Rule of Law

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.

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.

First I'm going to make a statement, if you disagree with this statement then you might as well read no further.

WE ARE A COUNTRY BASED ON AND FOUNDED ON THE RULE OF LAW.  From this will come everything I will discuss today.

The immigration issue has been hanging over our heads for years now.  It's tearing the Country apart in many different ways.  I must be fixed immediately.

First and foremost we should be applying the laws that are on the books.  Of course, anyone with any common sense at all knows that is our problem in a multitude of areas.  Laws are applied as it benefits some politician usually, not equally, fairly, and consistently as it should be.

I approach this logically and not emotionally.  You don't think straight when you are emotional.  Bad decisions are usually made when you are emotional.

What is best for the Country may not be easy. nor the most "sensitive" or feel good solution.  Sometimes hard situations require hard choices.

We're broke so this limits us severely IF we care about that and take it into consideration.  I care so it will figure heavily in what I suggest.  You can't do the "extra" things when you are broke.  You do the necessary things.

Ok, here we go.

We have millions in the Country with expired visas.  They aren't supposed to still be here.  Send them home immediately.  If they want to come back, let them reapply and come back legally.  They have 6 months to comply or we deport them.

We have millions of illegal aliens.  Illegal means against the law.  This means they are criminals no matter how long they have been here.  If I break a law and get caught I have to pay one way or another.  There is no fine for being in the Country illegally like it was a traffic violation.  No, I won't accept a retroactive something.  They already broke the law.  They go home with their entire family  They have 6 months to comply or they get deported.

The borders will be secured.  Period.  Instead of just firing 20000 Marines, give them the option of joining the border patrol.  Move the ones that choose that option with their families to the areas they are needed, all expenses paid and put them to work securing the borders.

Any employer caught hiring illegal aliens will be fined $10000 for the first violation and it doubles for each subsequent violation with no maximum.  Hire illegals and go out of business.

Start fully enforcing the existing laws.  Stop playing stupid political games with our Country.

Is this hard?  Yes.  Is this insensitive?  Guess that depends on if you really care about your Country or not.  Illegals are costing us more than they are contributing.  It's hard economic facts.  Remember, we're broke.

If you break the law you should expect to suffer the consequences for your actions, fairly across the board.  Why should we, the legal taxpayers of this Country pay for someone else that breaks the law to be here getting the benefits of OUR Country?

Our Country was built on immigration.  LEGAL IMMIGRATION!  Organized immigration.

I have absolutely nothing against anyone that wants to live in this Country...LEGALLY!  Regardless of where they come from.  Just follow the pathway to be here legally and you are most welcome.  Otherwise, you're out!

This leads me to the next issue.

The 2nd Amendment.

I won't call it gun control because that is a misnomer.  There is no such constitutionally legal form of gun control in the way that term is used today.

The 2nd Amendment is the backbone that holds all the other Natural rights we possess.  Without it, the others will fall like leaves in the autumn.  George Washington actually called it the "teeth" of the Constitution.

This is the culmination of the trampling of all our various rights over the past decades.  Finally we're waking us up to what's been going on.  We're passionate about the 2nd Amendment but we should be about ALL of our rights and the whole Constitution.

I will not argue the intent of the Founders about this Amendment.  It's more than obvious to anyone who even basically does a little research on the matter and reads the multitude of very clear statements the Founders made.  They speak very plainly for themselves.

What I will argue is the lack of common sense logic being applied to the arguments being made to do away with guns.

Where is the logic in going completely against what history shows us?  It shows us where disarming leads, over and over.

Where is the logic in immediately making law abiding citizens criminals?

Where is the logic in adding more laws that will not affect what you are trying to affect?

Where is the logic in pushing people to the edge of fighting their government for something that is unarguably unconstitutional?

If you believe in this so strongly, where is the logic in not doing it legally?

Back to my first statement, we are a Country based and founded on the rule of law!

Submit a Constitutional Amendment to make the changes you want.  Convince us legally it is needed.  Make the factual, non-emotional, logical, common sense arguments required to convince us.

Do you fear that debate?  I don't.  I would gladly welcome it.  I feel very confident of my facts and argument.  Do you?