I believe we are into 2013 by about six weeks and already, the White House has announced that Mr. Obama is heading to West Palm Beach…for another vacation.  Amazing, isn’t it? Most of us cannot afford to take one vacation, but Mr. Obama – with or without family – gets to take as many as his time allows. Apparently, he has plenty of time because his last vacation was taken in December of 2012 and ended during the first part of January 2013.
Is Mr. Obama trying to tell us that he’s absolutely exhausted from work that he’s allegedly done in what – the last five weeks? We have nearly four more years to look forward where we may see at least another 16 to 20 vacations by Mr. Obama and company. We have the same amount of time to watch our national debt continue to spiral upwards, completely out of control.
Because of Obama’s efforts, lawmakers across the nation have taken their cue in also wanting stricter measures placed on guns and gun ownership. Some states, like California are doing everything they can to minimize or negate the 2nd Amendment, without actually touching it. In some cases, like New York and now Missouri, legislators want to complete confiscate guns. These states are doing what they can to create criminals out of otherwise law-abiding citizens.
The 2nd Amendment states that it is my right to keep and bear arms and that right shall not be infringed. Yet, our government has progressively infringed it over the years. Years ago, people often made their own weapons, but now the government says I cannot do that. It is against the law. So, I’m left with having to purchase them and there are all sorts of requirements in place in order for me to legally purchase them, which vary by state.
The more an individual state is controlled by the Democrats, the more restrictions exist. The more the state is controlled by the GOP, the fewer restrictions exist. That’s what Democrats do. (They not only do what they can to consistently reduce our rights and remove freedoms, but they also like to use the ol’ tax and spend method of trying to “balance” the budget, though that’s not something that has really ever worked, though they keep trying. It’s all they have.) The Republicans – for all their faults; and I’m speaking of true Republicans here, not RINOs – still believe in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. They like less regulation, whereas the Democrats love more.
But what’s coming with some of those Democrat legislatures across the U.S.? We know what New York has pulled and we are aware of what California is attempting as well with respect to anti-gun legislation. Here’s an example of the verbiage of an anti-gun bill from Missouri, which states the following:
“4. Any person who, prior to the effective date of this law, was legally in possession of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine shall have ninety days from such effective date to do any of the following without being subject to prosecution:
(1) Remove the assault weapon or large capacity magazine from the state of Missouri;
(2) Render the assault weapon permanently inoperable; or
(3) Surrender the assault weapon or large capacity magazine to the appropriate law enforcement agency for destruction, subject to specific agency regulations.
5. Unlawful manufacture, import, possession, purchase, sale, or transfer of an assault weapon or a large capacity magazine is a class C felony.” 
Well, isn’t that special? :)
What Democrats and Liberals simply fail to comprehend (or diligently choose to ignore) is that America is a Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy. What this means is very simple; so simple that even a caveman can see it.
It means that regardless of how large a majority is in favor of something (more restrictive measures on guns, etc.), the only thing that matters is what the law actually states. So for instance, in America, even if 100% of the people wanted to do away with the 2nd Amendment, legally, it cannot be done because the 2nd Amendment itself states that it “shall not be infringed” and it is part of this nation’s Constitution. It’s not up for debate even if the debaters are complete morons. That does not change the efficacy of this document.
The Democrats in Missouri, California, and New York are essentially making laws that are fully illegal because these laws infringe upon the 2nd Amendment. Because they infringe on the 2nd Amendment, they will likely be overruled in the courts. However, even if they are not overruled, the fact remains that laws are created that infringe directly on the ability of the law-abiding person to keep and bear arms in spite of the very clear warning of the 2nd Amendment itself.
Our federal government does not have that type of restrictive power, though obviously it thinks it does. This is not the purpose of the federal government, which was put in place as a means of support for the individuals states and their state governments. Unfortunately, quite some time ago, the emphasis began to shift away from the states’ rights and to the alleged rights of the federal government.
Look at the TSA and the 4th Amendment. The 4th Amendment guarantees that citizens and legal residents of America should not have to undergo unreasonable search and seizure, correct? Yet, when we go to an airport, we are scrutinized in all manner of ways, aren’t we? We are then told that the airport is a private facility, yet that’s not true. It is actually a public facility. There are private airports throughout America; that is true, but not every airport is private. Certainly, the major airports that operate in all major cities and most small ones are not private.
But let’s agree that the airports most of us use to travel are private, just for the sake of argument. Then what is our government doing there, operating machines and doing manual searches of our property and our person? Because the government is involved in the situation, forcing us to stand in a back-scatter machine with our arms above our heads as if we are under arrest and government employees are going through our bags and luggage, our 4th Amendment rights are being abrogated by our own government. If airports were actually private and the security people they used were not government employees, there would be a huge difference in the situation.
The 4th Amendment – like nearly all the amendments – is there to protect us from our government and government overreach! It’s that simple. The 1st Amendment is protection against our government coming in and deciding what we can and cannot say. The 2nd Amendment is there to protect us against our government coming in and taking our weapons. The 4th Amendment is there to protect us from our government choosing to ignore our rights and doing whatever they want with respect to search and seizure.
These amendments protect us from our government. Yet, we are seeing these rights go down the tubes and there is even talk among Democrats in Congress who want to limit the 1st Amendment as well. Who do these people think they are?
I have to wonder what it’s going to take, don’t you? Maybe our government is doing all it can to tick off the population so that they’ll have a reason to “defend” itself against us?
So what does Mr. Obama’s many vacations, executive orders and the rest, along with the laws that Democrats nationwide are pushing to abrogate our rights have in common? It’s really all part of the same problem. Our government is either completely corrupt, or it’s run by incompetent fools who are thoroughly uneducated when it comes to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Personally, I think it’s both.
So what do we do about it? First, we educate ourselves about the Constitution. Second, we become aware of what our inept government is attempting to do and when push comes to shove, we simply stand. We do like those within the state of New York are doing as they react to the overreach led by Gov. Cuomo’s fully orchestrated illegal gun-grab. The Constitution says “No, no one has the right to infringe on a person’s right to keep and bear arms.” The New York State Legislature says “We have the right to abrogate a person’s right to keep and bear arms.” Who’s right here, the Constitution or a bunch of gun-grabbing Democrat delinquents?
For some reason, God decided I would be born in America. Does that mean I can access those things that protect my rights here? Certainly. Again, I’m not advocating overthrowing our government. I’m simply stating that my rights are there for a reason and as a natural-born American, I have access to those rights. To not use them would be like having money in the bank that you never withdrew.
Please hear me: I’m not saying we should rise up against our government. I don’t believe that is a wise or viable choice. It is not what Jesus would do. However, if our government makes laws that are questionable or fully illegal, do we have an obligation to adhere to them? I don’t believe we do and it is on that basis I stand. Standing on principle is a lot different from trying to overthrow something – and again, I would like to be very clear here that I am not advocating that we band together and attempt to overthrow anything. We simply stand. We may get arrested for it, but so be it.
If I arrived home to see someone running from my home and carrying my valuables, I would not chase them down, nor would I shoot after them. They’re heading away from me, therefore they pose no threat to me at all. Whatever they may have taken is replaceable. For me, I would simply call the police and then do what I could to reinforce the place(s) where the criminal was able to gain entrance to my home.
However, with my government, I believe I have a different responsibility in how I react to anything they attempt to create into law that would abrogate my rights as guaranteed by the Constitution. Aside from trying to change what they are doing, I can show them my displeasure and disagreement by simply standing as a form of protest, through non-compliance and I do that because of my belief that their new law attempts to abolish a right guaranteed to me.
If they pass an unconstitutional law that says I need to turn guns in, I believe I can legally refuse to do so, because their newly created law does not take precedence over the 2nd Amendment. If they pass a law that says I must show my ID every time I cross over a particular street, I can either ignore that street or refuse to show my ID. After all, this same government seems to have a special affinity for illegal aliens and rarely, if ever, calls them into question or demands they prove their identity. In fact, they seem to go overboard in ensuring that their “rights” are protected so that no one will learn they are here illegally. This dissonance between my true rights and their perceived rights is the basis by which my rights are diminished.
If the government passes a law that says I can no longer grow vegetables in my backyard, I have a choice. Do I obey or do I continue growing vegetables? On what basis have they made that law, especially if I am not selling my vegetables to anyone, but simply using them for my own dinner?
Whether or not the majority of our lawmakers care about the Constitution or the Bill of Rights really makes little difference to me, because I do care about the Constitution and what it says. Because of that, I take my cue from those laws that assume the equality of all people who have a legal right to be in this country and especially those of us who were born here. Simply because there are lawmakers who count on the populace not knowing what the Constitution says does not mean that their ignorance (or even criminal intent) in attempting to change/make laws that abrogate my rights means I have to acquiesce to them.
I can stand against their lawlessness and I should do that very thing. If we do not, how will they ever learn that their attempt to abolish my rights is without equivocation, wrong?
By doing nothing – neither protesting, resisting, or even standing – elected officials will wrongly come to believe that they can pass whatever law suits them and their current agenda, without respect for the founding documents of this country. We cannot allow that and to turn aside means we are culpable.
Stand for your rights as guaranteed by the Constitution. Do it without violence. Do it as a form of protest. Stand.
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