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Part 3 – Government, civics, and the 2nd Amendment in education

Only the ignorant among us would allow the government to usurp the U.S. Constitution, by altering the Second Amendment, which insures viability of the entire document.

In the first two parts of this essay on the Second Amendment, we covered a lot of ground, from the freedom to own guns as being one of the most important rights we Americans have to protect our freedom, liberty, and insure the safety of our family and homes, to understanding the threat our country faces today from aggression by Russia, China, North Korea, and of course, global terror.

To accompany any discussion today about global unrest, to get the full picture turn-in-your-weaponsone must include a discussion about the many problems we face on a domestic level with illegal immigration, unemployment, racial unrest, mandatory healthcare insurance, stagflation, a crumbling infrastructure, political malfeasance, and coming into an election season which features candidates on the Democrat side of the aisle with more controversy and baggage than at any time in memory, and a plethora of candidates on the Republican side of the aisle that, in normal years would be considered a treasure trove of qualified candidates.

However, the dissatisfaction with politicians from those who do pay attention to what is going on in the country (the number is decreasing with each passing year) on both sides of the aisle, is proving to be an unpredictable year as to who the political party candidates for president will be for the 2016 election. Most learned voters would just as soon hang them all from a yardarm!

To call it FUBAR would be to diminish the seriousness of the situation since less than half the eligible voters will take time to vote in the next general election, we have the highest number of ignorant citizens than any developed country as pointed one by Newsweek, hardly a bastion of conservative thought. When NEWSWEEK recently asked 1,000 U.S. citizens to take America’s official citizenship test, “29 percent couldn’t name the vice president. Seventy-three percent couldn’t correctly say why we fought the Cold War. Forty-four percent were unable to define the Bill of Rights. And 6 percent couldn’t even circle Independence Day on a calendar”.

According to Yale political scientist Jacob Hacker, coauthor of Winner-Take-All Politics, civic ignorance is nothing new. The relative complexity of the U.S. political system makes it hard for Americans to keep up. “The problem is ignorance, not stupidity,” Hacker says. “We suffer from a lack of information rather than a lack of ability.” The Department of Education’s task of educating our children, has been marginalized by big teachers’ unions, a bloated bureaucracy, and way too many self-interests. Schools get an “F” when it comes to teaching!

I think it has become obvious to those were educated before the FederalSAT_Reading_Scores Government took control of education away from the States, that we have seen a complete anti-intellectual dumbing-down of our children at all levels of education and in all subjects; not just civics and government. Many claim this has been a cynical ploy by those in power to bypass teaching such important subjects as capitalism (our economic system), in favor of collectivism (in accordance with Karl Marx.

To say America is in dire trouble and at risk of becoming just another piece of defecation on the historical dung-heap of great civilizations the world has witnessed since man began to walk upright, is far closer to the truth than the “hope and change world” people were looking for when they elected Barack Hussein Obama as the 44th President of the United States. Never has America been so divided as it is today, with the races pitted against one another; with the class warfare we see across the country; with the onset of Islamic terror; with the global expansionist plans of China, Iran, and a resurgent Russian influence, brought about by America’s withdrawal from global leadership, it is a wonder we haven’t seen total collapse by now.

There are many reasons why America has remained relatively safe from international or global wars being fought on our soil since it was conceived in 1776, but one of the arguments on the table is that because there are more than 300 million guns registered by the citizens of this country (and probably a whole lot more the government doesn’t know about). Whether that is true or not, will continue to be argued by gun confiscation advocates and those who ardently support our Constitution’s Second Amendment.

Today is it apparent to many, and I am included in that lot, that the second Amendment is the only thing standing between tyranny of an ever expanding government – and increasingly self-indulgent Supreme Court, a do-nothing hapless Congress, and an out-of-control, power hungry Executive Branch, which is why Americans with any common sense, staunchly defend our rights to be an armed citizenry. Our Founders envisioned an abusive government would surely evolve once they learned they could vote their permanency in office by bribing the voters with their own taxpayers’ money.

Referring to the “quotable quotes”, by those who built the foundation on which America was founded . . .

  • “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.”
    –Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution (Philadelphia 1787).
  • If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government, and which against the usurpations of the national rulers may be exerted with infinitely better prospect of success than against those of the rulers of an individual State. In a single State, if the persons entrusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, can take no regular measures for defense. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair.
    Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 28
  • “That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms … ”
    — Samuel Adams, Debates and Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, at 86-87 (Pierce & Hale, eds., Boston, 1850)
  • “[The Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation…(where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”
    –James Madison, The Federalist Papers, No. 46

The fear of government over-reach and the right to protect one’s life and property was not something the great men who wrote the U.S. Constitution invented. They learned from history. Cicero, Rome’s leading orator, had early argued that the right to self-defense was natural and inborn, and not a creation of the government. The right to use weapons was a necessary part of the right to self-defense — any view to the contrary was silly nonsense. [Stephen P. Halbrook, That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of A Constitutional Right (1984), p. 17, fn 76-77.]

So, in a nut shell, and armed America was envisioned as the only guarantee the people would have to restore our natural freedom and liberty in the face of a tyrannical government, but also as the only true self-defense method we have to protect ourselves and families from those who would be inclined to dominate us with crime and mayhem.

Schools in the U.S. have abdicated their responsibility to educate our youth inCicero history and civics and what has made America the most prolific economic system the world has ever seen; the system of government by and for the people which is governed by the U.S. Constitution, the supreme law of the law. Today’s youth are taught to question the very foundation and principles which assures our liberty and freedom according to the natural laws of mankind as eloquently stated by Cicero:

“There is in fact a true law – namely right reason – which is in accordance with nature, applies to all men, and is unchangeable and eternal. By its commands this law summons men to the performance of their duties. By its prohibitions, it restrains them from doing wrong. Its commands and prohibitions always influence good men, but are without effect upon the bad.

“To invalidate this law of human legislation is never morally right, nor is it permissible ever to restrict its operation, and to annul it is impossible. Neither the Senate nor the people can absolve us from our obligation to obey this law, and it requires no Sextus Aelms to expound and interpret it. It will not lay down one rule at Rome and another at Athens, nor will it be one rule today and another tomorrow.

“But there will be one law, eternal and unchangeable, binding at all times and upon all peoples; and there will be, as it were, one common master and ruler of mankind, namely God, who is the author of this law, its interpreter, and its sponsor. The man who will not obey it will abandon his better self, and, in denying the true nature of a man will thereby suffer the severest of penalties, though he has escaped all the other consequences which men call punishments.”

One must ask, “Why anyone with common sense would allow such a necessary and elementary building block to one’s education, be allowed to be dismissed from the educational process.” The answer is really quite simple. With the permissive, free spirit, gotta’-have-it-now generation of the Sixties cultural revolution, people developed an entitlement mentality, that the previous generations had paid for, often in the blood of wars. The Sixties generation became the generation where children began to feel that what they had been granted in life by the sacrifice of their parents, was something they were entitled to, and that no one of their generation should be denied of everything they could grab, even if it meant using unlawful means. That mentality is easily seen in the life-members of our political and business elite today.

Without an understanding of how our nation came to be, the Sixties generation and the generations that have followed, simply take for granted all that America offers . . . our freedom, our liberty, and the opportunity each of us have to succeed. Because it has become an inherited attitude, our children embark on life’s course a dozen French fries short of a Happy Meal® . They believe they are entitled to a minimum wage equal to positions which require advanced educational degrees, even for flipping hamburgers. They are not willing to put in the sweat equity it takes to earn their way up the ladder of success. They simple believe they should start at the top.

Because today’s youth are bridled with ignorance taught by our failing school systems, they have little or no education on the Constitution, our system of government, and the need for self-responsibility, making it easy to be controlled by those who govern them. They do not have a clue as to the values that has made America great.

The fourth and final article on the Second Amendment, will discuss the arguments for and against this important amendment, and we’ll examine the lies that are told to us by the liberal elite, and see the real picture behind the figures people use in an attempt to usurp our natural right to self defense.

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  1. Ed Mattson  November 29, 2015 at 5:20 am

    John,
    As usual, I appreciate your feedback. I have been writing for many years-articles, books, and on issues for Washington Think Tanks. The subject of ignoring the Constitution has been discussed many times, and the fact that the administrations of both Democrat and Republican Parties are guilty of ignoring the Supreme Law of the Land, needs to be thoroughly vetted if and when we complete the task of organizing the Convention of States which may be close at hand. I will be writing more about the Convention of States issues in the near future, but the government really made an abrupt left turn and power grab with the passage of the “ill-explained” Seventeenth Amendment in 1913, which interestingly coincided with the creation of the Federal Reserve. These two issues alone took so much potential power from the people and the states, it had to be by design of the power-hungry people who had been elected to office. When you control monetary policy and no longer have to answer for your voting record to the states you represent, we the people opened the door to failure of government. The government foresaw the ability to buy the electorate vote with taxpayer money so the passage of Number 17, for all intents and purposes, would allow perpetuity in office because of voters who would gladly sacrifice their vote to the ones handing out the most goodies. The amendment supersedes Article I, §3, Clauses 1 and 2 of the Constitution, under which senators were elected by state legislatures, to in effect, represent the issues of every state regardless of size, political influence of the individually and popularly elected representative of the House, or size of population. Each state was designed to have two votes and were to oversee the interests of the states. They were elected by the state legislators who were elected by the people of the state. The the Founders felt this gave the best control to maintain states-rights issues. My new book about Senator Elbert Guillory the first Black in the Louisiana Legislature since Reconstruction, discusses many of the constitutional issues you ask about. On an issue you wrote about just before this, I took Rockwool to task for thinking I support the anti-gun advocacy crowd. I suggested he read the first two articles on the Second Amendment and then the final part when I complete it this week. It generally takes 5-6 hours of research to put together an informative essay, and unfortunately doing Internet columns is not the road to making a living, so I can’t devote 100% of my time to fire out 3-4 articles a week . . . baby needs new shoes – and that takes money.

  2. Mike Kay  November 28, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Mr. M,
    In my experience, the greater populace is acted upon far more than it acts. Whenever we find genuine grassroots actions, we also find the might of the state mobilized against it, a classic case=the American labour movement.
    The American people never demanded a private central bank, in fact they fought it bitterly, yet we have to live with this parasite.
    No mere plebian has called out to ship his job overseas, yet we have to live with this reality.
    Then we have nukes, gmo’s, corporate assassination of small business, and on and on. When I review the machinations of oppression, I do not find one generation culpable. Rather, I see a sophisticated top down attack that has gained greater power with today’s technology, yet was always detectable.
    The main reason we are subject to endless false flags, from the trumped up militia hysteria, to endless “lone gunmen” contrivances, is because the same monkeys who removed our jobs and saddled us with everything else on the list, want us disarmed.
    It’s not the Russians, it’s the lever pulling primates weaponizing everything that can attack an independent citizenry.

  3. maggie  November 27, 2015 at 8:56 am

    The 60’s generation was, as all generations, not without it’s excesses. It was also the last generation to be offered healthy food and a decent environment. Not hormone disruptive genetically modified franken- food.,and not subjected to a variety of other poisons on all fronts. It was a generation of well fed and well educated offspring who were encouraged to be well-informed citizens who participated in the democratic forms of the republic . A generation encouraged to take part to try and make things better in the country and the world. These hopefuls then saw the people who espoused the ideals foundational to that republic…publicly slaughtered. Murdered by the men who infiltrated every aspect of American life and institutions…and in the years following, successfully set the entire world ablaze for profit.
    It was a generation reviled for opposing war, injustice and hatred. And that was reason enough to destroy the health and minds of the generations that followed. Those debt slave serfs who have to survive in a rogue nation, despised globally, in an asset stripped country unrecognizable to most born prior to 1963. “We didn’t start the fire…” as Billy Joel said.
    At least we had the guts to take a stand and attempt to be heard.
    And the message was about Unity towards a goal not divisiveness designed to fuel disruptions. Some of us who were there remember, and still speak up.

    • Ed Mattson  November 27, 2015 at 10:19 am

      Maggie,

      Thank you for your input. I too am of that generation, yet I have seen, particularly after living in Eastern Europe, the US from a little different point of view. The Sixties was an era of take all you can grab, and the start of the entitlement decades that followed. The military was hated when we were called on for duty, and those who slammed us when we returned are the same fools that are currently running our country down the drain and today. They still despise those willing to “carry the ball” to insure our safety from the Terrorists. When America doesn’t provide leadership, and that leadership is by no means perfect, though have done a job better than any other country, the world goes to hell pretty quickly as the Obama Administration as shown us. There is no perfect formula for international stability, but we are seeing the result of several leadership situations where, absent sound leadership (Republican and Democrat together), we may be seeing the the last years of American greatness, and the rise of something very ugly.

    • Ed Mattson  November 27, 2015 at 10:20 am

      Maggie,

      Thank you for your input. I too am of that generation, yet I have seen, particularly after living in Eastern Europe, the US from a little different point of view. The Sixties was an era of take all you can grab, and the start of the entitlement decades that followed. The military was hated when we were called on for duty, and those who slammed us when we returned are the same fools that are currently running our country down the drain and today. They still despise those willing to “carry the ball” to insure our safety from the Terrorists. When America doesn’t provide leadership, and that leadership is by no means perfect, though have done a job better than any other country, the world goes to hell pretty quickly as the Obama Administration as shown us. There is no perfect formula for international stability, but we are seeing the result of several leadership situations where, absent sound leadership (Republican and Democrat together), we may be seeing the last years of American greatness, and the rise of something very ugly.

  4. rockwool  November 27, 2015 at 8:44 am

    The ‘threat our country faces today from aggression by Russia, China, North Korea, and of course, global terror.’

    The author is an imbicil. Learn from history, it is YOUR flag waving ignorance and YOUR elites who are the threat against all of humanity and as well as to your selves.

    Your elites (not Russian) want to take your guns so they can put you in FEMA camps.

    Know your enemy: vigilantcitizen.com/moviesandtv/the-esoteric-symbolism-of-the-viral-video-i-pet-goat-ii

    • Ed Mattson  November 27, 2015 at 10:09 am

      Rockwool,

      You obviously haven’t read my articles or even read this one completely. My position on the rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment are pretty clear and I am against any idiot that wants to negate that right. The only way the fools can take our guns, and yes, I have my fair share by the way, is through a constitutional amendment requiring a vote of 3/4 of the the states to get approved. Calling me an imbecile (correct spelling) points out your IQ somewhere in single digits, but then I am not one to disparage dialogue on the subject of constitutional issues. Again, I restate that if someone so hates this country and believes we are the cause of all the world’s problems, then hop a plane and go somewhere you feel is more to your liking; I’ll buy you a one-way ticket.

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