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Public Apathy and the Erosion of Our Liberties

(Oath Keepers and a recent article, Gun Control is Racism, by Greg McWhirter are mentioned.)

Exclusive: Erik Rush urges Americans to stop accepting unconstitutional dictates.

by ERIK RUSH   March 7th, 2018


Last week in this space, primarily citing firearms laws and the nascent surveillance state in America, I criticized some on both the right and the left for their tendency to accept an inordinate degree of government intervention in certain areas when it served their particular ideology and Americans’ overall penchant for denial with regard to emerging government tyranny. Finally, I asserted that if we are to survive as a free nation – possibly even restoring some of the rights that have been usurped or diluted by our government – then we are going to have to become far more scrupulous with regard to our vigilance against tyranny, as well as becoming better informed as to what our constitutional rights actually are.

Despite much relief on the part of conservative and libertarian types following the election of Donald Trump and his proclivity for respecting constitutional law in more areas than most of his predecessors in recent memory, we must be (or become) aware that we are still in a fight for our lives, constitutionally-speaking, and that progressivism is very much alive and well in America.

Today I would like to challenge Americans’ tendency to summarily accept the doctrines of institutional orthodoxies, such as certain laws and conventions. There are many dangers associated with such behavior; an extreme example might be German citizens in the 1940s who had nothing in particular against Jews, but who turned their Jewish neighbors in to the Gestapo simply because it was “the law of the land.” When people become slaves to the doctrines of institutional orthodoxies, there is a very real danger of their losing their humanity.

American citizens have been living in a sort of retrogressive groove in this sense for at least a century, as they accept or ignore the myriad laws and dictates of regulatory agencies that chip away their individual liberties.

There are any number of laws and conventions I might use to illustrate this, but some will resonate more readily than others either due to their gravity, or because they have come to light in the recent past.

Firearms laws are far and away among the most dangerous of these. I have repeatedly cited the fact that even those gun control measures most Americans deem “reasonable” have severely eroded our Second Amendment rights, as well as often containing insidious “poison pills” therein that restrict Americans’ right to keep and bear arms far more than the ostensible intention sold to the public at the time of their implementation. I have pointed out that federal law bars many people who have been convicted of nonviolent crimes as well as people who have been institutionalized for any mental issues, voluntarily or involuntarily (a woman’s nervous breakdown after a rape, for example), from ever owning or possessing firearms or ammunition. Look it up.

A “controversial” sheriff recently declared that the Second Amendment is the only concealed carry permit any citizen needs, and in fact there are 12 states in which the law reflects this. And then there are the Oath Keepers, a constitutionally conscious organization of law enforcement personnel that is active in every state in the Union; some of its members will refrain from arresting individuals whom they discover carrying concealed firearms without a permit despite the law, unless they happen to have outstanding warrants or something of that nature.

A little-known fact is that the first gun control laws in America had their roots in racist practices, as Oath Keepers Board of Directors member Gregg McWhirter points out in his article “Gun Control is Racism.”



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  1. My hope is that McWhirter would compile more data and publish that as well. His last article was excellent. This info needs to come out.

  2. I also agree, BUT…where in this article does it give solutions? There is no means in place for the average citizen to challenge an obivously un-Constitutional law. The expense is too great for all but the wealthy, and too many of the courts are ideologically corrupted anyway. That leaves the ballot box and as this article points out, their is much complacency in the electorate with regard to our Constitution and the slow erosion of our rights, to depend on it to save us.
    I’m tired of sending money to organizations like NRA, GOA, etc., because at this point the only way I see to return to a Constitutional government, is through active resistance. Oath Keepers is the only organization that has proven they have the willingness to stand up agains tyranny.

    1. “… where in this article does it give solutions?”

      In the US Constitution the answer is found. Daniel Webster: “We may be tossed upon an ocean where we can see no land – nor, perhaps, the sun or stars. But there is a chart and a compass for us to study, to consult, and to obey. That chart is the Constitution.”

      The US Constitution tells us in writing that it is the Militia of the several states that
      — Enforces the US Constitution (supreme Law of this nation) and each state’s Constitution (highest Law of the state),
      — Enforces and keeps the “Laws of the Union” (which are constitutional laws ONLY),
      — Protects the country against all enemies both domestic and foreign, and
      — [and has the duties] “to suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”.

      During the ratification debates, Archibald Maclaine of North Carolina not only said that we “should disregard” unconstitutional acts, but that we should “punish them for the attempt.”

      Daniel Webster: “Is the Constitution worth preserving?” He said, “Then guard it as you would the very seat of your life. Guard it not only against the open blows of violence but also against that spirit of change.”

      Daniel Webster: “…There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence. I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants, and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing.”

      Now consider these comments

      Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Congress (has) not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but (is) restrained to those specifically enumerated.”

      Madison wrote that “if Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the general welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one.”

      James Wilson: “I leave it to every gentleman to say whether the enumerated powers are not as accurately and MINUTELY DEFINED, as can be well done on the same subject, in the same language…nor does it, in any degree, go beyond the particular enumeration; for, when it is said that Congress shall have power to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper, those words are LIMITED AND DEFINED by the following, “for carrying into execution the foregoing powers”, it is saying no more than that the powers we have already particularly given (enumerated), shall be effectually carried into execution.”

  3. Good article. We are constantly engaged in battle against public apathy and government abuse of authority and outright government corruption. The two go hand-in-hand. We need to prop-up the good guys we know everywhere we see them.

  4. “A little-known fact is that the first gun control laws in America had their roots in racist practices,…” Not exactly the root, more like it was the British who attempted to reduce gun ownership and confiscate muskets and powder from colonists. First, by disarming the Americans, the British were attempting to make the practical exercise of the right of personal self-defense much more difficult. Second, and more fundamentally, the Americans made no distinction between self-defense against a lone criminal or against a criminal government. To the Americans, and to their British Whig ancestors, the right of self-defense necessarily implied the right of armed self-defense against tyranny. Recall, On June 19, 1775, Gage gave an ultimatum to the pesky Bostonians. They were to surrender their arms. Anyone that was found in possession of arms would be deemed guilty of treason.

    And the Brits never change practice of dehumanizing one’s next door neighbor…whether it is the enslavement of Irish, or a specific class, or a specific race. Slavery is their MO, in it’s many forms. The demonrats were the only slave owners in the US and are the same group that are destroying our constitutional republic fanning the gun control (confiscation) agenda.

    I recall the Egyptian Pharaohs having slaves known as the Israelites who had been in Egypt for generations, but when they had become numerous, the Pharaoh feared their presence. He feared that one day the Isrealites would turn against the Egyptians. Gradually and stealthily, he forced them to become his slaves. Sure sounds familiar.

    It is the practice of all evil men around the planet to disarm the people in the effort and pursuit to enslave them.

    I was born a free man. No law of man governs me, only that of my God.

  5. I would have to say it’s definitely not a slow erosion of tyranny. Any and all government subsidies homes apartment complexes have no second amendment rights. Gun confiscation has already begun in Hawaii for medical marijuana. This new agenda of mentally ill is directed straight to every veteran. Don’t be fooled.

    1. First, the people do NOT, did NOT get their right to defend themselves from the GENERAL (federal) government – which was created by the US Constitution to be the representative for the states in dealing with mostly foreign affairs – like treaties, immigration, etc – so that all the states would have the same policies.

      John C. Calhoun’s 1831 “Fort Hill Address”: “The error is in the assumption that the General Government is a party to the constitutional compact. The States, as has been shown, formed the compact, acting as Sovereign and independent communities. The General Government is but its creature;” See:

      Second, and very important for you to know and understand, here is the ONLY areas that those who serve within the general (federal is really all of our governments)…

      These are the enumerated powers which list the objects on which Congress may appropriate funds:
      — Immigration office (Art. I, §8, cl.4)
      — Mint (Art. I, §8, cl. 5)
      — Attorney General (Art. I, §8, cl. 6)
      — Post Office and postal roads (Art. I, §8, cl. 7)
      — Patent and Copyright Office (Art. I, §8, cl. 8)
      — Federal Courts (Art. I, §8, cl. 9)
      — Military (Art. I, §8, cls. 11-16
      — Then there is what is normally called the Civil list, paying the Senators and Representatives, etc (Art. I, §6, cl.1) and (Art. I, §8, cls 15-16 Militia), etc

      [and other objects listed in various other articles, sections, and clauses such as Treaties, etc]

      Those are the ONLY things that the US Constitution allows and does itemize in writing exactly what those who serve within the Congress is permitted to spend money on.

      There are also two geographical areas over which Congress was delegated “general legislative powers”: Art. I, §8, next to last clause, and also Art. IV, §3, cl. 2.

      See a lot subsidies within that list? It is a crimes called Misappropriation of Funds, and it is not only done by those who created the crimes, but all those who serve after its creation and do their written duty to make those actions constitutional are committing the same crimes and more. All have committed at least 2 felonies, and Perjury a few times also.

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