The Folly of a Convention of the States

There is an increasing call as of late to get states to sign on to the idea of commencing an Article 5 convention to change the Constitution of the United States of America. The people who support this say that the states need to initiate this action so we can rein in the federal government’s corruption. They propose to put term limits, a balanced budget amendment and an amendment limiting the power of the federal government. This idea is heavily flawed. What this idea will really do is allow the criminals we have in office, and their handlers, to change the Constitution to suit their purposes. There are some changes to the Constitution that could be good for America, but this is not the time to allow our politicians in office the keys to the Constitution.

Here is Article 5 for reference:

“The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.”

The real problem we face is the ignoring of the Constitution. Most of what Washington DC does is unconstitutional by definition. The very existence of most of the departments and agencies that we have now in Washington DC prove that. The Federal Reserve for instance. Congress is delegated the power “To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin”. They have illegally allowed the Federal Reserve, a private corporation, to wield this power. The Congress passing “laws” to change the Constitution is by definition unconstitutional. Only through an Article 5 convention could this power be changed, because the Constitution itself needs to be changed.

Add to that list the Departments of Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Transportation, Homeland Security, and Housing and Urban Development. None of these departments are authorized by the Constitution and exist unlawfully. The problems we face are employees of the federal government not abiding by their oath to office and their complete disregard for the Constitution of the United States of America.

Article 5 of the Constitution was written for one reason, to change the Constitution. It has nothing to do with making our government employees comply with the law. It is not an enforcement mechanism for the people. It exists simply to change the Constitution when good ideas need to be enacted.

Instead of working to make our government employees follow the law, these people think that changing the law is the proper course of action. If this was the sum total of the action I would say go for it. But it is not. When a convention is called by the states, no one knows what will be proposed. The Convention of States Project completely ignores or gives out misinformation to allay the people’s fears. They state that their applications are binding and that only items stated in the applications can be addressed. That is a lie. Refer back to the Article itself for clarification on this point. “shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments”. When the convention begins is the time that amendments are proposed. There is no truth in the binding of delegates nor of a limited convention.

There has never been a convention called by the states under our current Constitution. Every amendment has been proposed by Congress and ratified by the states. The closest thing that we have witnessed in our history was the Constitutional Convention of 1787 which gave us our current Constitution. Originally described as a convention to amend the Articles of Confederation, it was rapidly turned on its head and became a convention to give us a new Constitution. The same thing could happen today with a convention of the states.

Even more alarming in 1787 was the ratification process for the new Constitution was changed. Under the Articles of Confederation, all of the states, 100% of them, had to agree to changes to make them law. In the Constitutional Convention they changed that to 3/4 of the states, or nine states out of the thirteen. In modern times a new Constitution could be created and the ratification process along with it. Is our Constitution so flawed it needs to be replaced or even changed? Or is it the rejection of our Constitution by those in power which is the problem?

The purpose as stated by the Convention of States Project was originally three fold- term limits, balanced budget, and the limiting of federal power. They have changed their tune depending on the state legislature they are soliciting. Two out of these three items are already found in the Constitution but are being ignored. These idea presented by the convention of states project are the window dressing to fool people into supporting this misguided effort.

Term Limits. We already have term limits, it is called the vote. The electorate is the problem here, not the Constitution. We the people already have the ability to term limit our elected officials but for whatever reason we choose not to in most cases. If we did get a term limit amendment it would do nothing to make the people already in office comply with the law. Changing out 535 elected officials of the federal government will do nothing to rein in the other 1,7000,000+ employees that are already employed at the federal level.

Balanced Budget. Article 1 Section 8, the enumerated powers of Congress, already covers this topic. We have Congress funding entities which are not prescribed by the Constitution. Where is healthcare in Article 1 Section 8? How about Planned Parenthood? Common Core? How about infrastructure repair? None of this is found in Article 1 and is thus unconstitutional and funding unconstitutional entities is breaking the law. Even worse, the idea of a balance budget ignores the unlawful nature of these entities. This amendment would allow for the funding of these unconstitutional agencies and departments in defiance of the words already contained in the Constitution. Why do we need another amendment for the our elected officials and their minions in Washington DC to ignore or use as an excuse for unlawful activity?

Limiting power of Washington DC. The whole of the Constitution describes what a lawful government is. Where in the Constitution is the Administration for Community Living, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Bureau, Amtrak, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, the Bureau of Industry and Security, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, the Chemical Safety Board, the Chief Human Capital Officers Council, the Office of Child Support Enforcement, the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, the Commission of Fine Arts, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Council of Economic Advisors. the Council on Environmental Quality, the Delta Regional Authority, the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security, Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Employment and Training Administration, Energy Information Administration, Energy Star Program, Environmental Management, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Export-Import Bank of the United States just to name a few ( I stopped at “E” under federal agencies listed by the government at https://www.usa.gov/federal-agencies/a ) authorized by our Constitution? They are not. It has been a slow but steady creep to create the unconstitutional bureaucratic monstrosity we witness today.

Then there are some agencies that are in direct conflict of the Constitution. The Bureau of Land Management for instance. The Constitution is quite clear the land that the federal government is allowed to own. Article 1 Section 17 describes what the lawful ownership of land is to be:

“To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings”

And yet they are still funded by the criminals in office in defiance of their oath to office and the Constitution itself. The Bundy’s were correct in their assessment of the BLM.

Our government is out of control. What we are witnessing is over a century in the making. We have allowed the government to ignore the Constitution and the results are leading to the destruction of our republic. There are no easy fixes. Changing the Constitution will do nothing to make our government comply with the laws. But it will allow the people who want to fundamentally change the United States of America an opportunity like no other.

Now is the time to fight this foolishness. Do you want the 2nd Amendment removed like former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens? Maybe you just want to have it clarified like some in the COS project have stated? The only way to legally do so would be holding an Article 5 Convention. There are no easy fixes to the problems we face as a nation. A convention of states at this time could have dire consequences with the benefit, IF everything goes correctly, being very minimal. Just say no.

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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Governor Rick Scott Should Be Prosecuted

Governor Rick Scott of Florida, who signed SB 7026 into law, has violated his oath to office. He, like everyone else who is elected, is required by the Constitution of both the United States and that of Florida to take an oath to office. Part of that oath is to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. He has blatantly turned his back on the document with his actions last week. It is time that we the people exercise our power and bring him to justice.

One of the most pernicious provisions of this bill is to raise the age for purchasing a gun to 21. He has violated the 2nd Amendment by infringing on the right for an adult to keep and bear arms. He has violated the 5th Amendment, “nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law”, by revoking the rights of 100,000’s of young adults to purchase a gun and by authorizing judges to confiscate a person’s guns. He has violated Article 4 Section 4 which states “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government”. His actions are those of a tyrant, not an elected official in our constitutional republic. His oath is a contract to the people he represents to govern in a legal manner. He has violated the terms of his contract. He must be held accountable.

Simply fighting against the law itself is insufficient. It is time we held our elected officials accountable when they break the law, especially one of this magnitude. A violation of the oath is a criminal offense. He committed perjury when he took his oath to office it seems. He did not intend to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States when he took the oath, as he told us he would. He committed perjury – ” the intentional act of swearing a false oath or falsifying an affirmation to tell the truth, whether spoken or in writing, concerning matters material to an official proceeding”. Scott has invalidated his own oath which means he can no longer hold his office as governor.

It is Pam Bondi who should be leading this charge. She is Attorney General and has the power to move this forward. I am not holding my breath. But it is time that a grand jury be informed of the offense and if enough evidence is presented to support the accusations they should issue an indictment. A trial should ensue and determine if he is guilty of violating his oath to office. If he is indeed found guilty, he should be removed from office. There can be no compromise on this.

Imagine if Scott had signed a law which made it illegal to utilize the right to free speech if under the age of 21? How about if he had said jury trials are no longer afforded to those adults under the age of 21? His infringement of the right to keep and bear arms for young adults is as highly offensive and illegal. The tenets of this country state we have unalienable rights and it is the duty of government to protect those rights. When government instead infringes on those rights, it is the right and duty of the people to hold them accountable.

We the people can no longer sit on the sidelines and hope that government will obey the law or fix its own mistakes. Article 1 Section 1 of the Florida Constitution sums it up nicely: “All political power is inherent in the people.”. That is a very powerful statement that indicates, among other things, that we the people of Florida are responsible for the actions of our elected officials. Our responsibility for their actions does not stop when they are elected. On the contrary. That’s when they start. They are our employees and when they break the law it is our responsibility to correct the mistake up to and including firing the employee. It’s our responsibility folks. Time to get busy.

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.

The 2nd Amendment: Barrels, Bolts and the Bottom Line

There are few if any rights that have been as successfully defended as the right to keep and bear arms. Though under almost constant attack, there has been more done to not only protect but expand gun rights in America in the last couple decades. As we witness NSA spying, EPA tyranny, and BLM criminality, we also witness more states signing on to the idea of constitutional carry and open carry. I am here to bolster the debate by discussing the reasoning behind the 2nd Amendment.

The 2nd Amendment is based off of the right to life. You have a right to live. It is unalienable. Life is the most fundamental right you possess, without it free speech or trial by jury or any other right you enjoy is moot. The obligation to defend that life is yours and yours alone. No one else is responsible for your life. Along the same lines and because of their relation to life, the idea of protecting one’s liberty and property is also important to acknowledge.

Liberty, the ability to live your life how you want, and private property ownership were ingrained in the thoughts of the people of early America. It was commonplace for people to carry pistols, rifles or even swords to protect themselves and their property. Most ships were armed. Crime has existed throughout human history. It is part of the human condition. Our ancestors acknowledged that people had to defend themselves from the depravity of others.

Protecting your life, liberty and property is your responsibility. Because of this the Founders put into words very specific restrictions on the government’s ability to infringe on that right. There are many ways that your life can be put in danger. There is equally a myriad of ways that you could be enslaved and your property damaged or stolen. Our Founders realized governments were on the top of the list of perpetrators. Long before Mao, Hitler and Stalin our Founders realized that government was the biggest abuser of human rights that had ever existed.

It was understood that a well armed populace would keep tyrannical government in check. It is difficult for tyrants to rise to power when citizens can defend themselves. The colonists were subject to arbitrary gun laws throughout their history as Englishmen and were experiencing the same treatment from King George. The British knew that an armed populace was dangerous to their plans, so they took measures to counter the threat.

Our Revolutionary War truly began after the British tried to confiscate gun powder and weapons. The British moved a force which had dispersed a militia in Lexington to Concord where a large supply of arms and powder was stored. This force was quickly routed and retreated because of the action of the militia at Concord. This incident is often referred to as “The Shot Heard ’round the World”. This event, though almost 15 years earlier, was fresh in the Founders minds when they crafted the Bill of Rights. It was also fresh in the minds of the legislators who ratified those 10 amendments.

So when you hear a person criticizing the “power” of a weapon, the amount of ammunition in a magazine or the wisdom of we the people having access to guns just think- How nice it is to be alive? If something threatens your life or the lives of the people you love, why wouldn’t any sane person want the most lethal of weapons to defend themselves? Having the ability to defend yourself and those around you if you so choose infringes on no one else’s rights. It does just the opposite. It strengthens them. The best way to stop an evil person intent on violence is by a good person with a gun. A gun is a great equalizer.

Constant application of the above principle gives criminals a new perspective on life. Most criminals look for victims not people willing to fight back. When there are more armed people the amount of criminals willing to take their own life into their hands go down. The same ideal applies to government. More guns in the hands of citizens equals a safer society. This ideal has been proven throughout our history much to the chagrin of the gun grabbers out there.

Remember that the 2nd Amendment, like the rest of the Bill of Rights, is a sentinel to warn us when government is becoming tyrannical. Our rights are unalienable and not given to us by the Constitution or by government. Government exists to secure our rights and when they begin to infringe on them people should realize our life and liberty are being threatened. It would be a better country if the rest of the Bill of Rights was as well defended as the 2nd. ‘Nuff said.

One last thought. Whether we have the 2nd Amendment or we don’t, the right to keep and bear arms is still an inalienable right. The Bill of Rights was not included in the original Constitution and yet we still possessed our rights. I have written about the creation of the Bill of Rights. The important message- the legacy of the United States of America is that we realized that our rights are inalienable and created our federal government around that idea. There is nothing more important than that thought in our founding documents. Everything we have accomplished as a nation originates with that belief.

I give kudos to those people and organizations out there that have fought to preserve our 2nd Amendment protected rights. Their success in this area should be a blueprint for the rest of the conservative movement battling other inroads into our rights. This is one of the few areas where we have been proactive. Attacking the problem allows movement forward and keeps the opposition in a vulnerable position. Action beats reaction. The continued preservation of gun rights is critical to our continued liberty. Patriots Awake!

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.

The Pulse Tragedy : Why it Can Happen Again

It is the anniversary of the killing of 49 people in the Pulse night club. It was a horrendous event that sparked national outrage and a nonsensical response by our local leaders. The problem is that nothing has changed to prevent or minimize the chances of this happening again. Prayer vigils, special flags nor proclamations by city or state leaders do anything to address the problems which allowed this tragedy to unfold the way it did. This has become about the victims and ignores the reality that nothing has been done to empower citizens to prevent a similar tragedy from happening.

Some truths that need to be known.

The police are not tasked with protecting your life.  There have been over 10 cases brought against police where the Supreme Court and lesser courts have determined the police are not responsible for your life if you are murdered. Police in the Pulse incident did not enter the club for almost 3 hours after the shooting began. I do NOT fault police with their actions. It is not their job to protect individual lives. They contained the situation and proceeded when a plan was finally implemented.  Bottom line: you, and only you,  are responsible for your own life.

We have laws on the books here in Florida which state it is illegal for anyone to carry a gun into a bar. I understand the “thinking” behind the law but it left law abiding citizens at the mercy of a deranged killer. The idea that officials at the state level have violated their oath to office is repugnant and should be a crime.  I must have missed the part of the 2nd Amendment which excluded our right to protect ourselves when we enter a bar. Our representatives violated their oaths to office by infringing on the right of people to keep and bear arms and are culpable. There could indeed be problems for drunk patrons that are armed when in a bar.  But as the tragedy of Pulse and other mass shootings are looked into, it becomes apparent that gun free zones are hunting areas for the deranged. I guarantee you that those victims in Pulse would have armed themselves if they had been given the chance, but they were prohibited from doing so by our ignorant and outdated laws. I, like Thomas Jefferson, prefer dangerous liberty to peaceful slavery. Most people when faced with reality agree.

The response by our leaders is also telling.

Buddy Dyer, in his reply to a petition to enact gun control regulations here in Orlando, diverted the conversation by saying only lawmakers in Tallahassee can make those decisions. He is correct but instead of affirming the truth about people’s responsibility for protecting their own lives, he dodges the question and ignores the reality of the situation. I am unaware of any legislation or initiatives which have been implemented to allow people to better protect themselves from madmen like Omar. Silence is consent Buddy. Why do agree that disarmed people are a good idea? Buddy Dyer’s continued ignorance of reality is disturbing. Buddy Dyer did declare June 12th as Orlando United Day. That is the best he has I guess.

Rep. Carlos Guillermo-Smith and Sen. Linda Stewart early in 2017 filed a bill to ban “assault” weapons here in Florida in response to this tragedy. This is a typical knee jerk reaction by the anti-Constitution radical left and nothing new. They “spoke of the need to prevent another massacre like the one at the Pulse nightclub”. Newsflash- these tragedies are hard to prevent, if not impossible. Lone wolf attacks are very hard to detect and stop. There solution was to disarm law abiding citizens which would have NO effect on what happened inside of Pulse that night. None. They used the tragedy to further their own ignorant agenda. Criminals are criminals because they don’t obey the law. Linda Stewart further stated that “But it is also worth mentioning that the people killed by gun violence every day have rights too” yet she violated HER oath to office and tries to restrict those rights by banning “assault” weapons. Typical extremist hypocrisy.

Let’s not forget the politically correctness exhibited by federal authorities in this situation. All references that the gunman made to being aligned with ISIS were censored. In the partial transcripts that were released by authorities, any references Omar Mateen made about his ties or allegiance to ISIS were scrubbed. After MUCH public pressure the transcripts were finally released in their entirety. Political correctness and a twisted agenda seem more important to the authorities than reporting the truth. Public safety is a campaign slogan not reality here in Orlando it seems. Time for people to wake up.

In conclusion, nothing has been done that would minimize another attack like the one that occurred in the Pulse nightclub. We mourn the dead, have street rallies and hoist special flags for them but we have done nothing to address the problem that still exists. We owe it to the 49 dead and those of us still alive to allow people to be able to protect themselves. Protecting ones life is a natural right. the most important we have. That is where the right to keep and bear arms is derived.  Police are not responsible for protecting your life and our representatives keep law abiding citizens from doing it themselves. This is insanity. We remain sitting ducks in gun free zones. Idiocy and political correctness reign.

 

Nullification: A True Liberty Activity

Libertarians in Florida (and in general) need to start addressing issues that are relevant today instead of spouting off about fantasy “solutions”. Talking today about anarchy or open borders does not resonate nor is it a true path toward liberty. Both ideas represent a refusal to deal with real world problems. Neither is a solution to what faces America.

One of the topics we should be talking about is fighting unconstitutional federal laws that affect us in the state of Florida (or any other state you may reside in). This is a problem of “right now” and needs to be solved. Fortunately for us we don’t have to reinvent the wheel. This idea has already been thought about and a solution has been formulated. This is an enumerated principle of Libertarians here in Florida and is a very powerful tool to counter unconstitutional edicts, mandates or “laws” issuing from Washington DC. The process is a simple one to understand and extremely effective in its execution. The simplicity of it is what makes it so elegant.

It is called nullification. It is the idea that a state decides that the federal government is operating outside of it constitutional bounds and is infringing on the rights of its citizens. Its action is to declare the law unconstitutional, the reasons for determining this and stating that no one who works for the state or within the state may aid or in any way help this unlawful expression of power originating from Washington DC. It is an idea espoused by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. It is the constitutionally tried and true method to fight unconstitutional tyranny issuing from Washington DC.

Before you scoff and say this can never happen realize it has happened multiple times throughout our history and is currently being revived throughout our United States. Look to Washington and Colorado. How long ago did they nullify unconstitutional federal marijuana laws and say the law shall not be enforced within their state limits? Realize, neither stated that they wanted to nor have they tried to change the federal law. What they have done is affirmed that the federal “law” is unconstitutional and not to be enforced within their borders. State agencies and law enforcement are disallowed in aiding or initiating any actions against those people who grow or sell marijuana. The state is to do NOTHING!!! How Libertarian is THAT?! You fight no one. You see unlawful aggression and say that you will not support nor participate in the activity. Without the manpower and logistic support it is almost impossible for the feds to do anything within a state. This is the power of doing nothing.

Another current trend that is not being reported or being under-reported is the “Right to Try” laws. Thirty one states to date have passed laws nullifying unconstitutional mandates of the FDA concerning human “experimentation”.  These laws allow terminally ill patients to purchase drugs that are not currently approved by the FDA. Imagine that? People who are dying have a chance to save their lives in opposition to unconstitutional laws coming out of Washington DC. Imagine also why this is not widely reported on? Imagine if the people figured out they could actually make decisions for them selves and not rely on Washington DC? Things could change for the better and some in charge would not like that.

Other additions to the modern day nullification movement involve constitutional carry. Twelve states where there is no requirements for people to obtain any type of license to carry a gun. Some states and municipalities have nullified ALPR’s (Automatic License Plate Readers) within their bounds of their jurisdictions. This interposition is of varying degrees of restrictions on their collections. Many states have taken up or passed legislation restricting the monitoring and collection of cell phone data within their states via Stingray technology.

I leave hemp for last because it is a special topic for Floridians. Six states have nullified unconstitutional federal laws in their states and now grow hemp legally. Hemp is a wonder crop that has a multitude of uses and is a great crop to rotate to replenish soil. For those who are concerned about misuse, the THC content of hemp is negligible. The use of it as a drug would not be viable. But it IS very useful for many things and is the stuff that prosperity is built upon. Growing a plant that can make rope, canvas, food, drinks, paper, fabric, clothing, building supplies ( including hemp blocks to build houses), and plastics only makes sense. Hemp is the top plant for producing the most cellulose biomass per acre which makes farmers the most money per acre. This biomass is what paper, plastics and textiles are made of. No chemicals or insecticides are needed . All of this from growing this prolific and easy to grow crop. It is not legal in Florida but the industry would thrive here in the state. Because of our weather hemp could be grown year around and be among if not define the highest cultivation rates in the United States. The industries that would be created around this production would create real business and prosperity for Floridians.  We don’t do this because the federal government says it is illegal and the people in Tallahassee have big donor support who like things the way they are. They do not want to fight. That’s where Libertarians get involved.

So you see that nullification is trending and is definitely a force for liberty. Recognize this is a universal principle that will attract many people. . Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians, Constitutionalists all would agree that determining our own path is a good thing. We will not agree once we have the power what we want to do but at least we the people of Florida decide how we want to live. That is how our country is supposed to work. Washington DC was never supposed to be tinkering with the inner workings of a state. Their focus was to be a representative of the states for the rest of the world and to make sure the states played fair with each other. The primary function of our Federal Government is to secure our rights. Patents and trademarks, weights and measures, coining money, Post offices, postal roads, raising a Navy and Army, conducting war, protecting us from invasion and guaranteeing a republican form of government round out the majority of their enumerated tasks . The rest was left up to the states and the people. Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution describes exactly Congress’ tasks. How far away from this ideal have we wandered? That is what we fight today to realize liberty tomorrow.

It is my hope that Libertarians can coalesce and figure out as a group how to present their message to the public so we can be a viable force for liberty. The portrayal of libertarians to date has been abysmal and it is up to us to change that. The powers that be like the status quo- i.e. republicans and democrats being the only viable options. Getting behind and promoting an idea such as nullification is a short term and long term winner for libertarians. The true beauty is it is already part of our principles here in Florida. All we need are representatives and candidates who will espouse this policy. Time to get busy.

Voting for Tyranny

In the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump one thing became clear- neither is right for occupying the White House.How can either be the right choice when both oppose the Constitution? How can they take the oath to office without the Bible bursting into flames?

Hillary made a remark supporting the idea that people on no fly lists should not be able to purchase a gun. She attacked and repudiated the 2nd Amendment and the 5th Amendment to our Constitution with that simple statement. Then Trump agreed with her.

Understand what is at stake. They both agree that a secret list compiled by someone in government is enough to eliminate your right to keep and bear arms. We have this ideal in America that due process is important. That to circumscribe someone’s rights there is a process in place that must be followed to insure that our rights are protected.The 5th Amendment covers this explicitly.

“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

How can the government legally determine that a person’s rights are negated without due process? It is the law of the land! How can they ignore that?

The government was NEVER tasked with determining if someone is guilty of a crime. That is why we have juries. Article 2 of the Constitution, the 5th, 6th and 7th Amendments all describe rights which we as Americans have that the government cannot ignore or infringe upon. A trial by jury is an inherent right under Common law and our Constitution. It is very simple. Government was never trusted to convict a citizen. That right was reserved for fellow Americans.

The 2nd Amendment is equally as clear. It states that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. It doesn’t give us that right. Our rights come from our creator and our government was instituted to protect our rights. It merely states one of our inalienable rights which the government cannot infringe.

I don’t know about you but to me the Bill of Rights is very important. Taking a position against anything contained in them is a deal breaker. If you feel the need to vote for Trump or Clinton, realize that you vote against the 2nd Amendment. You also encourage and support the ever increasing police state in which we live. This is not the path toward liberty. It is the status quo which is an ever increasingly large government whose unconstitutional interference into our daily lives escalates everyday. Say no to this insanity. Do not vote for either of these two charlatans. You nation depends on you to make the right decision.

We Hold These Truths

Contrary to popular belief, the Bill of Rights does NOT give us any rights. Our rights do not come from government. Our rights are not given to us by our fellow man. Our rights come from our Creator. This was a founding principle of our country and seems to have been forgotten by many.

“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain INALIENABLE rights……”

This was one of the revolutionary ideas that have propelled us into a leading role for liberty on this planet.

This is not semantics. This is the basis for many attacks on our rights and must be corrected. Take guns for instance- it is much easier for the gun grabbers to cite our 2nd Amendment rights than to say they want to infringe on our inalienable right to self defense. Instead of saying they want to restrict our God given rights, they take the position that they are merely “interpreting” a 200+ year old statement about guns. Or they say that the founders couldn’t imagine the progress we have made in firearms technology and we need “common sense” gun regulations.

Even more ludicrous is the idea that the rights given to us by the Constitution have limitations and are subject to the interpretations of some politically connected lawyers who wear black robes and sit in a fancy courtroom in Washington DC. All poppycock. The right to self defense is linked to the right to life and your unfettered ability to protect that life. Without that any other right you may possess is moot. Doesn’t matter that you have freedom of speech if you are dead. Goes for any other rights also. That is why the right to life is always listed at the top and why protecting that right is the most important.

So what does the Bill of Rights do? What is its purpose? Pretty much nothing other than to be a sentinel for the people indicating when government has exceeded its authority and is becoming tyrannical. It is a snapshot of some of our inalienable rights that government has NO authority to infringe upon. These rights we recognize have been fought for for over 900 years.

Look up the 1100 Charter of Liberties. The Magna Carte. The Petition of Right of 1628. The Glorious Revolution and the Bill of Rights of 1689. These were all seminal moments in the pursuit of liberty. Our Bill of Rights and the thought that our rights are inalienable didn’t just occur. It was however boldly trumpeted by the colonists when they declared independence and it was codified into our Constitution.

So next time you see someone saying that our 2nd Amendment right to carry guns is being attacked or that our 1st Amendment right to free speech is under assault, just remind them where our rights come from. We used to understand that our rights are inalienable and are not granted by government but are supposed to be protected by government. It boggles the mind to think that this lesson is too hard to understand or if pointed out will be disputed. Get educated. Get active. Liberty is calling and wants to know if you are for or against her. Freedom is not free and is not a spectator sport. It requires action on your part. A piece of paper will not protect your rights. Only true Americans can do that.

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.

The Sheriff:The First Line in Defense of Liberty

I know that with election time coming up many races are filling the screen of your TV and computer. The Presidential election coming up looks to be one of the more interesting in recent times. But I am here to tell you why I believe that one race that a lot of people overlook is the most important to get involved in- Sheriff of your county.

The history of the Sheriff is many centuries old. The first written record of the Sheriff dates back to the reign of King Alfred in the 9th century. The King restructured the kingdom into “shires” and appointed “reeves” to administer his will on his subjects. These shire reeves eventually became to be known as the Sheriff.

It is interesting to note that when King John of England was forced to sign the Magna Carta in 1215, the document which introduced many concepts that were incorporated into the United States Constitution over 500 years later, that the “Sheriff” is mentioned 27 times (out of 63 clauses) in the document, and the powers of the crown to use him against the people was curtailed and defined.

When the idea of the Sheriff was brought to our shores in America, it was a lot closer to today’s idea of the Sheriff. Gone was the allegiance to the power of the state (or monarchy) but instead the allegiance was to the people who elected them. Thomas Jefferson described a Sheriff as ” the most important executive offices of the country”. High praise from a respected man.

The Sheriff in no uncertain terms is the highest law enforcement authority in his/her county. The Sheriff is elected by the people and charged to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and that of their own state. That is their duty and they are responsible directly to the people to perform that duty. The are the law of the county.

The Sheriff’s responsibility is to protect the constitutional rights of its citizens from wherever that encroachment occurs. Most people rightly attribute crime fighting to the Sheriff. That is a major responsibility. But the Sheriff’s responsibility does not end there. If ever a citizen of a county has their constitutional rights violated by any representative of the government, the first line of defense to this intrusion if the Sheriff. If an arrest is to be made in a county, the Sheriff has the right to be informed before the arrest is made in his/her county. The Sheriff should determine that the arrest is proper, and was properly adjudicated through the courts. Our federal government is having a much higher tendency to skip due process and render judgements which are unconstitutional.

In New Mexico, Sheriff Scott London of Eddy County notified the IRS that the sale of county resident Kent Carter’s property was canceled until he received due process of law and his appeal was heard. Yes, he successfully told the IRS “no”! Sheriff Richard Mack of  Graham County Arizona was instrumental in the ruling Printz vs. United States in which parts of the Brady Bill were ruled unconstitutional. In Indiana, a farmer who produced raw milk was harassed by the FDA. They conducted warrantless searches of his property and even subpoenaed him to produce production records until Sheriff Brad Rogers interposed after inspecting the farm. He wrote the FDA a letter that stated they needed a signed court order and to get his permission before they visited the farm again. After that, a court date was cancelled and the farmer received no more inspections by the FDA. These are just a few cases that the Sheriff was involved in upholding their constituent’s rights.

Looking to the future some in Congress, the judiciary and even in the executive branch would like to get their hands on your guns or curtail your ability to carry them as seen recently in the 9th Circuit judgement that ruled concealed carry is not a constitutional right. A constitutional Sheriff would NOT allow this blatant violation of our right to keep and bear arms. That is within their power. Another flagrant violation of our rights are gun free zones. These criminal hunting grounds are unconstitutional and need to be eliminated. A constitutional Sheriff would simply ignore anyone who was caught exercising their right to carry in those zones and refuse to prosecute. The Sheriff cannot change laws, but they can protect the rights of their citizens from any encroachment from unconstitutional laws in their county. Think of recent actions by the BLM, FDA, IRS and EPA and what they could do to you if you appear on their radar.

We are lucky here in Orange County Florida for we have such a candidate running for office. His name is Spike Hopkins. He has had a long career as a law enforcement officer and has some great plans to make the Orange County Sheriff’s department more effective once again. He is well respected by his co-workers and others I have talked to. He is a congenial man yet is serious about the work of the Sheriff’s office. More importantly, he is a man who would take his constitutional oath seriously and protect the rights of Orange County citizens from encroachment. He is a member of the CSPOA (Constitutional Sheriff and Police Officers of America)  and Spike is a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment.He has made the pledge to me personally that he would never confiscate guns nor allow it to happen in his county. For those of you who say this could never happen then his actions will not be needed. For the rest of us living in reality having this protection would give each of us a confidence knowing that the Sheriff has our backs when it comes to the 2nd Amendment.

I urge you to take a look and support Spike Hopkins. A person who supports the Constitution is a very good thing these days. When they are qualified and do run for Sheriff, they need our support, money and vote. A good man who the residents of Orange County deserve as their next Sheriff is Spike Hopkins. http://www.spikeforsheriff.net/

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.