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 that 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 here. 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.

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Protected Classes: A Step Above and Superior to Unalienable Rights

I just heard the news concerning the verdict of the Oregon cake maker who refused to create a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. The verdict was for the couple and against the baker. No surprise to me. This is Oregon we are talking about after all. But that does not diminish my angst at the ruling. This decision is flawed on many levels but that again is nothing new the with modern day interpretation of jurisprudence. This is just another in a long line of attacks against the values and laws this country was founded upon and thrived under.

To think a person has a right to make someone else perform an activity is misguided. We have a word for that. Slavery. Or maybe indentured servitude since there is a payment. Either way, it takes away the person’s ability to control their own lives because of the will of another. Who owns your life? You, a stranger or maybe the courts or government? The true answer should be clear. Reality. however, is showing a different answer.

The most fundamental unalienable right a person possesses is the right to life. You and you alone are responsible for your own life. Your life is yours to live however you want as long as you infringe on no one else’s rights. The living of your life is what we refer to as liberty. When someone tries to introduce into that equation any type of coercion or force to make you do something you do not want to, then your most basic rights are being violated.

In this case, two lesbians went into a bakery shop, since closed by the way, and ordered a wedding cake, The owners of the bakery said they could not design a cake for such a purpose, but they were free to get anything else in the bakery. The bakers stated that a marriage performed for gays was not in accordance with their Christian beliefs and they would not use their talents to participate. The couple insisted on the wedding cake and were refused. They then left.

Instead of doing what a normal couple would do and find another baker to make the cake, they decided to sue. They complained to the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries saying they were refused a cake because of their sexual orientation. That bureau eventually slapped a $135,000 fine on the bakers and the bakers appealed. This latest decision is the results of that appeal.

Instead of telling their story and letting the public (consumers) decide the fate of the bakery, this couple instead choose to use the power of government to enforce their will. I cannot find it anywhere, but I am guessing they did indeed buy a cake from another bakery for their wedding which occurred. So a cake was had yet the lawsuit went forward because they couldn’t get a cake. They were offended because a specific baker denied the use of his services to make a cake. Being offended in today’s society seems to be a cash cow for those with special government protection.

Because they couldn’t get a cake from a specific baker, and because of the ensuing controversy, this couple claimed to have experienced an array of maladies. This is a partial list of the 88 symptoms they claimed to have suffered from because of the ordeal. An “acute loss of confidence”, “doubt”, and “uncertainty”. They claimed they “felt mentally raped, dirty and shameful”, had “high blood pressure”, “impaired digestion”, “weight gain” and “loss of appetite”. The said they suffered “excessive sleep”, “migraine headaches” and were “pale and sick at home after work”. One or both of them began a “resumption of smoking habit”. They also were fraught with “shock”, were “stunned”, “surprise”, and had “worry.” For that and other symptoms they received a total of $135,000.

“It does not matter how you were born or who you love. All of us are equal under the law and should be treated equally. Oregon will not allow a ‘Straight Couples Only’ sign to be hung in bakeries or other stores,” This is the couples idea of justice. The ideals of liberty are wiped away because of someone’s feelings or special protections. The idea that if someone doesn’t get their way, they then sue because they are being discriminated against because of who they are. And, oh yeah, only certain classes are protected in this ideal.

Realize the truth here – A “protected” class of people have superior rights above and beyond the unalienable rights that we regular humans possess. They are “special” because of their deviation from the rest of society. They get special “rights” because of their minority status. Because of this special privilege, they are superior in the eyes of the law. If you are not protected then no one in government really cares.

Another incident that occurred during this time period found the baker’s GoFundMe account closed because GoFundMe’s deemed that the bakers were wrong. Along these lines, what about the musicians who refused to perform for Trump’s inauguration? What about the dressmakers who publicly refused to design Melania Trump’s dresses? These ideas are parallel and hypocrisy is what separates them.

What also separates them is the people “offended” acted like adults, not spoiled kids and got their products somewhere else. Real Americans take this issue into their own hands and if offended enough start a boycott to make the business see reason. I cite Target and the NFL among the most recent. Chick Fil A also had this idea applied to it..

The idea that someone who is offended can invoke the bureaucracy to strike back at the people who offended them is malicious and dangerous. The idea that someone who doesn’t get to participate with a specific business for whatever reason can invoke the power of government without due process and get awarded money is a gross miscarriage of justice. No one has a right to tell another person how to use their life. It is true fascism to think government should be able to tell a business how to operate. But that is exactly where we are at. The same people that cheer Antifa also support fascism.  How is that for hypocrisy? Whatever happened to the leftist mantra of “pro-choice”?

This is a very slippery slope we have engaged upon. it is my hope that the Supreme Court rules on the very similar case it now has before it, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, correctly. Whatever the courts do or don’t say, it is time for we the people to have our voices heard.

Bureaucracies ruining a family business and courts telling us what the law is and how to act need to be opposed. The “snowflake” mentality of injury because of perceived persecution needs to be fought. When we allow the courts and bureaucracy to dictate how our lives are to be lived then we are no longer free and are being ruled by an oligarchy. Our constitutional republic must be preserved and fought for. Liberty must triumph. 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 15 and up.

My Conservative Vision

I have written a number of articles which deal mostly with the Constitution and the founding ideals of this country. I try to educate people on various aspects of liberty and how the original trajectory of our country allowed us to realize that goal. I also discuss at length how we are veering away from our target. There has been centuries long debate on the subject of liberty in western society and in our case that knowledge culminated in the revolution of the colonies and subsequent creation of our country.

Our country is a miracle. It is a miracle created by people who understood what the price of liberty truly was. It was the perfect storm of historical education mated with tyrannical acts co-mingled with an enduring desire to be free. We took on the biggest military force at the time and won against all odds. We then created a nation along the principles we fought for.

Imagine where we could be if we had stuck to those principles.

What I will describe is a partial look at what I call my “conservative vision”. I formulate what I think our society could become if we made the effort to do so. I have a few topics below which I will discuss. This is by no means an exhaustive list of the “to-do” items that need to occur. I will cover some themes that seem to be presently popular. What I will describe can be translated to other topics and is about core principles. These principles manifest themselves into ideas and action when applied to a specific situation.

The first item which I support everyday is education. When people again understand the founding principles of this country and the significance of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution we can begin moving our country back in its correct direction. When people once again understand that we the people created government to protect our rights and that only a limited government can accomplish that goal then we can start addressing the real problems we face as a a nation. Without a grass roots upswell of support for our founding ideals, the challenges we face will never be solved.

The rise of the administrative state has had made the biggest impact on the loss of prosperity we have witnessed as a people. What I see in a conservative utopia is all business, financial, and health “services” handled by Washington be moved back to the states. Elimination of agencies such as the EPA, BLM, the Departments of Commerce, Education and Energy to name a few will happen. Not only are they unconstitutional by definition, i.e.- they are not enumerated powers, but by allowing the states to take over it will make the system much more efficient and manageable.

Imagine if the state was responsible solely for the cleanliness it maintains. Gone would be the days of the states pointing to the feds and vice versa when a problem occurs. When something did happen the citizens of the state would all know who was responsible and look to people in our own state to fix the problem. If our government doesn’t deliver then it is much easier to unseat a sitting state representative or senator then a federal one. It is much easier to get changes at a state level than at the federal and especially if more people are focused locally, which would be the case if there was less federal involvement.

Business regulation would also be eliminated at the federal level. We are all guaranteed a right to peaceably assemble. A job is a superior peaceable assemblage. You get paid for it. All of this would be handled at the state and local level. As with most agencies, the states and counties already have in place a mechanism to handle the work needed to be performed. The states could cater to the people that inhabited the state. It would allow the great experiment we started to continue.

The original idea was each state was an experiment in liberty. They are sovereign entities. They are charged with the bulk of power to making society work.The citizens within each state decide how they want to live. As states prosper because of their decisions, people move there to reap the benefits. Good ideas are copied by others to remain competitive. Less successful intrigues are avoided or manipulated to work. Instead of the top down pressure to conform which stifles innovation and liberty, we the people pursue happiness without federal government interference. This is the America we need to return.

Another bonus of eliminating Washington DC control of our lives is the vast savings that will occur by eliminating the most wasteful level of government we witness. One extraordinarily large layer of bureaucracy eliminated. By avoiding this pit of corruption, abuse and malfeasance we would have more money to spend at the local level. Money leaves our state only to be returned with strings attached. Eliminating the EPA alone will free up 8 billion per year and over 17,000 employees who will no longer be eligible for a government pension at taxpayer expense. That is just one agency among hundreds that need to be eliminated. The savings would be astoundingly mind boggling and wondrous.

Along with the idea of shrinking the administrative state is to eliminate the income tax. The income tax was instituted to pay for the monstrosity we witness today. The concept that our federal government needs to tax us to operate is ludicrous. When we were first born as a nation, the whole of federal government fit into one building. There were only three departments originally authorized- State, Treasury and War. There were no other agencies in play. Our government was instituted when there were roughly 4 million citizens. Now we have a federal government exceeding 2,700,000 people employed directly. Imagine the extraordinary savings that will befall the American people when most of these people are let go. We could easily pass the savings on to the people by eliminating the IRS and the 16th Amendment.

To insure we control our own monetary supply the elimination of the Federal Reserve and making Congress take back their rightfully delegated power is a must. “To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin” is the power delegated to Congress. They cannot simply delegate that power out to another entity without an amendment. That would be by definition unconstitutional. This is the significance of Article 1 Section 8 Clause 5 which I linked above. By eliminating the interest on the debt it would be much simpler to pay down the debt. The idea of a private corporation controlling our monetary system strikes me as un-American. The name “Federal Reserve” is very misleading. So is its purpose. Our federal government has specific tasks that they should focus on those and leave the rest to the states.

Another topic that needs some discussion is private property ownership. The idea we must pay our state to live in that state is tyrannical. It is ingrained into most people, however. Who do you think owns your home? It isn’t you. If you think so then stop paying property tax for a few years and you will realize who really owns it. Try to make a major repair or renovation without a permit and see who owns your property. Try to go “off grid” like a lady did in Coral Gables and see who owns your property. The idea that if you become destitute that you lose your house to the state is repulsive to those of us who understand liberty. It may be that some states don’t operate like this. All that I have researched do but I have not studied all 50 states to confirm. Private property ownership is the backbone of a free society. Once we understand and implement this simple ideal we will have a better nation.

A simple change that would have far reaching consequences would be the elimination of the 17th Amendment. The original idea of state legislators picking their Senators gave the states a seat at the federal table. The Senators represented the states. We the people already have representation in the House. This is an important aspect of federalism that was eliminated and shown to be detrimental to the long term viability of our nation. It is an easy fix that would help to diminish the overbearing stance of the federal government of today.

The last topic I will discuss is an idea that is much older than our country. it is an idea that is the foundation of our common law traditions and laws. it is the idea that there can only be a crime if there is a victim. Tyranny is built upon arbitrary laws. When we allow ourselves to trade liberty for security then we have lost. Only when someone’s rights have been violated has a crime occurred. The rest is what we call liberty. Liberty is doing what you want as long as you infringe on no one else’s rights.

Traffic tickets for example. You speeding is hurting no one else. It is true that you may have an increased chance of causing harm, but no harm is found in the act itself. The true liberty application of these laws is to give tickets to only those people who actually infringe on another’s rights. If you’re involved in an accident and were speeding, you get a ticket for both. If you ran a red light and smacked into someone then you get a ticket. The idea of preemption, that you get a ticket for something that affected no one else, is an idea that invariably leads to abuse. Red light cameras are the epitome of this thought.

Drug use comes to mind along these lines also. A person who uses “illegal” drugs or too much of a “legal” drug is arrested by authorities. Who has been harmed by their actions? Them? Maybe. But they are not a victim. They made a choice which affected no one else nor infringed on anyone’s rights. The simple act of puffing on a plant in the wrong place at the wrong time can lead to jail. How is anyone else’s rights infringed if a person gets high?

Now sure, if they go and drive and get into an accident then there is a problem. You could add the driving while impaired charges rightfully at that time. If you truly think that drug use is a problem ask yourself- how is sending a person to jail and giving them a criminal record any type of assistance with their problem? This goes back to the idea of trading liberty for security. It is a very slippery slope.

It is liberty that our Founders bequeathed to us. The ability to follow your dreams wherever they may lead. The idea you can do what you want so long as you don’t infringe on anyone else’s rights. The idea that each person is best suited to determine how they should live their lives. The idea that government exists to protect our rights.

Does it create equality? Far from it. But it invariably creates prosperity where even the poorest among us live better than most of the rest of the world. It creates a society where people helping people can occur with regularity because of the abundance that is unleashed. Minimum wages? Poppycock! Income tax? Boulderdash! Inheritance tax? Rubbish! Liberty is where it is at. We have already proven where it can take us. Time to get back on the path and truly move our society forward. 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 15 and up.

 

We Hold These Truths Part 2

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 of what America exemplifies.

“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 the 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 discernable 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. 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.

Political Correctness, Idiocy and the Attacks on Our republic

The attack on western institutions, traditions and values continues in this country unabated. These attacks are perpetuated by those traitors in our midst who, through the support of a sympathetic media and useful idiots (usually simply ignorant people) in our society, are looking to institute a socialist society here in the United States of America. The transformation is well on its way and continues under the cover of political correctness and just plain stupidity. Socialism is an enemy to freedom, liberty, and prosperity. History has proven that beyond a shadow of a doubt. On the other hand, a limited government instituted exclusively to protect the rights of the people has to been shown as the best way forward to freedom and prosperity. Political correctness, idiocy and a program of indoctrination is the culprit of our ongoing demise.

Let’s begin with the attacks on white “supremacists”. Supposedly hate is bad yet these are people you are allowed to hate. It is ok to hate these people because we are told they are evil. It is politically correct to hate these people because we are told to do so by the media and some of our leaders. We are allowed to espouse and perform violence against these people because of what they supposedly think. How are the thoughts of some people, devoid of any action, infringing on your rights? How does what a person believes injure anyone? It does not. It is political correctness devoid of any reason that is the culprit. It is a campaign to silence anyone who questions the orthodoxy of the left.

More people continue to wake up to this fact. As the insane attacks continue on those people who speak out against the socialist forces attacking our republic, more people are questioning the doctrines of the enemies of America. We used to believe in free speech and freedom of assembly. Now, some in our society have a higher calling – political correctness. This is how republics are destroyed. This is how rights are eliminated and tyranny triumphs.

Robert Lee is an announcer for ESPN who was pulled off the University of Virginia’s game due solely to his name. In a surrender to political correctness, ESPN has taken this step to avoid offending anyone who will be watching the game. An ESPN spokesperson justified the removal of Lee from the announcers spot because ESPN executives “collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding.” More political correctness at work. Again, more pandering to the lowest common denominators of society and those that perpetuate the redefining of America.

Speaking of Charlottesville, it has become known that the attacks on those who were opposing the removal of the Lee statue were perpetuated by government forces who were opposed to the rally in the first place. Did you know that the protestors were denied their constitutionally protected right to peaceably assemble by the Charlottesville government and only through an injunction issued by District Court Judge, Glen Cochran, were the people opposing the removal of the statue allowed to protest and exercise their constitutionally protected rights? The left initiated violence, the police called the assembly “illegal”, withdrew and allowed the violence to escalate. The political correctness movement lead to violence once again.

Political correctness is behind the removal of these confederate statues also.  In my latest article, Civil War Truths, I expose the lie that the War for Southern Independence, a.k.a. The Civil War, was about slavery. It was about economic subjugation by the North. Yet the false narrative of slavery leads to labeling anyone who wants to protect southern heritage and the truth as white “supremacists”, “nationalists”  or the overused term “racists”. This is just more opposition to free speech under the guise of political correctness and a denial of the truth.

Our government continues to bankrupt our nation via the unconstitutional Federal Reserve and illegal expenditures. They continue to support unlawful aggression across the globe under the guise of American safety and being the world’s policeman. Our children continue to be indoctrinated with socialist dogma in our schools. Our federal government completely ignores the law of the land and issues edict after edict under the facade of the Constitution and “helping” Americans. Our government continues to redesign society through its detrimental immigration policies, and on all levels continues to grow and raises taxes to confiscatory levels to pay for that growth. We are traveling down the road to the destruction of our republic and the gift of liberty given to us by previous generations. The only thing that concerns most are trivial matters. It is no wonder our liberties are being trampled and our country transforming into a socialist atrocity.

Make no mistake – without drastic changes to our path, we will see a bloody revolution in our near future. Americans who understand liberty, unalienable rights and the Constitution will only remain peaceful for so long. I do not advocate for violence as a solution, but I see no other alternative if the tenets of political correctness are our guides in this country while the traditional values, laws and ideals are scrapped. We were bequeathed the most precious gift one generation can give to another – liberty. Americans used to understand this. Now many Americans only understand the idea of political correctness and not offending anyone. The lessons we have learned as Americans are disappearing and are being replaced by socialist teachings. Government is the problem. They are not the solution. If Americans continue to be diverted by the inconsequential then we will continue our slide into mediocrity and irrelevance. 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. It is a great tool to repudiate the leftist teachings of tyranny that many have received in schools.

Who Owns Your Life?

I thought it to be a simple question. Who owns your life? What I discovered was that many people have not really given the question any real thought. Most gave answers that they thought were correct but were easily swayed by simple questions.

By now, everyone has probably heard of the guilty verdict in the case of Michele Carter and her part in the suicide of Conrad Roy III. With her urging through text messages, Conrad committed suicide, and Michele was brought to trial and was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Most agree it was a heinous act. Urging someone to follow their dark thoughts and take their own life had no defenders. But that is where consensus ended.

Whether she was guilty of a crime brought on much contention. Free speech was brought up and argued a great deal. “How could words make her guilty when he was already contemplating suicide?” “You can’t yell fire in a movie theater so there are limits to free speech in our society.” “She took advantage of a mentally unstable person and he is dead because of it.” “She only urged him to do something he already wanted to do.” The argument went back and forth with no clear winner.

Then I asked the simple question, “Who owns your life?”  Is suicide against the law, and if so, why? To me, it was a simple concept. You and you alone own your life. That is a basic principle of liberty. If someone else owns your life, then you are a slave, and that person is your master. I thought we had finally figured that out, but it seems that some people, when faced with the idea of suicide, had changed their mind.

Suicide, in most cases, is abominable. There is nothing you can do to yourself which is worse. To end your own life is to take away the greatest right you have- the right to life. But sometimes it is the correct decision. I recognize that a life of enduring pain could drive some to this action, and rightfully so. I can fathom the notion of risking your life in a suicidal attempt to save others as some have done on the battlefield. But then you encounter other people, who, in a fit of pique, depression, or overriding passion think that suicide is their only solution. Human nature is strange and often leads people to make rash and illogical decisions. But does that make suicide a crime? Only if you want to control another person’s life.

There still is only one answer to the question though. Who owns your life? You and you alone. To claim otherwise is to say someone has a  greater right to your life, and that makes you a slave. There is no better word to describe this condition. What you do with your life is your decision. The products of your life are yours, and yours alone. This is a basic principle of liberty some seem to have forgotten.

Today, government confiscates at gunpoint (make no mistake about that) the fruits of your labor and routinely gives it to others. By taking away what you produce, they also take away that part of your life which produced it. That is not liberty. That is bondage. You are no better than the serfs who used to work the fields for their masters and were allowed to keep a portion of what they had grown, with the rest being taken from them by their rulers.

Giving freely to a person in need is charity, and is a noble practice. Having something taken from you involuntarily and giving to others is theft and is contemptible. To support this idea of robbery makes you equally disgusting. Yet, that is what is repeated every day by some who try to invoke guilt on those who are against the redistribution of wealth in which our government regularly indulges itself. The “poor,” the “needy,” the “children,” they all need our help, so some invoke the power of government to do what they perceive others will not do voluntarily. No matter the recipients of the largess, it is still theft.

No one has more right to the fruits of your labor than you do. No one owns your life, but you. Government throughout history has proven itself a poor ward for people in need. More often than not, the problems faced by those in need is created by the same government that is invoked to help those people. The government creates a problem, then others want more government to fix the problem. This is a cycle that is cruel and never ending in its operation.

There used to be a time when people helping people was the norm. Family, friends, church, and charity organizations helped those in need. Was it a perfect system? No. Was it an ethical system? Yes, it was.

Today we face the juggernaut of government and its adoring sycophants who preach the power of the state as superior to the power of the people. Is this a perfect system? No, of course not. Is it ethical? No, again is the answer. They ask for slavery in the guise of helping others. This may seem harsh but it is the truth. People helping people is the true solution.

You own your own life. Never forget that.

My usual focus is on the Constitution, but I have realized, with the urging of others around me, that some basic concepts which used to be widespread are not as well-known as they used to be. Mr. Michael Pickens, thank-you. If you are interested in liberty and returning these United States of America back to its proper trajectory of prosperity and freedom, then join me at Constitutional Cappucino. My New Book “Patriot Ammo: The Words Behind Our Flag” is also available from the site. That link will take you to the first chapter which I offer for free.

Why Is The Constitution Ignored?

Why is it that so many Americans have turned their back on the Constitution of the United States?

The clear and simple meaning of the Constitution has been allowed to be perverted or simply ignored, and there is no national conversation about it. The majority of stories in the media totally ignore the existence of the Constitution and some in Congress who, when asked about the constitutionality of a bill, scoff at the idea. Very few people, if any, call either out on their behavior.

The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land, yet it has been relegated to the back bench by too many Americans. This needs to change if we are to maintain our status as a free nation.

Congress is the only entity in our federal government that is allowed to make laws. That is confirmed by the first sentence of the Constitution. It is very clear what powers were delegated to Congress.  Article 1 Section 8 details these enumerated powers. These were powers the states originally possessed but were delegated to our newly created federal because it was determined a central authority could better do the job. These powers were described by James Madison, the “father” of the Constitution, in Federalist 45:

“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 last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the 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.”

This is the list of enumerated powers delegated by Article 1 Section 8:

“The  Congress  shall  have  Power  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;
To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;
To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;
To establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;
To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;
To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;
To establish Post Offices and post Roads;
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;
To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;
To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;
To  declare  War,  grant  Letters  of  Marque  and  Reprisal,  and  make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;
To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;
To provide and maintain a Navy;
To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;
To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
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;
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,  dockYards, and other needful Buildings;—And
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”

These are the only laws which Congress is allowed to administer. 

What is missing from above?  Education. Drug regulations. Environmental laws. Business regulations. Social Security. Automobile regulations. Food regulations. Healthcare.

Add to these enterprises the agencies that have been created illegally in our federal government. Who needs Congress when you have the EPA? Or BLM? Or the FDA? The FCC? Or ATF? OSHA? FDIC? The USDA? Homeland Security? The Department of Labor? The Department of Education? The Department of  Energy?

Those are just a few of the hundreds of agencies and departments that rule our lives and are not authorized by the Constitution.  None of these items and many more tasks the government performs is not authorized by the Constitution and are thus, by definition, unconstitutional.

Add to this argument the simple statement of the 10th Amendment:

“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.”

Why is it that we have no stories which address this problem? Nary a peep is heard when we send troops to a foreign country without a declaration of war or Congress makes a “law” concerning healthcare. Both happen too frequently, yet the dialogue we see does not ever question the legality of these actions.

Government officials break the law almost every day, yet no one is called out for their conduct. Our representatives in government take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, but no one is held to that oath. Why aren’t we the people talking about this?

It is my goal to educate people on the relevance and meaning of the Constitution of the United States of America. It is not a hard document to understand and contains the solutions to many problems we face today as a nation. Education is the cornerstone of liberty and must occur for us to once again put our country on the trajectory that has made us the most prosperous and free nation the world has ever seen.  Otherwise, we will be relegated to the scrap heap of history and join other failed nations in the gutter of historical mediocrity. We owe it to the billions of people yet to be born to pass on the gift of liberty that was bequeathed to us. Support the Constitution. Support America. Support Liberty.

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. Linked is the first chapter for your free perusal.

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’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’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 aquisition 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 have 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. They 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 10’s 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’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 lemonaid 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 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..

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 lightbulb 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 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.

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“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

President Trump. Stealth Conservative?

I am a constitutional conservative. I was a vociferous anti-Trumper during his campaign for President. I attacked him on most of what he said because of its opposition to the Constitution. His rhetoric indicated that he didn’t care about the Bill of Rights and had made  statements against every one of the ten amendments other than the 3rd. Trump on numerous occasions reminded us that he was in no way a conservative. Based on his stances on numerous issues I did not doubt the sincerity of his words.

Then came the time he actually became President.

The very first thing Trump did in office was sign an executive order which gave federal agencies the power to roll back some aspects of the Affordable Care Act. This included the individual mandate that most opposed. I applauded the move but I still had my doubts.This occurred on Friday after he took the oath to office.

The next Monday he took his pen and withdrew us from the TPP. Many criticized this plan when Obama was supporting it and I agreed that the process and result involved with this treaty was flawed. Trump had indicated during the campaign that he could and would make better deals for America and on this I did believe him. On Monday he also stated that NAFTA would be looked at and some changes made to help support America and Americans. I supported this effort but still had my doubts.

On Tuesday he got my attention. Trump signed an order reinstating the building of the Keystone XL pipeline. Ehh. He then signed an order reinstating a Reagan era ban on any foreign monetary support of abortion. More interested. But the BIG thing he addressed this day was federal hiring. He put a freeze on all federal hiring except for public safety and the military. This was done to support his “long-term plan to reduce the size of the Federal Government’s workforce through attrition.” Now I was starting to perk up to the Donald., actually taking steps to reduce the size of government. It doesn’t get much more conservative than that.

On Wednesday, the 25th, Trump really got my full attention. He signed an executive order which restarted the construction of a wall along our southern border. He further ordered the hiring of 10,000 more I.C. E. agents and 5000 more border patrols. He rescinded the order known as “catch and release” which was making efforts to combat illegal entry into the country much harder.In conjunction with his firing of Daniel Ragsdale as head of I.C.E. and his appointment of Thomas Homan, Trump began to fulfill a promise made to the American people over 3 decades old. Trump was acting on the illegal alien issue that most Americans recognize as a problem. He has actually fulfilled a campaign promise that some had criticized him for because they believed it was an empty promise.

On the eve of his first week in office, Trump put a hold on all refugee immigration, an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees and a 120 day ban on immigration from 7 countries. Liberals at this point threw a hypocritical hissy fit and a district judge blocked the order. Another campaign promise kept. I was hooked at this point.

On Monday, the 30th, Trump again performs one of the most conservative actions I have ever seen in my lifetime. He wrote an executive order stating that for every new regulation to be instituted, 2 other regulations must be rescinded. He did this to “help small business”. Trump had made previous statements saying that he wanted to “cut 75% of federal regulations”. I was a full blown supporter at this stage. Then he really sealed the deal. Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch, a recognized conservative and originalist, to the Supreme Court. Mr. Gorsuch is the perfect replacement to Scalia. This move is one that will be paying dividends for many years to come.

Recently. on Wednesday the 22nd, Trump lifted the highly controversial Obama backed transgender bathroom regulation. Another blow to liberals and their strange and destructive ideology. Another feather in his conservative cap.

What Trump is doing has made this conservative very happy. I support principles, not men, and when a man or woman supports the ideas I do then they will get my backing. When they deviate from what I think is right then I will criticize them. I am no Trumper nor am I riding on the Trump Train. What I am doing is supporting a man who has entered office, made good on his campaign promises and supported the conservative cause in the process. I still do not believe that Trump is in any way a conservative. I do think that he is just another American who sees big problems with the direction this country has taken and is trying to move us back toward prosperity. His initial acts have been conservative because that is what this country needs. I remain cautiously optimistic  about President Trump and his wish to “Make America Great Again”. If he slips I will be there to point it out but for the meantime I support President Trump from the attacks of the left and those on the right who remain anti-Trump to the point of refusing reality.

Our Constitutional Rights Under Attack in Orlando- Again!

Seems that Judge Frederick J. Lauten is no fan of the Constitution and is not a supporter of justice. On 30 December 2016, he issued an “Amended Administrative Order Governing Expressive Conduct Toward Summoned Jurors. Orange and Osceola Counties” which forbids anyone from informing potential jurors about their rights and duties as jurors. This supercedes a previous order by Judge Belvin Perry.

In an effort to “to do everything necessary to promote the prompt and efficient administration of justice” Judge Lauten seeks to “minimize activities which unreasonably disrupt, interrupt, and interfere with the fair and orderly conduct of jury trials, and the orderly and peaceable conduct of court business in a neutral forum free of actual or perceived partiality“. He further characterizes pamphlets which inform the jurors of their responsibilities as jurors as a possible violation of 918.12 of the Florida statutes- jury tampering. His line of reasoning conflates an informed juror with an attempt to tamper with a juror. Why would a judge take such an extreme stance? How can someone who is informed as to their duties and rights of a juror somehow been tampered with? Sounds to me like he prefers ignorant jurors who will perform as he wants them to perform, not as a sovereign entity that truly determines justice.

How can informing jurors of their rights and responsibilities be considered tampering? Juries are the people’s way to combat government tyranny. It is a right guaranteed to ALL Americans that whenever a criminal case or a civil case in excess of $20 is to be tried that the person has a right to trial by jury. This right is protected by the 6th and 7th Amendments to the United States Constitution. He states that “Such occurrences severely impact the court’s ability to conduct the efficient, prompt, and proper administration of justice“. How?

Juries are a huge check and balance to our justice system. The proper role of a jury is to protect people from tyrannical abuses of power by government. This is why we are guaranteed a trial by jury. The jury further is the only body who can rightfully judge a person on their guilt or innocence. Judges were never tasked with determining guilt or innocence. How can a person who works for and is paid by the system be truly impartial? The role of the judge is that of a referee in the court room insuring that justice is served, not being the instrument of said justice. This is an idea that used to be known by most but along with other civic ideas it has been flushed down the memory hole.

One of the truly egregious ideas that makes itself known in this order is the idea that someone on court “property” is somehow not protected by our Bill of Rights. “The term “courthouse complex” and any restrictions on expressive conduct contained herein shall apply to the Orange County Courthouse complex grounds, which includes the adjacent courthouse parking garage, the courthouse courtyard, and all other grounds surrounding the courthouse, from the intersection of Orange Avenue and Livingston Street, to the intersection of Livingston Street and Magnolia Avenue, to the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and Amelia Street, to the intersection of Amelia Street and Orange Avenue, to the intersection of Orange Avenue and Livingston Street. The public sidewalks that comprise the boundaries of this designated perimeter are excluded from this designation of the courthouse complex grounds.” (emphasis mine) So on “public” property it is ok to exercise your 1st Amendment rights but for some reason when one steps onto the “courthouse complex” one loses their 1st Amendment rights? And this guy is a judge?!

I wrote an article a few weeks ago detailing the arrest of Mark Schmidter and Julian Heicklen for passing out literature from the Fully Informed Jury Association. Seems that Judge Lauten is in line with Belvin Perry and is fine with restricting our rights and keeping potential jurors ignorant of why they are there and what their true duties are. He is part of the problem and needs to be opposed. The whole idea of keeping people ignorant and restricting our rights through administrative order is also repugnant. He is a judge who supposedly interested in justice. His actions and reasoning speak to another agenda however.