Jul 14 2013

Republic Lost – A People Redeemed

Image: WikiMedia Commons

Image: WikiMedia Commons

by Don Rodgers

Ben Franklin, in answering the question posed by a woman who asked what they had given the People, a Monarchy or a Republic, also issued a challenge to all future generations of Americans by replying, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” For generations Americans meet that challenge, until ours.

Our Founders willed to us a Constitutional Republic; a state where the officials are elected as representatives of the people, and must govern according to existing constitutional law. What evidence exists we still live in that state? Today, unfettered Executive Orders and unaccountable bureaucrats from hundreds of governmental agencies make regulation at a staggering pace backed by the force of law. Members of Congress, being bypassed by these agencies and directives, are all but irrelevant as it as a body which lacks the political will to stop them, and in many ways surrenders its true Constitutional powers to secure their own personal positions as the ruling elite. Our elected officials are to serve us, but in reality many have abandoned us in their charge in securing for the citizenry that which is rightfully theirs; a government for and by the People.

There are still those who truly serve, but too few on the national level to matter as both parties expand government beyond any sustainable level and with that expansion brings the decline of individual freedoms and the loss of personal liberty. How did it happen? You can say we became too absorbed in our daily lives and put too much trust in flawed and misguided men and women or we were indoctrinated by an educational system designed to remove the very ideals of our Founding and the moral building blocks of society. That might be the “how“, but the why is because we turned our collective backs on, “One Nation under God.”

I firmly believe America’s creation is divinely inspired, and those extraordinary men and women were put in one place at that time for the birth of America, and with her founding a shining city on a hill was given to the world by Divine Providence. In so much that God created America, He has plans for her, but while God may not yet be done with this nation He might well be done with this version of her.

What have we become since, “We the People of the United States in order to form a more perfect Union?” The abuses of government are exposed on a daily basis from Fast and Furious to IRS and DOJ overt attacks on citizens, religious organizations, the very rule of law and the list of grievances continues to mount. We pray that every plan of the enemy be exposed, but to what end if we are too far separated from our foundations as a nation to have ears to hear?

Our President has proclaimed our Constitution as fundamentally flawed, and just before his first inauguration boldly announced to the cheering throngs to be three days away from fundamentally transforming America. To fundamentally transform something you must destroy what’s in place, yet the same is true if you are to restore something so corrupt from its original purpose that it can not be repaired. You can not simply just patch it together; it must be torn down to its original foundation and rebuilt to its original intent.

No single American deserves what our government has become, but as a nation we must endure the fruits of what we have allowed it to be. Romans 13:1 says “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” This does not mean God approves of corrupt and ungodly rulers, but He does use the governments they create as punishment to a people who turn their backs on His word. Is God allowing tyranny to punish us for turning away and for the abominations committed by a collective nation? How many now justify the wicked and condemn the just? How many are too proud to acknowledge their failings or to accept any personal responsibility? How often do we accept a lying tongue of a politician if it suits our means? How often do we tolerate leaders who “sow discord among the brethren” through the false claims of diversity or social justice? How many millions of times have we turned away as the blood of the most innocent among us is shed? We have so lost our way that even the butcher of babes, a true face of evil in Kermit Gosnell is punished not for murder, but for the crime of bad timing of when he killed and hardly a voice is raised.

Americas founding is based upon Gods word, but as we now demand His word be removed from every public square we pay the price for it as our Republic slips away. It is also true our nation will be restored by the very same words we no longer allow, but before restoration comes we as a people must face many trials. In the end, the light will grow lighter and dark will grow darker, but what does that mean? Perhaps it will be to give those with ears to hear the courage to speak the Truth and strength to carry ideals of America for those who follow no matter the sacrifice required. The victory of the restoration of America is Gods, but may not be ours beyond the knowledge that we did our part in the final redemption to come.

The Republic has slipped away on our watch. We are guilty as a people for being blind to the danger and once revealed unwilling to make the sacrifices to prevent it. We can not allow future generations of Americans to look back at ours and say it was us who forever squandered their birth right as Americans. We must be those with the courage to speak and to carry the truth of America no matter the hardship. If you are a church member, talk to your Pastor. America desperately needs them to take a leading role in society. The Church can no longer remain on the political side lines shying away from the real issues that threaten to silence it. Politically, take an honest look at those you support, if they do not share your true core values, remove that support. Put your Faith in the God of our Founders and in doing so, we save for those to follow what we have been willed, a Constitutional Republic, and so we will be redeemed.

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Learn more here about Don Rodgers.


May 3 2013

AG Eric Holder To Kansas – Don’t Dare Defy My Tyranny, Or Else

by Bob Adelmann

Attorney General Eric Holder

Attorney General Eric Holder

Professor Tom Woods wrote Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century back in June 2010 which got a lot of attention – a lot of it favorable, some not so – because it spelled out the constitutional protections against an overreaching federal government.

Some folks in Kansas decided to go for it and passed a law which contained this language:

It is unlawful for any official, agent or employee of the government of the United States, or employee of a corporation providing services to the government of the United States, to enforce or attempt to enforce, any act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the government of the United States regarding a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately and owned in the state of Kansas and that remains within the borders of Kansas. Violation of this section is a severity level 10 nonperson felony.

Let’s look at that again:  It is now “unlawful” for “any official, agent or employee” of the federal government “to enforce or attempt to enforce any law…” regarding firearms in the state of Kansas.

This is called throwing down the gauntlet.

Attorney General Eric Holder has picked it up.  Here is the relevant part of a letter he just sent to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback:

In purporting to override federal law and to criminalize the official acts of federal officers, [your law] directly conflicts with federal law and is therefore unconstitutional…

I am writing to inform you that federal law enforcement agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration … will continue to execute their duties to enforce all federal firearms laws and regulations.

Moreover, the United States will take all appropriate action, including litigation if necessary, to prevent the State of Kansas from interfering with the activities of federal officials enforcing federal law.

I’m waiting for the next shoe to drop. Let’s see what happens when a BATF agent is arrested in Kansas.

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A graduate of Cornell University and a former investment advisor, Bob is a regular contributor to The New American magazine and blogs frequently at www.LightFromTheRight.com, primarily on economics and politics. He can be reached at badelmann@thenewamerican.com.