April 22, 2022
Sean P. Keefe
In 1776, our Founding Fathers put in writing the concepts for governing that would change the world. The Declaration of Independence speaks of an oppressed people wishing to sever their relationship with their oppressors. The United States Constitution lays out the form that our new government would use to create a more fair and equal structure founded in the consent of the governed.
From the Divine law of the Bible, to the Magna Carte, to the United States Constitution, Man has attempted to put in writing those rights which are conferred at birth to every human being on earth by our Divine Creator. The logic, reason, and love in these writings are indisputable; and, for a time, these principles created the most peaceful and prosperous civilization in the history of the world.
And then we stopped following the words in the documents.
We could talk about the words in the Constitution regarding congress’s responsibility “To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;…”, and how our political class abdicated their responsibilities and handed this constitutional power over to the completely private Federal Reserve Banking System.
We could talk about the words in the Constitution regarding congress’s responsibility “To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;…”, and how we have been involved in hostilities in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lybia, Syria, Bosnia, etc., since the last time our congress exercised a Declaration of War.
United States citizens have an understandable pride in the words of the Declaration and Constitution. These words, although imperfect at their writing, gave life to the individual freedoms that have made our country the most sought-after destination in the world. Unfortunately, if you’ve been to Baltimore, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles or any other large American city in the last couple of years, you’ll understand the hollow nature of that pride.
Words only have meaning when Man puts them to use.
What good is the free speech guaranteed in the Constitution if our government encourages, incentivizes and legitimizes censorship in the marketplace of ideas? Facebook, Twitter, Gab, Tic Tok, Google, Duck Duck Go, Telegram and other apps are the new public space/town square. These social media/internet tools are how we communicate ideas to and with our fellow man. Can you imagine being on the phone and having the government or AT&T breaking in to your conversation and informing you that your conversation is missing important context? The obvious intention of the First Amendment is to encourage a free exchange of ideas. In that exchange, good ideas will be elevated and bad ideas will fall by the wayside. It is only in the face of a bad idea’s death that censorship finds its value.
The First Amendment also protects our individual rights to practice our religion – “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;…”
Nowhere in these words are congress or their agents given the right to prohibit you from going to church – NOWHERE. Yet, for two years our church activities have been curtailed to one extent or another – complete lockdowns, no singing, congregations limited in size, and masks required to attend indoor events.
The Second Amendment is very clear on its intent:
The most obvious part of this amendment is the last phrase – SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.
The “being necessary to the security of a free state” part is particularly interesting in light of recent remarks by the ‘Resident’, Joe Biden:
Fox News April 2021 – “no amendment is absolute”
Blaze News June 2021 – “if you wanted, or if you think you need to have weapons to take on the government, you need F-15s and maybe some nuclear weapons”
American Military News March 2022 – “Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines that hold up to 100 rounds. You think the deer are wearing Kevlar vests.”
In response to the first quote above – SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. Sounds absolute to me.
The second and third quotes are really eye-opening in that they reveal either that our ‘Resident’ is uneducated on the meanings held within the Constitution which gives him his authority, or he knows exactly what he is saying and is purposely misleading the American people. Either way, these quotes make him unfit for the Office of the President.
The “being necessary to the security of a free state” part of the amendment seems to me to mean that the people must be armed in order to remain free. The men who wrote the constitution were simultaneously waging war against what at the time was the world’s supreme power. They knew that the people bearing arms was the only thing protecting their freedom. They did not have weapons to shoot deer, although that helped. They had weapons to defend themselves against enemies both foreign and domestic. I have no doubt that King George wished that ‘arms’ only meant self-defense weapons. I’m pretty sure that the revolutionary army had cannons, ships and guns. The second amendment does not say guns; it say’s arms, and the Framers knew very well who those arms were meant to be used against. A well-armed household is not a popular target for criminals, nor is a well-armed people a popular target for an authoritarian ruler.
We could go through both documents with a fine-tooth comb and find numerous examples of the men and women in our political class circumventing or outright ignoring the words that were memorialized as our society’s guide. How long will our fellow citizens be forced to live in terror just because men and women elected or hired to manage our society refuse to follow or enforce the law? We have watched in horror as Minneapolis, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, and Chicago, among others, have become lawless nightmares. Homeless people litter the streets with tents and human waste. Gangs of smash and grabbers use hammers in broad daylight to rob stores. Incidents of train robberies have increased to levels not seen in over 100 years. Shoplifting and open drug use are not even treated as crime any longer.
Our election systems have been proven to be vulnerable to electronic attack. There is video evidence of election workers counting votes multiple times and physically barring legal observers from witnessing counts. There is video and phone data evidence of massive ballot harvesting operations connected to city political machines. There is ample evidence of dead people and vacant lots voting in the 2020 election.
Where was the legal profession or law enforcement when our school systems enforced a mandate for face coverings (a medical device) that was supported by exactly no scientific studies? Where were our medical leaders when these masks were held to absolutely no scientific scrutiny in regards to certification of manufacturing cleanliness or level of effectiveness at stopping the spread of disease?
Where is law enforcement to investigate the deaths of Isaac Martin, Joyce Creel, and Jill Harthsorn? These families have been forced to witness the untimely deaths of loved ones at the hands of our medical establishment. The legal profession has abandoned them. No law enforcement agency will even open an investigation. What good are words on paper if Man refuses to even try to live by them?
There are Constitutional protections and statutory laws already in existence that were made to address all of these issues. How many city district attorneys can you name who are openly admitting to not enforcing certain laws? How many cities have openly claimed themselves as sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants? How many illegal immigrants are being welcomed by this regime and bussed or flown, at taxpayer expense, to the U.S. destination of their choice?
How many people have lost their jobs or businesses because they refused to participate in the world’s largest medical experiment? What good are the words memorialized in the Nuremberg Code if none of the political or medical leaders in our country are willing to enforce them?
You see, our Declaration and Constitution are documents of which we should be very proud. Unfortunately, the long train of abuses at the end of which we now find ourselves is not the product of these documents. These abuses are the product of the men and women who have been placed in leadership roles throughout our country. They are not following the guidance of these documents. They openly lie about their adherence to these principles. They openly ignore the wisdom of these words. Unfortunately, words carry no weight without Man’s adherence. They are just words.
Men and women sitting in the halls of congress, the Oval Office, corporate board rooms, courtrooms, legal offices, local boards of education, local boards of health, state legislatures and executive branches, medical boards and media establishments (just to name a few) make decisions that create the rules upon which our society functions. If those men and women ignore the words that were created to guide our society, we are honor and duty bound to throw off those chains of tyranny.
From the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence:
“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.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”
How many of you find yourselves baffled by our fellow man’s willingness to suffer, while evils are sufferable? Our Founding Fathers knew why we needed free speech and the right to bear arms. They knew about the evils men would be willing to suffer. They knew change was not easy. They were brilliant men.
These brilliant men wrote these words for you and me to read, to cherish, to protect, to live by, and to pass on to our children. The words in the excerpt above from the Declaration could have been written today. Perhaps the poetry would have been different, but the sentiment would be exactly the same.
We The People must read the words, understand the principles, and lead accordingly. If we fail in this regard, we were never worthy of the country our Founding Fathers tried to bequeath us.