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Clyde Lewis | January 17, 2020
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From time to time, the effects of immersing yourself in the news and trying to report corruption and lies can lead people into cognitive disillusionment. This is common to everyone. You either take action to find a solution or you do nothing and wait for things to happen that will change your attitude.

Everyone has had the experience of believing in something that turned out not to be true. It can be said that depending on the situation it can be psychologically traumatic to realize what you thought was the truth, turns out to be at odds with your normalcy bias.

Like it or not, our beliefs about the world are interconnected with other beliefs we have been programmed to accept. As one thing is revealed, there are more that follow and you can either lie to yourself and say that it is a form of persecution or deception or you can learn more about what the facts are.

It takes a great deal of strength in order to let go of one’s preconceived ideas and accept new and factual data.

The citizens of the United States have been lulled into forgetting much of what is oppressing them. The way the system has deteriorated over time gives me a reason to be politically direct and speak of how we have established as a nation a default system in order to eliminate what we once called “normal American freedoms.” Today, the system has determined that your ability to be a normal American is based wholly on your place in the power structure.

We have created a statist system where we rank people from those who are superior to us, and to those whom we view as subhuman or worthless. The idea of survival of the fittest is eliminated through our appointed and voted upon an authoritarian system. We have allowed ourselves to pretty much believe that we have appointed through the ballot box someone who is more superior than we are to dole out resources, suspend human rights, and hire an army to create a police state capable of eliminating those they tell us are subhuman and worthless.

One thing that you can count on in life is that things are going to change. And these days the pace of change in America is absolutely breathtaking.

Our culture is in the process of being radically transformed, and the direction of that change has not altered very much at all no matter which political party has been in power in Washington. Many of the values that are now embraced by a solid majority of the population run directly counter to the values that once dominated our society, but only a small minority of Americans seem alarmed by that fact.

 It appears to be exceedingly unlikely that there will be any deviating from the path that our nation has chosen because at this point there are a lot of Americans that seem quite satisfied with the dramatic downturn that has taken place.

However, there is another group of Americans that have had enough. There is a solid and determined group of Americans that have lost their patience over the hysterical, chaos-creating and non-functioning groups that do nothing but antagonize and hinder the substantive constitutional process of running a government.

Despite our self-image of being a peaceful nation, we have been conditioned to be prepared to fight for our freedoms all of our lives.  Even though nationalism has been maligned by most progressives there are still many people who have been taught their whole lives that constitutional rights are not just suggestions but something to support and fight for when the call is made to do so.

There are brave men and women that deploy overseas because of this call and we always thank them for their service as they take the time out of their lives to go in when necessary to fight against tyranny.

We have taken for granted that there will always be brave men and women that will fight on behalf of us, however, seldom do we think to ourselves that we as Americans would have to fight for our freedoms here at home.

Themes of nationalism have frequently been injected into public life through the media and other institutions, for example, as is a sense of righteousness, a rarely challenged belief that the country is almost always a force for good.

That idea has evolved over the years and while overall Americans see themselves as a force for good they rarely see themselves as participants in activities that are said to be evil or loathsome.

However, the hyper-partisanship model has destroyed the character of this nation and the division certainly has pushed us if not fully into a civil conflict.

We are told that all of the bread and circuses in government are for our own good and that all of the pursuits to bring justice to a corrupt menagerie is being done with good intentions.

Reality does not bend for good intentions—all actions have consequences and even in good intentions there can be flawed thinking that happens because of fear or some other environmental cause.

The majority of Americans, no matter where they live, or the party they typically vote for, think the country is growing apart. On political, racial, and class lines, Americans think divisions are widening.

That division is leading to a dark place. The division is also putting us into a form of despotism and in despotism, we see the rise of tyranny.

This polarizing environment in which we live is not going to get better, and there is every reason to believe that it is going to get worse. All the factors that got us here are growing. We are not becoming a more homogeneous society. The partisan media environment is becoming stronger—the algorithms that Google uses to determine what pops up after a search—all of that is getting worse.

People say that the reason we are the way we are is because of ignorance and yet the more we learn about the truth the better we get ant counter arguing about the things you do not like.

From there we have virtue signalers, justice warriors, cancel cultists and those who decide to ignore the Constitution and pass laws that favor destructive agendas.

A perfect example of this situation can be seen in the state of Virginia.

Last December, we reported that lawmakers there are suggesting that people should give up their guns in an effort to impinge upon the Second Amendment.

Lawmakers in Virginia were threatening to use the National Guard if members of local law enforcement refused to enforce new anti-gun laws.

Governor Ralph Northam threatened to enforce the stricter gun laws after more than 70 places in Virginia plan on declaring themselves Second Amendment Sanctuaries.

In the Second Amendment Sanctuaries, cities have the option of not using public funds to enforce laws that could restrict the gun rights of residents.

In Tazewell County, they organized a militia to protect their Second Amendment rights.

Tensions were high and at that moment there was talk that Virginia may be ground zero for the second civil war in America.

Well, things have gotten uglier.

A gun-rights lobby and demonstration has been planned for January 20th.  The demonstration was supposed to be a rally to convince the Governor and others to have a change of heart with regard to the draconian gun laws that are being proposed.

Fearing potential violence, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency and is banning firearms and other weapons on the Capitol grounds in Richmond this Monday.

The event, hosted by Virginia Citizens Defense League, is expected to draw thousands of armed demonstrators, some from out of state. Organizers have said they hope to hold a peaceful event.

But Northam said officials have heard reports of out-of-state militia groups and hate groups planning to travel from across the country to disrupt the gathering with acts of violence.

Northam also says the move is to prevent another Charlottesville event where a young woman was killed at a White Supremacist rally.

Monday is Martin Luther King Day.

To add insult to injury, not only did Northam declare an emergency but he also clandestinely pushed three gun restriction bills through the Senate believing that if he did so it would diffuse or discourage people from coming to the rally.

What he has done has now put more fuel on the fire.

The three bills include requiring background checks on all firearm sales, limiting gun purchases to one in a 30-day period, and allowing localities to ban guns from public events.

SB 35, which would allow localities to ban guns from public events, actually would repeal the current law that restricts localities from enforcing ordinances that would prohibit the purchase, possession, transfer, ownership, carry, storage, or transport of firearms or ammunition.

SB 69, amends the current law, only allowing Virginia residents to purchase one handgun a month, or in a 30-day period.

And, SB 70 requires a background check on all private transfers of firearms.

All three bills were passed along party lines.

Democrats said they were reasonable measures that would improve public safety while respecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners. They said the public had made clear by voting for Democrats in recent elections that new gun laws were needed.

Republicans decried the legislation as an assault on the Second Amendment launched to appease special interest groups and donors such as Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg. GOP senators said the new laws would entrap innocent people and do nothing to stop bad actors.

This has stirred up a lot of anger and now the state capitol is setting up barricades and people are snapping photos of heavy artillery being brought in on trailers to keep the peace.

The idea that Americans have a constitutional right to own and possess firearms appalls today’s progressives. They believe that if they could just rid the nation of guns, then armed robberies, gang violence, mass shootings, rape, violent crime and maybe even suicide would vanish and we could all live peacefully ever after.

The problem they have faced is not just the National Rifle Association or the reluctance of non-progressive politicos to advance their cause, but the fact that tens of millions of voting Americans support private firearms ownership and that Founders in drafting the Constitution and Bill of Rights shared their view.

Progressives are prepared to pack the Supreme Court to do away with Second Amendment roadblocks but have been forced to accept the fact that they’re never going to get the public to voluntarily surrender their firearms to a benevolent government. They know too that there is only one foolproof way to get their “deplorable” fellow citizens to bend to their wishes — and that is to mobilize the force of the state against them.

The governor of Virginia is obliging them and ignoring the wishes of the majority of his citizens.

Northam, who overcame a blackface scandal last spring, has made sweeping gun reform a top priority during this session after he attempted to call an emergency session this summer when a man killed 12 people in Virginia Beach.

These reforms, growing in popularity as a legislative means by which to seize guns from individuals viewed as a danger to themselves or others, are yet another Trojan Horse, a stealth maneuver to gain greater power over an unsuspecting and largely gullible populace.

To those who see the government as inherently corrupt, the Second Amendment is a means of ensuring that the populace will always have a way of defending themselves against threats to their freedoms.

And then there are those who view the government as neither good nor evil, but merely a powerful entity that, as Thomas Jefferson recognized, must be bound “down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” To this group, the right to bear arms is no different from any other right enshrined in the Constitution, to be safeguarded, exercised prudently and maintained.

Unfortunately, while these three divergent viewpoints continue to jockey for supremacy, the U.S. government has adopted a “do what I say, not what I do” mindset when it comes to Americans’ rights overall.

Nowhere is this double standard more evident than in the government’s attempts to arm itself to the teeth, all the while treating anyone who dares to legally own a gun, let alone use one, as suspicious and/or on the road to being an outlaw.

Certainly, there’s no denying that there is a huge double standard at play when it comes to the debate over guns in America: while the government continues to crack down on the citizenry’s right to own and bear arms (merely owning a gun can now get you treated as a suspect, searched, arrested, subjected to all manner of surveillance, shot at and killed despite ever having committed a crime), the government’s own efforts to militarize and weaponize its agencies and employees has reached epic proportions.

Ironically, while various state and federal agencies continue to adopt gun control legislation that includes bans on military-style assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, and armor-piercing bullets, expanded background checks, and tougher gun-trafficking laws, local police agencies are being “gifted” military-grade weaponry and equipment designed for the battlefield.

“We the people” have been so focused on debating who or what is responsible for gun violence—the guns, the gun owners, or our violent culture—and whether the Second Amendment “allows” us to own guns that we’ve overlooked the most important and most consistent theme throughout the Constitution: the fact that it is not merely an enumeration of our rights but was intended to be a clear shackle on the government’s powers.

When considered in the context of prohibitions against the government, the Second Amendment reads as a clear rebuke against any attempt to restrict the citizenry’s gun ownership.

As such, it is as necessary an ingredient for maintaining that tenuous balance between the citizenry and their republic as any of the other amendments in the Bill of Rights, especially the right to freedom of speech, assembly, press, petition, security, and due process.

The Governor of Virginia has taken all of those rights away from the citizens of Virginia. He has declared a State of Emergency to keep people away from the capitol which revokes their right to petition the government for a redress of grievances. The right to make a complaint to, or seek the assistance of, one’s government, without fear of punishment or reprisals.

He has hindered the people from peaceable assembly and he has snuck in bills that have infringed upon the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms.

He has taken away people’s right to lobby.

To our detriment, gun rights have been steadily weakened, eroded and undermined in recent years. Yet without any one of them, including the Second Amendment right to own and bear arms, we are that much more vulnerable to the vagaries of out-of-control law enforcement, malevolent dictators, and political overreach.

What is happening now in Virginia is political overreach. This is why there was a move to create Second Amendment sanctuary counties.

Those on the Left argue that sanctuary county resolutions are “purely symbolic” and have no force of law behind them.

This is a rather naive (perhaps deliberately naive) position, as it ignores the fundamentals. The force of law is either compelled by conscience, or it is compelled by violence. The law itself is meaningless without these two factors.  If groups of citizens choose not to follow a law because they find it morally reprehensible, there is nothing the state can do except try to frighten them into compliance with the threat of violence. The concept of a law by itself has no energy and claiming that something is “right” because it is now “law” is not a valid argument.

In the case of anti-gun laws in Virginia, the vast majority of counties in the state and the people in those counties have made it clear that they will not comply. The left controlled government has completely ignored this fact by simply saying “They have to comply because the law says so…” well the truth is they don’t and when they don’t this is called insurrection and this leads to war.

The Left argues that state laws supersede county authority and there is no legal standing for sanctuary resolutions.

The problem with this argument is that it ignores the fact that constitutional protections provided by the Bill of Rights supersede all other laws. It does not matter if attempts are being made by state governments or the federal government to degrade constitutional rights, the people are empowered to refuse and fight against any laws which violate constitutional rights.

The bottom line is this: The Constitution and Bill of Rights take precedence over all other laws in the US.

An unconstitutional law is an unconstitutional law. It does not matter how many states pass such a law and proclaim it normal or standard. The people of Virginia have announced en masse that they have no intention of following new gun control laws. The people have spoken, over 90% of counties in Virginia have passed 2nd Amendment resolutions with the support of the citizenry.

Democrats that have gained seats in an election does not give them the power to deny constitutional rights to Virginians.

Unbeknownst to most Americans, the Virginia government is also seeking at least $250,000 to be allocated to prisons, and this is directly tied to the new gun laws and the people that will be imprisoned by them.

The governor of Virginia claims that he supports grandfathering in existing guns as long as they are registered in the new state database.  Of course, gun owners know from history that the first step towards total confiscation is forced registration.  

The mainstream media has suggested that anyone who thinks these budget changes are in preparation for arresting gun owners is a “conspiracy theorist”.

Well, a conspiracy is evident – there is no theory to propose, only the grim reality of state tyranny and actions from a Governor who wants to perpetuate a civil war.

The question then arises: Are these laws worth dying for? We keep hearing that the majority of conservatives are willing to risk death rather than handing over their guns and relinquishing their rights. Are state authorities willing to risk death to enforce unconstitutional laws?

Because that is where this situation is headed.



Written by Clyde Lewis

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