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.

Main Street One

The Origins and Anniversary of our Bill of Rights

BillOfRightsContrary to what some seem to think or believe today, the Bill of Rights is not a Bill of Needs.

On September 17, 1787 our Founding Fathers created the Constitution of the United States.  It then had to go through a ratification, or approval, process in each state.  Nine states were required to approve the document for it to become official for the country.  In the end, all of them did.

However, there was a slight problem.

The Constitution, as written, laid out the foundations for the federal government fairly well but there were no guarantees, nor even a mention, of state or individual rights, that for which they all fought during the American Revolution.

In contrast, the previous semi-governing document, the Articles of Confederation (the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union), which was ratified on March 1, 1781, at least contained language to preserve the independence and sovereignty of the states.

anti-federalistsLed by people such as Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Samuel Adams and George Mason, the Anti-Federalists (as they came to be know) believed that the Constitution needed a Bill of Rights; that it created a presidency so powerful it might be turned into a tyrannical monarchy; that the document did not do enough with the courts with the result being an out-of-control judiciary; and, that the federal government would be unresponsive to the needs of the states and the people.

A war of words ensued.

The Federalists, led by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, wished to leave the Constitution alone.  They did not feel that any type of Bill of Rights was needed.

Madison wrote, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”

Federalist-PapersHowever, they were not spelled out nor guaranteed in any way, thus leaving open the possibility for their encroachment.

Written guarantees won out.  On December 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights was ratified.

What exactly was the purpose of these 10 amendments?

The Bill of Rights added specific guarantees of personal freedoms and rights.

It does NOT grant us those rights.

It guarantees them.

If you recall, from the Declaration of Independence, our Founders believed in our unalienable rights, not man- or government-granted, but given to us by our Creator.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The Bill of Rights also defined, more clearly, limitations on government power in judicial and other proceedings. And, one other huge point, that all powers not specifically delegated to Congress are reserved for the states or the people.

Today, let us thank our Founding Fathers for the foresight and wisdom they had in providing these documents but also pray that those elected representatives who took an Oath to support and defend the Constitution start doing so.  In all areas and at all times.  Not just when it is convenient for their political agenda.

But, also keep in mind that we have lost some rights.  Some have been, otherwise limited.

JeffersonIt is up to each and every one of us to demand that our elected representatives are reminded of this truth, as written by Thomas Jefferson:
“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.”

Ensure that you and your family know your rights.  Only then can you protect them.

There are many paths to educate yourself and your family. Learn the basics by watching the award-winning In Search of Liberty Constitution movie, and then, for in-depth study, enroll in a Constitution Boot Camp from Building Blocks for Liberty or join KrisAnne Hall’s Liberty First University.

Staying true to our US Constitution we can safeguard freedom in America for ourselves and our posterity.

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

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Betsy Ross - G Washington - God Bless