The historical struggle between Protestants and Catholics in Ireland.
Epic fighting between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Rising body counts in Nigeria as the Army wages war against Islamic extremists.
The isolation of Christian “radicals” by the United States government while protecting historically violent groups.
All of these points are ongoing themes throughout our [...]
The historical struggle between Protestants and Catholics in Ireland.
Epic fighting between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Rising body counts in Nigeria as the Army wages war against Islamic extremists.
The isolation of Christian “radicals” by the United States government while protecting historically violent groups.
All of these points are ongoing themes throughout our daily lives lately. As I sit and reflect on what this means for our future, I start to wonder if there is potentially a religion driven war on the horizon. Will it happen? I don’t know. Where will it happen? This I also do not know. Does it seem possible? Yes. And as the days go by and the headlines compile, I start to think the likelihood becomes greater.
Recent history has shown multiple violent attacks by religious groups based on perceived persecution in YouTube videos as an example. While many of these attacks have been deadly, the September 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi resulted in the death of the American Ambassador. Please tell me this is not a sign that there is a war against America by Muslims across the globe!
This week in Israel, military forces arrested Sheik Mohammad Hussein(the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem) who serves in that role under the authority of Palestine. While they seem to have a legitimate concern here, it highlights the ongoing division that is driven by religious differences.
And if all that is not enough, Christians across the Middle East are leaving the area at record rates. According to a FOX News article which quotes the U.S Commission on International Religious Freedom, “The flight of Christians out of the region is unprecedented and it’s increasing year by year.” In our lifetime alone “Christians might disappear altogether from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt.” As an Iraq War veteran, I have witnessed this exodus first hand.
It is absolutely frightening to think about what may happen if this were all to come to a head. My guess would be that if a holy war were to spark, that it would be a raging fire of Islam that wages attacks on all religion. There will be continued evacuations of Christians everywhere to “safe” locations. History would tell us that a safe place for Christianity is the United States of America which was founded on Christian principles. (I know this can be a hotly debated idea. If you question this concept, I would challenge you to look at a piece of U.S. currency. It would be noted that every piece of U.S. money has the phrase, IN GOD WE TRUST placed on it. God. Not Allah, Buddah, or Mankind. God.) After all, didn’t the Pilgrims first come to America to be able to freely practice religion?
The fact of the matter is, however, that America is not even safe for Christians anymore. We are looked at as extremists and discouraged from openly declaring our faith.
While it may not be driven specifically by religion, in February 2013 a Muslim man killed and beheaded two Coptic Christians. We have somewhat become accustomed to such reports coming out of the Middle East from countries like Egypt. This account comes from Buena Vista, New Jersey. Is it merely coincidence that the Boston bombings last month were carried out by muslims…or that the attacks on 9/11 were carried out by Al-Qaeda, an Islamic Terrorist Organization.
The Democratic Party last year voted to remove God from the platform and then almost as quickly reversed the decision and voted God back into the Democratic Party amongst boo’s from the attendees of the Democratic National Convention. Is it just me, or is it outrageous that one of the two majority political parties in America would vote God out of their platform! This is not Survivor we are talking about, but the Dems still tried to vote God off their island! Is this starting to paint a picture that says Christians are no longer welcome in America?
There is a holy war looming. Now is the time to prepare.
Ask yourself this…What could pOssibly Be driving this divison of AMericA?
If you have 15 minutes available, I highly recommend watching the following video that will help paint a picture of what our own government is telling our military leaders about religion in the military.
Nothing says, “Parking Permit Required!” like two giant stone walls with gates around your neighborhood. This is exactly what is planned though for The Citadel, a concept community conceived by patriots and financed by the III Arms Company. Current plans have the community slated to be built in [...]
Nothing says, “Parking Permit Required!” like two giant stone walls with gates around your neighborhood. This is exactly what is planned though for The Citadel, a concept community conceived by patriots and financed by the III Arms Company. Current plans have the community slated to be built in the mountains of Idaho or somewhere else in the region that James Wesley Rawles has dubbed, The American Redoubt. Stemming from an idea bounced around the liberty focused blogosphere in 2012, this community has quickly come to fruition with 20 acres already purchased in Benewah County, Idaho to house the relocated headquarters and factory of the III Arms Company.
For many, this scenario makes a lot of sense while others are concerned that this type of community creates a giant target for the government. I see both sides of the argument but think that The Citadel will catch on. Especially if the federal government continues to move in the direction of current travel. While such communities may not be a perfect solution, at least there are groups looking for a solution. Below are some of the details about The Citadel…
What can I expect to find within the walls of The Citadel community?
The Citadel expects to offer the following features:
- III Arms Factory
- Curtain Walls & Towers, Main Gate
- John Parker Town Green
- Town Hall
- Community Armory
- Citadel Firearms Museum
- Town Center – Retail/Commercial
- Farmer’s Market
- Medical Center
- Retirement Facility
- Citadel Schools/Boarding School
- Tourist Visitor Center
- Firearms/Archery Ranges
- Sports Fields
- III Bank
- Power/Biomass/Water Plant
- Underground Shelter
- Post Office
- Fire House
- Grounds Building
- Walking Trails
- Outdoor Pavilions/Amphitheatre
- Command & Control Center
- Media Center
- Shuttle System/Parking Center
Who can live in this community?
Anyone who is willing to agree to the Patriot Agreement as outlined by the community’s organizers. In addition, the concept of the Citadel holds dear to the idea of Rightful Liberty, allowing for free practices without limit of race or religion.
How does this idea of Patriot communal living work?
Each home will be a lifetime lease instead of owned as personal property. The Citadel spells it out as a Patriot Disneyland:
One of the primary reasons for a lease paradigm versus private property inside the walls is our desire to make the community for Patriots only.
The model will be similar in many ways to that of Disneyland. It is walled, gated, private property with controlled access. People pay to enter and agree to the rules because they see value in doing so. It is all based on a voluntary agreement between the owners of the property and those who want to come inside. Millions of people visit Disneyland and interact peacefully. It’s exceptionally rare to hear of any serious problems. The key is that those people want to be there and understand what is expected of them. Surprisingly similar to what we are doing.
According to the Citadel website, each home will include:
Every Citadel home will come with a 2,500 gallon water tank, a one year supply of food for either 1 or 2 adults, 1 or 2 AR15-variant rifles and 1,000 rounds of ammunition per rifle, a generator, a composting toilet, a vault, a protective Safe Room.
The threats that the Citadel will be designed to combat are:
The Citadel is primarily designed to defend against a grid-down, economic collapse scenario. When most people ask this question they are thinking in terms of defending against violent action but there are other aspects to defending ourselves. Self-sufficiency in terms of food, water and energy are also a form of defense against a collapse scenario, so these are a major part of our plan.
The Citadel is not designed to withstand any direct .Mil or .Gov attack. Nor is the Citadel, in any manner, attempting to provoke any government entity.
What does living in The Citadel community cost?
According to the official Citadel Housing Cost Calculator, housing will run anywhere from $347 for a 600 square foot house on one acre outside of the walls all the way up to $6,998 for a 10,000 square foot house on one acre inside the walls. There are other options available such as a 300 square foot emergency micro-suite inside the walls for an additional cost of $250 a month.
The folks of the Citadel and III Arms Company have also come up with an answer for why this project will succeed while other similar concepts have failed previously:
Why Do You Think You Will Succeed Where Others Have Failed?
An effort such as this can have philosophical, social, economic, political and religious aspects that must be considered. Previous attempts have either ignored one or more of those aspects or not understood the consequences of the decisions that were made that affect them.
Our effort is based on Rightful Liberty which, as a live-and-let-live philosophy, makes us good neighbors. We feel no need to convert anyone to our way of thinking or try to control anyone else’s behavior, except to the extent needed to defend our Rightful Liberty. We have a base economic engine for the Citadel in the form of the III Arms Company that should provide initial financial support. We have the Patriot Agreement, a contract that clearly spells out our expectations of one another. We believe in the rule of law and have no interest in creating conflict with anyone. We will be an open community that encourages visitors and tourists. Most importantly, our efforts are based on voluntary action and voluntary association.
These factors should let us build a physical and social structure that will let us pursue our goal of a sustainable and defensible living space without the usual negative reactions that efforts like this often create.
It will be interesting to see how this Patriot community develops…
If you think living among fellow Patriots in the Citadel is for you, apply here.
A foundation of stone…what does that mean? It is in reference to the fact that our country was built on a foundation of stone. A solid foundation. A foundation that was designed to withstand the trials and tribulations of time. Unfortunately, the time has come where some “Americans” have started to chip away at and [...]
A foundation of stone…what does that mean? It is in reference to the fact that our country was built on a foundation of stone. A solid foundation. A foundation that was designed to withstand the trials and tribulations of time. Unfortunately, the time has come where some “Americans” have started to chip away at and weaken our countries foundation. The only way to maintain our great country is to maintain our foundation. In order to know where we are, we have to know where we came from. The Constitution is one of the United States of America’s founding documents and one that everyone should read and at a minimum, be familiar with. This post is about being familiar with our roots, our Patriot Forefathers, and what makes America great. Please take the time to read it and if you know a fellow Patriot, please pass this along as a reminder of the importance of our Constitution.
Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.
Constitution of the United States
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.
The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.
No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.
Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New-York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three.
When vacancies happen in the Representation from any State, the Executive Authority thereof shall issue Writs of Election to fill such Vacancies.
The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislaturethereof for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote.
Immediately after they shall be assembled in Consequence of the first Election, they shall be divided as equally as may be into three Classes. The Seats of the Senators of the first Class shall be vacated at the Expiration of the second Year, of the second Class at the Expiration of the fourth Year, and of the third Class at the Expiration of the sixth Year, so that one third may be chosen every second Year; and if Vacancies happen by Resignation, or otherwise, during the Recess of the Legislature of any State, the Executive thereof may make temporary Appointments until the next Meeting of the Legislature, which shall then fill such Vacancies.
No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.
The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.
The Senate shall chuse their other Officers, and also a President pro tempore, in the Absence of the Vice President, or when he shall exercise the Office of President of the United States.
The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.
Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.
The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.
The Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year, and such Meeting shall be on the first Monday in December, unless they shall by Law appoint a different Day.
Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members, and a Majority of each shall constitute a Quorum to do Business; but a smaller Number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the Attendance of absent Members, in such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide.
Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member.
Each House shall keep a Journal of its Proceedings, and from time to time publish the same, excepting such Parts as may in their Judgment require Secrecy; and the Yeas and Nays of the Members of either House on any question shall, at the Desire of one fifth of those Present, be entered on the Journal.
Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other Place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting.
The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.
No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office.
All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.
The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows:
Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.
The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the Seat of the Government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall, in the Presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted. The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President, if such Number be a Majority of the whole Number of Electors appointed; and if there be more than one who have such Majority, and have an equal Number of Votes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately chuse by Ballot one of them for President; and if no Person have a Majority, then from the five highest on the List the said House shall in like Manner chuse the President. But in chusing the President, the Votes shall be taken by States, the Representation from each State having one Vote; A quorum for this purpose shall consist of a Member or Members from two thirds of the States, and a Majority of all the States shall be necessary to a Choice. In every Case, after the Choice of the President, the Person having the greatest Number of Votes of the Electors shall be the Vice President. But if there should remain two or more who have equal Votes, the Senate shall chuse from them by Ballot the Vice President.
The Congress may determine the Time of chusing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States.
No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
In Case of the Removal of the President from Office, or of his Death, Resignation, or Inability to discharge the Powers and Duties of the said Office, the Same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the Congress may by Law provide for the Case of Removal, Death, Resignation or Inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what Officer shall then act as President, and such Officer shall act accordingly, until the Disability be removed, or a President shall be elected.
The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a Compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the Period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that Period any other Emolument from the United States, or any of them.
Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:–”I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.
The judicial Power of the United States shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.
The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;–to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;–to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;–to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;–to Controversies between two or more States;–between a State and Citizens of another State,–between Citizens of different States,–between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under Grants of different States, and between a State, or the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects.
Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.
The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.
A Person charged in any State with Treason, Felony, or other Crime, who shall flee from Justice, and be found in another State, shall on Demand of the executive Authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having Jurisdiction of the Crime.
No Person held to Service or Labour in one State, under the Laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in Consequence of any Law or Regulation therein, be discharged from such Service or Labour, but shall be delivered up on Claim of the Party to whom such Service or Labour may be due.
New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.
The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.
The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic Violence.
The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.
All Debts contracted and Engagements entered into, before the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation.
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same.
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Attest William Jackson Secretary
done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independance of the United States of America the Twelfth In witness whereof We have hereunto subscribed our Names,
Presidt and deputy from Virginia
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Dan of St Thos. Jenifer
James Madison Jr.
Richd. Dobbs Spaight
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
Wm. Saml. Johnson
I am a pretty big fan of Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast. Earlier this year one of the podcasts that Jack put out was a recording of a presentation that he did for the Free State Project. This was the first time that I had heard of the Free State Project (FSP) and led me to look into what the FSP was all about. A quick summary of the Free State Project’s mission from their website states that,
“The Free State Project is an agreement among 20,000 pro-liberty activists to move to New Hampshire, where they will exert the fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of government is the protection of life, liberty, and property. The success of the Project would likely entail reductions in taxation and regulation, reforms at all levels of government, to expand individual rights and free markets, and a restoration of constitutional federalism, demonstrating the benefits of liberty to the rest of the nation and the world.”
My initial check into the FSP generated a high level of intrigue in my mind and motivated me to look further into not only the Free State Project but New Hampshire as well. This investigation led to, among other things, following @FreeStateNH on Twitter who tweeted a link a couple of days ago that led to a list of 101 Reasons to Move to New Hampshire. While certainly only some of the reasons that a person might be interested in relocating, I felt that this particular list by the FSP encompassed a wide variety of issues that would be important to a relocating person or family. These issues include government, politics, economy, geography & environment, and quality of life. The full list can be seen at the link of above but some of my favorites include the following:
- New Hampshire has no general sales tax.
- New Hampshire is the only state with no laws restricting knife ownership.
- The NH Underground is an active, peaceful civil disobedience network. This group has organized activities such as conducting an open-carry litter pickup after curfew, filming police encounters, producing radio, television, and internet broadcasts.
- New Hampshire has a large, politically active, and rapidly growing homeschooling population.
- Communication with the NH liberty community is a phone call away. Through Porcupine 411, reports of speed traps and check points, political events, and news as-it-happens are recorded and broadcast via email as audio file attachments.
- New Hampshire rejected the Real ID (national identification card) program. Free State Project participants were crucial in securing this outcome.
- New Hampshire’s median household income of $63,942 is the highest in the country.
- The Manchester-Nashua metro area ranks 1st on the Forbes List of America’s 100 Cheapest Places To Live.
- New Hampshire offers abundant water resources. The potential for water shortages in NH is insignificant.
- New Hampshire is considered at very low risk for hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and forest fires.
- New Hampshire has been ranked #1 in the nation for quality of life and livability five years in a row.
- New Hampshire is the safest state in the country.
Today my son came home from school and not to my surprise told me that something stupid had happened at school. There would have been a time in America where this may have come as a shock or surprise to the parent of a child in the public school system, but not these days. My son’s class had an opportunity today to take an educational field trip to go to the local courthouse and observe a mock trial where they would be able to learn about the legal system in America and see what a trial is like. Less than two weeks ago, his teachers sent home a notification that if any child was behind on their assignments that they would be ineligible to participate in the educational field trip unless they got caught up.
I could understand this if it were a field trip to the zoo or to a pizza parlor but to the courthouse? Due to some medical issues my son was behind on some assignments so he has spent his lunch time every day for the last two weeks working on getting caught up. Today came and he wore slacks and a polo shirt so that he would be presentable for court. It turns out that he was not able to go because he was still missing one assignment. Because of this he stayed at the school. Ok, I got it. He didn’t meet the requirements so he had to stay. Well when I asked him what he did while everyone else was at the court he told me that he read a book and drew pictures for the 3 1/2 hours that his class was gone. Really?!?! My son missed an educational experience about our nation’s legal system so that he could read goofy kid’s fiction and draw pictures? When I looked into the reason as to why he had to stay it was because the field trip was considered an extracurricular activity. Well why is the school planning an extracurricular activity during regular school hours? If a class trip is during the regular hours that the state mandates that my child be in school shouldn’t he participate in the class trip, especially if it is educational? Apparently not. Drawing pictures and reading comic books has more to offer.
My final loss of faith in the modern education system comes from the fact that children today that attend traditional schools are required in most areas to attend 180, roughly 8 hour days in the school year. Several of these days are filled with assemblies, book fairs, field trips, movies, holiday parties, and who knows what else. If I was to home school my sons then I would be able to meet all the requirements of most states that set a minimum number of hours for home schooled children by establishing a 180 day school “schedule” that included only 4 hour school days. Some states don’t even set any minimum standard for home schoolers. There are also a number of alternate ways that are becoming available for kids today to earn their education as well that includes the new k12.com online schooling. If my sons can stay home and put in half the time or do everything on the computer at their own leisure then why is the school so wrapped up about certain things. Oh yeah! Last thing, shouldn’t it be up to me to punish my child if he is not performing in school? The teacher’s job is to teach my child, give and grade assignments, and provide feedback to me as the parent of one of their students. This sure seems like another system that is set up to provide for tenured teachers, bureaucrats, and liberals. Not for America’s children.
I only see things getting
stupider worse from here.
There are many great places to live in These United States. Slowly but surely some of the states in our union are becoming terrible places to exist for personal, professional, recreational, educational, or pretty much any reason at all. One of those states that is in a dire existence and [...]
There are many great places to live in These United States. Slowly but surely some of the states in our union are becoming terrible places to exist for personal, professional, recreational, educational, or pretty much any reason at all. One of those states that is in a dire existence and getting worse by the day is California. The folks over at The American Dream recently published an article entitled, Sixteen Reasons to Move Away From California. There is some great reasoning behind the thought process that went into this article and I would highly recommend checking it out. I would also add that in addition to moving away from California if you are already there, you should stay away if you are not near California or don’t HAVE to go there.
I wanted to share this recent writing by Mark Meckler who made the news as the co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots who had been arrested in NYC on gun charges. Of course the mainstream media made it out be far different than the reality of the situation was but where better to hear the real account of things than from Mr. Meckler himself. Not only does Mark share this story on his website but there is also a wealth of information about America and our fight to return to self governance. I would like to personally thank Mr. Meckler for his courage in enduring this horrible experience and having the fortitude to share it with us all.
The following is the blog post that Mark made about his experience with the NYC authorities and his arrest over his constitutional right to bear arms:
On December 15, 2011 at approximately 5:15 a.m., I was at LaGuardia International airport preparing to check in for a flight out of the city. During a routine check-in, I requested a firearms declaration form from the ticket agent. It was my intent to declare and check my unloaded firearm.
I purchased this firearm legally, and I have a valid concealed carry permit for it issued in California. The unloaded gun was locked inside a TSA-approved travel case, and the case was locked inside my checked luggage. I carry the firearm for my personal safety, having received numerous threats due to my role in the Tea Party Patriots. I have checked this firearm at airports dozens of times before, all across the country.
As I traveled through LaGuardia that morning, I passed TSA signs telling me I had the right to check this unloaded firearm in my luggage, and that I am required by law to declare the firearm to the ticketing agent. This is exactly what I did.
The ticketing agent provided me with the declaration form, and I signed it and returned it to her. She advised me that she would need to call Port Authority police to inspect. This is not unusual when traveling with a firearm. Procedures vary from airport to airport, from airline to airline, and even from day to day, and as a law-abiding citizen, I have always been happy to cooperate.
Unfortunately, that day, I didn’t realize that I was about to cross paths with New York City’s anti-Second Amendment stance. Upon showing my case and the weapon to the officer who arrived on the scene, and after a few brief questions, she advised me that she was placing me under arrest for violating New York City’s firearms laws.
To say that I was stunned would be an understatement. I am from a law enforcement family. My mother is a retired correctional officer, and I have spent my life around folks from the law enforcement community. I have always considered myself a law-abiding citizen. I have never been arrested before. I have never been in police custody. I can never say those things again. On December 15th, 2011, I was arrested, handcuffed at the ticket counter, and taken to a waiting squad car for transport to the Port Authority Police station at LaGuardia.
I was subsequently transferred, in handcuffs, to the Queens Central booking facility in New York City. I was charged with felony possession of a firearm with intent to do harm. I spent the day in Queens…in jail.
It was a nightmare that I can scarcely describe to you. Until you have felt the handcuffs on your wrists, and until you have heard that cell door close behind you, it is impossible to understand what it means to actually lose your liberty. And since that day, my liberty has been at stake, and because of that threat, based upon the advice of counsel, I’ve been unable to publicly speak about this case. Today the silence ends.
I am pleased to announce that the criminal case against me has been dropped. Although I was originally charged with a violent felony, the case against me was resolved with a plea to “disorderly conduct. ” Disorderly Conduct is not a felony or a misdemeanor, or even a crime. The facts underlying my plea are that I declared a legally purchased, properly licensed and unloaded firearm at an airport counter. Apparently, much to my surprise, in New York City, it is considered “disorderly conduct” to exercise your constitutionally guaranteed, Second Amendment rights.
Strangely, now that the case against me is over, the authorities refuse to return my firearm. There is no law that allows them to confiscate a weapon in this manner. They simply say “no” when you ask for your weapon back. This is apparently their “policy.” It is done regularly in New York. This is government robbery. Not only is New York City anti-Second Amendment rights, but they are depriving citizens of their legally owned property. My lawyer has advised me that I can attempt to pursue the return of my firearm, but that to do so would cost me more than the firearm is worth. I am not alone in facing this tyranny. It has happened to hundreds of people in the New York metro area. My lawyer, Brian Stapleton, has handled over 400 of these cases himself, so he is an expert on the subject.
While the end of this case is the end of a horrible nightmare for my family and I, it is not the end of this fight. It is just the beginning. Since the original incident, I have received more emails, phone calls, texts and tweets of support than you can possibly imagine. To those people, I want to say heart-felt thanks on behalf of my entire family. We have come to know that we are not alone in this particular fight. Apparently, this happens to hundreds of people per year in New York City. And New York City is not alone in its attack on our rights. This sort of Constitutional abuse, Second Amendment and otherwise, is taking place all over the nation. And we as citizens must stand against it. We must protect our rights, or we will lose them.
Many of you know me as someone who is willing to stand and fight for self-governance in this country. I’m no politician, and I’m not from a powerful or connected family. I’m an average American citizen. And I stand shoulder to shoulder with millions of other Americans who, despite enormous obstacles, and despite the politicians and ruling elite who oppose us, intend to return this country to the bounds of the United States Constitution.
The politicians and ruling elite will try, but we must not let them label us Democrat or Republican, conservative or liberal. We cannot let them make us fight against each other. Too much is at stake. We the People are losing our sovereignty to the government. We the People, must stand and fight for our inalienable rights.
I’m not alone in this fight. There are so many laws, that no one can possibly know or understand them. We are all affected. From the inner city to the farm, from the heartland of America to the coasts, people are under pressure from a government that no longer serves them. From my home in California, to the farmland of Kansas… from the small towns of South Carolina to the metropolis of New York, every year the legislatures pass thousands of laws and regulations that do not serve the people.
The legislators don’t read the bills they pass, and even if they did, they couldn’t understand them. Our criminal justice system is terribly broken, and no longer serves the people and the communities it was intended to serve. Our regulatory system is broken; small businesses and the communities that rely on them crushed under the weight of unnecessary regulation.
We are, step by step, destroying the heart of America. And we are doing so because we are not governing ourselves according to the Constitution. It’s up to us…the People.
It’s time to stand for self-governance. It is time to stand for the plain meaning of the Constitution. Every word of the Constitution is important, and we must fight for them all. We must fight for every inch of this country, from the inner city to the smallest rural town. We are, all of us, first and foremost, American citizens. We’ve always governed ourselves…and we always intend to. And we’ve always been willing to stand when freedom is at stake. It is time to stand…time for all of us, every race, every religion, every gender, every American to stand up and fight for liberty and take responsibility for governing ourselves.
No one should ever have to go through what my family has been through, simply for exercising a fundamental right, specifically enumerated in the United States Constitution. I am committed to making sure no one does. And I’m willing to work with anyone…anyone, who agrees that it’s time for the people to govern themselves once again.
Will we as citizens fight for our inalienable right to govern ourselves, or will we quietly allow ourselves to be “governed” into submission by a ruling elite, disconnected from our citizens and our communities? Only history will tell, but I intend to fight.
(Note: Every law enforcement officer I dealt with through the process was polite and professional. They are not to blame for NYC’s unconstitutional or tyrannical behavior. From my experience, they seem to be good people, just doing a difficult job.)
This story in its entirety along with reader comments can also be viewed in the original post on Mark’s website.