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Open Letter To Governor Gina Raimondo And The Rhode Island National Guard

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This open letter was posted on the Facebook page of Fed Up In RI.

Dear Governor Raimondo and Major General Kevin R. McBride, adjutant general and chief of staff for the governor, Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard:

It has come to our attention that proposed legislation at the request of Governor Gina Raimondo and the Rhode Island National Guard, House Bill H5878 and Senate Bill No. 762 adds the words “requirement for public safety reinforcement” to the list of circumstances where the Governor can activate the RI National Guard.

This addition to section (a) of the law would expand the Governor’s authority to ‘Order the state militia into service’. The current law was enacted in 1956 with NO amendments to this particular section since it’s inception. Therefore, if the law has been sufficient for the past 59 years – what has changed?

At this time in our history, and with what has happened to the Rights and Freedoms of all Americans since 911, and; whereas, all of Fed Up In RI’s requests to secure the original National Guard’s correspondence from the sponsor, Representative Jacquard, containing your reasons for the change of law have been denied, we ask that you supply us with your request to Rep. Jacquard explaining the intent of this amendment.

We firmly believe that House Bill H5878 and Senate Bill No. 762, if enacted, will allow the Rhode Island National Guard to be activated, without a declaration of Martial Law by the Governor, for the purpose of “reinforcement” for the civil police. Our concern about this legislation along with the addition of the broad all encompassing ‘undefined in scope and operation’ phrase “PUBLIC SAFETY” and the word “REINFORCEMENT” makes it clear that the National Guard will be militarily reinforcing Rhode Island’s civil police departments. Therefore, without a declaration of Martial Law, it seems to us that the National Guard will be doing this entirely under the “police power” of the State and not confined under the legitimate powers given to the Governor for deploying the National Guard contained in the Rhode Island Constitution (Article 1, Section 18. Subordination of military to civil authority – Martial law) and in the original enactment of law.

It should be noted here, that the Definition of: “reinforcement, support, military operation, operation – activity by a military or naval force (as a maneuver or campaign); http://www.thefreedictionary.com/reenforcement

And according to the Rhode Island National Guard’s own documents, “Despite being the smallest state, Rhode Island is the only National Guard with a Special Forces unit, a Special Operations Detachment unit, and an Airborne Infantry unit in one state.”. See: http://www.riarmynationalguard.com/

Therefore, it is Fed Up In RI’s position that any notion of merging the RI National Guard with the police, under the police powers, without a declaration of “Martial Law,” by the Governor, as the current existing law and the RI Constitution provide – who could possibly by definition initiate their own PUBLIC SAFETY campaign – using one of the most powerful National Guards in the Country – is not only a scary scenario in this turbulent time, but blatantly unconstitutional under the Rhode Island Constitution.

This is unacceptable, and that is why We of Fed Up in RI are compelled at this time to remind all of you of the Oath you took to support and uphold the Constitution against all enemies – foreign and domestic. Your Oath also makes it mandatory upon all of you to refuse to deploy against fellow American Citizens, or to refuse to be used as “police augmentation” when that deployment violates the Constitution.

If this change becomes law, it is possible that we could become a society where fully dressed soldiers with assault rifles will become common place on our streets, as is the case in other parts of the world. Will these police, with National Guard “reinforcement,” be able to knock on doors and force their way in, under “wellness checks,” or, to some day confiscate guns without the Governor having declared “Martial Law,” as the Constitution requires?

Our Constitution remains the ‘supreme law of the land” and can not be legislated away, as NO legislative act contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. This slippery slope can not be re-climbed, and that is why in all good conscience we can not be silent and stand by idly without declaring our strong opposition to allowing this new pretense to subvert our constitution.

Please know that we respect and fully support the important role the Rhode Island National Guard serves, and honor the great sacrifices made every day by those in the name of the security of our state and nation. However, the military do not belong among the civilians unless there is a declared state of emergency to support the civilian population, not to act against them. We of Fed Up in RI do not want to see you placed in the position of having to make that unconscionable decision, nor should you seek it.

Therefore, out of our deep concern for all, we formally ask that you remain true in honoring your Oaths by withdrawing your ‘Request’ and support for House Bill No. 5878 and Senate Bill No. 762, forthwith.

ADDITIONAL CONTACT INFORMATION:

Office of the Governor
Governor Gina M. Raimondo
Office: (401) 222-2080
Email: governor@governor.ri.gov
Fax: (401) 222-8096

The Sponsor of House Bill No. 5878
Representative Jacquar
Cell : (401) 419 -9915
Email: rep-jacquard@rilin.state.ri.us

The Co-Sponsor of House Bill No. 5878
Representative Jared R. Nunes
Office: (401) 821-8693
Email: rep-nunes@rilin.state.ri.us

The Sponsor of Senate Bill No. 762
Senator Maryellen Goodwin
Office: (401) 272-3102
Email: sen-goodwin@rilin.state.ri.us

THANK YOU ~

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Shorty Dawkins

Oath Keepers Merchandise

9 comments

  1. ” force their way in, under “wellness checks,” or, to some day confiscate guns without the Governor having declared “Martial Law,” as the Constitution requires?”

    Question: Can the Governor confiscate guns after declaring “Martial Law” now? I had heard legislation had been approved at some level(s) to keep the Katrina gun confiscation from ever happening again. I need to find out more about this. Thank you

    1. @ Gus

      Even if they passed the bill, it would NOT be lawful. But what that would do is force the people to take a stand and NOT allow them entrance because there are always those that will either by “just following orders (and/or “just doing their jobs”) or willfully assisting in the destruction of America and our way of life who will do exactly those actions.

      I believe it was “tabled” so that it can be enacted quietly and then they will implement it when few know what is going on.

      Be watchful.

      Molon Labe! God Bless!

      If there were never intended to be action to defend the Constitution from those who are domestically attempting to destroy its power and authority, why would each Oath require it of those who take the Oaths?

  2. FED UP IN RI would like to Thank all our nation’s OATH KEEPERS for having our backs ~

    To everyone who voiced their opposition to Senate Bill No. 762, Thank You for answering the call, because we believe it worked. The Senate Bill did NOT PASS at last evening’s hearing – but was recommitted for ‘further study’.

    Of course, what that means is that they can revive it and vote on it without any further public hearing. As in chess…the next move is theirs, and if they choose to make it – we will have no choice but to respond in a more deliberate manner.

    However, with eyes from all over the country now watching – they would be foolish to underestimate the “Will of the People”.

    Please use this opportunity to alert all other states to be on guard for this kind of legislation and know that we stand ready if you should need our voices.

    This was not a drill – and because you Stood with us…. they stood down, so Thank you all again!

    United We Stand ~
    FED UP IN RI
    https://www.facebook.com/FedUpinRI

  3. As a United States Citizen, if it comes to this of our Constitution being violated, it is my duty and responsibility along with all Citizens to provide our own guard if necessary against this tyranny and to stand up against this and defend our Constitution with any means necessary as declared in our Constitution by our Founding Fathers that lays the this responsibility to We The People to do what is necessary to defend our Constitution from BOTH foreign and domestic enemies of it.
    In a polite way, We The People WILL NOT TOLERATE such an act of treason.
    We The People will assemble and become the new guards to our Constitution and make arrests to ALL Politicians and Officials who are responsible for pushing such a treasonous act.

    -Dan Bidondi for We The People of the United States of America and the State of Rhode Island.
    The Constitution is the LAW OF THE LAND PERIOD! Any violators against it WILL BE TRIALED FOR TREASON including State and Government Politicians, Officials, Military, Police, or ANYONE who violates the Constitution in this purpose.

  4. It is very important that everyone realize that here in the USA there is NO SUCH THING AS “MARTIAL LAW” OR “EMERGENCY POWERS”.

    When, and if, either is called force the person/people on called for either of them are OPENLY declaring their TREASON against the American people, the US Constitution, and the USA.

    Home Building & Loan Association v. Blaisdell, 290 U.S. 398, 425 (1934): “Emergency does not create power. Emergency does not increase granted power or remove or diminish the restrictions upon power granted or reserved. The Constitution was adopted in a period of grave emergency. Its grants of power to the Federal Government and its limitations of the power of the States were determined in the light of emergency and they are not altered by emergency.”

    The Supreme Court of the United States, 1866: “The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances. No doctrine involving more pernicious consequences was ever invented by the wit of man than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government. Such a doctrine leads directly to anarchy or despotism.”

    Treason is always moves made against the people of the USA, and the US Constitution. Though that movement can include those that SERVE within our governments it is not actions against them per se. It must have a way of hurting or destroying the people of the USA and our legitimate government.

    That is why Election Fraud is committing treason; it stops the voice of the people when they are speaking to the government, requiring certain actions.

    That is why gun control is treason. Under the US Constitution we are REQUIRED to arm ourselves, to train on all weapons of war as the Militia, to defend our selves, our neighbors, our counties, states, and when needed, our nation from enemies both domestic and foreign.

    Remember that King George signed over the rights of the sovereign (of this nation), except those that he retained (within other nations) to all Americans – not to those who serve within the federal or state governments as they did NOT exist. All Americans understood, at that time, exactly what power they had.

    People v Herkimer, 4 Cowen (NY) 345, 348 (1825): “The people or sovereign are not bound by general word in statutes, restrictive of prerogative right, title or interest, unless expressly named. Acts of limitation do not bind the King or the people. The people have been ceded all the rights of the King, the former sovereign, …It is a maxim of the common law, that when an act is made for the common good and to prevent injury, the King shall be bound, though not named, but when a statute is general and prerogative right would be divested or taken from the King (or the people) he shall not be bound.”

    US Supreme Court in Lansing v. Smith (1829) 4 Wend. 9,20: “People of a state are entitled to all rights which formerly belong to the King, by his prerogative.”

    US Supreme Court in Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 US 390, 399: The term Liberty “… denotes not merely freedom from bodily restraint, but also the right of the individual to contract, to engage in any of the common occupations of life, to acquire useful knowledge, to marry, to establish a home and bring up children, to worship God according to the dictates of his/her own conscience, the established doctrine is that this liberty may not be interfered with under the guise of protecting public interest, by legislative action which is arbitrary …”

    But that does not mean that those serving within our governments will not further revolt in the grab for power and require enforcement. Then the next step in treasonous activity is for those so assigned to enforce those actions.

  5. ******************************* BREAKING NEWS IN RI ***************************
    4/10/15 “HEAD OF THE RI NATIONAL GUARD ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT”

    We Wish the Major General Well in his retirement ~
    and Thank him for his service to our State and the Country.

    FED UP in RI
    https://www.facebook.com/FedUpinRI

  6. HANG all the traitors to the US Constitution ! After a fair trial and a proper tar& feathering, of course.

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