Tyranny in Orlando

On December 6th a grave injustice was perpetrated by our own government against two men exercising their right to free speech. Mark Schmidter and Julian Heicklen were arrested for trespassing on the sidewalk in front of the Orange County Courthouse thus violating an administrative order by Judge Belvin Perry. Their crime? Passing out a handout from the Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) helping to educate potential jurors to their duties as a juror. Both men had been previously arrested for this “crime”. I know personally that Mark Schmidter served over 100 days in jail for his last interaction with Belvin Perry. I applaud both gentlemen for putting their personal liberty aside and doing what is right. They knew they were going to get arrested. This is most likely just the start of an agenda to expose this kind of blatant disregard for our rights and to further the cause of FIJA though I have not confirmed that with either of the men. I do know that Mark is a thorn in the side of the court system here in Orange County and has taken them to task on a couple different occasions.

In honor of these two men’s struggle, I wish to help the cause they are fighting for and tell the story of FIJA and why it is so important. Many people say “well what can one person do to make a difference?” Being an informed juror is one of the answers to that question.

As articulated in Article 3, the 6th and 7th Amendments of the Constitution everybody has the right to a trial by jury in any significant court proceeding. Significant describes any criminal case and any civil case whose value exceeds $20. This supports the idea that we the people are in control of justice. Congressmen and government can pass whatever laws they want. It is juries that determine the guilt or innocence of the people who go to trial.

FIJA describes the role of a jury as follows:

“The primary function of the independent juror is not, as many think, to dispense punishment to fellow citizens accused of breaking various laws, but to protect fellow citizens from tyrannical abuses of power by government.

The Constitution guarantees you the right to a trial by jury. This means that government must bring its case before a jury of The People if government wants to deprive any person of life, liberty or property. Jurors can say no to government tyranny by refusing to convict.”

FIJA works to:

  • Inform potential jurors of their traditional, legal authority to refuse to enforce unjust laws
  • Inform potential jurors that they cannot be required to check their consciences at the courthouse door
  • Inform potential jurors that they cannot be punished for their verdicts
  • Inform everyone that juror veto- jury nullification- is a peaceful way to protect human rights against corrupt politicians and government tyranny.

Jury nullification is nothing new. In response to the 18th Amendment, jury nullification became a tool to stop the tyranny of the federal government. People who were plainly guilty of selling alcohol in defiance of the 18th were regularly not convicted by juries for their flouting of the law. There was nothing that government could do. Jury nullification played a big part in the passage of the 21st Amendment which repealed the 18th Amendment.

Another case of jury nullification crushing government tyranny was the people’s opposition to the Fugitive Slave laws passed by Congress. In two separate cases, the Shadrach Rescue Trials and the Jerry Rescue trials, abolitionists who were brought to trial for rescuing slaves and helping them to escape their owners were acquitted by juries. They clearly had broken the “law”‘ but jurors decided that the laws were unjust and refused to convict.

Here in Florida we just passed a constitutional amendment allowing medical marijuana to be distributed to patients. Many others, including myself, want to stop putting people in cages for using a plant. Jury nullification could do exactly that. Ant crime that lacks a victim is not a crime. Government trying to protect people from themselves is just another way that government controls our lives.

We the people wield significant power to curb government tyranny. No matter what laws are on the books it takes a jury to send a person to prison or to take their property. It is up to we the people to take our rightful place in this republic and reject government tyranny. Jury nullification is a major avenue to do just that. FIJA could use your support. Let’s not make Mark Schmidter and Julian Heicklen’s sacrifice be in vain. Get educated and get active. Liberty will not defend itself and needs true Americans to step up and support it. Do it for the people alive today and the unborn millions who depend on us to pass on the freedoms that were bequeathed to us. Patriots Awake!

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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. 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.

 

 

 

It Is Up To YOU!

No one else is going to fix the problems we see in America. The ever increasing debt. The ever decreasing liberty we are experiencing. The attack on our rights. Bigger government and the continual additions of regulations is making it harder for Americans to be financially independent. Increased taxes, new taxes and fees hurting working Americans. Invasion by illegals continuing on and being supported by our government. What can YOU do?

You can only do the work of one person. Get educated. Speak the truth. Support those people and organizations that are doing good things in your community or state. Do not tolerate lies that lead to more government tyranny and oppression. If someone asks “Should the government” stop them right there and say no.

One tactic that needs to be employed is asking the question “Is this Constitutional?”. If the federal government or any of its myriad agencies passes laws, regulations or guidelines the FIRST question should be is this constitutional? That is the basis for legitimate power coming out of Washington DC. Is it constitutional. To know the answer a working knowledge of the Constitution is vital. The good news? The Constitution of the United States of America is one of the shortest constitutions ever written and is clear in its meaning. It was written for the average person. For today’s publicly educated crowd I suggest Hillsdale College’s free online courses (http://online.hillsdale.edu/dashboard/courses) on the Constitution which will put you ahead of 97% of the people out there. It will provide a much needed perspective on the Constitution and the reasoning behind some of its ideals. I suggest Constitution 101 to begin. It is VERY empowering to have a deeper understanding of the Constitution that can be provided by sources like Hillsdale.

Getting educated is only the start. Then it is time to steer dialogue toward the truth. As an American I feel the need, the duty, to protect our way of life. It is my conjecture that the ONLY reason we are as prosperous and free a country as we have been is because of the Constitution. We decided as a people that we could rule ourselves but needed a central authority for specific duties. And when I say the Constitution, I mean in no little part the Bill of Rights. That is the sentinel that needs protecting. The constitution merely states how government is supposed to work so as to protect the rights of the people, which by the way is the primary job of the federal government we created.”To protect these rights, governments are instituted among men, driving their just power from the consent of the governed.”

Which brings me to another point. In defending the Constitution and constitutional values, it is important to be familiar with the supporting documents. The Declaration of Independence, for instance is very relevant to our Constitution. Realize that the Constitution is a compact- a fancy word for a contract between sovereign entities. The original intent is the ONLY way to interpret the document. The original meaning of the writers is contained in many publications. The Federalist Papers is a great source where Madison, Hamilton and Jay wrote a series of 85 papers detailing different aspects of the then new Constitution which they supported for ratification. There is nothing new about the arguments surrounding the Constitution. The supremacy clause. The Commerce clause. The necessary and proper wording. The enumerated powers. The general welfare stipulation contained in the Preamble. It was all written about and explained. Great ammunition to refute the socialist idiot spouting his or her inanity.

Bottom Line:

YOU have to be active. Nobody else is going to do the work that is needed from you. When you are on social media sites- don’t be silent. When you go to different meetings or are around other parents if you have kids- don’t be silent. At work. Wherever you are. It doesn’t mean be obnoxious or rude. Just make sure that the truth is being put out there.If you are not that socially active then it may mean financially supporting an organization or candidate for office. That is also valid support.

Lastly.

Do not vote out of fear. Vote your conscience. YOU are the solution. Do not forget 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.