Restore the Republic

Recognize The Enemy

March 19, 2015 | 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Founders, History, Sovereignty

Battles are won or lost on an act of heroism, a miscommunication, an errant command, an unexpected turn of events, or acts of treachery.

At Thermopylae a Greek named Ephialtes informed the Persians of a pass behind the lines of the Greek army.

On August 24th in the year of Our Lord 1814, the British set fire to parts of Washington, DC, that included the White House, and the Capital. It was a sudden storm that prevented the British from totally destroying the new nations Capital.

Miscommunication and blunders doomed Colonel Custer and the U.S. 7th Cavalry, as it did with Lord Cardigan who led his Light Brigade into the withering fire of the Russian artillery at Balaclava.

Combat has changed over the centuries, but mistakes, miscommunication, and unexpected events will turn a tide. While treachery with legend such as Ephialtes is rare, giving aid and comfort to the enemy appears to me an everyday occurrence. The true issue is that those who do so have little or no understanding of how they’ve been used to support rather than fight off tyranny.

As I’ve written and said so many times before, the United States is a Constitutional Federal Republic. It is not a democracy, nor did the Founders subscribe to the idea that it should morph into a democracy.  As Franklin said when asked what have you given us, “A republic, if you can keep it”. We’ve not kept it, nor do we admonish those who call this a democracy.

Our children are taught in school that this is a democracy. Our politicians repeat the term so often that I’m given to tears as I hear the words of treachery coming from their mouths. Even those who profess to be patriotic call this a democracy, and in certain cases they call for more of the same nonsense; “direct democracy” is what one personality has been calling for. Some of us actually relish the idea that we don’t strictly adhere to the rule of law, but rather live by the tyranny of an often selfish and ignorant majority.

Patrick Henry warned that “We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament”. Yet today, despite the history of the birth of this nation we are cautioned to be respectful as we go before committees of our servants who are plotting to infringe on another right as they conspire with those who clamor for more restrictions, more legislation, and more tyranny for the cause celeb.

As a nation of sovereigns who give enumerated but limited powers to the state, it is not only within our power, but most assuredly our duty “to alter or to abolish” government when it becomes destructive of its defined duties, and restricted power. This seems simple enough to understand as those who wrote the Constitution debated it extensively. The information is readily available to the public. We’re not talking about documents hidden in archives in a locked vault, in a basement at a secure and restricted site.

However, the electorate seems woefully ignorant of what the rule of law is in this nation. If the people I’ve engaged over the last several months are any indication I’m forced to believe that either reading comprehension is embarrassingly low, or these people have no concept of what the law is, and how disregarding it is akin to aiding the enemy.

The gentlemen who debated the tenets of the Constitution had many reservations about the document. If you read the Constitution as it was written along with the Federalist Papers, and the opposing views of the Anti-Constitutionalists you will understand what we’ve fallen to today.

If you listen to the justices of the Supreme Court, men like Lawrence Tribe, and Alan Dershowitz you can only conclude that our current system of law is akin to Thunderdome. It’s a battle with no rules. Anything goes, and the state can change on a whim, or the idiotic agenda of some group that screams loudly for more subservience.

We have a population that has been led to believe that we have a “living Constitution” not only because they’ve been saturated with that lie, but because they do not even care enough to read the Constitution and related documents. Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction.”

As I write this there are shows on CNN, MSNBC, GCN Live, Republic Broadcasting, and hundreds of radio stations spouting propaganda, and illogic. Make no mistake that there is plenty of truth coming from the “alternative media”, but they have no clue as to how to attack the problems we face.  Trying to wake up the majority who will always vote with their stomachs rather than their minds is, at this point in time, a futile enterprise. I don’t say that lightly, but with the knowledge that the proclaimed leaders of the patriot movement display, there is little evidence that they subscribe to, or broadcast the fact that it is the good People of this nation who have the authority to “execute the Laws of the Union”, and therefore the sovereign power to prosecute those who violate the oath of office.

Those who claim to be patriots are nothing more than manipulated tools, and controlled opposition for those who work at every level to destroy liberty and freedom. One very big problem is that the egos of these so-called patriots are so large, they willingly conspire with the enemy, or they have absolutely no analytical skills. Of course there is always the monetary issue that rears its ugly head. Memberships and contributions to the cause place a lot of people in positions of grandeur.

I have engaged people at the NRA, GOA, NJ2AS, Oath Keepers, and others I can’t even remember as I attempt to at least have them examine what their agenda is, how it conflicts with logic and sanity, and how for each victory claimed there are at least ten different directions that the power brokers behind the state can move.

There is not a competent general among those who receive the most prominence. However, there have been others who’ve walked towards a solution and risked life and liberty. You might know the name of Bob Shultz, who happens to be a fearless combatant against the state. Several years ago Bob and his friend Roland Croteau held a hunger strike on the steps of the Capitol that was to last until the IRS cited the law, under which the state collects taxes. That was not coming, but a congressman intervened to stop the hunger strike and scheduled a day for the IRS to come forward. That date in June of 2001 was rescheduled to late in September of 2001. On September 11th, the World Trade Center was attacked, and so the IRS was not made to live up to the agreement negotiated by the congressman.

Some year’s back, Bob attempted to bring together several different groups in order to form a cohesive unit whose agenda would be the restoration of true liberty and freedom. He was unsuccessful, as none of the groups would band together.

I thought it was a brilliant idea. The law is clear as to who holds the power of the ‘Sword’ in this nation. A strong front by several groups with membership in the millions could bring about significant change.  Once again ego and ignorance thwarted what could have easily been a game changer.

What I’ve noted most from groups such as the NRA, GOA, affiliates, and others involved in the 2nd Amendment issue, is an illogical avoidance of the one thing that might change the gun debate issue; Militia.

If I engage people from any of these organizations on the topic of the need to revitalize the Militia, it’s as if I’m speaking a totally foreign language. I dare say that all these brave patriots are not that at all because they would be stepping forward and demanding that the state legislatures revitalize the Militia.

In fact, I’ve been told by some to watch my words, and on the forum of one organization I was told that I wasn’t wanted there because “we could get in trouble just for talking about this”.

One question I’m always asked is, what you have done. Most notably, I’ve actually applied to the governor of New Jersey under the proper statutes, Title 38A: 1-2 Composition of Militia, to enroll me in the Constitutional Militia, and I’ve attempted to organize others to the cause of enforcing the law.

I’ve unsuccessfully reached out to a number of groups, those with an audience, and individuals who instead of examining the facts they show their lack of integrity through ridicule rather than directly answering my pleas for them to work to revitalize the clearly defined laws that the Founders codified. As a replacement for the wisdom and experience of our Founders, they waste valuable time repeating that the “British are coming”, or with inane attempts to educate people who don’t know the difference between an assault rifle, and its civilian counterpart.

However, let me tell you what I haven’t done.

I haven’t ignored the historically abundant statutes and clearly enumerated powers of the duties of Militia.

I haven’t misled the public by claiming that the codified power of the Militia is an act of violence.

I haven’t deceived the people into believing that doing the same thing over and over is anything but insanity.

I haven’t made claims of victory while the rights of millions are licensed, or regulated away in places such as CT, NY, CA, and on.

I haven’t claimed scenarios and strategies as solutions that do not match the power monopoly that we’ve abandoned to the state.

I haven’t claimed any victory when it is clear that we have not indicted, prosecuted, and incarcerated one violator of the oath of office.

I haven’t claimed a mass awakening when just a tiny few will acknowledge or embrace the proper procedures to “execute the Laws of the Union”.

I have not conspired with the state by failing to hold them to the law of the land that calls for the popular sovereignty of the People to be validated and enforced.

I have not demanded that others uphold their oath while I ignore mine as an able-bodied man with the power and duty to “execute the Laws of the Union”.

I have not conspired with the state by acknowledging that appointed bureaucrats of “men acting by virtue of powers, may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid”.

And most assuredly, I do not subscribe to a strategy that my children and grandchildren are fodder for a war of information until we convince a super majority that we need “to alter or to abolish” a government destructive of our rights.

“It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government”, wrote Thomas Paine. If that be the benchmark for those who claim to be of the same mind as the men and women who fought for and institutionalized a nation of popular sovereignty, we have few who are truly patriots, but many who “give aid and comfort to the enemy” be it willingly or otherwise.

Nicholas Testaccio

My Heart Skipped A Beat

December 22, 2014 | Constitution, Founders, Founding Documents, Sovereignty

On December 20th two New York City policemen were assassinated in Brooklyn. They were shot and killed by a man that may be a Muslim convert, may be a member of the Black Guerrilla Family prison gang, one of many who were placed on psychotropic drugs, or just a man with malice in his heart.

What we do know for sure is that two policemen Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were killed in the line of duty. However, like so many other mysteries left unanswered, we the good People of this nation will be kept in the dark.

As with the Sandy Hook school shooting that took place in Newtown this latest incident may also find its way to the “national security” folder, and we will know nothing more than the fact that two men died, and left others to mourn.

As I rode home that day with a few friends, I heard the words coming from the back seat of the car that two New York City policemen had been shot dead. I felt as if my heart had stopped for a brief moment until I remembered that my youngest son, a New York City policeman was off duty. I relaxed briefly until I became cognizant of the fact that while I would not be the one notified of the tragedy, there would be other families hit with an unfathomable sorrow.

I imagined for a moment that the little boy I raised to manhood was gone. The child turned to adult that served his country and then joined the NYPD would not be there to see his son grow, my grandson would not witness the gleam in his father’s eyes, and I would no longer experience the whimsical of the son who made me laugh and kept me going when life was too rough to tolerate.

On this day, I can’t give the families of these two men any relief, but I can continue the fight to stop the corruption that plagues our nation, has turned it to a dying society, and has taken the lives of so many good men.

As I’ve recently stated in the article “Eric Garner”, “The blood flows first from the ballot box”. We are all of us responsible for the untimely death of officers Ramos and Liu. Why should I take the blame you ask?

In the year 1776 men and women of stout hearts and minds took up a cause that would reshape the world. Our Forefathers declared themselves to be “free and independent” people, and “absolved from all allegiance” to a tyrant. They went on to form the base and instruction for a new nation in our first legal document, “A Declaration”.

While our history is blemished with many wrongs, it is also the documentation of a struggle that continues to this day. There are several falsehoods written into the history books, but the clear and concise words of A Declaration, and the Constitution are not open for debate. If we are to give credence to the erroneous, and sometimes the outright lies regarding the rule of law and how this nation was molded into a unique society, then we will forever be at odds with liberty and justice.

If we subscribe to the idea that a few men and women can interpret the law as they, or their political bosses see fit to suit their agenda, then we are all too willing to sacrifice the freedom of our posterity in order to validate our shameful ignorance.

Let us first recognize the fact that we’ve put aside the inherent power of the People as stated in the Bill of Rights, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

This takes a moment of explanation, not in the clearly stated wording of the amendment, but in the failure of the mind to place together all the thoughts, words, arguments, and goals written into the U.S. Constitution, the state constitutions, and A Declaration. None of these are separate or independent of each other. They must be read in the entire context of all law, and that, which was to be understood by the common man.

We cannot take it to mean that the state posses powers above the citizen that were not clearly enumerated. This would fly in the face of the stated fact that “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”. It would void the power of the People to protect themselves, invalidate the authority of the instruments that define our power to nullify unjust and unwarranted laws that render the public toothless in their ability to maintain “a free state”.

Above all, those of us who survive and understand this crisis must put into perspective all that we see unfold before us. There sits in the White House a man so devoid of moral fortitude that he cannot abide any truth. He speaks with a serpents tongue, and confidently tells us that he is an open, and honest man.

We have legislatures, from the congress to the states that obviously conspire to erode the principles of this Republic. They teach our children that this is a democracy wherein the majority may lay waste the liberty of the minority, or that we can steal from our neighbor at the point of a gun, and call it lawful and just. Anything, and everything is at risk in such a society.

All this time “Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace — but there is no peace” as should be obvious even to those who see only through rose colored glasses. “The war is actually begun! The next gale *** will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms!” The police will face the citizen, and what we fear most will be upon us. All along the elite we continue to elect will hide behind the vulnerable chests of the very people they detest as expendable pawns.

I am not so inclined to give up the fight that I stop making comment on the inane testaments of those who render powers to the bureaucracy, or lavish the servant with a multiple of accolades for infringing on my unalienable rights to “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”.

I cannot consent to any form of government that proclaims powers over me, or my community. If you choose to do so then “go home from us in peace. We seek neither 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. Cast that lot upon yourself and those who subscribe to slavery. Leave the rest of us alone.”

As I write this there are nervous families sitting at home while their fathers, mothers, brothers, daughters, and children don their uniforms and go to the streets to perform a function that is out of character with the ideals of a nation founded in fundamental liberty. They do so for a number of reasons, but they do so with the false notion that the government can rule thereby condoning the idea 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;”

They do so because they’ve been taught this is the way of the world. They do so, hopefully out of a sense of community, but make no mistake that police are a tool in a struggle for power. If you tell a man he has an authority he will use it, and in many cases it will be abused. It is the nature of things. It is who we are and why Patrick Henry fought desperately for a Bill of Rights, using every tool at his command.

When a policeman hands you a ticket, he is not aware that he has no authority to do so except that, which dishonest men and women in the legislatures, and those wearing black robes have illegitimately granted. It is not debatable, but it is certainly a plot so diabolical that even given the facts, the majority will deny it at the cost of their own, and their children’s freedom. It is a subject of being duped for so long, and so completely that it becomes a matter of pride to maintain the ignorance.

The police have taken the job that we have denied. We leave them with a burden that they could not possibly bear given the fact of their small numbers. As with all the dirty jobs it is but one or two who will rise to the occasion, but rest assured it will be the many who will protest and cry foul when the few execute the rule with which we have foolishly entangled society.

As with Eric Garner, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were murdered by our ambivalence, ignorance, greed, bigotry, hatred, and any other superlative that you wish to place upon the fact that it is we the People who’ve failed to “maintain a free state” as clearly enumerated in law.

Stop listening to the talking heads, the men in suits, the instigators, liars, and usurpers. We have an obligation and a duty to preserve freedom, and prosperity for those who come after us.

Our duty now to Ramos and Liu is to guarantee that we will look upon their families as our own community. That we will pass to their grieving families what our Forefathers passed to us; a free and vibrant society, unencumbered by power brokers, and their tools in the legislatures and courts.

Nicholas Testaccio

 

 

Eric Garner

December 5, 2014 | Civil Liberties, Constitution, Founders, Judicial, Jury

On December 3rd a Grand Jury handed down a verdict of “no bill” in the case of the murder of Eric Garner. The Grand Jury handed down the correct decision. What’s that you say?

I said the Grand Jury handed down the correct decision. I did not say that the Grand Jury handed down a proper or lawful decision. Their decision was correct in the role we’ve abdicated to a government seeking to diminish not only our rights, but also our authority.

The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution states, “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury…”

The Grand Jury is charged with the investigation, and determination of whether or not an act of malfeasance had occurred. It is, among other things, a stop-gap to government tyranny so it is certainly not subject to the authority of a prosecutor. It is meant to be in direct conflict to the unconstitutional office of the prosecutor. I don’t care what attorney or pretend constitutional scholar states to the contrary. They are simply part of a system who seeks to perpetuate its own authority, and wealth.

Each and every servant of the republic must swear an oath to uphold the Constitution. The Constitution is as binding on the states as it is on the central government. That oath is a sacred pledge to the People that the “rule of law” will be followed as it was enacted by the good People of this nation.

Law does not change. Either the word is followed as it was originally meant, or as Thomas Jefferson warned, “Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction.”
Nowhere in the Constitution can you find an office of prosecutor established. The term prosecutor applies to the person bringing the complaint, and since this is a nation of sovereigns, not subject to the law, the office of prosecutor cannot exist. As a sovereign we can prosecute a war against another sovereign, and we certainly can claim the right of self-defense from the intrusions of another sovereign.

As a nation of sovereigns we can also prosecute through our most peaceful method in a jury trial. That petit jury is charged with not only determining the legitimacy of the claim, civil or criminal, but also the law, under which a case may arise.

Both the Grand and the Petit juries are independent of government intervention. They are not subject to the instructions of a judge, and the Petit Jury becomes the ultimate authority in the case, “…and no fact tried by a jury, shall otherwise be re-examined in any court of the United States”.

If we subscribe, at all, to the principles of the “Declaration” that established this nation as one, in which “all men are created equal”, we cannot logically conclude that one person, no matter what office he/she may have been assigned, can call upon the awesome power of the state to achieve what may very well be an abuse of power.

Years before my family came to this nation, and I dare say that one of the reasons they came was because we the People were willing to guarantee our rights, and freedom. As the court highlighted, “When we consider the nature and the theory of our institutions of government, the principles upon which they are supposed to rest, and review the history of their development, we are constrained to conclude that they do not mean to leave room for the play and action of purely personal and arbitrary power. Sovereignty itself is, of course, not subject to law, for it is the author and source of law; but in our system, while sovereign powers are delegated to the agencies of government, sovereignty itself remains with the people, by whom and for whom all government exists and acts.” – Yick Wo v. Hopkins, 118 U.S. 356

“We start with first principles. The Constitution creates a Federal Government of enumerated powers. See U.S. Constitution, Art. 1, 8. As James Madison wrote, “[t]he 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.”” – United States v. Lopez, 514 U.S. 549

In both cases the court was simply stating the obvious intent of what our Founders saw for this nation of sovereigns. “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.” – Federalist 78, Alexander Hamilton

What happened? We the People sat back and fell for every trap, ploy, act, sham, and false flag devised and perpetrated by those who seek the power to rule over us with an ‘iron fist’.

What I’ve stated above is the rule of law as it was pronounced by the Founders of this nation. The thoughts, aspirations, and hopes of the People who fought for and established a new nation created as a Constitutional Federal Republic, not a democracy, and here lies the basic problem.

We the People have taken as Gospel so many fallacies that we don’t know the difference between what is up, and what is down. I’ve elaborated on a number of things in the past. Restating the obvious would mean nothing to the majority who’ve been led down this path of democracy, and tyranny. There are few who understand what is taking place, and even fewer who will admit that they don’t know how to resolve the issue.

The biggest problem is the majority that believes to the point of self-destruction that the government has all these powers that it presents to the public. We have absolutely no concept of freedom, and what it takes to maintain a “free state”.

The New York grand jury handed down a decision based on what they’ve been told, rather than what the law entails. In that context they were right. It is our insistence on subjugating ourselves to our servant that leads to most of our problems.

There is the old comical take of the agent coming along and stating “I’m here from the government, and I’m here to help”. It doesn’t work. It never did, nor was it intended to work for the benefit of the People. We laugh and joke about the role of government, but when push comes to shove we adhere to a completely inaccurate concept of our nation following blindly our representatives.

The police are not here to protect you. That lie is perpetrated so that we can be disarmed.

The police have the authority to arrest. That lie is perpetrated so that our sovereignty can be eliminated.

The police have “qualified immunity”. That lie is perpetrated to enhance the brazen activity of the strong arm of government.

There is nothing that can be done peacefully if you allow the incremental encroachment of the state upon our rights, and duties. The state, those who’ve ensconced themselves in positions of power, will protect itself from you at the cost of throwing an occasional sacrificial lamb to the crowd, but make no mistake that the few who are cast out are on the lowest rung of the latter of tyranny.

Those at the top have protected themselves from our prosecution, and they’ve done so by indoctrinating us into a system that enhances their existence while diminishing ours.

The problem of police against the public lies in our most recent and common held beliefs that we are the subjects of a newly founded ‘crown’, and not the rule of law established by our Founders.

Eric Garner was not killed by a choke hold, or high blood pressure, but rather by our shameful, and disgraceful ignorance when it comes to understanding and upholding this once great experiment.

When the blame is finally laid, it should be on the shoulders of the people who vote for the Bloomberg’s, and Cuomo’s of the world. The blood flows first from the ballot box.

Nicholas Testaccio

I Have Met The Enemy

October 28, 2014 | Civil Liberties, Constitution, Founders, Militia

In the year 1813 Admiral Perry defeated the British fleet in the Battle of Lake Erie. Upon the surrender of the British, Perry sent a communiqué to General Harrison stating, “We have met the enemy and they are ours…”

Over the years there has been a twist made to Perry’s message that has slanted to, “We have met the enemy and they are us”. A more appropriate statement of what we as a nation have become.

In what is a long and arduous battle to defend our rights, enlighten the public, and leave my children a better and hopefully free world, I’ve encountered unbelievable resistance from almost everyone I’ve come across.

There are the few who recognize the facts, and learn from the lessons of history. There are those I’ve been able to sway with facts, but if you put this on a scorecard with my name next to it, I’d be optioned off to the minors. Fast!

Yes my friends, you are reading the words of a man who considers that his best efforts go almost for naught. It’s not that the opponent is great, but rather that the team is unwilling. I equate my circumstance to the pitcher who throws a no-hitter, and looses.

As I’ve published a number of articles, in which I refer to the law, and Dr. Edwin Vieira’s vast arsenal on the Second Amendment and the need for the revitalization of the Militia, I’ve found that even those who proclaim their support for liberty have nothing more to say than that this is going nowhere. In fact, those pretend supporters whose only claim to fame is keeping the fight going rather than winning have ridiculed me.

So I’ve decided that maybe I should pepper my articles with terms that seem to hold the most interest for the public at large. Notice that I’ve referenced team and no-hitter. In this manner maybe I could draw some attention to what I have to say, and maybe, just maybe I’ll hit the magic 300 after failing the previous 7 times. And I note 7 as the number of my boyhood hero Mickey Mantel. Perhaps one of the reasons he drank was because no one was listening to him either.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is the bottom of the ninth, there are seconds left on the clock, whatever the measure you use to site the ending of your favorite sport, in which your team is behind. The opponents of liberty are knocking on the door to victory because we’ve given up the game plan, and we’ve fallen for the same feint that opens the boxer to the right cross.

I recently watched a youtube video, in which Dan Bongino was pitted against a Vincent Demarco. Mr. Bongino was courteous to Mr. Demarco, but had it been myself I would have called Demarco what he is, a blatant liar. What he presented as facts was nothing more than outright lies and propaganda.

One statement that Demarco harped on was that Justice Scalia’s claim that the states have the right to regulate the ownership of firearms, and that it is consistent with the Second. Scalia’s statement, as are most that come from the gutter mouths of those who infest the bench is pure nonsense. The court did in fact say that the state has such an authority, and I did in fact note when I originally read the Heller decision that the purely arbitrary regulation of the Second was contradictory with other rulings. Such a ruling is inconsistent in the definition of law, and would certainly come back to bite us right on the backside.

I point to a previous article I wrote titled “Five to Four”. I’m going to challenge anyone to intelligently define the law when the court itself does not agree. There appears to be a completely misguided, and obviously dangerous doctrine created that the law can be interpreted. Can a person with a logical mind understand that this is simply a means, by which the state will eventually interpret away rights, and convert them to privileges that can be regulated into non-existence?

Once again I must point to an article I wrote some time back titled “Its Just a Game”. In it I point to how ambiguity and interpretation creates a victor and the vanquished in a basketball game by manipulation.

This brings into question the meaning of the word ambiguous:
· Able to be understood in more than one-way: having more than one possible meaning.
· Not expressed or understood clearly.

We should also address the meaning of interpret:
· To explain the meaning of (something).
· To understand (something) in a specified way.

If someone claims to be the ultimate arbiters of the law, then tells me that it can be interpreted, then argues about its proper interpretation, I should be preparing for the worst. Ultimately, the rule of law dies, and for the life of me I can’t understand why anyone would subscribe to such outlandish notions that bring into scope ambiguity.

The Constitution is the law. What congress enacts is not law if it is contradictory to the tenor under which it was created. In other words, if an act cannot find its origin in a specifically enumerated power, then it is null and void regardless of who says what to whom.

The bigger problem stares back at us in the mirror every day. We’ve either given up, fallen prey to mounds of propaganda, or are entrenched in the system. We give validity to people who post the term esquire behind their name, or sit on a bench while wearing a black robe.

No matter what the interpretation, I am inclined to see the error in allowing a judiciary to make claims on the law, especially when it can, and most likely will affect my rights, and my ability to protect myself from the very same entity calling the shots.

There is no lack of historical data reminding us that government, no matter what form, or label that may apply is untrustworthy. This is not because governments, a fictitious entity of law is inherently evil, but because it must be run by your friend and enemy alike.

Because human nature enters into the equation, abuse is always in the cards. This is why the Constitution was written in a manner that specifically enumerates clearly stated powers under which the government may operate. There is no room for interpretation by a branch of government that may have agenda driven goals.

The Founders were clear in their minds on how this nation should operate. They prohibited the state from infringing on speech, the grand jury, and the petit jury. They forbade government from placing its heavy boot on the neck of the people by clearly stating that the infringement upon private property, and the security of the home were immune without due process of law as determined by our peers, not some created government office.

In addition to words that are incapable of enforcement, the Founders recognized and codified the institution that protects all our rights. The Militia of the Several States protects all our rights. Unless we are willing to embrace our duty, this fight will go on with the ultimate dismantling of freedom.

Nick Testaccio