Homeland Security! Love it! Don’t think I’m joking Granny. It’s not if, but when..
The most sacred thing Americans have been willing to die for since the beginning—is FREEDOM—and that is no where more true–than during the time of the Revolutionary War in America. The founding fathers picked up their guns and fought a tyrannical government, seeking to enslave them all over again—because they had just a taste of freedom. Thomas Jefferson reminded the people of the dangers of big government to individual liberties, stating that a government big enough to give you everything is strong enough to take everything you have.
Our fathers learned these truths through personal suffering and giving their lives to change it for future generations. Our founding fathers were PATRIOTS who loved this Country and Freedom with everything they had and some gave just that much. Why? Death was preferable to returning to slavery in an oppressive government of tyrants where they were involuntarily made slaves to the monarchy. For them, death was preferable than going back, leading Patrick Henry to shout, “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!”
Jefferson was painfully aware of this truth, stating “the price of freedom is eternal vigilance,” [because] “when the people fear the government, there is tyranny, [but] when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” He insisted that inevitably, freedom would demand more bloodshed, stating “the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of Patriots and Tyrants”—on occasion. He believed America had two enemies: “criminals and the government; so let us tie the Second down with the chains of the Constitution so the Second will not become a legalized version of the First.”
Benjamin Franklin similarly could not fathom returning to bondage and said “those would would give up an essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” This is because, as John Adams warned, “Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” Our founders “understood” and joined in unity—facing death to find life. George Washington, said “it is infinitely better to have a few good men than many indifferent ones,” stating “the thing that separates the American Christian from every other person earth is the fact that he would rather die on his feet than live on his knees.” Oh, that men and woman had even a clue of that kind of honor anymore.
Patrick Henry helped motivate those with lingering doubt, saying, “We should not forget that the spark which ignited the American Revolution was caused by the British Attempt to confiscate the firearms of the colonists.” He then famously said, “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” and charged ahead win or lose.
After the founders risked their lives—for our freedom, we find ourselves bound in chains all over again with the Obama Administration proposing that our guns be seized. The Supreme Court is now dissecting the meaning of ordinary words to determine that our 200 year understanding of the Second Amendment was wrong and convince us that ordinary citizens are not granted the right to bear arms but only “well regulated militia.” See Heller vs. District of Columbia, 2008
The few rights we still have as American citizens hang by a thread—in the form of one swing vote on the Supreme Court that could go either way. In this climate, I am not hopeful after reading the Heller case. Though the case was a victory for those who cherish their right to protect their families by the use of firearms, one vote and we would all be wondering “what happens next, without guns to protect ourselves”—or headed straight into another American Revolution.
Truly frightening is that realization because for the founding fathers who authored the Declaration of Independence and Constitution’s Bill of Rights, the Second Amendment was never remotely ambiguous.
Samuel Adams said “the Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.” Somehow, that statement is not clear to Barack Obama or the Supreme Court, 4 of whom actually sided with Obama. For the time being, the five justices who authored the majority opinion have bought us time.
It’s high time to go shopping, guys. You coming granny?
Thanks for posting this! It is excellent.