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 of these Founders 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 U.S. 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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Kobe Bryant – The Legend

Kobe Bryant 8Kobe Bean Bryant entered the National Basketball Association (NBA) right out of high school as the first guard to ever do so, in 1996. On draft night the Hornets selected him and he was immediately, as was prearranged, traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Black Mamba stayed with the Showtime Lakers for his entire 20 year career, earning 18 trips to the All-Star game, being named 15 times to the All-NBA team, locking in 12 All-Defensive Team honors, taking home 5 NBA Championships (one three-peat and one repeat), nabbing 2 NBA Finals MVP Awards, and 1 NBA MVP, among many other honors and accomplishments. His 18X All-Star appearances is second only to NBA All-Star and Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 19 nods.

Kobe Bryant 24He was a monster on the court, offensively and defensively, and earned the respect of virtually anyone who played or watched the game, even those who hate on the Lakers, for their 16 total NBA Championships, second only to the Boston Celtics who have won 17, 11 of which were gathered with NBA All-Star and Hall of Famer Bill Russell.

obe Bryant 5 time champKobe was the first-ever NBA player to amass at least 30,000 career points coupled with 6,000 career assists, and is one of only four NBA players with 25,000 points, 6,000 rebounds and 6,000 assists. In 2006, the Black Mamba scored 81 points in a W over the Toronto Raptors, second only to 100 dropped by legend Wilt Chamberlain.

During his career, Kobe averaged 25.0 points, 5.20 rebounds, and 4.69 assists per game. His 33,643 total points scored ranks 4th all-time in the NBA. He played 1,346 regular season games and another 220 NBA playoff games.

Kobe Bryant OscarDue to a very serious torn Achilles tendon in 2013, and further injuries to follow, his remaining few years with the team were not vintage Kobe, although his last game, the 2016 season finale on April 13, saw him scoring a season-high 60 points against Utah, where, during this last hurrah, he outscored the entire Jazz team 23–21 in the fourth quarter, ensuring a Lakers 101–96 victory.

He was also a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner (2008 and 2012) and, after his retirement he won an Oscar in 2018 for the Best Animated Short Film, titled “Dear Basketball.”

Kobe Bryant will be missed on many levels.

May he Rest in Peace!

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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Veterans Day 2019 – Thank you Vets

US_Armed_ForcesIn the United States there is a day honoring all of our veterans.

That day is today – Veterans Day.

A veteran is any person who has served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces and was discharged, left the service, under any conditions other than dishonorable.

The significance of this particular day is that it marked the end of World War I which formally ceased at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

Thus, 101 years ago, today.

A Congressional act, approved on May 13, 1938, declared November 11 to be a national holiday, stating that November 11 is “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.” The name was changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954.

Vets Day Honoring All Who ServedSo, thank you Veterans.

We are still the Land of the Free.

Because of the Brave, our Vets.

As a final note, for those who may not know, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the attributive form (no apostrophe) is used rather than the possessive case as the official spelling “because it is not a day that ‘belongs’ to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans.”

Over for now.

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P.S. – And, yes, this post was published at 11:11am Eastern on 11-11-2019.