GEORGE WASHINGTON STATED

Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty teeth.



First Inaugural Address of George Washington...April 30, 1789

The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

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.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Abraham Lincoln said:

"In this age, and in this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it nothing can suceed. Whoever molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes, or pronounces judicial decisions."

James Madison Declared

The adversaries of the Constitution seem to have lost sight of the PEOPLE altogether in their reasonings on this subject; and to have viewed these different establishments not only as mutual rivals and enemies, but as uncontrolled by any common superior in their efforts to usurp the authorities of each other. These gentlemen must be reminded of their error. They must be told that the ULTIMATE AUTHORITY, wherever the derivative may be found, RESIDES IN THE PEOPLE ALONE. (Federalist Papers, No. 46, p.294; emphasis added.)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Are You a Libertarian?

In my dictionary "liberty" is defined as "the condition of being free to choose, esp. as between ways of acting or living, with an implication of wisdom and voluntary restraint."
 
In the Preamble of the Libertarian Party Platform as adopted in Convention, May 2012, Las Vegas, Nevada it states:
 
As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.
 
In a world where all men and women were perfectly "angelic" this Utopian view would suffice. Unfortunately we are not "angels" and evil does exit which makes it necessary for a society (a community) to create a compact that most of us can agree to live and act under. There will always be outliers that will not agree with the entire compact or parts of it. Hopefully within the compact there will be language and tools included to settle these differences peacefully and enable the outliers to still remain in the compact granting them some type of licence or exemption to the part that they cannot in good conscience agree with. Unless we can achieve this using the tools we have been given, the Constitution and Bill of Rights this House, will not stand and the experiment started by our Founding Fathers will fail...never to return to the face of this Earth.