Reared For Immortality

 

Joseph Story, who served on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1811 to 1845, is best known outside of legal circle for his magisterial treatise of US Constitution, Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, which was first published in 1833 and, to this day, is considered one of seminal publications on the highest and most fundamental sets of American law and jurisprudence.

In all truth, Justice Story’s various writings but most especially his Commentaries, should be required reading in schools. Sadly however, I have never even heard about it being on an optional reading list.

Then this oversight might be explained by Story’s own words in Book II (2nd edition and later) of his Commentaries:

If these Commentaries shall but inspire in the rising generation a more ardent love of their country, an unquenchable thirst for liberty, and a profound reverence for the constitution and the union, then they will have accomplished all that their author ought to desire. Let the American youth never forget that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capable, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence. The structure has been erected by architects of consummate skill and fidelity; its foundations are solid; its compartments are beautiful as well as useful; its arrangements are full of wisdom and order; and its defenses are impregnable from without. It has been reared for immortality, if the work of man may justly aspire to such a title. It may, nevertheless, perish in an hour by the folly, or corruption, or negligence of its only keepers, THE PEOPLE. Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people in order to betray them.

If the Commentaries accomplished all that their author ought to desire, America would never have reached a point when and where what passes for our educational system did not include the work in the curriculum. Now, our nation having reached the point when and where it is only the profligate who are rewarded, Justice Story’s work is antithetical to ideology that the school system wants to inculcate in the rising generation.

After all, since the 1960s the schools system has been more and more striving to teach the American youth to forget that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors. Indeed, quite the opposite is taught now in what passes for our public schools.

And therein is meat of the problem. America’s domestic enemies know and capitalize upon the fact that America has been reared for immortality, but that it may perish in an hour by the folly, or corruption, or negligence of its only keepers, the People.

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Are We A Disapointment?

The American EagleA recent Gallup Poll showed that most of America’s adult residents continue to say they are proud to be an American, including 57% who are extremely proud and 28% who are very proud. That pride, however, didn’t extend to how the government and the courts have behaved in recent years or to believing that the Founding Fathers would approve of the way the United States has turned out after 237 years.

When asked, “Overall, do you think the signers of the Declaration of Independence would be pleased or disappointed by the way the United States has turned out?”

  • 71% said that they’d be disappointed;
  • 17% said, “No habla ingles;”
  • and 12% said, “Shit, Nigga! What the fuck do I care about what some bunch of old, dead Crackers be feeling? They was slave owners, ya know?”

Some think that this doesn’t bode well for our nation’s future. Others are just scratching their heads and wondering how so many can be so proud of being America while at the same time believing that America of today would disappoint those whose vision and courage gave rise to her.

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I Will Keep My Liberty

This is no time for ceremony. The question before the People is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of the Heavens, which I revere above all earthly lords, kings, and governments.

It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the government for the last four years to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves. Is it that insidious smile with which our petitions have been lately received?

Trust it not; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petitions comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land.

Are drones and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must be called in to win back our love?

Let us not deceive ourselves. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings and tyrants resort. I ask, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen or ladies assign any other possible motive for it? Has America any enemy, within our own borders, to call for all this accumulation of armed agencies? No, she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are sent out to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the government have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? We have been trying that for the last ten years or more.

Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, deceive ourselves.

We have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the Presidency, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the Congress. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the Presidency!

In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope.

If we wish to remain free – if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending – if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained – we must fight! I repeat it, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God(s) of hosts is all that is left us! They tell us that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a government guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength but irresolution and inaction?

Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? We are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God(s) of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, we shall not fight our battles alone. There are just Gods who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles beside us. The battle is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.

Besides, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the streets of every city in our land!

The war is inevitable – and let it come! I repeat it, sirs and mesdames, let it come.

It is in vain to extenuate the matter. Ladies and gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace – but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brothers and sisters are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that people wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God(s)! I know not what course others may take but as for me; I will keep my liberty or I will fall in death.

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And so, my fellow Americans, I openly, frankly, and honestly brand myself an “extremist” and likely “terrorist” in a mere 1143 words. For so will the Liberals and Progressives, the agents of Statism and subjugation label me for repeating and updating the words of Patrick Henry, which he spoke in St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia on March 20, 1775.

And yet, they are not utterly foolish to do so. The brave and inspiring words of Patrick Henry are as applicable now as they were in the final prelude to the Revolution because the Liberals and Progressives, and the politicians they’ve managed to install now fulfill exactly the same role as George III, his court, and the Royalists who supported them.

History repeat itself. The names, flags, slogans, and excuses may change, but the underlying struggle of Liberty against Tyranny remains the same. So too does the means to win that struggle remain the same.

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The Theory Of Duh

America has suffered another tragedy involving firearms and, as is woefully and tediously predictable, the gun grabbers are using the Aurora massacre as an excuse to call yet again for the disarmament of the law abiding citizenry of America.

To give these liberty-hating Leftists credit though, this time they did wait a few days before starting up their tirades. For that unprecedented bit of respect for the fallen they should be lauded.

What these sorts refuse to understand is two-fold. Firstly, our Founding Fathers intended for the American people to be armed. Secondly, no amount of gun control will positively effect the number of gun-related crimes in the nation.

We call this the Theory of Duh
We Call This The Theory Of Duh

And believe this; their fault does not stem from ignorance. It stems from a combination of not caring for- or about what America is and was intended to be and from refusing to accept proven basic human nature and the criminal mind.

As It Was Intended

That the brave and wise men who created the United States of America intended for the populace to well and always armed is well documented and I could cite the writings of many of those men as proof of this.

There is, however, no point in doing so in this post. Americans know that history and the gun grabbers don’t care about what the Founders said whenever it conflicts with what they desire.

Suffice it to say that it was always intended for the American people to be able possess and carry such arms are were deemed by them to be sufficient for their own security, whether it be against foreign aggressors, common criminals, or against their own government. The latter potential threat seeming to be the most grave and the most likely to be realized in the minds of most of the Founding Fathers.

Disarming The Innocent Provides No Security

It’s a simple fact that all laws only deter the law-abiding members of an population from a given activity. It is also a simple fact that criminal obey gun control laws in the same way and with the same vigor that politicians obey and follow their oaths of office.

In actuality, all the Left’s arguments about fewer firearms in the hands of normal citizens resulting in lower crime rates are false. FBI statistics matched against gun control levels in the several states shows no correlation whatsoever between the ease of legal access to firearms and violent crime rates.

NOTE: This same FBI data also proves the error of the gun rights proponents’ argument that easier access to legal firearms causes a lasting drop in violent crime rates.

All that disarming the general population achieves is making them easier prey for those individual who are criminal by nature by eliminating their means of protecting themselves, their families, and their property from attack, either from criminals or a government gone bad.

The Price Inherent In Liberty

But always understand that there is a price inherent in any form of liberty. That price being that one must deal with the facts that some people will abuse their freedoms and cause harm and/or unrest. This is as true of gun rights as of any other right or privilege.

For myself, though I believe the vast majority of Americans share this view, I would rather experience the inconveniences caused by people misusing the freedoms than those engendered by the lack of such freedoms.

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Obama On History

Obama’s always been fond of American history and the boy’s shown himself to be even more fond of injecting himself into it. He’s also a product of Critical Race Theory which relies upon storytelling to indoctrinate its students, hence his reliance upon narrative over facts.

Obama's Revolutionary Perspective
George, You Didn’t That, Somebody Else Made That Happen!

It’s quite interesting how these facts merge together and what effects they would have if taken to their logical extremes.

Yeah, I could picture Obama counseling George Washington and the other Founding Fathers that all good comes from the government. That is, of course, if he didn’t fight for the British as very many of the Blacks did during the Revolutionary War. 😆

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