When the rulers of the Empire begin to discuss curtailing the right to bear arms, I waver between concern and laughter.
The right of self-defense is as old as the Mosaic covenant, as is the right to defend one’s property. Guns are the modern means of self-defense. To take them away is to leave the individual at the mercy of any person with an evil purpose.
An important yet oft neglected aspect of self-defense is protection of the individual from the government. The best personal testimony for the right to bear arms was presented by Suzanna Gratia Hupp before a legislative committee. The five and a half minute testimony is presented here.
We are told that laws to control the carrying of firearms and the regulation of the manufacture of firearms is for the purpose of preventing criminals from having them. I recently ran across a series of articles from various which show the fallacy of that argument.
Law enforcement officials are becoming a target for theft of the most sophisticated weapons. Last August, in Orange County California someone stole a “duty belt” which included a gun, tazer and pepper spray from a Sheriff deputy’s vehicle. The equipment was left in plain sight; the thief simply smashed the back window and grabbed it.
In September, Clayton County Georgia police had an MP5 sub-machine gun with a targeting sight, and a Bushmaster XM-15 machine gun with sight taken from the trunk of a police squad car. The thief took a U.S. Army-issue bullet-proof vest and a Kevlar helmet from another car in the same parking lot.
Also in September, an FBI agent in Indianapolis, Indiana had an MP5 sub-machine gun, a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun and an LAR-15 semiautomatic rifle stolen from his vehicle.
In December, a Washington County Tennessee Sheriff’s Investigator had a Remington model 870 12-gauge shotgun and a Bushmaster AR-15 stolen from their unmarked work vehicle.
Earlier this month, a Broward County Florida Deputy had an AR-15 assault rifle, bulletproof vest, and a pair of handcuffs stolen from his marked vehicle.
In case you think it is just the local cops who are supplying criminals with firepower, the U.S. Inspector General reports that in a two year period, the Department of Homeland Security lost 180 weapons and the Customs and Border Patrol, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement folks lost 243 weapons.
The crazies are running the asylum. Law enforcement personnel across the continent are arming the criminals!
I’ll keep my own weapon, thank you. There is no such thing as absolute security, but at least the odds are on my side if I’m the one possessing the weapon.
A Free Tennessee is only possible when its population can feel secure in their persons and in their property.
Why are we so surprised to discover that scientists and politicians have lied? They have lied by falsifying and manipulating data concerning global warming.
Both the scientists and the politicians had and still have a vested (financial) interest in having the facts match their dire warnings. When the facts don’t align with their preconceived conclusions, they just change the facts. Why should we be surprised?
The majority of these scientists and politicians are of the atheist / materialist mindset. As a materialist, they have no basis for moral absolutes, because anything separate from the material does not exist. There is no right or wrong, except as they arbitrarily determine it to be so. Their sense of right and wrong can only be borrowed from Christianity.
It is only the Christian who can believe in absolutes. It is only the Christian who can then have any consistent loyalty to the Truth.
It also follows that only the Christian can build a Free Tennessee.
What happens when a school district pays its faculty over three times the median income ($22,000) of the community? Arrogance!
Central Falls High School in Rhode Island has an abysmal graduation rate of 48 percent. At midyear of this academic year, 50 percent of all the students are failing all of their classes. The school superintendent gave them two options.
Option One: two additional weeks of training in the summer (at $30 per hour), spend one lunch hour per week eating with the students, work an extra 25 minutes per day, and help tutor students for an hour before or after school on a rotating schedule.
Option Two: get fired.
Last week, the teachers, earning $70,000 to $78,000 per year, said “no.” At least their union said “no.” Union leaders felt they should get to negotiate. Already earning exorbitant pay while performing at a substandard level, they have the arrogance to believe they should get to negotiate!
School Superintendent Frances Gallo gave them Option Two. If the teachers don’t change their mind within ten days, 100 teachers, administrators and assistants at Central Falls High School will not have jobs next year.
These people are infected with a special type of arrogance which includes total greed and total laziness. I am sorry to say that they don’t just deserve to be fired they deserve the good old southern practice of being tarred, feathered, and run out of town on a rail.
No people can be free with attitudes such as these teachers have. I pray we have none such as them in Tennessee.
Let's take some time to escape from the insanity of the Empire. (A tip of the hat to The Rebellion Blog for "The Old Unreconstructed" by Waylon Jennings:
I rode with old Jeb Stuart, and his band of Southern horse,
And there never were no Yankees, who could meet us force to force.
No they never did defeat us, but we never could evade,
Their dirty foreign politics, and cowardly blockade.
Well we hadn't any powder, and we hadn't any shot,
And we hadn't any money to buy what we ain't got.
So we rode our worn-out horses, and we ate on plain cornmeal,
And we licked em where we caught em, with Southern guts and steel.
We sunk the ship at Sumter, and we broke her plumb in two.
We showed them bully Yankees, just what we aimed to do.
At a little creek called Bull Run, we took their starry rag,
To wipe our horses down with, and I ain't here to brag.
Well there aren’t as many left of us as rode out at the start,
And then there are the weary, weak, and body sad of heart.
We fought a fight to tell about and I am here to say,
I’d climb my horse and follow Marse to hell come any day.
We may have not succeeded last time, but remember -- If at first, you don't secede, try, try again!
For the celebration of Presidents' Day, I have decided to give a more lengthy space to a man whose life is most worthy of study.
George Washington was born at Wakefield Plantation in Westmoreland County, Virginia, on February 22, 1732. George’s father was an established member of the Virginia gentry, but land poor. He died when George was only eleven, so George went to live at Mount Vernon with his half-brother Lawrence.
Lawrence became George’s teacher and role-model during his adolescent years. Taught at home, he learned mathematics, including geometry, trigonometry, and surveying. At 16, he accompanied Lawrence on a surveying expedition into western Virginia. The following year, he was appointed surveyor for Culpeper County, Virginia. While a surveyor, he learned how to survive on the frontier and how to manage on his own.
Lawrence Washington fell ill with tuberculosis in 1751 and traveled to Barbados in an attempt to recover his health. George accompanied him to the West Indies. This was his only trip away from the colonies. But George contracted smallpox there and became deeply scarred. Lawrence died in Barbados in July 1752, leaving George a reversionary interest in Mount Vernon. He had hoped (as did most of the young men of aristocratic Virginia) for a proper education in England and a regular commission in the British military, but he now (at twenty years of age) had the responsibility of farm and family. He would have no real formal education.
At the age of twenty-two, Washington was commissioned a lieutenant colonel in the Virginia militia and sent by the Royal Governor under the command of General Braddock against the French in the Ohio Valley. The defeat of their small force in battle at Fort Necessity was a major cause of the French and Indian War. But it was there that a legend was born. He wrote his brother Jack, “I heard the bullets whistle, and, believe me, there is something charming in the sound.” During Braddock’s retreat, Washington had three horses shot from under him and bullets pierced almost every item of his clothing. Yet he came from the “inferno” with no mark on him. At one point, while lying on the ground after being thrown from a horse, an Indian brave pointed his musket point-blank at George and pulled the trigger, but the gun misfired. The Indians came to believe that he could not be killed. Washington himself acknowledged “the miraculous care of Providence that protected me beyond all human expectation.”
His exploits during the French and Indian War earned him an international reputation. But his expertise and popularity could not overcome British politics. Washington was not able to gain the appropriate promotion in the militia, so he returned to the farm. He had time for hunting, his favorite pastime, and for long political conversations with his learned and thoughtful neighbor, George Mason. He also married Martha Dandridge Custis in January 1759.
As the British suppression of the colonial liberties increased, George Washington was a moderate. But his mood moved gradually from indifference to resentment to hostility and finally to overt antagonism toward the English Parliament and Monarchy with the passage of the Stamp Act. Parliament, said Washington, had “no more right to put their hands into my pocket, without my consent, than I have to put my hands into yours for money.” [This would seem to be the same road travled by many today.]
Washington was a delegate from Virginia to both the First and Second Continental Congresses. At the Second, he was commissioned commander-in-chief of the Continental armies in Philadelphia on June 19,1775. At six foot, four inches tall, and over two hundred pounds, athletic, and with the eye and bearing of a general, he figuratively and literally stood head and shoulders above the rest. Upon his arrival in Cambridge to take command on July 3, 1775, a committee of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress wrote to General Washington: We most fervently implore Almighty God, that the blessings of Divine Providence may rest on you; that your head may be covered in the day of battle; that every necessary assistance may be afforded; and that you may be long continued in life and health, a blessing to mankind. (The Writings of George Washington, Vol.3,p.486)
After the War for Independence, Washington returned again to Mount Vernon, but only temporarily. The turbulence of the government under the Articles of Confederation caused him to be a major influence in encouraging a convention to develop a better instrument of government. Washington could not stand the thought that the colonies might quickly loose the liberty which had just been bought with the blood and fortunes of so many. The delegates of the Constitutional Convention elected him to serve as presiding officer. The respect he was afforded and the leadership he displayed brought the very difficult crisis to a successful conclusion.
An ardent federalist, he remained relatively quiet during the debate over ratification. It was expected by many that Washington must be the first President under this new constitution in order for it to succeed. He also wanted to serve as President for the same reason, thus he thought that any politicking for ratification would appear to be self-serving. When the Constitution was ratified, he was unanimously elected to serve as the first President of these United States.
Though Washington lacked the eloquence of Patrick Henry and the literary flair of Thomas Jefferson, he stood above all his contemporaries as commander and chief executive. There is no major problem of state, internal or external, for which one will not find the answer in his words or acts.
He declined a third term as President. After absences of nine years as a soldier and eight as President, he returned to the management of his plantation which Martha had supervised in his absence. Washington had always been less than comfortable with his level of education. He knew his correspondence contained grammatical and spelling errors, so he spent the last two years of his life correcting and copying his letters. His death came suddenly after an acute attack of laryngitis and high fever following a ride in the snow and rain around his estate. As was the prevailing practice, he was bled by the doctors and died on December 14, 1799.
An Episcopalian, George Washington’s faith can be easily gleaned from the tenor of his own words. I have gathered a few excerpts from his writings.
To Colonel Benedict Arnold, the last of 14 “Instructions” upon Arnold’s advance against Quebec:
As the contempt of the religion of a country by ridiculing any of its ceremonies, or affronting its ministers or votaries, has ever been deeply resented, you are to be particularly careful to restrain every officer and soldier from such imprudence and folly, and to punish every instance of it. On the other hand, as far as lies in your power, you are to protect and support the free exercise of the religion of the country, and the undisturbed enjoyment of the rights of conscience in religious matters, with your utmost influence and authority. (Writings, Vol.3,p.89)
To Joseph Reed (Colonel ?), From Cambridge, 14 January 1776:
How to get furnished I know not. I have applied to this and the neighboring colonies, but with what success time only can tell. The reflection on my situation, and that of this army, produces many an unhappy hour when all around me are wrapped in accounts; fewer still will believe, if any disaster happens to these lines, from what cause it flows. I have often thought how much happier I should have been, if, instead of accepting the command under such circumstances, I had taken my musket on my shoulder and entered the ranks, or, if I could have justified the measure to posterity and my own conscience, had retired to the back country, and lived in a wigwam. If I shall be able to rise superior to these and many other difficulties, which might be enumerated, I shall most religiously believe, that the finger of Providence is in it, to blind the eyes of our enemies; for surely if we get well through this month, it must be for want of their knowing the disadvantages we labor under. (Writings Vol.3,p.240)
It is the faith and character of George Washington that I celebrate, for they are the foundation of his accomplishments. As Washington loved Virginia, so I am devoted to a Free Tennessee.
Most people today think of government exclusively within the civil realm. In reality, there are a multitude of “governments” which influence our everyday lives. The most common governments beside the state are those of the family and church.
Some other examples are local clubs such as the Elks, Civitans, Rotary, the Quilting Circle, Swim Club, Boy Scouts or the Brownies. Every human association has rules – written or unwritten – which are meant to maintain order within the group, and that is government!
But the most important government of all is self-government. The inability to maintain control of self was Adam’s problem in the Garden. The lack of self-control has provided tremendous profits for the media as they have reported on control failures as varied as sports figures, entertainment idols, political stars and religious icons.
The lack of self-control also caused disharmony at your work or in your family this past week. In every one of these instances of lack of self-control, we find that the lack of self-control tends to require an increase in exterior control.
There are a variety of disciplinary measures which maintain control in families, churches, and clubs. Civil government utilizes physical force and economic manipulation to maintain control.
When people around us exhibit a lack of self-control, the common reaction is “there oughta-be-a-law.” The civil government historically has been all too happy to oblige with a new and more severe form of force.
In order to truly be a free people – in order to have a Free Tennessee – we as a people must develop a greater sense of and use of self-government. Individuals must take the responsibility of maintaining order in our lives and the lives of those closest to us.
We must think of government first in the personal realm.
The Tennessee Legislature stumbled a bit last week. The road to Tennessee liberty was made a little bumpier.
HB 1916, “The Secret Ballot Protection Act,” failed Wednesday (3 Feb 2010) on a tie vote in the Employee Affairs sub-committee of the House Consumer & Employees Affairs Committee. Sponsored by Rep. Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet), the bill held two significant provisions: 1) employees could not be forced into a union “solely on a stated showing of interest” and that 2) employees have the right to use a secret-ballot.”
The legislation was co-sponsored by both Republicans and Democrats, so it could not be said to be a “partisan” bill, but you wouldn’t know it by the sub-committee vote. Three Democrats voted against the secret ballot, while the three Republicans voted in favour. The tie could have been broken by the Speaker of the House, but he showed his keen interest in the welfare of Tennesseans by allowing the bill to fail with the tie. (All persons involved are listed below. I encourage you to let them know how you feel.)
Most people do not realize that the secret ballot it a relatively new concept. Know as the “Australian ballot,” it was first used on that continent in 1856. The state of Massachusetts was the first to secure the secret ballot for its citizens. The practice of the secret-ballot in the Southern states became inviolate following the Yankee / Republican atrocities of “Reconstruction.”
Rep. Lynn’s bill reads in part, “That employees be given the opportunity to cast a vote in accordance with their conscience in secret-ballot elections free from coercion, intimidation, threats, misinformation, or interference from outside influences.” That is exactly what Southerners desired after the tribulations imposed by the military occupation of their communities.
Since it is Black History Month, I will relate another vignette from my course, A History of the Southern States.
The truth of the right to vote given the former slaves by the occupying Yankees is more humorous than fiction—Levi was the colored servant of Gen. Samuel G. French, a New Jersey-born soldier who had served the United States in the war with Mexico and had served the Confederacy in the Southern War for Independence. He reported to the General how an election was conducted in the Mississippi Delta for a constitutional convention.
At his polling place there were some two hundred men when he went to vote, only two of them white, and those two “inside the house.” Levi, who cast his ballot for what he called “the invention,” handed his “paper,” which was his certificate of registration, to the “two white men inside the room, through a window. They looked at it, handed it back to me, and said ‘open your hand;’ I did so and one of the men then put a little folded paper in my hand, then took it out and put it in a box and said ‘Move on.”
It should be noted that in at least one particular the forms of democracy were observed—Levi was allowed to touch his ballot before it was deposited for him.
We have secret-ballots because we wish to be free. Hopefully ALL Tennesseans desire the same. Perhaps some Tennessee Representatives will suffer this coming November because they don’t desire a Free Tennessee.
The big news in Nashville this weekend is the National Tea Party convention.
The news reports of volunteers quitting, of speakers and sponsors pulling out, of the media being denied access to the event, and the mystery over whether Sarah Palin will get her $100,000 speaking fee or not have all overshadowed the more significant issues surrounding the event.
Has a spontaneous tax-payer revolt, a grass-roots fueled response to big government been co-opted by the profit seekers and the political organizers who benefit from big government?
The danger is definitely there. Former Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich has expressed his alignment with the Tea Party movement. The problem with Gingrich is his record is as an internationalist, not a conservative believer in the US Constitution.
Gingrich voted for the establishment of a national Department of Education. The House vote was 210 to 206. The monstrous attack on the family and on true education was carried by three votes, one of which was Gingrich’s.
Gingrich is an opportunist who will go wherever the wind blows. He voted for “most favored” trade status for Red China. He pushed and claimed responsibility for the approval of the NAFTA and GATT trade agreements which have sent the bulk of American manufacturing jobs across our borders and overseas. The next time you’re in WalMart and buy that cheap item from China, thank Newt. Thank Newt not for the cheap trinket, but for taking the job away from you and/or your neighbour.
The average Tea Party participant is being betrayed by those who would step into leadership. But betrayal is not new to any devotee of liberty.
During the American revolution we had our Benedict Arnold. Today we have all sorts of sell-out leaders who have pledged their allegiance to the George H.W. Bush “New World Order.” The Council on Foreign Relations is filled with sell-outs, Newt Gingrich is only one. And in case you think I only pick on politicians, the best-selling “Christian” author Rick Warren is also a CFR member. (You didn’t really think he gave the Obama Inaugural invocation because he was such a great pastor, did you?)
The only way to prevent to co-opting of any liberty loving movement, is to keep it small. Secession is the only hope for gaining an enduring liberty.
Because February is recognized as Black History Month, I thought I would provide some information which is not generally available. Most of the information provided in schools is politically correct trash.
SLAVERY IN TENNESSEE
information presented to the
Tennessee House State & Local Government Committee
by Rev. David O. Jones
The language of HJR 7, sponsored by Rep. Brenda Gilmore, in which the Tennessee Legislature is to express a “solemn apology” (or “profound regret”), is both inflammatory and expresses a biased view of Southern history.
Paragraph three (3) states that “Africans forced into slavery were brutalized, humiliated, and dehumanized.” While domestic slavery was and is a humiliating situation which very few would ever want to revive, the laws of Tennessee protected them from being “brutalized” and “dehumanized.” Tennessee law required slave-owners to feed, clothe, house, and provide medical attention to their slaves. The decisions of the Tennessee Supreme Court in upholding the conviction of men who violated those laws is evidence that those laws were taken seriously. (9 Tenn 156-William Fields v. State of Tennessee. Nashville, January 1829; 29 Tenn 268-Lunsford and Davie v. Baynham, Nashville, December, 1849; 30 Tenn 171-Wherley v. The State. Nashville, December, 1850; and many others.)
Later, in paragraph six (6), it is stated, “the system of slavery, having been sanctioned and perpetuated through the laws of Tennessee and the United States, ranks as the most horrendous depredation of human rights in our nation’s history.” I would counter that the forced removal of the Cherokee known as “The Trail of Tears” in which 4,000 of 15,000 Cherokee died takes on all comers as “the most horrendous depredation of human rights in our nation’s history.”
Paragraph seven (7) states, “the Civil War, which was fought over the slavery issue.” Renowned historians do not agree on the cause of that war, therefore the statement cannot be used as a basis in fact for any argument.
A final objection from a specifically Biblical point of view. Paragraph eleven (11) asks government to repent. Government can’t repent, only individual souls can repent.
Positive argument for Tennessee:
In 1860, out of a total white population of 8 million people, only 385,000 were slaveholders (or 4.8%). And according to the 1830 census, more than ten thousand slaves were owned by free-Blacks in the states of South Carolina, Louisiana, Virginia, and Maryland.
Fact #1. Yankees controlled slavery. The center for the slave trade was Newport, Rhode Island. In 1850, the port boasted a fleet of 170 slave ships each of which could carry 60 to 150 slaves across the Atlantic. They carried approximately 20,000 slaves per year.
FACT #2. The earliest activists in abolishing slavery were Southerners. The first paper published exclusively in the interest of freeing slaves was “The Emancipator” published in 1820, in Jonesboro, Tennessee. By 1826, there were 143 emancipation societies in the United States and 103 of those were in the South. In 1817, the American Colonization Society was founded by slave-holders from Kentucky, Virginia, and Maryland to provide an opportunity for Africans to return to their native soil.
The only true protection for any citizen is for the lesser magistrates to interpose themselves between the unruly magistrates and the people to whom they have pledged their service.
Only when Tennessee’s legislature takes seriously its responsibility to protect Tennesseans from the run-away tyranny of the Columbian Empire will freedom be possible. Will Tennessee legislators take a stand for liberty?
On 16 December 2009, Emperor Obama signed Executive Order #13524, effectively granting INTERPOL (the International Criminal Police Organization) unlimited license to enforce the decisions of the International Criminal Court upon U.S. citizens. Many conservative pundits on the internet have criticized Obama’s actions, but the criticism is not complete in its scope.
Lest we misunderstand the true significance of Order #13524, let us do a little review. The original International Organizations Immunities Act (59 Stat. 669, 22 U.S.C. 288) was passed by Congress and took effect on 8 September 1945!!!
It was President Ronald Reagan who issued his own Executive Order #12425 on 16 June 1983 which bound INTERPOL to the provisions of the U.S. Constitution.
Obama has only returned us to the democratic socialism (Fascism) days of FDR.
It is CONGRESS who is to blame for this travesty against the Constitution and the American concept of natural rights.
The day of Tennessee’s independence from the Empire cannot come soon enough!