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This comes from the We Are Change website.
This is the sort of story I look for every day. Here is a Constitutional-minded Cop who is well spoken, highly intelligent, and presently on administrative leave because – well, because he believes in the Constitution and practices his rights under the Bill of Rights. Oath Keepers, stand by. I’m thinking that most who will watch this video will want to do something to help this guy. He’s beautiful in his righteous defense of our Constitution. I can’t shake his hand from this ice-bound valley in the middle of Montana, but I can send him Oath Keepers’ finest…
Elias Alias, editor
This video was originally produced by Infowars.com
Liberty lovers gathered at the Texas capitol building to show appreciation for the U.S. Constitution.
Some arrived late however, having been detained by the Department of Homeland Security for using a public walkway to pass by a federal building.
One of the DHS agents was not even aware that in Texas, it is legal to carry a longarm.
Oath Keeper Founder, Stewart Rhodes, Speaks At The Inaugural Oath Keepers Sponsored, “Northwest Patriots And Self-Reliance Rally”
Stewart Rhodes speaks at the Northwest Patriots and Self-Reliance Rally in Athol, Idaho.
This article and video come from the Northwest Liberty News.
by James White.
Athol, Idaho (NorthWest Liberty News) – Oath Keepers founder, Stewart Rhodes, puts it all into perspective Saturday evening while speaking at the event his organization sponsored. Over 1300 guests passed through the gates during the 3-day gathering held at Farragut State Park in northern Idaho, while over 100 volunteers and vendors handled the grunt work and showcased their wares. Workshops were held throughout the day, while featured speakers held the audience captive during the late afternoon hours, and into the night. Live music was provided by Moses Wiley Bluegrass Band, and patriot rocker, Jordan Page, who gained many, many new fans (me included) with his smorgasbord of patriot rock tunes. Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of current and formerly serving military, police, and first responders who pledge to fulfill the oath all military and police take to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” That oath, mandated by Article VI of the Constitution itself, is to the Constitution, not to the politicians, and Oath Keepers declare that they will not obey unconstitutional orders, such as orders to disarm the American people, to conduct warrantless searches, or to detain Americans as “enemy combatants” in violation of their ancient right to jury trial. Oath Keepers
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San Antonio, Texas –(Ammoland.com)- The Special Forces Association held its 2013 annual National Convention in San Antonio Texas.
With over 1,000 active-duty and former U.S. Army Green Berets in attendance it was resolved to ensure politicians understood the Association’s membership’s steadfast support of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
A resolution, “SFA RKBA Resolution” was presented to the membership and resolved the organization’s direct support for the Second Amendment and that the right to bear arms is an absolute fundamental freedom and right granted to American Citizens.
THE 2013 NATIONAL CONVENTION OF THE SPECIAL FORCES ASSOCIATION
San Antonio, Texas, June 30 2013
Resolution Title: The Special Forces Association Affirms Support for the Right To Keep and Bear Arms
WHEREAS, the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States specifically states that the people have the right to keep and bear arms; and
WHEREAS, the Supreme Court has found that the Second Amendment protects a fundamental individual right; and
WHEREAS, it is estimated that as many as 100 million individuals, representing nearly half of the households in America, have chosen to exercise that right by owning one or more firearms;and
WHEREAS, in the Congress of the United States, bills have been proposed to dramatically restrict the right of honest citizens to keep and bear arms; and
WHEREAS, in various State legislatures, bills are being proposed to restrict the ownership of firearms by honest citizens; now therefore be it
RESOLVED, by The Special Forces Association in National Convention assembled in San Antonio, Texas, June 26-30, 2013, that The Special Forces Association and its membership affirms its recognition that the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees each law-abiding American citizen the right to keep and bear arms; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED that The Special Forces Association opposes all laws, ordinances,measures or rules by local, state, or federal governments that infringe or deprive honest citizens of their Second Amendment rights; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED that The Special Forces Association will work and utilize all lawful means to prevent any and all attempts to infringe Second Amendment rights; and, be it
FINALLY RESOLVED, That the membership of The Special Forces Association urges our Nation’s lawmakers to recognize, as part of their oaths of office, that the Second Amendment guarantees law-abiding citizens the right to keep and bear the arms of their choice, and on behalf of the millions of American veterans who have fought, and continue to fight, to preserve those rights, hereby advise the Congress of the United States and the Executive Department to cease and desist any and all efforts to restrict these rights by any legislation or order.
Oath Keepers of Orange County joined the “Restore The Fourth” rally at the annual Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade
On July 4th, 2013 in Huntington Beach, California. Oath Keepers of Orange County joined the “Restore The Fourth” rally at the annual . Oath Keepers members joined with Tea Party activists, Rebellious Truths, Occupy Orange County, Campaign For Liberty Orange County, and many others marching and chanting “NSA Go Away, Civil Rights Are Here To Stay! and demanding that the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution be restored. The Huntington Beach annual 4th of July parade is known as one of the largest west of the Mississippi River and is attended annually by over 100,000 people. In addition to the marching for the second year in a row, Oath Keepers of Orange County set up an information booth to reach, teach and inspire all in attendance including Huntington Beach Police, military, national guard, Marines from Camp Pendleton, thousands of veterans, and tens of thousands of citizens for the fourth year in a row.
There is no better time than Independence Day to promote the Constitution and Oath Keeper’s Freedom message.
Oath Keepers of Southern California will join the Restore the 4th Nationwide Protest in Huntington Beach at their annual parade and block party.
We will join the Restore the 4th rally on the parade route at our usual location at the park on Main St and 12th St.
Come prepared because our messaging will seek to attract over 100K celebrating southern Californians.
This is not your typical neighborhood parade and firework celebration.
The OC OK outreach Booth will be on display and we will have an opportunity to generate support for our Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Posted by ocoathkeepers in 2nd Amendment, Alex Jones, Chuck Baldwin, Constitution, David R. Gillie, Defend the Constitution, Dr. Edwin Vieira Jr, Gun Owners of America, Jack Rooney, James Jaeger, Larry Pratt, Matrix Entertainment, Molon Labe, Molon Labe Movie, Oath Keepers, Pat Buchanan, Sheriff Mack, Stewart Rhodes on June 17, 2013
Sunday Reading which is posted on oathkeepers.org:
Good News For The Second Amendment
We’re getting there. James Jaeger has announced that he has filmed all the interviews for the upcoming documentary movie, “Molon Labe!: How The Second Amendment Guarantees America’s Freedom”. He has asked me to thank each of you who have sent in your support to make all that happen. I’m excited. Here’s why.
I have just seen an hour of the rough-cut for the movie, with segments from each of the experts who are featured in the film, and it’s awesome! I’m sure each of you who has contributed will be proud to be a part of this. I’m already seeing it as a great tool for RT&I in Oath Keepers outreach program. I’m sure we’ll carry it at our online store, and other web operations have asked to carry it. Like James’ “Fiat Empire”, millions will see it.
Oath Keepers Founder, Stewart Rhodes, shines nicely in this movie. Stewart’s footage was filmed on a very snowy day in the Swan Mountain range in northwest Montana, at a charming high-country retreat, and Stewart was relaxed and comfortable. His dialogue comes across the screen in as good a showing as I’ve seen. Our members will love his hard-hittlng matter-of-fact delivery of our principles and their relationship with the Second Amendment.
But also there to be interviewed on that wintry day was Oath Keepers’ national chaplain, Pastor Chuck Baldwin. Chuck’s scenes in the film are excellent. Both Stewart and Chuck lend a solid dignity to the movie.
All of this is good news because the movie has the right message for America, and Oath Keepers is helping produce it. We’re doing that by spreading the word for fund-raising to complete the film. For that commitment James has awarded us the “In Association With” opening film credit, which is an awesome gift for our future outreach. I firmly believe that millions of Americans will be talking about this film as soon as it’s finished, packaged, and made ready for distribution.
Check out the trailer to see this-
The first person to be interviewed for this movie was former Texas Congressman and Presidential candidate Ron Paul. Stewart Rhodes, Chuck Baldwin, and Ron Paul were soon joined in the movie by Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America (GOA), who always works nicely with Stewart – recall: Larry Pratt gave the prayer at our Oath Ceremony on Lexington Green, Massachusetts, this past April 19, 2013.
Larry Pratt, David Crowley, Elias Alias at Lexington Green April 19 2013
Can you imagine sitting in a room with Stewart Rhodes, Chuck Baldwin, Ron Paul, and Larry Pratt, all discussing the necessity for a return to the Constitutional Militia of the several States? The very thought of it is exciting! But James has included even more. His movie also features Pat Buchanan, G. Edward Griffin, Jack Rooney, David R. Gillie, Alex Jones, and Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr.
That is an impressive lineup of powerful men who are devoted to the entire U.S. Constitution, as written, with emphasis on the Second Amendment. For an hour and a half, anyone who watches this film will have the nation’s most knowledgeable gun rights advocates talking freely about America, our roots in freedom, and how the Second Amendment is the answer to today’s tyrannical General government in Washington D.C. That is an exciting thought.
The final word on the Second Amendment, and the inspiration for the movie Molon Labe!, has been written by Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr. You may read a great review by Nelson Hultberg <here>
You may find your own copy of the book as a CD-Rom at Amazon dot com.
Every American is duty-bound. We are the Militia, all of us, and as we’ll see in the movie, the Constitution mandates it. Molon Labe! shows how we as Americans can take our country back, get back to personal freedom and self-responsibility, by honoring and living up to the Constitution. It is the consciousness of this nation’s founders, and it served us well until we let the General government grow too large and begin to run our lives.
That is why James searched for the finest voices in America for the film. And now they are all filmed. As they say in film-making lore, “they’re ‘in the can’”. As you’ll see below, this is a chance to get your chapter or group into the end credits of the movie. I would like to see every liberty-related organization in America pitch in and get their group’s name in the credits on this film. Think about it – where else could one find an opportunity to receive end-credits recognition for good supportive work on a movie project with Pat Buchanan, Stewart Rhodes, Ron Paul and Chuck Baldwin, and all those other guys?
Now James Jaeger is putting all the interviews together. I feel very fortunate to have watched as the script was finalized and then the participants were scheduled and filmed. Now I’m happy knowing James is busily making it all come together in his Matrix Entertainment studio. The project has spent about fifty thousand dollars thus far, (I have not checked for exact figures), with most of that money coming from grassroots Americans like you who want to help make this movie happen.
We are now seeking final financing for the studio and production work. It’s coming in, but the sooner it’s in, the more quickly James can finish this film and make it available.
James is offering screen credits for donations of one hundred dollars or more. You can get your or your group’s name in the end-credits of the movie for only a hundred dollars. As I work with Montana Oath Keepers, I’m going to ask our members in Montana to fork over a hundred dollars so “Montana Oath Keepers” will be in the credits. It would be cool to see other State or County chapters and groups listed there too. How about you, Florida and Connecticut Oath Keepers, New York and Alabama Oath Keepers, Nevada and Nebraska Oath Keepers? Getting into the end credits will help finalize the movie and make us all look better while we’re at it.
James and Oath Keepers would like to thank each of you who have already donated to this film. I would like to pass along an observation James told me recently. The collectivist progressive gun-control lobby funds Michael Moore’s anti-gun films with a couple million dollars or more. James is making Constitutional films of the highest quality for just over a hundred thousand dollars each, and he’s doing it as a work of love. All of his Constitution-oriented films are funded in part by a few producers and many grassroots contributions. His first one, Fiat Empire, got more than five million downloads and was passed around at Tea Party rallies all over the country. Molon Labe! is hitting right on the mark where timing is concerned, for this year has seen a renewed attempt by the gun control lobby that has awakened millions of Americans to the government’s intent. This film will be like new ammo for our ongoing war to keep our guns.
So here is how you can share in this project personally. Go <here> and make your donation, and then spread this article around to family and friends and let them know that this is hope for America and that by donating whatever they can, they will help produce a movie which will be viewed by millions of Americans this year – just in time to be a hot item during the 2014 election cycle. Do it now, right? You can be part of the good news for the Second Amendment. Thank You!
Elias Alias, editor
Movie website: http://www.molon.us
For slow connections: http://www.molon.us/html/
Donation Page: http://www.molon.us/donate/
Movie trailer: http://youtu.be/Ay7Thif3UOQ
Nelson Hultberg’s review: http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2013/02/11/nelson-hultberg-revitalization-of-the-state-militias/
Edwin Vieira’s book, The Sword And Sovereignty, on CD-ROM at Amzaon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=The%20Sword%20And%20Sovereignty
Online link for this article: http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2013/06/16/good-news-for-the-second-amendment/
Join us at our latest events in Orange, Riverside and Los Angeles Counties:
Civilian Arms Training Source – Training at Burro Canyon Shooting Range in Azusa, California May 25th & 26th
Location is Burro Canyon in Azusa. Remember to turn on East Fork to Shooting Range. We still have open spots available for all classes both Saturday & Sunday. This is a last minute reminder to enroll and get out in this great weather and build your skills. Use the drop down menu on the web site for class sign up. Always check the calendar on the web site for accuracy when you choose your dates. If you need a rental make sure you don’t bring Russian or Chinese ammo. As you arrive follow the signs that say Civilian Arms Training & Black Star. It will be easy. Bring your chow, we cannot afford to wait on people to leave to find food. Bringing hand wipes for your hands is always a good item. You will not have cell service nor will I be able to run your credit cards. Please bring your check book or cash. We will have cover for the class area. Make sure you travel according to the Laws of the land concerning your firearms. Please don’t show up with loaded magazines or firearms. Remember that there is a $25.00 range fee at Burro Canyon in our class and we will be collecting that along with the co-pay for vouchers and full pay customers. Check your list and make sure you have your necessary ammo & gear, bring appropriate weather gear.
Raahauges 2013 Shooting Sports Fair May 31, June 1 & 2
What is this show is all about? Hands-on shooting of all the latest firearms from an array of gun manufacturers; rock wall, free fishing, food booths, seminars, dog show & other booths. Guns from air soft to bb guns to the 50 cal and Gaitlin Gun! Also archery – shooting arrows at targets like you have never seen before.
Join Oath Keepers of Orange County, we’ll have a booth next to the Orange County Archery Booth. We encourage any current members of Oath Keepers that can make it and help reach, teach and inspire at the booth.
Days & Hours
Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Gregory Hicks: “I Swore an Oath to Uphold and Defend the Constitution …
I am Here to Honor That Oath.”
by Stewart Rhodes * May 09, 2013
One of the most moving statements made by star Benghazi witness Gregory Hicks during yesterday’s hearing was about his oath. During his opening statement, Hicks said, “On February 19th, 1991, I swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. I am Here to Honor That oath.”
And honor it he did, with frank, honest, and heartfelt testimony that laid bare the horrendous fact that two inexplicable stand-down orders were given that left Hicks and Special Forces personnel in stunned disbelief and outrage, and left their brothers in Benghazi to fend for themselves.
Stand-down order #1 was when Hicks requested deployment of the special incident Foreign Emergency Support Team (FEST), which is specifically designed to handle such attacks. Hicks testified that the FEST team had dedicated aircraft capable of responding within four hours – which is exactly why that team was created after the attack on the USS Cole. When asked why the FEST team was not deployed, Hick’s answered, “I don’t know.”
Stand-down order #2 was when the Special Forces team in Tripoli was all set to jump on a C-130 and fly to Benghazi and rescue their brothers, when their commander, Lt. Col. Gibson, was ordered to stand-down and stay in Tripoli.
As Hicks said, “I told him to go get our people and that is what he wanted to do.” When asked how Colonel Gibson reacted to being told to stand-down, Hicks said he “was furious.”
The SF Colonel also told Hicks, “this is the first time in my career that a diplomat has more balls than a member of the military.”
As to why the team had been ordered to stand-down and NOT try to rescue their brothers, Hicks said “I don’t know.”
Clearly, Colonel Gibson needs to be called to testify, and that testimony could be explosive, especially if that career Special Forces officer is still furious about he and his men not being allowed to do what they are trained to do, and what they LIVE to do.
Taking the fight to the enemy to save comrades in arms or hostages is something that every special operations warrior would be chomping at the bit to go and do, and being told to inexplicably stand-down and let your brothers hang in the wind, when you are their only known chance of rescue, goes against every instinct and creed of such men.
Frankly, under such circumstances, I’m surprised they didn’t have a sudden, inexplicable failure of commo when talking to the ball-deficient general – “sorry sir, you are breaking up, I can’t hear you” and just carry on with what was right, and needed to be done to back-up fellow Americans already engaged in combat.
The media has been focusing on the obvious cover-up and spin afterwards, with the disclosure that the Administration knew, the very next day, that it had been a well organized attack, not a spontaneous riot, but nonetheless insisted on repeating that false “riot” talking point in numerous interviews and press conferences.
Certainly, that is important, but nowhere near as important as finding out why the FEST team was not deployed and why the Special Forces personnel who were on their way to conduct a rescue were ordered to stand-down.
This is only the beginning, and who knows what else may come to light, but that intentional withholding of life-saving military support is a smoking gun all on its own.
Founder of Oath Keepers
PS – I am at the Boston Bombing Hearing in DC, which is beginning now.
In the war for the continued existence of our Nation’s Constitutional principles, I had long wondered whether statists were simply confounded by the Bill of Rights and ignorant of its function or whether they were maliciously inclined, knowing exactly what it means but seeking its destruction anyway. In recent years, I have decided it is a combination of both faults.
Statists are people who view every aspect of society through the lens of government power. If you want to know the primary difference between Constitutionalists and anti-Constitutionalists, you have to understand that some people in this world only want control over their own lives, while other people desperately clamor for control over other people’s lives. Why do they do this? Usually, it’s fear. Fear of the persistent unknowns in life. Fear that they do not have the intelligence or the will to take responsibility for their own futures. Fear that they will be forced to take care of themselves. Fear that their ideologies will be found lacking. Fear that if others are allowed freedom, they will one day indirectly suffer for it.
This fear makes statists easy to manipulate by the establishment and easy to use as a tool for the expansion of government dominance. Because statists are so weak-minded and fainthearted, they become very comfortable with the idea of other people making their decisions for them; and they will always attempt to answer every perceived problem with more government control.
When confronted with a proponent of liberty, the statist typically reels in horror. He has so invested himself in bureaucracy that he sees himself as a part of it. To attack the bureaucracy is to attack him. To deny the validity of the bureaucracy is to deny the validity of his existence. His very personality and ego are tied to the machine, so he will spit and rage against anyone who refuses to conform. This is why it is not uncommon at all to find a wild collection of logical fallacies within the tirades of the average statist. Statists act as though they are driven by reason; but in reality, they are driven by seething bias.
A perfect example of this insanity is the article “There Are No Absolute Rights,” published by The Daily Beast.
Let’s first be clear about the kind of rag we are dealing with. The Daily Beast was launched by Tina Brown, a former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker who was also a British citizen until 2005. I would say she’s a kind of female Piers Morgan. For anyone who might take that as a compliment, trust me; it isn’t. Brown and Morgan are European collectivists who immigrated to America just to tell us how our Constitutionally conservative heritage of independence is outdated; meanwhile, the EU is in the shambles of failed socialism. We used to drive such people into the ocean, and now they breathe our oxygen while telling us what is politically “fashionable.”
In 2010, The Daily Beast merged with Newsweek, a magazine notorious for its statist crush on the Federal government (and now out of print). To say that The Daily Beast is a socialist platform and a mouthpiece for the Administration of President Barack Obama is an understatement, but I would point out that the website also tends to agree with politicians and judges on the right that also promote a “living document” interpretation of the Constitution. Whether right or left, if you believe that the Bill of Rights is up for constant interpretation and revision or outright destruction, then you are the bee’s knees in the eyes of The Beast.
The article focuses on gun rights and how silly conservatives foolishly cling to the idea that some lines in the sand should never be crossed in terms of personal freedom. In a rather mediocre and rambling analysis, The Beast uses two primary arguments to qualify this stance, essentially asserting that:
1) Compromises have already been made to the Bill of Rights; therefore, nothing is sacred.
2) Even some Republicans agree with compromises to the Bill of Rights when it comes to other Amendments, so why are we being so childish about “reinterpreting” the 2nd Amendment?
First, the revisionist methodology of the Bill of Rights consistently ignores the history of its writing. The colonists and Founding Fathers of our Nation, having successfully triumphed in a bloody revolution against what many then considered the most advanced elitist military empire on Earth, had absolutely no trust whatsoever in the concept of centralized government. Many of the colonials were anti-Federalists who believed that an overly powerful central government was a threat to future liberty. They felt that an immovable and unchangeable legal shield had to be created in order to ensure that a tyrannical system never prevailed again.
Thomas Jefferson said:
“[A] bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse.”
This statement includes modern governments as well. Technological advancement does not change the rules surrounding timeless inherent moral principles, as much as statists would like to argue otherwise.
The colonials demanded the inclusion of the Bill of Rights in the Constitution as a prerequisite for the establishment of the Federal government. This means that the Federal government owes its entire existence to a very strict agreement made on the Bill of Rights. By extension, if the Bill of Rights is politically diluted or denied, then the legitimacy of the Federal government must also be denied, for it has violated the very charter that gave it life.
The writer of the article, Michael Tomasky, lists numerous transgressions against our Constitutional protections; but he does not do so in the spirit of activism. Rather, he lists them as examples of how “compromise” on our freedoms is necessary (or somehow inevitable) in the name of the collective good. He claims Republicans are perfectly willing to sacrifice certain liberties, like freedom of speech, privacy or even Miranda rights, in the name of political expediency.
I wholeheartedly agree that our civil liberties have been whittled away by the establishment. I also agree that many so-called Republicans have betrayed the founding values of our culture and even voted to diminish or destroy the 2nd Amendment. But let’s think hard about the faulty logic behind Tomansky’s position. Do two wrongs or hundreds of wrongs really make a right? Tomansky is saying that because we have failed as a society to fully protect our freedoms and because our government has been successful in criminally neglecting them, we should simply give in and relinquish all freedom.
He would respond to this accusation by claiming that he is not calling for the relinquishment of all liberties, only the liberties he thinks are dangerous to society. The problem is, that is not how the Constitution was designed. Amendments can be made, yes. But amendments contrary to the Bill of Rights are not Constitutional as per the original agreement made after the revolution. The Bill of Rights was meant to be sacrosanct, untouchable — period. No Federal law, no State law and no Amendment can be enforced that violates those protections. The Bill of Rights was not created as a rule book for what the people can do; it was created as a rule book for what government cannot do. Once you remove hard fast restrictions like the Bill of Rights from the picture, you give the government license to make its own rules. That is how tyranny is born.
As far as Republican attacks on the Constitution are concerned, Tomasky has obviously never heard of the false left/right paradigm. He finds solace in the totalitarian actions of neocons because neocons are not conservative; they are statists, just like him. Ultimately, there is no right or left. Only freedom and decentralization, or slavery and collectivism. There are those who revel in control, and those who rebel against control. The rest of the debate is nonsense and distraction.
Tomsky opines: “Imagine what conservatives would think of a group of liberals who insisted, while threatening an insurrection, on a pure and absolute interpretation of the Fourth or Sixth Amendment–and imagine how ridiculous they would look to average Americans.”
Actually, any true conservative would be standing right beside those liberals, as many of us in the liberty movement have done in the past in activism against the transgressions of fake conservatives like George W. Bush or Mitt Romney, with his dismal anti-Constitution voting record. Frankly, who cares what “average Americans” think about our battle for what is right? Does Tomasky base all of his personal convictions on what happens to be popular at the moment? I think so.
What statists also don’t seem to comprehend is that there is a factor in the fight over Constitutional law that goes far beyond the Constitution itself.
The Constitution, as a document, is not what we as Americans and human beings obtain our rights from. The Constitution is only a written representation of the inborn freedoms derived from natural law and inherent conscience. We are born with a sense of liberty and that includes a right to self-defense from any enemy, foreign or domestic. No amount of political gaming, twisted rationalizations or intellectual idiocy is ever going to change these pre-existing rights.
Tomasky insists that: “[T]he idea that any right is unrestricted is totally at odds with history, the law, and reality.”
He uses the tired argument that some restrictions on personal liberty, including restrictions on gun rights, are “reasonable” given the circumstances of the times. And, it only follows that he and other statists should be the ones to decide what is reasonable.
I disagree, along with millions of other Americans; and believe me, this is a serious problem for statists. If Tomasky and The Daily Beast want to impose their collective worldview on the rest of us and dismantle our individual freedoms guaranteed in natural law and the Bill of Rights, then I’m afraid they’ll have to fight us for them. In the end, legal precedence is irrelevant. Political precedence is irrelevant. Political party is irrelevant. Historical precedence is irrelevant. The theater of words is irrelevant. Statists need to understand that there is no alternative. There is no “silver bullet” argument that will make us forget what is fundamentally true. There is no juxtaposition of logic that will muddle our resolve or confuse our principles. Some rights are indeed absolute; and we will not yield them, ever. The statist “reality” is a far cry from what actually is; and soon, I’m afraid, they will learn this lesson the hard way.