There is a scene in the film Gods & Generals which shows Thomas Jackson, before he acquired the nickname Stonewall, inside a classroom of cadets at VMI, (Virginia Military Institute), where he tells the cadets, “I had hope you’d see that with a proper grasp of the artillery principles I’ve laid before you today, you would learn to apply these principles with great effectiveness in your field experiences. But since you seem unable to grasp these principles I’m forced to conclude that I must repeat this lesson tomorrow, word for word…word for word.”
I can relate to the frustration Jackson must have felt at his cadets being unable to learn the basic artillery principles, as I too have been trying to educate people regarding the structure and powers given their system of government, and certain events that have caused America to go from a country founded upon the principle of individual liberty to a collectivist nightmare where the will of the people, (or their elected representatives) is sufficient to deny our most basic rights.
I once read somewhere that the best way to ensure your beliefs are resting upon solid ground is to constantly test, or question them. If you can take historical fact and compare it against what you believe, and if the two are in perfect alignment, then your beliefs are sitting upon solid ground and can stand challenges made against them by others. However, if you do not challenge your own beliefs, or if your beliefs are not founded upon historical fact, then they are easily disproved, and your only recourse is to reply with an emotionally based answer; typically insulting towards the person armed with facts.
I have been studying, and sharing the things I’ve learned for somewhere around 20 years now; that’s 7300 days; having written nearly 3,000 commentaries; I am friends with people who have been at this for much longer than I have. How many times must we repeat the basic facts before people can grasp them so that they can move on to a discussion of more in depth material?
I frequently hear people say that our public school systems are failing our children. I disagree; they are doing exactly what they were created to do, create a nation filled with people who do not have even the most fundamental understanding of their system of government, or what their rights are. Our schools haven’t failed; they’ve been a resounding success!
In 1788 Noah Webster wrote an essay discussing his thoughts on education in America. Here is an excerpt from his essay:
But every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country; he should lisp the praise of liberty, and of those illustrious heroes and statesmen, who have wrought a revolution in her favor.
A selection of essays, respecting the settlement and geography of America; the history of the late revolution and of the most remarkable characters and events that distinguished it, and a compendium of the principles of the federal and provincial governments, should be the principal school book in the United States. These are interesting objects to every man; they call home the minds of youth and fix them upon the interests of their own country, and they assist in forming attachments to it, as well as in enlarging the understanding.
I wonder what the results would be if I were to ask random people to tell me how many articles there are in the Constitution, and give a brief explanation of each one; or how many amendments there are in the Bill of Rights, and which rights are listed within each of them. From what I’ve seen and heard from people I’m guessing that less than 5% of the people could come even close to answering those questions; most likely closer to 2%.
Yet these people think they’re qualified to make an intelligent choice when they vote…make an informed decision when they don’t have the foggiest idea as to how their system of government is supposed to function!!! Yet people ask why our country, and our government, is so screwed up.
Go figure, when ignorance and apathy have become the norm…
Liberty cannot last long in a nation filled with people who don’t even know what liberty is, or who think that it can be sacrificed to serve the overall public good. I have no qualms with anyone seeking to become a slave; to sacrifice their most basic human rights and liberty for the false promises of comfort and security. The problem is that I’m chained to the same ship they are, and when liberty dies it affects me too…and THAT pisses me off.
Even among those who claim to understand what their rights are, or the powers delegated to government, I see a great deal of acquiescence when it comes to laws that violate their rights and liberty. They may bitch and moan when their legislators propose laws that violate their rights, but once those proposals obtain the force of law they comply for fear of what may happen if they don’t.
In 1943 Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson made the following comments in the case of West Virginia Board of Education vs. Barnette, “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 vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.”
Does that make any sense at all to you? What it means is that my rights are not up for grabs by those you people vote for, or to appease your distaste for those who choose to exercise them. It means that I don’t need a permit to exercise my rights, and it means that no elected official, or society for that matter, can decide to what extent I may do so. It means that the government cannot define what those rights are, or how I may exercise them; and it means that some Congress filled with power hungry bastards cannot define the meaning of words such as arms.
For crying out loud people, we created government, and if anyone has the right to define what is meant by the word arms, and place limitations upon what types of arms shall be kept and borne, then it is we the people in regards to our government; not the other way around. We should be able to tell Uncle Sam and his minions, “Hey, you guys can’t own automatic weapons, or weapons with detachable magazines.”
Instead, due to the overall ignorance of the people they allow that role to be reversed and let their government tell them what kinds of guns they can own; when and where they can bear them; while require permits and licenses for the privilege of doing so.
Yet our schools, either by omission or by intent, have not taught entire generations of American youth the nature and purpose of their rights. The narrative taught in schools is reinforced by the media and our elected officials; who are far too willing to pass laws restricting those rights.
Two things MUST happen if we wish to remain a free people. First we must become educated as to what our rights are, what the purpose of and powers delegated to our government, and then we must resist, I repeat, RESIST any encroachments upon them.
I’m not talking about voting; for I think the past history of things proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that voting has done absolutely nothing to secure your rights or your liberty. I’m not talking about writing or calling your elected representatives; for that too, typically garners nothing more than a form thank you letter for participating in the democratic process; while they go ahead and move forward against your desires. I’m also not talking about peaceful protests; for as recent events in Virginia have shown, legislators don’t listen to the protests of their constituents.
If we wish to remain, or regain our freedom, we must resist all laws that restrict it. By resist I mean we must simply choose not to comply; to tell Uncle Sam and his minion enforcers to go fuck themselves; their laws hold no authority over us.
The Sixteenth American Jurisprudence states, “The general rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law, is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of its enactment, and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law, and no courts are bound to enforce it.”
I hate to tell you this but the police are going to enforce the laws passed by government; even if those laws are unconstitutional, or if they violate your rights. The courts, well they are going to apply those laws which deprive you of your rights. So if you want your rights back you’re just gonna have to exercise them in violation of the law.
Those who gained America’s independence from Britain didn’t get a permit to resist tyranny; to bear their arms against their government; to tar and feather tax collectors; to dump all that Tea into Boston Harbor; to tear down the offices of tax collectors, or to raid and ransack the homes of their governors who enforced tyrannical laws upon them. They knew that their rights come from their Creator, not some government official, and when that government official sought to undermine or restrict them that it was their right to resist; forcefully and with violence if necessary.
I’ll never know the answer to this, but how many of you are familiar with Patrick Henry’s famous line, “Give me liberty or give me death.” I’m sure if you’ve read my articles you’ve at least seen it once or twice. Yet how many have read the speech that line comes from in its entirety? In that speech Henry states, “If we wish to be free– if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending–if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained–we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight!”
That was Henry calling upon his fellow Virginians to rise up and fight against their system of government; even though the few paltry laws imposed upon them by King George III pale in comparison to the heavy yoke of tyranny imposed upon us by OUR CURRENT system of government. Yet to talk about things like that are dangerous in today’s political climate; they get you put on a government watch list, or flag your name so that government can come and confiscate your guns; not to mention scare the living shit out of statists who love and worship government as a means of imposing their will upon others.
It is my belief that it is far too late in the game to vote our way out of the mess we, and the generations that have preceded us, have gotten us into. It is far too late in the game to work within the system to correct the abuses that have been heaped upon us by the system itself. It is far too late in the game for peaceful protests to have any effect upon those making our laws; for they watch, and laugh at us, then proceed forward with more unconstitutional laws that restrict our liberty.
Yet far too many people still have faith in the system; thinking that they need but elect more ‘good’ people to office and all will be well in America again. Yet these same people can’t tell you the first thing about how that system was constructed, or what powers it was to possess. If they can’t tell you the most basic of principles about their system of government how are they to be expected to know the intricacies of how that system was implemented; the intent of those who established it?
I hate to sound insulting, but I’m tired of repeating myself as to the basics of our system of government, and how that system has abused its authority; so if the understanding of our system was to be compared to the learning of English, most Americans are still trying to grasp the pronunciation of their A, B, C’s while those of us who have studied these subjects extensively are writing full length essays; you’re way behind the curve in the learning process, and too late in the game to catch up, if you ask me.
I fear that a shit storm is coming to America, and coming much sooner than people realize. When it comes the people won’t be worrying about who makes it to the Super Bowl, who advances to the next stage in American Idol, or what video is garnering the most hits on YouTube.
When it comes, just as it did in 1776, there will be those who side with tyrants, there will be those who do their best to stay neutral and out of harm’s way, and there will be those fighting for their rights and liberty; which consequently are everyone’s rights a liberty as well.
The outcome of the coming struggle will determine the future of America; whether your children and their children will live in a land where they are free to live their lives as they please, or be under the heavy thumb of an all controlling government that cares nothing about the people other than making sure they pay their taxes and obey the law.
This is what our ignorance has wrought, and we only have ourselves to blame; for we have place entertainment and self-gratification over the quest for knowledge and truth…and it makes me sick to my stomach.
Oh, and being the honest kind of guy that I am, I will take the time to answer that little quiz I gave early on in this essay about how many articles there are in the Constitution, and what rights are listed in the Bill of Rights. Hopefully you’ll learn something…
First off, there are 7 Articles in the Constitution, and here is a very brief description of each of them.
-Article 1 outlines the structure of our Congress, the powers delegated to it, and the mode of choosing members to it.
-Article 2 outlines the Executive Branch, or Presidency; what powers that office holds and the means of choosing them.
-Article 3 outlines the Judiciary, or Supreme Court; what jurisdiction it has and how its members are chosen. (By the way, this Article of the Constitution was unconstitutionally rewritten in 1789 when Congress passed the Judiciary Act.)
-Article 4 outlines some basic rules regarding States; how they should interact with each other and how the government established by the Constitution shall act in relation to them.
-Article 5 outlines the process by which the Constitution may be amended.
-Article 6 declares that the laws passed in pursuance of the Constitution shall be considered the supreme law of the land, and that those elected to office under it shall take an oath to support and defend it.
-Article 7 outlines the process by which the Constitution was to be ratified, (which in and of itself was a violation of existing law as it only required approval by 3/4 of the States rather than the unanimous support as required by the Articles of Confederation).
Now let’s take a quick look at the Bill of Rights.
-The 1st Amendment lists 5 rights that government shall not infringe upon: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to assemble, and freedom to petition their government for a redress of grievances.
-The 2nd Amendment lists two rights that the government shall not infringe upon: the right to form militias and the right to keep and bear arms.
-The 3rd Amendment declares that government shall not house its soldiers in our homes; the only right it has not violated yet.
-The 4th Amendment restricts government from invading our privacy by requiring a warrant to be issued, stating probably cause, and listing the EXACT items to be searched for and seized. (This amendment as well as the 2nd Amendment are the two that have been almost entirely obliterated by our government.)
-The 5th Amendment protects our right against self-incrimination and our right to due process of law; meaning we can’t have our live, property, or liberty denied us unless it is proven we have committed a crime. (But remember, Jefferson said that the law is often but the tyrants will, especially when it violates the right of the individual. So for laws to be just they must secure the rights of ALL, not infringe upon them)
The 6th Amendment outlines our right to a trial by jury and our right to confront our accusers. (Now tell me, how can we confront our accusers under FISA warrants where our right to privacy is invaded simply because some ass clown thinks we MIGHT pose a terrorist threat, or when our right to keep and bear arms is denied us because our name was flagged by some Red Flag Law?)
The 7th Amendment outlines the right to trial by jury in all civil cases and that no decision by a jury in those cases shall be re-examined by another court.
The 8th Amendment states that excessive bail and cruel and unusual punishment shall not be imposed upon the people.
The 9th Amendment is sort of an umbrella that covers all the rights that aren’t specifically mentioned in the other amendments comprising the Bill of Rights. For instance, you have the right to breathe, to eat, to sleep; yet those rights are not specifically mentioned in any of the other amendments of the Bill of Rights. The 9th Amendment is a shield that covers all those rights that are not mentioned in the other 9 amendments of the Bill of Rights.
Finally, the 10th Amendment is supposed to be a guard which protects the States and the people from abuses and usurpations of power by the federal government; limiting the power of the federal government to the powers found in the Constitution. (Yet by Madison’s refusal to include the word EXPRESSLY in the wording, taken in conjunction with the inclusion of the Necessary and Proper Clause, the 10th Amendment has all but been nullified.)
There you have it, a kindergartener’s explanation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. If you’ve read this, you’ve just elevated your knowledge of our system of government and the Bill of Rights above 95% of the American people…you should be proud.
I’d like to conclude this piece with a quote my friend Mike Gaddy shared with me this morning, as I think it is an apt description of the overall American public, “Historical truth matters: As a nation, we care little for it, much preferring simplistic distortions that sustain our national myths about ‘freedom’, ‘opportunity’, and ‘democracy.’ You can’t grow into adulthood when you’re fed pabulum all your life. And that’s why we remain a nation of adolescents, with a culture concerned far more with celebrityhood than with suffering.”
And who suffers more than a people who know what their rights are, yet have been powerless to see them deprived them by their government and the ignorant teeming mass of people who blindly support that government?
Which is why I’ve decided to no longer argue/discuss politics with fools. If you know what the Constitution says, and how badly it was written, and oppose this system of government, and the laws it enacts, with every beat of your heart, you can count me as your friend.
If, on the other hand, you don’t know, don’t care, or worse, support this system that has a proven record of a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce us under absolute despotism, I don’t want to hear your thoughts, argue/debate with you, or have any political discussion whatsoever with you, for you are the ultimate reason why we have a fucked up system of government; for comfort, security, and entertainment are of more importance to you than the animating contest for liberty.
I no longer wish to waste a moment of my time discussing things with people who cannot, or will not listen to facts, and who are intent upon relinquishing their God given rights to a man made entity intent upon enslaving them.