Today is Patriots Day. My wife grew up in Lexington, Mass., and direct ancestors of mine fought in the Revolution -- in fact, one of them was on the Green the day the shot heard around the world was fired. Patriots Day is, and should be special.
Because today is Patriots Day, I'm refraining from my natural inclination to rail against the treachery, manipulations, and multiple sins of an administration staffed with morons, cowards, quislings, and hypocrites, to reflect on our nations strengths, rather than our weaknesses.
Certain Congress critters may consider the Constitution and Bill of Rights as antique literature and akin to the clothes they have eaten themselves out of -- but frankly, they are wrong. The Constitution and Bill of Rights are not accoutrements, and subject to fashion. Those founding documents are the foundation upon which the greatest nation in the history of man was built. Those who would undermine, abrogate, or destroy the foundation, are in fact, the "domestic enemies" referenced in the very same oath most of they have taken.
I was appalled, sickened, and more than a little PO'd, when five years ago I heard the President of the United States say, for God and everyone to hear, "When we got organized as a country and we wrote a fairly radical Constitution with a radical Bill of Rights, giving a radical amount of individual freedom to Americans. ..."
He went on to say, "And so a lot of people say there's too much personal freedom. When personal freedom's being abused, you have to move to limit it. That's what we did in the announcement I made last weekend on the public housing projects, about how we're going to have weapon sweeps and more things like that to try to make people safer in their communities."
I'm not making this up. This is NOT a parody or satire, or Ionessco play. Clinton actually said this on March 22, 1994 on MTV's "Enough is Enough." I hate that he said that. I am incensed that he believes it.
Today is Patriots Day. The obvious questions a reasoning person will ask are Who gets to decide when personal freedom's being abused? Why DO you have to move to limit it? Who gets to limit freedom? By what measure? And how?
Thelen Paulk wrote a wonderful piece called "Visitor from the Past" (click here for entire story). In it, his colonial visitor notes, "We fought a revolution, to secure our liberty. We wrote the Constitution, as a shield from tyranny. For future generations, this legacy we gave, in this, the land of the free and the home of the brave." But Paulk's ghost from America past observes, "You buy permits to travel, and permits to own a gun. Permits to start a business, or to build a place for one. On land that you believe you own, you pay a yearly rent. Although you have no voice in choosing, how the money's spent. Your children must attend a school that doesn't educate. Your Christian values can't be taught, according to the state. You read about the current news in a regulated press. You pay a tax you do not owe, to please the foreign IRS. Your money is no longer made of silver, or of gold. You trade your wealth for paper, so your lives can be controlled."
Gary Hildreth penned another inspiring piece which some claim is apocryphal. He started by asking and answering a question about a bunch of old dead white guys. Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. He continues with a litany of horror stories, and concludes, "These were not wild eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: "For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."
They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history books never told you a lot of what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn't just fight the British. We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government! Perhaps you can now see why our founding fathers had a hatred for standing armies, and allowed through the Second Amendment for everyone to be armed. Some of us take these liberties so much for granted. We shouldn't.
A few months ago I was sitting in the office of a California Assemblyman who is both brilliant, and a strong Constitutional Conservative. I don't happen to consider the two items to be unrelated. Assemblyman Tom McClintock is really one of the good guys. However, he was surprised when I reminded him that the first three battles of the War for Independence were not fought over taxes, or representation, or any of the long list of usurpations about which American colonists were complaining. The first three battles of the Revolution were a direct result of the British intentions and efforts to confiscate powder and ball. ... It was about gun control.
Today is Patriots Day. I realize most of the news focus will remain in the Kosovo "Wag-the-Dog" as the controllers continue to divert our attention from the high crimes related to communist red China and our posturing Commander-in-Grief. However, it is probably also a good time to recall the words of Pastor Martin Niemoller who said, "In Germany they first came for the communists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. ...
"Then they came for the Catholics, and again I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.
they came for me -- and by that time no one was left to speak up."