Attorney Rees Lloyd
January 15, 2013
The demagogic efforts of the Liberal/Progressive political regime of Barack Hussein Obama to find some mechanism to attenuate or eliminate the Second Amendment right "of the people to bear" arms, without allowing a vote "by the people" on whether to amend the Constitution pursuant to the procedures provided by the Founding Fathers, raise many questions, including:
Would the Liberal/Progressives who are frothing at the mouth to take away the arms possessed by Americans have taken the same position to strip the Second Amendment right to bear arms from such Americans as, for instance, famed Christian Minister and abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher, who, pursuant to the Second Amendment, openly bought and provided guns to abolitionists to defend against the tyranny of government-approved slavery? (Author William J. Federer details Beecher's arming abolitionists in Federer's www.AmericanMinute.com, Jan. 13, 2013.)
Would modern Liberal/Progressives who are so willing to strip this generation of Americans of our Second Amendment rights, tell Henry Ward Beecher's sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe, that she really should not have a Constitutional Second Amendment right to have a gun in the house while she was writing "Uncle Tom's Cabin," or after its publication?
Would they take away the arms of the anti-slavery Americans who risked their lives to save the lives of escaping slaves through the "underground railroad?"
What about anti-slavery Americans in the South -- should they have had their Second Amendment rights taken from them to bear arms to defend themselves in the years before, during, and after the Civil War when they were at great risk of harm?
What about John Brown? If anybody gave evidence of being mad as a hatter, an utter fanatic loosed from reason, it was John Brown. But would modern-day Liberal/Progressives say that America would be a better place if "strict gun laws" had been enforced and prevented John Brown from having guns when he raided the Harper's Ferry Arsenal to get guns to fight slavery?
It would be difficult if not impossible to find such a Liberal/Progressive. Yet, today, the same Liberal/Progressives who celebrate John Brown as a hero who stood against the tyranny of slavery, gun in hand, bellow, pound their breasts, weep tears, demagogue, that we must attenuate or limit the right to bear arms guaranteed to all Americans in the Second Amendment.
As is their wont, Liberal/Progressives lament that we must limit the Second Amendment Right to bear arms to "protect the children." How many black children of slaves were "protected" without guns? How many of their parents were freed from the tyranny of slavery without arms?
If Liberal/progressives of today would not strip the Second Amendment right of Americans to bear arms of that era who opposed the tyranny of government as expressed in slavery -- and, remember, slavery was government policy North and South, after all, even upheld by the high priests of the judiciary up to an including the lawyers on the Supreme Court, e.g., Dred Scott Decision-- then those Liberal/Progressives should not attenuate or strip away the Second Amendment right to bear ams of Americans of this era who are willing to defend the nation against the slavery of political totalitarianism.
Every American veteran has sworn to "defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." Every American veteran knows when the obligations of that oath end -- never. Every American ought to live that same oath if we are not to submit Americans of this and future generations to the slavery of political totalitarianism.
One of America's greatest military heroes, General Norman Schwarzkopf, who lead our forces against the tyranny of Sadaam Hussein and who died most recently, succinctly stated an enduring truth:
"Some things are worth living for. Some things are worth dying for. One of those things is freedom."
Freedom. That is what the Founding Fathers created for us and bequeathed to us by force of arms against a tyrant abusing his office and power, King George III of England. The Founding Fathers created the Second Amendment right "of the people to bear arms" knowing how fragile freedom is, and how awful tyranny is.
The Founding Fathers enshrined that right of the people to bear arms not as "an executive order," not as a law," not as anything which could be taken away as temporary political winds might blow this way or that depending on who held governmental power through the ages. Rather, the Founding Fathers made the Second Amendment Right of the people to bear arms an enduring right inuring to all future generations of Americans, as long as the nation existed or the Constitution itself was not amended to eliminate or attenuate the Second Amendment as the Founding Fathers provided -- that is, only by a vote of the people in three-fourths of the States to ratify any amendment.
Now, Liberal/Progressives, from Barack Hussein Obama down through Joe Biden to Harry Reid in the Senate and Nancy Pelosi in the House, want to diminish, attenuate, limit, weaken, and render impotent if possible, the Second Amendment right to bear arms, by "executive order," or "statute" or other means, without a vote of the people themselves on the question of whether to amend the Constitution.
Simply stated: If Americans of this generation should allow the right to bear arms to be diminished or destroyed without following the amendment process provided by the Founding Fathers, they will be allowing themselves and future generations to become "subjects" rather than "citizens," no longer free Americans under a government existing by the "consent of the governed" but, rather, subject people existing by the consent of the government.
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It is a truism, proved true by history itself, that those who create freedom arm the people to protect the people from the government; for example, the American Founding Fathers. Those who create totalitarianism disarm the people in order to protect the government from the people; for example, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, the Saudi Islamic Wahabists and all Islamist governments under Shari'ia Law, Sadaam Hussein, and Barack Hussein Obama, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and the modern Liberal/Progressive Democrat Party politicians and members who would disarm the American people they would govern.
Gen. Schwarzkopf was right: "Some things are worth fighting for. Some things are worth dying for. One of those things is freedom." Slaves, whether literal or political under totalitarian all-intrusive governments, do not have guns -- or freedom.
Thank God and the Founding Fathers that Americans still have arms, and freedom--and will as long as they have the courage to fight for them, and die for them, if necessary. Click here to visit NewsWithViews.com home page.
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REES LLOYD is a longtime civil rights attorney and veterans activist whose work has been honored by, among others, the California Senate and Assembly, and numerous civil rights, workers rights, and veterans rights organizations. He has testified as a constitutional expert at hearings before the U.S. House and Senate representing The American Legion.
He has been profiled, and his work featured, by such varied print media as the Los Angeles Times and American Legion Magazine, and such broadcast media as ABC's Nightline and 20/20, Fox News In The Morning, and, among others, by Hannity. His writings have appeared in a variety of national, regional, and local newspaper, magazine, and other publications. He is a frequent radio commentator, and a sought after speaker.*
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