. It’s bad enough that most people never stop to ask themselves if the person they cast their votes for will adhere to the limits the Constitution imposes upon our government, when the sad truth is that most people wouldn’t know if they did or did not limit their actions to the powers granted government by that document.

People just assume that whichever political party they belong to has the right vision for America and then go about making their choice from among the candidates their party has to offer. The truth is that our country is staggering towards tyranny like a drunkard. The left leg, (the Democrats), gain control of government and takes a step forward. Then the right leg, (the Republicans), gain power and they take another step forward. It doesn’t matter which leg of the process is moving at any point in time, the point is that both legs are heading in the same direction. What we need to do is turn around and start heading back towards where we started off…with a very limited government.

There are words that I frequently use in my articles and I’m beginning to wonder if people know what they mean. Do people understand what a vocabulary is? A vocabulary is simply all the words an individual knows and uses when they speak. Some people know the meaning of more words than do others, therefore their vocabulary is larger. Yet when I write I wonder if people misunderstand some of the words I use.

For instance, do you understand what sovereignty is? Sovereignty, simply stated, is the supreme power or authority. Most people assume that the sovereignty in this country rests with our government. However that is incorrect. In 1794 the Supreme Court ruled, “The sovereignty of a state does not reside in the persons who fill the different departments of its government, but in the People, from whom the government emanated; and they may change it at their discretion. Sovereignty, then in this country, abides with the constituency, and not with the agent; and this remark is true, both in reference to the federal and state government.” To put it another way, we are the boss and government works for us.

Do you know what a power of attorney is? A power of attorney is a written authorization for someone to represent, or act on behalf of, another. Our Constitutions, both State and Federal, are akin to powers of attorney in that they are grants of power to representatives, or agents, to act on our behalf for specific purposes. No matter what many people view government the powers it can exercise are not unlimited and broad, but narrow and defined.

Now let’s return to the meaning of certain words. I often use the term ignorant in my writings when referring to the people of this country. People take that as an insult, when it is not. Ignorance is simply lacking knowledge or information. Everyone is ignorant about something, even me. I don’t know the first thing about molecular biology or astrophysics, so therefore I am ignorant regarding those subjects. Most people in this country are very ignorant when it comes to our countries history and its system of government. Ignorance is not a flaw as it can be cured by making the effort to learn about the subject you are ignorant about. However willful ignorance is another thing altogether, that’s when it becomes apathy.

Apathy is defined as not caring about, or showing interest in something. Most people in America are very apathetic about their system of government. Sure, they may pay attention to the campaigns and vote, but that does not prove they know the first thing about our Constitution, it only shows that they participate in the process of choosing who will represent them. To make an informed choice one needs to do more than simply vote, they need to know, as the true sovereigns of a country, what powers their representatives have been given. It also means ensuring that they do not exceed those powers. If you do not care enough to pay attention to your elected officials actions while they represent you, then you are apathetic.

Then there is complacency. Complacency means you are content with how things are and seek not to change them. However, change can come two ways; there can be change for the better and change for the worse. So just because someone is not complacent does not mean they have what’s best for America in mind when they seek to change the status quo.

Maybe now you will understand why I began this article with the quote from Jefferson which states, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

Our Constitution is not that difficult to understand if people would only take the time to actually read what powers it grants our government. In 1816 there was another Supreme Court case that I would now like to quote from. This time the case was Martin v. Hunter’s Lessee and the Court ruled, “The Constitution was written to be understood by the voters; its words and phrases were used in their normal and ordinary, as distinguished from technical meaning; where the intention is clear, there is no room for construction, and no excuse for interpolation or addition.”

I have tried again and again to explain how our system of government came into being, the powers it was granted by those who created it, and how our government has overstepped the limits we impose upon it. It seems that either people are either so apathetic that they don’t care, or they are something else…downright stupid.

I say stupid because to not care, to not want to learn, is beyond comprehension. Ben Franklin once said, “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” The philosopher Plato also stated, “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” What that means that it is unforgivable for people to fear knowledge, and if I might add, to not care enough to seek it out. To again quote Franklin, “Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”

That is how I see the vast majority of the people in this country…unwilling to learn…willful ignorance in action, and as Wolfgang von Goethe said, “There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.” Yet I see it all the time, it is like a wall that surrounds people which I cannot penetrate with my words, no matter how hard I try. It’s just like what science fiction author Isaac Asimov once said, “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

Yet in a 1786 letter to George Wythe, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “No other sure foundation can be devised for the preservation of freedom and happiness… Preach a crusade against ignorance; establish and improve the law for educating the common people. Let our countrymen know that the people alone can protect us against the evils [of misgovernment].”

You can do battle with ignorance by providing knowledge. You cannot do battle with apathy and when you combine both ignorance AND apathy you have a recipe that spells the downfall of liberty. Yet give up I cannot, the prize I fight for too precious to let slip away simply because others do not care. You may not care, but there are those of us who do, and we see a time coming when we will have to make a choice to, as Jefferson and John Dickinson said in their Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms, “…resolved to die freemen rather than live as slaves.”

That is the path that your ignorance and your apathy, is taking this country…towards a final showdown between those who cherish liberty and will fight for it, and those who seek absolute dominion over our lives. And to again quote Samuel Adams, “If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”

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Why America Is So Screwed Up

“Man can live and satisfy his wants only by ceaseless labor; by the ceaseless application of his faculties to natural resources. This process is the origin of property.
But it is also true that a man may live and satisfy his wants by seizing and consuming the products of the labor of others. This process is the origin of plunder.” ~Frederic Bastiat~

This article is kind of a continuation of the subject I was discussing in my last article, the only difference is that the last article discussed how people do not understand the purpose for which government was created, while this will deal more with the values and ethics that I see in the people themselves.
Therefore it wouldn’t surprise me if this article generates a lot of negative feedback from some who may stumble across it and take the time to read it.

What has happened in America is that our sense of self, of what it means to be an American has gone askew. Our moral compass, our ethics which direct our actions, are no longer in line with the ethics held by our forefathers, and their forefathers. So much of what we now accept as normal behavior, or at least tolerable, would have been intolerable just a few decades ago. To make matters worse there is now this philosophy of political correctness where it has become unacceptable to speak out against what, just a few short decades ago, would have been considered unacceptable behavior.

There are certain values that the generations which preceded mine passed on to me, yet over the course of my brief existence on this planet I have seen them fade into obscurity, or become politically incorrect to even discuss. Yet these ethics were the guiding principles in the lives of millions of Americans who came before us and built this country into what it became.

While I am not talking about religious beliefs and an adherence to Christian teachings, although that is a part of it, I am talking about certain values that people used to adhere to that are no longer present in a great many people these days. I’m talking about honesty, integrity, self-reliance, personal accountability, the desire to seek out the truth, good work ethics, freedom, and the courage to stand up for what you believe in. These are the qualities that made America into the greatest nation on the planet, and it is because those qualities have faded away into oblivion that we are no longer the great nation we once were.

Allow me to give you a basic example of what I’m talking about. When I was in high school Nixon resigned from the presidency because of the Watergate Scandal. His crime was in attempting to cover up a break in of the Democratic Party Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel. No one was hurt, yet it caused such a scandal that he was forced to resign.

Now we have a woman who deleted all her official e mails from a private server which may have contained information leading to her being found guilty of not taking the attacks upon our embassy in Benghazi seriously, which led to the death of Ambassador Stevens and 3 others. Not only is there very little outrage, but this woman is being endorsed by many who want to see her become our next President.

Had Hillary Clinton done what she did in 1972 instead of now the press would have hounded her until she was forced to resign from public office with her chance of ever holding another position in government all but squashed. There is no outrage because what people view as ethical, or unethical, is totally out of whack. Lying and deceiving has become so commonplace that nobody bats an eye over it anymore…and that is just one aspect of how our moral compass has shifted.

What about how people view self-sufficiency and self-reliance? All you have to do is look at how people make fun of survivalists, or as they are often called, preppers to see how people view being prepared or reliant upon yourself for survival. However societies lack of self-sufficiency extends beyond having a well stocked pantry and other goods to see you through hard times.

Look at the attitude many people have towards private firearms ownership and the right of a person to defend their lives, their family, or their property…it is considered as dangerous or unacceptable behavior to defend oneself or ones family or property. Yet what do these same people, who oppose an individual’s right to defend themselves, do when they themselves are threatened with violence? They call the police, who just happen to carry guns, to come save their asses. Why is it that they will place the burden of protecting their lives on someone else when it is their responsibility to do so? But it gets worse still.

How many programs does our government run that offer aid or assistance to those in need? Too many for me to count, that’s for sure. When I was growing up it was considered shameful that a man could not, or would not, provide for his family. It was an embarrassment to ask for help, especially from the government. My father went through a tough time after losing a good job and having to take other jobs which would have qualified him for government assistance. Did he seek it out? No, we tightened our belts and toughed it out. Not today. Today you are looked upon as a fool if you do not take advantage of all the benefits available, provided at the expense of some other hard working person’s tax dollars. What happened to people’s dignity?

Then there is the way people view needs versus wants. You need food, you need water, you need shelter, and you need clothing. You want a big screen TV. You want a brand new SUV or a fancy fishing boat. You want those expensive dinners out at the restaurant. You want jewelry, cell phones, high speed internet access. When I was growing up credit was something people assumed for buying a house or a car. Nowadays people use their credit cards more often than they do cash. When I was growing up my father told me that if I wanted a car I was going to have to get a job and save up for it…plus I would have to pay my own insurance. I’m 56 now and aside from my first two cars every vehicle I’ve bought has been brand new, and I paid them off in cash because we had saved for them. People don’t save anymore, they see something they want and they charge it, or take out a loan for it. It’s truly sad that people think they need all these things RIGHT NOW and the hell with worrying about interest payments or if they lose their job they will not be able to make the payments. After all, they’ll just file bankruptcy and wipe their debt clean. Excuse me while I vomit.

Then there are people’s work ethics. I can’t speak for every company, but I have worked in enough places to have noticed a pattern…people are generally lazy…not everyone, but a vast majority of them take no pride in doing the best job they can…of earning the pay they get. Yet these same people are the first to complain about not getting a decent pay raise. How about you earn what you get before asking for more?

There is also a lot of nepotism, or at least the buddy system going on as well. I used to work for a company doing electrical work. Management always was calling me in when some of the other electricians screwed something up, or couldn’t figure out how to wire anything more complicated than a wall outlet. Yet I did my job without kissing anybody’s ass. I worked and went home. Some of these other guys went to the shooting range with the boss after work and shot skeet and drank beer. When it came time for a pay raise I’d get $.30 an hour and they’d get $1.50 an hour. When it came time to downsize, who’d they get rid of? Me. That same company asked me twice to come back, and I told them the same thing both times…FUCK YOU! I don’t care if going back would mean I’d make almost $10 an hour more than I make now, I have enough pride to not be their bitch who comes crying back after the way they treated me.

Yet I see that same thing going on where I work now. There are people there who absolutely refuse to do what is expected of them. They’ll stand in one place for 8 hours, and some of them even plop their asses down on stools, and they call that work? Then when someone in charge sees that something that person is supposed to be doing needs done, what do they do? They go get someone else who will work to do that other persons job instead of making the lazy person do their own damned job. Yet we all get the same pay, but you can bet your ass they don’t do the same amount of work. More often than not nobody says anything because they are afraid to hurt someone’s feelings, or it is because the person is a woman, or a minority. Screw that, they are being paid to do a job, if they can’t handle it, move them to a job they can handle or fire them!

I could go on and on, giving example after example of how the values that I grew up being taught are no longer deemed politically correct, but it would be a waste of time because people will either be shaking their heads in agreement with me right now, or steam will be boiling out of their ears in anger. Nothing I say is going to change a damned thing, so why should I bother?

I bother because I care, unlike most people. I’m not afraid to tell it like I see it. I refuse to cower down and hide how I feel or bow down to political correctness. There’s an old saying that I grew up hearing over and over which states, “The truth hurts.” So if something I have said has offended you, it is probably because your conscious is telling you that I’m right, I’m hitting the proverbial nail on the friggin head. It just happens to be your head that is being hammered upon.

Anyway, that concludes what I see is wrong with America today. If the people of this country could find it in themselves to adhering to the same ethics which our ancestors did, then maybe things will get better. But until they do if you want to know what’s wrong with America, go find a mirror.

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I Agree With Teddy

A little over fifteen years ago I began studying the history of my country and the founding of our system of government. I began doing so for a couple of reasons. First I began noticing that my government was passing laws that I felt that violated my rights, and secondly I felt I did not know enough about how my government was supposed to operate. So I chose to educate myself as to the truth. I buried myself in books, searched the web for documents relating to the founding of our Republic, and I came to a conclusion, the government we have today bears no resemblance to the one our Founders envisioned when they wrote the Constitution.

I mistakenly figured that if I had discovered that I’d been lied to and misled then the rest of my fellow countrymen would be interested enough to learn the truth as well. So, I began publishing articles based upon the information I was discovering in the hopes that I could bring about a change in the way some people think. Boy was I a fool in thinking people cared! Sure my articles are read…by a few, but most of those who do read them already know the information I provide, and the few others who read them do so because I am an acquaintance of them and therefore somewhat of a curiosity. I have yet to have anyone tell me that I have changed their views on anything. But that does not mean I intend to give up, the fight is too important to toss in the towel because the majority of the people of this country don’t care enough to discover the truth.

Aside from the truth regarding how our government has grown way bigger and way more intrusive there is one other thing I have discovered, most Americans have lost their sense of what it means to be an American. Oh, they claim to be Americans, but claiming you are something and being that thing are two different things altogether. As the saying goes, “You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?”

America is more than just a slice of land that sits between the countries of Canada and Mexico, it is an ideal. Someone may have been born here, or become naturalized after emigrating from another country, but that in no way makes them an American, and if it does, it is in name only.

When George Washington left office as president to retire to Mount Vernon, he delivered one of the greatest addresses a President has ever delivered, his Farewell Address. Washington wrote the following which applies just as much today as it did 220 years ago, “Citizens by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of AMERICAN, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.”

One hundred twenty years later, another former U.S. President would state, “From the melting pot of life in this free land all men and woman of all nations who come hither emerge as Americans and nothing else. They must have renounced completely and without reserve all allegiance to the land from which they or their forefathers came. And it is a binding duty on every citizen of this country in every important crisis to act solidly with all his fellow Americans, having regard only to the honor and interest of America, treating every other nation purely on its conduct in that crisis, without reference to his ancestral predilections or antipathies. If he does not act, he is false to the teachings and lives of Washington and Lincoln; he is not entitled to any part or lot in our country and he should be sent out of it.” Theodore Roosevelt (Sept. 9, 1917)

Being an American means more, much more, than simply being born, or living within the borders of what we call the United States of America. It means adhering to the values, the principles upon which this country was founded, and as Roosevelt said, if you can’t do that you are not entitled to any part or lot here and should leave.

Also, being an American does not mean you exhibit blind obedience to, and support for, our government. Many people consider me unpatriotic because I constantly criticize my government. I have been called all kinds of names because, more often than not, I oppose the actions of my government. Does this make me a radical? I suppose it may, but only if you consider also that Jefferson, Washington, Adams and Henry were radicals as well. You see, as H.L. Mencken once said, “The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.”

In 1822 James Madison, who has been called the Father of the Constitution, wrote a letter to a W.T. Barry, in which he stated, “A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

I would venture to say that of the people today who vote, and I am probably very generous with these figures, only a third of them know anything at all about what the Constitution says; what powers it grants government, and what limits is places upon it. Yet these people claim to be making informed choices, choices that are best for our country, based upon them having watched a few debates or campaign ads? They say they know what’s best for America because they compare candidates against each other without comparing what they say against what the Constitution says? If you ask me, that is a far cry from being an informed citizen. As Madison said, knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and there are some ignorant sons a bitches in this country!
I would like to paraphrase a discussion I had today on the phone. I can’t repeat it word for word because, quite honestly, I can’t remember exactly what was said. Also, I will not say with whom I had this conversation so as not to bring unwanted attention to this person. But this conversation did take place this morning.

This person asked me what I thought about the resignation of John Boehner as Speaker of the House. My response was simple; Good riddance. The person to whom I was speaking stated that it scared the hell out of him because he thought maybe the Tea Party would gain control of Congress. I went on to tell him that the Tea Party movement had been hijacked by the Republican Party and no longer stood for the things it did when it sprung up in support of Ron Paul. The person on the other end of the phone said they were still radicals and would force a shutdown of the government over the issue of defunding Planned Parenthood. My blood pressure shot way up when he said that and I almost smashed the phone against my desk. I said something along the lines of I did not like either party, the Republicans or the Democrats, but even a broken watch is right twice a day, and in this the Republicans are right, the government has no right to fund an organization like Planned Parenthood and they should cut funding to them. The person on the phone said but the Republicans would shut down government, hurting untold numbers of people who depend upon government, like parks and other critical services. I agree that a shutdown would hurt people, but why blame the Republicans for that when it is the fault of those who want to keep funding Planned Parenthood. If those people would back down, adhere to what the Constitution says, then we wouldn’t be facing this mess in the first place.

Although I despise the GOP, in this case they are right, Planned Parenthood should not get government funding as it is not one of the powers granted Congress to use tax dollars to fund a private organization…even partially. So the funding should be cut, and if the government shuts down over the issue the blame should rest squarely upon the shoulders of those who violate the Constitution, not those who, for once in their pitiful lives, uphold their oaths of office to support it. Yet you watch, if this fight does bring about a government shutdown, who do you think the media will blame? I’ll give you one guess and if you get it wrong I’m gonna slap you.

I don’t care if Planned Parenthood continues to function as an organization in this country, I just don’t want my tax dollars being spent to fund it. They may provide some very good services for young women, but they also provide abortion services which I oppose. And, as Thomas Jefferson once said, “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.” Besides, the Constitution does not provide for Congress to fund, even partially, private organizations.

And that’s the problem right there, a majority of the people today don’t know what the Constitution allows government to do, and what it prohibits them from doing. So, in an effort to once again try to explain things, I would like to take a different approach to the subject of how our government came into existence, and what powers it has, and which are withheld from it.

Even if those of you reading this are not Christian, you have still probably heard, or read, the first chapter of the Bible, Genesis, telling of how God created man. I would like to utilize a similar format to explain how our government came into existence.

In the beginning there was man, and man was a free being. Man was free to do as he pleased and when man made mistakes man alone was responsible for them. Then as more men were born man began fighting amongst other men so man formed civil societies to better defend himself against large groups of other men. As civil societies began to grow man decided that he needed an agent to govern over all men to help settle disputes and better protect the rights of all men. So man created government. Government is a creation of man to serve certain needs and only those needs. In 1787 a group of civil societies,[States], sent delegates to an assembly to form a system of government which would serve the needs of the union of these civil societies, [States]. Man created a Constitution, granting certain powers to a federal government, leaving other powers to the civil societies, [States], while retaining all the rights they had held as free men. These rights were enshrined in a Bill of Rights, wherein no one, not their civil society, nor the federal government they had created, could intrude upon, or violate.

As government grew, man became complacent, apathetic, and man forgot the reasons for which he had created government. In his comfort man allowed government to assume powers which the creators of government never thought to allow it to possess. Government also sought to deprive man of his rights because government felt that mankind in general were reckless and often abused their rights. Man, in his desire to secure to themselves safety, willingly allowed government to chip away at his rights…until one day man found he no longer had any rights, that he was a slave to the creature he had created to better secure his freedom.

Our Founding Fathers did not create our system of government to take care of you, provide for your needs or your security. It was created to better serve the needs of a nation in times of war, to ensure that commerce flowed freely between the States, and to secure our rights. THAT IS ALL it was created for.
I could fill a book with all the laws government has passed which the authority to pass them is nowhere to be found in the Constitution. Yet nobody blinks an eye about that. But they cry bloody murder when someone finally has the balls to stand up and say, “Hey, we’re not supposed to be doing this, so let’s stop funding this.” Then people wail and moan because those who still seek to retain the power they have gained fight against those who seek to reduce the size of government by just a bit. The people call those who do what’s right radicals and say they are to blame.

That is how mixed up and confused you people are. You will blame the Republicans for a government shutdown when the people to blame are those who seek to continue funding for a private institution which the government has no authority to spend a dime subsidizing.

I have only lived 56 yrs and I see the drastic changes in the attitudes and the values held by people claiming to be Americans. Can you imagine how the Founders of this country would feel if they heard your views on government?

There is a Jefferson quote I have used repeatedly, but I think it needs repeating once more. It comes from a letter Jefferson wrote to S. Roane in 1821, “Time indeed changes manners and notions, and so far we must expect institutions to bend to them. But time produces also corruption of principles, and against this it is the duty of good citizens to be ever on the watch, and if the gangrene is to prevail at last, let the day be kept off as long as possible.”

America, you have forgotten who you are and what you once stood for. You call those of us who remember, and seek to adhere to those values radicals and lunatics. However, if you want my honest opinion, it is you who are the lunatics. You are crazy because you care so little for your freedom, and so much about sports or some other television show, that you would ignore how your government has slowly, but surely, been turning you from a free man into a slave.

I agree with Teddy Roosevelt, you have no place in this country and should leave. To close, I’d like to repeat one more quote which I have often used before. This one from Samuel Adams, “If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”

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Let Me Make This Perfectly Clear

I find it ironic as hell that when common sense is needed the most it is often in short supply. Logic, reason, common sense, they all seem to be in very short supply these days. Nowhere is this more evident than when you see an increase in crime you see a corresponding push by some to make it next to impossible for people to defend themselves from criminals.

Do people honestly believe that if you were to magically be able to make all the guns in this country vanish that crime would vanish along with them? If you cannot promise me that no one would ever commit another crime if guns were to be surrendered by the general public then why would anyone want to deny the average law abiding citizen the ability to protect them self and their belongings?

Now I can almost hear the gears turning in some people’s minds. These people assume that when I say crime I am talking about murderers, rapists, and thieves, when in fact I’m talking about much more than that. You see, to understand the Second Amendment, the reason why our Founders felt our right to keep and bear arms was so important, you have to understand what it allows us to defend. Liberty. The Second Amendment was included in the Bill of Rights so that the people of this country would be well enough armed to fight tyranny and oppression by their own government.

In the fall of 1778 Thomas Jefferson was working on a bill to present to the Virginia Legislature for a General Diffusion of Knowledge. Jefferson felt that an educated and enlightened people were the best defenses against the temptations of government to become tyrannical and oppressive. Yet Jefferson was no fool, he realized that “…experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny…”

The Second Amendment was not written so that we could hunt, so that we could defend ourselves from criminals, it was written so that we would have the ability to defend ourselves from our government. That’s all it was written for, everything else it allows us to do are merely bonus benefits owning guns allows us to do.

When the States were arguing whether to adopt the Constitution Patrick Henry argued against the Constitution before the Virginia assembly, saying, “My great objection to this Government is, that it does not leave us the means of defending our rights, or of waging war against tyrants…” Henry would later, in that same speech, say, “The Honorable Gentleman who presides, told us, that to prevent abuses in our Government, we will assemble in Convention, recall our delegated powers, and punish our servants for abusing the trust reposed in them. Oh, Sir, we should have fine times indeed, if to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people. Your arms wherewith you could defend yourselves, are gone…”

People, not all of them, but most, are so damned stupid I sometimes refuse to even talk to them because their ignorance and stupidity gives me a migraine. If the majority of the people in this country had any common sense, any ability to reason, I could provide just one quote and be done with the issue of stricter gun laws. That quote being, “The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One’s right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to a vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.” Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, West Virginia Board of Education vs. Barnette (1943)

If people could think that should be sufficient to prove to them that no laws can be passed which prohibit my right to own certain types of guns, or to be allowed to carry them on my person should I so desire. After all, the Second Amendment does state, “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”

Unfortunately people these days aren’t smart, they can’t reason, they rely upon emotions to guide them in the decision making process. So whenever we see someone use a gun to commit a horrific crime the first thing the vast majority of the idiots in this country do is call for stricter gun laws.
But I don’t give up so easy. My dad used to tell me I was a stubborn son of a bitch, and he was right, especially when it comes to morons trying to pass laws which will eventually disarm me and leave me defenseless against criminals and tyrants.

If I were to venture a guess I would say that 8 out of 10 people in this country do not understand how our nation’s Constitution limits the power of government, both at the federal and at the State levels…and that is being generous with my figures. I would therefore have to conclude that these same people do not understand the purpose for which the Second Amendment was written.

So let me try one more time to explain to you dolts how things are supposed to work in this country. Before there was government there were people. By their will government came into existence; they wrote a Constitution which grants government certain powers and places certain restrictions upon it. They then wrote a Bill of Rights, placing the rights listed within it beyond the reach of lawmakers.

The Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land, that is the powers granted government within it are superior to any laws passed within the States. But beyond that all other powers belong to the States, or the people; The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the Stats, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. (10th Amendment)

Since the Bill of Rights contains certain rights which are beyond the reach of the Federal government, and since the Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land, and all powers and restrictions contained within are applied to both the State and Federal governments, then the rights protected by the Bill of Rights are beyond the legislative authority of ANY legislative body. PERIOD!

Another Supreme Court Justice, Hugo Black, once said, “It is my belief that there are ‘absolutes’ in our Bill of Rights, and that they were put there on purpose by men who knew what the words meant and meant their prohibitions to be ‘absolutes’.” So again, when the Second Amendment says my right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, that is an absolute, it cannot be tampered with, interpreted to mean whatever lawmakers and Supreme Court Justices say it means.

That means I don’t need a permit to exercise it. It means I cannot be limited as to what type arms I may own, the size magazine it takes, or whether it be a combat arm or a firearm designed specifically for hunting…I can own them all. Arms means weapons, nothing more. There are no limitations, it is all inclusive.
If you choose not to own firearms, that’s perfectly acceptable as you are not infringing upon my right to do so. However, if you fear guns, and due to your fear you ask that your legislator enact a law restricting my right to own them then both you and your legislator are violating my rights and it is my duty to resist you.

And you people who want stricter gun laws are the biggest damned hypocrites in the world. When someone breaks into your home what is it that you do? You dial 911 and call people with guns to come protect you. If you feared guns as much as you say you wouldn’t allow armed police to enter your home. So why should anyone who wishes to exercise their own right to protect their lives, their property, or their liberty, be restricted from doing so?

You, the lawmakers you ask to pass these laws restricting Americans rights to keep and bear arms, and those who enforce them, (yes I’m talking about law enforcement) all violate our rights and for those of you who have sworn an oath to support and defend the Constitution, your oath as well.

Our Founders did not put the Second Amendment into the Bill of Rights so that we could hunt deer, so that we could target shoot, so that we could protect our homes from criminals…they put it there so we could protect our liberty from assholes like you and the lawmakers who would see our rights taken from us. The Second Amendment is the security system for the rest of the Bill of Rights and I’ll be damned if I let anyone take that away from me.

If I haven’t convinced you by now I know a few more quotes won’t make any difference, but I’m gonna share them with you nonetheless. So either read them, or ignore them. It’s just a shame that there weren’t more people like these alive today, I wouldn’t have to waste my time with you if there were.
“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.” Richard Henry Lee

“And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserver the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms…The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Thomas Jefferson

“The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers.” Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story

“When any one, or more, shall take upon them to make laws, whom the people have not appointed so to do, they make laws without authority, which the people are not therefore bound to obey; by which means they come again to be out of subjection, and may constitute to themselves a new legislative, as they think best, being in full liberty to resist the force of those, who without authority would impose any thing upon them.” John Locke

These are the beliefs of the men upon whose beliefs this country was founded. Were they alive today they would be as angry with you as I am.

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I Hope You’re Happy With Yourselves

“Force does not constitute right…obedience is due only to legitimate powers.”
~Jean-Jacques Rousseau~

If I am called upon as a witness to testify in a case I am required to raise my hand and swear to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth. If I violate that oath to tell the truth I can be charged with a crime and imprisoned. Why is it then that our elected representatives cannot be charged with a crime when they violate the oaths they take to support and defend the Constitution of the United States?

You say they can, they can be impeached. Yeah right, that’s like letting the fox guard the henhouse isn’t it? If they were to impeach every person who holds office who had violated their oath to support and defend the Constitution there wouldn’t be anyone left in our government.

So why is it that government can pass laws, then create agencies whose sole purpose is to enforce the laws, with deadly force if necessary, yet we cannot do the same to them? After all, the only power they hold is a grant of power given them by the people, the true sovereigns in this country. If they overstep their authority, if they violate the Supreme Law of the Land, are we not entitled to hold them accountable, to ENFORCE the law upon them, just the same as they do to us?

You people out there just let these people get away with breaking the law, the Supreme Law of the Land, as long as you continue to receive some benefit from their failure to uphold their oath of office to support and defend the Constitution. What good is a damned Constitution if no one obeys it? Can you please answer that for me?

When John Locke wrote his Second Treatise he said, “Where-ever law ends, tyranny begins, if the law be transgressed to another’s harm; and whomsoever in authority exceeds the power given him by the law, and makes use of the force he has under his command, to compass that upon the subject, which the law allows not, ceases in that to be a magistrate; and, acting without authority, may be opposed, as any other man, who by force invades the right of another.”

Another way of saying the exact same thing comes from Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on Virginia, “[The purpose of a written constitution is] to bind up the several branches of government by certain laws, which, when they transgress, their acts shall become nullities; to render unnecessary an appeal to the people, or in other words a rebellion, on every infraction of their rights, on the peril that their acquiescence shall be construed into an intention to surrender those rights.”

Our Constitution was established for certain specific purposes and it imposed limits upon the powers we gave our government. It does not matter that an overwhelming majority of the people support the measures our government takes, the law forbids them from taking them unless the Constitution be amended by a vote of the people. If nine out of ten people in your neighborhood say your child is a troublemaker and they want to lynch him, can they do it? Why not if all it takes is a majority voice of the people to violate the law? The same goes for our rights, it does not matter how many people support the measure. The law was written for a purpose, and by our government overstepping the authority we granted it they have abused the power we gave them and seek to become our masters, when in fact they are our servants.

Or, as Frederic Bastiat said, “But, unfortunately, law by no means confines itself to its proper functions. And when it has exceeded its proper functions, it has not done so merely in some inconsequential and debatable matters. The law has gone further than this; it has acted in direct opposition to its own purpose. The law has been used to destroy its own objective: It has been applied to annihilating the justice that it was supposed to maintain; to limiting and destroying rights which its real purpose was to respect. The law has placed the collective force at the disposal of the unscrupulous who wish, without risk, to exploit the person, liberty, and property of others. It has converted plunder into a right, in order to protect plunder. And it has converted lawful defense into a crime, in order to punish lawful defense.”

Yet we have federal agencies; ATF, FBI, DEA, and a whole slew of others, along with local law enforcement, whose sole job is to make sure we obey the laws government enacts. Who is on our side? Who will ensure our public servants do not pass laws that the Supreme Law of the Land forbid they pass? If we fail to obey the laws they pass we can be arrested, and if we resist arrest we can be killed. Yet how many of you have heard of a citizen serving an elected official with an indictment for their failure to uphold the Constitution, and if that public servant resists arrest the citizen kills them? Not one single time has that happened. So again, who stands up for us? Who stands up for the Constitution?

If you honestly feel that the Constitution is outdated and no longer applies to current times, fine, abolish it. But the moment you do there are many of us out here who will begin disobeying all laws enacted by government. Either we have a government who obeys the Constitution or we have a government which has exceeded its authority and the power has devolved back to the people who can resume it themselves. Take your pick.

As Locke said, “The reason why men enter into society, is the preservation of their property; and the end why they chuse and authorize a legislative, is, that there may be laws made, and rules se, as guards and fences to the properties of all the members of the society, to limit the power, and moderated the dominion, of every part and member of the society: for since it can never be supposed to be the will of the society, that the legislative should have a power to destroy that which every one designs to secure, by entering into society, and for which the people submitted themselves to legislators of their own mankind; whenever the legislators endeavour to take away, and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any farther obedience, and are left to the common refuge, which God hath provided for all men, against force and violence. Whensoever therefore the legislative shall transgress this fundamental rule of society; and either by ambition, fear, folly or corruption, endeavor to grasp themselves, or put into the hands of any other, an absolute power over the lives, liberties, and estates of the people; by this breach of trust they forfeit the power the people had put into their hands for quite contrary ends, and it devolves to the people…”

You call us un-American, un-Patriotic, a danger to society. We are none of the above. All we ask is that you leave us be to enjoy the liberty our system was designed to protect. You leave that be, we will leave you be. But you threaten our freedom and you will find that you have probably bitten off more than you can chew.

To close I’d like for you to think about the following quote by H.L. Mencken, “Government today is growing too strong to be safe. There are no longer any citizens in the world there are only subjects. They work day in and day out for their masters they are bound to die for their masters at call. Out of this working and dying they tend to get less and less.”

That is the government that you allow by your refusal to stand up for your rights and to demand that those who you elect adhere to the limits, we, their rightful masters, have imposed upon their actions. I hope you are damned happy with what you have wrought!

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There’s A Special Kind Of Stupid In This Country

“Ignorance can be educated…but stupid lasts forever”

I realize that some of my more recent works, and the title of this one in particular, may sound harsh and abrasive, but I’m sorry. Take that back, I’m not sorry, I’m angry. I’m angry because I see the country I love going down the drain and it seems that only a small percentage of the people in America see it happening. Oh sure, they know that there is something wrong, but they think that simply by voting one loser out of office and replacing him/her with another loser that things will miraculously get better. I’ve heard it said that famed scientist Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results. If that is the case, then most of the people in this country are friggin insane.

I sit here and watch as, every four years, the American people gather together to participate in the circus that is the presidential election, not knowing the first thing about the powers of the office to which they are electing. I see entire generations growing up not knowing how their system of government was set up, then raising children who grow up knowing less than their parents. People just assume that government is, and has always been, and that it has always been the way that it is now.

It seems no one knows, or cares, where the powers the Constitution grants our government originated. It seems no one knows, or cares, that our government does not legitimately have half the powers we think it does. Finally, no one knows, or cares, that the form our government has taken is not the form it was given when it was created 226 years ago.

Understanding these principles is not that hard…IF you apply yourself. A relatively average person could learn them in a few hours, a real smart person, even less. But no one cares, they are content to let things go on the way they have been for years because it is easier to place the blame on the government for our countries problems than it is to accept a little bit of responsibility and fight for real change that would benefit us all. You see, learning these principles I speak of is only the first step, you must then apply that knowledge, and that is where people are failing.

I see videos all the time on the internet of people being asked the most basic of questions regarding the history of this country and its system of government, only to say “I don’t know.” Children raised in foreign countries know more about our history and our system of government than the average American these days. And that is just sad. Yet these same people vote, and due to their ignorance they repeatedly elect the same quality of crooks over, and over, and over again.

One of the leading figures in the French Revolution was Maximilien Robespierre. He fought for the same rights and principles that our Founders did immediately following America’s having adopted its Constitution. Robespierre once said, “The secret of FREEDOM lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.” I suppose then that is my purpose in life, to be the one who tries to educate people. The problem with that is that people have to want to learn for an educator to be able to make a difference, and from what I’ve seen very few people care enough to learn the principles I discuss in my commentaries.

It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if a good many people didn’t know that up until around 230 years ago our country did not elect a president. It would surprise me even less if the people of this country knew that for a century and a half prior to that we didn’t even have a Congress. But people just think government suddenly sprung up and has always had all these powers that it wields today.

In 1791 a man named Thomas Paine wrote a booklet entitled The Rights of Man, wherein he says the following, “All power exercised over a nation, must have some beginning, It must either be delegated or assumed. There are no other sources. All delegated power is trust, and all assumed power is usurpation. Time does not alter the nature and quality of either.”

So which kind of power is exercised over us? Well if the Constitution says that “We the people…do ordain and establish this Constitution…” one would be able to make an educated guess that the powers our government has are delegated, that is, granted to them by us. Furthermore, if someone grants another certain powers, it typically means that the person doing the granting holds more power and authority than does the agent to whom they grant the specified powers. Such is also the case with our government as we the people hold much more power than it does, and should we wish we could, as the Declaration of Independence says, “...alter or abolish it…”

There is a quote I’d like for you to ponder now before I continue. During the early years of our nation under the newly adopted Constitution, Senator Daniel Webster said the following, “There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.” Think about that, because it teaches you the nature of power and those who get a taste for it.

Under our system of government, no matter what you’ve heard or been told, we are the masters. Alexander Hamilton affirmed this when he wrote Federalist 78 which declares, “There is no position which depends on clearer principles, than that every act of a delegated authority, contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void. No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. To deny this, would be to affirm, that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men acting by virtue of powers, may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid.” Read that again and again until it sticks in your mind like glue.

Whether you argue that our Constitution creates a federal, or a national form of government, you cannot argue that, as written, it established four distinct bodies of government. It creates an Executive, (President) to see that our laws are upheld, to make treaties, upon the approval of the Senate, and to be Commander in Chief during times of war. Then it creates a bicameral Congress with the House of Representatives being the voice of the people and the Senate being the voice of the States. Then there is a Judiciary, (a Supreme Court), to resolve all issues arising under the Constitution.

There are those who believe that our Constitution was written in such a way to leave an opening for our government to grow exponentially in power by putting into the document certain clauses, loopholes if you will, which could be exploited to further expand the powers granted government by the people. Now I’m not saying these people are wrong, just that I have yet to fully accept that position yet. I will admit that the document I have spent so much time praising did have some weak points that could have been improved upon to ensure that our government never assumed powers it was not desired it possess. As the old saying goes though, that’s water under the bridge. So let’s discuss what powers the Constitution does grant to the various branches of our government and why.

Our Constitution creates certain unspoken principles, if you will, such as a separation of powers, and checks and balances. Each branch holds certain powers that are distinct to that branch and cannot be assumed by the other branch. For instance, the House of Representatives may impeach a President, but it is the Senate which must try him. A President may direct the army during war time, but it is only Congress which can declare war. The President cannot make laws, that is the job of the Congress. On the other hand, Congress may not create agencies to enforce the laws it passes, that duty falls upon the President. You see how these separation of powers work now?

Then there are checks and balances built in to the Constitution as well. For instance if the House of Representatives passes a law that the people want, the Senate, being the voice of the States, may reject that law. Taking it a step further, if a law passes both Houses of Congress the President may veto it and return it to Congress stating his objections to the law. Then again, if 2/3′s of both Houses of Congress again vote to pass that bill over the wishes of the President, they may do so…overriding his veto.

For our system to work as designed a few things need to happen. First, the separation of powers between the branches must remain intact, no branch may attempt to usurp powers held by another branch. Second, the various branches, particularly Congress, must stay loyal to those they represent. When our Founders created the Congress they did it in such a way to settle the disputes between the larger States and the smaller States. The smaller States feared the distribution of representation in the House based upon population. Therefore the Senate was established to give each State an equal voice in Congress, with two Senators per State regardless of population.

You see, States were to play just as important role in the function of government as the people. In fact, when Joseph Story wrote his Commentaries on the Constitution he stated, “In the next place, the state governments are, by the very theory of the constitution, essential constituent parts of the general government. They can exist without the latter, but the latter cannot exist without them.

There is an old saying us mechanics in the Air Force used to toss around at each other which states, “If it ain’t broken don’t fuck with it.” Well unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to our Constitution, someone fucked with that distribution of power and it has led to the States being placed in a status of subjects under the more powerful federal government. Much of the States power and authority was lost when the Confederate States lost the Civil War and the belief in a State’s ability to secede was forever put to rest. The final nail in the coffin, so to speak, came with the ratification of the 17th Amendment, placing the power to elect Senators in the hands of the people, taking it away from the State Legislatures.

To continue now, the next thing that must occur for our system of government to function as designed was for it to limit its actions to the powers granted it by the Constitution. We all the time hear of implied powers granted government for the general welfare, necessary and proper, and commerce clauses of the Constitution. Much of this erroneous belief can be traced directly to the feet of the Supreme Court, but I’ll get to that in a moment. But the fact is our Constitution grants government SPECIFIC powers which are listed and clearly defined.

Returning to the Federalist Papers, in Federalist 83 Alexander Hamilton declares, “The plan of the convention declares that the power of Congress, or, in other words, of the national legislature, shall extend to certain enumerated cases. This specification of particulars evidently excludes all pretension to a general legislative authority, because an affirmative grant of special powers would be absurd, as well as useless, if a general authority was intended.” In other words, why would those who drafted the Constitution list specific powers if Congress were to have unlimited powers?

The final thing for our system to work as functioned falls upon you, the people of this country. You must first understand how it was designed to work, then demand that those whom you elect restrict their actions to those specific powers and nothing more. You are the watchmen, the guardians of a limited government and your liberty. Should you fall asleep at your post, or ignore your duties as citizens, government, being the creature that it is, will seek to expand its power and will eventually, as Webster said, become your master.

Up to this point I have yet to discuss the Supreme Court as I feel it deserves special attention. It is by the Supreme Court’s ruling in Marbury v Madison opened the door for the Courts increasing ability to legislate from the bench, that is declare some laws constitutional and some others unconstitutional. It was never the intent that the Court have this power, especially to interpret the Constitution as they see fit.

In Federalist 81 Hamilton writes, “In the first place, there is not a syllable in the plan under consideration which directly empowers the national courts to construe the laws according to the spirit of the Constitution…

Thomas Jefferson also made the following statement, “The government created by this compact 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.” You see, the Supreme Court is also part of the government, therefore it cannot decide which powers it allows government to wield.

Jefferson would also say, in a letter to Spencer Roane, “If [as the Federalist say] the judiciary is the last resort in relation to the other departments of the government…then indeed is our Constitution a complete felo de so….The Constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax i the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they may please.”

It is by the interpretation of certain implied powers, ignoring the fact that our Founders declared that our government was to be one of certain specific and defined powers, that much of the power government has over us has been allowed. All this by the Courts particular construction of these implied powers.

I have tried to keep these principles as simple as possible, but I think I have laid a good foundation upon which you can begin to learn how our system was supposed to function, and how it has become broken. Now I’d like for you to read a quote by Thomas Paine, taken from his book Common Sense, “Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one: for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.” What this means is that if there is something wrong in our country, and that problem is caused by government, the fault lies with us because we vote for the people who cause us to suffer. That is why we, as the supreme power and authority in America, must hold our government accountable to the limits we have created for it to function within. If we fail in this the problems that will follow our failure are our own damned fault.

Finally, if you want to know what government should do for you, read the following from a speech delivered by Patrick Henry on June 5, 1788, “You are not to inquire how your trade may be increased, nor how you are to become a great and powerful people, but how your liberties may be secured; for liberty ought to be the direct end of your government…Will the abandoment of your most sacred rights tend to the security of your liberty? Liberty the greatest of all earthly blessings―give us that precious jewel, and you may take everything else: But I am fearful I have lived long enough to become an old fashioned fellow: Perhaps an invincible attachment to the dearest rights of man, may, in these refined and enlightened days, be deemed old fashioned: If so, I am contented to be so: I say, the time has been, when every pore of my heart beat for American liberty, and which, I believe, had a counterpart in the breast of every true American.

I now bid you adieu…

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I know that there are a lot of people who think that I am a bit of a radical, that my views are far from acceptable in today’s politically correct society. You know what, I don’t care. If my politically incorrect attitude offends you, tough shit. Had you people who oppose the things I write about lived during the years immediately preceding our war for independence there is a good possibility that your attitudes would have been found politically incorrect. In fact, had you spewed the nonsense you now tout as being politically correct in Boston, there is a good chance you’d have found yourself being tarred and feathered.
I’ve been alive for close to six decades now and when I was a youth growing up I never heard the talk that I hear people talk today, it would have been deemed anti-American. Yet today it is commonplace to hear things that would have labeled you a communist back in the late 50′ and early 60′s. It seems to me like ever since that war over in that far off strip of land called Vietnam a lot of the attitudes and beliefs of the citizens of this country have underwent drastic changes…for the worse I might add.

I’m not saying the war caused this shift in attitudes and beliefs, just that since that period of American history I have noticed a rapidly increasing shift in what people believe it means to be an American. The thing is this, there are still those of us out here that adhere to old fashioned attitudes and beliefs, and you people who want to fundamentally change America so that those values no longer apply are starting to really piss us off.

In 1821 Thomas Jefferson penned a letter to Mr. Spencer Roane in which he stated, “Time indeed changes manners and notions, and so far we must expect institutions to bend to them. But time produces also corruption of principles, and against this it is the duty of good citizens to be ever on the watch, and if the gangrene is to prevail at last, let the day be kept off as long as possible.

You see, our Founders knew that our country would undergo changes and that the government created by our Constitution may need to change as time progressed. That is why they included an amendment procedure through which a legitimate voice of the people could propose amendments to grant government new powers to deal with the changing times.

In his Farewell Address to the nation, George Washington firmly declared, “The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all.

The Constitution is more than just some 230 year old parchment on display in the National Archives, it is a law, The SUPREME law of the land, and it is our duty as Americans to obey it. Included in that law are ten amendments known as the Bill of Rights. These amendments protect, not grant, but PROTECT certain rights many felt where worthy of being specifically listed as being unalienable and untouchable by government.

And this is where you politically correct ignoramuses are really getting on our nerves, you have the gall, the audacity, to demand that we must give up our rights to make you feel safe, or because by our exercising these rights you are somehow offended. Too bad, your ignorance offends me, your lack of respect for your most sacred rights offends me!

You people today claim that my attitude, and the attitude of those like me who speak out against the continued infringements upon our rights, threaten our country. No, it is you who threaten our country by not standing up for the things our Founders fought a war to secure. John Adams, who served as our countries second President under the Constitution was may have been an arrogant and obnoxious man, but it cannot be said that he was lacking in his desire to preserve the liberty of the people of this land, for his generation and for all those which would follow. In a letter to his wife Abigail, Adams made the following admonition, “Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”

At the very foundation of everything our country was built upon was the undying belief that all men are free and that they are endowed with certain unalienable rights which are to be protected by servants chosen by the people to represent them in government. What has happened in this country to cause so many people today to care so little for their rights, only to care about how much their government can do for them? You people sicken me, and you do not deserve to call yourself an American!

Far too many people these days believe that government can do whatever the people ask of it, as long as the majority support it. They are wrong! In Federalist 83 Alexander Hamilton wrote, “The plan of the convention declares that the power of Congress, or, in other words, of the national legislature, shall extend to certain enumerated cases. This specification of particulars evidently excludes all pretension to a general legislative authority, because an affirmative grant of special powers would be absurd, as well as useless, if a general authority was intended.

Prior to that, in Federalist 78, Hamilton also said, “There is no position which depends on clearer principles, than that every act of a delegated authority, contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void. No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. To deny this, would be to affirm, that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men acting by virtue of powers, may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid.”

Do you understand that, what forbid means? When the Second Amendment says that our right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed it means government, at all levels, is forbidden from passing ANY law which infringes upon that right.

I don’t need permission from anyone to exercise my rights, not you, not law enforcement, not my government. That is the nature of rights, they are beyond legislative authority as long as the person exercising them does not violate the rights of anyone else. If I own a gun and decide to carry it on my person outside my home for self-defense, I don’t need a permit to do so. I also cannot be charged with a crime if I use that weapon in self-defense as I will not have been the one who initially violated another person’s rights.

In the 1922 case of People vs. Zerillo the Michigan Supreme Court ruled, “The provision in the Constitution granting the right to all persons to bear arms is a limitation upon the power of the Legislature to enact any law to the contrary. The exercise of a right guaranteed by the Constitution cannot be made subject to the will of the sheriff.

In the case of Cockrum v. State, the Courts 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.”

There are those of you who say that we, as citizens, and as members of the militia should be prohibited from carrying, or owning for that matter, certain categories or classes of weapons. Wasn’t it Barack Obama who said that weapons of war deserve no place on our streets? Then why do cops carry them?
In 1850, a Frenchman by the name of Frederic Bastiat wrote a book entitled The Law. Bastiat wrote his book two years after the third French Revolution and was heavily influenced by the same man, John Locke, who influenced our Founding Fathers in their beliefs regarding the nature of our rights. So much of what Bastiat writes is similar in thinking to the way our Founders felt. In his book Bastiat states, “If every person has the right to defend―even by force―his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly. Thus the principle of collective right―its reason for existing, its lawfulness―is based on individual right.”

Yet some of you believe that by our creating these groups, these law enforcement agencies, we have surrendered our right and are now unable to exercise it individually? You say that we the people no longer have the need, or requirement to own or carry weapons of war but our police forces and our military does.

Are you nuts?

Many of you, when you hear the word militia, get the image of radical groups of anti-government rednecks living in the woods holding drills and seeking to overthrow our government. You don’t have any idea about what the militia is, only the fear that has been instilled into your minds by our leaders and the news media. YOU are the militia.

In the Virginia debates discussing the ratification of the Constitution George Mason declared, “I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.” You and I are the militia, not the National Guard as you have been led to believe. This is not some fiction I made up to support my stance on guns, it is the law. In Title 10 of the United States Code Section 311, it states the following:

The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.

(b) The classes of the militia are―


the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and


the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.

Tenche Coxe, who in my opinion was a rabid federalist who sought to grant government way too much power, still realized the truth of this when he said, “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.”

In 1878 the Arkansas Court of Appeals heard the case of Wilson v. State, wherein they ruled, “To prohibit a citizen from wearing or carrying a war arm … is an unwarranted restriction upon the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. If cowardly and dishonorable men sometimes shoot unarmed men with army pistols or guns, the evil must be prevented by the penitentiary and gallows, and not by a general deprivation of a constitutional privilege.”

You fools out there crying for stricter gun laws only see firearms as weapons used by criminals in the commission of crimes. You fail to see the outcome of your dream for a Utopian gun free society, that being a total police state where the government is free to enact any oppressive law it wants because the people have no means to resist.

Do you really want to know why our Second Amendment exists? I’ll tell you, but to do so I’ll need to quote Patrick Henry, who in his speech of June 5, 1788 in opposition to the proposed Constitution stated this, “The Honorable Gentleman who presides, told us, that to prevent abuses in our Government, we will assemble in Convention, recall our delegated powers, and punish our servants for abusing the trust reposed in them. Oh, Sir, we should have fine times indeed, if to punish tyrants, it only sufficient to assemble the people. Your arms wherewith you could defend yourselves, are gone; and you have no longer an aristocratical; no longer democratical spirit. Did you ever read of any revolution in a nation, brought about by the punishment of those in power, inflicted by those who had no power at all?

In his 1833 treatise entitled Commentaries on the Constitution, Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story stated, “The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers...”

And you would see that right, that ability, taken away from us? Over my dead body!

In 1785 James Madison wrote the following, “The preservation of a free government requires not merely that the metes and bounds which separate each department of power be universally maintained but more especially that neither of them be suffered to overleap the great barrier which defends the rights of the people. The rulers who are guilty of such an encroachment exceed the commission from which they derive their authority and are tyrants. The people who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor any authority derived from them and are slaves.

I will not be a slave, not by your hand, nor by the hands of the people you elect. The historian Charles Austin Beard wrote, “You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.”

If repeating the things our Founders said, if adhering to the same principles they did makes me dangerous, I am only dangerous to those who would see me, and all of you along with me, enslaved. You should not fear me, nor people like me who say the things I do, or who join militia groups. We pose you no threat, not unless you pose a threat to our liberty.

You may still not understand the nature of your rights, and the purpose for which our Founders included our right to keep and bear arms in the Bill of Rights, but I will close by providing a final quote from John Locke’s Second Treatise on Civil Governments for your edification, “This freedom from absolute, arbitrary, power, is so necessary to, and closely joined with man’s preservation, that he cannot part with it, but by what forfeits his preservation and life together; for a man, not having the power over his own life, cannot by compact, or his own consent, enslave himself to another, to take away his life, when he pleases. No body can give more power than he has himself; and he that cannot take away his own life, cannot give another power over it.”

That is why we have the Second Amendment, and all the other rights protected by the Bill of Rights, to prevent anyone from having absolute and arbitrary power over our lives, and our liberty. Anyone who seeks such power is a tyrant. In his suggestion for the motto to be place upon the Great Seal of the United States, Ben Franklin proposed, “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” It never made it onto our Great Seal, but Jefferson took it upon himself to use it as his own personal seal. It is what I myself, and all those other such as myself who declare that we will never surrender our guns. As the saying attributed to King Leonidas when the Persians told him to surrender his weapons, Molon Labe, or “Come and take them.” I would suggest though that you think twice before attempting that. After all the British tried it once before in 1775 and you see how that turned out for them.

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Must It Come Down To This?

In a speech given at Stateburg, South Carolina, in 1830 Stephen Decatur Miller said, “There are but three and only three ways to reform our Congressional legisltion, familiarly called, the ballot box, the jury box and the cartridge box.” I have heard that saying repeated many times, often with jury box being replaced by soap box. But the meaning stays pretty much the same either way.

In 14 months Americans will once again go to the polls to exercise their right of suffrage at the ballot box. Many of my friends and associates have already made up their minds as to whom they will vote for to replace Barack Obama as President of the United States. While I am all for the idea of people participating in the election process, I feel there is far too much emphasis being given to who will become president.

During the debates, or the never ending stream of campaign ads that will soon begin flooding the airwaves, these candidates will all propose how they plan to lead our country. Plans will be given, programs proposed, and the people will make their decision as to whom they will vote for based upon what they hear. Again, I think it is great the people are trying to make informed choices as to whom to cast their votes for, but they are forgetting one crucial point…a sitting president cannot keep any of the promises they make on the campaign trail.

The Constitution divides our government into three sections, each with specific powers or responsibilities. Article one outlines the Legislative Branch, (the Congress), which is the branch that creates law. Article 2 establishes the Executive, (the office of President), whose job it is to see that the laws passed by Congress, and signed by him, are faithfully executed. Article 3 establishes a Judiciary, or (the Supreme Court), to settle all questions arising under the Constitution. None of them can do the job of the other branches, that’s called a separation of powers and one of the primary reasons our Founders wrote our Constitution the way they did.

Candidates for president can make all the promises they want in an effort to get you to vote for them, but unless they violate the Constitution they cannot keep any of them … unless of course Congress first passes a law for them to sign. I know, I know, Obama has said, “We are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need. I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone. And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions…” But just because he said that, and Congress doesn’t have the spine to stop him, doesn’t make what he has said or done legal.

In 1784 Patrick Henry introduced a bill into the Virginia General Assembly to establish a provision for the teachers of Religion. Henry felt that society was decaying because of the people’s inattention to the precepts found in the Bible. He felt if the people were taxed and religious instruction provided them the decay could be slowed down, or halted altogether.

However, James Madison opposed Mr. Henry’s bill and worked hard to see that it never passed. In opposition to it Madison penned one of the greatest documents of the period; A Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments. Madison was not protesting against religion, far from it. He was protesting, however, that people should be taxed to fund religious teaching.

His Remonstrance contains one of the most sublime quotes regarding the separation of powers granted government ever written by man, “Because if Religion be exempt from the authority of the Society at large, still less can it be subject to that of the Legislative Body. The latter are but the creatures and vicegerents of the former. Their jurisdiction is both derivative and limited: it is limited with regard to the co-ordinate departments, more necessarily is it limited with regard to the constituents. The preservation of a free Government requires not merely, that the metes and bounds which separate each department of power be invariably maintained; but more especially that neither of them be suffered to overleap the great Barrier which defends the rights of the people. The Rulers who are guilty of such an encroachment, exceed the commission from which they derive their authority, and are Tyrants. The People who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by an authority derived from them, and are slaves.” (my emphasis)

Yet people today make their choice for president based upon promises the candidates make. Unfortunately people forget that the Constitution prohibits them from fulfilling those promises without overlapping the barrier that separates the powers granted the president from the powers granted to Congress. In regards to domestic affairs the office of president is nothing more than a gloried CEO, (Chief Executive Officer). His job is to see that that laws are faithfully executed, unlike past presidents who have neglected to enforce immigration law, while signing into law other laws which are far outside the specific powers granted Congress.

I am, at this time, reading a book entitled; Ratification, The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788. It is a fascinating book telling the story of the debates, both in the ratifying assemblies, and in the public, regarding the ratification of the Constitution. I would like to take a moment to discuss a subject which was broached over the course of the ratification debates in the State of Pennsylvania.

The Federalists, (those who supported the Constitution), wanted a quick ratification in Pennsylvania. They attempted to get a quick vote either for or against the Constitution without much public discussion. They also had an all or nothing view towards it, either you accept it as written, without amendments, or reject it. That didn’t go over too well with some who felt that the Constitution was flawed, but with a few simple amendments could have been made into a better document that would be acceptable to all.

One of the concerns was the lack of any kind of bill of rights to safeguard the rights of the people. James Wilson, who was among those who signed the Declaration of Independence, and was also among those who drafted the Constitution felt that there was no need for a bill of rights because the powers granted government by the document were specific and could not violate the rights of the people. However many, including delegate John Smilie disagreed, saying the following about those powers, “…so loosely, so inaccurately…defined, that it will be impossible without a bill of rights to declare when government has degenerated into oppression.”

Many prominent statesmen of the time were opposed to the Constitution. Some wanted to reject it in its entirety, while others felt that with a few amendments it could be made into a workable plan for government. To a one though, they all felt that one of the biggest problems was the lack of any safeguards for the rights of the people. Among the other primary concerns those who opposed the Constitution was the belief that if ratified the federal government would envelope and swallow the sovereignty and authority of the individual States.

It seems that the anti-Federalists, (those who opposed the Constitution) had some valid arguments as most of what they feared would happen, has happened. The scope and reach of our governments powers has grown far beyond those few specifically enumerated powers granted it by the Constitution, our rights have come under attack, and the sovereignty of the states has all but been swallowed up since the Civil War forever settled the question of whether the States could fight back against the oppression of the federal government.

Yet that is exactly the issue that led to one of the first crises under the Constitution. When President John Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Acts his Vice-President, Thomas Jefferson, wrote the Kentucky Resolutions opposing them. In his Resolution Jefferson writes, “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…

This is where my last article, discussing the dangers of political parties, also ties into the subject currently under discussion. People today typically vote along party lines for the candidate who most closely aligns with their own beliefs as to what government should do for them. That right there is the problem, government isn’t supposed to do a damned thing for the people other than safeguard their rights.

When James Madison published Federalist 45 on January 26, 1788, he said, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected.

The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.”

Does that sound like the government we have today, leaving the affairs of the people up to the States? Or does our government intrude upon every aspect of our lives due to its having passed laws based upon implied powers not specifically enumerated within the Constitution?

The problem lies with the people who vote according to party lines, or for the candidate who makes the most promises that will benefit them somehow. In 1787 Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter in which he states, “The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits.” That is not the government we have today. Instead of people voting for the candidate who promises to strictly adhere to the Constitution, we see people voting for the candidate who makes the best sounding promises which will benefit them. Also, when a candidate does stand up and say that they will do only what the Constitution allows them to do, they are ridiculed and dismissed by the public as some kind of a kook. Worse, the people who stand for those candidates are told they are wasting their vote. Is voting for liberty a waste? I don’t think so. Better than voting for slavery if you ask me.

Yet there are those of us, although our numbers continue to diminish, who understand that the Constitution imposes strict limits upon the powers granted government by we the people. There are authors such as myself who have written incessantly about the usurpation of power by our government and the continued infringement upon our rights. We have tried using the soapbox to awaken people to the threat their ignorance poses to their liberty; we have tried the ballot box to vote for only those candidates who promise to uphold the oath of office to support and defend the Constitution; but we have seen our efforts repeatedly fail to bring about any change in America.

Getting back to Stephen Decatur’s 1830 quote, what option does our failure to protect our liberty leave us? Is our government, and the average person in this country, so intent upon pushing us into a corner where our only choice is to take up arms to defend our liberty? Is that what they truly want? Is the cartridge box the only option left for us?

If you recall Madison’s Memorial and Remonstrance, the paragraph after the quote I provided goes on to say, “Because it is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of Citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The free men of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle.”

It is far too late to worry about precedents being set which infringe upon our liberty, they have been set and expanded upon for over a century. However, make no mistake, there are those of us who still believe it is our duty as Patriots to resist any further violations of our rights. And like I said, if the soapbox and the ballot box fail to prevent any further violations of our rights, there is but one recourse left to us.

If tyranny and oppression are what you want from government, count me out. If you continue to vote according to party lines, or because your candidate is a fraction of a percentage point better than the other candidate, or if you don’t vote at all, tyranny and oppression is what you are going to get. And to paraphrase the quote by Emiliano Zapata, “Tis better to die on your feet than live on your knees.”

But it doesn’t have to come to that, if you would only stop and think for a moment who and what you are voting for, and more importantly, what you yourself stand for. You have but two choices, liberty, or slavery…in this there is no middle ground.

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I’m Not Pressing 1 For A Damned Thing

Three years ago my friend Jeffrey Bennett asked me to choose four or five articles on the various subjects I write about and submit them to him to be published in a book. I thought, yeah, hell, why not? Jeff then went on to design an amazing cover and titled the book Ross Unmasked: An Angry America Speaks Out. This article is not being written to sell more copies of my book, it is being written to show that people don’t know what me being pissed off sounds like. Well they will now!

I originally wrote what follows as a short Facebook post. Then last night as I lay in bed my brain kept turning it over and over and it snowballed into what I am about to say here. And, as I said on Facebook; is this going to piss some people off? Yes. Do I care? No.

I got the idea for this when I read/heard how Secretary of State John Kerry declared that the U.S. is going to increase the number of Syrian refugees who are allowed to enter the U.S. after fleeing the Civil War in their country. It began pretty much as an anti immigration rant, but as I kept thinking about it more ideas kept popping into my head and it ended up being what you are about to read now.

First off let me begin by saying two words, and these are addressed to Sec. Kerry and the asshole who sits in the Oval Office…SCREW YOU! Aside from the few vocal politically correct people in the audience who chant about tolerance and multiculturalism, we, the American people, do not want any more third world immigrants fleeing the shitholes they live in coming to our country to live.

You, Mr. Kerry, Mr. Obama, caused this mess in Syria and now you expect us to swallow this b.s. and just open our arms to all these refugees? Had you not armed the rebels in Syria, had our government not meddled in the internal affairs of any foreign nation for that matter, half the problems going on in the world would not exist. However, now that they do you’re telling us that we must be humanitarian and open our arms to all those affected by the civil wars you guys funded and armed? Yeah, we’ll take them. Camp them out on the White House lawn and keep them within the damned fence! Otherwise, we don’t want, or need, them living among us.

You assholes take all of us for fools, don’t you? Well while that may be true about many in this country, there are those of us who are wise to your tricks and are fed up with them. You funded and armed these rebels fighting against the Assad regime and now that their country has become a living hell to live in you want to let them come here? You want them living among us knowing that they despise us because it was our government who funded the rebels and caused their country to turn into this hell on earth? Are you nuts?

You guys pull this shit over and over, then tell us that the monsters your policy has created have become our enemy and we must send more weapons, more U.S. soldiers abroad to fight these monsters of our own making. ISIS, Saddam Hussein, Manuel Noriega, Osama Bin Laden, all these so-called enemies were once our allies who received training, funding, and arms from the U.S. government because, at the time, they were fighting our other enemies. Then the tables turned and our allies became our enemies.

On top of all this you tell us that America must be the overflow basket for all these poor downtrodden refugees fleeing their homelands due to civil war, famine, or whatever strife happens to be going on. Bullshit! If you would keep your hands out of, and your noses out of the internal affairs of these countries we wouldn’t have half the problems we do in the world.

Whatever happened to this? “America, in the assembly of nations, since her admission among them, has invariably, though often fruitlessly, held forth to them the hand of honest friendship, of equal freedom, of generous reciprocity. She has uniformly spoken among them, though often to heedless and often to disdainful ears, the language of equal liberty, of equal justice, and of equal rights. She has, in the lapse of nearly half a century, without a single exception, respected the independence of other nations while asserting and maintaining her own. She has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when conflict has been for principles to which she clings, as to the last vital drop that visits the heart…But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy.” Sec. State John Quincy Adams (July 4, 1821)

Now I’m not saying that there aren’t those out there who simply hate us, there are, and I’ll get to them in a minute. But for a moment would you please consider that possibly the reason we are so hated in so many countries might be because our government meddles in their affairs? We prop up two bit puppet dictators because they remain friendly to the U.S. and allow our companies to come into their countries and profit from their natural resources or cheap labor. Then when these dictators turn on us we go to war with them and the people of these countries are the ones who suffer. Our news media won’t report these facts to us so we go on believing this are just wars, just invasions, but the people whose lives are affected know that had America not meddled in their country in the first place there wouldn’t be bombs dropping in their neighborhoods.

Al Qaeda and the Taliban are all offshoots of our funding the rebels to fight the Soviets when they invaded Afghanistan. ISIS is the offshoot of our leaving a vacuum of power in Iraq after deposing Saddam.

Read the following by former Marine Corps. Major General Smedley Butler, “I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”

In 1961, when I was but a wee 3 yr old, President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave a speech in which he said, “Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

These arms industries cannot make profits if there are no conflicts going on. If people are not shooting at each other there is no one to sell bombs, bullets, tanks, jets and all the other implements of war they make. With a complex that big, with that much scope, don’t you think they would exert a great deal of influence upon government to remain in a constant state of war? Not to mention the banks who profit mightily from war.

War creates debt. Look to the history of every major war this country has ever fought, every time you will see a spike in the national debt. This has happened since the beginning when the States were saddled with the debt created by the American Revolution. It happened after the War of 1812, the Civil War, World Wars I & II, the Korean War and it continues to this day. Bankers are like blood sucking leeches that thrive off our nation’s debt, and now they have a big fat $18 trillion host to feed upon.

There is a video going around the internet from the TV show The Newsroom about how America is not the greatest country in the world again. It is being touted as the most honest 3- 1/2 minutes of TV ever. How about the most honest 30 seconds from a movie? In the film The International, banker Umberto Calvini explains to Clive Owens and Naomi Watts, “The IBBC is a bank. Their objective isn’t to control the conflict, it’s to control the debt that the conflict produces. You see, the real value of a conflict, the true value, is in the debt that it creates. You control the debt, you control everything.”

So not only are these poor refugees from all these countries at war suffering, we suffer too from a massive debt that we will NEVER be able to repay. The whole time, these fat cat bankers are getting rich while people suffer and die. There is a special place in hell reserved for these evil bastards. Now you may be thinking that I’ve strayed from my initial post on Facebook, but I haven’t forgotten what I said.

For over 200 years this land has been known as the United States of America. Prior to that it was a land of vast wildernesses, open plains, and mountains. The occupants of this land were Native American Indians. We came here, and although our methods were anything but acceptable to the Indians, we conquered this land and built it into what it is, or at least was, a great and powerful industrial giant, filled with opportunity for all.

Had immigrants not come here with their only possessions being the clothes on their backs and the hopes and dream of success, America would not be what it is today. So in that, yes our country is indebted to immigrants. But they came here to become Americans. They learned our language, they adhered to our customs and beliefs. And most importantly, they stood by our side when it came to disagreements with their former native countries. America was their home, and they took pride in their being Americans. Not African-Americans, not Hispanic-Americans, not Asian-Americans, not Arab-Americans. Just AMERICANS.

What the hell has happened?

Since when has America become the depository for every downtrodden and needy person of the world? Why must we open our arms, and our wallets, to all those who come here, not without hopes and dreams, but outstretched hands for all the benefits this country provides? Those benefits, as much as I disagree with our government providing them, are set up for Americans who have fallen upon hard times and need a helping hand until they get back on their feet. They are not for every third world immigrant who comes to our country and has never worked a day to pay for.

For crying out loud, half the people filling out the forms required to obtain these benefits can’t even speak English, so we have to print them in Hmong, Spanish, Punjabi, Chinese and all the other languages of the world. Sorry, but if you can’t even speak our language you don’t deserve our help. As far as pressing 1 for English, I say press 1 and learn what language is being spoken or hang up the damned phone!

For what reason is it these people flee their native lands and come here for? If they have so much pride for their native land, if their homes were that great, why do they flock to our country in droves? Either fix your country to where it is as full of opportunity as America, or abide by our rules. Don’t you dare come here, expecting us to welcome you with open arms, then demand that we must change our ways, change our beliefs to accommodate you! Remember you came here of your own free will. Respect our laws, our customs…OR GO HOME!

And for those of you who preach this tolerant multiculturalism nonsense, just shut the hell up. You are worse than the immigrants who come here demanding that we change our ways to accommodate them. I wonder how many of these politically correct morons have ever been to any of the countries these immigrants are fleeing from? I wonder if they’ve been to third world shitholes, or even countries who are more economically and socially advanced? I have, and let me tell you if you don’t speak the native tongue then you have a hard time getting by. If you break their laws you will pay the price for your crimes. Why should America be any different? You say we should be tolerant of their beliefs, their customs? Take a trip to Saudi Arabia and stand on a street corner with a Bible and start preaching the Gospel…see how tolerant they are of that before you open your damned mouth!

I’ll tell you what is happening with all this unfettered immigration and this politically correct nonsense about tolerance, we are being invaded and conquered. Unless America grows a spine, or a set of balls, whichever way you want to put it, we will lose our heritage, our customs, or beliefs…AND OUR FREEDOM.
We’ve already seen the beginning of it with certain American values or beliefs being stifled because they upset the sensibilities of minorities. Soon more and more of our heritage, our beliefs will become unacceptable behavior and America will become a country whose beliefs have changed from the nation built upon liberty and freedom that our founders fought, to just another shithole like the countries these people fled. Is that what you want?

I know this is going to piss a lot of people off. I don’t care. I’ve had just about all I can stand of this garbage and it is high time someone told the truth about it all. All I know is that there is a saying I used to hear all the time growing up that needs to find a comeback into our vocabulary. That saying being, AMERICA, LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT.

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