April 18, 2016 | 2nd Amendment, Founders, History, Militia
by Nicholas Testaccio
“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.