BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH (VOTE) FOR

“And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that” ~ Lord Acton

I am absolutely sure there are millions within this country who believe to achieve constitutional government all that would be required to gain that wonderful pinnacle would be to have a super majority of Republicans in control of the lawmaking body. Unfortunately, the people of Arkansas are beginning to realize the deadly fallacy of that belief.

In November of 2016, the people of Arkansas elected a super majority of self-proclaimed “conservatives,” whatever that word means now in the political lexicon of this era.

Not since the days of Reconstruction have the people of Arkansas witnessed first hand such a full frontal assault on their constitutional rights and Liberty itself. Just name any one of the amendments in the Bill of Rights with the possible exception of the 3rd Amendment and you may rest assured the present legislature in the state of Arkansas has proposed or passed legislation designed to obliterate the rights of the people listed in said amendment.

Selected for special attacks by the army of “conservatives” has been the Second, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth and Tenth amendments. The legislature has, in its attacks on the 2A, demanded that the citizens of Arkansas pay for the right to have the means to defend themselves on the college campuses of the state. In addition, they placed an age restriction which fails to protect any student under the age of 25. You may be old enough to join the military and fight in your country’s wars, risking life and limb along the way, but, according to the “conservatives” of Arkansas, you must have attained the age of 25 before you have the right and means to protect yourself on a college campus in the “Natural State.”

Members of the Arkansas State Police, while testifying against what has been referred to as “Constitutional Carry,” which has been adopted by several other states, stated that allowing the people of Arkansas to be able to openly exercise their 2A rights, which are very plainly stated in Article 2 Section 5 of the state’s Declaration of Rights would deprive said state police of a revenue stream which would require them [state police] having to make their vehicles last longer and that some of the useless bureaucrats (my words) in the state police might actually lose their jobs.

Very early in the legislative term in Little Rock, the right to Trial by Jury—the very cornerstone of Liberty—came under attack. Just as in the Reconstruction era the Republican-dominated legislature sought to combine all three branches of government and place them under the command of one branch and eliminate the people’s ability to address malfeasance and protect the lives of the innocent. The special interest backed proposal would have limited the damages any number of these special interests, such as nursing homes or medical facilities might face, if, through negligence or malpractice, a person under their care was irreparably harmed or died. The legislature did not hide the fact they launched their attack on the Seventh amendment to protect business interests in the state, openly stating large settlements granted by juries to victims of negligence and malpractice was allegedly keeping businesses from coming to Arkansas. What desirable business comes to a state to avoid responsibility? Again, in the hands of the “conservative” super-majority, special interests come before the interest of the individual citizen.

Nowhere to be found in the oaths of office taken by the members of the legislature before they began their session was any oath to uphold and defend the interests of big business over the rights of the individual. Perhaps, along with the oath, the legislators should have been reminded of the dictum found in the Declaration of Independence that the primary duty of government is to protect the rights of the individual, not those of big business and special interests.

The “conservative” legislature also launched attacks on the very idea of transparency in government. Multiple bills were introduced which would allow the members of government and special interests to operate in secret and outside the purview of the people.

On Tuesday at the state capital, in a private one-on-one conversation with a Republican state senator who shall remain nameless, I asked this person of integrity, awash in the sea of attacks on the rights of the citizens, how he felt about his party’s super-majority and if he thought that helped or hindered the interests of the people of Arkansas. This senator candidly stated he found the super-majority to be a hindrance. He said when he took a stance on an issue based on integrity and principles, he was accosted both by fellow lawmakers and some constituents wanting to know why he was opposing the goals of the party and the so-called “conservative” governor. Here can be found concrete evidence that support of political party trumps (no pun intended) principles and the rights of the people.

As previously stated, there has not been seen since the days of the Reconstruction government in the State of Arkansas such a blatant attack on individual rights by those who allegedly represent the people. And the current elected governor is operating with the same frame of mind as the military commander of the state, Powell Clayton did during Reconstruction. With all of the religious zeal of a born-again Scalawag, the current Arkansas governor has, in an alleged effort to “unify the state,” decided to replace the birthday of the greatest Southern Icon, Robert E. Lee, a man with impeccable moral and Christian character, with instead the birthday celebration of a womanizing, serial plagiarist with heavy socialist leanings and connections.

All in all, the majority of legislative actions by the Republican super-majority in Arkansas has devolved into a socialist holiday with all thoughts of the oath to uphold and defend the American Bill of Rights and the Arkansas Declaration of Rights a very faint memory.

The great Southern minister of the 19th Century, Robert L. Dabney, provided us with ample warning of where such “conservatives” would lead us. Dabney was for a time Chief of Staff for Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson. Here is his prediction about conservatives come now to full bloom in the State of Arkansas.

“American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. The pretended salt hath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it be salted? Its impotency is not hard, indeed, to explain. It is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It intends to risk nothing for the sake of truth, and has no idea of being guilty of the folly of martyrdom. It always—when about to enter a protest—very blandly informs the wild beast whose path it essays to stop, that its ‘bark is worse than its bite,’ and that it only means to save its manners by enacting its decent role of resistance.” (Emphasis added)

Be careful what you wish for—and more importantly—what you vote for. “All that glitters is not gold.”

IN RIGHTFUL REBEL LIBERTY

 

 

20 QUESTIONS FOR THE RATIONAL MIND

Author’s note: below are several questions that must be answered logically if we are to survive as a free country. These questions will not lead you to a comfort zone. If you want to attack the messenger and discard the message, your mind is neither rational nor logical, but is most likely driven by emotional attachment to a deity called government.

  1. If the US military, over the past 15 years, has truly been fighting for our freedoms, expending large amounts of blood and treasure, why do we now have far fewer individual freedoms than when we began these “perpetual wars for peace?”
  2. Trillions of dollars have been spent, allegedly to protect our freedoms, yet we have fewer freedoms than before. Who has profited monetarily from what must be called an effort in futility?
  3. If it is true that “we must fight them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here,” why are our borders left unprotected and we are allowing hundreds of thousands of military-aged men from the countries where our military is or has been engaged to “immigrate” into our country?
  4. If you knew a man who left his home and family to travels thousands of miles from that home to engage an enemy but left the doors to his home unlocked, his family unarmed, and unfettered access to his loved ones by those who sought to harm or kill them, on what level would you rate his intelligence?
  5. If you found this man’s logic and reasoning to be flawed, why would you praise and support a government that did the same thing?
  6. Very few of our members of legislatures, both state and federal, vote constitutionally more than half the time. Therefore, many of the laws we live under are unconstitutional. Why then would you call members of the government entity that enforces these unconstitutional laws, “heroes?”
  7. Why, also, would you ask these same legislators to repeal and replace an unconstitutional law with another unconstitutional law? (ACA comes immediately to mind.)
  8. When, not if, an unconstitutional law is passed banning the ownership and possession of the means to protect ourselves and our families, who will come to enforce those unlawful, tyrannical edicts? Will you call them heroes, then?
  9. Who enforces those unconstitutional, anti-Second Amendment laws where they presently exist in our country?
  10. Will it be any different where you live?
  11. Where in the Second Amendment can be found the provision that one must participate in government mandated training to exercise that Creator granted right?
  12. Where in the Second Amendment can be found the provision that one must pay a fee to the government in order to exercise that Creator granted right?
  13. Why is there a large marble monument in this country’s capital which honors a man who destroyed the tenets of the “consent of the governed” provision in our Declaration of Independence, killed hundreds of thousands to create a strong central government, destroyed state’s rights, established the first income tax and created the Internal Revenue Service which are all destructive of our Creator granted rights?
  14. If churches in this country are subject to the payment of taxes, can there ever be a true separation of church and state?
  15. Could this (payment of taxes) be the reason so many churches today preach loyalty to Caesar above loyalty to, and observance of, our inalienable rights?
  16. If the powers within our government used “Operation Paperclip” to staff the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) with former Nazi SS leaders at its beginning in 1947, should we be surprised today that the CIA is acting just like the Gestapo did in Germany in the 1930’s and 1940’s?
  17. The Standards Committee of the Confederate Congress said this when designating the St. Andrew’s Cross as the Confederate Battle Flag, “This flag should be a token of the humble acknowledgment of God and be a public testimony to the world that our trust is in the Lord our God.” Is the banning of this flag by many in this country an attack on alleged “racism” or a surreptitious attack on Christianity?
  18. Are there any other attacks on the Christian faith that have occurred during the past 50 years by those who oppose our Creator granted inalienable rights?
  19. When it comes to the health, safety, and welfare of all American citizens, which should be considered most important; the people themselves, regardless of age or the ability to secure those rights or the monetary bottom line of the businesses who claim to supply them?
  20. What is more important to you, the individual, inalienable rights of your children and grandchildren or the worship of the deity called government in regards to all of that government’s rules, regulations and laws which are in direct conflict with our Creator granted rights?

IN RIGHTFUL REBEL LIBERTY

 

DENIAL: THE NATIONAL PASTIME OF THE PERPETUALLY IGNORANT

“The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.” Elbert Hubbard, who also stated that prison “Was an example of a socialist’s paradise, where equality prevails, everything is supplied and competition is eliminated.”

In 1999, I debated a well-lettered member of European academia on the intent and purpose of our Second Amendment in Sacramento, California. At the end of our exchange, this lady stated the following: “I don’t care how many facts you present, you are never going to change my mind.” While I would like to blame this sort of well embraced repudiation of facts, or the origin of the lady who said it, her form of acquired ignorance is far too prevalent in this country to do so.

While there are reams and reams of factual evidence which intellectually destroys the premise that our Second War for Independence was fought primarily over the issue of slavery, the great majority of Americans who take their daily dose of socialist propaganda from the deep-state owned mainstream media refuse to accept those facts with a passion that resembles worship of some form of deity.

Probably more overlooked than the primary issue for this war would be the atrocities that have been visited on various peoples by those socialists who prevailed in 1865 and those who followed their examples.

First, although almost everyone has heard of the prison camp at Andersonville, Georgia where horrid conditions such as a lack of food, medicines, and shelter led to the deaths of  13,000, primarily from scurvy, diarrhea, and dysentery, all which could have been prevented with adequate supplies of foods and medicines which the Union Army command had refused to provide as well as a refusal for prisoner exchanges which would have freed many of those who died at Andersonville, very few have ever heard of Camp Douglas, where over 6,000 Confederate prisoners died, many from the same afflictions as the Union prisoners in Andersonville. The primary difference being while the commanders of Andersonville had no blankets, food or medicines to dispense, those same items were in good supply at Camp Douglas but were intentionally withheld by the authorities there. In addition, any Black Confederate soldier who was brought to Camp Douglas was summarily executed. The only monument to these men who died at Camp Douglas was erected by Confederate Veterans. Documentation of the above can be found in the books To Die in Chicago by George Levy and the well-done documentary film Eighty Acres of Hell which can be found here.

Then there was the Elmira, New York prison which was referred to by those who survived as “Hellmira.” Here, also, clothing, medical supplies, and other necessities were intentionally withheld from the Confederate prisoners. This camp saw a 25% death rate.

Most likely, very few have ever heard of the “Devil’s Punchbowl” in Natchez, Mississippi. Here the victims of Union Army cruelty and negligence fell not on Confederate soldiers but on blacks who had been “liberated” by the Union Army. According to blackmainstreet.net:

“20,000 freed slaves died after being forced into post-slavery concentration camps… As the slaves made their way to freedom, the town of Natchez went from a population of 10,000 to 120,000 people almost overnight. In order to deal with the population influx of recently freed slaves, a concentration camp was established to essentially eradicate the slaves. The men were recaptured by the Union troops and forced back into hard labor. The women and children were locked behind the concrete walls of the camp and left to die from starvation. Many also died from the smallpox disease. In total, over 20,000 freed slaves were killed in one year, inside of this American concentration camp. A researcher studying the existence of the concentration camps said, “The union army did not allow them to remove the bodies from the camp. They just gave ’em shovels and said bury ’em where they drop.” Many of those blacks forced into labor by the Union Army begged their captors to be allowed to return to the plantations from which they had recently fled, according to Don Estes, historical researcher and former director of the Natchez City Cemetery.

Ah, the beneficent Union Army, which fought a war to free the black man, saw fit to place them in concentration camps and work or starve them to death.

Ironic is it not that Major Wirtz, commander at Andersonville Prison, was tried and executed after the war, but the commanders of the Confederate prison camps in the North or the Union commanders who placed freed blacks in concentration camps saw no punishment for their heinous acts but in at least one instance (Camp Douglas) they were promoted. After the war, a Union soldier and captive at Andersonville, James Madison Page, wrote a book in defense of Major Wirtz. This can be found in the book, The True Story of Andersonville Prison: A Defense of Major Henry Wirtz.”

If one were to do a study of personal integrity, one could always start with Major Wirtz, for he was offered a reprieve from his death sentence if he would implicate Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis in the deaths of the men at Andersonville. He refused and went to his death on the gallows. (source: The treatment of prisoners during the War Between the States by Rev. William Jones)

Of course none of the above takes into consideration the death and destruction that was visited on the American Indians by the self-same Union Army both during and after the war against the South. Nor does it take into accord the atrocities that were visited on the surrendered German soldiers at Rhine Meadows by the Union Army of 1861-65’s descendants in 1945. Ironically, these crimes were perpetrated on the innocent by soldiers who were just “following orders.” a crime for which several Nazis were hanged.

So, the next time you feel the warmth of American Exceptionalism overtaking your mind, please take the time to study the facts concerning the atrocities of forces who represent the government you have chosen to worship. That is if your institutionalized, perpetual ignorance will allow you to do so.

“The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.” ~ George Orwell

Americans very often refuse to see themselves as others see them, especially those they have harmed. Therein lies the reason so many are comfortable believing the lies of their government supported revisionist historians and media whores.

IN RIGHTFUL REBEL LIBERTY