Part Three: It is Not a Question of “IF”, but “WHEN”
Great nations and empires throughout the history of man have fallen and crumbled to dust when their leaders and their people lost sight of the principles upon which they were founded. Those leaders rarely believed it to be possible, as they were so absorbed in their own self importance and indulgence that they were blind to the signs and signals of what was going on around them. By the time they recognized that their nations were collapsing, it was too late.
Our current socialist leaders in Washington exhibit the same kind of blindness today. They believe the change that they intend to bring about will go unchallenged and become accepted by the masses without question. They spend at a rate that would make Robert Mugabe envious, they mandate national programs (government controlled) that would make Karl Marx smile with approval and they would suspend our Constitutional freedoms in the name of domestic and national security with a brutal deviousness that would make Joseph Stalin jealous.
Our founding fathers struggled long and hard in the development and final writing of our Constitution and it has served our country well for over two hundred years. Our foremost founding father, George Washington, stated: “It is because the people are civilized, that they are with safety armed. It is an effect of their conscious dignity, as citizens enjoying equal rights that they wish not to invade the rights of others. The danger (where there is any) from armed citizens is only to the government, not to society, and as long as they have nothing to revenge in the government (which they cannot have while it is in their own hands) there are many advantages in their being accustomed to the use of arms and no possible disadvantage.”
The distinguished English jurist William Blackstone wrote in his commentaries: ”The right of self-defense is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up and when the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.”
Yet, the Congresswomen from California and their cabal of liberal (insert corrupt, if you like) politicians from Chicago would strip American citizens of their right to bear arms. In fact, they would totally re-write the Constitution in their own image. We would like to remind these ladies that Thomas Jefferson stated: ”No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
In an 1886 opinion, U.S. Supreme Court Justice William B. Woods wrote: "It is undoubtedly true that all citizens capable of bearing arms constitute the reserved military force or reserve militia of the United States as well as of the States and, in view of this prerogative of the general government, as well as of its general powers, the States cannot, even laying the constitutional provision out of view, prohibit the people from keeping and bearing arms, so as to deprive the United States of their rightful resource for maintaining public security and disable the people from performing their duty to general government."
Even in light of Justice Woods’ opinion, one female representative from California, who truly hates this country, stated that it is not a question of IF they will ban our firearms, but WHEN. She went on to say that she would choose the time and place. This woman makes “Patsy Pink” look positively conservative.We would also like to remind those in Washington who would liken themselves to Abraham Lincoln that he said: “The people of these United States are the rightful masters of both Congresses and (the) courts--not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert that constitution.”
Bet you didn’t know that Lincoln was such a “radical.” If Lincoln were alive today, the powers-that-be in Washington would have him on their Terrorist Watch List. However, having lead this nation through its first Civil War, Lincoln knew that a house divided against itself cannot stand.
The ideological divisions in America are expanding on a daily basis. How long will it be before it is impossible to bridge the abyss? No one can say, but the divide is there and growing. Lincoln pretty well said it all when he stated: “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
Our question to you, our readers, regardless of whether you are Independent, Libertarian, Democrat or Republican: Are you willing to risk the destruction of our country by allowing the folks in Washington to erode your freedoms? Even if you do not personally own or use firearms, recognize that if they can take away your Second Amendment Rights, they can take away all of your Constitutional Rights. Which rights will be next and where will it end?
Copyright 2009 by Dr. Jim Clary. All rights reserved.