Tag Archives: Bill of Rights

Advanced Placement U. S. History textbook has re-written the 2nd Amendment

by Doug Book,  editor

An Advanced Placement history textbook used at Guyer High School in Denton, Texas has a brand new 2nd Amendment for students to absorb. Apparently the Founders were all wrong in the edition they added to the Bill of Rights.

Actual 2nd Amendment: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Textbook version: “The people have a right to keep and bear arms in a state militia.”

Obviously not simply a mistake, this goes well beyond being disgraceful. Who does the purchasing of textbooks for Guyer and other schools in Texas?  In how many school districts will this dangerous text be found? Dangerous because it’s an obvious attempt to brainwash teens–impressionable kids.  And this being an AP text, the attempt is clearly being made against the schools BEST students!

Contact information for the Guyer School is included in the Daily Paul article. Make your opinion known!

Source:

http://www.dailypaul.com/299365/high-school-ap-history-book-rewrites-the-2nd-amendment

“We the People” are America’s sovereigns, NOT her subjects

by Doug Book,  editor

“The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.” (1)
Thomas Jefferson

For more than a century, members of Washington DC’s political ruling class have treated the American people–the true sovereigns of this nation–like subjects, useful only on Election Day and for the payment of unsustainable obligations. These self-anointed patricians have abused the authority of their office and of the Constitution while dramatically expanding the size of a government whose powers the Founders had sought to define, enumerate and constrain. Unfortunately, our elected representatives discovered that as the power of government grows, so does their own.

Two hundred years ago it was the People who demanded a manageable central government based upon a Constitution–a legal document– which would prevent that government running roughshod over the governed. During the debates on ratifying that Constitution, Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee said: “It goes on the principle that all power is in the people, and that rulers have no powers but what are enumerated in that paper [the Constitution].” “Is it enumerated in the Constitution? If it be, it is legal and just. It is otherwise arbitrary and unconstitutional.” (2)

In the ratifying instrument itself, Virginia delegates did “…declare and make known that the powers granted under the Constitution, being derived from the People of the United States may be resumed by them whensoever the same shall be perverted to their injury or oppression and that every power not granted therefore remains with them and at their will…” (3)

That is, the power granted the central government by the people of Virginia may be “resumed”–taken back by the people–should the government at any time attempt to misuse that great authority which it had been granted.

In fact, so widespread was the belief that the Constitution could not guarantee the rights of the American people that the Bill of Rights including the 10th Amendment were added to the document in order that Virginia might vote to ratify.

Today the 10th Amendment may be among the most overlooked. Two hundred years ago,  states refused to ratify the Constitution itself unless the 10 Amendment was made part of it.

The 10th Amendment states:

“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.” (4)

In 200 years, Americans have gone form defeating a Kingdom to watching the calculated bartaring away of their Constitutionally  guaranteed rights for political advantage; from reigning as the sovereigns of a nation to merely existing as its subjects.

The Founders fully expected the American people to rise up against any tyrant who would threaten their liberty. We have betrayed their faith and our posterity.

Will enough Americans one day remember who they truly are and what their Constitution guarantees? Will they undertake the necessary struggles to once again become the nation’s sovereigns? 

Sources:

(1) http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/two-enemies-people-are-criminals-and-governmentquotation

(2) http://www.christianworldviewofhistoryandculture.com/page/420347616

(3) http://www.usconstitution.net/rat_va.html

(4) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

FEMA and the National Guard–working for or against the American public?

by George Spelvin,  staff writer

A nationwide flu outbreak could be a sufficient excuse to call up the National Guard Rapid Response Parallel support module to take control of a “national emergency” with possible declaration of martial law protocols. According to a North Carolina police lieutenant, in some three to six months declarations of martial law could be made throughout the nation.  In a two part radio broadcast aired by a Virginia pastor, Lieutenant McCoy has attracted the attention of more than 20,000 listeners.  “We’re in huge trouble,” he says as he calls up memories of white, granite gravestones all over Europe; gravestones marking the final resting place of veterans who died “for us” during World War II. (1)

Tragically, many of our veterans are now referred to as potential “domestic terrorists” by President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security. Men who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan have been declared “risks” should they choose to purchase a firearm for private use.  A devout Christian, the 31 year lawman tells listeners, “I cry. . .when guns are gone, you won’t be able to worship the Creator. . .gone. . . Freedoms gone.”  (2)

When Katrina made its way through New Orleans leaving portions of the city in ruins, George Bush praised FEMA director Michael Brown, saying “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.” (3) It was an incredible statement given the display of incompetence not only by FEMA, but by federal agencies throughout the bureaucracy. Residents of New York City can attest to the fact that things have not improved given that providing water to victims of Sandy was too complicated a task for federal relief agencies DAYS after the hurricane had passed through the area.

Perhaps it’s time to ask the true purpose of FEMA and other federal agencies.  When the necessity arises, National Guard Units under martial law paradigms will be rolled out for “control of widespread domestic unrest.”  A 2009 report discusses something called a Stability Police Force resembling a hybrid military/ law enforcement entity created “under the guise of controlling domestic riots.”  Use of National Guard units became familiar to residents of New Orleans during the Katrina episode, so citizens may initially not consider it unusual to see guard members serving along with FEMA in these 10 regions. (4)

Executive Orders, “…have been on the books for a half century now, empowering the Federal Emergency Management Agency to take control of everything from public and private communications, energy and transportation to housing and more.” (5) And since 9/11, the president has been given nearly limitless power, permitting officers of the Executive branch to ignore completely the constitutional rights of the American people.

In March of 2012, Barack Obama created Executive Order number 13603, entitled National Defense Resources Preparedness. “In this Executive Order, Obama essentially gave himself the authority to declare Martial Law in times of war or peace.” War OR Peace! No longer will the federal government need the excuse of a disaster to impose its full will and authority on the American public!  (5)

Lieutenant McCoy was right when he observed that “we’re in huge trouble!” The question is, will We the People have the courage to reclaim our constitutional rights?

(1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAVGkU7_OQ4

(2) http://www.examiner.com/article/homeland-security-s-outrageous-insult-to-veterans-conservatives-and-firearms-owners

(3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lssbAwu-OtE

(4) http://www.morningliberty.com/2010/07/28/martial-law-10-regions-for-u-s-are-ready/

(5) http://www.newswithviews.com/Weeks/darren114.htm

Republicans take note: Don’t sell us out on protecting the 2nd Amendment or you’ll be sorry

By Derrick Hollenbeck, staff writer

The Republicans in Congress look like they are about to sell us out on the question of protecting the Second Amendment. The way they took a dive on the “fiscal cliff” gives us an idea of what they will probably do when confronted with Barack Obama’s fearsome attacks on gun ownership. They won’t listen to us. They will jump as high as the media and Obama tells them to and count themselves lucky if they aren’t singled out as a Hillbilly and an ogre for opposing “common sense” gun control.

According to a newly released report, based on the results of a major sampling of conservatives–the kind of people who vote in Republican primaries–if this scenario plays out many Republicans might be in for a rude awakening.

The survey on attitudes toward the Second Amendment was conducted by The Blaze a website run by Glenn Beck.  The 106 questions it posed made it a very extensive probe of the issue.   It drew almost 5 million responses from almost 3 million people. Not surprisingly 100% believe owning a gun is a right.

Of direct importance to Republicans, 85% are over 34 years old and four of five are homeowners. Furthermore 78% are parents; three of four are married and almost 75% are veterans or have a family connection to our military. Over seven in ten are males and nearly two in three are gun owners themselves.

The level of interest in protecting the right to own guns is so high among these very likely Republican primary voters that when given a chance they contributed 86 questions that were pointed enough to be added to the survey.

There is little chance that the media will take note of this data because it doesn’t fit into their template. They have used fake “polls” to lie and tell us people want gun control. They have made their position abundantly clear by even publishing the home addresses of licensed honest gun owners.

Nevertheless, liberal journalists don’t run in Republican primaries. Those who do, or realize they could, ought to take note of this message from the Republican base.

    Source: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/01/13/poll-results-blaze-readers-on-guns-and-the-second-amendment/

 

It’s time patriots declare Victory in the 2nd Amendment war

by Doug Book,  staff writer

Though it’s doubtful anyone will hear much about it, neither lawmakers, judges or even a president has the constitutional authority to infringe upon the inalienable right of the American people to keep and bear arms.

One hundred thirty eight years ago, the Supreme Court wrote that the right to keep and bear arms “…is not a right granted by the Constitution. Neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence.”  (1)

The case was the United States v Cruikshank and the Court made it clear that the right to keep and bear arms is an inalienable right, God-given and independent of any mandatory approbation by men or their laws for its force and legitimacy

The Founders were so certain as to the absolute nature of these inalienable rights in the Bill of Rights that Alexander Hamilton suggested in Federalist No. 84 that it was unnecessary even to make them a part of the written Constitution. “For why declare that things shall not be done which there is no power to do,” he wrote, clear in his assertion that men have no authority to meddle with rights deriving from God and nature. (2)

All these years later, the Court has not changed its attitude about the inalienable rights of the American people. In the majority opinion of D.C. v Heller, the Court states that the 2nd Amendment “codifies” the pre-existing right to keep and bear arms, it does not “give” us that right. “[I]t has always been widely understood that the Second Amendment, like the First and Fourth Amendments, codified a pre-existing right. The very text of the Second Amendment implicitly recognizes the pre-existence of the right and declares only that it “shall not be infringed.” (1)

Yet for decades it has been the aim of gun-banning lawmakers and left-wing jurists to transform the 2nd Amendment into a nonsensical hodgepodge.  Children are killed by a psychopath and the left is pleased to claim that “assault weapons” must be responsible and should therefore be banned; “high capacity” magazines are deemed unnecessary for hunting and this somehow means they must be outlawed; individuals thought to be  “too dedicated” to the Constitution are accused of being potential domestic terrorists and for some unknown reason, Libertarians and veterans are not to be trusted as gun owners. It’s an extraordinary mix of non sequiturs designed to add confusion to the 27 word, 2nd Amendment. (3)      

Well the Founders of this nation saw nothing complicated about the right of the American people to keep and bear arms, for theirs was a lesson of cruel experience learned from the British enemy during the Revolution. The British knew that disarming the colonies would mean an end to any war and they focused all of their efforts on the capture of weapons, powder and ball. Surely this is a concept simple enough even for Diane Feinstein—disarm an enemy and they will become the easy prey of a would-be tyrant.

For the Founders, the right to keep and bear arms became nothing more complicated than “…the right of armed self-defense against tyranny.” Indeed, that was the purpose of the right as later expressed in the 2nd Amendment. And in spite of the best efforts of modern hoplophobes and would-be tyrants to confuse the issue, it has not changed to this day.  (4)

It’s past time for American patriots to tell the left that issues concerning the right to keep and bear arms were decided long ago and in our favor. We will tolerate no further aggression against our inalienable right to defend our families, our lives and our property from the treachery of thieves, liars and tyrants who populate the Democrat Party.

To paraphrase Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars: “If you don’t try to steal our guns, we won’t kill you.” What could be fairer than that!

(1) http://www.examiner.com/article/old-usa-today-poll-asks-wrong-question-on-second-amendment?CID=examiner_alerts_article

(2) http://patriotpost.us/alexander/3119/print

(3) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

(4) http://dancingczars.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/why-british-gun-control-failed-during-the-revolutionary-war-and-why-it-will-certainly-faill-again-when-we-the-people-stand-up-to-defend-the-u-s-constitution/#more-72662