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The Sea Lawyers Are at it, Again

A 2016 article was recently posted by a friend who opposes personal ownership of firearms.

What America’s gun fanatics won’t tell you” <- link will take you to opinion article.

The title alone implies anyone that wants the ability to protect themselves and or their family with a firearm, must be a fanatic.

The right to speak freely, the right to protect your life or property, the right to not self-incriminate, the right of habeas corpus, were understood by those who authored this key document, as fundamental to keeping a democracy from being turned into tyranny of the masses or by a select powerful few. Human behavior is the same now as it was then, and they did their best to protect “inalienable rights.” See this article for further explanation of the alternate use of the words. Are our rights ‘inalienable’ or ‘unalienable’?

The author of the article misses two key things written in the second amendment, and the other not mentioned whatsoever; Hamilton was shot and died at the hands of Aaron Burr. Both men freely entered a pistol dual to “protect their honor”. Whatever misgivings Alexander Hamilton may have had about an individual’s right to bear arms didn’t change the course of his life or his demise.

As a bit more of a history lesson about Alexander Hamilton, he was a prominent centralized authority proponent. Among his many ideas, he proposed this at the Constitutional Convention; to have an elected President and elected Senators who would serve for life, contingent upon “good behavior” and subject to removal for corruption or abuse.

He secretly communicated with at that time, “enemies of the state” in order to further the push toward a more monarchistic form of government. Don’t believe me, then please allow the words of a contemporary to explain.

James Madison, known as the author of the Constitution, vehemently opposed at every opportunity Alexander Hamilton’s efforts to create a despotic central government. Madison once remarked that Hamilton had a hidden agenda “of the glories of a United States woven together by a system of tax collectors,” who would be ruthless in both their collection and punishment efforts. Madison authored the 2nd amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, specifically as an answer to Hamilton’s urge to create a national army which would enforce tax laws and subject the state citizens to the tyrannical rule of the central government. Hamilton dreamed of a large military to enforce the will of federal tax collectors, district attorneys, and judges on the populace, and to enforce unpopular laws.

So, let’s pick through that which was ignored in order for the author, Brett Arends, to create a false interpretation of the Second amendment.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Note the comma, for those that don’t understand this basic usage, it’s use is to separate coordinated independent clauses. Perhaps that’s a misunderstood definition on language.

More modern legal arguments over the definition of those few words are, collective rights of government vs. individual rights. I refer you to a link that describes this in more detail –> Live Science

“The first ten amendments of the Constitution are collectively known as the Bill of Rights. It was formalized for the protection of natural rights of liberty and property.” “This bill is an important constituent of American Law as well as the government, and symbolizes the freedom and culture of the United States of America.” The Constitution was written to be a more concise and centralized view of government authority. It replaced the Articles of Confederation. At it’s core, it states these rights are not granted by government, but are inalienable rights of all citizens. This means the government was formed to protect the individual from tyranny of the state as well as foreign powers.

I’ll end this post with Alexander Hamilton’s own words, because he too understood the balance necessary to prevent tyranny.
“ .. if circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their own rights and those of their fellow-citizens.”

Hamilton delineates his vision not only of a free people bearing arms for the common defense, but also for the protection of liberty. It was intended by the framers of our Constitution that a free people be armed. Therefore it follows, those who wish the people disarmed also wish them enslaved by their own government.

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Burr–Hamilton duel, from a painting by J. Mund

History has repeatedly shown, the rights & liberties of people are not preserved or protected solely by the pen, but through the power of the sword.

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Perish the Thought

Fire And Ice

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

by Robert Frost
(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963 / San Francisco)

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Our Loss of Moral Comprehension

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President Obama in his speech at Rutgers University Center for Law and Justice Building Newark, New Jersey November 2, 2015 said the following; “I’m taking action to ‘ban the box’… for the most competitive jobs at federal agencies.” Think about what that means for a moment. In the near future a former embezzler may be handling your IRS case or levying a fine through the EPA. Maybe they’re just answering your Medicare, social security questions? ..

“Over the course of this year, I’ve been talking to people all across the country about reforming our criminal justice system to be fairer, to be smarter, to be more effective.” “And I have to tell you that from all these conversations, I have, at times, despaired about the magnitude of the problem. I’ve asked myself, how do we break the cycle that has young children somehow on that pipeline where they end up incarcerated?” “.. there are 2.2 million Americans behind bars..” ” Around 70 million Americans have some sort of criminal record.” “.. that record disqualifies you from being a full participant in our society — even if you’ve already paid your debt to society.”

Fast Forward to 2016 and we now have DOJ guidelines for our criminals, er, justice-challenged individuals.

“Criminals” is an inherently disparaging term that leads to stigmatization and decreased access to our reunification seminars. We need to retroactively re-think about those unfortunate souls who found themselves pursued by harsh enforcers of restrictive societal guidelines?

Let’s review a few; Jack the Ripper was merely a “cutlery-involved individual” while Jeffrey Dahmer was simply an “unconventional dietary-choice-involved individual.” Rapists are “sexual-justice-involved” persons. The list of palatable and modern polite speak is endless. How unfortunate for those of us mired in the reactionary, narrow-minded, bigoted, xenophobic past.

We need to be more accepting of those who were caught stealing, raping, kidnapping, assaulting. extorting, embezzling, or murdering. They were just thinking outside the societal box we constrained them to live their lives. You see it’s all a matter of perspective. If you don’t have sufficient perspective, than our new educational guidelines will help. If you don’t comply, we may withhold your considerable federal funds. Non-compliance may mean you also lose your accreditation. We wouldn’t want that, would we?

Obama_at_Rutgers_commencement_speech_2016President gave a commencement speech to Rutgers University graduates this last weekend. He spent a significant portion of it talking about the problems of our society. Like any good politician, they build their case to describe the “problems” of the system they want to change. This is fairly easy now because we’ve come a long way in our indoctrination of double speak, where wrong is right, and up is down if we only learn to accept things on the collectives terms. Choosing any serious infraction of the new speak rules, can land you in public opinion kangaroo court, or worse, up against any of the all powerful, DHS, FBI, IRS, NSA, EPA, DOJ, or other 3 letter acronym. The catchy phrasing of “Ban the Box“, becomes a subset of new words which are meaningless speech of the 21st century PC lexicon.

Now lets talk about voting rights. Yes, our new definitions provide an enhanced, open-minded perspective on who is permitted to vote. We think those former, “justice-involved individuals“, need to have all of their rights restored. After all, they re-paid their debt to society, so what if your brother was murdered or your sister raped, your company out of business due to criminal fiscal mismanagement, we just need to come together and heal

I think there’s a wonderful way to seek further enlightenment. Timothy Leary used a stronger, faster acting mind poison back in the 1960’s, LSD, to re-alter the senses, and as the government learned a decade earlier, an easy way to reprogram the mind. Changes through behind the scene politics, entertainment, most mass media, and the constant influence of our peers has brought us gradually forward to the utopia envisioned by those who believe they have a divine gift to manipulate and manage the herd. Pass around that cannabis, so we can be even more catatonic and compliant.

Our federal government is writing policies to make schools safer for people who want to pee where they like and play on the sports team of their choice. Meanwhile they are also making it more likely that everybody is less safe.

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Notes:

LSD can be psychically violent. It can hijack the user’s mind, supposedly gently revealing life’s latent truths, or it can turn bully, reducing the user to a state of abject fear. Drugs derived from chemical compounds or herbs like “magic mushrooms”, alter brain behavior, psychiclogical reactions, primarily by decreasing certain function of brain activity. This gives the user a perception of greater awareness through alteration of brain function. It’s not a substitute for greater observation and learning, merely a false substitute masquerading as beneficial, as long as the user continue its use.