Washington, DC –-(Ammoland.com)- For decades there has been a noticeable creeping expansion of Federal powers, often referred to as ” soft tyranny “.
Its been driven by both Republican and Democrat Administrations or Congress's and increased exponentially in 2001 with the passage of the Patriot Act in response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
We saw it again with the establishment of “protest zones” during the George W Bush Administration and it is only getting worse. A year or so ago Rep Peter King ( NY ) actually proposed Legislation that would bar law abiding citizens legally carrying a firearm, not having been suspected of anything, to be forced to disarm, be removed from the area and charged if they were present within 1000 ft of any politician.
This was clearly in response to the numerous demonstrations throughout the Country during the debate over the National Health Care Act in Summer 2009 where armed law abiding Citizens peacefully and legally protested in large numbers while lawfully carrying firearms.
This should have been a clear reminder to the “leaders ” in this Country that it remains “We the People” who have the power and we are watching.
In fact, the Founding Fathers universally agreed that the proper order of things in our Republic is that the Government should fear the Citizens and their ability and power to keep in check, by force if necessary, an out of control, tyrannical Government. The Founders enshrined that very ideal for all posterity when they wrote the Declaration of Independence.
“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.” ~ Excerpted from the Declaration of Independence 1776
English Philosopher John Locke, whose writings heavily influenced the mindset and beliefs of the Founding Fathers when they wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights had this to say
“”Whenever the Legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of War with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience.” ~ John Locke
Have our so called leaders taken heed of these words and their Oaths ? The answer is a resounding NO!
To them, those oaths are meaningless, not a sworn vow to uphold the Constitution, merely antiquated words one is required to recite in order to take Office, discarded at their first opportunity in exchange for consolidation of power and political expediency.
Executive Order Abuse
The use of Presidential “Executive Orders” as a method to bypass Congress and enact whatever policies the President wants exploded under the Bush Administration and was exponentially accelerated under Obama.
President Obama has admitted that it is his intent and prerogative, with the assistance of Senior Cabinet Officials and staff to “bypass Congress and get things done “.
In just the last few years, the current Administration has mandated health care for all Citizens, under penalty of fine and imprisonment, regardless of any individuals circumstances or ability to pay. They have been caught red handed funneling weapons to Mexican Drug Cartels, in a deliberate effort to perform an end run around the Second Amendment. Obama recently signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which, despite all protests to the contrary, makes it glaringly obvious that it authorizes the US Military to arrest, imprison, hold without trial or access to an Attorney, anyone, including American Citizens who is labeled a ” potential terrorist”. And what has Janet Napolitano's Department of Homeland Security been doing when they aren't busy helping to arm drug dealers? They've been issuing report after report alleging that anyone that defends the Second Amendment, is a veteran , believes in the ideals of the Founding Fathers and a whole host of other “indicators “, things that are the bedrock of this Country and also protected under the 1st Amendment is evidence of someone being a potential terrorist.
The American Medical Association has for years instructed its member Doctors to ask invasive questions about the presence of firearms in a patients home, under the pretense of “safety “. All the while hiding the fact that the responses are noted in a patients file and will most certainly be shared in a Federal Government database that is being developed by GE as a digital repository of patient records as part of the Health Care Act. According to those in power, its all about ease of access to patient histories in an emergency.
It is not, it is firearms registration in plain site. How long will it be before your mandated Health Insurance is cancelled, or your premiums go through the roof, because you are a law abiding gun owner?
Remember, if you don't have or cant afford the mandate, you will be fined, and if you don't or cant pay, you will be jailed!
The Indiana Supreme Court ruled last year that homeowners, having not even been suspected of a crime of any kind, have no right to resist the unlawful entry of Police Officers for any reason. How is this any different then when the British forced their way into the homes of the Colonials?
Several States have recently proposed Legislation barring the practice of Citizens filming the actions of Police Officers in public in performance of their duties, when there are seemingly weekly incidents of Police all over the Country blatantly abusing their powers and authority. Incidents which, even when caught on tape nearly always result in no action taken against the Officer and only the most egregious and extreme examples actually resulting in punishment, only after harassing the Citizen victim with false arrest and bogus charges designed to discourage the victim and any other Citizens from even thinking of standing up for their rights in the face of the power of the Government and its enforcers.
Now, news is breaking that Congress recently has quietly passed Legislation that effectively writes off the 1st Amendment. The right to free speech, political expression and assembly completely out of existence.
The US House of Representatives voted 388-to-3 in favor of H.R. 347 Monday, called the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011. The bill, Congress officially makes it illegal to trespass on the grounds of the White House, which, on the surface, seems not just harmless and necessary. The wording in the bill, however, extends to allow the government to go after much more than interlopers or tourists that traverse the White House fence.
Under H.R. 347, a federal law will formally be applied to such instances, but will also allow the government to bring charges to protesters, demonstrators and activists at political events and other outings across America.
The new legislation allows prosecutors to charge anyone who enters a building without permission or with the intent to disrupt a government function with a federal offense if Secret Service is on the scene, but the law stretches to include not just the president’s Pennsylvania Avenue home. Under the law, any building or grounds where the president is visiting — even temporarily — is covered, as is any building or grounds “restricted in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national significance.”
It’s not just the President who would be spared from protesters, either.
Covered under the bill is any person protected by the Secret Service. Although such protection isn’t extended to just everybody, making it a federal offense to even accidentally disrupt an event attended by a person with such status essentially crushes whatever remains of the right to assemble and peacefully protest.
In the text of the act, the law is allowed to be used against anyone who knowingly enters or remains in a restricted building or grounds without authority to do so, but those grounds are considered any area where anyone; President Obama, Senator Santorum or Governor Romney will be temporarily visiting, whether or not the public is even made aware. Entering such an area is outlawed, as is disrupting the orderly conduct of “official functions,” engaging in disorderly conduct “within such proximity to” the event or acting violent to anyone, anywhere near the premises.
Under that language, that means a peaceful protest outside a candidate’s concession speech would be a federal offense, but those events covered as special event of national significance don’t just stop there. And neither does the list of covered persons that receive protection.
Outside of the current Presidential race, the Secret Service is responsible for guarding a plethora of politicians, even those from outside America. George W. Bush is granted protection until ten years after his administration ended, or 2019, and every living president before him is eligible for life-time, federally funded coverage. Visiting heads of state are extended an offer too, and the events sanctioned as those of national significance — a decision that is left up to the US Department of Homeland Security — extends to more than the obvious. While presidential inaugurations and meeting of foreign dignitaries are awarded the title, nearly three dozen events in all have been considered a National Special Security Event (NSSE) since the term was created under President Clinton. Among past events on the DHS-sanctioned NSSE list are Super Bowl XXXVI, the funerals of Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, most State of the Union addresses and the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
With Secret Service protection awarded to visiting dignitaries, this also means, for instance, that the federal government could consider a demonstration against any foreign president on American soil as a violation of federal law, as long as it could be considered disruptive to whatever function is occurring. Such as the regular protests against former Libyan Dictator Moammar Gaddafi and current Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when they appear at the UN in New York City.
When thousands of protesters are expected to descend on Chicago this spring for the 2012 G8 and NATO summits, they will also be approaching the grounds of a National Special Security Event. That means disruptive activity, to whichever court has to consider it, will be a federal offense under the act.
And don’t forget if you intend on fighting such charges, you might not be able to rely on evidence of your own. In the state of Illinois, videotaping the police, under current law, brings criminals charges. Don’t fret. It’s not like the country will really try to enforce it right?
United States Representative Justin Amash (MI-03) was one of only three lawmakers to vote against the act when it appeared in the House late Monday.
Explaining his take on the act through his official Facebook account on Tuesday, Rep. Amash writes, “The bill expands current law to make it a crime to enter or remain in an area where an official is visiting even if the person does not know it's illegal to be in that area and has no reason to suspect it's illegal.”
“Some government officials may need extraordinary protection to ensure their safety. But criminalizing legitimate First Amendment activity — even if that activity is annoying to those government officials — violates our rights,” adds the representative.
Now that the act has overwhelmingly made it through the House, the next set of hands to sift through its pages could very well be President Barack Obama; the US Senate had already passed the bill back on February 6th.
Could the next order out of the Executive Branch be revoking some of the Bill of Rights?
Only if you consider the part about being able to assemble a staple of the First Amendment, really. Don’t worry, though. Obama was, after all, a constitutional law professor. When he signed the NDAA on December 31, he accompanied his signature with a signing statement that let Americans know that, just because he authorized the indefinite detention of Americans didn’t mean he thought it was right.
Should President Obama suspend the right to assemble, Americans might expect another apology to accompany it in which the commander-in-chief condemns the very act he authorizes.
As I mentioned at the outset, the Obama Administration didn't start things moving in this direction, they just greased the rails and added rocket thrusters to the back of the handcart we are collectively approaching hell in. We are dangerously, precipitously close to soft tyranny morphing into the hard tyranny the Founding Fathers knew all to well from personal experience and did everything in their wisdom to warn us to maintain eternal vigilance for.
Bread and Circuses
But we've been to busy, to focused on our own little worlds, harboring far to much of the attitude that “ it doesn't effect me, so why should I care ?” Not even realizing, or apparently caring that these types of actions do in fact, effect every single Citizen, directly or indirectly and immediately. We're much more interested in voting for the next American Idol then we are in voting for leaders that respect their Oaths and the Rights of the Citizens and demonstrate that through word and deed. And even this is done on purpose and is rooted in history.
The Romans, one of the earliest examples in history of a Republican Democracy even coined a phrase to describe it. Bread and Circuses. The phrase and theory that gave rise to it succinctly describes what we are all witnessing with our own eyes, as history repeats itself yet again. Keep the Citizens fed, fat and distracted with entertainment and they wont even notice their Societies slide into iron fisted rule until it is to late.
A Pennsylvania Court Decision from 1843 offered yet another warning to the Citizens of what would happen if they shirked their obligation to “guard with jealous attention the jewel of liberty”
Read the Courts words carefully and let them sink in.
“The Constitution itself supposes that our representatives may abuse their trusts, and provides against such a contingency as well as human wisdom can provide. It is a consolation to every lover of his country's welfare, that insidious or open attacks upon the Constitution cannot ultimately succeed, unless through the corruption of the people themselves. And when the time occurs when assaults on the Constitution are regarded with indifference, it will be an easy step to take refuge in the arms of tyranny. They will deserve to be slaves, because they are unworthy of the blessings of liberty.” ~ Commonwealth ex rel. Hepburn v. Mann,
The Citizens of this Country had better unass themselves from their Lazy Boys, shrug off their self absorbed, materialistic stupor and start descending on the Town Square and the voting booths in historical numbers and tossing out of Office anyone that proposes or facilitates the kinds of Legislation ( and any like it ) discussed in this article. I fear in many ways it might already be to late, but standing mute in the face of whats happening is interpreted as meek acquiescence and only serves to further even greater encroachments, if any are even possible.
During the Constitutional Conventions in Philadelphia in 1787, Benjamin Franklin emerged from the building on the final day of debate and a woman waiting outside asked “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”
Doctor Franklin replied simply and to the point “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
We are poised on the edge of a very dark time in the United States. The Citizens had better wake up, and right quick and start being proactive in slowing our headlong descent into tyranny, for gaining back liberty after its been lost will be much more difficult and result in immense pain, suffering and violence on all sides.
It is time to put aside our petty differences and stand as one Nation of Free Citizens and demand our Leaders respect and uphold our Constitution and if demands don't result in the desired effect, then they be compelled to do so or face the threat of being run out of Office. If these measures don't achieve the proper return to Constitutional Government, then as surely and predictably as the Sun rising in the East and setting in the West, a Second Revolution is an eventual certainty. You can only push people so hard and so far before they push back.
Re-read these words over and over, burn them into your brain, take up the mantle of Paul Revere and warn your friends, neighbors, co workers and relatives. None of these laws have anything to do with elected officials safety, or yours. It is a naked, aggressive seizure of power from the people. The ONLY logical reason to pass laws or issue rulings against resisting unlawful entry by authorities, or videotaping police in public performance of their duties, or draconian restrictions and conditions on when and where and under what circumstances people may assemble, or beating the drum for more Gun Control is because they want us unarmed, contained, silenced, intimidated and beaten into submission to whatever those in power want.
TAKE BACK YOUR RIGHTS ! TAKE BACK YOUR POWER ! You already have all the weapons you need, EXERCISE DEMOCRACY NOW & FIGHT BACK!
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