Saturday, November 29, 2014
Protests, Pillage, & Protection: US Citizen Rights & Responsibilities
Although our U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of lawful and responsible assembly, speech, and petition of grievances, it is sad to see that, once again, unbridled anger and unlawful violence and greed have savagely torn our nation, coast to coast, in response to the recent Grand Jury decision that was used as an excuse by some for their pillage of Ferguson, Missouri. Looters and angry protesters there, and across the USA, have forced their personal unrest & their numbers onto the innocent citizens whom they attack. The attackers have swarmed like army ants in many locations, in some places
overcoming and harming honest citizens and destroying or stealing property, all the while taking advantage of government’s reluctance to intervene, especially in Ferguson. Looting and pillaging of other people's rightful property and assault upon innocent law-abiding citizens are NOT the constitutional Rights of any person in this Nation.
The good news is that our U.S. Constitution already confirms to every U.S. citizen our Natural Rights and the means by which to stop such evil and violent intents against our lives, liberty, and property. Individual citizens and communities must shoulder the responsibilities of those Rights. By the example and mandate of our Constitution's Second Amendment all law-abiding U.S. citizens CAN PROTECT and DEFEND ourselves, and we have the social and moral obligation to assist our fellow citizens who are unable to defend and protect themselves from evil. I am sure that there are many citizens of Ferguson, MO, who are grateful that some members of Oath Keepers were able to put their lives on the line to help preserve and protect the domestic tranquility there, to the extent that they were able to do so. When the Oath Keepers went to Ferguson, they, as U.S. citizens, stood up and did what the Constitution says we should always be able to do, especially when government fails to provide adequate protection for citizens. This IS our responsibility. The Ferguson incident shows us how important it is that we abide by the law of our Constitution, in all things.
Many people do not understand the organization called Oath Keepers. The following article should immediately clear up any current or previous misunderstandings that any law-abiding U.S. citizen might have had about Oath Keepers. First, we must remember that every responsible public servant has taken an oath or pledge to support and defend our Constitution, this Nation, and our respective states, including all of us who were in the military. The oaths by which we swore allegiance and fidelity to the Constitution of the U.S.A. may be violated by some people, but our oaths cannot be rescinded, for we all swore them before God, whether we want to believe that we did so, or not.
Some power mongers or fearful people are surely going to rail against the Oath Keepers' intervention in Ferguson. Those who disdain the constitutional intervention by Oath Keepers members would have the Ferguson citizens still waiting by their telepones and burning buildings, leaving them as hapless victims dependent on politicians, police, or the military to come to their rescue. Those who might blast the Oath Keepers are surely not interested in fulfilling their own constitutional responsibilities, fearfully confusing unbridled, undisciplined vigilantism for the disciplined constitutional intervention in defense of the public good that saved parts of Ferguson. Oh, that the objectors or their communities would have chosen to act as those Oath Keepers did to protect parts of Ferguson. Obeying and accepting the empowerment of our Constitution is our Right AND our Responsibility as U.S. citizens. Those who doubt this premise need to re-read our U.S. Constitution and the constitutions of their respective states, again.
In closing, I would praise those who worked, and will continue to work, to apprehend, prosecute, and convict all parties who incited, participated, or in any way egged-on or contributed to the unconstitutional mayhem that was sparked in communities across our Nation. Constitutional freedom to protest responsibly is an entirely different matter from what we have seen thrust upon our communities, and the blatant disregard for constitutional process must be held accountable to the rest of our society. Those who rioted and looted should be charged with violating the civil Rights of those whom they have injured in any way. Our Constitution does not recommend, does not approve, and surely does not validate irresponsible "soapboxes" and "photo-ops" for loud-mouthed attention-seeking, power-hungry, quasi-politicians and those who make-believe that they speak for God simply because they put their shirt collar on backwards. There will be an end to those who incite and bleed their unsuspecting followers; who reap public attention and personal rewards at the cost of the suffering of those whom they incite to riot and ruin, as best described in Isaiah 33:1:
"Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee."