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A Fourth to be Reckoned With

A Fourth of Nothing

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be

Fourth Amendment Poster

God-given rights are inalienable

violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” – EXCEPT IN AURORA COLORADO.

Open link below to read how Aurora, Colorado police perpetrated an egregious violation of the Fourth Amendment.

Police Stop, Handcuff Every Adult at Intersection in Search for Bank Robber

What was the police chief’s justification? “A virtual certainty“. Really, Chief?

The police chief explained that a “virtual certainty” is the language he is using. Well, now we can all rest easier, can’t we?

So, how did this all go down? How was it the people in those automobiles came to be handcuffed? Read for yourself:

“Most of the adults were handcuffed, then were told what was going on and were asked for permission to search the car,” Fania said. “They all granted permission, and once nothing was found in their cars, they were un-handcuffed.”

What Should You Do?

In the video below, Mr. James Duane, a professor at Regent Law School and a former defense attorney, tells you why you should never agree to be interviewed by the police. Invest a little time to protect and preserve your God-given civil liberties. Video runs 27 minutes and 26 seconds. Learn why you should NEVER give permission and NEVER answer questions, apart from identifying yourself.

Silent Night 7 O’Clock Déjà vu

A few months following high school graduation, Simon and Garfunkel released “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme”. 1966 was on the upward side of the bell curve of civil unrest and active protest. From that time to now, it seems mainstream media took on the goal of discrediting practically everything our founding fathers thought virtuous.

Less than a year following high school graduation I was in Memphis TN when Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered. His death greatly compounded public anxiety fueled by civil rights and anti-war protests. We seemed on the edge of civil war.

While I secretly held misgivings about the war in Vietnam, I never had misgivings about loyalty to my country, to my fellow citizens. My “shipmates” were, generally speaking, very discouraged by anti-war news media. “Short-timer” attitudes and drug use were the rule, not the exception. It was a time when publicly being a loyal American was a challenge; being a “peace-nik” was easy.

Immediately upon my release from active duty in 1971, an aerospace company recruited me and in short time I became a member of the “Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club” aboard CVA-64, the USS Constellation. For what it’s worth, I was in the Vietnam Theater longer than John F. Kerry who became an active member of “Vietnam Veterans Against the War” upon his return to the states.

The last song on Simon & Garfunkel’s album mentioned above, “7 O’clock News/Silent Night”, haunted me then and continues to be the song I remember best from any of their albums.

Why re-introduce this song at this time? You need to understand this time of unrest is not the first for us. In fact, we have had many terrible times since the foundation of this country.

I expect greater civil disobedience, greater civil unrest, greater loss of freedom than we as a society have ever experienced. Already we see new laws like the recent National Defense Authorization Act and various oppressive executive orders that diminish civil liberties. In fact, unless my fellow Americans educate themselves to know our history, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the Bill of Rights will slowly become a relic of history.

Over half of all Americans receive monetary and medical benefits from the ever growing federal government. As many as 10,000,000 jobs have been permanently lost. Official unemployment runs around 8%, actual around 16%. One estimate places unemployment among African-Americans at 40%. Our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and our national debt run along like to mules pulling us in opposite directions. We are in a crisis of “Biblical” proportion as the entire world anticipates global economic collapse. Our situation: we are sitting somewhere on the crown of the bell curve of crisis and the ride down the curve will be no fun whatsoever.

What about all this talk about another “Great Depression”? Some estimates number over 7,000,000 deaths from starvation and malnutrition during the last Great Depression. Are you prepared?

What to do? I think I’ll stand just where I was way back there in the 60’s. Only today, I put my faith in the Living God as my number one priority, adding to my faith, love of my country, reverence for our foundations and an expectation of good things.

Let’s be realistic about present circumstances, but let’s not surrender. The lives of our children, grandchildren and generations yet unborn depend on what we do in the next year. Run the race as though there be only one prize. Have faith in God. Educate yourself on history and current events. If you don’t know where you came from, you’ll have a difficult time discerning where you’re going.

What will you do? Will you choose to be a loyal American or will you join the growing population crying out for “hope and change”? What will be your posture? Will you be looking for a hand-out or will you be standing with your hand out to others?

When a Constitutional Convention met in 1787 to “fix” the confederacy, delegates made no progress due to wrangling and disputes. Several unproductive weeks into the process, aged Benjamin Franklin addressed the delegates, reminding them of their history and divine intervention from the Living God without whose aid our revolution would have failed. He, Franklin, pointed the way to resolution: put God first. Here is an excerpt of Ben’s exhortation to the Convention.

  And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that “except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it.”  

 

Read the full account of Franklin’s speech, as James Madison recorded it, on Wall Builders website: Franklin’s Appeal for Prayer at the Constitutional Convention.

Rights and Liberty – Rockwall Texas

Liberty

America - Icon of Liberty to the World

America - Icon of Liberty to the World

What is liberty to you? Does your liberty give license for another’s bondage?

The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty, but in using the same word, we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty means for each man to do as he pleases with himself and the product of his labor; while with others the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the products of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things called by the same name liberty. It follows that each of the things is, by the perceptive parties, called by two different and incompatible names – liberty and tyranny.  Abraham Lincoln

Our Declaration of Independence states:

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.

We have a right to liberty, but unlimited liberty? Only insofar as our personal liberty does not interfere with another’s. At this point, I probably approach the outer limits of libertarianism where unbridled libertarianism intersects the boundaries of republicanism.

Absent a definitive mutual understanding of individual rights, we as a society cannot successfully “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States”.

Individual Rights

Today, our nation rapidly moves to a conflagration as expanding “civil rights” encroach upon and diminish “individual rights”. Aren’t they the same? How are they different?

Let’s first consider the purpose of rights. Their purpose is, simply stated, to head off conflicts and to establish boundaries for liberties.

Think in terms of private ranches where barbed-wire fences define boundaries. A rancher’s livestock freely roam wherever they please, as long as they do not breech the fence. Once over the fence, one rancher’s liberties now violate the individual right of his neighboring rancher to preserve, protect, and defend his private grasslands for his individual benefit.

Any discussion on rights and liberties must, for Americans, be framed by the language of our founding documents. I quote, “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.” These priceless words are in the context of “the laws of nature and of nature’s God” – Natural Law, unalienable rights.

Civil Rights

Refer back to President Lincoln’s remarks on liberty at the beginning of this article.

The Thirteenth Amendment came about because the liberties of white American slave owners, and proponents of slavery, differed starkly from their definition of liberties for African-American slaves, eschewing the concept “that all men are created equal”.

Congress passed the post-Civil War Fourteenth Amendment to assert the lawful, natural citizenship of freedmen, those born on American soil and freedmen born abroad. In a sense, it restated the principles of liberty and natural rights stated in the Declaration of Independence – I emphasize “natural rights”.

And that all men may be restrained from invading others’ rights, and from doing hurt to one another, and the law of nature be observed, which willeth the peace and preservation of all mankind, the execution of the law of nature is in that state, put into every man’s hands, whereby everyone has a right to punish the transgressors of that law to such a degree, as may hinder its violation“. John Locke Second Treatise, Chapter 2

Pseudo Civil Rights

I believe individual rights and civil rights were synonymous, initially. Special interest groups have ignorantly, possibly maliciously, compromised the Constitution and undermined its principles for the purpose of acquiring special status that infringes on the rights of all individuals not a part of the special interest groups.

Our Congress has many ignorant lawmakers like Hank Johnson (D-GA) who imagines Guam can “tip over and capsize”.

Other lawmakers defy the biblical injunction against holding progeny guilty of the sins of their fathers. Rep. John Conyers, for example, introduced H.R. 40 “Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act” in 2009. Don’t laugh – he had 28 co-sponsors.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 dramatically improved opportunities for African-Americans. I know first-hand this to be true, because I grew up in the fifties and sixties when schools, public restrooms, public transportation and restaurant dining rooms were segregated. During the time leading up to the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr., I witnessed great injustice in Memphis, TN while stationed at Millington Naval Air Station. Never was there doubt in my mind that black Americans lived under a separate set of standards than everyone else.

Today, Hispanic activists have successfully created a new “race”. For the record, we in South Texas were not segregated from either Mexicans or Mexican-Americans – in all respects, they were considered “white”. “La Raza” demands special rights for all Hispanics. LULAC pushes political correctness – a Marxist ideology.

As this video from the Free Congress Foundation explains, Marxist theory was that all workers would unite. When that worker unity failed to materialize, Marxists changed strategy: “before a Marxist revolution could take place, Western culture had to be destroyed.”

The Civil Rights Movement was compromised by Marxists to destroy western culture – capitalism, individual rights, and Christianity.

Summary

Our only defense against this Marxist agenda is an educated, informed and motivated voter.

The racial composition of American society is such that race must be made irrelevant and knowledge of history and government made paramount. Our president had a white mother, a black father. Why does he call himself “black”? Solely to divide us as a people and to further his Marxist agenda. He declared we are no longer a Christian nation to further destroy our western culture. Along the way, the President and his Democrat co-conspirators are destroying our economy.

Optimists want to persuade us to believe everything is going to return to normal: full employment, good government and a growing economy. Facts speak to the contrary.

Knowledgeable and courageous financiers and economists predict “double-dip recession”, collapse of sovereign debt ‘bubbles’ and a collapse of the American greenback. Gold bugs say you can protect yourself by hording gold – not so. Even the gold ‘bubble’ will collapse.

America, and indeed the entire world, will fundamentally change.

Political and economic refugees from all over the world rush to get here to American soil to live out “the American dream”. God has uniquely positioned us as a beacon of hope to oppressed people everywhere. Never in all history has there been a nation like the United States of America.

What are you willing to do to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States”? Are you willing to educate yourself? Are you willing to participate in your own communities? Do you even know the names of your city council members or the names of your county Commissioners? Do you vote in every election? Really? If you answered yes, I say to you, “I don’t believe you!”

The latest City of Rockwall election was decided by fewer than 5% of all registered voters.

All around folks are clamoring about Obama and his communist minions. Listen, folks: “ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL”.