Blog posts : "bill of rights"
The Middle East is in chaos with war imminent and terrorists are emboldened by the weakness of our President who has a foreign policy that consists of apology and appeasement. As a result, Americans both at home and abroad are in greater danger than ever. Iran will soon have a nuclear weapon and North Korea will have the capacity to deliver its own nuclear weapons to the west coast of the United States.
The U.S. economy is heading into a probable double dip recession, federal spending is out of control and many Americans, including the middle class that Obama vowed to protect during his reelection campaign, are finding their taxes going up dramatically. To make things even worse the prices of food, energy, and other essentials are rapidly rising.
In other words, our country is facing one crisis after another and Obama’s response to all of this is to disarm the American people and set us up for destruction. He is using his office to attack us and our Constitution. The EPA has come out with 4,000 new regulations that cater to environmental extremists and the now disproven theory of climate change and will use these regulations to destroy American businesses and put thousands out of work.
The question I am often being asked by angry and frustrated Americans is, what can we do besides complain and preach to the choir? To answer that I have come up with some battle plans that involve both short and long term tactics and goals. Because this is an article for the blog I will outline the ideas here and plan on elaborating with more specific details in a small booklet I am working on.
First, we have to keep the pressure on members of Congress when issues like gun control are being considered. It is unlikely that the so called assault weapons ban will pass in the Senate or the House of Representatives, but other bills are more problematic. The universal background check bill is nothing more than a nationwide gun registration program in disguise, yet there are some Republicans considering supporting it and the same is true of the restrictions on the size of magazines.
We also need to urge Congress to reverse Executive Orders issued by the President. It has the power to do this, but of course any such bill passed by the House will probably not pass the Democrat controlled Senate, but the House does have the ability to deny funding to many of Obama’s initiatives.
We need to stop thinking defensively and concentrate on attacking instead. This is what the left has been doing to us for years and we have either failed to recognize it or responded defensively when it is too late. So our second line of attack is through our state legislatures. We need to get the legislatures and governors in the red states to pass legislation refusing to comply with illegal and unconstitutional actions by the Federal government. This is completely legal under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution.
For example, the Texas legislature is considering legislation proposing that the state refuse to enforce any new control laws or even allow them to be enforced by the Feds. Texas is also moving to block enforcement of the thousands of new EPA regulations that were hidden from the American people and the Congress until after the election. The purpose of these regulations is to implement by Executive Action the Cap and Trade bill that Congress failed to pass.
We also need to go on the attack at the local government level. People need to be made aware of the efforts to implement the United Nations Agenda 21 and we must aggressively oppose it. We also have to take back our school boards so we can ensure that our children are getting a proper education and learning about American history and the importance of our Constitution. This can be done even if you live in a so called blue state. A relatively small group of people can win local victories.
Last but not least we need to be relentless in fighting in the courts to defend our Constitutional rights. That is where I am focused and the United States Justice Foundation and other conservative legal groups are going to be resisting the dismantling of our Republic and the violation of our God given Constitutional rights, including the Second Amendment. We are involved in lawsuits at every level from state courts to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The important thing is to join with the groups and individuals who are willing to do what it takes to resist tyranny. We have to fight for short term victories and for the long term. It took the leftists years to get our country to the point of imminent collapse and tyranny. They were patient and never gave up, but the battle is not over yet. As patriots you can provide financial support to the cause, attend rallies, write letters to the local newspapers, and spread the word to friends and neighbors.
During the American Revolution on approximate one third of the colonists actively supported it while another third opposed it. The final one third tried to stay neutral and some people tried to profit from it by selling goods or services to both sides. George Washington’s ragtag army fought every battle outmanned and outgunned yet won the war. I firmly believe that “We the People” outnumber both the bad guys and those who just don’t care. We can prevail, as our forefathers did, if we have the will to persevere and maintain our faith in God, our Constitution, and each other.
It’s time for a reality check. The election is over and according to the results the majority of the people residing in this country voted to abolish our Republican form of government and trash the Constitution. They voted for virtually unlimited government, redistribution of wealth through higher taxes, limits on individual liberties, and out of control spending and debt. They voted to end the free market economic system, and place an unmanageable burden on their own children and grandchildren so they can collect their free stuff now.
The leftists in this country now feel that they are in a position to do what they have wanted to do for decades; impose their elitist views on the population and take control of how we live, what we do, what we think, and what God we can worship. They are confident that they can succeed in destroying our country and our way of life for good because they have a President in the White house that is committed to establishing himself as a dictator. They also control the schools, the universities, the mainstream media, many of the courts, the United States Senate, and most of the largest cities in the country.
The left believes that this is their moment in history when they impose their will on the American people, the time when we all submit to their will and become compliant subjects who will acknowledge their intellectual superiority and march in lockstep to the beat of their corrupt drummers. They truly believe this and yet they are very frightened. They are frightened of a document called the Constitution; most specifically of the Bill of Rights and the 2nd Amendment.
The elitists like Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Diane Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, and their lackeys in academia, the news media, and Hollywood are cowards. They are willing to lie, cheat, and steal to get what they want, but they are not willing to pick up a weapon and fight for what they profess to believe, they will rely on others to do that.
Yet, they know that in order to be successful they must take an important step and disarm the American people. They must abolish the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution and they must do it now. The effort has already begun and it is an all out assault. Bills are being introduced in the House and Senate to ban so called assault weapons, certain magazines, various types of ammunition, and certain handguns. This is all supposed to be an effort to protect our children from another Sandy Hook tragedy.
That is where the reality check comes in. The left has always been willing to exploit tragedy to get its way. All of this proposed legislation is just window dressing to lay the ground work for the ultimate goal of outlawing the private ownership of all firearms in the United States. Once that is accomplished, the government will move to confiscate all of those in private hands.
That is why the Obama administration is purchasing millions of rounds of ammunition for federal bureaucracies, and FEMA and DHS are training thousands of people to engage in urban warfare. Not urban warfare against foreign or domestic terrorists, but against American citizens who attempt to exercise the 2nd Amendment rights that have been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. In fact, the left is already calling for the people who believe in gun rights to be declared terrorists and arrested not only for supporting the 2nd Amendment, but also for exercising our 1st Amendment rights.
This is not an obscure conspiracy theory, but is happening now. It is for real. I have people telling me that it will never happen, because these bills will not pass Congress. I agree that with an all out effort we can defeat the legislation in the House of Representatives, but Obama and the left plan to simply bypass Congress and impose gun control by Executive order and by signing the UN Small Arms treaty.
Therefore, our most critical battles may be in the Courts. For over 38 years I have defended the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution both in and out of the courtrooms. As the new Executive Director of the United States Justice Foundation (USJF) I will make sure that the foundation is in the forefront of the fight.
This is not just a battle that we must win; this is the war that will decide the fate of our nation. We cannot compromise and we cannot surrender. The 2nd Amendment was placed in the Constitution to ensure that the American people would be able to defend themselves against any future government that sought to become a tyranny. That is what is happening now and we must not give up our weapons.
A friend and fellow veteran just forwarded a quote by the great Russian writer and patriot Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn who said this about the lack of resistance to the communist takeover of his country:
"And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else at hand?...
The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If......if......We didn't love freedom enough. And even more----we had no awareness of the real situation.......We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward."
Enough said. Fight back now!
The English version of the Russian newspaper Pravda, that once was the voice of the Soviet Communist Party, has run an editorial saying essentially that the in reelecting Obama, America has put someone back in office who is pushing the Communist Manifesto on us without calling it what it is.
I offer an alternative. Thirty seven years ago I was a young attorney and National Secretary of a Conservative organization called Young Americans for Freedom. In 1975 I was asked to write something relating to the upcoming Bicentennial to present to the YAF convention in Chicago. When I read what I wrote to the convention it was greeted with a prolonged standing ovation and adopted by YAF as the official Bicentennial statement of the organization.
I present it here exactly as I wrote it and as it was printed by YAF in pamphlet form. I still believe everything in it and I believe there are many Americans who will agree with it. I offer it as an American Manifesto:
“On this, the eve of the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America, we, the members of the Young Americans for Freedom, as citizens of this great nation, do hereby reaffirm and pledge ourselves to the following:
We reaffirm our belief in the inalienable and divine rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
We reaffirm our belief in the free enterprise system of economics as the only system compatible with human freedom.
We reaffirm our belief in the right of all men to own individual property and use it as they see fit.
We reaffirm our belief that a government is only legitimate as long as it serves its citizens and becomes illegitimate when it compels its citizens to serve the government.
We reaffirm our belief that the Constitution of the United States and its original Bill of Rights establish the best form of government for the preservation of freedom.
We reaffirm our belief in the rights of men to control their own individual destinies without interference by other men or by government.
We reaffirm our own moral obligation to fulfill those responsibilities incumbent upon the exercise of our rights by never intentionally violating the sacred rights of others.
We reaffirm our belief that the power to tax is the power to control and that such power should be restricted to the one purpose of national security.
We reaffirm our belief that the United States of America is not just territory, that it is a way of life and a state of mind. It will live as long as there is one man who still believes in human freedom, and as long as that one man lives, the spirit of the United States will never be conquered.
Along with our reaffirmation of these basic beliefs of free Americans, we pledge the following:
We pledge that we will never submit to tyranny in any form and we issue the following warnings:
To those in other lands who would destroy our freedom, be forewarned that there are still millions of us who believe that liberty is worth fighting and dying for. Do not naively believe that you can win just by forcing our government to surrender. If you plan to occupy this nation come prepared to fight for every acre of ground, for every building and for every hill and valley.
To our own government we say this: Do not forget that you are only a government which exists at the pleasure of the American people. We will not allow tyranny to be established from within any more than we will allow it to invade from without. Only the republican institutions created by our Constitution are sacred to us; the people who occupy them are not.
We pledge never to surrender the sacred rights guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
We pledge, on behalf of generations yet, unborn, to continue the struggle begun by our forefathers over two hundred years ago to secure and maintain liberty and to defend that liberty against all enemies domestic and foreign.
And, following their example, to that end, the preservation of liberty, we pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”
I have repeatedly stated in speeches and on my radio show that many Americans are woefully unaware of what the Constitution says, and that means that if they don’t know how our government works and what rights they have then they won’t recognize what they are losing until it is too late. Unfortunately, yesterday’s election proved me right.
It appears that a majority of Americans voted to allow Obama and the left wing elitists to continue with their program to destroy our Constitution, our freedoms, our country, and our way of life. I use the word appears since evidence is mounting that there was massive voter fraud around the country and we may never know how many people actually voted for Obama.
However, it is clear that millions of Americans did cast their votes for the “Dictator in Chief.” Some of them knew exactly what they were doing because they are committed leftists who have long hated their own country and want to see it destroyed, and want to turn us all into subjects instead to free citizens. On the other hand, the vast majority of those who voted for Obama were just clueless as to what they were doing to themselves and our nation.
I have been disturbed throughout the campaign that no one seemed to be talking about the Constitution and what Obama was doing to it. In previous articles on this blog I have detailed what I consider impeachable offenses committed by Obama and his appointees as well as members of Congress. They all took an oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, yet they have repeatedly and openly violated that oath.
Why was this not a major campaign issue? Obama has ignored the balance of powers provisions of the Constitution. He has bypassed Congress and violated Article 2 of the Constitution by not only refusing to enforce laws adopted by Congress, but by making laws on his own by Executive order and agency actions. He has ignored Federal Court decisions, and carried out an unrelenting assault on the basic freedoms of the American people protected by the Bill of Rights. Yet, he has basically been given a free pass by Republicans with only a handful of members of Congress calling him to account for these criminal actions.
As a result, many people voted for America’s first dictator, and why not? They have not been taught about the Constitution in school, and have probably never read it, and if they did may not have understood it. Its importance is no longer stressed, and besides, for many voters the Constitution is certainly not as important as the “free stuff” Obama promised them in order to get their votes.
As for those of us that are aware of the disaster of this election and the horrors that will be heaped upon us by this administration, we cannot give up the fight. The phone calls and emails I have been getting today are mainly from people who are depressed and scared, and don’t believe there is anything that they can do. I disagree, we can educate and resist.
Education is crucial because as even more bad things begin to happen under the Obama regime, people need to know that these are direct violations of our Constitution. For example, political correctness will get worse and will be further used to stifle freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
People also need to understand that they are not going to know about betrayal and corruption in our government if they rely on the mainstream news media for information. The major networks like NBC, ABC, CBS, and CNN are totally controlled by the President and will only provide propaganda favorable to the administration. If people want the truth, they will need to read conservative blogs and listen to conservative talk radio shows. Fox News is also usually reliable when it comes to reporting the truth.
In the long term we must take back our universities and schools from the liberals that use them as political indoctrination centers instead of sources of education. Our children and grandchildren must be taught about the Constitution and free enterprise system.
By resistance I mean that it is time for the states to stand up for the 10th Amendment and say no to illegal federal mandates that will damage or destroy the economies of the states, or limit the individual freedoms of their citizens. West Virginia for example is in danger of having its coal mining industry destroyed, not by a vote in Congress, but by unilateral and unconstitutional actions of the EPA. The state should invoke the 10th Amendment to the Constitution and refuse to comply with the EPA. Other states should take similar actions.
Individuals must also be willing to defy the Federal government when their individual rights are threatened. That is where I can help. I have recently been appointed the Executive Director of the United States Justice Foundation. This is a legal foundation founded by a good friend, Gary Kreep, who has recently been elected a Judge in San Diego County. I will be taking over the position he is vacating. The USJF specializes in defending the Constitution and we represent people on court at no charge who have their rights threatened, and we also get involved in other major Constitutional litigation.
I will also continue to write this blog and do my radio show on the Constitution. It is now more imperative than ever that we take a unified stand to save our country. As I write this article, I am listening to Amazing Grace being played on the bagpipes. It is a sacred hymn that I have most often heard played at the funerals of our military heroes. They have sacrificed themselves for our freedom and we must be prepared to do what is necessary to defend what they gave their lives for.
From now on when Obama by words or actions says “What Constitution?” our response should be “Our Constitution!” No retreat and No surrender! From now on we take the fight to them on every level, and it will take place on our terms and on our ground. Let the battle begin!
Today, September 17, 2012 marks the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America. Congress has passed a resolution mandating this date as “Constitution and Citizenship Day” and calling on the people of the United States to celebrate the anniversary and learn more about the Constitution.
Unfortunately, there is little being said about this in the news media, and in many places schools are ignoring it. With the Constitution under attack as never before, now is the time for people to read the Constitution and realize what we are about to lose. Essential elements contained in this unique and venerated document establish and maintain our way of life and protect us from government excesses.
These include the balance of powers, limits on federal government powers, the rights of states, and the Bill of Rights that does not list the rights given to us by the government, but instead sets forth the rights that are inherently ours and can’t be taken away by the government.
Yet, as I write this many of the elected and appointed officials in our government who have taken an oath of office where they swear to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…..” are violating the oath and trashing the Constitution. This includes the President of the United States, members of both houses of Congress, federal judges and bureaucrats as well as elected officials at the state and local level.
In an effort to help reverse this trend the Constitutional Law Alliance and the U.S. Justice Foundation have chosen this day to release the second and final part of my video presentation on the destruction of the Constitution. It is now available on YouTube. The link to the first part is: http://youtu.be/H5ozzjs7ouE and the link to part 2 is: http://youtu.be/UH_vrxngFd0. Please watch it, comment, and send the links to others.
Happy Constitution Day my fellow Americans. I hope this is not the last time we get to celebrate it.
Some people seem to be forgetting that it is “our Constitution.” It belongs to the American people. It is not the property of the President, the Congress, or even the Federal courts. It is not theirs to tinker with, rewrite, or ignore depending on their personal whims and ideologies. It was carefully crafted by the founding fathers to provide a form of government that was limited, not all powerful.
The Bill of Rights does not contain a list of rights that are given to the American people by the government. Instead it provides a list of the rights that are inherently ours, and they can’t be taken away by the government. For example, despite their claims to the contrary, freedom of speech and freedom of the press don’t just belong to those that agree with a certain political ideology. In addition, the Constitution and Bill of Rights were not designed for only the people who consider themselves elite and better than the rest of us. In fact, it was designed to protect us from them.
However, despite these truths that have been the foundation of our Republic for over 200 years, every article, section, and amendment of one of our most precious documents is under constant and unrelenting attack by the current administration. The balance of powers between the three branches of government is being ignored in favor of a de facto dictatorship by those who consider themselves above the rest of us. They think they are ordained to tell us how to live our lives and to decide what is best for us.
Yet, sadly, even as we face the imminent prospect of losing our freedoms and the way of life that so many brave Americans have fought and died for, there are many citizens of this country who seem oblivious to this fact. This is because they have either never read the Constitution in its entirety or don’t really understand what it means. This is probably not really their fault because for years the importance of the Constitution has been downplayed or ignored in many of our schools, especially in our so-called institutions of “higher education.”
The bottom line is that if Americans are unfamiliar with the Constitution and the way our government is designed to work, how will they know that it and the rights it protects are being taken from them? That is why I have done something new. I have prepared a pocket sized booklet on the Constitution that doesn’t just contain the wording of the document, but after each section and amendment contains my comments on what each means.
Here is an excerpt from the booklet about the 2nd Amendment:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Comments: The Second Amendment to the Constitution has been the subject of much controversy over the years. Many individuals in the United States own firearms, either for protection, or for hunting, or for both. There are other individuals who feel that only the police and members of the military should be allowed to carry firearms, and that individual citizens should have restrictions put on their gun ownership rights. These “gun-control” proponents have long argued that the Second Amendment does not provide an individual right of gun ownership, but, only, a collective right belonging to state militias or to the National Guard. In recent years, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that the right to keep and bear arms is, in fact, an individual right, and it cannot be restricted unduly by either the federal government or by state and local governments.”
Many people who have read the booklet have told me that they have learned things about the Constitution that they had never realized before. The booklet is being offered through my non- profit corporation, the Constitutional Law Alliance (CLA). The website is www.constitution.jigsy.com and single copies can be ordered through the site for $6.00 each including postage. There are also substantial discounts available for multiple copies and these are explained on the website.
I encourage everyone to get at least one copy to carry with you. That way when you hear someone making an incorrect comment about the Constitution or our freedoms you can have the document there to show them. However, I also hope you will let others know about the booklet and order additional copies to distribute. You can also make donations to the CLA to help us supply this booklet to youth groups and schools at reduced prices.
I believe that this booklet will raise the consciousness of Americans when it comes to understanding how important our Constitution is and how it must be defended.
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