Direction in an Age of Confusion
20 Years of Prophecy Fulfilled
Chapter 4 (B)
'The Curse of the Republic'
It only works if you defend the Bill of Rights.
Safety & Safeguards
Amendment II. (Originally proposed as Article the 4th Amendment in 1789)
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.
What is a ‘militia’?
• a military force that is raised from the civil population to supplement a regular army in an emergency.
• a military force that engages in rebel or terrorist activities in opposition to a regular army.
• all able-bodied civilians eligible by law for military service
On July 26, 2010 I wrote this article:
Every other Wednesday night at a Firehouse, people gather to study the U.S. Constitution and other American founding documents. RC says he’s an unlikely leader for the group, a retired Merchant Marine ship’s engineer. He circled the globe over forty years, and discovered a greater love for his own country in every port. Retired in 2008, election controversies and subsequent citizen activism intrigued him. RC’s past experience was simply voting, without understanding basic principles or candidate agendas, taking the system for granted, suddenly he felt ashamed.
His first participation in a “Constitutional book study group” inspired him to become a better citizen. Short of two years, hours of study and debate, he transitioned to leadership facilitating the current study “The 5000 Year Leap” by W. Cleon Skousen. This book and power point presentation, details twenty-eight principles that guided the founding of America’s government.
Other students with diverse backgrounds, education, and careers, equally curious, spurred entry into Constitutional studies. Everyone was joining together, from every political party, unified by a desire to be better citizens, and producing bi-partisan grassroots activists.
These grassroots activists created small non-profit social welfare organizations, dedicated to the common good and general welfare of the people of the United States. As such, further their goals by educating the public and promoting the principles of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets. Most agreed not to act as endorsers of particular candidates for public office, however providing bi-partisan platforms for speaking and delivering campaign programs.
Members also transitioned to specific activities such as monitoring proposed and enacted legislations, and join peaceful, yet exuberant rallies and marches. Dedicated grassroots members believe being pro-active will secure a stable future for their families and fellow citizens across the country.
Media has branded them ‘Tea Party’; ten memberd of this study group disagreed with mass labeling. Instead, they are part of groups called Patriots, Refounders, and many others, similar to the National Federation of Tea Party, all representative of a diverse America.
The debates within the group gathering are lively, eloquent, and knowledgeable. Often voicing heated opposing views regarding interpretations of rights, liberties, or implementations in contemporary life. Ages eighteen to eighty, racially diverse, multi-faith, argue, not always respectfully, but ultimately agree, it’s the process that is important, their vote is the outstanding voice that makes a difference.
Commentary: --moving forward from 2010, to Year 2020, overall, these groups agreed on three governing documents, The Declaration of Independence, The U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights the First Ten Amendments, and the following ones are the rules of governance for a Republic, to protect ‘people’ from despots, criminals, and predators.
Within these same groups, if you search the internet, their websites are gone, doors are closed, and their leaders & members burdened with accusations, slander, threatened, maligned and ‘censored’.
And one of the main tenets of their ‘faith in government’ was its protections, including the Right to Bear ‘Arms’ independently to protect themselves, families and fellow countrymen, from ‘takeovers’ and assist with legally formed and armed Militias.
Let us remember this, the American Revolution began with colonials resisting a government (detailed in the Declaration of Independence), forming ‘militias’, to from a more perfect union, that has become one of the most respected, honored and entry by others, fleeing from anarchy, communism, fiefdoms, and where they were not allowed to bear arms to defend themselves.
My father, a three war veteran, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, taught me how to defend myself with firearms when I was fourteen. He had witnessed the results of brutal abuse, rape, and torment inflicted on women and children in other parts of the world. He was also a member of a registered, listed, legal militia of citizens to assist with the defense of his neighbors and friends, in the ‘unlikely’ event that his rural community was ever assaulted by the same people who are assaulting communities around our country right now – a lack of law and order.
Dad wasn’t a prophet in 2010 when he died, but he was certainly right about the future well-being of his country.
The 5000 Year Leap
The 5000 Year Leap: The 28 Great Ideas That Changed the World, W. Cleon Skausen,
National Center for Constitutional Studies, 2006, 1981 1st edition, 337 pages Malta, Idaho
National Center for Constitutional Studies
The Federalist Papers
III. Quality of Life
Quality of Life: 1) Areas of Change, 2) Basis, 3) Methods of Change, and 4) Intended Results
Safety & Safeguards
The Federalist Papers
The Bill of Rights
• "nothing less than the existence of the UNION”
• capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice
• disunion is viewed as the prologue to foreign intrigue, military establishments, and civil war
• dangers of foreign influence & force
• the necessary constitutional means and personal motives to resist
• the means of defense must be "commensurate to the danger of attack”
Method of Change:
• States should either be wholly disunited, or
• only united in partial confederacies, then subdivisions (electoral vote)
• have frequent and violent contests with each other
• rival-ship and competitions of commerce
• different leaders ambitiously contending for pre-eminence and power;
• divided mankind into parties, inflamed them with mutual animosity,
• factious tempers, of local prejudices, or of sinister designs, by intrigue, by corruption, or
• by other means, betray the interests, of the people
• common motive to invade the rights of other citizens
• spread a general conflagration through the other States & its residents
• reach almost the last stage of national humiliation
• imminent peril for the preservation of our political existence
• no troops, nor treasury, nor government to defend individuals
• oppose general considerations of peace and justice to the impulse of any immediate interest or passion
• nourish the intrigues of foreign nations
Finally according to The Federalist Papers page 76, paragraph 3:
This penalty, whatever it may be, can only be inflicted in two ways: by the agency of the courts and ministers of justice, or by military force; by the COERCION of the magistracy, or by the COERCION of arms. The first kind can evidently apply only to men; the last kind must of necessity, be employed against bodies politic, or communities, or States. It is evident that there is no process of a court by which the observance of the laws can, in the last resort, be enforced. Sentences may be denounced against them for violations of their duty; but these sentences can only be carried into execution by the sword. In an association where the general authority is confined to the collective bodies of the communities, that compose it, every breach of the laws must involve a state of war; and military execution must become the only instrument of civil obedience. Such a state of things can certainly not deserve the name of government, nor would any prudent man choose to commit his happiness to it.
Now, it is time to decide your answers to these questions:
What was your life like twenty years ago? Ten years ago? Five?
Is your life better or worse? Quality of life, peace, stability, health, in what ways….
Is society and community around you is as a whole, better or worse?
If your life and the lives of your children or family, in the future is to be determined by your decisions and actions of ‘today’, --what are you going to change? Or do?
Because.. it doesn’t have to be this way…
We can get back to the ‘Safety & Safeguards’ Basics….