“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although, the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don’t know.” – Donald Trump in North Carolina
ELDER PATRIOT – Donald Trump is being shredded for his comments yesterday regarding the Second Amendment. Rabid political sycophantic media members on the left are now trying to suggest this was a call to assassinate Hillary Clinton. There is no evidence of that in any of his words but that doesn’t matter to this consortium of propagandists desperate to prop up the candidacy of the wholly flawed Mrs. Clinton.
Trump was merely showing his understanding of America’s 100 million gun owners and channeling our Founding Fathers whose feelings were eloquently stated at the formation of our government.
“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, January 30, 1787
“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, letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787
“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.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 46, January 29, 1788
“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, Speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1778
“The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.” – Samuel Adams, Massachusetts Ratifying Convention, 1788
“[I]f 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. This appears to me the only substitute that can be devised for a standing army, and the best possible security against it, if it should exist.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 28, January 10, 1788
Contained in these few brief quotations the overriding reason they gave the people the right to bear arms was to protect them selves from the tyranny of government that history told them future generations of Americans would surely face. There is no mention of sport shooting or game hunting in any of their comments though they also cite the right to defend one’s self and one’s family. Just as significant is Alexander Hamilton’s defense of “military style” weapons by the people.
These great men were building a government of the people, by the people and for the people, a true republic where the government was to be subservient to the will of the people. They understood that as long as they followed that guiding tenet they had nothing to fear from an armed populace. To insure that future political leaders followed that same subservience they insisted the people be armed.
This was their way of ensuring their efforts in war and in the crafting of our unique form of government would not have been in vain.
Two hundred and forty years of history has proven the cool-headedness of America’s armed citizens.
The relationship between the people and the government remained in proper balance well into the last century with government employees commonly referred to as “public servants.”
Today, even with the power of the bully pulpit, slick issues marketing, and the wholly owned government controlled mainstream media, the vast majority of the American people feel the government no longer services them.
Fully two-thirds of respondents believe the government is heading in the wrong direction and virtually no one – even the most ardent leftist – still consider government as subservient to the people. (In fact, the ardent leftist is all for surrendering rights to government. Unfortunately, they are all for surrendering everyone’s rights to government.)
Anyone who has had to deal with public employees on any level now leaves that encounter feeling like they are the servants of the government.
It is against this backdrop that Donald Trump made his comments. Trump rightfully recognizes that when a government strips people of their rights the people will not sit idly by. Why other politicians don’t respect this principle of liberty should be of greater concern than Trump’s truth telling.
When it comes to the Second Amendment, virtually every gun owner that I know has committed to never willingly surrendering this right. To us this is sacrosanct in protecting our families, not from criminals, but from tyrants.
Donald Trump should be celebrated for understanding the mood of one hundred million gun owners and their families. The PC police can try to shut him up. Maybe the can succeed in shutting him up. What they can’t do is strip us of our determination to preserve America’s freedoms at any cost.
Thomas Paine said it at the time of the American Revolution but it is as prescient as ever:
“I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.”