• Independence Day



    I would like to wish everyone a happy Independence Day. If you haven't read it lately I encourage you to read the Declaration of Independence again.

    Pay particular attention to the Indictments that the colonies had with the King. Also keep in mind this was during a time when the King did what ever he wanted, this was before a Constitution and Bill of Rights. Look at that list when the king/.gov had no guidelines to stop their tyranny, and think about that list now with the supposed protections(constitution, bill of rights) we have in 2013.

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    1. Wrench75's Avatar
      Wrench75 -
      Thanks derek. Happy Independence Day to you too. Hope everyone here on NES has a happy and safe day.

      Chad
    1. Sir_Gawain's Avatar
      Sir_Gawain -
      Thanks derek, same to you. Great post.
    1. Rob893's Avatar
      Rob893 -
      Now is also a good time to some of listen to Dan Carlin's "Common Sense" podcasts. Start with The Bitter Harvest of Fear.

      Dan is a Constitution-first guy. You ought to hear what he has to say. His podcasts on the gun control debate are especially good, and make the case for the 2nd Amendment in a way that even liberals can understand. This is no small thing, people. In order to keep our rights we are better served by persuasion than by attempts at intimidation. Carlin calls the NRA's response to Newtown "tone deaf" and he is right about that. He also says that the issue with mass shootings is not "assault weapons" or "large magazines" (Charles Whitman killed 16 people with a bolt-action hunting rifle, which would be legal under anything but a total ban on guns), but mental health.

      Further, it is important to remember that we should be worried about the entire Constitution, not just the 2nd Amendment. Every article in the Bill of Rights is sacred, and must be defended from executive and congressional assault. It's divide and conquer. Just now the article most in jeopardy is the 4th Amendment:

      The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
      Indiscriminate government spying on civilians is a direct violation of this amendment. Couple that with the congressional vote that gave the president unlimited power to detain forever or even kill any U.S. citizen for any reason deemed "essential" to national security, and we are not that far from a police state. Look at the first section of the 14th Amendment:

      No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
      As Dan says, "Only in a police state is the policeman's job easy."

      Today is a day to celebrate our freedoms, but also to remember that we have to work to preserve them.
    1. justanotherparatrooper's Avatar
      justanotherparatrooper -
      you too brother, thanks for doing what you do my friend
    1. ASHDUMP's Avatar
      ASHDUMP -
      Thanks for reminding me to read the Bill of Rights. Have a great Independence Day!
    1. AllaSnackbah's Avatar
      AllaSnackbah -
      happy independence day brother
    1. jibbr71's Avatar
      jibbr71 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob893 View Post
      Now is also a good time to some of listen to Dan Carlin's "Common Sense" podcasts. Start with The Bitter Harvest of Fear.

      Dan is a Constitution-first guy. You ought to hear what he has to say. His podcasts on the gun control debate are especially good, and make the case for the 2nd Amendment in a way that even liberals can understand. This is no small thing, people. In order to keep our rights we are better served by persuasion than by attempts at intimidation. Carlin calls the NRA's response to Newtown "tone deaf" and he is right about that. He also says that the issue with mass shootings is not "assault weapons" or "large magazines" (Charles Whitman killed 16 people with a bolt-action hunting rifle, which would be legal under anything but a total ban on guns), but mental health.

      Further, it is important to remember that we should be worried about the entire Constitution, not just the 2nd Amendment. Every article in the Bill of Rights is sacred, and must be defended from executive and congressional assault. It's divide and conquer. Just now the article most in jeopardy is the 4th Amendment:



      Indiscriminate government spying on civilians is a direct violation of this amendment. Couple that with the congressional vote that gave the president unlimited power to detain forever or even kill any U.S. citizen for any reason deemed "essential" to national security, and we are not that far from a police state. Look at the first section of the 14th Amendment:



      As Dan says, "Only in a police state is the policeman's job easy."

      Today is a day to celebrate our freedoms, but also to remember that we have to work to preserve them.
      After reading this, I downloaded a couple of his podcasts, including "The Bitter harvest of Fear". What a fantastic view point and delivery from Mr. Carlin. I will be downloading more and subscribing, THANK YOU!. Now i need to go find a post of yours so I can rep ya!!
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