Bill Keller in his blog at Eastern Iowa Firearms Training expounds upon his view of things. It is well worth your time to read his words, as I believe there is a large number of United States citizens who concur with him, and that number grows larger everyday with every usurpation and incursion suffered by We the People.
A short excerpt:
And . . . . again . . . . I seem to be but a couple of votes and a signature away from being an official “enemy of the state”.
I’ve done what I could – called my Senators, called my Representative, talked to my state Senator and Representative, supported the NRA and state groups, written articles, posted on my blog . . . . . simply one small part of those that support the 2nd Amendment’s God given right for all people . . . .
I have fought true enemies . . . . . I remember the fear, the sounds, the chaos . . . . I remember the basics – good or evil, right or wrong . . . . I remember what it is like to commit 100% in an instant to defeat evil.
There are millions that share my views, that share my commitment . . . . .
I pray the reason and good sense prevail in this debate . . . .
. . . . you do not want me as your enemy.
How else can it be said? Well, here’s one way:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.
When was the last time you read the Declaration of Independence? I mean really read it? I’ll bet it was a long time ago. Please, take the time to re-read it and then ponder what it meant then and what it means now. With only a few changes here and there in a document written well over two-hundred years ago one could easily apply this exact same document to the situation that we presently find ourselves in as a nation.
One thing is certain about the intent and understanding of our Founders: they knew that the basic human condition was one of depravity. They knew that without a moral baseline and divine influence, it was inevitable that corruption and despotism would begin to rear their ugly heads.
Like Benjamin Franklin said in response to Dr. James Mchenry’s question:
“Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”
“A Republic, if you can keep it.”
Someday, maybe even in the relatively near future, people with certain beliefs may find themselves declared “enemies of the state”. When this day comes, they would do well to remember that sometimes it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them.
If we can keep it indeed.
Keep the Republic