In Defense of Liberty
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. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. - 2nd paragraph, Declaration of Independence
All legislative Powers herein vested shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, - Article 1, Section 1, Constitution of the United States (and similar language with Article 2, Section 1 on the Executive and Article 3, Section 1 on the Judicial powers)
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain Rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. Amendment IX, Bill of Rights
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited it by the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or the people. Amendment X, Bill of Rights
There are two events of the last week that should cause all of us to pause, reflect, remember, and consider the future. The first is, of course, the tragic events of the Connecticut school shooting in Sandy Hook, CT. There is no right answer for this horror, but there are many wrong ones. This rips at the hearts of everyone, however far removed. Those who are parents hold their children close in fear of the unknown, and more tightly when events such as this arise. Sadly, some would use such an event to push a political agenda that would limit the freedom of those who remain, and those who must deal with such events in the future.
It would not be prudent to speculate on the motives of the shooter in this particular horrific event. There are many unanswered questions, including about what sort of medications he was on, and reports of others removed from the location and taken away for questioning (CBS Connecticut). It is likely we will never know the full truth of such events. There is a long history of psychotropic medications used by those who perpetrate such atrocities, and they seem to have started or at least escalated with the advent of those drugs being used on children. The truth is hard to come by, since so much money is involved. One thing to keep in mind - there is no way to measure the correct or incorrect imbalance in the brain of chemicals. Look it up. Tampering with such chemistry is obviously dangerous, and of questionable benefit (although the financial benefits are clear).
Our society needs to end the "Gun Free Zones". They don't work. They violate our rights. They endanger everyone in them. The discussion needs to be held, in each state, about how to best address this - and there should be 50 different answers. Anti-depressants and anti-psychotic medications need to be re-evaluated by both the States and the various federal agencies that look at such things (FDA, HHS, etc.). Congress should look at not gun laws, but they should look at these drugs and the incestuous relationship between those who create and market them, and those who approve them for public use. It will become immediately noticeable there is a revolving door - once again - between the regulators and the regulated. Corruption is rampant in all aspects of government. This should be troubling to any who place their faith in it.
Finally, Congress does not have the authority, nor does the Executive Branch or the Courts, to restrict the rights of the people to "keep and bear" arms. This right predates both our states and our nation. We delegate some rights and authority to our government - we have not delegated that one. This right - and all of the others - emanate from God, not from the government. Anything the government can legally do, must be something we can do, since it derives 100% of its authority from us. I don't have the authority to take away your rights, and you don't have authority to take mine - and neither does a majority of the public. We are a Republic, not a democracy.
The second event passed with little notice. Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. Here are the vote totals. Here is the bill. In my home state of Oklahoma, all five Congressmen - John Sullivan, Dan Boren, Frank Lucas, Tom Cole, and James Lankford - voted in favor of this bill. Regardless of the merits contained within this legislation, it violates the Constitution in a major way. The "indefinite detention" provision, Section 1021 in last years version, specifically allows the government to detain anyone, citizen or not, without trial for an indefinite period. The effort to fix this was removed by the "conference" that reconciles the House and Senate versions of the bill.
Here is the Fifth Amendment:
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation. Amendment V, Bill of Rights
And here is the Sixth Amendment:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have a compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence. Amendment VI, Bill of Rights
None of these men should be allowed to call themselves "conservatives", much less be allowed to hold the offices they now occupy. Thankfully, Sullivan was defeated and Boren did not run again, but the other three should be shown the door. So should the other 310 people who violated their oath of office. A mechanism at the state level needs to be created to remove those who violate their duty and their oath before God. An effort must be made to replace all of these people, and candidates who will follow the Law must be found to replace them. For clarity, this is the oath sworn by those who are Members of the House:
"I, (name of Member), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God" (5 U.S.C. 3331)."
What is completely clear is the attack on the Liberty of the people of this nation is once again in full force. It is being conducted in the name of fear, built on tragedy, and sold by deception. May God have mercy on those who have betrayed their oaths - the voters should not.