Virginia – Then and Now

George Washington - I want youFor anyone who knows America’s history, Virginia used to be the home of some of our strongest and bravest Patriots – Founders who fought hard for our independence and our unalienable rights and who cherished the United States of America and our liberty.

Consider these names: George Washington (Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army and our 1st president), Thomas Jefferson (principal author of our Declaration of Independence and 3rd president), James Madison (Father of our US Constitution and 4th president), George Mason (Father of our Bill of Rights), Patrick (“Give me liberty or give me death”) Henry, Richard Henry Lee (who, on June 7, 1776 put forth the motion to the Continental Congress to declare independence from Britain), among many other individuals.

All lived in and represented Virginia and all fought for We the People.

This was the home state of die-hard Second Amendment supporters.

2A - DisarmKeep in mind what our Second Amendment really concerns…the “security of a free state.” Not hunting. Not sports. Not just for self defense, but for defending the state. It was for the protection against tyranny and/or a government that would want to limit freedom and liberty of We the People.

President Washington advocated for supplying citizens with arms and training when he said, “…the Citizens of America (with a few legal and official exceptions) from 18 to 50 Years of Age should be borne on the Militia Rolls, provided with uniform Arms, and so far accustomed to the use of them, that the Total strength of the Country might be called forth at Short Notice on any very interesting Emergency.” He was looking at the “total strength of the country,” or, pretty much, everybody.

President Jefferson made his point saying, “No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” Why, one may ask. He also answers that one, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Patriots without arms can never prevent a tyrant from taking over nor are they able to break free of a tyrant.

2A Willing To Die ProtectingPresident Madison stated, “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.” His feelings beg the questions, why would governments be afraid and why would they need the populace disarmed? History has answered that question with governments that took away the arms of their citizens, who then became slaves to those governments.

George Mason stated, “That the people have a Right to mass and to bear arms; that a well regulated militia composed of the Body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper natural and safe defense of a free state…” Again, bearing arms and “trained to arms.” In other words, being prepared for what could come at any time. Such as now in Virginia.

Henry reminds us, “When did freedom exist when the power of the sword and purse were given up from the people? Unless a miracle shall interpose, no nation ever did, nor ever can retain its liberty after the loss of the sword and the purse.” And, Virginia, with current and proposed legislation, is a step away from losing their freedom.

2A - not disarmIt was Lee’s feeling that, “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them…” Once again, possess arms and be taught how to use them.

Compare our Founders from Virginia with the current governance in that state.

Current House Bill 961 will undoubtedly be signed into law soon, as it passed the House and is at the Senate.

HB 961 prohibits “any person from importing, selling, transferring, manufacturing, purchasing, possessing, or transporting an assault firearm” in the state of Virginia. Violation of the law will be a Class 6 felony. The bill further makes it a felony to possess any magazine holding more than 12 rounds of ammunition.

Republican Del. Nick Freitas told the Washington Examiner, “HB 961 would make tens of thousands of gun owners in Virginia criminals overnight.”

VA-seal-plain“This bill creates an environment where you could receive up to 12 months in jail for every magazine you have over 12 rounds,” he added. “At the same time that Democrats are voting for early release programs for people convicted of first-degree murder and rape, they are criminalizing law-abiding gun owners.”

Earlier pieces of legislation that have been signed into law in Virginia include limiting handgun purchases to one per month, universal background checks and a “red flag” law. Red Flag laws violate numerous personal and property rights guaranteed under our US Constitution.

Citizens of Virginia, and all over America, have been shocked into the reality of over-reaching and unconstitutional laws that the elected representatives have passed and are preparing to enact.

On January 20, 2020, tens of thousands of Second Amendment advocates gathered to protest the gun control measures that became law on that day. Despite Governor Ralph Northam issuing an Executive Order and declaring a State of Emergency “due to potential civil unrest at the Virginia state capitol,” the protest was large but without incident.

We the People have a rich heritage that is based on not just our Freedom, but the ability to ensure our continued Freedom. Much of that is because of our Second Amendment.

Over For Now.

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The right of citizens of the United States to vote

Right to voteOur United States Constitution very specifically states in three different places that Citizens have the right to vote in elections. Not illegal immigrants. Not people from other countries.

Citizens. Period.

Below is the exact wording for each of the three amendments addressing the right to vote.

Amendment XV

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude–

Amendment XIX

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Amendment XXIV

The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.

Note that each of the three begin with the words, The right of citizens of the United States to vote.

Thus, it becomes very clear that any elected official who has sworn an Oath of Office to “support and defend the Constitution” and who openly supports, including not taking action to stop illegals from being registered to vote and/or actually voting, is violating their Oath and should be immediately removed from office.

Federal law, namely 18 United States Code 1918, provides the penalties for violation of the Oath of Office described in 5 U.S.C. 7311 and specifically includes: (1) removal from office and; (2) confinement or a fine.

This Patriot likes removal, confinement AND a fine. And no pension benefits.

It is anyone’s guess at this point how many vacant seats we would have in Congress right now IF this law were enforced.

The bigger picture, however, begs the question, WHY is it not enforced?

Capitol Hill B&G ClubAt the Capitol Hill Boys and Girls Club, those individuals who have been elected to represent us, are, instead, mostly (not all) living a fairly lavish lifestyle, courtesy of the American Taxpayer. And why would they bring such a wonderful thing to an end by supporting and defending the “Supreme Law of the Land.”

Factually, there is another Federal Law that hundreds of local, state and national elected representatives are violating, calling for time in jail. Many persons who are violating their Oath are also violating this specific law.

Title 8. United States Code Section 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii) makes it an offense for any person who — knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation.

We have “Sanctuary” areas all across the United States where illegal immigrants are concealed and are harbored and are shielded in direct violation of that Code.

The penalty for those persons who harbor or conceal an illegal immigrant (as in Sanctuary cities, counties and states), or who shield them from detection by agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is five years in prison.

Founder Alexander Hamilton said, “A sacred respect for the constitutional law is the vital principle, the sustaining energy of a free government.”

When illegal immigrants can obtain licenses to drive, a requisite to obtaining a voter ID card, and when it has been proven that they have been voting, our freedom is being taken away.

Make no mistake.

If illegals can (and do) vote and cast their ballots for those who will allow them to stay in our beautiful country, and live off of we taxpayers, we are at risk.

And a big reason is that We the People have have been complacent. We have not demanded and ensured that elected representatives abide by their solemn Oath.

Several freedoms are now limited or facing all-out extinction, including freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to bear arms, to name a few.

And though I do not like my cousin Patrick Henry using the word “rulers” in this next quote, that is the time they lived in, that is what had been done throughout most of the world, people were governed by power-hungry rulers, monarchs, tyrants.

Henry said, “The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.”

Transactions such as over 260 workplace harassment lawsuits (including sexual abuse) against members of Congress have been hidden behind the “Congressional Accountability Act of 1995” that has paid out over $17 million in taxpayer funds as hush money to keep accusers quiet. No public records exist. That is pretty concealed. That is criminal.

And there are many more abuses by members of Congress of their positions, given to them with trust by We the People, which they violate, day after day, costing We the Taxpayer billions upon billions of dollars, which includes, of course, providing financial assistance and aid to illegal immigrants.

Remember November ConstitutionIt is time to round up these people violating their Oath of Office and throw them out. En masse, if need be. To send a message that We the People will not stand for it anymore.

Founder and third president Thomas Jefferson summed it up quite nicely, when he said, “Our legislators are not sufficiently apprized of the rightful limits of their power; that their true office is to declare and enforce only our natural rights and duties, and to take none of them from us.”

And, if our Justice Department cannot or will not do it, We the People can. And must.

At the voting booth.

Find and vote only for those individuals who have proven by their actions that they do, in fact, support and defend our mighty U.S. Constitution.

Make the Constitution Great Again!

Remember in November!

Over For Now.

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Politicians Who Claim No One Is Above The Law

sanctuary_citiesIt has become quite popular for politicians to talk about no one being above the law. Yet, there are, more than likely, scores of elected officials who should be in prison if no one is truly above the law.

One of the biggest abuses occurring at present is the encouragement and harboring of illegal immigrants, which carries a penalty of five years in prison.

Title 8 of the United States Code, Section 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii), makes it an offense for “any person who — knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation.”

Yet here in the United States of America, there currently exist over 200 cities, counties and states calling themselves “Sanctuary,” meaning they are not only encouraging illegal persons to come and live there, but they are then harboring them, shielding them from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.).

SFO trashThe most horrible part of harboring illegal immigrants is that these cities and municipalities are using billions upon billions of American Citizen tax dollars to fund the schooling, medical care and more of these millions of illegal occupants.

And, being the most “progressive” of states, Governor Newsom in California, recently signed legislation making it “legal” for these illegal people to sit on state boards and commissions.

As the leader, California spends billions upon billions annually taking care of illegal immigrants yet cannot properly respond to disasters nor even keep the streets in their cities clean of debris and excrement. They ban plastic straws but, in many cities, there are hundreds, thousands of needles used by addicts littered upon public walkways. Their homeless population of American Citizens, including our Veterans, is absurd.

To top it off, there are those in Congress who have publicly announced what illegal immigrants should do to avoid being tracked down by I.C.E. personnel.

Some have even been so bold as to have their office staff fly to the border and personally escort illegal persons across our border.

sanctuary-citiesAs our U.S. Constitution states that one of the jobs of Congress is to protect our states, and as they have allowed (and encouraged) continuous illegal border crossings, they should, rightfully, be expelled from Congress for violating their Oath of Office to Support and Defend said Constitution.

Thus, the question remains unanswered.

How is it that “no one is above the law” when our elected representatives have been some of the worst law-breakers of all time, essentially robbing taxpayers of tens billions of dollars annually supporting illegal foreigners that they encourage to come to – and stay in – our land.

It is especially concerning when one considers that all of these actions listed here are and have been done in the open, in complete public view.

It almost seems as if these politicians are flaunting that they really are above the law. All the while claiming that no one is.

It is time for Americans to become armed with knowledge of our U.S. Constitution and our laws and hold public officials accountable. The easiest way to learn is with the award-winning In Search of Liberty Constitution movie. In addition, for more in-depth study there is a one-day Constitution Boot Camp from Building Blocks for Liberty or consider KrisAnne Hall’s online Liberty First University.

Over For Now.

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Red Flag Laws Are Profoundly Unconstitutional

red-flag-laws-due-processAny and every time there is a mass shooting in America the gun grabbers take to the media and demand gun control or gun confiscation.  This, as every Patriotic American knows, clearly violates our Second Amendment.  Those advocating to take away arms from Citizens are either ignorant/clueless regarding America’s rights or are oppressive/suppressive regarding personal rights and freedom.

Our Founders were not stupid when they provided us with our Second Amendment, nor any of the others.  They knew world history and what happens when the people cannot defend their state, their property, their person.

As Patrick Henry said, “Where and when did freedom exist when the power of the sword and purse were given up from the people?”

Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson said, “For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well organized and armed militia is their best security.”  Thus, if you cannot possess arms you cannot remain free from tyrants or those who wish to exert control.

And Samuel Adams declared, “The Constitution shall never be construed… to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”

Back to the topic at hand.  Just how bad are Red Flag Laws?

Your speech or behavior could be considered a red flag by a friend or relative (or an enemy) and based on what you said a person could go to a judge and potentially be able to have the police confiscate your guns.

When Red Flag Laws are used there is a clear and absolute violation of both the First and Second Amendments.

Any others? Please, read on.

Amendment IV reads in part: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.”  This one is also violated because the person who reported you assumed you might commit a crime with your gun and that is certainly an unreasonable assumption, especially if you have zero prior incidents.  There is no probable cause, which is based on evidence and not opinion of what might be.

Then there is the Fifth. “No person shall be … deprived of … property, without due process of law.”  There is absolutely no due process with a Red Flag Law.

Moving on to our Sixth Amendment: this one is violated because the person whose guns were seized via a Red Flag Law were not “informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.”  In VI, there are four required conditions that should be met before any thought of confiscation.

Constitution-DestructionIn one fell swoop half of our Bill of Rights has been violated!

And, because Red Flag Laws violate a Citizen’s due process, our Fourteenth Amendment is shredded.  “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”

It can easily be seen that states which have already passed Red Flag Laws are torching our US Constitution and those who are considering passing such a bill are ready to join the ranks of the unconstitutional.

One must remember that elected representatives take an Oath of Office and most, if not all, swear that they will support and defend our US Constitution.

By passing any form of a Red Flag Law those who are supposed to support and defend our US Constitution, and thus our rights, are clearly violating their Oath and should be removed from office.  Not by vote.  By law.

In order to ensure our Freedom, our Liberty, our Rights, we must remain true to our U.S. Constitution.  And we MUST demand that those elected to represent us do the same!  Or, they must be expelled from office.

There are many ways to learn and/or teach the basics.  You can start by watching the award-winning In Search of LibertyConstitution movie.  For more in-depth study you can enroll in a one-day Constitution Boot Camp from Building Blocks for Libertyor consider joining KrisAnne Hall’s Liberty First University.

We the People - Scott D Welch

by Scott D. Welch, Patriot
Direct descendant of 8 Americans who fought in the Revolutionary War
Cousin of Patrick Henry