Are you really American? 500 Words or Less

What is it that makes a person a true American? Is it being born on US soil? Is it waving the American flag and voting in elections? Is it eating apple pie and watching baseball? What is it that makes a person truly American?

I say it is upholding and defending the Constitution of the Unites States of America. It is about understanding the Declaration of Independence and what it means. Understanding that we the people are in charge of our own lives and that government was instituted to protect our rights. It is understanding that our rights do not come from other men or government but from our creator. It is realizing that the liberty we have created in this country is the MOST precious gift we leave to future generations. It is understanding that the only reason our country has been as free and prosperous a nation as we have been is due almost exclusively to the Constitution and the ideals it espouses. The Bill of Rights is our inheritance and we must bequeath it unharmed to future generations.

Being a true American is about defending the principles of the Constitution from attack and perversion. Being a True American is realizing that government has a role in our lives but presently is the cause of most of our problems as a nation. Being a true American is actively fighting the forces which are attacking the foundations of our republic. We now have avowed socialists, communists and their adoring ignorant sycophants in our society who are doing everything in their power to destroy the Constitution, attack American traditions and history,  and tear down the traditional institutions which have made us a prosperous nation. They are the enemies of freedom and liberty and need to be treated as such. The parchment of the Constitution is NOT enough to protect us from tyranny. It takes people defending those values and passing them on which will keep us free.

Get educated. Get involved. Speak and defend the truth. You will make enemies but more importantly you will attract liberty loving friends. You cannot rely on others to fight this for you. YOU must get involved. I will not belabor the point but will leave you with a quote which has the solution within.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing“.

Are you good or through inaction are you supporting evil?

Be honest. The future depends on you.

Join me at Constitutional Cappuccino to get plugged into a website that is all about the education Americans need to move our country back to its proper trajectory. My new book “Patriot Ammo: The Words Behind Our Flag” is also available and teaches of our founding documents and principles. The book would make a great present for anybody 16 and up.

 

 

 

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500 Words or Less: Nullification

Nullification is a term that was coined by Thomas Jefferson in his famous Kentucky Resolution against the Alien and Sedition Acts. It refers to the idea that a state has the power to say that a “law” is unconstitutional and has no force within their state boundaries. Madison also penned the Virginia Resolution which said much of the same. I strongly urge you to read these documents. They are very short  and very eloquently expresses the convictions of the author of the Declaration of Independence and the architect of the Constitution. Very powerful words.

Nullification has nothing to do with repealing the federal law. This has everything to do with saying that the sovereignty of the state is being exerted because the “law” (in parenthesis because it is not a true law) is an unauthorized act and is supported by no force of law. The states are the sovereign entity in our constitutional republic. They created the Constitution which in turn created the federal government. They are the final arbiters of what is constitutional because they are the creators of that Constitution.

Nullification is a tried and tested remedy to federal government overreach. One myth to clear up while teaching a lesson in the history of nullification is the idea of state’s rights being used to justify secession in starting the Civil War. States rights was involved in inflaming the passions which led to the Civil war but not like you were probably taught. The northern states exerted their state’s rights with a series of “Personal Liberty” laws which said that the Fugitive Slave act was nullified in these states. A trial by jury was guaranteed by these laws in contradiction to federal law among other provisions struck down. The secession movement was sped up by northern states not complying with the unconstitutional federal law.

Another myth to clear up- any law that the federal government passes is truly law. Only those laws passed in pursuance of the Constitution are truly law. If they violate the Constitution they are by definition unconstitutional. The states created the federal government to perform specific enumerated tasks. When the government does something outside of those bounds then it is up to the states to protect their citizens from any effects of these unconstitutional edicts.

Nullification is known to most, though it is not identified as such. What has happened recently in Colorado and Washington state concerning marijuana is nullification. Both those states told the federal government that the unconstitutional federal laws concerning marijuana are not going to be enforced in these states and that cooperation by any state or local official is forbidden.

And that is the beauty of nullification. It has to do with the state doing NOTHING. They do have to pass a law but the law states that NO help will be forthcoming to support this unconstitutional decree from the federal government. Whether it be ALPR’s , Stingrays or other unconstitutional edicts, nullification is the rightful remedy.

Join me at Constitutional Cappuccino to get plugged into a website that is all about the education Americans need to move our country back to its proper trajectory. My new book “Patriot Ammo: The Words Behind Our Flag” is also available and teaches of our founding documents and principles. The book would make a great present for anybody 16 and up.

500 Words or Less: The Basics of the Bill of Rights

Many people realize that the Bill of Rights are the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America. What many do not realize about the Bill of Rights is that it was added after the Constitution was ratified. Over three years later. This little tidbit of knowledge is critical to understanding the relevance and importance of these amendments.

During the Constitutional Convention, the topic of a Bill of Rights was brought up. Some wanted a Bill of Rights and some opposed the proposition. Some argued that a Bill of Rights appeared in every state constitution and was needed for the federal Constitution. Those that opposed this idea cited that to write them down was to subject those inalienable rights to scrutiny from the government. If the government was not to infringe on the right of the press, for instance, they would need to define what the press actually was so they could make sure they didn’t infringe on their freedoms. This alarmed a majority of these men enough that they voted against including a Bill of Rights.

The Bill of Rights was introduced in the first Congress by James Madison. During the ratification debates most of the ratification delegations issued supplementary ideas they would like introduced in the first Congress. There was no authority to change the proposed Constitution, but these men had faith in the good will of their fellow men to give their thoughts a fair hearing. A majority of these notes concerned a Bill of Rights. James Madison took these notes and condensed them down to a much smaller list. This was the start of the Bill of Rights. After congressional deliberation, there were 12 Amendments transmitted to the states for approval. We all know today that 10 made the cut. We had a Bill of Rights.

Now I ask you- what rights do the Bill of Rights give us? If you said anything other than none you are incorrect. “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights”. The Bill of Rights give us NO rights. They describe SOME of the inalienable rights that are inherent and not to be encroached by government.

The 2nd Amendment, for instance,  does not give us the right to keep and bear arms. It describes an inherent right, already possessed by the people, that shall not be infringed by government. The way this idea has been turned on its head has made the pursuit of liberty difficult.When you understand the 2nd Amendment in this true sense then you see how our government has violated our rights, not protected them. Government gives us no rights.

The people have inherent rights. SOME of these rights are listed in our Bill of Rights. The 9th Amendment is the catch all for our rights and states that even though we haven’t listed a certain right, it is the people’s, not the governments prerogative to claim it. The 10th Amendment further secures this claim.

Join me at Constitutional Cappuccino to get plugged into a website that is all about the education Americans need to move our country back to its proper trajectory. My new book “Patriot Ammo: The Words Behind Our Flag” is also available and teaches of our founding documents and principles. The book would make a great present for anybody 16 and up.

500 Words or Less: Deportation is Easier Than You Think

Many people believe that is is impossible to construct a viable program to deport the illegal aliens we have in our country. Others say this to steer the dialogue toward amnesty. Both of these ideals is wrong and is detrimental to the long term viability of our country.

Immigration used to be a tool for the betterment of America and Americans already living here. Interviews were conducted. Expectations of integration into American society were mandatory. That included knowing the history, the government, and the language of America. Before citizenship was granted interviews of co-workers, employers and neighbors were made to make sure assimilation was occurring. If the person in question squandered their opportunity to live here they were deported. Nowadays that ideal has been lost. It needs to be recovered and promoted.

Deportation is easy. Enforce the laws on the books. Fine employers that hire illegals. Make it economically impractical to hire them. Allow I.C.E. and the border patrol to do their jobs. Use the vast information power of the federal government and find out who is here illegally, who is supporting them and made them cease. Another component is to cut off all money going to people who are here illegally. Our government at any level has no right to use money to support people here illegally.

The other part of the plan is to create positive incentive for the illegals to self deport. Realize that the federal government is culpable in the problem by allowing some of these illegals to stay as long as they have. There is no compassionate way to just uproot and force some to leave. Announce that for a 1 year period of time all illegals who come forth and self identify as illegals will be given a stipend, allowed to take a percentage of what they have acquired with them and have paid transportation to their destination. Couple that with the increased scrutiny in their everyday lives and you will have many “turn themselves in” to be deported. Many are here because of the lack of scrutiny of our immigration services. When that changes so will the illegal’s ability to continue with their lives here.

The federal government has a constitutional duty to protect our borders. Article 4 Section 4 states in partiality “ The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union, a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion…”. We the people need to stop accepting failure and stop this invasion.

Understand that what we are allowing to happen to our country is not sustainable and history shows us that it is detrimental to the long term prosperity and sovereignty of a country. We have a border and immigration laws for a reason. That reason is to secure the blessings of liberty, for ourselves and our posterity. We cannot continue to be an open border country and expect to remain a free and prosperous one.

Join me at Constitutional Cappuccino to get plugged into a website that is all about the education Americans need to move our country back to its proper trajectory. My new book “Patriot Ammo: The Words Behind Our Flag” is also available and teaches of our founding documents and principles. The book would make a great present for anybody 16 and up.