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‘We The People’ Need To Circle The Wagons: The Government Is On The Warpath

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This article was written by John Whitehead and originally published at The Rutherford Institute

“The government is merely a servant, merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn’t. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.” – Mark Twain

How many Americans have actually bothered to read the Constitution, let alone the first ten amendments to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights (a quick read at 462 words)?

Take a few minutes and read those words for yourself—rather than having some court or politician translate them for you—and you will be under no illusion about where to draw the line when it comes to speaking your mind, criticizing your government, defending what is yours, doing whatever you want on your own property, and keeping the government’s nose out of your private affairs.

In an age of overcriminalization, where the average citizen unknowingly commits three crimes a day, and even the most mundane activities such as fishing and gardening are regulated, government officials are constantly telling Americans what not to do. Yet it was not always this way. It used to be “we the people” telling the government what it could and could not do. Indeed, the three words used most frequently throughout the Bill of Rights in regards to the government are “no,” “not” and “nor.”

Compare the following list of “don’ts” the government is prohibited from doing with the growing list of abuses to which “we the people” are subjected on a daily basis, and you will find that we have reached a state of crisis wherein the government is routinely breaking the law and violating its contractual obligations.

For instance, the government is NOT allowed to restrict free speech, press, assembly or the citizenry’s ability to protest and correct government wrongdoing. Nevertheless, the government continues to prosecute whistleblowers, persecute journalists, cage protesters, criminalize expressive activities, crack down on large gatherings of citizens mobilizing to voice their discontent with government policies, and insulate itself and its agents from any charges of wrongdoing (or what the courts refer to as “qualified immunity”).

The government may NOT infringe on a citizen’s right to defend himself. Nevertheless, in many states, it’s against the law to carry a concealed weapon (gun, knife or even pepper spray), and the average citizen is permitted little self-defense against militarized police officers who shoot first and ask questions later.

The government may NOT enter or occupy a citizen’s house without his consent (the quartering of soldiers). Nevertheless, government soldiers (i.e., militarized police) carry out more than 80,000 no-knock raids on private homes every year, while maiming children, killing dogs and shooting citizens.

The government may NOT carry out unreasonable searches and seizures on the citizenry or their possessions. NOR can government officials issue warrants without some evidence of wrongdoing (probable cause). Unfortunately, what is unreasonable to the average American is completely reasonable to a government agent, for whom the ends justify the means. In such a climate, we have no protection against roadside strip searches, blood draws, DNA collection, SWAT team raids, surveillance or any other privacy-stripping indignity to which the government chooses to subject us.

The government is NOT to deprive anyone of life, liberty or property without due process. Nevertheless, the government continues to incarcerate tens of thousands of Americans whose greatest crime is being poor and brown-skinned. The same goes for those who are put to death, some erroneously, by a system weighted in favor of class and wealth.

The government may NOT take private property for public use without just compensation. Nevertheless, under the guise of the “greater public interest,” the government often hides behind eminent domain laws in order to allow megacorporations to tear down homes occupied by less prosperous citizens in order to build high-priced resorts and shopping malls.

Government agents may NOT force a citizen to testify against himself. Yet what is the government’s extensive surveillance network that spies on all of our communications but a thinly veiled attempt at using our own words against us?

The government is NOT allowed to impose excessive fines on the citizenry or inflict cruel and unusual punishments upon them. Nevertheless Americans are subjected to egregious fines and outrageous punishments for minor traffic violations, student tardiness and absence from school, and generally having the misfortune of being warm bodies capable of filling privatized, profit-driven jails.

The government is NOT permitted to claim any powers that are not expressly granted to them by the Constitution. This prohibition has become downright laughable as the government continues to claim for itself every authority that serves to swell its coffers, cement its dominion, and expand its reach.

Despite what some special interest groups have suggested to the contrary, the problems we’re experiencing today did not arise because the Constitution has outlived its usefulness or become irrelevant, nor will they be solved by a convention of states or a ratification of the Constitution.

No, as I document in my new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the problem goes far deeper. It can be traced back to the point at which “we the people” were overthrown as the center of the government. As a result, our supremacy has been undone, our authority undermined, and our experiment in democratic self-governance left in ruins. No longer are we the rulers of this land. We have long since been deposed and dethroned, replaced by corporate figureheads with no regard for our sovereignty, no thought for our happiness, and no respect for our rights.

In other words, without our say-so and lacking any mandate, the point of view of the Constitution has been shifted from “we the people” to “we the government.” Our taxpayer-funded employees—our appointed servants—have stopped looking upon us as their superiors and started viewing as their inferiors. Unfortunately, we’ve gotten so used to being dictated to by government agents, bureaucrats and militarized police alike that we’ve forgotten that WE are supposed to be the ones calling the shots and determining what is just, reasonable and necessary.

Then again, we’re not the only ones guilty of forgetting that the government was established to serve us as well as obey us. Every branch of government, from the Executive to the Judicial and Legislative, seems to be suffering this same form of amnesia. Certainly, when government programs are interpreted from the government’s point of view (i.e., the courts and legislatures), there is little the government CANNOT do in its quest for power and control.

We’ve been so brainwashed and indoctrinated into believing that the government is actually looking out for our best interests, when in fact the only compelling interesting driving government programs is maintain power and control by taking away our money and control. This vital truth, that the government exists for our benefit and operates at our behest, seems to have been lost in translation over two centuries dominated by government expansion, endless wars and centralized federal power.

Have you ever wondered why the Constitution begins with those three words “we the people”? It was intended to be a powerful reminder that everything flows from the citizenry. We the people are the center of the government and the source of its power. That “we” is crucial because it reminds us that there is power and safety in numbers, provided we stand united. We can accomplish nothing alone.

This is the underlying lesson of the Constitution, which outlines the duties and responsibilities of government. It was a mutual agreement formed by early Americans in order to ensure that when problems arose, they could address them together.

It’s like the wagon trains of the Old West, comprised of individual groups of pioneers. They rarely ventured out alone but instead traveled as convoys. And when faced with a threat, these early Americans formed their wagons into a tight circle in order to defend against invaders. In doing so, they presented a unified front and provided protection against an outside attack. In much the same way, the Constitution was intended to work as an institutionalized version of the wagon circle, serving as a communal shield against those who would harm us.

Unfortunately, we have been ousted from that protected circle, left to fend for ourselves in the wilderness that is the American frontier today. Those who did the ousting—the courts, the politicians, and the corporations—have since replaced us with yes-men, shills who dance to the tune of an elite ruling class. In doing so, they have set themselves as the central source of power and the arbiters of what is just and reasonable.

Once again we’re forced to navigate hostile terrain, unsure of how to protect ourselves and our loved ones from militarized police, weaponized drones, fusion centers, Stingray devices, SWAT team raids, the ongoing military drills on American soil, the government stockpiling of ammunition, the erection of mass detention centers across the country, and all other manner of abuses.

Read the smoke signals, and the warning is clear: It’s time to circle the wagons, folks. The government is on the warpath, and if we are to have any hope of surviving whatever is coming at us, we’ll need to keep our wits about us and present a unified front. Most of all, we need to restore “we the people” to our rightful place at the center of government. How we do that depends largely on each community’s willingness to get past their partisan politics and blind allegiance to uniformed government officials and find common ground.

To put it a little more bluntly, stop thinking like mindless government robots and start acting like a powerhouse of citizens vested with the power to say “enough is enough.” We have the numbers to stand our ground. Now we just need the will.


Brandon Smith



  1. Good article, but I disagree with one thing, “we have been ousted from that protected circle”

    We “ousted” ourselves.

    We did not have to give up the Militias, we still don’t. It was easier to let those who serve within our governments create a governmental professional law enforcement that now sprawls throughout our nation threatening us. So now we have a governmental professional law enforcement that is unlawful and unconstitutional that is being used against us, though some who serve within that group may not recognize that fact, which is THEIR own fault because they took the Oath and they were REQUIRED to understand it (that they make themselves traitors to the USA, the US Constitution, and the American people).

    The Militia, like the Grand Jury, and the “Good Behaviour requirement for judges are OUR, “We the People of the United States” tools to correct those that serve. Those tools do NOT belong to those that serve within our government. The US Constitution itself makes it clear what is “Good Behaviour” for all judges;

    The US Constitution assigns what all judges, state and federal, must do to be allowed to stay in a judicial position, they are:
    Required to take, and keep an Oath(s), or a combined Oath.
    Required to “support and defend” the US Constitution and all that is in Pursuance thereof it before the duties of the office they occupy.
    Required to carry out the enumerated duties assigned to the judicial branch by the US Constitution in a constitutional manner.

    That is “Good Behaviour” for judges.

    The Militia is a people’s tool whose “boss” is the US Constitution and the Constitution of each state, no one serving within our governments UNLESS they are “Called into service”.

    John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States 475: “To suppose arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion, except in private self-defense, or by partial orders of towns, countries or districts of a state, is to demolish every constitution, and lay the laws prostrate, so that liberty can be enjoyed by no man; it is a dissolution of the government. The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws.”

    Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers 28: “The militia is a voluntary force not associated or under the control of the States except when called out; [when called into actual service] a permanent or long standing force would be entirely different in make-up and call.”

    We are even to create and maintain our own weapons facilities because of the very things happening today happened within the past and the founders KNEW it as they were VERY educated.

    George Washington: “A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.”

    We did not have to believe the lies to keep us into wars that a little research would have shown the lies. We still don’t. So now we have a standing military that is unlawful and unconstitutional that may be used against us. That too would be those that serves own fault, because they also took the Oath and were REQUIRED to understand it (that they make themselves traitors to the USA, the US Constitution, and the American people).

    We do not/did not have to put up with Election Fraud that we all know is going on. Nor did we have to let the UN invade us with troops multiple times to “ensure that our elections were ‘fair'”.

    Those that worked or volunteered to assist with the Elections and either assisted with Election Fraud, or looked the other way – that is a governmental function and the US Constitution makes no distinction between who has to take, and KEEP, the Oath to support the US Constitution and all that is in Pursuance thereof it; “… and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution”. “The word “all” is all inclusive meaning everyone who works, elected, contracts for, volunteers within our governments are REQUIRED from the Congress, president, janitor, cooks, drivers, law enforcement – state and federal to take and KEEP that Oath or commit at least one felony.

    We do not, did not need to put up with corrupt “representatives” in ANY branch of our governments – state and federal, the tools are there for us to remove them as they always have been.


    All one has to realize is that the US Constitution is not only (basically) our government, but it is most definitely the blueprint for our Constitutional Republic (NOT a democracy) so it outlines not only what those who serve are allowed and forbidden, or forbidden except under specific put-into-writing circumstances, to do. Guess what, it also says what WE do, and cannot do. As does the Declaration of Independence and the writings of the framers and forefathers.

    If you believe for one minute that they would allow what is going on today without taking CONSTITUTIONAL action against it, I disagree. They died, bled, lost everything including family members so that we could LIVE the American experiment.

    Why they are so intent on taking us down (Americans) is because we have shown the rest of the world it could be so, and so they were LOSING their power to the people they ruled.

    We never needed Wars of aggression, people came here by the tons exactly for that reason. Those that serve needed wars of aggression to counteract the US Constitution.

    They needed the American people dumb and pliable, the military and law enforcement the same. Think I am wrong? Then why take the US Constitution and our real heritage out of schools? Why are the law enforcement not learning what their Oath means and requires of them, same for the UN (used to be the US) Military?

    Being American, the USA, with everything that it means is the biggest danger the “elite” horse droppings ever faced and they know it.

    It is not our US military they fear, they control it. Nor is it “law enforcement” as they are controlled also. They had to take DECADES to re train Americans, and it still was NOT enough so they started importing people from tyrant countries because they ONLY UNDERSTAND A PERSON AS A RULER, NOT A DOCUMENT, A SUPREME LAW.

    Want to defeat them? Support and USE our laws against them. Remove those who need removing. Revamp from the ground up our elections. Etc.

    Quit behaving as if our supreme law does not exist because they are ALL sworn to it, and it is the crime of the highest order within our nation to work to destroy it while in a position of trust. USE IT as it is meant to be used. It is also OUR tool, not theirs.

    Stay Safe and God Bless All!

    Molon Labe!

    1. Bravo! Excellent post. I belong to an organization that is using Amendment V, that “demands” (according to SCJ Antonin Scalia) a Common Law Grand Jury, a citizens’ oversight of all public servants, elected or appointed, with the power to indict and prosecute those who are not faithful to their oath of office. The website has much educational material and we have already filed Writs of Mandamus in all 50 states. It’s a legal, slow process; but we are growing.

      I would like to hear your comments on “demanding” that our governors not send any of our tax monies to the sewer of DC…stop the flow of money and get rid of this entire bunch of traitors and start over. We, at NLA, have already engaged the county sheriffs as to their Constitutional duties to We The People as the highest law enforcement officer in their county. Your thoughts?

  2. Yes, and in places like Bradford, Pennsylvania where people have been inbreeding for years, the brain damage is becoming apparent through the ‘follow the government’ mentality that hypnotically most ‘white areas’ continue to follow. Potter County, PA , Mckean County, PA , these areas are dangerously dumb. They will be led easily down any path government officials want in any future contingency.

    1. Do not forget that the greatest “brain washing” apparatus is the television with its subliminals and “events” created to dumb down the populace and make them complicit – since it was in the black and white stage. Plus aids in the “surveillance” state we currently are experiencing.

      Then add to it the “cell phones”, why do you think Obama hands them out like candy? They are also used with subliminals and surveillance, and WE pay for them to be used against us.

      Well I don’t, which is frustrating to the people who call me as I need to actually be near my phone to hear it, not be summoned at any minute by anyone. Nor do I own a TV for decades. Guess what, there really is a life without them. Nor do I use navigation equipment beyond map.

      They, along with public education are the biggest tools to destroy us and dumb us down.

      So my question is this, what are YOU doing to re-re educate the people of Bradford, Pennsylvania, Potter County, PA , Mckean County, PA so that they start using their brains again? BTW, it is VERY difficult to re educate as Oathkeepers can tell you. But do not give up on them, for every person you “liberate” they will assist even if only small amounts to do the same.

      God Bless and Good luck in your endeavors for our nation.


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