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.