Avoiding the Urban Assault Nightmare

This urban assault nightmare should never happen here in America.  Unfortunately, it has happened, far too often, and often illegally.  This happens when the following three things exist:

1.  Congress refuses to remove the un-Constitutional provisions in the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act).urban assault nightmare

2.  Obama refuses to remove the un-Constitutional provisions in his Executive Orders.

3.  Sworn law-enforcement, military, and civilian authorities refuse to honor their oaths of office.

Conversely, when sworn authority is given an unlawful order i.e. one contrary to the Constitution, and they do their duty and refuse the unlawful order, the urban assault nightmare will be averted.

Similarly, if Congress impeaches Obama, as is their duty to do so, this nightmare will be averted.  If they bring the NDAA in line with the Constitution, as is their duty to do so, this urban assault nightmare will be averted.

If Obama, brings his Executive Orders in line with the Constitution, as is his duty to do so, this urban assault nightmare will be averted.

This is why we have checks and balances here in America – to avert nightmares such as the one  depicted above.  Only two requirements must be met in order to avert disaster:  Adhere to the Constitution, and do your duty.  That’s it!  At it’s heart, our system of government is very powerful, yet very simple.

Ours is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.  We have the authority, the responsibility, and the duty to tell a wayward government “NO!”  They have the responsibility and the duty to listen.

When people at any level, from the joe citizen to Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court, shirk their duty to support and defend the Constitution, and instead do whatever they want, the system crashes.  It is long overdue for everyone, everywhere, to start doing what’s right by our nation.  The best way to begin is by reading, understanding, following, supporting, and defending the Constitution of the United States of America.

Had our President and members of Congress done that, we wouldn’t being hurdling over this fiscal cliff.  Our economy would have been strong, and our national debt low.

Please think about this.  Think about why consumer confidence tanked just after Obama was re-elected, when it had been on the verge of making a comeback.

Thank you.

Our Time of Reckoning Is At Hand

If any of you might be thinking “our time of reckoning is at hand,” you’d be right.

The American People need to come to grips with something, and they’d better get it real quick, before their government takes away something they granted a long time ago.

Owning and carrying (that’s the “keep and bear” part) is NOT a “privilege.”  We do NOT have a “Bill of Privileges.”  We have a Bill of RIGHTS.

The Second Amendment, number two in the ten Amendments in our Bill of RIGHTS, reads as follows:  “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the RIGHT of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” (emphasis mine)

In February of 1982, the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the United States Senate, 97th Congress, Second Session, published document 88-618 0, entitled The Right to Keep and Bear Arms Report.  Therein, you will find such quotes as:

“In my studies as an attorney and as a United States Senator, I have constantly been amazed by the indifference or even hostility shown the Second Amendment by courts, legislatures, and commentators.”

“James Madison would be startled to hear that his recognition of a right to keep and bear arms, which passed the House by a voice vote without objection and hardly a debate, has since been construed in but a single, and most ambiguous Supreme Court decision.”

“Thomas Jefferson, who kept a veritable armory of pistols, rifles and shotguns at Monticello, and advised his nephew to forsake other sports in favor of hunting, would be astounded to hear supposed civil libertarians claim firearm ownership should be restricted.”

“No fewer than twenty-one decisions by the courts of our states have recognized an individual right to keep and bear arms, and a majority of these have not only recognized the right but invalidated laws or regulations which abridged it. Yet in all too many instances, courts or commentators have sought, for reasons only tangentially related to constitutional history, to construe this right out of existence. They argue that the Second Amendment’s words “right of the people” mean “a right of the state” — apparently overlooking the impact of those same words when used in the First and Fourth Amendments. The “right of the people” to assemble or to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures is not contested as an individual guarantee. Still they ignore consistency and claim that the right to “bear arms” relates only to military uses. This not only violates a consistent constitutional reading of “right of the people” but also ignores that the second amendment protects a right to “keep” arms. These commentators contend instead that the amendment’s preamble regarding the necessity of a “well regulated militia . . . to a free state” means that the right to keep and bear arms applies only to a National Guard. Such a reading fails to note that the Framers used the term “militia” to relate to every citizen capable of bearing arms, and that the Congress has established the present National Guard under its own power to raise armies, expressly stating that it was not doing so under its power to organize and arm the militia.”

Indeed!

“In 2008 and 2010, the Supreme Court issued two landmark decisions concerning the Second Amendment. In District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), the Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm, unconnected to service in a militia and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. In dicta, the Court listed many longstanding prohibitions and restrictions on firearms possession as being consistent with the Second Amendment.  In McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. 3025 (2010), the Court ruled that the Second Amendment limits state and local governments to the same extent that it limits the federal government.” – Wikipedia’s entry on “Second Amendment to the United States Constitution,” Dec 25, 2012.

The problem with the Supreme Court of the United States of America is that they are SO bogged down these days in precedent and legaleze from the many thousands of decisions rendered by them and the lower courts with respect to firearms, that they’re unable to see the forest through the trees.  It’s a VERY SIMPLE forest, people, and it looks like this:  “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.” (emphasis mine)

Thus, when the Supreme Court “listed many longstanding prohibitions and restrictions on firearms possession as being consistent with the Second Amendment,” were they infringing on “the right of the people to keep and bear arms?”

Hell yes, they were!  Just as were the “many longstanding prohibitions and restrictions on firearms.”  Put simply, U.S. Supreme Court, Congress, and Mr. President, what in the hell do you think “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED” means, anyway?  Here’s a clue:  “infringe: 1
: to encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another ”

By definition, ANY “prohibition” or “restriction” is an infringement.  Therefore, it logically follows, by definition, that any ruling by the U.S. Supreme court which upholds an “prohibition” or “restriction” is also an infringement.

So, was the Supreme Court’s “Heller ruling which indicated that “traditionally lawful purposes” was restricted to “self-defense within the home” an infringement?

You bet your ass it was.

And was the Supreme Court’s “MacDonald” ruling which limited the powers of local and state governments an infringement?

No, of course not.  The reason it wasn’t an infringement is simple:  Our Founding Fathers, the ones who both founded this country, creating our Constitution and it’s Bill of Rights, NEVER wanted to EVER AGAIN see American citizens at the mercy of their government.  Instead, they wanted American citizens to know, understand, and act upon just one thing:  That the United States of America is a country of the people, by the people, and for the people.

This is why I founded RYOC – Run Your Own Country!  It’s not our government’s country.  It’s OUR country!  WE THE PEOPLE are the ultimate authority in this great nation of ours, and it’s up to US to ensure our nation remains on the narrow path, the one upon which our Founding Fathers sent us, the one which lead to the greatest nation on Earth, and the only one which will get us out of this mess we’re in today.

How do we do that?  Simple, and it takes just two steps:

First, stop drooling over politicians’ rhetoric.  Look at their voting record, instead.

Second, vote ALL those who fail to adhere to our Constitution, the law of our land, out of office.  Obama, H. Clinton, Pelosi, Steinfein, and Reed come to mind as the WORST offenders on this point.  They just need to go.

That’s it!  Continuing education, however, is critical.  If you haven’t read our Constitution lately, please do.  An initial read should take you no more than ten minutes.  You can read it, as well as the other documents upon which our nation was founded, at the Library of Congress’ website, here:  http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution.html  Also, take a look at that Congressional Report.  It was written thirty years ago, but it was never more applicable at any time between then and now than it is today.

Good luck, and God Bless!

Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre

Yesterday, yet another firearms-related tragedy occurred at the Sandy Hook Element School in Connecticut.  It was the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, after the 2007 Virginia Tech Massacre.

As graduate of Virginia Tech, I’d like to say how sad I am for the family, friends, and colleagues of those who were lost or injured.  Your grief must be overpowering, and the only words of comfort and hope I can provide is to say, hold on.  Don’t try to go this alone.  Go ahead and lean on those who love you — that’s why they’re there.  Accept whatever help is offered, and seek help whenever you need it.

As a retired military officer, I’d like to add some additional thoughts about how easily this tragedy could have been prevented.  Not by ever more strict gun control or by locking down the school and scanning everyone who enters, but by employing the most effective deterrent ever envisioned by any government.

Before you let your mayors, city or county counsel members, governors, Congressmen, or the President react in typical knee-jerk political fashion, please remember this well-known axiom, at least among law-enforcement professionals such as those who maintain the FBI’s Crime Statistics database:  GUN CONTROL LAWS DO NOT WORK!

They never have, and they never will, and for one simple reason:  Criminals do no obey the law.  Because of this, the only effect of gun control laws are to disarm the honest, law-abiding citizens who have proven time and time again throughout human history they’re more than capable of both deterring and stopping crime.  Meanwhile, gun control laws do not stop, much less deter either criminals or the criminally insane.

What if a teacher were armed?  Why do you think they ramped up the Federal Air Marshal program?  How many successful mid-air hijackings have we had since 9/11?

Let’s briefly examine all the major firearms massacres in the United States over the last 50 years, and ask just two questions:  Were the victims armed, or NOT ARMED?  How many people died?

– The teachers at Sandy Hook:  NOT ARMED.
– The students at Virginia Tech: NOT ARMED.
– Giffords and her enterouge: NOT ARMED.
– The vacationers on that Island in Norway: NOT ARMED.
– The shoppers at the mall in Oregon: NOT ARMED.
– The crew and passengers aboard AA Flt 11, UA Flt 175, AA Flt 77, and UA Flt 93:  NOT ARMED.
– The students at Texas A&M: NOT ARMED.
– The moviegoers at the theater in Aurora: NOT ARMED.

Two Notable Exceptions include the Fort Hood massacre, where the only person who WAS armed was the one who stopped the massacre, and the Fairchild Air Force Base massacre, where the only person who WAS armed was the one who stopped the massacre.

Do you see the pattern, here?  The pattern is that the only way to stop a shooting spree is to take down the shooter.  Tackling them is extremely risky, and is very likely to get you killed.  Shooting the shooter, on the other hand, is fairly quick, and any competent marksman armed with a decent caliber can stop an unlawful shooter hell-bent on a shooting spree.

Were you aware that of all criminal activity stopped in progress that more than 50% of it is stopped by a private citizen?  It’s true.  And were you aware that more than 2/3 of those private citizens were armed?  It’s sad that less than 5% of Americans are armed!  If more of us were armed, we’d have a LOT less crime!

I would also like you to consider what The People are saying in response to articles on this and other shootings.  The overwhelmingly vast majority of them are calling for decreases in gun control laws, and for one good reason:  So they can defend themselves!  I’m sure you’ve heard the addages:  I carry a gun because I can’t carry a cop; A firearm on every hip is far less expensive than a cop on every street corner; and When seconds count, cops are just minutes away.

Consider this:  There are approximately 1,400 accidental deaths due to firearms here in America each year, despite there being at least as many firearms as there are motor vehicles.  Yet we have 35,000 accidental deaths due to motor vehicles.  That’s TWENTY-FIVE TIMES GREATER!  Yet do we outlaw motor vehicles?  Heck no.  So, can we be rational about this?  Please?

Here’s the kicker:  Approximately 168,000 crimes are thwarted each year by ARMED citizens.  Put simply, armed citizens STOP crime 857 times more often than the occurrence of accidental deaths due to firearms.  Similarly, crimes are stopped by armed, law-abiding citizens 18 times more often than firearms are used in murders (9,369).  So, are we to disarm law-abiding citizens and allow those 168,000 crimes to run amok?  Really?  How in the world does that make any sense whatsoever?

Source:  FBI Crime Statistics.

So which political idiots are proposing the elimination of the most highly effective anti-crime tool in the history of the world?  Obama?  Hickenlooper?  Are you seriously trying to tell myself and the rest of the American people that you want to disarm honest, law-abiding citizens when their effectiveness rates of stopping crime is so incredibly high?  Do you honestly expect me or any rantional, intelligent, logical person to believe your disarmament model, proven a dismal failure at Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Giffords speech, the Norwegian Island, the Oregon mall, Texas A&M, and the Aurora theater, is prudent?  That it actually deters or prevent crimes?

If so, you really are an idiot.  Disarmament neither deters nor prevents crimes!  Disarmament only ENCOURAGES crimes.  It leaves honest, law-abiding citizens vulnerable to criminal activity, and unable to defend themselves.  It turns what could be your best deterrent or most readily available means of stopping a massacre into nothing more than rich targets of opportunity.

Fifty years of FBI crime statistics have PROVEN there’s a strong correlation between increasing gun control and increasing crime. They also PROVE there’s a strong correlation between relaxing gun control and relaxing crime.

So, folks!  PLEASE write your mayors, your city counsel members, your governors, your state legislators, and your Congressmen, and tell them to STOP AND THINK about REALITY before they knee-jerk your town, city, county state, or country into HIGHER crime rates.

Yes – I’m praying for the families of the casualties, as should we all.

Columbine Father Speaks

Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee.  What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful.

They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert.  These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness.. The following is a portion of the transcript:

“Since the dawn of creation there has been both good & evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.

“The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain’s heart.

“In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA – because I don’t believe that they are responsible for my daughter’s death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel’s murder I would be their strongest opponent.

I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy — it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.

Your laws ignore our deepest needs, Your words are empty air. You’ve stripped away our heritage, You’ve outlawed simple prayer. Now gunshots fill our classrooms, And precious children die. You seek for answers everywhere, And ask the question “Why?” You regulate restrictive laws, Through legislative creed. And yet you fail to understand, That God is what we need!

“Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation’s history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine’s tragedy occurs —politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts.

“As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America , and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him. To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA — I give to you a sincere challenge.. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone! My daughter’s death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!” – Darrell Scott

Demand Congress enact GMO Labeling Now

GMO Labeling is something that’s long overdue here in the U.S.  Watch this short video, and you’ll know why.

Then, use the following form letter to write your Congressman of your desire for him or her to implement mandatory GMO labeling of all GMO foods:

Dear Congressman X:

Were you aware most GMO corn in the U.S. (i.e. most corn in the U.S.) is treated by by crop-dusters who are required, by law, to wear full chemical protection suits while spraying your food with 2,4-D, which is one of the two active ingredients in Agent Orange?

It’s true.  Please watch this video:  http://youtu.be/FyWMuA8HcJk

Armed with this information, along with the fact that 9 out of 10 Americans want to know whether or not their food contains GMO foods, please pass legislation requiring the mandatory and conspicuous labeling of all GMO foods as “GMO.”

We deserve to know what’s in our food!  Russia passed the bill, as did China, and more than sixty other countries around the globe, including most EU countries.

They passed the bill because they care enough about their citizens to require complete disclosure on their food labels.  What does that say about the United States and how little we care about our citizens when we allow big business to run roughshod over the government and keep people in the dark about what’s in our own foods?

Please pass the mandatory GMO labeling legislation.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

The TRUTH About The Federal Reserve Bank

If you have politically conservative friends who’re active on Facebook, by now you’ve heard LOTS and LOTS of stuff about “The Fed” i.e. the Federal Reserve Bank.

Most of what I’ve read is hogwash.  Those who posted it meant well, but they obviously have never studied the Federal Reserve Bank in any detail.  Instead, they were simply sharing something they read which “sounded about right” given their limited knowledge and understanding of the institution.  Unfortunately, while there’s some truth as to what’s posted, there’s a lot of misinformation out there, as well.

Hopefully, this will clear up some of the misconceptions about the Federal Reserve Bank:

A Visual Guide to the Federal Reserve

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In The End Times, We’re Still Saved By Grace, Through Faith

It may very well be the beginning of the end times.  I actually find a lot of comfort in that, not because I look forward to it, but because in spite of it I know where I, my son, and my ex stand with God.  Thus, no matter what happens, we are temporal here on this Earth, passing away sooner or later, but will reign with God forever.

That doesn’t keep me from fighting against it, though.  A lot of the Jews didn’t resist socialistic oppression and mass genocide common to socialism during WWII because they honestly believed the prophesied Messiah would rescue them.  When that didn’t happen, a large percentage of the survivors left the faith.

I believe our trust, hope, and faith in God should be as if everything were up to him, but that we need to fight as if everything is up to us.  That’s what David did, and God made him the head of all clans which followed!  The human side of Jesus descended from his line, as well.

Sorry, Islam, but illegitimate children such as Ishmael do NOT carry God’s covenant.  The proper lineage is Abraham (via his wife Sarah) … David … Jesus:

“And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!”  Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac.  I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.  And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation.  But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.” – Genesis 17:18-21

Ishmael’s mother was Hagar, who was not Abraham’s wife.  Hagar was Sarah’s handmaiden.  So, no dice — God did not establish his covenant through Ishmael.

Don’t go around wailing, gnashing your teeth, and killing people, though, as I’m not descended from them, either.  Most Christians are adopted into the Christian faith.  We become sons of God, brothers with Christ, not because of our lineage, or anything we’ve done, but because of God’s invitation all all peoples from all nations, an invitation made possible by the ultimate sacrifice for sin, a sacrifice good for all time, that of Jesus’ death on the Cross.  Our ONLY action is accepting God’s invitation, in faith of His plan for our lives.  “Ye are saved by grace, through faith.”

God’s grace, our faith.  It’s that simple.