Constitution Day 2020

Constitution Day 2020This year has been one for the books, a year where our Constitutionally guaranteed rights have been neglected, abused and even taken away.

Here we will take a closer look at violations of our “Supreme Law of the Land.”

There have been certain states and cities where the issued orders and mandates border on, or cross over into, draconian and tyrannical rule – the precise actions our Founders fought against, and the very reasons they created our U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights to ensure protection exists.

Three of the worst have been California, New York and Pennsylvania. But, rest assured, there are others.

Here is the bottom line of our “Unconstitutional 2020” …

1. Limiting the size of gatherings and congregations violate the right to peaceably assemble, guaranteed in our 1st Amendment.

2. Ordering Citizens to stay home and closing “non-essential” businesses violates due process, as guaranteed in our 14th Amendment.

3. And, closing of these businesses also violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

Peaceably to Assemble - ChicagoNot to mention that there are elected officials who condone and/or encourage, and do not put an end to, the riots, looting and personal harm, injury and senseless murder. Their inaction, condoning or encouraging such violates their own Oath of Office to “support and defend” our U.S. Constitution, specifically Article I Section 8 where it is up to them to “suppress Insurrections.”

That same Article charges Congress to provide for the “general welfare” of America. And, to be clear, welfare in our U.S. Constitution does not mean providing money to people … it means, “Exemption from misfortune, sickness, calamity or evil; the enjoyment of health and the common blessings of life; prosperity; happiness; applied to persons” (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of the English Language).

Their callous, lax attitude in the face of the violent protests is cause for them to be expelled. As per our laws. Period.

Federal law, specifically 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.

At least there appears to be a light at the end of this seemingly endless, dark tunnel.

Recently, a Federal Judge ruled in favor of businesses, four counties, as well as some state legislators, against the rules and orders set down by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe during this Covid-19 period, basically citing 1 through 3 above.

And, Attorney General William Barr has informed state and local prosecutors that they can bring charges of sedition against violent protestors.

Scale of 1 to 1984 - George WashingtonAll Americans should be very concerned where are civil liberties are not only put at risk, but are taken away.

However, there are many Citizens who do not know what their rights are, that they are unalienable (cannot be given away or taken away).

It is up to We the People to ensure that our Liberty stays put.

As principal author of our Declaration of Independence and third president Thomas Jefferson said, “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”

Know your rights … only then can you protect your rights.

Make Constitution Day 2020 the day you commit to see to it that all of your family members and friends are educated about our U.S. Constitution.

One place to start is by watching the award-winning In Search of Liberty Constitution movie. It is a great refresher or educational tool about our freedom, our rights, our liberty. Following the movie, check out the more in-depth study offered by Building Blocks for Liberty in their three-hour Constitution Boot Camp Streaming Home Edition or consider Constitutional attorney KrisAnne Hall’s online Liberty First University.

As well, IC Liberty Films has several free informational resources, including essays and books, to assist everyone in this worthwhile endeavor.

The below are free PDF eBook downloads. Click on the title and the PDF will appear in a new window and can then be saved to your device.

Common Sense 2020: Understanding Today’s Political Environment

Our Founding Fathers on our Republic, Freedom & Governance

The Handbook for We the People

The People’s Guide to the United States Constitution

God Bless America!

Over For Now.

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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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We The People Will Keep Our Arms. Thank You.

2A-Social-ResponsibilityKilling, murder, is not a good thing.  It is evil-intentioned.

However, every time there is a mass shooting the gun-grabbers take to the media calling for banning the Second Amendment, or in some way infringing on our unalienable and Constitutionally guaranteed right to bear arms.

The fact is … guns do not kill people.

People. Kill. People.

People do use guns as an instrument of death. But they also use knives, poison, and with myriad other devices and methods. Though no one calls for banning those.

When a drunk or even sober driver takes to the road and fatally injures someone no one blames the car or truck or whatever they were driving. They blame the driver, the person.

Rightfully so.

Why is it different with guns?

All Second Amendment supporters know why the Second Amendment was written.

It wasn’t so people could go hunting.

It wasn’t so people could participate in sporting events.

It wasn’t so people could only defend their homes.

However, these are the main talking points politicians, judges, celebrities and others claim as the reason We the People do not need a 30-round clip, or an “assault rifle,” or, or, or.

They are either lying when they say these things, or are very ignorant of our history, or have a very specific agenda to take away arms for power and control.

Our Founders were very adamant about our Second Amendment.  The primary purpose as stated, is for the “security of a free state.”

2A-Flag-MadisonAs Founder Richard Henry Lee said, “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…”

Tench Coxe, another Founder stated it this way, “Whereas civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.”

And several other Founders voiced similar thoughts.

Yet, those very same people who want to take guns away say that tyranny and the like could never happen, it is an out-dated notion.

Wrong.

Tyranny will ONLY never happen as long as We the People keep our arms.

2A-British-are-ComingTaking guns away from law-abiding Citizens does NOT make any city, county or state safer.  Just check those areas that have the strictest gun laws and you will generally find higher murder rates than the norm.

So, if people kill people, go after those people.  Whether they used a gun or a knife or a hammer, go after the person.

Do not come after arms of American Citizens who are, by-and-large, peaceful and do follow the law.

Closing with the thoughts of Founder St. George Tucker, “Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.”

Think Adolf Hilter, Mao Tze Tung, Josef Stalin, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, etc.

We the People will keep our arms. Thank you.

We the People - Scott D Welch

 

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

 

 

The entertaining and informative In Search of Liberty movie is a great refresher (if it’s been a while) or educational tool (for those who know very little) about our U.S. Constitution, and is a movie that All Americans should watch.

Memorial Day 2018 – Recognizing Those Who Died While Serving

Decorating graves of soldiers with flowers is an ancient tradition.  In America, while there is some evidence it occurred prior to, the practice took on a more-known and more-practiced tradition during and after the United States Civil War.

Memorial Day, earlier known as Decoration Day, is a tradition of remembering, honoring and decorating the graves of those who died while serving in the military with flowers and/or U.S. Flags.

This specific holiday provides a ritual expression to the themes of death, sacrifice and re-birth and, in general, provides the people of America with a renewed sense of nationalism.

Whether every U.S. citizen realizes it or not, the unparalleled freedom and liberty that we have and enjoy is definitely not free.  It was taken with weapons and lives during the American Revolution and it has persevered through the centuries where tyrants, fascists and uncompromising terrorists have attempted world domination and control, again through the use of weapons and the loss of life.

While war is not the ideal solution to world political issues it has been necessary when those suppressive and oppressive individuals, such as Adolph Hitler, do not respond to reason or diplomacy, unless it was for another country to unconditionally surrender to the dictator’s every wish and whim. During and following those times, when soldiers answer the call to defend their country, we are eternally grateful to them.

So, to all who served, who gave their all and more, we remember and honor you…and we thank you for your ultimate sacrifice in helping us keep our freedom intact.