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“One, if by land, and two, if by sea”

April 18, 2016 | 2nd Amendment, Founders, History, Militia

“On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five”, two hundred forty one years ago Militia men by the name of Paul Revere, William Dawes, and Dr. Samuel Prescott rode from Boston to Lexington to warn John Hancock, and Samuel Adams that the Regulars were on the move to arrest the only two men to whom the king would not offer amnesty. The army would then move on to Concord where they would confiscate the weapons store of the Colonial Militia.

What happened on that night is certainly at best a bit sketchy, but we do know that on the nineteenth the Minute Men of the Colonial Militia confronted the advanced guard of General Thomas Gage’s army on the Green in Lexington.

Someone fired a shot, the shot heard round the World. No one knows exactly who fired it, but in that brief engagement, eight brave Militiamen lay dead. Seventy Militia had faced the soldiers, and were forced to retreat to the woods where other Militia from the neighboring towns joined them. That day the army was confronted by, not only able-bodied men, but some who had long since reached the age of maturity when their service to Militia was no longer a requirement of law. Still those older men who had been “trained to arms” were willing, but more importantly still capable of the “natural and safe defense of a free state”.

When the word was spread among Minutemen to gather in Lexington, Hezekiah Wyman, then 55 years of age, mounted his white horse and, with musket in hand, set off from his Cambridge Street home for Lexington and started a legend. All along the route back to Boston was made the legend of the White Horseman who charged again and again against the British, killing and wounding a number of the enemy on their retreat.

Samuel Whittemore was born in England and came to the colonies as an officer in His Majesty’s Dragoons. After his time in the military he decided to stay here where he bought a farm, and was living out his life as the fighting broke out on the Nineteenth of April. On that day, at nearly Eighty years of age, he mustered with the Militia. As the battle unfolded and others retreated to reload and fire again Samuel stood his ground. He rose and fired his musket, killing one of the soldiers. He drew his two pistols and at point blank range fired. Two more soldiers fell. Samuel did not have the time to reload, but instead drew his saber and began fighting off the bayonet attacks from the regulars. Shot twice and stabbed more than a dozen times, Samuel’s courageous stand was followed by Eighteen more years of life, and the proud claim that if he had to do it again he most certainly would.

Most have the belief that Militia was individuals. The truth be told, they were “well regulated” and mustered in platoon sized groups who followed their elected captains, and engaged the regular army. Those individuals were required “to keep and bear arms” in accordance with the rules and regulations set out for Militia, the one body whom the authors of the Bill of Rights deemed “necessary to the security of a free state”.

Every so often I re-read the accounts of men such as Wyman, and Whittemore. I do so because I long for the day when men of such character will rise up again and lead us against what seems insurmountable odds, to defeat an enemy that has become so powerful that we dare not even mention the notion of “A well regulated militia” mustering to fight off the abuses of the new aristocracy.

In fact we have a government, a media, and sadly a pretend patriot community that knows nothing about the form and function of Militia, but they do everything they possibly can to make sure that able-bodied men will not learn, nor garner the proper skills “necessary” to reclaim the sovereignty of the people.

What is Militia, and what role does it play in the enumerated authority “to execute the Laws of the Union”? As I’ve mentioned before, as so well written by Tenche Cox in 1788, “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… The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”

However, the definitive statement on the individual rights proponents and those who would have a disarmed, and impotent populace comes from Richard Henry Lee. “A militia when properly formed are in fact the people themselves… and include all men capable of bearing arms. . . To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms… The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle.” Therein my friends are who the individual rights theorists, and government agents are in the words of one of our most prominent founders. And what you ask did he mean by a select militia? In our day it would be the police, or as is foolishly and ignorantly believed, the National Guard.

I realize that this is a harsh indictment of those who believe they are patriots, but it is none-the-less accurate. There are few who abide the command written at Article IV, Section 4, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government”. Instead we have a school system wherein our children are taught that this is a democracy, and our leaders call it such without nearly a whisper of protest from the truth movement.

This is not a democracy, nor did our Founders wish it to be in any way. Samuel Adams, the man known as the father of our revolution, stated “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide”. Franklin labeled democracy as “two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!” Yet, here we are with more than enough time to learn valuable lessons, and still begging for a democratic solution when dealing with a tyrant; Please, I beg you. Give me the right to conceal carry.

They say that you can catch more flies with honey, but the fact is that in some 20 years of attempting to wake the public to the realities, and then educate them on the proper form of remedy there is nothing but resistance. So I subscribe to the nature of things that will actually attract more flies by the use of that most unpleasant smelling fertilizer in order to restore the proper nutrients to the mind. Truth is the hardest nourishment to swallow.

I am a veteran, and while young men go off to serve their country, they are still boys at heart. When things became tough, I saw boys turn to men, and I felt the satisfaction of the team, and the success. I knew that the achievement was one that made comrades. I understood that there was strength in numbers, and there was someone else I could depend upon.

While some ancient army’s based some of their fighting tactics on one or two exceptionally skilled warriors we must admit that the members of the Justice League are pure fantasy, and bullets tend to go through the most hardy individuals. That includes all the individual rights theorists who can’t understand that the Founders deemed that the body of the people well armed, but most importantly “well regulated”, or as they understood it to mean, well trained was the intent of the rule of law.

I started training my two sons at a very early age. By the time they were nine they could handle a 45. My oldest boy went to karate with me and studied two disciplines. My youngest has trained for a number of years in martial arts. He is well equipped to handle himself in the line of fire. I did this because I knew some day that they might very well need those skills to survive.

Has the time come when we should all be thinking about survival, and admitting to ourselves that government lies incessantly? Is it unrealistic to state that the condition of our country is reaching a breaking point? Have the madmen, liars, and thieves that we continually re-elect sold our country down the river? Are we so blind that we can’t admit that we are being deceived at every level and that the violence, decay, and corruption are all engineered to control every aspect of life?

As a former analyst, broker, and trader I see the numbers as they really are, and I’ve made it a point to delve into those area’s that the average man does not, but disturbingly will not. We live in a world where most recite the mantra, the government doesn’t lie, all is well, I’m doing ok so why aren’t you.

It is years since I decided that my sons should acquire certain skills. Instead of enjoying what was to be the quieter part of my life showing my grandsons what the world has to offer and how to enjoy the simpler things, I wonder how I will protect them when reality sets in and the roof comes down upon our heads.

What if I’m wrong? The downside to my mistake is that I’ve worried a bit too much, and I can sit back and enjoy the pleasures of life. The rest of you have gained some skills, some friendships, and a safer and more secure community, in which your children and grandchildren will grow and prosper. You will not have to worry that the gang problem will continue to grow. Illegal immigrants will be treated as such and sent back to their country where they can commit crimes that will not harm Americans. If a politician commits a high crime or misdemeanor, the Militia will bring him/her to justice. If a judge or any one of a number of bureaucrats over-steps their authority, the Militia will bring him/her to justice. This all happens because, despite the refusals to read and comprehend the rules regarding this most “necessary” body, it is the only authority that the Founders intended to have the power to “arrest upon probable cause”.

What if all the Rambo’s out there who believe “that the whole body of people” need not be well trained are wrong? Illegal aliens, some of whom may be actual terrorists, continue to flow into the country. Our politicians continue to commit acts of treason. They continue with the land grabs that should be obvious, and the selling off of our property to pay for the monumental debt they’ve accrued. Gangs continue to grow while police spend their time writing tickets. As seen in Europe, we may very well have “no go zones” where even the police are afraid to enter. Sharia law may become the law of the land as it creeps into some towns and cities as I write this article. If the individual rights theorists, and the disarm America crowd are wrong, I can only see things becoming worse.

I may be wrong, but the numbers don’t lie so I must look upon the stories of Wyman and Whittemore not merely as legend, but that, which I may myself be forced to endure. I do so with the sadness of realizing that not only I must steel myself to what I see unfolding, but also knowing that there are others I love that may be sacrificed to the ignorance and ineptitude of a population that refuses to decipher the entire picture from the millions slaughtered in the last century to the slow erosion of liberty that permeates our existence.

If I had never read any of the history of our revolution, and the years leading to that struggle, I would find it almost impossible to believe that the Founders of this nation, as astute and well read as they were, would have suffered the future of this country to a partially disarmed, unprepared group of individuals with little chance of reclaiming the liberty so foolishly squandered.

Nicholas Testaccio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Intent of the Second Amendment

April 8, 2016 | 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Militia

                                                                 A Correspondence

This is a small part of a correspondence that I’ve had with someone who is an individual rights proponent. Not all the same old arguments, but I’ve decided to post my last word on the matter. I might note here that because of the lack of study, and decades of propaganda in the area of Militia, it has become difficult, at best, to enlighten someone on the inextricable link between the individual who is bound by law to participate in Militia, train and be armed as a soldier as opposed to the individual who has no obligation to “bear” all the implements required to keep this nation free and safe from “Invasions” by hordes of illegal migrants, foreign entities at our borders and ports, or cartels looting our coffers. 

I should also note that even those who claim to be strict constitutionalists fail to read the Second Amendment in the same light as applied to every other word in the Constitution. It’s as if a spell has been cast that was designed to prevent the People from revitalizing the Militia that is responsible to maintain “a free state”.

By its implication and the fascinating, and “necessary” part Militia played in the “Revolution”, it should be understood that every able-bodied man who was not exempt by statute, or incapable of bearing arms was required to do so. You carried your weapon to church, in to town, and across the landscape. You not only had the right, but the duty to be prepared. These two components alone should be more than enticing to the so-called pro-gun community.

It was Virginia that was most insistent on a Bill of Rights, and as history has proven, most prophetic. Virginia, as did most colonies, recognized the need for an armed populace. “That a well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural and safe defense of a free state; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that, in all cases, the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.” – Virginia Declaration of Rights, June 12, 1776

I can’t be any clearer than the statement “composed of the body of the people” is all of us, contributing in some manner to the Militia. The Second Amendment was not incorporated into the Bill of Rights in order to protect a right that “We hold *** to be self-evident”. The right was there from the outset, and if it can’t be understood in that fashion, then the entire context of this nation of Sovereigns has lost all meaning.

Dear Sir,

I’m going in a different direction since I’m certain that you’ve not read any Militia laws, nor will it be admitted that other than a few of us who are actually pro-2nd, that the vast majority do not know and understand how the Founders relied upon those existing statutes to incorporate the intended awesome power of Militia.

I’m a former commodity broker so when you tell me I’m wrong, it has some significance in how things play out. I recall a time many years ago when I started buying sugar around 7¢. My plan was to buy a couple of contracts each day because my goal was 15¢. I continued with the plan as the market broke above 9¢. A friend came along and told me that the industry was selling, and that I needed to liquidate. He kept at it for days until I became concerned, as the market stalled. I liquidated my position, and then watched as sugar broke above 15¢. Almost all believed I was wrong in my analysis, as does the vast majority of the patriot community when it comes to the Militia of the Several States.

We know that the pretend pro-2nd community avoids the first 13 words of the amendment as if they are a plague. They have little to no knowledge of how Militia were drawn up some 150 years before the revolution, and how they evolved, during the revolution, in accordance with the reasons, and intent laid out in the Magna Carta. The nature and authority of Militia has not changed, nor can it be changed in the rubric that the Founders created from Article 1, to the 2nd.

While it was only money that I left on the table those years ago, it is nothing compared to the stakes we are gambling today, which are frighteningly high. So perhaps you can answer a few questions, since you claim that the Constitution depends solely on words that present day Americans neither understand, but to their own demise are unwilling to accept.

  1. What does “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state” mean?
  2. What else did the Founders deem as “necessary” for the freedom and liberty they’d won?
  3. Why does the Constitution note Militia authority and duty 6 times?
  4. What does Article 1, Section 8, Clause 15 mean; “To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasion”?
  5. Does Section 8, Clause 16 “To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia” enumerate a delegated authority that prevents the congress from [un] organizing, disarming, and leaving Militia undisciplined?
  6. What does the statement in Clause 16 mean as the Founders intended “for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States”?
  7. What does the statement in Clause 16 mean as the Founders intended “reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress”?
  8. Are the states allowed the authority to appoint officers to the National Guard?
  9. Do the states train the National Guard or does the army?
  10. Can the states refuse to allow National Guard into the service of the federal government?
  11. Can the states refuse to allow Militia into the service of the federal government?
  12. Can the congress take the clearly defined power of Militia from the hands of the People, and hand it over to “the military [that] should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power”?

I could ask more, but it would be a pointless exercise, and you need not answer any of the questions. The one truly perplexing question for which I can draw no logical explanation, is why you would subscribe to the individual rights theory when it is the authority and power of Militia that would ultimately guarantee the individual right without any further interference from government, be it local, state, or federal?

However, let me tell you the reasons why the individual rights theory exists, and why the people would not only abdicate their power, but also disparage it.

This nation has been a burr in the side of the bankers, and oligarchs of the world since its inception. If Andrew Jackson is to be believed, he said that the European bankers made some Eight attempts on his life, the last failed assassin confessing to the fact that he was indeed in the employ of those bankers. Of course we know that Jackson was responsible for the elimination of the national bank, and thereby a target of the oligarchy.

Every war we’ve fought has been about money and the control of nation states by a few individuals who lend money and then demand payment at the cost of brave men who go off to fight in order to feed the greedy coffers of some corporation or bank. As General Smedley Butler stated, “War is a racket”. War is indeed a racket and the primer is “Money as a Tool to Control”.

Patrick Henry understood the nature of man, and knew men such as John Jay to be untrustworthy. He also understood that the character of men would not be ever vigilant, but more likely would become ambivalent, and certainly weary of the exercise of sovereignty. This is why he was such a strong advocate for a Bill of Rights, and why Virginia refused to sign the Constitution as it was written. It is certainly why Thomas Jefferson wrote “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of tyrants and patriots”. Militia is unarguably a major dynamic of the Constitution in addition to its high place as an unalienable right, and what the Founders intended as the first, and last component of a “free state”.

How do you bring the People completely under your control when the law of the land places its full force in the hands of an organized, armed, and disciplined populace? Lies, deceit, manipulation, a long-term program of turmoil, and re-education would certainly be a course.

We have the 16th and the 17th amendments, both shown to be invalid with the presentation of over 17,000 certified documents handed to the congress and to the courts. Both bodies refusing to act on the fraud.

We’ve had in our midst, as Jackson described them to be “a den of vipers and thieves”, a Federal Reserve that is no more federal than every other lie that this government spews forth. It exists for the benefit of the moneylenders, “Dollars and Sense”.

We’ve had false flag after false flag, but agents of government have convinced the people that conspiracies don’t exist. In my mind, the biggest conspiracy of all has been the removal of the power of the “Sword” from the hands of the people.

Fighting for a right using the wrong application of law comes to a root that exposes the nature of man, as Patrick Henry feared. We are corruptible, easily misled, prideful and egotistical, and by these sinful traits, we are bound to abandon not only what our Founders provided, but easily persuaded to forsake our progeny.

As previously noted, all wars are fought over money, and certainly the money flows for and against the 2nd. Pro-2nd groups take the money to fight a battle that cannot come to a lawful conclusion so the contributions are endless. Those who rape our treasury fund anti-2nd groups so that when we finally wake up there will be little chance of victory.

There is no convincing the majority that the “Sword” was clearly placed in our hands, and it needed to be maintained as it was originally designed. If we were to take up this mantle we would first have to admit to ourselves that we’ve been duped into a position, for which there is no proper solution. The individual is incapable of standing up to the state in a martial confrontation, and even in a court the game is rigged against the individual. He/she needs the support and lawful integrity of “A well-regulated” body of his fellow citizens who have the defined duty to bring the state back to compliance with our will.

These so-called patriots and pro-2nd people have no explanation as to how to “redress [a] grievance” when the court tells us that the government has no obligation to respond to our complaints no matter what the facts; Magna Carta told us otherwise.

This group of patriots can’t explain to me where they go, or to whom they report if they are part of this constitutionally impossible “unorganized militia”.

What is most distressing is that the “unorganized militia” is perfectly content never mustering, training, or learning the skills of a qualified soldier. They would much rather leave that to the few who volunteer a portion of their lives, and all too often their limbs.

Surely there must be some who are of the same opinion as myself. As I’ve mentioned here before, Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr. has written extensively on Militia, including “The Sword and Sovereignty”. While 2nd amendment groups speak gibberish of the right, and the court opines nothing but mumbo-jumbo, Dr. Vieira has written a tome that not only eclipses the information from Selective Service, but it also does so in dramatic fashion. “The Sword and Sovereignty” is over 2300 pages, with more than 4,000 footnotes on law and history.

Dr. Vieira has also written “Thirteen Words”, “Three Rights”, and “Constitutional Homeland Security”, all of which would be a good starting point for anyone wishing to honestly explore what the 2nd is truly about. However, none of these books are at the top of the reading lists of any 2nd group. None of Dr. Vieira’s books will be promoted by the likes of LaPierre, or any of this disdainful mob that misleads, and attorneys that misrepresent.

I grow tired of a debate with those who would much rather argue a misapplication of law than to muster a few times a year in order to gain the skills “necessary to the security of a free state”. It is exhausting to watch as the wool is pulled over the eyes of millions of Americans who would become nothing more than fodder, should God forbid our worst fears are brought to these shores. That is to say if it is not already taking place.

Nicholas Testaccio

“I have but one lamp”

September 2, 2015 | 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Militia

Albert Einstein noted that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Gun owners around the country struggle with failed policies and strategies. They cling to ideas that can’t be reconciled with the end result. Obviously, if we’ve not placed one bureaucrat, or elected representative behind bars for violating the oath of office, all we’ve done is delay the inevitable. Without the force of law, there is no remedy or relief for us when it is clear that incumbents are re-elected at a percentage greater than 80%.

We continue on this path not because of patriotism, but because doing our duty would interfere with the ignorance, greed, corruption, ambivalence, and false pride that has been ingrained and adopted over the years.

The Second Amendment was not placed in the Bill of Rights in order to guarantee an individual right, but rather to make it almost impossible for the government to take away the ‘Sword’ from the good People of this nation. More importantly, to emphasize the fact that it is only the Militia that has certain clearly defined duties, and by doing so fulfill that, which is “necessary to the security of a free state”.

Article 1, Section 8, Clause 15&16 are enumerated as clear as can be, but the so-called patriot community wants nothing to do with the expressed duty “To execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections, and repel Invasions”. In order to do this, every able-bodied man would have to give up a few weekends a year to gain, and maintain the proficiency to act in an emergency.

Why would summer soldiers want to do this when they can live with the illusion that, pleading, protesting, and screaming at those who are supposed to represent us as guardians of our rights do anything but abide their oath of office.

Patrick Henry stated, “I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I have no way of judging of the future but by the past”. There is nothing in the past of protesting that has changed things before tens-of-thousands of soldiers died, or hundreds had their lives ruined and not made whole.

What is it that tells you that removing one selected candidate of a party with another will change things? Colorado recalls did nothing.

What is it that tells you that expecting corrupt politicians and judges to abide the law when you yourself will deny it is a viable strategy? Either you understand the concept of our law, or you’re doomed to fail.

No matter what you believe, or strive for, the truth be told by one of the worlds most abominable tyrants, Mao Zedong. Mao stated, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun”. So when you say that we must engage the power monopoly on their ground, in their courts, using their procedures and rules, I must ask if you are truly insane? You’ve abdicated the power of the ‘Sword’ to your enemies, and you expect them to adhere to what?

The Founders of this nation were forward thinking enough to provide the methods and the tools for the good People to fight off tyranny. It is as the expression goes “As plain as the nose on your face”.

While the ability to thwart the institution of tyrannical government, for which the Founders had on the ground experience, they understood the need and importance of Militia. It was, after all, those hardy and trained men who kept the British from defeating the Colonists, and it is of course the ultimate force of law.

“Who are the militia? are they not ourselves.” The question posed and answered by Tenche Cox was inherent at the founding of this nation. The whole of the People “entitled and accustomed to their arms” would be a bulwark against any force bent on the destruction of liberty, but in component application of citizens united represented a community bound in friendship, understanding, recognition, and most importantly “security”.

But the questions seem to come up as to whether we need Militia today? Whether it even exists under the current unconstitutional statutes? As Dr. Edwin Vieira explains, the congress has corrupted the wording to mislead the public as to what they are lawfully allowed to enact. The deceit perpetrated by the state should be reason enough to realize that Militia is most important, especially today, in order to regain our freedom.

We live in dangerous times. The U.S. has troops all over the world, in some 150 countries as a matter of fact. This represents at least two dramatic issues. One being that the military could not possibly repel an invasion of this nation.

A nation of just over Three-Hundred-Million that imposes its will on the world is bound to make enemies in at least a small percentage of those countries now occupied. It is estimated that we’ve killed Millions overtly, and covertly in places such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria in this apparently never ending war on terror. If that hasn’t produced some who seek revenge I’d be greatly shocked.

I see in the atmosphere of America that retribution against our nation does not seem to enter into awareness. While it is a very likely possibility that we would be subject to “blow-back” the public stands quiet on the need for emergency preparations, and the outrageous immigration policies that are allowing at least known criminals, if not terrorists, into the country.

We are a nation ill prepared for a catastrophe. While there is ample contingency provided by statute for those who represent us, the statutes are silent on what we the People should do if an emergency arises. What we do know is that there is plenty of crying, and demand for restitution by the public in cases such as Hurricane Katrina, and Sandy. Who, but for a few of us, are talking about the need to have the entire populace prepared for disasters?

The typical state Emergency Preparedness statutes, modeled from the federal statutes, read like any other aspects of code. They are filled with definitions, authorities, points, aspects, but most importantly nothing that goes to the heart of where you and I go, what we do, or who we look to while the disaster is underway.

Is there an Emergency Preparedness coordinator on your block, or in your town? Someone with whom you’ve discussed your preparations, and your role should an emergency take place. Someone who has come to your home and outlined what would be important in various emergencies.

What of a chemical, or biological disaster out of control? What do you do if a nuclear power plant goes critical? What of a tsunami, major fire, or any other catastrophic destructive force?

If MS 13, or one of the other growing gangs in this nation decides to single out your home, to whom do you turn? Do you call 911 and hope that the police aren’t busy with some other crime, or whether they’ll take their time in responding? Do you take on the thugs on your own? Do you even understand what they are capable of?

What do we do in the case of a terrorist attack, or an invasion? What if it’s the worst-case scenario? Do you muster somewhere? Do you have “all the terrible instruments of the soldier” to defend the homeland? Are you familiar with the proper use of those tools?

We’ve been lucky over the last century in that we’ve not experienced the kind of catastrophe that struck Fukushima. The frequency that Earthquakes are occurring has been increasing, and the fact that our nuclear plants are on or close to fault lines seem to be a recipe for a coming catastrophe, for which we are ill prepared.

More importantly, we’ve not seen battle on our land since the Civil War. Would we know how to respond if the lives of our children became targets of terrorist attacks as this government keeps warning? The answer is an unequivocal NO! Instead we will have more calls for disarming the very body that is, by law, the only authority to “repel Invasions”.

Considering our open border policies, and the warnings from our Border Patrol of known or suspected enemies crossing into these United States the possibility of a Fifth Column leading the way to an invasion is a very real risk. Look at your children, and take a moment to consider what I’m saying here.

Where’s the army to take on the invaders? Even if it is just an increase in the influx of well-armed vicious gangs, can the law enforcement community handle the strain? There are reductions in the military, which itself is burdened with systems that are faulty, and as we’ve recently seen, the military is not even authorized to defend itself from the type of attacks that have led to the deaths of a number of our servicemen right here in hometown USA.

With the army being posted all over the globe it is unlikely they could respond in a timely fashion to more than one incident, nor are they authorized by law to do so. It is “We the People” who are responsible for our defense. It is there in plain sight. It has been made irrelevant by not only the lies from the halls of the legislatures, but by our own failure to recognize what is right in front of our face.

Ask yourself, when an emergency arises, what will you do? Look to your Militia unit? NO! You’ve let it die along with so many other aspects of that, which made this country.

Nicholas Testaccio

This Fourth of July 2015

July 4, 2015 | Founders, History, Militia

We have a tradition here at Restore the Republic. Each year I write a small tribute that refers to the day when the Continental Congress declared “That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved;”

This year I had not thought that my spirit was up to the task of celebrating independence from England when it is so obvious that we are now under a tyranny far worse than King George could have imagined for the colonies.

While we no longer have a king to lord over us, the acts of this government, from the local municipality to the federal executive carry the same bearing as “A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant”.

So with no thought other than to squander some time in mindless entertainment, I sat down in front of the TV. I took a disc from my collection of movies and popped in an old favorite “The Patriot” starring Mel Gibson. It reminded me that there was a time when men truly understood the nature of duty to oneself, the community at large, and the nation as a whole.

It is a tale of the trials, tribulations, and the struggles that this life may present. It is the story of anger, revenge, courage, evil, love, and most of all, commitment. Mel Gibson portrays a man known as Benjamin Martin, who is feared as “The Ghost”. He is the fictional adaptation of a few of our legendary Militia who kept the resistance alive until the British were placed into a corner from which there could be no outcome but defeat. Francis Marion, Elijah Clark, and Andrew Pickens were just a few of those brave, cunning, and often times ruthless Militia who harassed and battled the British for what may have seemed an eternity.

It reminded me that men of fortitude once existed, and that sometimes they would forsake the comforts of home for a higher duty. From the Lexington Green where Captain Parker’s Militia men stood as rebels, through the forests of Georgia, The Carolinas, and Virginia, the Yeomen of the colonies, accustomed to their weapons as they were, fought a guerilla war against the British regulars.

Militiamen, who knew the way of the woods, appeared here and there to harass the Red Coats. Men as old as Hezekiah Wyman who was Fifty-five years of age whom the British titled “Death on a Pale Horse”. Older still was Samuel Whittmore, age 78, whose accuracy and barrage of fire led the British to believe that he was an entire rifle squad.

It reminded me that for some time now I have written of, spoken about, and petitioned for that most “necessary” body of men to come forth and save the Republic from the overwhelming destruction of liberty by bureaucrats, autocrats, corrupt politicians and their willing dupes who carry out orders of destruction upon their neighbors.

It reminded me that few are listening to the cries of a nation in despair, few know the true nature of survival, and fewer still are willing to give up their time to do what it takes to revitalize, not only Militia, but also the spirit that once made this a great nation.

It is the Fourth of July. It is a day when long ago men placed their signatures on their own death warrant by stating in a bold and clear fashion “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor”.

It is the Fourth of July. It is today, and men will no longer pledge to anything other than the box scores, the latest trivial event, or far worse, cry about what they haven’t received as a handout because Mother Nature was unkind, or something insignificant prevented them from accomplishing the most menial enterprise.

Where is the Militia today? It rots in the history books as a myth of days of yore when men of action marched off to the harshest of environments so that you and I could raise a glass and toast to something we can neither support, nor are willing to understand.

Nicholas Testaccio