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.

Main Street One

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.

Main Street One

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

What Many Of Us Don’t Know About Our Declaration of Independence

richard henry leeOn July 2, 1776, The Lee Resolution (also known as “The Resolution for Independence”) was passed by the Second Continental Congress.  It formally declared our independence from Great Britain, King George III and his tyrannical reign over the colonies, and basically established our new country, which came to be known as the United States of America.
Richard Henry Lee, a delegate from Virginia, submitted the resolution on June 7, however, some delegates were committed to follow earlier instructions regarding reconciliation with Britain. Due to this, on June 11, the Lee Resolution was postponed by a vote of seven colonies to five, with New York abstaining.
They did, however, form the “Committee of Five” to prepare an actual declaration of independence in case it should pass when voted upon.  John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert R. Livingston and Roger Sherman were appointed to that committee. Congress then recessed for 3 weeks.
Upon the completion of writing the declaration, and the end of the recess, it was brought to the floor of Congress. On July 1, following the weekend recess, the delegates began to discuss and debate its content, eliminating approximately twenty-five percent of the original text. The next day the Lee Resolution declaring the establishment of a new country was adopted by 12 of the 13 colonies, with New York not voting.
Committee_of_Five,_1776On July 4, 1776, Congress approved what was called the Declaration of Independence and then directed the Committee of Five to oversee the printing of the adopted document. The next day copies were distributed to key places and people throughout the Colonies where the text was followed by the words: “Signed by Order and in Behalf of the Congress, John Hancock, President. Attest. Charles Thomson, Secretary.”
On July 9 New York officially approved it, making it unanimous.  Therefore, on July 19 Congress ordered that the Declaration of Independence be “fairly engrossed on parchment, with the title and stile [sic] of ‘The unanimous declaration of the thirteen United States of America,’ and that the same, when engrossed, be signed by every member of Congress.”
Signing was to occur on August 2, 1776, but all were not present on that date.  And two New York delegates did not sign; John Dickinson, who still wanted reconciliation, and Livingston, who felt it premature.
signing-of-declaration-independenceEventually, 56 delegates did sign the document, representing Connecticut (4), Delaware (3), Georgia (3), Maryland (4), Massachusetts Bay (5), New Hampshire (3), New Jersey (5), New York (4), North Carolina (3), Pennsylvania (9), Rhode Island (2), South Carolina (4) and Virginia (7).
It begins: The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
It goes into great detail justifying the independence by the then-Colonies listing a total of 27 of the most noted grievances against King George III.  The Declaration also asserts certain unalienable natural, and other legal rights, which also includes the right of revolution.
Their resolve was cast in stone, as it ends with this sentence: And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
In the end: nine signers died of wounds during the Revolutionary War; five were captured or imprisoned; wives, and children were killed, jailed, mistreated, or left penniless; twelve signers’ homes were burned to the ground; and, seventeen lost everything they owned.
Their honor remained intact – not one signer defected, they fought to the end. To victory.  To a new independent and free nation.
Thomas JeffersonAs the person who had written the bulk of the words, Jefferson became known as “the Principal Author of the Declaration of Independence.”  The original draft written by Jefferson is carefully preserved at our United States Library of Congress.  It is his complete original, which includes revisions that were made by Adams and Franklin, along with the author’s own notes of the changes that were made by Congress during debate.
The version that is most identified and regularly referred to as the original of the Declaration is the signed copy on permanent display at our National Archives, in Washington, D.C.
The Declaration of Independence is, indeed, one of the most treasured documents ever written.
Happy Independence Day, America!!!