I don’t know the exact number, somewhere around 16 or 17, but that is how many States have enacted some form of Red Flag Laws, and now I see that Virginia; the home of patriots like Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson, is discussing it in the State Legislature. It has upset many in that State, and recently over 1,000 people showed up to protest against such a measure being adopted by their State. Is an uprising, a revolution in the making? Only time will tell, but revolution is not why I’m here today.
One thing government is, and this goes for both State and federal, it is that it is filled with a bunch of sneaky little conniving cocksuckers; and sorry for the language. The government won’t tell you that their ultimate goal is a total ban on the private ownership of guns, but that’s what it is. They know if they said that publicly they would face such a backlash that every one of them would be voted out of office in the next election.
So, what they do is pass these little laws, banning this category of weapon, this type magazine, or prohibiting the owning of guns by those who MIGHT pose a threat, (Red Flag Laws). What we are witnessing is the death of the 2nd Amendment by a thousand little cuts…which is exactly what those cocksuckers want.
Not only do I oppose these Red Flag laws because they are just another infringement upon a right that’s not supposed to be infringed upon, it is also because it violated the premise that one is innocent until proven guilty. The only justifiable way that a person’s rights may be restricted, or taken away, is if that person is found guilty of committing a crime; and for a crime to have been committed there must be a victim.
When it comes to our unalienable rights government cannot pass a law that denies a person the full exercise of them unless that person has been found guilty of exercising those rights in such a manner as to bring harm to others, or deny anyone else the full exercise of their rights. Laws saying someone, according to rumor or innuendo, such as these Red Flag laws, say that a person’s rights can be denied them based upon hearsay and the possibility that they MIGHT commit a crime.
Well if that’s the case we need to immediately pass a law banning government; for government is far guiltier of committing crimes than is the average citizen who owns guns!
I know most people in this country haven’t given much thought to what these Red Flag laws mean, or the underlying principle they are based upon; but I have. Most people are unable to see past their fear of becoming a victim; having been brainwashed by the media to fear guns, and those who own them. They see these stories on the news about these mass shootings and all they can do is call upon their government to do something to stop them before they, or their loved ones, become a victim.
Listen, I’m all for nobody becoming a victim of any crime, be it a robbery, rape, or a mass shooting. I just think we’re going about finding a solution the wrong way; which leads us to that underlying principle I just spoke of.
Today people, taken en masse, have this misguided concept that society is to blame for all the ills that plague us, and that society must be kept in check by some form of authority; i.e. government and law enforcement; and if that means sacrificing the rights of all the people, then so be it.
That goes against the concept of individuality; which is at the very core of liberty. If one truly understood what liberty was they would know that, in liberty, each of us is pretty much free to do as we please so long as we do not bring harm to, or take from others. However, liberty also means that the individual is responsible, and punishable only for their own actions.
This whole concept that society must be punished; have their rights taken away; or is responsible for all the evils in this country is diametrically opposed to the concept of individuality and individual liberty.
Yet that concept seems to be widely accepted; tolerated even, among the people living in America today. It is what has justified the slow, but steady encroachments upon our right to keep and bear arms; it is what has justified the constant spying upon each and every one of us just to weed out a few possible terrorists among us, and it is what has justified the government confiscating the wealth of all, just so it can hand it out to those society deems are more deserving of it.
It all boils down to whether each of us feels responsible for the general welfare, safety, comfort, and security of the conglomerate society, or if we feel responsible only for ourselves. I am not saying that we, as individuals, cannot volunteer and work towards the betterment of society; that’s all well and good and all people should be willing to do so if they are charitable and true followers of the teachings of Christ. What I am saying is that we shouldn’t require, or depend upon an outside force, (government), to do that for us, or mandate our participation in things which should remain voluntary.
If you believe that the needs/wants of society overrule the rights or liberty of one single individual, then you don’t understand what principles this country was established upon and you are a Statist. It doesn’t matter if you call yourself a Democrat or a Republican, if you believe that government should have the coercive power to impose laws that violate the rights of a single individual, or group of individuals, who you happen to disagree with, then you DO NOT understand liberty and you are either a Statist or a tyrant; take your pick.
People have either forgotten, or haven’t been taught what sovereignty is, and who it belongs to in this country. People believe that they elect these individuals into positions of power, and once there those individuals have an almost unlimited authority to what they feel is in their best interests; even at the cost of surrendering their rights and liberty. In short, they believe they are electing masters to rule over them.
That simply isn’t how it is supposed to work!
We; you, me, the person who delivers your mail, the person who works on your car, and the people living on either side of you, are the true masters of our government; the sovereigns. Our government derives its authority from us; is responsible and answerable to us, and it’s power is limited to certain specific functions.
Sovereignty is defined as the supreme, or absolute political power in a society. Guess what; in America that sovereignty does not belong to the government, it belongs to us. In 1793 the Supreme Court handed down their decision in the landmark case of Chisholm v. Georgia, saying, “…at the Revolution, the sovereignty devolved on the people, and they are truly the sovereigns of the country, but they are sovereigns without subjects (unless the African slaves among us may be so called), and have none to govern but themselves; the citizens of America are equal as fellow citizens, and as joint tenants in the sovereignty.”
Do you understand that; I mean REALLY understand it? What it basically says is that I am a king, but I am also the only subject of my own little kingdom. It also says that you are either a king or a queen of your own kingdom, but you are the only subject of your kingdom. I cannot impose my will upon you, or violate your rights, and you cannot impose your will upon me and violate my rights. And if we, as individuals cannot do that to each other, we cannot establish a collective force, (government), which has the authority to do it for us.
I was told the other day, and I’m not condemning the person who told me, that the word society is nebulous and unscientific. Society, at least to me, is merely the joining together of individuals into groups for the better protection of their rights and property.
Many an esteemed political writer has written about these societies; such as when Frederic Bastiat writes, “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.”
John Locke went into even greater detail on the various forms of society. Locke begins by describing conjugal society; the union between man and woman, “Conjugal society is made by a voluntary compact between man and woman; and tho’ it consist chiefly in such a communion and right in one another’s bodies as is necessary to its chief end, procreation; yet it draws with it mutual support and assistance, and a communion of interests too, as necessary not only to unite their care and affection, but also necessary to their common off-spring, who have a right to be nourished, and maintained by them, till they are able to provide for themselves.”
Then Locke goes on to describe both civil and political societies, “Those who are united into one body, and have a common established law and judicature to appeal to, with authority to decide controversies between them, and punish offenders, are in civil society one with another: but those who have no such common appeal, I mean on earth, are still in the state of nature, each being, where there is no other, judge for himself, and executioner; which is, as I have before shewed it, the perfect state of nature.
And thus the common-wealth comes by a power to set down what punishment shall belong to the several transgressions which they think worthy of it, committed amongst the members of that society, (which is the power of making laws) as well as it has the power to punish any injury done unto any of its members, by any one that is not of it, (which is the power of war and peace;) and all this for the preservation of the property of all the members of that society, as far as is possible.”
Yet in all these instances each of us remains sovereign, and each of us have a right to exit the society we have voluntarily entered into. Divorce is one such dissolution of the conjugal society; when one party to that society deems that their remaining in that union is no longer in their best interests they may choose to sever the bonds tying man and woman together.
The American Revolution was a dissolution of the political society that had bound the Colonies under British rule, and so was the Civil War for that matter; a right that Abraham Lincoln denied when he invaded the South; regardless of the reasons the South chose to secede.
That right to dissolve the political bonds which hold us to any society was enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, where Thomas Jefferson writes, “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, [the preservation of our right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness], it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…”
Locke went into even greater detail, saying, “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 set, as guards and fences to the properties of all the members of the society, to limit the power, and moderate 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 making; 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, endeavour 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…”
And that’s where all the problems in America arise; the people willingly submit to a system that deprives them of the very things it was supposedly instituted to preserve, then demand that those who want to regain their rights and liberty remain subject to its power and jurisdiction. If people had one ounce of respect for liberty, and the slightest understanding of what sovereignty is, they’d realize they seek to impose servitude upon others; to subjugate them and place them under the control of a system that uses its coercive power to impose THEIR WILL upon all those who disagree with their political beliefs.
And if you ask me, that is slavery; which according to the constitution was made illegal.
But ignorance is bliss, and as long as the people are given goodies, kept safe, fat, dumb and happy, these things are of little concern to them. So they are willing to tolerate laws that violate their rights, they are willing to see laws passed that violate the rights of those they disagree with. Besides, if the other party gets in control, there’s always the next election which gives them the opportunity to vote the ‘bad guys’ out and replace them with ‘bad guys’ of their own choosing – and the cycle goes on and on and on; while liberty continues to circle the drain.
Meanwhile the government sits behind closed doors and laughs at all the ignorant voters who think that their vote is going to change anything other than who gets to sit at the big table and make new laws, when the truth is that regardless of who sits in power government never really changes. Nobody, no matter which side gets control of government, will abolish the DEA, the BATF, the FDA, the TSA, the NSA, the CIA, and all the other agencies which dictate all these rules and regulations that restrict our rights and liberty and engage in all manner of unconstitutional laws.
So what difference do your votes really make; which tyrants get to run the SYSTEM?
And, if you ask me, that is a sad commentary on the people of this country, and one I hope will be recorded well in the history books to come…