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Quote of the Day 03/29/15

“It is a common observation here that our cause is the cause of all mankind, and that we are fighting for their liberty in defending our own.” — Benjamin Franklin
(1706-1790) US Founding Father Source: letter to Samuel Cooper, May 1, 1777

“Murphy’s Law” by Jim Murphy

Hello once again from the Association Of Jingoistic Xenophobic Firearms Owning Fossil Fuel Burning Vast Right Wing Conspiratorial Ammunition Purchasers Of West Texas.

CLUELESS:

CLUELESS – having no hint, trace, indication, evidence, inkling, inference on a particular subject.

Just for the sake of argument, I would submit the three of the most CLUELESS individuals in our country today are: BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA; HILLARY CLINTON; JOHN KERRY, and the order can be shuffled and still be correct.

Let us begin with the President of the United States Barack Hussein Obama who has referred to ISIS/ISIL as “The JV” and who according to him would create no real problems. Then later on, after actions showed that ISIS/ISIL was in fact creating major problems world wide, Barack Hussein Obama took a real hard stance and said that we must take action to “DISRUPT” these ISIS/ISIL Terrorists. But even then he tried to pass off some Radical Muslim attacks against chosen targets as “RANDOM ATTACKS”. And don’t forget that Obama called Benghazi “A Bump In The Road”.

Then we need to look at the alleged Nuclear Deal with IRAN. And of course this involves not only Barack Hussein Obama, but his incompetent Secretary of State John Kerry. When I watch a video of the Iranian Ayatollah making a speech and agreeing with the crowd who was chanting “DEATH TO AMERICA”, I had to wonder if this was the same IRAN that Barack Hussein Obama and John Kerry keep assuring us can be trusted to abide by an agreement regarding the production of a Nuclear Bomb.

So, not looking any further than the activities in the Middle East by ISIS/ISIL as well as actions by IRAN, it is not to difficult to reach the conclusion that both Barack Hussein Obama and John Kerry are CLUELESS…… either that or TRAITORS…….. OR BOTH.

Which brings us to Hillary Clinton. To give an example of just how CLUELESS this satchel ass heifer is, on one video, Hillary was asked what her greatest accomplishment was. Here is her answer:

“My accomplishment as Secretary of State? Well, I’m glad you asked! My proudest accomplishment in which I take the most pride, mostly because of the opposition it faced early on, you know? The remnants of prior situations and mindsets that were too narrowly focused in a manner whereby they may have overlooked the bigger picture and we didn’t do that and I’m proud of that. Very proud. I would sat that’s a major accomplishment.”

Now read that carefully and explain to me just exactly what the accomplishment actually was. The first clue you should get is this; When some politician is asked a specific question and the first thing out of their mouth is…. “I’M GLAD YOU ASKED THAT”, or “THAT IS A VERY GOOD QUESTION”, you need to realize two things:

1) THEY ARE NOT GLAD YOU ASKED THAT QUESTION, IN FACT THEY WISH YOU WOULD BURST INTO FLAMES AND DISAPPEAR.

2) THEY DO NOT THINK YOUR QUESTION WAS A GOOD ONE. IN FACT THEY THINK THIS IS THE WORST POSSIBLE QUESTION YOU COULD ASK.

ALL THEY ARE DOING IS PLAYING FOR TIME IN AN ATTEMPT TO COME UP WITH AN ANSWER THAT THEY CAN SELL TO THE AUDIENCE.

In fact you can almost bank upon their answer to either be a complete lie OR make no sense at all. Which was the case for Ms. Clinton and is pretty much the case for everything she says. Henceforth, she is CLUELESS.

ERA:

ERA – a period of time measured from some important event; a period of time having some special characteristic.

At the present time, I would have to say that we are in THE TECHNOLOGY ERA. I believe we have been in this very era since the desk top personal computer first became a common sight in almost every business and every household. Now, while I enjoy my computer and it enables me to communicate with many others all around the globe as well as puts right at my fingertips sites which will give me information on almost any subject I can think of. I do not have a smart phone or an iPad or an iPhone or a blackberry or any other electronic device. But while I do not play the technology game like most of our young people, when my electricity fails or the cable company has problems, I can still communicate with others by the written word or by actually speaking with them since I also was fortunate enough to have grown up during a time when our electronic devices of today were not available. I guess you could say I was born and grew up in a different era.

I was four years and eight months old when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Several years ago I found and read my Mother’s entries in my Baby Book. And the funny thing is, I actually can remember a bunch of the stuff she made reverence to. I vividly remember that when I was about three years old, my Dad got hurt in the oilfield. We were living in Wortham, Texas at the time. So my Dad was home for a couple of months and spent lots of time with me. He read me stories and taught me games and although I can still recall this, my Mother made record of it in that book. While my Dad was home, which was in about 1940, we played a game called States and Capitols. My Dad would name a state, in no particular order, and I would name the Capitol of that state. Or he would name the Capitol and I would name the state. I was three years old and knew from memory the name of all the 48 states and all of the 48 capitol cities.

My Dad had probably a 10th grade education but realized how important it would be in the future for his child to have a better education. I have never forgotten those years and also by the time I reached the first grade in Houston, Texas I could already read and not only print but write cursive script. Of course I understand that in today’s educational society cursive writing is no longer required and many of the young people today cannot even read this type of writing. A damn sad commentary on our current education system…. and in addition, a great many young people CANNOT NAME YOU THE CAPITOL OF THE STATE IN WHICH THEY RESIDE.

Apparently, we are living in an era at present where the history of our nation and our state of residence no longer has any meaning.

I grew up in my formative years in Houston, Texas from the years 1941 through 1956 when I graduated from High School. One of my real regrets in my life is that I did not do my best in High School. I was too busy having fun. I did well in the subjects in which I was interested and just did enough to make it through the other subjects. I guess I was a bit too selfish during those years to worry about doing harm to myself by not doing my best at all times.

Anyway, the years in which I was growing up in Houston were some of the happiest years of my life. Houston had about 500,000 inhabitants and it was safe to go anywhere at any time of the day or night without fear. The very first time I ever saw the ground covered with snow was when I left the old Houston City Auditorium from viewing the great live show put on by….. SPIKE JONES AND HIS CITY SLICKERS. I had ridden the bus downtown to see the show and I rode the bus home. During this great show, it snowed and covered the ground. I was 10 years old and it was safe to ride from Southwest Houston to downtown Houston and back again after 10 PM. I can’t imagine doing that today. Anyway, that was an era that I shall always remember and be saddened that the young people of today can never experience.

During those times, it seems as if the elected officials at the state and federal levels were a bit more trustworthy than today’s elected vermin. I am sure they did some really underhanded stuff back then but it didn’t even approach the criminal acts of today’s elected slugs. I cannot even imagine people the caliber of Barack Obama, John Kerry, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Al Franken, Jerry Brown and a host of others being elected back during the decade of the 1950s.

PRAYER LIST:

Tony Aguilar, Mary Vigil, Joe & Ruth Lucero, Ted Salgado -NM – Ella Dunlop, Kaleigh Paige Hudgens, Bobby Peiser, Bob Wallman, Maria Tupaz, Bernice Murphy, Don Faubion, Judy Langham, Liz Deguren, Roger Tucker, Charlotte Williams, John Gallemore, Zak Krejci, Debra Blake, Mary Denson, Randy Jones, Don Weaver, Roger Goertz, Billy Williams, Gerry Fincher, Jerry Carpenter, Steve Mida, Sherry Welch – TX – Sr. Delphine Grigas (98) – IL – Paul & Debby Gula, Mike Burkebak, Alan Miller, Debbie McKeown, Violet Fermin, Carlos Fernandez, Hamilton Anderson, Arlene Anderson, Kate Nolan – FL – L.T. Drennan – OK – Lynn Jones – NE – Warren Wetmore – IL – Gladys Beasley, Barbara Urban – MD – Charles Latham, Rocky Leonard, Bette Miller, Sheriff Richard Mack – AZ – Kate Powell, Annise Kennedy, Sam Wittstruck (17 yoa) – CA – Pat Holley, Keith Chambers, Nancy Chambers, LANA Athey – CO – Hal Whitmore – DE – Herb Johnston – NY – Lonnie Shoultz – AL – Perry Evans – AR – Jim Pinney, James E. Brady III (2 yrs. old) – OH – Josip & Lela Slivar – ZAGREB, CROATIA – Sister Clarice Carroll (83) – HAITI – Rick Vizzier USNA74, Steve Burich USNA74 -VA – George Rimmer – WA, RET. COL. Pete Mekkelson -WVA
Troy Partain of Stone Mountain, Georgia
Wayne Martin of Blacksburg, Virginia

GySgt. Daniel West, MSgt. (Ret) Randy Morrow , CAPT. Michael Rice, CAPT. Nick Francona, GySgt. James Walker, CAPT. George Zeigler, CAPT. Catherine Schmidt Fiancé of Capt. Zeigler) SSgt. Matt Ross, Alex Boyd, RCT Graydon J. Phillips, * 1ST LT. Levi English, GySgt. Eric Harmon, Archer Abblitt, Maj. Todd A. O’Brien, MGySgt. ’46 – 82 (Ret) Harvey Weigart – USMC Kenneth Thomas -USCG SSgt. Eric Grudziecke, A1 Elizabeth Chaffon, Cody Barber, Col. Phil Samples, TSgt. Aaron Brown, TSgt. Rebecca Goodwin, 1st LT. Mandie Yates – USAF – Capt. Brian Kriss – TxANG – Zachary Moore – US NAVAL ACADEMY – Lt. William Jourdan, CDR Robert McLay, Lt. Tommy Brown, Lt. Russell Brown, CAPT. Wayne Putnam (Ret), E5 Matthew J. Blaker, Ensign Ethan English, – US NAVY – Bud Barnett – USNA ’74 – SSgt. Mike Campagna – SPECIAL FORCES – SSgt.Michael Strawn, Sgt. Logan McKinzie, Capt. (Fr) Kevin Peek, Maj. Fred W. Tanner, Lt. Col. Robbie Ball, SSgt. Travis McGowan, Michael B. Hudgens, Scott Hillyer, Jeff Schoonover, CWO2 Mitchell Wittstruck – US ARMY – CWO3 Tim Helton and the 1/230 Air Cav Squadron TNANG – All of the men and women presently serving in the United States Military

John Mallory – DEA – Fr. Joseph M. Peek, Gary and Cindy Hogman, Ashtyn Wages and John Paul Tupaz and their families.

QUOTES:

“For someone who has spent her entire adult life in politics, including being a Senator and then a Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has nothing to show for all those years — no significant legislation of hers that she got passed in the Senate, and only an unbroken series of international setbacks for the United States during her time as Secretary of State.”… THOMAS SOWELL

“Hosni Mubarak was in charge in Egypt. He posed no threat to American or Western interests in the Middle East or to Christians within Egypt or to Israel. But the Obama administration threw its weight behind the Muslim Brotherhood, which took over and began terrorizing Christians I Egypt and promoting hostility to Israel.”… THOMAS SOWELL

“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.”… WAYNE GRETZKY

“An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!…. Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power…. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us…. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of the chains of slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”… PATRICK HENRY

VARMINT LIST:

Barack Hussein Obama, Michelle Obama, George Soros, Joe Biden, Louis Farrakhan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz DNC Chairperson, Leon Panetta, Supreme Court Justices – Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, AND John Roberts, Eric Holder, John McCain R-AZ, Valerie Jarrett, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Lanny Davis, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Chuck Schumer, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Ezekiel Emanuel, Kathleen Sebelius, Bill Richardson, Jay Carney, Susan Rice, Rep. Keith Ellison D-MN, Former Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano, COLIN POWELL ( R) , Michael Moore, John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, Former President Jimmy Carter. Al Gore, Chuck Hagel, Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer, Andrew Cuomo Chris Christie R-NJ , Michael Bloomberg, Sheila Jackson Lee D-TX, Susan Collins R-ME, Patrick Leahy, Jeff Flake R-AZ, Eddie Bernice Johnson D-TX, John Boehner R-OH, John Cornyn R-TX, Mitch McConnell R-KY, Mike Huckabee R-AR, Lisa Murkowski R-AK, Robert Menendez NJ, Al Franken MN, Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Patty Murray WA, Henry Waxman CA, Linda Sanchez CA, Maxine Waters CA, State Senator Wendy Davis D-TX, Elijah Cummings D-MD, NY Mayor Bill de Blasio, Lois Lerner, Michael Morrell, Tommy Vietor (National Security Council Spokesman), Karl Rove, Rep. Ann Kuster D-NH, Jen Psaki (State Department), Josh Earnest, Marie Harf(State Department), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), Orin Hatch (R-UT), John Koskinen (IRS COMMISSIONER), Jeh Johnson (Homeland Security Secretary), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Deval Patrick (D-MA), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Jerry Brown (D-CA), John Lewis (D-GA), Michelle Nunn (D-GA), Jay Nixon (D-MO-Gov.), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Julia Pierson, Jonathan Holmes Gruber, Rep. Al Green (D-TX), Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-TX), HOWARD DEAN, Timothy Kaine* (D-VA)

MSNBC, ACLU, Congressional Black Caucus, NAACP, Jesse Jackson, AL SHARPTON, UNITED NATIONS, Jane Fonda, LA RAZA, MOVEON.ORG, PETA, CAIR, BOB COSTAS (NBC), ESPN, The NFL, CNN, The Environmental Protection Agency, Al Jazeera America, Republican National Committee (RNC), NBC, CBS, CNBC, ABC, BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Tom Steyer (Progressive Billionaire Opposing Keystone Pipeline), NBA, NHL, NOW (National Organization Of Women), Patricia Ireland, Jesse Ventura, Geraldo Rivera FOX News, Juan Williams FOX News, Bob Beckel FOX News, The Washington Redskins Football Team, James Brown (CBS -NFL Pre-Game). CDC (Center for Disease Control), Bill O’Reilly FOX News, Shepard Smith FOX News, Alan Colmes FOX News, MICHAEL MOORE, Bryant Gumbel

*By Request

MORE STUFF:

This week, a really great football player died at age 89. His name was Charles Philip “Chuck” Bednarik. What was so special about Chuck Bednarik is that he was the last full time two way player in the NFL. (Now for those of you residing in the People’s Republic of San Francisco, this means he played on both offense and defense). Yeah, I know that Deion Sanders played some on offense and defense when he was with the Cowboys but not full time. In the 1960 NFL Championship game, Chuck Bednarik played every play except for two Philadelphia kickoffs……. over 58 minutes. Of course by today’s standards at 6 ft. 3 and weighing 233 pounds he would be light for the offensive line but Bednarik is one of those players who could have played in ANY ERA.

I was watching several programs on NFL Films and a lot of it was from those NFL teams from the 1950s through mid 1960s. On one of the programs they showed a replay of the 1958 NFL Championship Game between the Baltimore Colts and the New York Giants. I had forgotten just how many Hall of Fame players took part in that game. Of course it was also the FIRST NFL OVERTIME GAME EVER. The Colts won the game by 6 points thanks to a touchdown run by Alan Ameche. I will still contend that the Baltimore Colts wide receiver Raymond Berry is THE BEST WIDE RECEIVER I HAVE EVER SEEN AT ANY LEVEL. He is one who could also have played in any era. On one of the programs one of the retired players said that there were only three running backs he would pay to watch; Jim Brown, Earl Campbell, and Gayle Sayers. Of course Brown was from the late 50s era; Campbell was from the 70s era and Sayers was from the 60s era.

But getting back to Chuck Bednarik, he was one tough dude. He graduated from high school and immediately entered the United States Army Air Force and served as a waist gunner on a B-24 crew. He flew on 30 missions over Germany. After his military service he entered the University of Pennsylvania. His Senior year he won the Maxwell Award and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting. He played on two NFL Championship teams in Philadelphia in 1947 and 1960. I was fortunate to have watched the 1960 game on TV. His jersey number #60 was retired by the Philadelphia Eagles.
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OK. Now let’s hear all of the Liberals/Democrats/Socialists/Marxists fill us in on just how STUPID Ted Cruz is. Of course his very liberal Law Professor at Harvard, Alan Dershowitz, pointed out that as a student in his class at Harvard, Cruz was perhaps the SMARTEST student he had ever taught. But let’s don’t pay any attention to stuff like that. Let us instead keep talking about how stupid Ted Cruz is…. of course what really pissed off the Democrats/Socialists/Marxists was that Senator Ted Cruz made his televised announcement at Liberty University WITHOUT USING NOTES OR A TELEPROMPTER. The Socialists cannot stand anyone who can do something without assistance which is required by Barack Hussein Obama.

As you all know, I have been a fan of Ted Cruz for a good while. And now I know that I have picked the right man to support for the Republican Nominee for President in 2016. Here are a few reasons why I know I am right:

1) Ted Cruz is reviled by the Mainstream Media
2) Ted Cruz is evidently despised by John McCain
3) Ted Cruz has the support of real Conservatives
4) And this is the real capper…………. Karl Rove DOES NOT SUPPORT TED CRUZ nor do the Establishment Republicans.

I guess, what I am saying is that I have NO USE for Karl Rove or the Establishment Republicans or the Mainstream Media or the RNC. Whether or not Senator Cruz can win the nomination is still up in the air but I will support him against the so called “Beltway Republicans”.
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I don’t know a whole bunch about Utah Governor Gary Herbert, but I sure like his style in not messing around when he signed into law allowing a firing squad to be used as means of carrying out the Utah Death Penalty, when injection execution drugs are unavailable. It sure shows that he has the guts to not sit around and whine like many other Governors do when a problem arises. Governor Herbert said that he found the Firing Squad “a little bit gruesome” but that since Utah was a capital punishment state that a back up method had to be in place.

GOOD GUYS:

TREY GOWDY; MIKE LEE; TED CRUZ; ALLEN WEST; JON BOLTON; COL. RALPH PETERS; GEN. JACK KEANE; SCOTT WALKER, DAVID CLARKE, TOM COTTON

SEE Y’ALL NEXT WEEK

JEM

Odds and Ends by the Bear

Cruzzing: Before Ted Cruz could say goodnight to the crowd assembled as he announced that he is running for President in 2016, the attack dogs on the left couldn’t wait to bring up the subject as to where he was born.

The Nationality Act of 1940 also shows that those born either within the United States or outside the United States (the latter being of note to Ted Cruz) to at least one parent who was a United States citizen at the time of that child’s birth allows the conveying of that citizen parent’s United States citizenship to the child.

Mama Cruz was a United States citizen who along with her Cuban husband where working in the oil fields of Canada when Ted Cruz was born. There is no question about whether Ted Cruz is eligible to run in 2016; but I bring this subject up to point out the rank hypocrisy of the left considering all the mystery that surrounds where Obama was born.

Chris Kyle-Deserter

My Twilight Years ~ Clint Eastwood at age 84

As I enjoy my twilight years, I am often struck by the inevitability that the party must end.
There will be a clear, cold morning when there isn’t any “more.” No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat. It seems to me that one of the important things to do before that morning comes, is to let every one of your family and friends know that you care for them by finding simple ways to let them know your heartfelt beliefs and the guiding principles of your life so they can always say, “He was my friend, and I know where he stood.”

So, just in case I’m gone tomorrow, please know this: I voted against that incompetent, lying, flip-flopping, insincere, double-talking, radical socialist, terrorist excusing, bleeding heart, narcissistic, scientific and economic moron currently in the White House!

Participating in a gun buy-back program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids.

Regards, Clint
Make my day—Pass it on!

A Bad Idea: Rahm (Mayor of Chicago) wants to rename O’Hare International Airport after Obama.

Read about it here…

SideBear: The best place to name an airport after Obama would be in IRAN International AIRPORT.

What is a Republic ?

“The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government…”

~ United States Constitution, Article IV, Section 4

The key distinction being ‘a republican form of government’ rather than a ‘republic.’ But what is a republic? Obviously not all nations that call themselves ‘republics’ have republican forms of government — the People’s Republic of China and the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics are prime examples. Some States were founded as republics before joining the Union — the California Republic and the Republic of Texas come to mind.

A most exhaustive research on republics can be found in John Adams’ writings published as ‘Defence of the Constitutions.’ Adams is credited with the oft quoted phrase [emphasis added]:

“If Aristotle, Livy, and Harrington knew what a republic was, the British constitution is much more like a republic than an empire. They define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men. If this definition is just, the British constitution is nothing more or less than a republic, in which the king is first magistrate. This office being hereditary, and being possessed of such ample and splendid prerogatives, is no objection to the government’s being a republic, as long as it is bound by fixed laws, which the people have a voice in making, and a right to defend.”

~ John Adams

(1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President

Source: Novanglus, in Boston Gazette, 6 March 1775, Adams Papers, V II, p. 314

While many use the phrase ‘a republic is a government of laws, and not of men’ in their defense of American republican government, most may be surprised to see the quote in context — in which Adams is referring to the British ‘republic’ with a king and Constitution. If that be the case, then all the British Commonwealths can be considered ‘republican’ as long as they are “bound by fixed laws, which the people have a voice in making, and a right to defend.”

Adams studied republics throughout history and identified 3 major forms: monarchical, aristocratic, and democratic. The ideal republican form of government was considered to be one in which all three power branches keep the others in check as well as prevent the takeover of the nation by designing men.

“Every citizen must look up to the laws, as his master, his guardian, and his friend; and whenever any of his fellow citizens, whether magistrates or subjects, attempt to deprive him of his right, he must appeal to the laws; if the aristocracy encroach, he must appeal to the democracy; if they are divided, he must appeal to the monarchical power to decide between them, by joining with that which adheres to the laws; if the democracy is on the scramble for power, he must appeal to the aristocracy, and the monarchy, which by uniting may restrain it. If the regal authority presumes too far, he must appeal to the other two. Without three divisions of power, stationed to watch each other, and compare each other’s conduct with the laws, it will be impossible that the laws should at all times preserve their authority, and govern all men.”

~ John Adams
Source: Defence of Constitutions, Vol I, LETTER XXXIV, 1787

The US Constitution thus distributes the federal power between 3 branches — the Executive branch refers to the ‘first magistrate,’ the Senate was to serve as the aristocratic power, and the House of Representatives was to serve as the democratic power.

Regarding Article IV, Section 4 which guarantees a republican form of government to the several States, Adams reveals his distrust of the Article [emphasis added]:

“It may perhaps be a Sufficient Recommendation of this Article to say that it was introduced by Mr Charles Pinkney of South Carolina, and he ought to have the Glory of it. But I confess I never understood it, and I believe no other Man ever did or ever will. A Republican Government is a Government of more than one. The Word Republick has been used, it is true by learned Men to Signify every actual and every possible Government among Men, that of Constantinople as well as that of Geneva. But the most accurate Writers distinguish Republicks from Despotisms and Simple Monarchies, and call every Government by that name in which more than one Person is concerned in the Sovereignty, and in this Sense the Kingdoms of Sparta Poland and England were Republicks as truely as Saint Marino. Venice Holland and other States were universally called Republicks both by the Learned and unlearned; yet the People in these States had certainly no more Liberty than those of England or France. The most Accurate distinction then has been between free Republicks and Republicks which are not free. It is not even said in our Constitution that the People shall be guarranteed in a Free Republican Government. The Word is So loose and indeffinite that Successive Predominant Factions will put Glosses and Constructions upon it as different as light and darkness, and if ever there should be a Civil War which Heaven forbid, the conquering General in all his Tryumphs may establish a Military Despotism and yet call it a constitutional Republic as Napoleon has already Set him the Example. The only Effect of it that I could ever See, is to deceive the People: and this practice my heart abhors my head disapproves, and my Tongue my Pen have ever avoided.”

~ John Adams

Source: letter to Mrs. Mercy Warren, July 20, 1807

“All good government is and must be republican. But at the same time, you can or will agree with me, that there is not in lexicography a more fraudulent word… Are we not, my friend, in danger of rendering the word republican unpopular in this country by an indiscreet, indeterminate, and equivocal use of it? […] Whenever I use the word republic with approbation, I mean a government in which the people have collectively, or by representation, an essential share in the sovereignty… the republican forms in Poland and Venice are much worse, and those of Holland and Bern very little better, than the monarchical form in France before the late revolution.”

~ John Adams

Source: John Adams to Samuel Adams, 18 Oct, 1789 in Works, VI:415,420-421

I have always preferred Thomas Jefferson’s explanation of republican government:

“The way to have good and safe government is not to trust it all to one, but to divide it among the many, distributing to everyone exactly the functions in which he is competent …
– To let the National Government be entrusted with the defense of the nation, and its foreign and federal relations …
– The State Governments with the Civil Rights, Laws, Police and administration of what concerns the State generally.
– The Counties with the local concerns, and each ward direct the interests within itself.
It is by dividing and subdividing these Republics from the great national one down through all its subordinations until it ends in the administration of everyman’s farm by himself, by placing under everyone what his own eye may superintend, that all will be done for the best.”

~ Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President

Source: Jefferson letter to Joseph Cabell, Febrary 2, 1816, Writings W., 6:544

Jefferson also insisted upon a Bill of Rights to explicitly delineate the limits to political power.

“I will now tell you what I do not like. First, the omission of a bill of rights, providing clearly, and without the aid of sophism, for freedom of religion, freedom of the press, protection against standing armies, restriction of monopolies, the eternal and unremitting force of the habeas corpus laws, and trials by jury in all matters of fact triable by the laws of the land, and not by the laws of nations. … Let me add that a bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular; and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.”

~ Thomas Jefferson

Source: December 20th, 1787, Jefferson letter to James Madison about his concerns regarding the Constitution.

Frankly, the Declaration of Independence says it absolutely perfectly — in essence, out of our natural born rights to associate and collectively defend these rights from would-be thieves, invaders, tyrants, and very importantly our own servant government, all legislation and government power is to be used to protect those rights — executing no powers other than those specifically enumerated in the Constitution.

“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, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to 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.”

~ Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

Outside Independence Hall when the Constitutional Convention of 1787 ended, Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

~ as recorded by Constitution signer James McHenry in a diary entry

The question is then, have Americans been able to ‘keep’ their republic? I’ll let that be food for thought. ;-)

I hope this may provide some clarification about ‘republics’ and ‘republican forms of government.’ While the USA was not founded as a monarchy, it was also not founded as a democracy. The power of the popular election cannot ever vote away the rights, property, and liberty of the populace.

It is the consciousness of the People that holds a nation together — their constitution is the real Constitution. If a commitment to Liberty and to personal responsibility does not live within the ‘sovereign citizen,’ the citizen will not remain sovereign for long.

Eric Schaub
Editor/Publisher Liberty-Tree.ca

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