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his fruit offering, because it had come out of the ground
that had been cursed, was rejected, Cain became enraged and
would have slain his Maker had he been able to. But he was
not! And so, fomented by jealousy, he slew his brother instead.
“Am I my brother’s keeper,” was his blasphemous and loathsome
challenge hurled at his Redeemer, when confronted with his
awesome deed – blasphemous, because it impugned the grace
of his God, and loathsome, because it injected, even though
he implied himself exempt, Kevorkian style, into the human
consciousness the notion that we should be our brother’s keeper.
So the first natural born member of the human race was both
a murderer and a socialist. Pure, unmitigated depravity! A
ghoulish epitaph for a fallen species!
is not strange then to find these rapacious monsters juxtapose
and we do well to reflect on why this should be so. On this
occasion and this occasion only did murder precede socialism.
Since then, however, the one spawns the other as readily as
the other spawns the one. And again, we must ask: “Why is
this so?” What is the commonality that unites these two marauding,
malicious, malevolent monsters into the same specie?
rob man of his free will! The one seriatim, the other collectively!
And it is this that forms the brutal essence of their malady
- the egregious and flagitious destruction of the human kind.
In a sense murder is more benign than socialism. It robs the
individual of his free will by first stealing his life, but
socialism robs him of his free will long before it steals
his life. Here then we see the monster’s ferocity, its zest
for carnage, for free will is the exponent of freedom and
freedom is the unencumbered expression of intent.
Prompted by a recent conversation with a friend, I find it
necessary to digress here in order to expand the definition
of freedom to include authority, i.e., responsibility and
responsibility’s predicate: respect. Divorcing responsibility
from freedom results in freedom without authority and freedom
without authority is anarchy. Accentuating responsibility
consequences in authority without freedom and authority without
freedom is tyranny. Thus freedom is the antithesis to tyranny
and anarchy including anarchy’s main constituent: criminal
conduct. Therefore, when coupled with authority, responsibility
is the projection of freedom and freedom then, with these
parameters in view, simply describes that condition in a society,
where the individual is free to act upon his decision without
requiring his neighbor’s and above all his government’s permission.
is what the Founding Fathers had in mind. This was their vision!
This was the consummation of their struggle for which they
pledged their sacred honor, their lives, and their fortunes.
That not only they, but also their progeny should live as
free men, for horror has reached its ultimate completion when
acquisition and possession are by government’s permission
only. Only once in all of human history, here on these golden
shores, did men of incredible courage and wisdom understand
that the combination of power lust and crusader lust, when
let and left free to rampage, would leave government no choice
but to gravitate toward total tyranny and unmitigated brutality.
They understood, in deed, the full terror of unconstraint
government and instituted a form of government designed to
forestall it. The citizen, since he is government’s progenitor
and, therefore, its superior, should exercise supremacy and
dominion over it. And to secure that, to make certain that
the “unlimited power of the sword should always rest with
him,” they borrowed sovereignty from the Author of Liberty
and vested it in him.
I am appalled anew each time I hear the same answer to the
same question, “What is freedom?” It is abysmally devoid of
understanding and I conclude, must conclude, that nobody knows
anymore. For everyone believes permission to be the heart
and soul of freedom and safety its essence! And it is then
that my heart aches, because permission is not freedom! It
is a disgrace, a debilitation and a nightmare! No slave ever
needed to ask his owner for permission to go to the bathroom
and no German ever required authorization from the Führer
for permission to respond to any of life’s innocuous demands.
And why was asking for permission not mandatory? Because permission
was already granted and so not having to ask for permission
did not make either of them free!
was sum and substance of the first seventeen years of my life!
Everything was either forbidden or allowed! Whatever was not
forbidden was allowed! Until then I had never seen real light;
prohibition and permission were my constant companions in
whose black shadow I dreamed of light! For I had learned about
America after I had seen Americans for the first time, at
war’s end, when only nine years and nine days old. They were
gracious each and every one of them, gracious beyond description,
were gracious to me even while I was yet appealing to the
holy grail to appoint me its knight and to turn me into a
mighty Nazi warrior, so that I could destroy the enemies of
my fatherland. They reflected greatness and it was this their
light that lured me to America and to this day their magnificence
epitomizes for me what it means to me to be called an American.
how I wish I could transform surrealism into realism, feeling
into flesh and share my ecstasy, which to this day still enraptures
me, when I remember my first day in America. I had purchased
and was enjoying a scoop of ice cream, when the realization,
like hot lava, overcame me that just now, for the first time
in my life, I had acted on a decision for which I had needed
no one’s permission - not my neighbor’s and above all not
my government’s - and that there was no one even having the
authority or the desire to demand it!
Americans of today, with rare exceptions indeed, have perfected
the art of forgetting. Indeed, I find it difficult sometimes
to subdue the impression that ignorance is desired, is viewed
as an accomplishment, in fact, a contest among gladiators
locked in mortal combat, wielding pencils without tips instead
of swords, all for the glory of claiming greater ignorance
than one’s adversary.
I must digress to express the for me incomprehensible deportment
of the ladies of our land. Just and righteous antipathy toward
male chauvinism directs their every walk of life and it is
impossible not to sense it. Deep is their belief that every
male is a suspect misogynist and that too is difficult not
to see. Yet they inexplicably, blithely, and blindly permitted
government to rob them of their most prized possession: to
allow and to forbid. They gave up their judicial right to
tell government what to do and what not to do, and glibly
transferred that right to a male dominated government. Such
is the curse of ignorance!
the monster’s child, rules supreme, because forgetfulness
is its throne. Americans in torpor, Americans asleep! Forgotten
is their heritage, forgotten is their true graciousness, and
also forgotten is the source of their freedom. The pernicious
expunging of freedom’s true essence has caused people to forget,
to forget gladly, and someday the obscenity of that forgetting
will avenge itself in the cruel travesty of the battlefield.
For when a people can be compelled, under the sickening belief
that safety is freedom’s halo, to relinquish personal control
of their private affairs, it will earn them, and deservedly
so, government’s unbridled and indescribably obscene contempt
and unleash the most devastating of all lusts - crusader lust
and power lust combined, which will then leave government
no choice but to expound total tyranny and unmitigated brutality.
The sure to come collision between a predacious government
and the free will of the remnant of the Sons of Liberty will
then ignite a firestorm that will obliterate the nation.
vain will then have been the Founding Fathers’ vision, struggle,
sacrifice, and pledge. Disproved will then also be Thomas
Jefferson’s conviction he voiced on the day he would die,
that the fiftieth anniversary of the American challenge had
“laid open to every view the palpable truth that the mass
of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs,
nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately,
by the grace of God…” And for naught will then also have been
his exhortation to “let the annual return of this day, forever
refresh our recollections of these rights and an undiminished
devotion to them.” And confirmed will then stand Pitt’s axioms
when he warned that “Necessity is the excuse for every infringement
of human freedom” and that “It is the argument of the tyrant
and the creed of the slave.” And those who died as a last
measure of their full devotion to the preservation of freedom
and now forever mustered into the long gray line, will have
died in vain!
me to dwell on the greatness of these magnificent men. Liege
is what they called themselves. Liege and in vassalage to
one thing only – in vassalage to justice. Even only a perfunctory
look will show the pages of American history to be replete
with demonstrations of their magnificence. I am hard pressed
indeed to find any flaw in them and could easily conclude
them to have been immaculately conceived. If I were a church,
they would be my icons and if I were a god, they would be
my saints. I know of their failings. I know of their subterfuges.
Their machinations are also known to me. Shortcomings are
Adam’s legacy for man and these were men and no man is barren
of them. But theirs flashed in unquestioned obedience to the
tocsin’s stern and relentless call! Freedom was assailed!
And freedom always, especially when assailed, is immune to
the virulence of extremism! In fact, virulence metamorphoses
and then becomes the imbuing spirit, the lifeblood of the
British plenipotents, primitive and rude in their understanding
of sovereignty, could only see their defiance toward the crown
and were convinced “there was something in the air here” that
made them so. The king, obtuse beyond belief, wondered how
two, he and the colonies, could be sovereign under the aegis
of the same crown? And their distinction between colonies
and colonists only exacerbated his arrogance and propelled
him toward the conflict that became, not the American Revolution,
but the American War for Independence.
That great word! The consummate expression of human fulfillment
and hope; and its epitome: magnificence, courage, graciousness,
and freedom. And how often were these tested and demonstrated
to be the hallmark of a new species of humans? Again I am
hard pressed to see how anyone could fail to see it. One poignant
demonstration will suffice.
On November 24, 1943, 15000 United States Marines, under the
aegis of Ol' Glory, after less than four days of bloody fighting,
often muzzle to muzzle inside fortified bunkers, took the
atoll TARAWA, so heavily fortified by the Japanese that they
believed “a million men in a hundred years could not take
it.” In the stillness of the aftermath of battle, Generals
Howlin’ Mad Smith and Julian Smith surveyed the Japanese defenses
and overcome by sheer admiration for what the American fighting
men had wrought, exclaimed: “How did they do it?” Then came
the answer, from the sea. For there, in the soft surfing of
the waves, among the floating bodies of some 300 Marines,
was one only partially claimed by the sea. His upper body
had clung to land and his outstretched right hand was near
a small red and blue flag. A beach marker he had planted so
that those who would follow ashore would know the way. Planting
it had required his last measure of full devotion and had
entered him forever into the long gray line. Seeing that pure
dedication to duty for the preservation of freedom, the two
voiced the answer to their own question. “How can such men
be defeated?” It was not a question of uncertainty, but one
of affirmation and my answer is of equal affirmation, “They
Graciousness, greatness, magnificence, splendor! All these
had painted mountains purple here to match her golden shores.
A great light shone forth and because of it, Mars, many times
since, harnessed his war steeds here, seeking to extinguish
it. He is no stranger to America’s palaces, for he came many
times and each time he came, he came by day save for the last
time! Then, a scant generation ago, he came by night and he
came disguised! He also came accompanied by Cerberus, watchdog
at hell’s entrance, and the gates of hell came wide open!
could such magnificence be forgotten? How could so much greatness,
so much splendor, possessed by so many, be destroyed by so
few with so little effort in such a short time? The answer
lies in understanding the nature and strength of the monster
now devouring our national identity. Illusion is its nature
and deception its strength! It comes malevolently camouflaged
in the halcyon guise of prosperity, fiendishly replacing freedom
with safety and its strength lies in the legerdemain to equate
freedom with permission. Euphemisms are the seeding ground
of the former and brutal usurpation of power is the magician
of the latter.
me to demonstrate the insidious obscenity of permission when
it is the exponent of government first. Suppose you owned
a sack of marbles, 1000 marbles all of different colors where
10 of them are red! Suppose that I, with some pretext, demonstrate
these 10 to pose a danger and, having made that demonstration,
propose to ban them, what then will have become of the remaining
990, if you do not challenge me? Most would admit banning
the rest will only be a matter of time. True, but no one can
tell me why! Is it not clear that, if the prerogative to ban,
i.e. forbid, belongs to you, you then will have transferred
that prerogative to me? And since forbidding goes hand in
hand with allowing, because you cannot forbid a portion of
a whole without permitting the remainder, you will now have
transferred your sovereignty to me.
he who allows is the sovereign and he who is allowed is the
servant! And in this country allowing is the birthright and
the jurisdiction of the people, for they “are the rightful
master of their government!” The status of sovereignty, supremacy,
rulership, or domination, therefore, does not nor did it ever
belong to government. Government’s status was always intended
to be that of a servant. But now it has brutally usurped power
belonging to the people and their insane belief permission
to be the same as freedom has paved the way to carnage. Government
is become the hotbed for Jacobins! Hubris has replaced respect!
The servant has slain the master and the Nation is hemorrhaging!
The lifeblood of her patriots is ebbing to quench the monster’s
us not overlook the fact that the usurpation of power never
occurs of itself, it does not have a hermaphroditic origin.
It always is preceded by illusion - illusion that safety is
the most essential part of life and should, therefore, replace
freedom. The Nation is now teeming with millions who once
needed to see to believe, but have now succumbed to the illusion
that freedom and safety have a common root. Forgotten is the
age-old truth that freedom and safety cannot have the same
source, that each must have a different origin and for neither
can that be government! If government were a person and freedom
and safety a crime, any perfunctory test would immediately
and irrevocably exonerate it.
is a right antecedent to all earthly governments. It existed
long before governments came into existence. It has no beginning,
because freedom is an attribute of the character of the Author
of Liberty and He has no beginning. Safety, in contrast, is
and must be provided for by each individual himself, because
he is the author of his own destiny. It is he, who knows his
needs best and, therefore, only he can address them. And this
he can do, if he is free, if he is able to do so without government’s
illusion itself is both spawned and strengthened by confusion:
not understanding the difference between good and evil. In
the legend, King Arthur asks of Merlin: “ Where is the evil
in my kingdom.” “It is always nearby, you will always find
it near good, the two are never far apart,” was Merlin’s answer.
He was almost right. The two, however, are much more than
just near each other, for there is no difference between them;
they are the same, the same, because good begets evil. Good
is its womb, madness its midwife, and illusion its lifeblood!
It is camouflaged, it is hidden in a sea of euphemisms and
that is why it is so successful in its devastating destruction,
for almost no one senses its suffocating strangle hold, not
even when it is too late. And those that do, rarely, if at
all, know what has strangled them. But when unfrocked, its
tinseling removed, we uncover Cain’s legacy, the ancient monster,
and this time it is pregnant - pregnant with catastrophe!
Catastrophe, because now freedom itself has become an illusion!
have become a main staple food for intellectual consumption.
So everyone supposes. But in reality it is only pabulum, the
food of abecedarians. One of my neighbors steps into a voting
booth every opportunity offered her and removes a chad from
her ballot where none should be removed. Armed with raw arrogance,
she has determined that I am in possession of my funds only
at her discretion and that I possess them in more than sufficient
quantities. So she robs me of them at every opportunity to
complete her sick vision, looks to heaven as though to inform
God of her greatness, calls it democracy and then pronounces
it “good”. Imagine the unmitigated gall to make such a supposition:
you have enough! Even if true, how can she deny me the right
to exercise my choice on how to spend my “excess funds”? Once,
when I confronted her with her destructive influence on my
life, she told me, I should not feel this way. Can anyone
define her hubris? Not only does she arrogate to herself the
right to exercise discretion over my funds, but also to give
direction to my feelings! Thus she stands there, naked in
Cain’s nimbus radiating Iscariot’s greed.
I first knew her, she was normal. But then something happened.
She either felt lonely or unfulfilled and either in her loneliness
or unfulfilment she turned to crusader lust and became intoxicated
with it. Socialism then, or as I like to call it “Seelenkrebs”
(German, meaning soulcancer or cancer of the soul), is the
most corrosive form of cancer, because unlike its eponym murder,
it not only kills, it is also contagious. This then is now
the natural effusion and the dark effulgence of altruism since
distorting into a religion what at one time was a natural
outgrowth of American greatness: giving your neighbor a helping
What then is the monster’s tinsel clothing? What does it look
like, when standing in the light, when stripped of its tinsel
clothing? A generation ago only four faces gave vent to its
ferocity, but euphemism has now added two more. Nazism, communism,
fascism, and democracy, yes democracy, were the first four
and now liberals and moderates have expanded the monster’s
reach. Americans now glibly talk about all six as though they
were six separate and distinct political concepts, when in
reality they are only six different, atrociously repugnant
manifestations of the same horror.
know this horror, for I know its author! A monster I know
only to well! It is the ancient monster! Cain’s patronymic!
I have smelled its foul breath! I have heard its awesome roar!
I have felt its clammy touch! The world is replete with the
exuviae of nations, where this monster left its feces, places
where people lived, raised their children, and dreamed their
dreams of a better life to be. But they succumbed to the illusion
that safety could replace freedom and then paid the price
of destruction deservedly due them. There were places where
the monster could not tread, but only briefly so, because
people there were wards of their government and, therefore,
their defenses crumbled quickly. Nowhere, however, did its
struggle to subdue a people require more violence than here,
in America, for here, because of the vision of incredibly
courageous men, the people had dominion over their government.
Not quite two centuries it strove to overcome the defenses
our Founding Fathers had erected here. And now, because of
the deceptive persuasion that safety is an efficacious substitute
for freedom, it has succeeded and, since the early 1960’s,
is lairing on our shores, firmly ensconced in all of our institutions
and that, sadly, includes our churches! Sadly, because it
was America’s churches, where once the Author of Liberty was
glorified for His wondrous graciousness, that formed the abatis
behind which freedom appeared unassailable.
Christians now, and I mean true Christians, hate God! Christians
in hate with their God! Imagine that! It is beyond understanding!
Too ashamed and too afraid to duplicate the ancient pagans’
practice of manufacturing gods according to their perceptions,
Christians now manufacture their own way to worship Him even
though He revealed in clear and unduplicitous words how He
wishes to be worshipped. Superimposing liturgy over revelation,
again because of ignorance, the monster’s child. So they unleashed
the monster and opened the way for the destruction of the
Nation, ultimate Divine discipline, the ancient and natural
consequence, when those called by His Name choose to ignore
Him. And so the monster of old now stands unleashed on our
soil with his sword unsheathed, his rage unchecked, ready,
as always, to suffocate freedom with his shadow – socialism
– and thus wreak destruction on our Nation, the just and due
payment for forgetting greatness.
me to show you its faces. When socialism engulfs a single
people, it is called Nazism, derived from the first two syllables
of the way Germans pronounce their word “national”. When socialism
expands to engulf more than one people, it is called communism.
A hybrid of these two results in fascism and when socialism
is mixed with altruism, we have its most insidious version
– democracy, now with its two attending courtezans: liberals
and moderates. The Founding Fathers, otherwise fearless, were
afraid of this word. They hated it and sought desperately
to expunge it from the American dictionary, albeit without
success, and finally resigned themselves to it, believing
they had “at least cleaned it up a bit.” But they had not,
because now, almost two centuries later, it is wreaking havoc
with our Nation.
the four - it bears repeating - democracy is by far the most
virulent version of socialism. Nazism and fascism were but
brief experiments in a violent attempt to destroy mankind.
Fortunately, they were tried when blindness had not yet become
all-pervasive and the world rallied to destroy them. Communism
fared better. Its approach centered on the use of incrementalism
and dialectics, but inverting truth and error for the latter,
beguiling millions, thus securing for it its longevity. But
now, even it is on the wane. Its most significant and powerful
proponent is dismantled, many of its minor adherents are rendered
effete, and its last great exporter is encircled and beginning
to weaken. It is only a question of time until it too will
crumble and democracy take its place. Then globalism will
finally be firmly entrenched, but, because illusion is its
foundation, it too will eventually disintegrate and then spawn
the most massive carnage ever seen. Here in America, after
sovereignty, both ours and our Nation’s, has finally been
revoked, our societal structure will disintegrate. We will
break into our various ethnic groups, and then devour each
other. And a “deluded nation will then finally have become
suitable for the ambitious purposes of the government.”
those who still have doubts as to democracy’s incredible virulence
only a cursory look at some of its adherents should give more
than ample proof of its unbelievable viciousness. Old infractions
and recent proposals will bring into even deeper focus its
unbridled contempt of the people, and also, oddly enough,
its fear of them.
1856 Congress had seated two Georgia apologists: Toombs in
the Senate and Stephens in the House. Combining and slightly
paraphrasing their beliefs, these two malignant predators
voiced their conviction about freedom as it then related to
the Negro. “The Negro’s inferiority to the superior white
race is based on a great and moral truth,” they said, “his
subordination to the superior race is his natural condition
and must, therefore, be fixed, controlled, and protected by
law.” Propelled by this madness these creatures, undoubtedly
not the only ones, infected millions with their madness and
were willing to plunge the Nation into war. And this they
did! To this day this madness is still the focal point of
democratic belief and I remain undaunted in my conviction
that those clinging to democracy are also clinging to the
old madness – slavery, the heart and soul of democracy. Given
the opportunity, votives of this predacious system would gladly
enslave the Negro again and in fact have. They made him a
ward of the state and are now fully dedicated to the effort
of joining all Americans to his lot. And why? To procure the
maximum “good” for the greatest number of “slaves”.
the debauchery of our national fabric does not stop here.
A recent article in the Sacramento Bee alludes to an unbelievable
infraction of California’s government. It told of an audaciously
flagitious sale of stocks not belonging to government. Aided
by an ad hoc law, legislators subsumed ownership of blue chip
stamp stocks belonging to perhaps hundreds of small business
owners and sold them at a considerable loss. And why? To defray
a revenue shortfall! I can speak two languages, but I cannot
find in either of them, separately or collectively, words
that could adequately define the obscene contempt displayed
here by California’s elected officials toward the people of
this State. Suppose the State suffers another shortfall, as
is very likely to happen, and by a quick change of the law
takes your funds, e. g. your retirement fund, liquidates them
to defray its shortfall? Would that substantiate my charge?
Would you then comprehend the horror of languishing in this
monster’s shadow? Or would you silently and cowardly acquiesce?
the worst is yet to be! The nation’s top military authorities,
also according to a recent Sacramento Bee article, have asked
for the appointment of a four-star commander to coordinate
federal troops to be used for homeland defense. A standing
army! Nothing evoked greater resolve among the Founding Fathers
than the preventing of a standing army on America’s soil.
A standing army - the bane of a free people, the ready tool
of every tyrant known to history for imposing his will upon
the people. The Founding Fathers were determined that such
should not be America’s fate. So they declared the citizen
to be Caesar and, to ensure his supremacy over government,
encoded his God-given right to keep and bear arms into our
Constitution. No would-be tyrant, no matter how great his
lust for power, would ever dare raise his arm against an armed
people. If we do not challenge it, if we meekly consent, all
of America’s institutions will then be eviscerated and the
Nation will join the exuviae of other nations gone and become
part of the midden at the monster’s lair. A vulgar resume
of what once was the greatest nation on earth.
then can we do to stem the crimson tide? What must we do to
reclaim Caesar’s crown? One thing is certain; if we are to
recover our dominance, we have to understand how we came to
lose it. And that must begin by recognizing that all elected
politicians of today “are wanting in the honesty and firmness
to be guided by our Constitution.” The fact that they understand
it only exacerbates their treachery and makes clear their
lust for power and their intent to take it from the people.
And we must begin to insist that the Constitution, “to be
worth anything, must be held sacred and rigidly observed in
all its provisions.” But even if we allowed for honesty among
politicians, we should never allow ourselves to be beguiled
into diminishing our guard over our precious Constitution.
For after all are they not (wo)men? And (wo)men are the expositors
of Cain’s dilemma and that renders them proclivitous toward
tyranny. We should, therefore, forever remain cautious of
“the (wo)man who wields power and misinterprets it (the Constitution),”
for (s)he “is the more dangerous the more honest (s)he is.”
finally brings us back to our original questions: “What is
freedom?” “Who gave it?” “How does it manifest itself?” “How
is it to be defended?” “Who destroys it and how?” And the
answer to any of these will give the answer to the others.
now know who the adversary of our freedom is and how he assails
it! He is no stranger to the ring, violence is his orgasm,
and destruction his ecstasy! It is Cain’s legacy, his profligacy,
the monster of old! If we look with open eyes, we see America’s
destruction resting on two cornerstones: the monster and its
shadow. Both require appeal and the Founding Fathers had planted
large red, white, and blue flags so that we, who must follow,
should know the way to follow the colors. And what is the
way? An appeal to Heaven and an appeal to arms! It must be
both and in that order! It cannot be only the one or just
the other, for the first must sanctify the second.
appeal to Heaven lies within every Christian’s domain. He
must first determine for himself if and how he stands on hallowed
ground. A simple query to Him will reveal it. Then firmly
rooted in and guided by Divine opinion, we will and can rescind
the monster’s parole and reimprison it. That is all that can
be done. Its genealogy has shown it to be immortal. We cannot
kill it. We cannot alter it. We cannot persuade it. All we
can do is recage it where it is found and hope that its recidivous
attack on our heritage will remain arrested.
appeal to arms must be to those that thundered long ago. Now
it must restrict itself only to fully exploiting our First
Amendment right. Although besieged, it is still intact and
its potency undimmed. No violence must be allowed to soil
its righteousness. And it does not have to be, for the battle
was fought and won long ago. Let us then exploit our victory.
Sovereignty is our fortress. A clear and present understanding
of that sacred word will be all we need to reclaim the Republic
and to restore the American way of life. Short of it nothing
will succeed and nothing will be worth it. And if we do succeed,
the monster’s suzerainty will be broken and confined to the
far side of the river Styx.
this as our ensign let us then begin by understanding a most
important and irrevocable truth: the Second Amendment did
not make us free, it was never intended to make us free, because
it cannot make us free. What then did it do? It gave evidence
that the American people were a sovereign people. And this
it accomplished through its euphoric implication that the
right to keep and bear arms was God-, not man-given. It is
this single most important distinction, which removed digression
on this wonderful provision from human participation and elevated
it to the level of a natural condition. Let me say it again,
the Second Amendment did not make us free, it affirmed us
to be a sovereign people and it was that sovereignty which
made us free.
in the world is cause and effect and in that world causes
cannot be secured by garrisoning their effects. Doing so inverts
their relationship and in time will destroy both. Light causes
shadow, but shadow does not cause light. You, therefore, cannot
protect shadow’s cause by standing guard over shadow. So you
cannot protect freedom’s cause by protecting freedom and freedom’s
cause is not the Second Amendment, but our Sovereignty. Failing
to see this irrevocable truth has brought failure to our cause.
The incessant insisting on “having a Constitutional right
to keep and bear arms” not only has failed it has succeeded
in accomplishing the opposite. Here, in California, government
has subsumed all our freedoms and the rest of the nation will
soon share our fate. All it has achieved is to define pure
insanity: the constant expectation of achieving a different
result through the incessant use of the same method. By concentrating
on our freedoms, every anti-gun-control advocate brought the
Second Amendment into focus thus bypassing its true purpose:
which is to affirm and to enforce our sovereignty.
know, by any definition of certitude, that had we remained
focused on the Second Amendment’s true purpose, millions of
Americans, who chose not to own firearms, would never have
been deleted from this crucial debate. They would have remained
drawn to the vision of our Founding Fathers, which had entered
them into elitism, and would never have forgotten the heritage
bequeathed to them by the spirit of their greatness.
Timothy McVeigh, I am convinced, had he known of his legitimate
sovereignty, would not have resorted to the madness that pronounced
him anathema, but would have channeled his anguish in the
only direction allowed him by his Constitution: his First
Amendment. And it is this we must do. Appeal to the First
Amendment and reinvolve our fellow Americans who chose not
to own firearms. Reacquaint them with the euphoria of sovereignty.
Forty years of trying, forty years of ceaseless, uninterrupted
losses of our freedoms is poignant and sufficient proof that
alone, though standing on truth, we cannot succeed.
is not a harvestable crop. It does not grow on some nebular
tree, ready to yield its fruit upon demand in any quantity
demanded. It is a transient fruit when neglected, for its
endurance depends on courage, uncommon courage, a breed of
bravery resident only in the breasts of those whose spirit
is the progeny of them who were the Sons of Liberty.
every opportunity then let us make sovereignty the focal point
of all our talks, all our complaints, all our arguments, and
all our presentations. There are said to be 80 million gun
owners in the Nation and, therefore, some 200 million Americans
who do not own firearms. Without them we cannot win, alone
we are doomed. And if we win, if we restore the soul of our
Republic, joy would be beyond describing, wealth beyond counting,
safety beyond sensing, power beyond expressing, and pride
beyond defining. Justice would prevail again, treasure would
count again, we would determine our own fate again, respect
would be ours again, and all this because government would
obey again. Taking a little time to expound glory is all that
is needed. No sacrifice, no inconvenience, and no cost. All
that is needed is to spread the gospel of SOVEREINGTY.
conclusion let me summarize. The Second Amendment did not
make us free. It was not even intended to make us free. It
conferred and affirmed our sovereignty over our government.
It is our sovereignty that makes us free and protecting sovereignty
cannot be secured by standing guard over freedom, you must
stand guard over sovereignty. But how can I insist, in the
concept of cause and effect, that protecting freedom requires
standing guard over sovereignty, its cause, if sovereignty,
although freedom’s cause, is itself an effect, an effect of
the Second Amendment? The key to understanding that is to
realize the Second Amendment has two effects: sovereignty
and gun ownership.
is difficult to assail. It is gun ownership, which is the
Second Amendment’s Achilles’ heel. If we reflect on the analogy
of the 1000 marbles, we should understand in most perspicuous
terms how a free people can be reduced to ruin and servitude.
It is ignorance, the ancient monster’s rapacious offspring,
sowing good and reaping evil, and it is harvest time. The
gates of hell are wide open; government has discovered it
acquired the power to forbid!
Body and Soul American (December 2001)