The Cornerstone of Liberty

Their is a trend that has been gaining momentum over the last few decades here in the United States that is directly leading to our demise. This movement has been successfully identified by many as a problem yet it continues. It is the basis for many of the challenges we face as a nation and it is a planned attack on our republic. Of course I am talking about our education system and its perversion at the hands of the enemies of America.

George Washington, in his 8th Annual Message on December 7, 1796 said:

“[T]he common education of . . . our youth . . . well deserves attention. . . . and a primary object . . . should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic what species of knowledge can be equally important and what duty more pressing . . . than to patronize a plan for communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”

No truer words have been spoken. For a republic to survive, the people who elect our representatives to government and who are supposed to monitor the workings of it must be educated on its proper form and powers. How else can the people elect the best candidate to office and ensure that government is performing the tasks it should be? Without knowing what our unalienable rights consist of, how can we the people insure they are not be trodden upon? Our ignorance of our Constitution and the founding principles of this nation are the foundation upon which adversaries of liberty are fundamentally transforming this nation.

The truth is a grim one. The Annenberg Public Policy Center performed a survey which should alarm Americans. Only 26% of the people surveyed could name the three branches of government. 33% of respondents could not name ANY branches of our federal government. This is the most basic of knowledge about our government and our Constitution. It is logical to assume that more complex information about the proper workings of Washington DC are lost on a huge majority of Americans. A republic cannot survive under such conditions.

Classes on government or our founding documents are harder and harder to find in schools nowadays. I have talked to local high school students who indicate that the time spent on the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are minimal and cursory. When I went to school I had multiple classes dealing with the subject matter at various grade levels. This non-education continues into the college levels also. Nowadays, plenty of law schools have scrubbed the Constitution from its curriculum and instead teach classes about constitutional law. Instead of learning the supreme law of the land, students memorize case law and the interpretations of the Supreme Court and think it is the law.

I can attest to the gross lack of knowledge possessed by people I interact with online and in person. Ignorance is bad enough but the apathy surrounding the topic is also exasperating. The discussion of the founding principles including the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights cannot occur with most people because of their dearth of knowledge on the subject matter. I suggest that this is a planned attack on our republic and that it is succeeding.

America is one of the strongest if not the strongest nation to ever grace the face of the earth. The idea of a military incursion into our country would be suicide for any who would take the action. We cannot be overthrown that way. The more likely approach would be for the enemies of America to adopt the long term strategy of eliminating the knowledge needed for our republic to survive and allow human nature to do the rest. That is where we find ourselves at as a nation.

What made our country the greatest ever was the principles it was founded upon. The ideas of unalienable rights, limited government, the consent of the governed, the idea that we the people can rule ourselves ad that we create government to secure our rights is a very powerful design in the defense of liberty. But these ideals must be maintained by the people and constant vigilance is our responsibility. Governments throughout history have been shown to be the biggest abusers of human rights to ever exist and always have a tendency to grow larger and more obtrusive. This is nothing new.

Without that vigilance by the people, our country is susceptible to the same forces which have destroyed other nations throughout history. A piece of paper with nice words on it is not enough to secure our liberty and prosperity. A great set of ideals fails when they are not defended and upheld. A proud heritage of freedom can be wiped out when the standards that created those conditions are abandoned. Through the planned attack on the philosophy that created our country, Americans are increasingly ignorant of the gifts we were given to us by our forefathers.  We move toward our demise in a zombie like trance with distractions galore to move us along the path.

“The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.”

I do not want to tell people what to think. I do however want to help educate them so they can make informed decisions. Knowledge is power and ignorance leads to servitude and poverty in this case. We were given the gift of liberty from our forefathers and now squander it away through ignorance and apathy. The truth about our founding principles and the documents associated with that founding must once again be embraced by Americans for us to remain a free and sovereign nation. There is no other cure for our affliction.

I have recently affiliated myself with an organization that has a well though out plan to combat the forces of ignorance destroying this country. Their name (and mission) is Restore the Intent. Their simple but thorough plan is to hold study groups in each county across these United States. What makes this idea unique is the teachings of KrisAnne Hall, a constitutional attorney and expert who travels around the United States lecturing about our founding principles, will be the nucleus of the education. Her curriculum, the Liberty First University series she developed and continually makes additions to, will be used as the core for the instruction into various topics.

I can tell you from personal experience, there is no one that I have seen who has KrisAnne Hall’s depth of knowledge, organizational skills, and thoroughness on the Constitution and the founding principles of this country. She consistently presents the unabashed truth and in the process instills knowledge and logic into our founding as a nation. She destroys the anti-American narrative that too many support nowadays. She is a true patriot and I am honored to pass on her teachings.

I urge you to look into Restore the Intent. You can sign up for classes in your area and when one opens up you will be notified. Another option is to be the host of a constitutional study group. If you are a patriot and see the value and necessity of teaching our founding principles then I urge you to sign up. You must possess an thorough knowledge of our Constitution and commit to holding regular sessions.

This is a great opportunity to learn/teach the truth that is so desperately needed right now in the United States of America. The enemies of freedom and well being are dumbing down America in the hopes of destroying this country. Once again embracing our heritage and the truth of our founding is our ONLY avenue for our long term success as a nation.

I will end with a quote from Thomas Jefferson:

“If a nation expects to be ignorant & free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was & never will be

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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We Hold These Truths – The Founding Principles of the United States of America

I realize as I interact with people that some of the constitutional principles I espouse are hard to understand because of their lack of a foundation concerning our establishment as a nation. The basics of what our country was founded upon is a simple yet powerful idea that has been forgotten over the imposing two centuries since we became a republic. It was a radical idea at the time, but it has been shown to be a powerful system to promote prosperity and liberty. These ideals were laid out for us in the Declaration of Independence. These were the basis for staging a revolution and creating a country. These are the bedrock ideals of the United States of America.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

This is the most important section of the Declaration of Independence. These 111 words tell everyone who reads them the reason we took the audacious chance to revolt, and it also speaks volumes about the problems we see from government on all levels today. These words have been forgotten by many people and are thus ignored by our lawmakers and those that do their bidding. These words are the foundation of what made this country great. The government that was created by our Constitution respected these words in its creation.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident”

Many countries have existed throughout time, yet the simple truths that were listed in the Declaration were never espoused or implemented. Our country was the first. This statement reflects that the principles to follow are easily discernible to the author of this document and those who approve of it. It implies that the principles that follow can be understood by any who are exposed to them. In particular, it depicts the culmination of the many lessons that western civilization had taught over the centuries to any who would care to examine the facts. Our founders were such men.

“That all men are created equal”

This has a simple but profound meaning. It simply states that no one is born to rule over others. It was still a belief at the time that there were those among us who are born to be rulers. Ancestry and conquest were the vehicles used by most at the time to rise to power. Either born into the right family, anointed by God or being able to raise a sufficient force to conquer a nation were the criteria for becoming a ruler. This idea is rejected by this statement.

“that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights”

The most powerful statement of them all. Our rights are unalienable. They do not come from man. They do not come from government. They do not come from a piece of paper. Rights are a part of a person just like one’s heart is. These rights cannot be taken away or denied. They are yours to enjoy because they are part of you.

“that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”

These are the most important and easily discernible of our natural rights. Life is at the top of the list because without life all other rights are moot. Life encompasses your body and the ability to implement actions that you want to take. Liberty implies that you are only restricted in your actions when they begin to impose on another person’s rights. All other actions by individuals are supported. Whom you associate with, whom you work for, what hobbies or other actions you take are for you, and you alone to decide. This is not a government matter. The pursuit of happiness is wrapped up in this thought also. Private property ownership is a key to that pursuit. Private property includes your physical belongings, land, and home, and your personal beliefs. Government should not be concerned with any of these ideals.

“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men”

This is the reason we have government. The government exists to protect our rights. This protection extends to any entity that would infringe on them, foreign or domestic. Government is to be invoked only when a person’s rights are violated. There is no other reason we instituted the government that we did other than for this one simple idea.

“deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”

This is the most misunderstood or ignored passage of the document. Superficially, it means that we elect those people who will represent us in government. But the full meaning escapes most people. Its message is that our government can only have the powers that we the people already possess. That is what makes it “just.” If a person cannot act in a way toward another person then the government cannot act in this manner either. If we the people do not possess a right to do something how can we give that power away? It is not ours to give. If one person cannot do something, why do some think that a hundred, a thousand or a million people gathering together suddenly manifest this power? This is the root of many problems we face today.

“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

This is the mandate indicating that the government is a creation of the people and when the people feel their government is opposed to the furtherance of liberty and prosperity, then it is the right of the people to form a new government. We are the rulers of government. not the other way around.

As we move away from these principles, we see the results— a more obtrusive and tyrannical government. A steady decline in prosperity and the freedom of the people to pursue their dreams. A government that continues to grow larger and appropriate more of Americans hard earned wealth and property is what we are witnessing. We see a government telling the people what to do. We see a government who consistently and often breaks the laws that created it.

Our government produces nothing. They simply take from one to give to another. That is blatantly wrong and must be stopped. Every building that they build, every person they employ, every staple, pen, or vehicle they use came from Americans pockets. Every high wage and pension they offer to government employees is paid for by Americans. Every dollar they give to a foreign country is paid for by Americans. Government produces wealth like a tick produces blood.

How long ago did government move away from the idea of protecting our rights and instead try to tell us how to live our lives? When did the free market get co-opted by government? When did we lose control of our money and the fruits of our labor? When did we acquiesce to becoming subjects of our government? When did we go from sovereign to subject?

The answers differ, but the fact remains— government at every level is to blame for the majority of problems we face as Americans. For our country to survive this must be addressed. This is not a question of “if.” This is a question of “when.”

We continue to ignore our founding ideals and the true problems we face as a nation. Instead we are diverted into endless talks about the symptoms of the true problems which lead us ever closer to our destruction. There is a central nexus to our problems— the unconstitutional and out of control government that burdens our lives. All levels of government that continue to make inroads into abridging our freedom must be reined in. To ignore this simple truth is to run away from any real solutions.

We were given the gift of liberty, but its maintenance is our responsibility. We, the people, are failing our country and future generations which will have to fight once again to realize what we were given by our forefathers. Education and action are what is needed— a coming together of the disparate groups that attack the symptoms of the problem yet leave the central rot in place.

Division is a tool of those looking to destroy our country. We need to stop with the endless distractions to the true problems we face and come together to solve them. A limited constitutional government would go a long way toward that goal. We may have differences between us, but there is a threat that dwarfs all of it and is the root of most of it— our own government. This is nothing new in history.

Hopefully, we learn the lessons of history and take appropriate steps to solve the problem. Many billions of people rely on us to do so.

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.

People, It is Independence Day, not In Dependence Day

In 1776 a group of influential men got together to announce to the world that our colonies here in America had endured enough oppression and that we were announcing our independence from our “mother” country Great Britain. In this announcement we listed our principles for doing so, the offenses against us that drove us to this action, and a general plan for making it happen. These men put their their “Lives, Fortunes, and Sacred Honor” on the line so a people could fight to be free of their oppressors.

These were great men and the result of their commitment and their supporters actions is nothing less than a miracle- The United States of America. The land of the free and the home of the brave. Time to dust off that legacy and make it true once again. Time to understand the importance of the Declaration of Independence and why it is as relevant today as when it was written.

All Men Are Created Equal The principles our ancestors fought for ran counter to the powers that governed at the time. In an era of monarchs and tyrants, our Founders represented the thought that “all men were created equal” which means no person is born to rule over another. It means that an equality of opportunity not outcome was a right to be protected. It did not mean that men and women were all equally talented nor did it imply that equal outcomes are desirable. Freedom is not free, free men are not equal and equal men are not free.

They are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights Another important concept was that our rights come from our creator, not from other people or from the government. Our rights are inalienable. They are a part of us and can never be removed. They can be trampled or ignored, or rightfully abridged by a jury, but that does not mean that we do not possess those rights. Specifically mentioned in the Declaration of Independence is the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.This simple list is unfortunately overlooked too often or not truly understood.

Life Life is the most important right a person possesses. If that right is taken away no others rights really matter. What does free speech mean to a dead person? The right to peaceably assemble? How about a jury trial for a corpse? All ludicrous. This idea of life is where the 2nd Amendment originates. Your life is your responsibility and protecting that life is also your responsibility. According to our beliefs you should be able to protect that life anyway you see fit, as long as it doesn’t infringe on another person’s rights.This leads naturally to the concept of liberty. No one else controls your life or can tell you what to do with that life.

Liberty Unlike freedom, liberty has the component of restricting action when it comes to violating another person’s rights. Your body and the actions you take with that body are for you and you alone to control, as long as those actions do not infringe on another person’s rights. No entity has the authority to tell you how to live your life in any way. Any restrictions from government that are put into place that impeded the free actions of a person who is hurting no one else is wrong and not supported by our founding principles. Anyone can voluntarily enter into agreements to make whatever deals they want to place restrictions on how they interact with others. But these restrictions must be voluntary and agreed to by all parties. Otherwise any contract between two consenting adults is perfectly fine and not subject to government interference.

And the pursuit of Happiness Putting life and liberty together creates a person’s pursuit of happiness. You utilize your body, take actions and interact in the world to do what you want to pursue happiness. This pursuit often leads to the creation or acquisition of property. Property used to be known as physical as well as intellectual property. The freedom of speech, of assembly, of the press all stem from this idea of intellectual property. The 4th Amendment is a protection of these rights. The 5th, 6th and 7th Amendments with their due process ideology also support this right to your pursuit of happiness and protection from arbitrary interference. It was a founding principle that your property was your own and no one including government had a right to take it without due process. Property taxes and income taxes were not condoned. Private property ownership and keeping the fruits of your labor were understood by all and acknowledged to be an integral part of a free nation.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men Realize that we create our own government. The reason we create this government is to secure our rights. Having rights is not enough. This is why we move away from the state of nature and anarchy. We want a structured society where the rights to life, liberty and property are recognized and defended. We the people can pursue our life secure in the knowledge that our rights are being protected from all that would infringe on them. This is the only reason we create government.

Deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed Probably one of the least understood of our founding principles. The consent of the governed means more than having proper representation by elected officials. That is important but not the full extent of the meaning. It means that the power of the created government cannot never exceed the power of the individuals. If a person or a group of people do not possess a power over another person or item, then how can they bequeath a power they do not possess themselves? In the proper pursuits of government, we see the actions that individuals could take but instead delegate to a central authority. The local police and fire departments are examples of this concept. The Court system and dispensing of justice. Protection of our borders. Standardizing currency, weights and measures, and bankruptcy laws are some examples of proper government. These are activities and ideas that the people can and would rightfully do on their own if there were no government. The central determination of these standards is needed when sovereign entities interact.

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it The rest of the initial statement of the Declaration of Independence speaks of the right of the people to identify bad government and to change it however they see fit. it supports the idea that government is a mechanism, a construct that we the people create to secure our liberty and prosperity. When government deviates from that course, we the people can and should fix it. It is our duty.

In the finishing of the ideological introduction, the Declaration speaks to human nature and our tolerance for abuse. I will not comment. I will simply share it.

“ Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security”

This is a cursory look into the minds of early Americans about the kind of country we wanted to create. I realize that perfect societies do not exist nor is liberty ever fully realized. Both are concepts we constantly strive for but fall short of because of our nature. It is in that strife where liberty and prosperity can exist. More frequently nowadays there is no fight but capitulation by the populace. That is not liberty and will not lead to prosperity.

When did we lose our way? Why are we the people pursuing being In Dependence to the government instead of independent from them? Many people talk a strong game but when adversity hits or problems in society arise they are some of the first to ask “what is government going to do about it?”. Crime, pollution, infrastructure, food and medical regulations are some of the areas people demand government take an active role in.

Too many people have the erroneous belief that government is the solution. Government is the problem. Many of the difficulties and challenges we face as Americans today are results of government interference or malfeasance. Mostly are unconstitutional actions to boot. Yet all we get is more laws, new regulations and new agencies to combat (i.e. perpetuate) the outcomes of previous government interference. Why do we have tens of millions on food stamps if more government is the answer?

And to add salt to the wound and identify one of the true problems of our current government- most of these activities are not paid for by taxpayers, we are borrowing from future generations to sustain our current one. That topic gets the cursory “balanced budget” treatment and then quickly ignored. But I digress. Let’s look at today’s society from the perspective of the Declaration.

All Men Are Created Equal- Except those that are or have been oppressed. Or those who have challenges in life. Or are part of a protected class. All people need to be looked out for and it is the duty of government to make that happen. Taking money from some to support the lifestyle of others is now a responsibility that government has taken on. You are greedy or don’t care about the poor or if you oppose government redistribution of wealth. Everyone deserves a living wage.

They are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights- Rights now include things such as food, clothing, shelter, “reproductive” rights, education and healthcare to name a few. Government defines our rights and they are the ones who tell us how much of a right is good. Peculiarly, most of the new “rights” cost a lot of money to make a reality.

Life- As long as you realize that you are a custodian of the state and they ultimately control your life and body. Your children must comply. You must comply. We will tell you to what extent you may protect your own life. We will tell how you must raise your child. Common Core. Vaccinations. We will tell you what food and what medicine is acceptable for you to use. We are from the government and are here to help you. Resistance is futile.

Liberty- Just remember that the state has strict rules above and beyond what infringes on another person’s rights. Where you can fish and hunt. Most private transactions between consenting adults- food sales, medical care, real estate, financial help, personal care, electrical work, pool work, veterinarian services, automobile repair to name but a few. Why do I need to pay the state for permission to buy a slurpee from 7-11?

Regulations limiting choice such as licenses regulating a plethora of industries that inhibit competition and new start ups, personal permits to build or modify a house, the need of personal licensing and sanction of the state to perform most services nowadays. You can’t cut hair without a license. You cannot clean fish without a license. You cannot wait tables without getting the proper credentials. God forbid you sell medicinal products or lemonade to your neighbors. This is not counting any of the “professional” services that require much more interaction with the state and the bureaucracy. Almost all interactions between consenting adults is now scrutinized by government.

And the pursuit of Happiness- Your “happiness” is highly taxed and regulated. Property taxes are one of the biggest offenders. Who owns your house when you “pay it off”? Don’t pay property tax for a few years and you will know the real answer to that question. Who owns the fruit of your labors? Depends really on what tax bracket you are in and the tax structure of the state you live in. A confiscatory tax structure is the norm and it is NOT the price for civilization. It is theft and corruption for the most part just like paying for the privilege of living in the United States and its use of of a death tax- i.e. the inheritance tax. Why should the government have any claim to the after tax fruits of your labor?

And the money we use. The fiat currency that has lost over 80% of its value since we were taken off the international gold standard in 1971 by Nixon has made it much harder for people to pursue their happiness. It used to be the norm that many families had one worker in the family and without a college diploma make enough money to buy a house, raise kids and retire in the future. The American Dream is a pipe dream for more and more people. Government is the problem, not the solution.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men- Governments are now mommy and daddy. They tell us in specific terms how we are to live our lives and have penalties for those of us who dare disobey. Rights are what the government tells you they are. Even the most basic rights are subject to interpretation. Bake the cake. 1st Amendment zones. Gun free zones. Marriage. NSA spying, etc…..

Deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed- Nowadays government makes it up as they go along and most people applaud it. The Constitution is ignored most of the time. People demand that legislative bodies that “do nothing” are bad and the measure of success for them is passing laws. The abuses of government abound. Put it in this perspective- picture your neighbor doing the job that government has taken on. Can you neighbor tell you that you must pay him or her to install a pool? Can your neighbor can tell you what food you are allowed to buy? Can they dictate what drugs you put into your body? How about the size of your toilet or type of light bulb you can use? Can they demand that you pay them a little money every time you buy something? If we the people do not have that power, then why can “government” have that power?

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it– Let’s remember the lessons of the Civil War. A president went against this very concept and more Americans died in the ensuing war than any other time in our history. States rights is a bad term to many people even though it is the basis of our republic. “Government is what it is and politicians are going to lie to us. So what?”. That attitude and expectation must be changed for us to survive as a nation.

Our founding principles detailed in the Declaration of Independence were revolutionary at the time and were paid for with blood and lives. Over the decades we have allowed our government to grow beyond it purpose. Dangerously so. We are a nation of laws and as we move away from that concept and accept the opinions of our fellow man as law we ignore the lessons of history and allow tyranny to gain a foothold.

Even with all of the challenged we face, our life as Americans is superior to most and definitely better than our ancestors experienced. Our perceived prosperity masks our trajectory as a nation and its unsustainable course. It is very important we realize in which direction this country is moving in. It is not in the direction of liberty nor prosperity.

We the people of the United States of America cannot continue to ignore the lawlessness of our federal government. The Constitution is just not a good idea, it is the law! Our founding and the nation it produced was a miracle. We have it within our power to peaceably turn this around and make the changes needed to maintain our sovereignty as a nation.

Ignorance is an enemy. Apathy is another. The constant program of demoralization we face as a people needs to be attacked head on. We DO have the power to make the necessary changes. We the people DO have the power to right America and return her to the proper path.

Visit me at Constitutional Cappuccino on Facebook or my Website. Check out my new book Patriot Ammo: The Words Behind Our Flag which is a civics lesson for those who want the truth. It is strong enough for adults but written for high school students.

“What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

                                                                                                Patrick Henry

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.

It’s All About Liberty- Time for Americans to Act Like Americans Again

The only reason that we have been such a prosperous and free nation as we have experienced is because of the Constitution of the United States of America. As we move away from those ideals we see the results. Prosperity has been replaced with poverty. Freedom with dependence.

The solution is an easy one. Getting people to listen is the hard part. Too many snake oil salesmen over the years have burned too many. Pledges from both political parties have been broken too many times for them to be believed. It is time that the American people wake up and realize that it is they who will turn this country around- not politicians. If you think that the presidential election is going to change anything then you are lying to yourself. Washington needs to abide by the Constitution. It will never do that on its own.

Understand that our federal government is way out of control. Thanks to a many years of prosperity and people disengaging from the political process the incremental takeover of our government is nearing completion.

Woodrow Wilson really started the push for what we see today with the 16th Amendment (taxation), the 17th Amendment (direct election of Senators) and the creation of the federal reserve. The idea that administration needed to be separated from politics began under Wilson and is what we see today in Washington DC- A multitude of agencies that are ever increasingly controlling the day to day lives of all American. That is NOT the purpose of our government. No regulation without representation.

There are many ideals that this country was founded upon. Three ideas stand at the top. They are the reasons for the success of this country. They were revolutionary to many when introduced, eventually became the benchmark for liberty, and are currently under attack.

Our rights come from our Creator. We do not get rights from other men. We do not get rights from government. Our rights are inherent. Our rights are inalienable. They come from our creator. Government doesn’t give them to us nor can they take them away.

To secure our rights we form governments. That is the ONLY reason we tolerate government. Governments are historically THE biggest violators of human rights but they are also needed to form societies that can protect their people’s interests. The federal government we formed was one of specific enumerated powers. These can be found in Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution. REALLY simple to understand. Once read you can see for yourself how far off of the constitutional path we have veered.

Government derive their just power from the consent of the governed. No one is born to be king. No one is ordained to be a leader of the people. The people decide who their leaders are going to be. Kings and monarchs do not lead toward liberty. Every form of government can be plagued by bad leadership and a republic is no different.  The difference is in our republic those choices come from the people. We are responsible for our future.

And when I say Constitution, I mean in no small part the Bill of Rights. The first 10 Amendments to the Constitution. The sentinel of our liberty. Those 10 amendments  which were not part of the original Constitution but were ratified 2 years after the fact. Those 10 little things which DO absolutely nothing but let us know when government is intruding into unwanted areas.  No rights are given by the Bill of Rights. The rights which were are enumerated are already ours. Remember from where our rights come.

If you are serious about doing something then take the time to get educated. At a bare minimum reread the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Those are the blueprint and proposal for what our country is all about. Neither will take more than an hour to read. They are the basis from where all arguments originate.

When the Declaration of Independence was written, a couple million people read it. When the Constitution was being ratified,most every American had read it so they could be relevant in the overwhelming conversation of the day. Both of these documents were written for the layman and have a clear and easily discernible meaning. No need to get lawyers involved.

It is time to reinvigorate these documents and unabashedly support and defend them once again. It is time people realize that the solutions to most problems we see today are contained in those two short documents. Stop being dependent on others to tell you what is right and proper. That is the reason we are at the precipice we are. Learn once again what it is to be an American. Freedom is not free. Liberty must be fought for.

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.

Constitutional Cappuccino Podcast: The Supreme Court

This podcast deals with the Supreme Court. A look at what the Constitution says, the importance of juries and a general idea where the Supreme Court fits in our republic. All in under 10 Minutes 🙂

Constitutional Cappuccino Podcast 4- The Reading of the Declaration of Independence

This is the 4th podcast from Constitutional Cappuccino and is a reading of the Declaration of Independence and the Lee Resolution in honor of the upcoming July 4th celebrations. I hope you enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3rpiAvtAL4

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.

State Sovereignty and Nullification

This is adapted from a pocket pamphlet that I wrote and distribute.

The states are the sovereign entities in these United States. Too many people have believe the notion that the federal government is supreme. That is a dangerous myth that needs to be dispelled. It is also responsible for many of the problems we see here in the United States.

I will start this story with the Lee Resolution. It was the law that made us free of Great Britain. It was passed on July 2, 1776 and stated:

Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

That it is expedient forthwith to take the most effectual measures for forming foreign Alliances.

That a plan of confederation be prepared and transmitted to the respective Colonies for their consideration and approbation.”

It recognized the sovereignty of the states. Notice that the word “state” is different than what we think of today. “State” in this context meant a sovereign country. Notice the term “State of Great Britain”. That is what is meant by “state” in this resolution. So it was resolved that the 13 colonies were free and independent states, what we consider countries in today’s meaning. Also note that at this point there was no federal government.

Move ahead two days. The Declaration of Independence was issued. This document described what our mission was and why the colonies were doing what they were doing. What most miss in this document is the last paragraph. In it the idea of sovereign states was spelled out once again.

“That these united Colonies are, and of right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved; and that, as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do.”

At this point the colonies are now the united States of America. The term “united” is not capitalized in the original document and is simply describing the situation of the states in America. They were united against the common threat of Great Britain and that they are free and independent states (countries) that have the power that any other sovereign country has.

Then the revolutionary War was fought. The Colonies triumphed. During the war, the Articles of Confederation were passed. It was agreed to by Congress November 15, 1777 and later ratified on March 1, 1781. The British surrender at Yorktown marked the end of warfare and the Treaty of Paris in 1783 formalized that arrangement.

After the war the Articles of Confederation were still in place. The states were still sovereign. One of the biggest problems faced by the new America was that the Articles of Confederation gave the federal government no real power to coerce states to meet their obligations. A large debt had be accrued during the war and the Treaty of Paris required American citizens , the states and the Confederation to recognize their debts to foreign entities. States were passing laws that protected their own citizens at the detriment to other states or just ignored the treaty provisions. Things were a mess.

So a convention was called for the states to come together to strengthen the Articles. When the Constitutional Convention met in 1783 it was quickly determined that the Articles of Confederation were inadequate to the task and a new Constitution needed to be written. So that was accomplished and on September 17, 1787 the Constitution was approved by the convention.

We had a federal government that would be created when the Constitution was ratified by delegations of the states. It was important to the Founders that the state legislators endorsed the Constitution and that the it was not put to a popular vote. So it proceeded to be ratified in the states until a majority was reached and the Constitution was the law of the land.

What the Constitution created was a limited federal government, deriving its powers from the states that created it. Remember, to this point in history the States were recognized as completely sovereign. They had all of the powers of a modern day country. The Constitution DELEGATED certain ENUMERATED powers to the federal government. These powers were mostly “external”, powers that gave each individual sovereign state a common voice to talk to the rest of the world with. Instead of making 13 separate treaties with every country who wanted to deal with us, we had a united voice that spoke for all of the states. James Madison was most eloquent on this point.

The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation and foreign commerce; with which the last the power of taxation will for the most part be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement and prosperity of the State.

Here is a copy of Article 1 Section 8 where those enumerated powers were described.

The Congress shall have the power

1. to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defence and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States:

2. To borrow money on the credit of the United States:

3. To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes:

4. To establish an uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States:

5. To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures:

6. To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States:

7. To establish post-offices and post-roads:

8. To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries:

9. To constitute tribunals inferior to the supreme court:

10. To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offences against the law of nations:

11. To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water:

12. To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years:

13. To provide and maintain a navy:

14. To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces:

15. To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions:

16. To provide for organizing, arming and disciplining the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress:

17. 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,

18. To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.

This is what powers were DELEGATED to the federal government. This is all they are supposed to concern themselves with. The rest is left to the States and the people.

A very important side note. The Bill of Rights was not part of the original Constitution. It was determined by the majority in the Convention it was not needed. It was argued that the federal government created with its enumerated powers could not infringe on our natural rights. Some argued that by listing those rights that government would be able to interpret them. For instance a freedom of the press. No one would question the validity of this provision but future governments could redefine what “press” meant to circumscribe its protections. Others argued that the sovereignty of the states would insure that the citizens of the states were protected from the federal government trying to usurp the people’s natural rights.

When it came to ratification this argument for a Bill of Rights was one of the strongest that the Anti-Federalists had. The Anti-Federalists believed that too much power was ceded to the federal government. They believed that government tyranny and an erosion of state sovereignty would occur if the Constitution was ratified.

The Constitution was ratified but the debate on a Bill of Rights continued. Some were even calling for an Article 5 Convention to amend the new Constitution. The Federalists had overplayed their hand. James Madison took up the cause of a Bill of Rights and with urging from Thomas Jefferson introduced a Bill of Rights in the newly formed Congress. Many states had the protections of their natural rights spelled out in their State Constitutions. It became apparent that it was needed at the federal level to qualm people’s fears of federal tyranny. In 1791 enough states ratified them to be the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution.

Many people are familiar with the First Amendment, even more with the 2nd, then less is understood as you move down the list. The two that stand out and are the least understood are the 9th and 10th Amendments. The 9th Amendment states:

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people “

That meant even though it was not listed didn’t mean that a right was not retained by the people.

The 10th Amendment in my opinion is the Amendment MOST misunderstood or unknown by the American public.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Its meaning is quite simple. The delegated powers of the federal government are listed and that is all they can do. Anything else that needs to be done is handled by the states or by the people themselves. It reinforces the idea and practice of a limited federal government. It also supports the idea of state sovereignty and the retention of rights by the people.

Some will say that the federal government is supreme. They will even cite the “Supremacy Clause” in the Constitution to back up that erroneous assertion. The Supremacy Clause is located in Article 6 and states:

This constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, any thing in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding. “

It does NOT state that any law created by the federal government is the law of the land. It states that the Constitution and laws made in PURSUANCE thereof are the law of the land. Unconstitutional law is not recognized as supreme. If our federal government tries to do something that is not in their enumerated duties then it is by definition unconstitutional and need not be followed. No state or person is liable to follow those laws. This is how our republic is supposed to operate. Through ignorance we have moved away from that ideal.

Some of the more desperate will say that the states gave up their sovereignty when they ratified the Constitution. This is a laughable assertion. Realize that the Constitution is a compact, a fancy word for a contract between sovereign powers. Those sovereign powers were the states. The contract was the Constitution. The creation of that contract was the federal government. The federal government was a product of this contract. The States delegated certain powers to the federal government. Nothing was given away.

Understand what “delegated” means. It does not mean to give up or give away. It means to allow someone else to use specific powers in your name. The best example of this is a simple restaurant model. Imagine a restaurant that serves burgers, fries and shakes. The owner of the business hires people to do these tasks. What would happen if the fry guy came in one day and decided not to make fries? Would the owner throw up his hands and say “Sorry folks, no fries today, the fry guy isn’t doing them”. Or would he fire the fry guy, hire a new one or maybe be the fry guy himself until someone else could be hired? Because the fry guy decides not to make fries, does that restrict the owner from doing it himself or finding someone else to do it? Does the fry guy own the right to make fries? Of course not. What happens if the fry guy decides he would rather make onion rings because some people want them? Can he tell the owner that he is now making onion rings? Another ridiculous question whose answer is emphatically NO! This example is no different than what is happening today in our country. Our federal government neglects tasks it is actually supposed to handle and performs tasks it is not allowed to do. The problem is the states allowing it to continue.

The federal government is usurping state powers by doing at lot of what it is doing. The Affordable Care Act, the E.P.A. and B.L.M. are some of the higher profile examples of these usurpations. These are functions performed by the federal government with no constitutional relevancy. Refer to Section 1 Article 8 as to the true responsibilities of our federal government. These others are functions that the states or the people rightfully should be in charge of. We have moved past that paradigm quite a while ago.

This brings us to nullification. Nullification is a state protecting its citizens ( interposition) from unconstitutional federal laws. We have seen states of late flexing their constitutional muscle. Colorado and Washington are two of the highest profile states in this category. They have made marijuana legal in their state in opposition to unconstitutional federal laws. This is what nullification looks like. Other states have jumped on the bandwagon. Kansas has The Second Amendment Protection Act which states

Any act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the government of the United States which violates the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is null, void and unenforceable in the state of Kansas.”

The 18th Amendment (Prohibition of alcohol) was finally repealed because of nullification efforts. Some states refused to enforce the laws. It was common in areas to have the juries nullify cases by voting not guilty when these offenses came before them. It could not be enforced without the help of the people and the states.

Northern abolitionist states before the Civil War passed “personal liberty” laws with thwarted the federal fugitive slave act. Those people were not going to be party to slavery and they had their states supporting them. They didn’t repeal the fugitive slave act, they just didn’t participate or support it.

James Madison chimed in on this. (from the Virginia Resolution):

That this Assembly doth explicitly and peremptorily declare, that it views the powers of the federal government, as resulting from the compact, to which the states are parties; as limited by the plain sense and intention of the instrument constituting the compact; as no further valid that they are authorized by the grants enumerated in that compact; and that in case of a deliberate, palpable, and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact, the states who are parties thereto, have the right, and are in duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights and appertaining liberties to them.”

Thomas Jefferson had something to say also (contained in the Kentucky Resolution):

Resolved, that the several States composing, the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government; but that, by a compact under the style and title of a Constitution for the United States, and of amendments thereto, they constituted a general government for special purposes — delegated to that government certain definite powers, reserving, each State to itself, the residuary mass of right to their own self-government; and that whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force: that to this compact each State acceded as a State, and is an integral part, its co-States forming, as to itself, the other party: that the government created by this compact was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to itself; since that would have made its discretion, and not the Constitution, the measure of its powers; but that, as in all other cases of compact among powers having no common judge, each party has an equal right to judge for itself, as well of infractions as of the mode and measure of redress.

Nullification IS the constitutionally tried and true method to reign in government overreach. Realize that in every day terms how nullification works. The federal government requires assistance to further its attacks on American’s rights. The states up to this point have been their accomplices. In the states where nullification is taking hold, the local law and government forces are forbidden to aid and abet federal intrusion on the affairs of a state. Without this help the feds do not have the resources or manpower to support these operations. The other aspect is if the federal government is not doing a duty it is supposed to then the state is obligated to perform that duty until the federal government starts. It is that simple.

Nullification is the avenue to curb the federal government. Electing new officials to the juggernaut in Washington hasn’t helped reduce the size nor unconstitutional actions in government, no matter the party in power. Federal officials are hard to influence. They are distant and in most cases hardly seen by their constituents. State officials, however, are MUCH more accessible and influenced. I know where my state representative lives. My Representative also works in the area. He is very much part of the community and is accessible to the public. They invariably live among the people that they represent. More importantly, they are easier to influence and if need be replace than those at the federal level if they are part of the problem. An effort by a relatively small group of people can determine the outcome of a state election much more readily than a federal one. The bonus is the states do hold the power in our republican equation.

This is not a new idea. It is just one that hasn’t been taught in America for quite a while.

So the question naturally comes up, “What can I do?”. It is up to the people to right their own government. The government is not going to do it themselves.

Education. Learn about the Constitution. There are many places to get good information on the Constitution. Some of my favorites that I suggest are

1) KrisAnne Hall ( http://krisannehall.com/ ), a lawyer turned constitutional advocate. She travels the country talking to groups of people and state legislatures informing them to the truth behind our Constitution. She has a few books out and does a radio show.

2) The 10th Amendment Center ( http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/) is another great resource for all things nullification.

3) I also recommend Hillsdale College (http://online.hillsdale.edu/dashboard/courses) and their Constitution 101 and 201 courses. Very much like a college course, it is structured and filled with abundant amounts of information.

4) Read books. Research and find good books on the subjects of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and read them. Nothing like a good book for information.

Remember, true education takes time. Lots of time. Don’t forgo this step or your further efforts will be reduced in effectiveness.

Remember, education is a tool to be used to inform people so they can DO something. Simply learning something and doing nothing with the information is useless and simply a waste of time. While the more informed person is taking action to support the Constitution, state’s rights and nullification, newer members must be found and educated so they can take their place on the front lines to bolster their numbers. This process should be a basic model for activism. New people must always be added to keep groups vibrant and successful.

Social media is a good avenue to disseminate information. Find like minded people and make connections. Facebook and twitter are great avenues to use to get the message of liberty out.

Find groups in your area where like minded people meet. Go to meetings. Make connections and see what people are DOING. Lots of people talk but unfortunately do little more than talk. If you can’t find any effective groups then start your own. I recommend attaching yourself to other established groups to further the cause of liberty but sometimes they simply don’t exist in your area.

Most importantly, don’t be silent. Speak up whenever appropriate to support the ideals found in the Constitution.

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”