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Patriots Day

Today is Patriots Day. My wife grew up in Lexington, Mass., and
direct ancestors of mine fought in the Revolution — in fact, one of
them was on the Green the day the shot heard around the world was fired.
Patriots Day is, and should be special.

Because today is Patriots Day, I’m refraining from my natural
inclination to rail against the treachery, manipulations, and multiple
sins of an administration staffed with morons, cowards, quislings, and
hypocrites, to reflect on our nations strengths, rather than our

Certain Congress critters may consider the Constitution and Bill of
Rights as antique literature and akin to the clothes they have eaten
themselves out of — but frankly, they are wrong. The Constitution and
Bill of Rights are not accoutrements, and subject to fashion. Those
founding documents are the foundation upon which the greatest nation in
the history of man was built. Those who would undermine, abrogate, or
destroy the foundation, are in fact, the “domestic enemies” referenced
in the very same oath most of they have taken.

I was appalled, sickened, and more than a little PO’d, when five
years ago I heard the President of the United States say, for God and
everyone to hear, “When we got organized as a country and we wrote a
fairly radical Constitution with a radical Bill of Rights, giving a
radical amount of individual freedom to Americans. …”

He went on to say, “And so a lot of people say there’s too much
personal freedom. When personal freedom’s being abused, you have to move
to limit it. That’s what we did in the announcement I made last weekend
on the public housing projects, about how we’re going to have weapon
sweeps and more things like that to try to make people safer in their

I’m not making this up. This is NOT a parody or satire, or Ionessco
play. Clinton actually said this on March 22, 1994 on MTV’s “Enough is
Enough.” I hate that he said that. I am incensed that he believes it.

Today is Patriots Day. The obvious questions a reasoning person will
ask are Who gets to decide when personal freedom’s being abused? Why DO
you have to move to limit it? Who gets to limit freedom? By what
measure? And how?

Thelen Paulk wrote a wonderful piece called “Visitor from the Past”
(click here for entire
story). In it, his colonial visitor notes, “We fought a revolution, to
secure our liberty. We wrote the Constitution, as a shield from tyranny.
For future generations, this legacy we gave, in this, the land of the
free and the home of the brave.” But Paulk’s ghost from America past
observes, “You buy permits to travel, and permits to own a gun. Permits
to start a business, or to build a place for one. On land that you
believe you own, you pay a yearly rent. Although you have no voice in
choosing, how the money’s spent. Your children must attend a school that
doesn’t educate. Your Christian values can’t be taught, according to the
state. You read about the current news in a regulated press. You pay a
tax you do not owe, to please the foreign IRS. Your money is no longer
made of silver, or of gold. You trade your wealth for paper, so your
lives can be controlled.”

Gary Hildreth penned another inspiring piece which some claim is
apocryphal. He started by asking and answering a question about a bunch
of old dead white guys. Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56
men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Five signers were
captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons in the
Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought
and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. They signed
and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. He
continues with a litany of horror stories, and concludes, “These were not
wild eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means
and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing
tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: “For the support of this
declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine
providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes,
and our sacred honor.”

They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history
books never told you a lot of what happened in the Revolutionary War. We
didn’t just fight the British. We were British subjects at that time and
we fought our own government! Perhaps you can now see why our founding
fathers had a hatred for standing armies, and allowed through the Second
Amendment for everyone to be armed. Some of us take these liberties so
much for granted. We shouldn’t.

A few months ago I was sitting in the office of a California
Assemblyman who is both brilliant, and a strong Constitutional
Conservative. I don’t happen to consider the two items to be unrelated.
Assemblyman Tom McClintock is really one of the good guys. However, he
was surprised when I reminded him that the first three battles of the
War for Independence were not fought over taxes, or representation, or
any of the long list of usurpations about which American colonists were
complaining. The first three battles of the Revolution were a direct
result of the British intentions and efforts to confiscate powder and
ball. … It was about gun control.

Today is Patriots Day. I realize most of the news focus will remain
in the Kosovo “Wag-the-Dog” as the controllers continue to divert our
attention from the high crimes related to communist red China and our
posturing Commander-in-Grief. However, it is probably also a good time
to recall the words of Pastor Martin Niemoller who said, “In Germany
they first came for the communists and I didn’t speak up because I
wasn’t a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up
because I wasn’t a Jew. …

“Then they came for the Catholics, and again I didn’t speak up
because I was a Protestant.

“Then they came for me — and by that time no one was left to speak