Individual Rights

I was reminded today in some of my readings of an old saying that had been around since the early 1800's.

It's called The Four Boxes of Liberty.

What are the Four Boxes of LIberty?

They are as follows:

The Soapbox

The Jury Box

The Ballot Box

The Ammo Box

We will return to the Four Boxes shortly. First let's take a look at why the Four Boxes are needed and where we stand in using them.

The Founders stated many times that for us to keep the government they had given us we would have to be involved in our government. We would need to pay attention to what it was doing and how it was doing things. We were told to know what our rights and liberties where so that if the government we to attempt to hinder and of those rights or liberties we would immediately recognize it and put a stop to it before it went any farther.

Needless to say we have not done that to any great degree which is why we find ourselves today in as bad or worse shape than the colonies under the King of England.

Let's examine the Founders reasons for declaring our independence from England and see how closely they relate to us today. I'll quote from the Declaration of Independence directly and apply it to the present. Buckle in, this is going to be a rough, but eye opening ride.

"He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good."

At present we are inundated with law. It is said that the average person breaks three laws per day without even realizing it. So we have just the opposite but just as burdensome if not even more so.

"He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and, when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them."

Basically this sounds like the King was just doing whatever he wanted, whenever it suited him. Does that sound like anyone today? I won't call any names but the initials are Obama.

"He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them, and formidable to tyrants only."

Trying to force and coerce people into situations that don't benefit them. Sounds all to familiar doesn't it.

"He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures."

Government making things as difficult as possible for us to get things done through the system. Yep.

"He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing, with manly firmness, his invasions on the rights of the people."

Destroying parts of government that actually work for us. Yep. Being vindictive if we oppose government. Yep.

"He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining, in the mean time, exposed to all the dangers of invasions from without and convulsions within."

Government dragging it's feet when action is needed to do something positive for us. Yep. Putting us in danger at times by not acting and acting properly. Yep.

"He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands."

Messing with immigration and land management in ways that hurt rather than help us as a Country. A BIG affirmative.

"He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers."

Refusing to follow the law of the land. Yep.

"He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries."

Used judges to manipulate the law and justice. Yep. Bought and paid for judges to do the will of government. Yep.

"He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance."

Established a MULTITUDE of new bureaucracies to rule us with SWARMS of officials to harass us. OH YES DEFINITELY. The czars come immediately to mind.

"He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies, without the consent of our legislatures."

Militarized police force. Ever expanding government agencies armed to the teeth. Definitely.

"He has affected to render the military independent of, and superior to, the civil power."

Our military is being manipulated go against the civil power of We The People and to serve only the government itself. Yep

"He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution and unacknowledged by our laws, giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:"

Subjecting us to UN rules and other treaties against our will. OH YES!

"For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us;" Yep

"For protecting them, by a mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states;" Oh yes, on a regular basis.

"For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world;"

Our trade with the rest of the world is so messed up it ridiculous.

"For imposing taxes on us without our consent;"

Over and over and over again.

"For depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury;"

NDAA comes to mind immediately.

"For transporting us beyond seas, to be tried for pretended offenses;"

We very easily could be shipped off to some black hole somewhere without our consent. Yep.

"For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries, so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these colonies;"

Manipulating laws in a way that suits their needs at any time they see fit. Yep.

"For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments;"

This is a biggie. Ignoring our Constitution. YES!

"For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever"

Taking powers never given to them. Enumerated powers anyone? Yep.

"He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us."

Definitely waging wage on us. Particularly Christians.

"He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people."

This government has done all those things both physically and financially.

"He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation, and tyranny already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation."

Open borders allowing terrorist to knowingly come in. Releasing captured terrorist to go back and fight against us. Encouraging a race war. Yep.

"He has constrained our fellow-citizens, taken captive on the high seas, to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands."

Coercing and forcing citizens to turn on fellow citizens. Yes.

"He has excited domestic insurrection among us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes, and conditions."

Most definitely inciting a race war along with encouraging terrorist to freely come here.

So that concludes the list of grievances in the Declaration of Independence. Pretty shocking comparison isn't it. Told you it would be a rough ride.

When I began making that comparison, I thought maybe I would find a few of the grievances that would be applicable to today but to find that they ALL are VERY applicable shocked even me.

So now that you have seen that comparison, let's return to the Four Boxes of Liberty.

As I said before, the Founders told us that we would have to be involved.

The Soapbox, the Jury Box, The Ballot Box, and the Ammo Box merely describe ways that we can be involved in controlling our government. Let's look at each option.

The soapbox fits great with the internet. I makes speaking our minds much easier and to a much broader audience. It seems to be having some affect on waking people up but so far is hasn't had any affect on the government itself. I would say it is minimally effective at this point. Since the internet can be shutdown at any time by the government now, it's effectiveness could be severely limited or almost completely stopped.

The jury box has not proven very effective in limiting government in any way. Since the government controls the judicial system for the most part, we are extremely limited in what we are able to accomplish through the jury box. We could make some difference if we used the technique of jury nullification to resist some of the unconstitutional laws we get charge with but that would have minimal affect too I think.

The ballot box in all honesty, at this point, is a joke. Our votes mean little to nothing in federal elections. No matter what party gets elected, it's basically the same ruinous policies. The republicans are fully demonstrating that right now. The only real option we have in this box is local and State elections. We need to try hard to get people in office locally and at the State levels that will stand between us and the federal government when that time comes. Sheriff's are especially important to focus on in most States.

Now we come to the dreaded ammo box. This is a  subject that most everyone avoids. I certainly understand that. Keep in mind though that the ammo box refers to non-violent civil disobedience too. That is where this option must start. We should only move past civil disobedience if forced to defend ourselves.

Thinking now back to our list of grievances how could we not be using ALL the methods available to us right now? If our Founders felt justified in declaring their independence from the most powerful Country at that time, how much more should we resist and declare we will not comply, we will not obey, we will not submit.

The Founders stated in the Declaration how they felt about us controlling our government. They said we have a DUTY to make whatever changes we see fit, just as they did. They set the example for us to follow.

To further cement that thought, I'll quote John Jay in who he thinks has the power in our Country. He said:

“Your lives, your liberties, your property, will be at the disposal only of your Creator and yourselves. You will know no power but such as you will create; no authority unless derived from your grant; no laws but such as acquire all their obligation from your consent. … Security is also given to the rights of conscience and private judgment. They are by nature subject to no control but that of the Deity. … Every man is permitted to consider, to adore, and to worship his Creator in the manner most agreeable to his conscience. …”

“The people are the sovereign of this country.”

So here we have the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court telling us that WE are the supreme law of the land. WE are the creators of the federal government and therefore the most powerful entity in this Country. We are "the sovereign of this country.”

Why oh WHY are we then acting like peasant serfs or slaves in chains already?

We most certainly have choices to make. If we don't make the right ones and take action soon we WILL be slaves in chains, some of us literally and others figuratively.

I'm just as disgusted as most everyone else at the actions of the THUGS in the Baltimore riots and other places. Yes, there's that word liberals, they are what they are and intentionally changing the meanings of words does not change the actions of the people involved.

Several things have brought me to the thoughts I'm having right now but mainly the rioting and an online conversation with a person on  http://theconservativetreehouse.com/. The conversation did not have anything directly to do with the rioting but in the most basic way it did.

Ignorance!

Ignorance of our Founding Documents. Ignorance of our history. Ignorance of human nature. Most importantly ignorance of God and Christianity.

There is no way in one article I could ever broach all those subjects so I will focus on just a couple, Christianity and our Founding Documents.

We will begin with the obvious. The THUGS that are taking part in these riots and destruction have no knowledge of the Christian faith and are ignorant of it's teachings. Their actions of wantonly destroying and stealing other people's property is all the evidence that is needed. They are ignorant because they have never been taught in the majority of cases. They have instead been taught anger and hate and this is where that brings them to at this point in their life. At a point where their actions very possibly will have serious and possibly deadly consequences.

The failure to give them the knowledge to cure their ignorance can be blamed on many sources, the parent(s), the education system, the government, and many others.

Honestly though, the blame lies with you and me. Those of us who love our God and Country. WE have allowed this to happen. WE have brought these young THUGS to the streets and possibly to their deaths. I  say that not to instill guilt but responsibility. We are all responsible for our own actions and choices, they made theirs and we made ours. Unfortunately, the consequences of OUR actions or rather inaction have in many ways allowed their actions to happen.

We have sat quietly as our God has been forgotten and our Country have been slowly turned into this cesspool of evil human animals. Animals who have no respect for anything or anybody. Who love nothing but themselves and their own lusts for stuff, other people's stuff.

We did not do what was needed when they took prayer out of the schools. Began killing innocent unborn. Destroyed the family. Denigrated, persecuted, and now prosecuted Christianity. We continue to do very little or nothing.

From the point this started, mainly in the mid 1960's until now we have basically done nothing. We've sat quietly "turning the other cheek." In other words, we have supported this evil. We have condoned it. We have CAUSED IT and are as guilty as those that implemented it. No, I say we are MORE guilty because we knew better. We KNEW it was wrong, yet we stood by silently and allowed this evil to take hold.

My wonderful father and I frequently have conversations about such things since he is a minister of many years. Recently we were discussing the old testament and how God instructed the nation of Israel to utterly destroy the evil that surrounded them. Not to accept it and allow it into their midst, otherwise they would be affected by it. Naturally, Israel did not obey and always suffered the consequences. Such is human nature, we usually don't learn from our previous actions and then repeat them because we humans are evil by nature.

Those of us that are Christians are in a CONSTANT battle against evil. We can never rest. We can never stop. We are seeing now the results of being lulled to sleep and ceasing our battle. We are now suffering the consequences of our action through inaction. Yes, inaction IS an action too.

This inaction has to stop. We as Christians are not called to turn our cheeks against evil and ignore it. We are to fight it with everything we have and are. Sometimes that is a spiritual fight and sometimes that is a physical fight, but we are to fight with Christ at our side and in our hearts.

What this inaction has also lead to is the destruction of our Constitution and the rule of law in our Country. This has lead to total ignorance about how we were created and what we once stood for.

In the online conversation I reference above, I saw, as I often do, the pure hatred and ignorance of Christianity and our Constitution. The person I was talking with did everything in their power to destroy Christianity and to prove that it had nothing to do with our Country and our Constitution. Of course they were not able to do that because the facts do not support that. However, what it did highlight, yet again, is the utter ignorance of the Constitution and the Founders intentions contained in it.

Just one statement the person made pretty much summed up their ignorance. They stated 8 out of 10 Ten Commandments were unconstitutional.

There were many other statements but I focus on that one because it shows the depth of ignorance most of the Country exists in concerning the Constitution and our form of government.

What that statement shows is that this person has no concept of the Constitution as written. Notice I said, as written, not as INTERPRETED.

The Constitution was written for one reason, to establish our federal government and place limitations on IT, NOT US.

That one statement exposes the biggest lie that has been taught about our Constitution, that the Constitution applies to we the people. IT DOES NOT except where WE GAVE the federal government SPECIFIC enumerated powers to act on our behalf. In ALL other areas the States and WE THE PEOPLE retain EVERYTHING ELSE. PERIOD. THE END. NO DISCUSSION! Twisting that concept is what has allowed the government to do what they have done and use the Constitution AGAINST us instead of to PROTECT us.

Stop for a moment and ponder that concept in light of the happenings in Baltimore and other places. These ignorant people are actually protesting for the wrong reasons and just don't realize it because of their ignorance. If they only understood the above concept, they might be protesting  but they would be doing it because of what the government TRULY has taken from them, their liberty and freedom.

That one concept, applied as intended,  would negate most, if not all, of the laws that put so many blacks and other needlessly in jail for things made unlawful by a government seeking to support itself and not it's people. If that were done, the shootings by police would not be happening because the police would have very few LEGAL reasons to arrest someone.

Unconstitutional laws would not be in place.

Police would not be militarized, to powerful, and beyond the law.

Government would not be in control of our daily lives.

See how our ignorance and inaction had so damaged us?

Had we been awake and prudent in our protection of our faith and our Constitution we would not be in this situation now. We would not have ignorant young people protesting about the wrong things and placing themselves needlessly in danger for something that never should have happened.

So what's the solution?

As always, ignorance is curable with knowledge.

We must regain our vigilance and take action to provide this knowledge in any way possible. The knowledge of our God and the knowledge of our Founding Documents.

Then and only then can the people of this Country make decisions based on the proper context. Then we will have the knowledge of the standards and principles that made this Country great. Then and ONLY then will we be able to recover and rebuild what we have lost, our liberty and freedom.

The road is long but the time is short.

That's right. There is only one way out of the horrible situations we are in, in America. There also is only one group of people that can facilitate our way out.

That single group of people is Godly pastors.

Our history has proven quite well that when we follow Godly principles we prosper and when we don't, well, look at us now and you have your answer.

Let's use my usual technique to look at why I say this. Let's use some logic and common sense.

At the time of the first American Revolution there was a strong pastoral influence. Many pastors were actively involved in teaching strong Godly standards along with the principles of individual freedom and liberty. There was what was called the Black Robe Brigade. Pastors that were actively involved in the revolution.

Their influence on the people and the politics of that time were huge and undeniable. In my opinion, and I think history bears this out, they were the main reason for our success and the success of the Revolution as a whole.

Look at the French revolution that happened around the same time and the outcome of it. The biggest difference was that their revolution was not based on Godly principles and it turned into something very evil.

The first American Revolution on the other hand, though bloody, as any war is, did not turn into the evil that was seen in the French revolution. The simple reason for that is that we were a Godly people at that time.

So, as is easily seen in those historic examples, and many more if you wish to research them, anytime a people move away from Godly principles, even if they are fighting for a just cause, the end result is not going to be good. Human nature is basically evil. We are the most vicious creature on this planet. If we do not follow Godly principles then it never fails, our most horrible tendencies come to the forefront, especially in times of war. History bears me out on that fact.

So back to my original statement, there is only one way out of our current predicament, Godly pastors MUST lead us.

I hear many state that we must fight for our freedoms. I do not disagree with that assertion but I do disagree with the timing. If we were to fight now, I fear we will go the way of the French revolution and not the way of the First American Revolution. We would likely be trading one tyrant for another because there is not a strong enough Godly force in this Country to keep that from happening.

We are no longer a Godly people as a whole. The American church is as the old saying goes, "luke warm".

Those of us that love our Country and want it to return to what our Founders intended it to be must join with strong and Godly pastors to cause a revival of Godly principles in this Country. Instead of being "luke warm" the American church must be on fire.

Even, those that hate this Country know and realize this. Why else do they work so hard to destroy Christianity and it's principles? They realize if we regain our Godly standards as a Country, they don't have a chance.

So the bottom line is this. If we want our Country to yet again be great, we must get on our knees first. Then we must encourage and follow our strong Godly pastors as they lead the way back.

Pastors, it's time to step up and do your job with boldness and we'll have your backs.

What choices do we have left to us to regain even a small part of our lost freedom?

Seriously think about that for a moment. What choices do we have?

Has voting worked?

Nope. No matter who we put in office, government gets bigger, more powerful, and takes more of our freedom. So that choice is out.

Writing and calling our representatives AFTER they have been voted for? See above, same answer. So that choice is out.

Doing nothing and hoping it will all work out? Well, that is mostly what we've been doing for decades now and how's that choice working for us? It's not, so that choice is out.

Revolution/rebellion? That choice is still on the table and hasn't been tried in 230+ years. It worked the last time but there are no guarantees now. We're a different people now than we were then. Not as moral. Not as hardy and tough both mentally and physically. We're basically just wimps overall. Even the military is being beaten into submission. This is still an option but not one I really want to see happen until every other single choice we have has been exhausted.

I'm open to suggestions here but as I see it we really have only one choice other than revolution. Withdrawing our consent to be governed by a corrupt and tyrannical government. As the old saying goes, just say NO.

That's what I've really been talking about the past couple of days. Withdrawing our consent to be governed. NO government can exist in that situation. If the people refuse to be governed the government dies, it's that simple. That's not to say it's easy though but what are our other options? I'm listening.  (crickets chirping.........)

We have to, as a society, begin removing our consent in every way we possibly can. Stop feeding the monster. PERIOD!

I'm going to list a few ways we can start doing this. Yesterday I talked about gaining knowledge to start becoming self sustaining. That's the place to start but granted that takes time. We need things we can also do immediately that will make a difference. Here are a few I think would be a good start.

1.  Stop using credit cards and no new debt. Pay cash for everything possible or at a minimum write a check. This hurts the big banks which hurts the government. Heck, the big banks ARE the government or is it the other way around. I've lost track of who owns who. Either way they are the same monster. In fact, stop using banks all together except for the bare minimum to pay the necessary bills. Why leave any extra funds in the banks for them to use? It's safer in your pocket or buried in the back yard. They pay you no interest for it why feed them just to risk having it confiscated at some point?

2.  Start immediately to get out of debt. Whatever it takes. Rice and beans, beans and rice. Eat them, Love them. Same reason as above.

3.  Support your local economy. Stop buying outside your community. Stop with the foreign suppliers like walmart and others. Buy local and american made if possible. This hurts the importers which hurts the government. It also hurts the big corporations like walmart which support big government because of corporate welfare and subsidies. If you can, barter for goods. As you learn more skills, swap them to people for goods and services you need. This keeps dollars out of government hands and in the hands that earned them. Over time this is a HUGE way to take back freedom. Multiple statewide and national barter networks would cause havoc within the government.

4.  Even though I feel voting is generally a waste of time now  I will say this, forget about federal elections we have no impact there. Get local. Focus on getting people in control of your local city and county governments that believe in small government and individual rights. Run yourselves if necessary but make it happen. Next, State and take the same approach. In one election cycle many local and state governments could be turned very conservative if we tried. We have no time left to wait and see if someone else does it. YOU must do it.

5.  Withdraw from the consumer economy as much as you possibly can. Don't buy anything new that you can buy used from another individual. Again, barter if possible. Get your car fixed instead of buying a new one. Even better learn to fix it yourself and save even more money. Do anything you possibly can to not feed the monster by paying sales tax and other hidden taxes on each and every new purchase you make.

6. Come up with your own unique ways to starve the beast. These are just a few very basic ones to get you started and thinking about it. Just start though.

The choices are limited but the alternative is continuing in slavery and folks that is what we are now. Slaves. We are as much slaves as any people in past history. Just in different ways. We no longer control our income. We no longer control our lives. We no longer control our families. In fact, what DO we still control? Very little if anything by my estimation.

Make your choice or it will be made for you and you will NOT like the outcome.

Let's talk about two of my favorite subjects today. Common sense and Freedom.

How do those two things go together?

I think most anyone today would have to agree that we are MUCH less free than we were yesterday, last week, last year, and definitely less than when the Founders created this Republic.

Where we are today is definitely not where they intended for us to be. We can see that by the restrictions they placed on government in the Founding Documents.

So how, really, did we get here?

Common sense says government requires basically two things to exist. You and your money, whatever form that money takes.

Government cannot exist without you and I to "govern" and it cannot exist without the funds to "govern". We all know where those funds come from.

So, again, using common sense logic, if either or both of those things are removed in large enough quantities, government will either be extremely restricted or cease to exist. THAT is what I want to focus on.

Over the past few days we have discussed how the elected representatives have totally disregarded our wishes, yet again. We've talked about each of us establishing and using our own "line in the sand". The biggest question is how do we do that. Once we establish we aren't going to take their crap any longer, how do we change things since we know with no doubt that our votes and voices no longer matter at all.

The answer to that is to remove one or both of their requirements to exist, US and OUR MONEY!

For quite some time now, several years, I have been working toward being more and more self sufficient. I've worked to gain all types of knowledge to assist me in that goal. I've read, studied, experimented where possible, and done what things I could afford to consistently move in that direction. I have not arrived but I have made significant improvements and advances. I've helped family members and friends when I could but I constantly wish I could do more.

Back to the common sense logic, think about this with me. If you are more self sufficient does that not take money out of the politicians pockets? If you pay less taxes does that not limit what the government has the ability to do? If you are more self sufficient does that not better shield you and your family when some crisis hits?

EVERYONE and I do mean EVERYONE has the capability to do something to be more self sufficient no matter where you live or what you do for a living. NOTHING you do is insignificant within the big picture. If enough of us do the little things along with a few of us doing more, we can and will have a major impact.

If you are doing something in this regards now, DO MORE. If you are doing nothing, just working and paying the government to do so, then get started. Think about some small things you can do. Grown vegetables in pots or a small plot. Have 3-4 chickens for eggs, it's simple. Cook at home instead of eating out, it's easy, and MORE HEALTHY once you learn how so don't give me the I don't have time excuse.

What's your family's safety, security, and FREEDOM worth to you? It's YOUR responsibility, not the government.

These things are merely a decision away and not making a definitive decision IS a decision also, so remember that.

Start today. Draw your line in the sand and begin taking your life and FREEDOM back from our tyrannical, freedom stealing  government.

We'll talk more in coming days about specific ways to do this.

What is YOUR line in the sand?

Have you ever considered that? Have you given any thought to what it would take for you to say, that's it, no more, this stops here and now?

I see lots of people in the streets for various reasons. Cops killing people and exerting too much power. Racism, real or imagined. Too many taxes. Too much government. The list goes on and on.

With all that and more, have you ever personally thought about your line in the sand?

I have many times. Yes, as many of us who have, unfortunately that line has also moved many times. So in that respect, it wasn't truly that definite line in the sand was it.

It's not easy to pick that point and then hold to it. Things change and so do we. However, if we change too much, then do we become something we never intended and don't want to be? Sort of like the old story of how to boil a frog. If you raise the temperature gradually the frog supposedly won't jump out of the pot.

That is exactly what government, especially ones in the western world, bet on. That they can subject you to the "new normals" so gradually, you won't jump out of the pot and make trouble for them. They use all those nice politically correct terms that are easy on the ears and fool you into submission over time. Illegal is no longer means illegal. Illegal has such a harsh sound to it you know.

Unconstitutional no longer means breaking the national rule of law. It's merely something those radical people say when they don't like something that is good for them like abortion, wealth redistribution, illegal amnesty, and forcing us to buy a product we don't want being force on them for their own good. We, the government and liberals, DO know what's good for you after all.

The the recent budget fiasco, we even saw republican senators refusing to stand up for the Constitution when directly confronted with a vote about the VERY unconstitutional actions of the executive branch of our government. They even criticized Ted Cruz for even bringing it up. How dare he do something so foolish as standing up for the Constitution and asking them to do the same.

Do you see the lunacy? The total insanity and lawlessness of our government! Dare I say, the unconstitutionality of our government!

When a representative or senator cannot stand up and raise the question of constitutionality of the actions being taken by ANYONE in government don't you think that should make you think about where you should draw your line in the sand?

So again I ask, what point it enough for you? When do you rise up and say "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more?"

I personally have reached that point. We each will reach it at differing times. We also each will react in different ways.

How we react is less important than the point that we DO react. We MUST each do something when we reach our line in the sand.

So what will you do? When will you start?

I ask each of you to use your common sense. Use the Founding Documents as a guide. Search your hearts and minds and yes, most definitely, pray.

Many of the Founders would have done just those same things.

Should we do any less?

Then take action. We've already been asleep way to long.

If I were to describe what the Founders main ideology, concept, idea, or what ever you want to call it was. I would describe it in two words, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS!

That is what they were all about. That was their total focus.

The Founding Documents they created were based totally on the concept of individual rights. It was the core element.

That idea permeated everything they wrote and the way they lived their lives.

They devoted their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to the principle of individual rights.

Whatever you might think of these men, I think we all can agree they believed in this concept with all their hearts.

Now considering that, why would they do anything in establishing a new government that would compromise that concept?

Is that logical? Would you be using common sense if you think they would? I think not.

Of course they would not have done ANYTHING to hinder individual rights. The thing they were fighting and dying for at the time. It just was not something they would even consider.

If they would not write anything into the new Founding Documents that would hinder individual rights then how can anyone today think that ANYTHING in those Documents suddenly has taken on that meaning? Is that logical?

Do you really think the Founders to be stupid men? What do you base that on if you do? I certainly see no evidence of it. They seem to be very intelligent and forward thinking in all areas. They had a tremendous grasp of human nature and because of that, very much predicted what the future would be and how it would develop if certain criteria was met.

So considering all I have said here so far, does it make sense to you that the Founders would have written ANYTHING in the Founding Documents that would have restricted individual rights as a whole? If you are honest with yourself, the answer must be an emphatic NO!

I believe it is beyond doubt.

Now let's look at government as it is today. Even the most uninformed American of today is agreeing that government is too big and out of control. This includes both liberal and conservative.

I also believe that most, if they really thought about it, would agree that big, intrusive government and individual rights cannot coexist. To have one, cancels out the other.

If government is NOT tremendously limited in size and scope, individual rights suffer or are stamped out all together.

So, let's combine these thoughts.

We can agree the Founders intended for us to have individual rights.  Since individual rights and big government cannot logically coexist, the Founders must have intended for government to be limited in size and scope. That's logical.

If that is what they intended when they wrote the Founding Documents, and they were not just writing those Documents for their immediate time, we must assume they intended for the Country they were fighting and dying for to continue to exist far into the future, then we can logically assume that what they were writing was intended to apply not only to their time but to the future as well.

I know this is making you use your logical thinking cap but bear with me a while longer.

Certainly the Founders wrote the Documents to apply to the future. They were not so shallow or short sighted as to write something only applying to their time. That being said, the argument the Constitution is "outdated" does not at all bear up to logical thinking since it was not written with any specific time line in mind. Logically it is obvious that if it applied then it would apply to the future. There is nothing in those Documents that is specific to that specific point in history except for events and we even see many of those happening again today. The writers used very generic terms specifically so they would be applicable at ANY time in history.

If the Founders wrote the Documents based on individual rights then, those Documents apply to individual rights today. If individual rights were inconsistent with big government then, they are inconsistent with it now. The documents have not changed in meaning just because we are 200+ years in the future. The words mean exactly the same things today as they did then when taken in the intent they were written.

So how is it those Documents can now be interpreted to mean that big government is now what the Founders meant and intended. Logically we cannot conclude that but yet it is happening.

It is not logical to think those Documents suddenly changed in meaning is it.

So why is it we accept someone telling us they have changed? That suddenly the meaning is that government can do whatever it wants, however it wants, whenever it wants and we must submit.

Of course, our Founding Documents have not changed. They are the same today as they were when they were written except for a few additions, some good, but most bad.

So if they have not changed how is it we find ourselves without most if not all of our Creator given individual rights the Founders intended for us to have?

In one word, IGNORANCE! Ignorance of our Founding Documents as they were written and intended.

Please take time today to start curing your ignorance and learning about our Founding Documents and what they mean to you and our Country. Go over and start reading my Founding Documents class. It will at least get you pointed in the right direction.

Isn't our Country worth that much to you?

I've been quiet the last couple of days because I've really been thinking about how I wanted to approach this subject.

Everyone remembers the statement that Obama made about many of us bitterly clinging to our Bibles and guns.  Actually it was religion and guns but to me the Bible is my religion so I will use that.

Let's examine what that statement actually means in what's happening today with all the talk of gun control.

Naturally he meant it in a derogatory way but to me it's actually a "red badge of courage".  I count it an honor to be considered that way.

Religion and guns.  Guns and religion.  To many of us they really do go together like bread and butter.

How can I say that you might ask?

Let's start with the Bible.  Regardless of what the liberals would like you and the world to believe, America really was founded on Christian fundamentals.  Now is that to say that everyone was Christian?  Absolutely not.  However, the majority were strongly influenced by Christian and Biblical ideals of right and wrong.  The Country had direction.  It's people had direction.  The difference between right and wrong was definitely and strongly defined and most times enforced, at home, at work, and mostly even in government.

You see, even though being a Christian and having a personal relationship with God is important, for many, many years even without that it was commonly accepted to follow the right and wrong teachings of the Bible.  People made their common sense decisions based on Biblical teachings even if they did not personally believe in God.  They knew the difference between right and wrong because it made sense to them.

The point is that common sense, logical thinking people, even an atheist, in the past could admit that there is certainly no harm in following the Biblical teachings of what is right and wrong.  What's so wrong with that?  So what if it comes from an ancient book called the Bible.  Is loving your neighbor such a bad thing?  Is treating others like you would like to be treated such a bad thing?

That direction is what is missing today.  We as a Country have no established sense of right and wrong any more because we have no strong Biblical teachings any more.

Now to the guns.  America was founded on the use and ownership of guns.  Our founders knew and understood human nature.  That is why they were so able to establish such a wonderful and amazing form of government, the Constitutional Republic.

How does human nature relate to guns and gun ownership in how our Country was established?  Let's look at history.

What's the one constant throughout all of history?  Humans!

Whether they are smarter or dumber, richer or poorer, healthier or in poor health. History revolves around humans.

Looking at history you very easily see cause and effect.  We do this and this happens.  If we do it again, the same thing happens again.  It's proven over and over.  Situations change but human nature does not.  Humans today are the same as they were 5000 years ago.  Common sense and logic folks.  Why else would history continually keep repeating itself when we do the same things over and over.  Makes sense huh.

Our founders knew this.  The fully recognized that history would repeat itself if we did the things of the past yet again.  They warned us.  They tried to setup our government to prevent us having the same problems past civilizations have had and then they even told us what to avoid.  What more could we ask for?

They knew that it was human nature for governments to become too powerful and to take control of the citizens and make slaves out of them.  They had just fought a war against that very thing.  They had seen it in other situations and in history.  They knew that the only way to keep that from happening was to ensure that We The People were at least as well armed as the government.  They didn't specify what arms to include or exclude because to them there were no exclusions to the people since the people were the all powerful factor.  The government was secondary to the people and the people's desires.

Here are a few quotes that prove this point:

“A constitution founded on these principles introduces knowledge among the people, and inspires them with a conscious dignity becoming freemen; a general emulation takes place, which causes good humor, sociability, good manners, and good morals to be general. That elevation of sentiment inspired by such a government, makes the common people brave and enterprising. That ambition which is inspired by it makes them sober, industrious, and frugal. There is no good government but what is republican. That the only valuable part of the British constitution is so; for the true idea of a republic is “an empire of laws, and not of men.”’ That, as a republic is the best of governments, so that particular arrangement of the powers of society, or in other words, that form of government which is best contrived to secure an impartial and exact execution of the law, is the best of republics.”
John Adams

“Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other”  John Adams

The reason for the 2nd Amendment was very evident.  It was to protect the people from their own government and to protect the other parts of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Again, here are some more quotes from the founders.  In their own words it is absolutely unquestionable to anyone, with any common sense and logic whatsoever, what their intentions were:

“Whenever governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.”  Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts

"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man".  Thomas Jefferson

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”  Thomas Jefferson

A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves … and include all men capable of bearing arms.” “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms…”  Senator Henry Lee

You can readily see that the Founders believed in both the Bible and guns and saw the need for both.  They had an extremely strong sense of right and wrong, that too is evident through their words and actions.  It matters not what their actual religion was, what their total beliefs were.  It matters that they lived what they believed in both word and deed.

To us bitter clingers, Bibles and guns go hand in hand.  Most of us apply the use of guns based on the right and wrong teachings of the Bible.  That's why to us the two go hand in hand.  The Bible is our guide book.  Our users guide if you would.

We still believe in the Constitution as it was written.  It was written in plain, simple, common sense, logical language.  Very understandable for us clingers.

Obama and our government should consider themselves lucky that we are bitter clingers.  If we weren't and didn't have our "users manual" handy, our patience would have already worn thin way before now.  So our clinging has actually given him some more time but now his time is up.

Our patience is now gone.  It is no more.  The line has been drawn and we will give no more.  This is not our choice but our beliefs will not allow us to give another inch.

We will continue our bitter clinging as our Founding Fathers did before us except now even tighter than before and you cannot remove either our Bibles, nor our guns from us while their is yet breath in us.