by Tom HoeflingThe sight of the representatives of various national gun groups sitting down to negotiate with the Vice-President of the United States over more firearms restrictions was infuriating.
What were they even doing there? What is there to negotiate? The terms of surrender? Why do these people always think they need a “seat at the table”?
Don’t they realize that there are some tables you should never sit at?
Sorry, but what Sam Adams called the first law of nature is not negotiable. We either maintain our God-given, unalienable, natural right to self-defense or America has ceased to be.
America’s Founders on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms:
“Among the natural rights of the Colonists are these: First, a right to life; Secondly, to liberty; Thirdly, to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can. These are evident branches of, rather than deductions from, the duty of self-preservation, commonly called the first law of nature. … it is the greatest absurdity to suppose it in the power of one, or any number of men, at entering into society, to renounce their essential natural rights, or the means of preserving those rights; when the grand end of civil government, from the very nature of its institution, is for the support, protection, and defense of those very rights; the principal of which, as is before observed, are Life, Liberty, and Property. If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave.”
– Samuel Adams, The Rights of the Colonists, The Report of the Committee of Correspondence to the Boston Town Meeting, Nov. 20, 1772
“The said Constitution [shall] be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms; or to raise standing armies, unless necessary for the defense of the United States, or of some one or more of them.”
– Samuel Adams, Debates & Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (February 6, 1788)
“… whereas, 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…” – Samuel Adams, Constitutional Debates of the Massachusetts Convention of 1788 (also attributed to A Federal Farmer, the anti-federalist)
“To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace. A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.”
– George Washington, First Annual Message to Congress; Federal Hall, New York City (January 8, 1790)
“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Can it be supposed that those who have the courage to violate the most sacred laws of humanity…will respect the less important and arbitrary ones… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants, they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
– Thomas Jefferson, quoted from Enlightenment philosopher Cesare Beccaria’s On Crimes and Punishment, 1764; translated by Jefferson and copied into his Commonplace Book of great quotations.
“No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms …”
– Thomas Jefferson, Draft Constitution for Virginia; June 13, 1776
“The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. 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 … Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them …”.
– Thomas Paine, Thoughts On Defensive War, 1775
“…in this country, every man is a militia-man…”.
– Thomas Paine, The American Crisis series, # 9, dated June 9, 1780
“…who are the militia, if they be not the people of this country…? I ask, who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers.” “No free government was ever founded or ever preserved its liberty, without uniting the characters of the citizen and soldier in those destined for the defense of the state…. Such are a well regulated militia, composed of the freeholders, citizen and husbandman, who take up arms to preserve their property, as individuals, and their rights as freemen.” “The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun.”
– Patrick Henry, from debates during the Constitutional convention (later quoted with approval by George Washington), as quoted in Elliot’s Debates, 1836
“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.”
— Patrick Henry (in the Virginia ratifying convention)
“Let a regular army, fully equal to the resources of the country, be formed; and let it be entirely at the devotion of the federal government; still it would not be going too far to say, that the State governments, with the people on their side, would be able to repel the danger. The highest number to which, according to the best computation, a standing army can be carried in any country, does not exceed one hundredth part of the whole number of souls; or one twenty-fifth part of the number able to bear arms. This proportion would not yield, in the United States, an army of more than twenty-five or thirty thousand men. To these would be opposed a militia amounting to near half a million of citizens with arms in their hands, officered by men chosen from among themselves, fighting for their common liberties, and united and conducted by governments possessing their affections and confidence. It may well be doubted, whether a militia thus circumstanced could ever be conquered by such a proportion of regular troops. Those who are best acquainted with the last successful resistance of this country against the British arms, will be most inclined to deny the possibility of it. Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. And it is not certain, that with this aid alone they would not be able to shake off their yokes. But were the people to possess the additional advantages of local governments chosen by themselves, who could collect the national will and direct the national force, and of officers appointed out of the militia, by these governments, and attached both to them and to the militia, it may be affirmed with the greatest assurance, that the throne of every tyranny in Europe would be speedily overturned in spite of the legions which surround it. Let us not insult the free and gallant citizens of America with the suspicion, that they would be less able to defend the rights of which they would be in actual possession, than the debased subjects of arbitrary power would be to rescue theirs from the hands of their oppressors.”
– James Madison, the Father of the U.S. Constitution, Federalist # 46
“[A] government resting on a minority is an aristocracy, not a Republic, and could not be safe with a numerical and physical force against it, without a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace.”
— James Madison, the Father of the U.S. Constitution
“…the loyalists in the beginning of the late war, who objected to associating, arming and fighting, in defense of our liberties, because these measures were not constitutional. A free people should always be left… with every possible power to promote their own happiness.”
- James Monroe, President of the United States
“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, Federalist # 28
“Little more can reasonably be aimed at with respect to the people at large than to have them properly armed and equipped…” “…an excellent body of well trained militia ready to take the field whenever the defense of the State shall require it. This will not only lessen the call for military establishments, but if circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms who stand ready to defend their own rights and those of their fellow citizens.”
– Alexander Hamilton, Federalist # 29
“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”
— Benjamin Franklin
“[W]hen the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia.” “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 day may not consist of all classes, high and low, and rich and poor; but they may be confined to the lower and middle classes of the people, granting exclusion to the higher classes of the people. If we should ever see that day, the most ignominious punishments and heavy fines may be expected. Under the present government, all ranks of people are subject to militia duty. Under such a full and equal representation as ours, there can be no ignominious punishment inflicted. But under this national, or rather consolidated government, the case will be different. The representation being so small and inadequate, they will have no fellow-feeling for the people.”
– George Mason, from debates during the Virginia state ratifying convention
“Are we at last brought to such an humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own defense? Where is the difference between having our arms under our own possession and under our own direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?”
— George Mason
“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. 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 band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to the unjust and oppressive.”
– Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution (October 17, 1787)
“A militia when properly formed are in fact the people themselves…and include all men capable of bearing arms. The Constitution ought to secure a genuine militia and guard against a select militia, by providing that the militia shall always be kept well organized, armed, and disciplined, and include…all men capable of bearing arms. The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle.” “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.” “… of the liberty of conscience in matters of religious faith, of speech and of the press; of the trial by jury of the vicinage in civil and criminal cases; of the benefit of the writ of habeas corpus; of the right to keep and bear arms…. If these rights are well defined, and secured against encroachment, it is impossible that government should ever degenerate into tyranny.”
– Richard Henry Lee, Letters From The Federal Farmer (1788)
“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.”
– Richard Henry Lee, proposed by the Virginia delegation to the Constitutional Convention (defining the phrase “well-regulated militia” which was used exactly in the final draft of the Second Amendment); and suggested in their state ratification debates, June 1788, to clarify the right.
“The rights of conscience, of bearing arms, of changing the government, are declared to be inherent in the people.”
– Fisher Ames, letter to F.R. Minoe (June 12, 1789)
“That the people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and their own state, or the United States, or for the purpose of killing game; and no law shall be passed for disarming the people or any of them, unless for crimes committed, or real danger of public injury from individuals…”.
– Samuel Bryan, during debates on ratification of the Constitution in the Pennsylvania assembly
“The power of the sword is in the hands of Congress? My friends and countrymen, it is not so; for the powers of the sword are in the hands of the yeomanry of America from sixteen to sixty. The Militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the Militia? They are not ourselves as politicians and lawmakers. They are those who have elected us into our positions and entrusted us with the power of preserving and carrying out their wishes. Congress has no power to disarm the Militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American. The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the Federal or State governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”
– Tenche Coxe, letter to James Madison during adoption of the Bill of Rights in the United States Congress (1789)
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men…"
— The Declaration of Independence
by Dr. Marshall Foster
Peter Berger says the world is now experiencing “two particularly powerful religious explosions” — resurgent Islam and dynamic evangelical Protestantism. The news media commonly reports the passionate rise of the worldwide Islamic movement. This rise, led mostly by murderous Jihadists, is almost entirely within already entrenched Muslim strongholds. The seldom reported truth is that Evangelical Protestantism now penetrates into parts of the world previously unknown to it. Mass conversions in Asia, South America, and especially in Africa mark this move of God. Christianity is the fastest growing religion today and the only one with a global reach. As they learn the whole counsel of Scripture, Christian believers not only receive eternal salvation, but also receive, at least in seed form, the biblical principles needed to align their culture to receive God’s blessings.
Uganda, like most African tribal nations, was founded upon and lingered for thousands of years in a state of intertribal warfare, the constant theft of private property and the tyranny of tribal chiefs. Yet God intervened. In the nineteenth century, missionary David Livingston opened up Central Africa to Christianity. After 1890, Uganda became an English Colony and Christianity began to spread. In 1962, Uganda won its independence from Britain. But by then the forces of radical Marxist guerrillas funded by Russia, and Islamic jihadists funded by Saudi Arabia, began to ravish the nation and its 85% Christian population. In 1971, Idi Amin Dada, a brutal military general and mass murderer, devastated the land, killing perhaps over 300,000 of his own citizens in cold blood.
Now, over the past three decades, Uganda has made major progress toward becoming a viable republic, with citizen rights and elections. All during this time, numbers of Christian missions, some with historic vision for godly nation building, have effectively worked to rebuild Uganda. A leading force in this restoration has been President Yoweri Museveni, a professed evangelical believer. During the recent celebration of 50 years of Ugandan independence, President Museveni, following in the footsteps of leaders like the godly king Josiah (2 Kings 22-23), stood before the people of Uganda and publically repented of his sins and the sins of the whole nation. Here are his words:
Father God in heaven, today we stand here as Ugandans, to thank you for Uganda. We are proud that we are Ugandans and Africans. We thank you for all your goodness to us. I stand here today to close the evil past and especially in the last 50 years … I stand here on my own behalf and on behalf of my predecessors to repent. We ask for your forgiveness.
Museveni then said:
We confess these sins, which have greatly hampered our national cohesion and delayed our political, social, and economic transformation. We confess sins of idolatry and witchcraft, which are rampant in our land. We confess sins of shedding innocent blood, sins of political hypocrisy, dishonesty, intrigue, and betrayal. Forgive us of sins of pride, tribalism, and sectarianism; sins of laziness, indifference, and irresponsibility; sins of corruption and bribery that have eroded our national resources; sins of sexual immorality, drunkenness, and debauchery; sins of unforgiveness, bitterness, hatred and revenge.
Then the President asked God for a new start: “Lord forgive us and give us a new beginning. Give us a heart to love you, to fear you, and to seek you. Take away from us all the above sins.”
As you read the conclusion of President Museveni’s prayer before all of Uganda, imagine similar prayers earnestly prayed by leaders of our nation at all levels of government, and from the pulpits of our churches.
We want to dedicate this nation to you so that you will be our God and guide. We want Uganda to be known as a nation that fears God, and as a nation whose foundations are firmly rooted in righteousness and justice to fulfill what the Bible says in Psalm 33:12: Blessed is the nation, whose God is the Lord. A people you have chosen as your own. I renounce all the evil foundations and covenants that were laid in idolatry and witchcraft. I renounce all the satanic influence on this nation. And I hereby covenant Uganda to you, to walk in your ways and experience all your blessings forever. I pray for all these in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
How is it that Uganda remembers the pattern for godly life, when Americans have largely forgotten? For students of providential history, President Museveni’s speech should ring familiar. His speech traces the same path our forbears followed in founding America. For example, the Pilgrims first repented of their personal sins. Then they established their church covenants, committing themselves to live together in obedience to Christ. When they founded Plymouth in 1620, they made the world’s first governmental Compact (or Covenant) with God to found their colony. The Pilgrim influence quickly expanded to their neighbors.
Later colonists in Massachusetts and Connecticut built upon the Biblical foundations of Judeo-Christian covenantal local self-government. I call this era the lost century because so many have forgotten the power of its legacy toward building the future United States. The 17th century settlers founded all of their towns, colonies, and charters upon a covenant with the God of the Bible to walk in all His ways. Over eighty of these covenants provided content and structure for the great national covenant—the Declaration of Independence, signed on July 4th, 1776. This pattern of Covenant-building, lived out in early America and now emerging in Africa, provides the strategy for our own national renewal. is renewal may begin in your town, your city council, your county commission, your local pastor’s prayer breakfast or your kitchen table. In that sense, the course of liberty and our children’s future are in our repentant hands and hearts.
We must not despair. Just as God hears the prayers of the Ugandan President, we believe God will also bless the prayers and actions of American believers who return to the covenants of their fathers. “Know, recognize, and understand therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, Who keeps covenant and steadfast love and mercy with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations (Deut. 7:9).”
Read more: http://kirkcameron.com/2013/01/a-call-to-national-repentance/#ixzz2Heu5vbpB
“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." — George Washington
I see that one of my posts from yesterday, “the violence of the Left,” drew some yelps from a couple of readers.
One of the most interesting responses - in a forensic, sad sort of way - was from a young self-described “anxious” homosexual gal from Massachusetts. Without going into all the depressing details of this person’s deconstruction of what I said, suffice it to say that she made my point in a way that I never could.
After comparing a human child to a bacteria and a tumor, and reserving any real power only to the State - not to We the People as the founders of this republic intended - she ended with a not-so-thinly-veiled threat to “report me to the proper authorities.” And for what? For simply stating the absolute fact that millions of real Americans will defend their own rights, their own liberty, and their own posterity.
Leftists are Fascists, and Fascists are Leftists. And both flavors of Tyrant are so predictable. They have no originality. Like their forerunners of the last century, they not only have no qualms about eliminating the weakest and most helpless among us and sending their broken little bodies off to to the incinerators or the landfills, they must always give in to the impulse to use the power of the almighty State to crush anyone who refuses to bow to their selfish, unreasonable, morally-vacant, anti-American ideology.
In the final pass, they really have no other choice but that, frankly, since they can’t possibly argue their position from any moral basis, having so thoroughly banished all of that from their own hearts.
They can’t “win” unless and until they have unleashed the force of government upon you, or at least until you have abjectly surrendered to their threats to do so.
Romans chapter one
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.