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 one 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 Federal 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 in 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.
Posted by Ed Mattson on November 27, 2015, With 1275 Reads Filed under Of Interest. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.