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Peace

The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must

suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.

Douglas MacArthur

Philippians _4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Colossians _3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Romans_5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Psalms_4:8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

Psalms_120:6 My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace.

Psalms_120:7 I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.

Isaiah_48:22There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.

Proof Boston Marathon Bombing is False Flag Cover-Up

Infowars.com
April 18, 2013

 

Unlike Oklahoma City, the FBI cannot confiscate all of the surveillance, cell phone, and thousands of cameras that were at the finish line of Boston Marathon. 4Chan posted dozens of photos showing Navy Seal or Private Security personnel carrying the same black back packs which are the same style backpacks showed in FBI photos. It’s becoming crystal clear. Get these articles and this video out to everyone you know.

Breaking: Police Confirm Infowars Photos of Boston Suspectshttp://www.infowars.com/breaking-police-confirm…

Obama Covering Up Saudi Link to Boston Bombing?http://www.infowars.com/obama-covering-up…

Navy SEALs Spotted at Boston Marathon Wearing Suspicious Backpacks? http://www.infowars.com/navy-seals-sp…

Boston Bombing Culprits Identified? http://www.infowars.com/boston-bombin…

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An Open Letter To Fellow Patriots – We Have A Way Out (Capitulation Or Showdown)

 Avatar of Keith

March 13, 2013 in Resistance

I can’t remember how long I’ve been listening to Alex Jones lead the constitutional freedom movement, but I do know that I have been a 54 year witness to the degradation of American life and the tyrannical takeover of the United States of America by usurpers of power.

Sometimes, when I’m alone in quiet thought, I think about how sorry I am for this country. I literally swell up with tears at the possible death of a great nation. I remember visiting Gettysburg in Pennsylvania when I was a child and taking in all the great history this country offered. I remember how proud and privileged I was to be an American citizen. I felt like I was a small, but important, part of an exclusive club. I was part of something that most people in the world knew nothing about. How great it was that I was a citizen of a country that, with hard work, moral living and God’s Grace, I could achieve a slice of the American pie. I also knew that the American pie was not a right, but a privilege. The harder one worked the more one could attain. I remember promising myself that when I grow up and have children, that I would, like my father did, make sure they knew the level of sacrifice people gave to secure a future for them. Well, five children later, I can honestly say I achieved that goal. Our dinners are filled with political talk that, unfortunately, most Americans would not understand today. My children know more about current events than most adults. They know that the Constitution is the Supreme Law of the land and that we are not a democracy but a constitutional republic, a country of laws and not men. But this letter is not about my stroll down memory lane, nor is it about my children. These words are about the answer to the problem that confronts this nation today, the erosion of quality of life in America by the new world order, the United Nations and the international bankers.

For years I have noticed that most people love talking about the problems that face America today. We rarely talk about the solutions to ending the communist/fascist invasion of our country. The reason for this is because we are so used to being involved in the democratic process that we automatically think the only way we can make change in the United States is by voting the rats out of office. America is a nation of city hall fighters. We are taught that, beyond the democratic process we are familiar with, the When, Where and How of making revolutionary change is limited. We forget that there is another way to take back our country and that it has always been in front of us right from the beginning.  So, to those patriots with the courage to dare something different and to those patriots that want to shake the tree to get the bad fruit out, here is the answer.

I’m sure many of you know that in November 2009 a continental congress was convened and actually took place. The congress was organized through the We The People Foundation For Constitutional Education, under the leadership of Robert Schulz, Chairman. Actual voting took place on a national level to choose 153 delegates from among a larger list of nominees. Each state was represented at the congress as well as Washington DC. Most people know of Robert Schulz’s work and his tireless dedication to the freedom movement. It was through this foundation that I discovered the tremendous work of Alex Jones and have been a fan of Alex ever since. The continental congress was held in 2009 from November 9th to the 22nd at a major conference center in St. Charles, Illinois. I believe that just about all of the expenses for the delegates were paid for by money raised for the event. Under the direction and leadership of congress president, Michael Badnarik the group met tirelessly, on a daily basis, for over two weeks to create a document called the Articles of Freedom. The articles covered 15 grievances that needed redress by the government. They covered taxes, immigration, war powers, the federal reserve as well as many other violations of constitutional powers ignored by our federal and state governments. Each topic or grievance had three components attached. The first, Demands to the officers within the United States government, the second, Demands to the state legislatures and the third, Advice for citizen action at the local level. This 61 page document of our listed grievances was the end result of the congress. The Articles of Freedom were sent to all members of the house of representatives, the senate and the president. The document that was worked on by so many patriots was ignored by every one of the criminals at the federal and state level. But this should not surprise anyone. Is there anyone out there that really believed that things would change by requesting redress from our leaders? I didn’t think so. Now that you are familiar with the workings of Continental Congress of 2009 let me tell you how we can defeat these criminals.

WE WILL CONVENE ANOTHER CONTINENTAL CONGRESS, only this time for a different reason.

- That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect  their safety and happiness.

We will abolish the existing illegal government to ”effect our safety and happiness“. Now I know a lot of you are critical at this point but read on and you’ll see what I mean.

Let’s start from the beginning. The continental congress cannot create a new government. According to the Constitution only the people can do that. This continental congress will lay the legal framework to abolish the existing government and set the stage for new elections in the new government. After all, isn’t that what our founders did at the inception of our nation? They had the courage to create a government and a nation before the british left the continent. Whether it be through war or peace they did not wait for british authority to grant them the power to govern themselves. Now, legality is a very important here. Historically, we must show legal evidence or argument for our need to abolish. The congress could draft another declaration of independence to argue justification for abolishment, The congress could call for national elections for a new president, a new house and a new senate. Maybe the congress could create a legal document for citizens to send into the State Department to declare themselves free from the illegal government. They could repatriate the American flag and the Constitution back to the new, free Constitutional United States. The most important part of the congress would be to call for new elections. Anyone in the libertarian movement that wished to be nominated could run for office. Keep in mind that these elections are NOT to replace the existing house and senate members in Washington. The continental congress would have already abolished those bodies.

Now, I know that many of the readers, at this point, are thinking the following thought. “So, we convene a continental congress, create a legal basis for a new government, execute new elections and declare ourselves free”. NOW WHAT!!

NOW, WE HAVE JUST CREATED AN “US vs. THEM!! That’s right. Where before we had Me vs. the new world order, Alex Jones vs. the new world order, Robert Schulz vs. the new world order, My mother vs. the new world order…and so on and so on and so on. Now, we have the Constitutional United States vs. the new world order. Two separate governments that will oppose each other. Remember this, when the garbage hits the fan, and it soon will, wouldn’t you like to be part of a united government that gives legal authority to you and me to fight back? As a matter of fact, I wouldn’t doubt that at some point, the new world order, through the Obama administration, would threaten arrest of all officers of the Constitutional United States if they did not disband. At first the folks at CNN would laugh at the idea of a new government. Newspaper articles will be written and interviews given about the comedy of a government with only 500,000 citizens. But with each passing day, as more people are signing and sending in their citizenship papers to the State Department, our ranks will swell to immense proportions. Not only will individuals become citizens of the Constitutional United States, but so will businesses, towns, counties, members of the military and police and, yes, even states. Just imagine a baby being born in a hospital and the parents are given social security documents to register their children and instead of handing in the social security documents the parents give the hospital back paperwork notifying them that the child is a citizen of the Constitutional United States. Slowly, like an antibiotic inside the infected new world order, we will take over. And IF the terrible happens and they start arresting our officers and citizens then this will be an act of war and may there be Godspeed to our side. You have to realize how time is important to the globalists. The more time we give them to prepare, the more they will solidify their position of authority over us. This is a strategy that should force the illegal government of the new world order to act before they are actually ready to act. Remember, this is a plan to force capitulation or showdown. If this plan brings us to war then it is far better that it happen now rather than 5 years from now when they have taken our weapons away from us. And most importantly, if we find the tyrants trying to stop the continental congress from convening then we know we are on the right track. In game theory this is called “forcing the hand” or forcing your opponent into play.We can now become the strategic controller, the surgeon cutting the cancer from the tree of liberty.

The work to establish another continental congress can start immediately. There must be money raised, committees organized and locations picked out. It is important to remember that this continental congress will not be given the task of creating another set of Articles of Freedom. This was already done at the continental congress of 2009. The new continental congress will be convened to abolish the usurpers and give rebirth to the original governing model that was created for us in 1776. The act of our current government refusing to give redress to our grievances of the continental congress of 2009 gives us legal right to convene another congress to actually fix the problem.

I must say one more thing before I end this letter. I have seen the level of resolve of the globalists. They are willing to kill both you and I when the time is right. Men do not simply convene a continental congress at a whim. It takes immense tyranny to force a break in allegiance. Calling another continental congress to abolish the illegal invaders is the right thing to do. I promise you it will work. There, however, will be sacrifice needed from everyone. Let’s finally stop complaining and start fighting back. Let’s stop letting the criminals make the history and let’s give the communist run SPLC another freedom loving, law abiding, libertarian organization to fear. WE are the true writers of history.

I would like to know your opinions on this strategy. I would love to hear Alex Jones’ opinion. We must start a debate on the issue. I fear if we do nothing then we will collapse. Remember, the idea is to solidify our power under one authority and use that rightful authority to take back control. Two governments cannot govern one land. There will have to be capitulation of one of the authorities or a showdown. To keep doing what we have been doing is suicide and I refuse to believe that constantly talking about our problems will bring us victory.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

Keith Hayden, Winsted, Connecticut

khayden091758@yahoo.com


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Assistant Attorney General Admits On TV That In The US Justice Does Not Apply To The Banks

Those who watched Frontline’s special on why nobody has been prosecuted on Wall Street titled appropriately “The Untouchables” didn’t learn much new. The rehash of ideas presented is what has been well known for years – namely that when it comes to prosecuting Wall Street criminals nothing will ever happen, because as Bill Gross tweeted Its not Republican in politics. Its not Dem in politics. Its money in politics” and all the money in politics comes from Wall Street, which happens to be the ultimate ruler of the United States of America, pushing levers here and pulling stringer there to give the impression the constitutional republic is still alive. It isn’t – this country has become an unchecked despotism of those in charge of money creation and who control capital – just the thing Andrew Jackson warned against. One thing we did learn, was courtesy of Assistant Attorney General Lenny Breuer who made it very clear that when it comes to the concept of justice the banks are and always have been “more equal” than others. He does so in such shocking clarity and enthusiasm that it is a miracle that this person is still employed by the US Department of Justice.

To wit from the transcript:

MARTIN SMITH: You gave a speech before the New York Bar Association. And in that speech, you made a reference to losing sleep at night, worrying about what a lawsuit might result in at a large financial institution.

 

LANNY BREUER: Right.

 

MARTIN SMITH: Is that really the job of a prosecutor, to worry about anything other than simply pursuing justice?

 

LANNY BREUER: Well, I think I am pursuing justice. And I think the entire responsibility of the department is to pursue justice. But in any given case, I think I and prosecutors around the country, being responsible, should speak to regulators, should speak to experts, because if I bring a case against institution A, and as a result of bringing that case, there’s some huge economic effect — if it creates a ripple effect so that suddenly, counterparties and other financial institutions or other companies that had nothing to do with this are affected badly — it’s a factor we need to know and understand.

In other words, no criminal charges can be levied against anyone who engaged in the crimes leading to the great financial crisis of 2008 because, get this, the implications of pursuing justice may have destabilizing implications!

In other words, the banker threat of Mutual Assured Destruction has metastasized from the legislative, where in 2008 Hank Paulson demanded a blank check from Congress to spend it on whatever he wishes, “or else…”, and has fully taken over the Judicial, where there is Justice for all… and no “Justice” for those who are systemically important.

Ted Kaufman summarizes:

TED KAUFMAN: That was very disturbing to me, very disturbing. That was never raised at any time during any of our discussions. That is not the job of a prosecutor, to worry about the health of the banks, in my opinion. Job of the prosecutors is to prosecute criminal behavior. It’s not to lie awake at night and kind of decide the future of the banks.

Alas Ted, it appears it is.

Frontline’s conclusion was perfectly expected: “to date, not one senior Wall Street executive has been held
criminally liable by the Department of Justice for activities related to
the financial crisis
.”

We now know why: it is because of people like this:

Lanny A. Breuer was unanimously confirmed as Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division on April 20, 2009.
As head of the Criminal Division, Mr. Breuer oversees nearly 600 attorneys who prosecute federal criminal cases across the country and help develop the criminal law. He also works closely with the nation’s 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in connection with the investigation and prosecution of criminal matters in their districts. Mr. Breuer is a national leader on a range of federal law enforcement priorities, including financial fraud, health care fraud, public corruption, and violence along the Southwest Border. He has also been a leading voice on policy issues related to criminal law enforcement, including the scope of prosecutors’ discovery obligations in federal criminal cases and sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine offenses. Mr. Breuer regularly testifies before Congress on the Administration’s policy initiatives and advises the Attorney General and the White House on matters of criminal law.  Mr. Breuer also serves as the Department’s representative on the Atrocities Prevention Board, which President Obama announced in April 2012.  For his work as Assistant Attorney General, the National Law Journal named Mr. Breuer a “Visionary” in the Washington, D.C. legal community, and he was recently ranked sixth on Ethisphere’s list of The 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics.

 

Mr. Breuer began his legal career in 1985 as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan, where he prosecuted violent crime, such as armed robbery and gang violence, white collar crime, and other offenses. In 1989, he joined the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP, where he worked until 1997, when he joined the White House Counsel’s Office as Special Counsel to President William Jefferson Clinton. As Special Counsel, Mr. Breuer assisted in defending President Clinton in the Senate impeachment trial.

 

Mr. Breuer returned to Covington in 1999 as co-chair of the White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group, where he specialized in white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation and represented individuals and corporations in matters involving high-stakes legal risks. He also vice-chaired the firm’s Public Service Committee. At Covington, Mr. Breuer developed a reputation as one of the top defense lawyers in the country.

Full Frontline episode for those who missed it

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/untouchables/

 

Proof: The Founders Wanted Americans Armed

 

The 2nd Amendment is in place to discourage dictators and protect the Bill of Rights and Constitution.

 

Aaron Dykes
Infowars.com
January 22, 2012

The Founding Fathers agree: an armed population makes good government. Numerous quotes from the revolutionary era make their intent extremely clear — that individuals were meant to keep and bear arms for the protection of the country and the defense of its Constitution and Bill of Rights.

 

The Preamble to the Bill of Rights explicitly states that these amendments to the Constitution were put in place to restrain the federal government and discourage abuse. Ratified Dec. 15, 1791, it reads:


“THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.

 

Meanwhile, history has shown that disarmed populations and dictators always go hand in hand, with abusers and seekers of power preferring a people unable to stand up for their rights and easy to trample and dominate.

Our birthright as Americans is at stake: if we don’t stand up to defend the 2nd Amendment, we stand to let all our other precious rights slip away, from freedom of speech on down.

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“One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.” - Joseph Stalin

“If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.” - Anonymous American adage

“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.” 
– Samuel Adams

“Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man gainst his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American…” – Tench Coxe 1788

“The Constitution preserves “the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation…(where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” - James Madison, The Federalist, No. 46

“Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.” - Joseph Stalin

“In earlier times, it was easier to control one million people than to physically kill one million people; today, it is infinitely easier to kill one million people than to control one million people.” - Zbigniew Brzezinski

“Death solves all problems – no man, no problem.” - Joseph Stalin

“Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.” - Joseph Stalin

“The only real power comes out of a long rifle.” - Joseph Stalin

“The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.” 
– Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers

“Those now possessing weapons and ammunition are at once to turn them over to the local police authority. Firearms and ammunition found in a Jew’s possession will be forfeited to the government without compensation. Whoever willfully or negligently violates the provisions will be punished with imprisonment and a fine.” - Nazi Law (Regulations Against Jews’ Possession of Weapons), 1938

“Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property… Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.
” –Thomas Paine

“It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government.” - Thomas Paine

“When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” - Thomas Jefferson

“Those who beat their swords into plowshares usually end up plowing for those who didn’t.
” – Ben Franklin

“If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves.” - Joseph Stalin

“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.” – Thomas Jefferson

“A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.” – George Washington

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined…The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.” 
– Patrick Henry

“Are we at last brought to such an humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own defense?” – Patrick Henry

“The right of the people to keep and bear…arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country…” 
–James Madison, I Annals of Congress 434 (June 8, 1789)

“(The Constitution preserves) the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation…(where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” –James Madison

“If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government…” – Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist (#28)

“To disarm the people is the best and most effective way to enslave them.” – George Mason

“The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.” 
– Noah Webster, “An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution (1787)

“A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.” –Thomas Jefferson, Rights of British America, 1774

“The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside. And while a single nation refuses to lay them down, it is proper that all should keep them up. Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them; for while avarice and ambition have a place in the heart of man, the weak will become a prey to the strong.” - Thomas Paine, “Thoughts on Defensive War”, July, 1775

“Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” - Mao Zedong, “Problems of War and Strategy”, 1938

“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.” - Richard Henry Lee, 1778

“The right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.” - Hubert Humphrey, “Know Your Lawmakers”, Guns magazine, February 1960

“The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing.” - Adolf Hitler, April 1942

“If gun laws in fact worked, the sponsors of this type of legislation should have no difficulty drawing upon long lists of examples of crime rates reduced by such legislation. That they cannot do so after a century and a half of trying — that they must sweep under the rug the southern attempts at gun control in the 1870-1910 period, the northeastern attempts in the 1920-1939 period, the attempts at both Federal and State levels in 1965-1976 — establishes the repeated, complete and inevitable failure of gun laws to control serious crime.” - Orrin Hatch, “The Right to Keep and Bear Arms”

“After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it. I sure as hell wouldn’t want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.” – William S. Burroughs, 1991

“The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.”
- George Washington

“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 2nd Amendment to the Constitution

The Real Gun Show: SOFEX

SOFEX is where the world’s leading generals come to buy everything from handguns to laser-guided missile systems. It stands for “Special Operations Forces Exhibition Conference” and it’s essentially a trade-show where just about anyone with enough money can buy the most powerful weapons in the world.

Scathing Message From Marine Veteran To Senator Feinstein On Gun Control Bill

 

The letter follows the Marine’s posting to CNN’s iReport:

Senator Dianne Feinstein,

I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed, as I do not believe it is the government’s right to know what I own. Nor do I think it prudent to tell you what I own so that it may be taken from me by a group of people who enjoy armed protection yet decry me having the same a crime. You ma’am have overstepped a line that is not your domain. I am a Marine Corps Veteran of 8 years, and I will not have some woman who proclaims the evil of an inanimate object, yet carries one, tell me I may not have one.

I am not your subject. I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant. I am the flesh and blood of America.

I am the man who fought for my country. I am the man who learned. I am an American. You will not tell me that I must register my semi-automatic AR-15 because of the actions of some evil man.

I will not be disarmed to suit the fear that has been established by the media and your misinformation campaign against the American public.

We, the people, deserve better than you.

Respectfully Submitted,
Joshua Boston
Cpl, United States Marine Corps
2004-2012

How we got the Second Amendent

Baptists and the Second Amendment

In the article on Separate Baptists we spoke of the First Amendment. But the Second Amendment requires some discussion as well. It is just as important as the First. There is a great deal of argument about the Second Amendment in general and about the phrase “well regulated militia” in particular. Does this phrase mean drill and training of the men of the militia, or might it mean a militia which is
under strict constitutional control by law? I have long believed the word regulated is derived from the War of the Regulation which took place in North Carolina in 1771. It has almost been forgotten. It had only one battle, the battle of Alamance, which took place in Alamance County just south of Burlington and Greensboro on May 16, 1771. There 2000 unprepared Regulators fought a pitched battle with 1300 militiamen of Governor William Tryon and lost. Nine men were killed on each side. One captured Regulator was executed on the spot. The writing of William Edwards Fitch, Elder Henry Sheets, and William S. Powell describe the Regulators and Tryon’s barbarous treatment of them in detail. Tryon’s Chief Justice ordered that six of the captured Regulators, including Captain Benjamin Merrell, should be hung, cut down while still alive, disemboweled, bowels burned before their faces, beheaded, and
drawn and quartered.[1] I believe, as Fitch has said, that this battle was in fact the first battle of the Revolution.

The Regulators of North Carolina were poor back country frontiersmen, mostly Baptists and some Quakers, who had many legitimate grievances against the royal government of William Tryon, for whom Tryon, NC is named. He ruled from “Tryon’s Palace” in New Bern, which was then the capitol, and was responsible for administration of the State Church of the Colony, the Episcopal Church. That
many Regulators were Baptist is seen in Elder Henry Sheets’ book.[2] There was about a 10 to 1 proportionate advantage in legislative representation for the Coastal counties, mostly Episcopal and much wealthier, as compared to the Piedmont frontier counties. In addition the frontiersmen were excessively taxed and were charged exorbitant fees by public officials. About half of the taxes collected were embezzled by the sheriffs.[3] Furthermore, the Proclamation of 1763 prohibited hunting and trapping west of the continental divide in Virginia and west of Tryon in North Carolina.[4] It was William Tryon himself who set the so called Indian Boundary so far east of the continental divide in North Carolina. This limit on hunting and trapping made money scarce among the back country folk and interfered with their payment of the excessive taxes and quit rents. These quit rents were equivalent to modern property taxes and were paid to the King. Many times the sheriffs sold the land and even personal possessions, down to clothing, of the Regulators at auction to satisfy tax bills.[5] The coastal planters were able to use paper certificates for stored lumber and tobacco as a medium of exchange and had a much easier time of it.

In the Declaration of Independence there is a bill of particulars, 18 items, against the King. Many of these particulars are related directly to the maladministration of governance in North Carolina and South Carolina and Virginia. The 7th item comes from the Proclamation of 1763. And we recall the statement: “He has sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance,” and “He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies, without the consent of our legislatures,” and “He has affected to render the military independent of, and superior to, the civil power.” So the authors of the Declaration and of the Constitution and Bill of Rights were acutely aware of the problems in the South, as well as in Boston. They were aware because the Baptist Regulators, who were poorly armed and had no officers, lost the battle of Alamance and were hounded and scattered
from North Carolina. They went to Virginia and South Carolina and especially to what is now Tennessee. Many of those Baptists who went to Virginia became neighbors and friends of Jefferson and Madison and Patrick Henry.[6] Jefferson had relatives who were Baptists and visited their churches. He said that their churches exercised the purest form of democracy he had ever seen.

So the Regulators were simply attempting to regulate the behavior of the colonial government of North Carolina and to regulate the unregulated, select militia of Governor Tryon. The principle is control of the military by the entire civilian population, to put it in today’s terms. Tryon’s militia was drawn from middle to upper class households and were predominately Presbyterian and Episcopalian. Of his troops 199 of 1300 were officers. All these had been appointed by Tryon; 8 were Generals, 7 Colonels. One
officer, Edmund Fanning, was a graduate of Yale. Six were members of the council, the upper house of the legislature, and 18 were members of the assembly, or lower house. Many others held government posts. Elections to the assembly were controlled by the sheriffs appointed by Tryon, and only influential men were likely to be elected.[7] Thus a militia force which was indeed select and under control of the Governor and legislature made unjust war on the frontier constituents of the colonial government, decreeing in the absence of a First Amendment that assembly for demanding redress of grievances was treason.

The Regulators were mostly Baptist with a few Quakers (Madison married a Quaker) and some of no religious affiliation and were low in wealth and social standing. Tryon’s select militia had a vested interest in putting down impertinent and troublesome backwoodsmen who would no longer meekly bow to their tyranny. Unfortunately, the Regulators were not properly armed nor led, having as yet no First or Second Amendment. It is clear that the founding fathers were opposed to both standing armies and to select, and unregulated, militia, and that they believed that the right to keep and bear arms extended to all, of whatever religious or political persuasion. They considered the militia to be theentire able bodied population. They remembered the War of the Regulation. Indeed, the news of Alamance had reached all the colonies.

George Mason of Virginia is a good example of the thinking of the founding fathers. Born in Fairfax County into the planter aristocracy and privately educated, he knew well the law and the classics. In 1758 he built Gunston Hall on the Potomac, one of the grandest mansions in a state of great houses. In 1759 he was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses and served at the Virginia Convention which, in July 1775, armed the colony for the struggle with Great Britain. At the state’s constitutional convention of 1776, he drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, forerunner of the Bill of Rights. He was a delegate to the federal Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 and helped to write the Constitution. Like John Leland and James Madison, he did not trust its centralization of power and its failure to include a bill of rights, and he refused to sign it. He continued steadfast in opposition to what he regarded as the document’s weaknesses and had the satisfaction of seeing the first ten amendments, based on his Virginia Declaration of Rights, added to the Constitution in 1791. Mason’s Virginia Declaration read: “That the people have a right to keep and bear arms; that a well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state; that standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and therefore ought to be avoided as far as the circumstances and protection of the community will admit; and that, in all cases, the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.” Notice the presence of the phrase, well-regulated militia, which later found its way into the Second Amendment to the Constitution. Mason said at the Virginia Convention to ratify: “I ask, who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers. But I cannot say who will be the militia of the future day. If that paper on the table gets no alteration, the militia of the future may not consist of all classes, high and low, and rich and poor.”[8] The paper on the table was of course the Constitution before addition of a Bill of Rights. That statement directly reflects the North Carolina experience in the War of the Regulation.

Thomas Jefferson wrote to George Washington, 1796: “The constitutions of most of our States assert, that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves…that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.” James Madison wrote in the Federalist Papers: “The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation…where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” At the Virginia ratifying convention, in 1788, Patrick Henry said: “O sir, we should have fine times, indeed, if, to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people! Your arms, wherewith you could defend yourselves, are gone…Did you ever read of any revolution in a nation…inflicted by those who had no power at all?” John Leland, the great Virginia Baptist preacher, had 10 objections to the Federal Constitution. The first was: “There is no Bill of Rights, whenever a number of men enter into a state of Society, a number of individual rights must be given up to Society, but there should be a memorial of those not surrendered, otherwise every natural and domestic right becomes alienable, which raises tyranny at once, and this is as necessary in one form of government as in another.”[9] This list of objections was sent to Joseph
Spencer, who will be remembered from my article on the Separate Baptists as the man who advised Madison to meet with Leland about the Bill of Rights just before election of the delegates to the Virginia Convention to ratify the Constitution.

The phrase well regulated militia seems to have been peculiarly a Virginia and North Carolina phrase, not seen in other states’ versions of the Second Amendment. I believe that phrase in the amendment came about because of Baptist North Carolinians who, after great suffering, fled to Virginia and in the course of their lives there, dedicated to the service of Jesus Christ and to the salvation of so many of their Virginia neighbors, familiarized Jefferson, Madison, Henry, and Mason with the War of the Regulation and the problems with a select militia.[10]

[1] http://www.tamu.edu/ccbn/dewitt/mcksmerrframe.htm Fitch, William Edwards, Neglected History
of North Carolina (New York, NY, 1905) pp.206-232.
[2] http://www.tamu.edu/ccbn/dewitt/mckstmerrframe.htm Sheets, Elder Henry, A History of the
Liberty Baptist Association (Raleigh, Edwards and Broughton Co., 1907).
[3] Lumpkin, William L., Baptist Foundations in the South, (Nashville, Broadman Press, 1961) pp. 72-
86.
[4] De Vorsey, Louis, The Indian Boundary in the Southern Colonies, 1763-1775, (Chapel Hill,
University of North Carolina Press, 1966) pp. 28-31, 96, 97, 108, 109.
[5] http://www.tamu.edu/ccbn/dewitt/mcksmerrframe.htm Fitch, William Edwards, Neglected History
of North Carolina (New York, NY, 1905).
[6] Lumpkin, op. cit., pp. 87-120.
[7] http://www.tamu.edu/ccbn/dewitt/mckstmerreg3.htm Powell, William S., The War of the Regulation
and The Battle of Alamance, May 16,1771 (Raleigh, Division of Archives and History, North Carolina
Department of Cultural Resources, 1975).
[8] http://www.guncite.com/gc2ndfqu.html.
[9] Journal of the American Antiquarian Society, “Elder John Leland,” October, 1952, page 187.
[10] http://www.guncite.com/journals/dowdesp.html.

http://www.guncite.com/journals/senrpt/senrpt.html.

James H. Sightler
Sightler Publications
January 28, 2004

I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother

Liza Long

Three days before 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother, then opened fire on a classroom full of Connecticut kindergartners, my 13-year-old son Michael (name changed) missed his bus because he was wearing the wrong color pants.

“I can wear these pants,” he said, his tone increasingly belligerent, the black-hole pupils of his eyes swallowing the blue irises.

“They are navy blue,” I told him. “Your school’s dress code says black or khaki pants only.”

“They told me I could wear these,” he insisted. “You’re a stupid b**** I can wear whatever pants I want to. This is America. I have rights!”

“You can’t wear whatever pants you want to,” I said, my tone affable, reasonable. “And you definitely cannot call me a stupid b****. You’re grounded from electronics for the rest of the day. Now get in the car, and I will take you to school.”

I live with a son who is mentally ill. I love my son. But he terrifies me.

A few weeks ago, Michael pulled a knife and threatened to kill me and then himself after I asked him to return his overdue library books. His 7- and 9-year-old siblings knew the safety plan—they ran to the car and locked the doors before I even asked them to. I managed to get the knife from Michael, then methodically collected all the sharp objects in the house into a single Tupperware container that now travels with me. Through it all, he continued to scream insults at me and threaten to kill or hurt me.

That conflict ended with three burly police officers and a paramedic wrestling my son onto a gurney for an expensive ambulance ride to the local emergency room. The mental hospital didn’t have any beds that day, and Michael calmed down nicely in the ER, so they sent us home with a prescription for Zyprexa and a follow-up visit with a local pediatric psychiatrist.

We still don’t know what’s wrong with Michael. Autism spectrum, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant or Intermittent Explosive Disorder have all been tossed around at various meetings with probation officers and social workers and counselors and teachers and school administrators. He’s been on a slew of antipsychotic and mood-altering pharmaceuticals, a Russian novel of behavioral plans. Nothing seems to work.

At the start of seventh grade, Michael was accepted to an accelerated program for highly gifted math and science students. His IQ is off the charts. When he’s in a good mood, he will gladly bend your ear on subjects ranging from Greek mythology to the differences between Einsteinian and Newtonian physics to Doctor Who. He’s in a good mood most of the time. But when he’s not, watch out. And it’s impossible to predict what will set him off.

Several weeks into his new junior high school, Michael began exhibiting increasingly odd and threatening behaviors at school. We decided to transfer him to the district’s most restrictive behavioral program, a contained school environment where children who can’t function in normal classrooms can access their right to free public babysitting from 7:30 to 1:50 Monday through Friday until they turn 18.

The morning of the pants incident, Michael continued to argue with me on the drive. He would occasionally apologize and seem remorseful. Right before we turned into his school parking lot, he said, “Look, Mom, I’m really sorry. Can I have video games back today?”

“No way,” I told him. “You cannot act the way you acted this morning and think you can get your electronic privileges back that quickly.”

His face turned cold, and his eyes were full of calculated rage. “Then I’m going to kill myself,” he said. “I’m going to jump out of this car right now and kill myself.”

That was it. After the knife incident, I told him that if he ever said those words again, I would take him straight to the mental hospital, no ifs, ands, or buts. I did not respond, except to pull the car into the opposite lane, turning left instead of right.

“Where are you taking me?” he said, suddenly worried. “Where are we going?”

“You know where we are going,” I replied.

“No! You can’t do that to me! You’re sending me to hell! You’re sending me straight to hell!”

I pulled up in front of the hospital, frantically waving for one of the clinicians who happened to be standing outside. “Call the police,” I said. “Hurry.”

Michael was in a full-blown fit by then, screaming and hitting. I hugged him close so he couldn’t escape from the car. He bit me several times and repeatedly jabbed his elbows into my rib cage. I’m still stronger than he is, but I won’t be for much longer.

The police came quickly and carried my son screaming and kicking into the bowels of the hospital. I started to shake, and tears filled my eyes as I filled out the paperwork—”Were there any difficulties with… at what age did your child… were there any problems with.. has your child ever experienced.. does your child have…”

At least we have health insurance now. I recently accepted a position with a local college, giving up my freelance career because when you have a kid like this, you need benefits. You’ll do anything for benefits. No individual insurance plan will cover this kind of thing.

For days, my son insisted that I was lying—that I made the whole thing up so that I could get rid of him. The first day, when I called to check up on him, he said, “I hate you. And I’m going to get my revenge as soon as I get out of here.”

By day three, he was my calm, sweet boy again, all apologies and promises to get better. I’ve heard those promises for years. I don’t believe them anymore.

On the intake form, under the question, “What are your expectations for treatment?” I wrote, “I need help.”

And I do. This problem is too big for me to handle on my own. Sometimes there are no good options. So you just pray for grace and trust that in hindsight, it will all make sense.

I am sharing this story because I am Adam Lanza’s mother. I am Dylan Klebold’s and Eric Harris’s mother. I am Jason Holmes’s mother. I am Jared Loughner’s mother. I am Seung-Hui Cho’s mother. And these boys—and their mothers—need help. In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.

According to Mother Jones, since 1982, 61 mass murders involving firearms have occurred throughout the country. Of these, 43 of the killers were white males, and only one was a woman. Mother Jones focused on whether the killers obtained their guns legally (most did). But this highly visible sign of mental illness should lead us to consider how many people in the U.S. live in fear, like I do.

When I asked my son’s social worker about my options, he said that the only thing I could do was to get Michael charged with a crime. “If he’s back in the system, they’ll create a paper trail,” he said. “That’s the only way you’re ever going to get anything done. No one will pay attention to you unless you’ve got charges.”

I don’t believe my son belongs in jail. The chaotic environment exacerbates Michael’s sensitivity to sensory stimuli and doesn’t deal with the underlying pathology. But it seems like the United States is using prison as the solution of choice for mentally ill people. According to Human Rights Watch, the number of mentally ill inmates in U.S. prisons quadrupled from 2000 to 2006, and it continues to rise—in fact, the rate of inmate mental illness is five times greater (56 percent) than in the non-incarcerated population.

With state-run treatment centers and hospitals shuttered, prison is now the last resort for the mentally ill—Rikers Island, the LA County Jail and Cook County Jail in Illinois housed the nation’s largest treatment centers in 2011.

No one wants to send a 13-year-old genius who loves Harry Potter and his snuggle animal collection to jail. But our society, with its stigma on mental illness and its broken healthcare system, does not provide us with other options. Then another tortured soul shoots up a fast food restaurant. A mall. A kindergarten classroom. And we wring our hands and say, “Something must be done.”

I agree that something must be done. It’s time for a meaningful, nation-wide conversation about mental health. That’s the only way our nation can ever truly heal.

God help me. God help Michael. God help us all.


 

Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging – Full Movie

Submitted by richybear on Mon, 12/17/2012 – 13:34

Get this out to all your friends and family. It’s long but a must see & truly informative.

“This video provides the facts about psychotropic drugs and the huge profits they create for the pharmaceutical industry. These drugs are not safe and have not been on the market long enough to provide sufficient long term studies regarding their effects. These drugs do cause addiction, however most “doctors” would call this dependence because you do not have to take an increasing dose over time. They are completely fine with you being addicted to the same amount of any given drug on a daily basis. Over half of the people that commit suicide in the United States are prescribed to psychotropic drugs. (Ex: Paxil (Paroxetine), Zoloft (Sertraline), Prozac, Wellbutrin (Bupropion), Effexor, Seroquil, Ultram (Tramadol), etc.)”

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