Patriotism

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.

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.

America was formed as a Constitutional Republic.

Originally, we elected representatives to the House and the States appointed Senators, unfortunately that was later changed to popular election which diminished the power of the States.

This form of government was intended to keep the power with the people first and then with the States. Most certainly NOT with the federal government. It WAS limited by specific enumerated powers. This was done for a reason, a very specific reason. Human nature. It is in human nature to take as much power as we can get if we are allowed so we must be restricted. Governments must be restricted or they will and do run rampant over citizens.

In November, the citizens of the former United States of America voted to give control of two thirds of it's government to one party. The opposite party to the one that had controlled two thirds for some time. The citizens did this in historic form. The republicans were given numbers rarely, if ever, seen at other times in our history as a Country. This was true in federal as well as State governments.

It was evident what the citizens intended. At least we, the citizens, knew and understood what we wanted and intended to have happen. We wanted things to change from what was being done. We wanted that change immediately if not sooner. We made it abundantly clear in no uncertain terms. We want the insanity of big government intrusion into our lives stopped and we expected the republicans to listen and obey the voices of we the people that elected them.

Now here we are immediately after the very first test of these newly elected representatives. Heck, they haven't even been officially sworn in yet and what do we have?

Surrender.

Surrender of our power, our voices. They have given away the biggest power they could have for half of the time they will have before the next election and they haven't even been sworn in yet.

What this says to me as a citizen of this once great Republic is that I no longer matter. What I say and think no longer matters. My VOTE no longer matters. My citizenship no longer matters. NOTHING about me matters EXCEPT what the government can extract from me that it finds useful for IT'S needs.

My rights don't matter.

My LIFE doesn't even matter if it doesn't serve the needs of the government.

Someone please enlighten me as to how these actions of our elected representatives indicate that we still have a working Constitutional Republic.

They do what THEY want. They vote for what THEY want. They don't listen to us. So again how is this a representative Constitutional Republic government?

There is only one answer. It isn't. The American Constitutional Republic no longer exists.

I for one have voted in my last federal election. Not that my votes over the past numerous elections ever meant anything anyways as the facts have proven.

To anyone who has read any of my many posts on the sites I frequent, you know that I respect and believe in history as our best teacher.  I am a constant reader and student of history.  I still have much to learn and discover but the journey is enlightening.

Today I met with a new friend.  We discussed many things and had a wonderful time together although we totally bored his wonderful and very patient young daughter.  She was an angel to let the "two old men" visit and get to know each other.  We're really not old but compared to her youth we are ancient I know.

This is especially the time to build close, trusted friends and community.

During that visit, I had one of those moments that we all have occasionally when something just clicks and the pieces all seem to fall into place.  Let me share that moment with you.

I've been pondering how in the world we are going to get our wonderful Country back to what our founders intended for it to be.  The Country they passed down to us with a form of government that had never been seen in history.  A Constitutional Republic with a Constitution and Bill of Rights that I believe are touched by the hand of God.  How else could it be explained, logically and with common sense, that it had never happened before in recorded history.  We were truly blessed.

For most, if not all of my lifetime, that same Constitution has been under severe attack.  The attacks actually started many years before that but have gained strength in the past forty to fifty years.

Now we have come to a point in our history where we have never been before.  We have the perfect storm brewing for what would be the final attack and most likely the end of the war for our Country completely.  All that would remain would be the final wiping up of any dissenters that remained.  As has been violently done in past history.

How did we get here?  Silence, apathy, and negligence are the biggest reasons.  Silent when we needed to speak to stop the erosion of our rights.  Apathy when we should have been involved and paying attention to what was going on.  Negligence when we should have been standing up and stopping what was happening in any way that the situation warranted.  Our Country deserved that and the Constitution required it but we failed.

Now here we stand.  Facing the results of our actions.  We're responsible for where we are.  No one else.  Us.  All the citizens of this Country.

What are we to do?  We're a divided nation on this question.

Some want to continue on the road that has taken most of the freedoms we once enjoyed away.  Some have even suggested we do away with the Constitution all together.  Has that not been their goal from the start?

Many want to regain our lost greatness by returning to the Constitutional Republic as we were established.  I am in this group.

The point at which we have arrived is very scary and I am afraid for my Country and my fellow citizens.  I do not see an easy way out of this situation.  History's road map in these situations does not show a happy ending.  In the past, most civilizations at this point in their history have ended in government  caused mass killings for the sake of governmental control of the masses.  Millions upon millions have perished in this manner.  Far larger numbers than by any other form of man made or natural death in the history of mankind.

I see no way that we will avoid this same confrontation, whether it be tomorrow, next week, next month, or years in the future.  History says that it will come because of the nature of the beings that run our government just like the governments in past history.  Their hunger for power must be satisfied regardless of the cost to the citizens or what those citizens lose in the way of their liberties and freedoms.

So was this my awakening moment?  My epiphany?

No!

What I realized today was that America is different.  There has never been an America before in past history.  So even though history can show us the path of how we got here to this point in our Country's history, it cannot show us the outcome because that history has not been written.  Anywhere, at any time.

Why are we so different?  Because, as I said at the beginning of this article, we are a Constitutional Republic with a Constitution and Bill of Rights that are touched with the hand of God.  Never in the history of the world has any civilization been "birthed" with the natural right of self defense built into it's being, it's design.

America has that.

We were born with the "right to keep and bear arms" ingrained in us.  We've never known anything else.  It's who we are as a Country, as a people.  That's what is different about us.  The ones of us that believe in the Constitution as what it is, our rule of law as a Country, know and understand this was our origin.

For this reason, we are very different than any other civilization in the history of mankind and we are poised to create new a history.  To prove that our Country was established and blessed by God.  To change the history that has happened in other civilizations of the past.  We have that rare opportunity to actually rewrite history and establish a new precedent for any future civilizations to follow for their creation.

In fact, I think this history is already written, because of our "birthing".  Because of our wise, God guided Founders.  Because of them we have the numbers of armed citizens never before seen in history.  No government has ever been faced with such a force as we have in America and that was the Founders full intent.  Their failure and defeat is assured.  All that is required is that we stand at our line in the sand and never retreat one, single inch.  Never give in on any loss of liberty or freedom from this point forward.  This will not be easy but it is what is required of us and in this we must not fail or our chance will be lost most likely forever.

How can I say their failure and defeat is assured?  History!

History is all they have to go by.  They look at what other governments have done in the past and they emulate and hope to achieve the same results.

In any other civilization before in history that would most likely work but AMERICA IS DIFFERENT!

They have overlooked this point in their arrogance and it will be their downfall, their destruction.  So if we do our part, their destruction is assured.

I am still scared for my Country even though in my heart I am assured that we will win the coming confrontation.  I don't want to face what's coming, what logical, common sense person could ever want such a thing, but I will not turn away from my Country in it's hour of need when it does come.  I will not initiate it but I will finish it.  I will not relish it but I will endure it.  I do not look for it's beginning but pray for it's speedy end.

My biggest concern is not for the winning but of what will come after it.  We must prepare now for the full reestablishment of the Constitutional Republic that we were created as and our Founders intended us to be, so America can continue to be different.

I pray that God will bless us in this endeavor as he so graciously blessed the Founders before us.

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.