Our nation was founded by men of courage and honor for whom preserving the Natural Law rights of the individual was a moral necessity. Their view of government contrasted sharply with the centuries-old European model in which everything was owned and controlled by the elite few. The “Revolutionary War” was really a “War of Independence” to make a clean break from the oppressive feudal system of the Old World with its economic stratification that stifled individual freedom. Protected by an ocean that required days to cross, these men seized the opportunity to form a new order, a New Model for the New World, based on the rule of law that enshrined and protected the Sovereign Man.
Our Constitution is a contract by which the sovereign citizens of thirteen sovereign states united to form a very limited central government that was not at all a party to the contract but a creation of its partners. It is abundantly clear from the Constitution itself and the minutes of the state ratifying conventions that ultimate authority rested with the states and their citizens, not with the central government or any of its three branches.
It was a government to be based on the rule of law not the rule of man. The rule of man is variable and unreliable, because it is based on greed, a lust for power, and the inherent imperfection of man himself. The guarantees in the Constitution are derived from the divine character of Natural Law, the basic rights that create individual freedom.
It is for this very reason that men and women who serve and have served our nation have sworn an oath:
I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
“I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States” not the government of the United States or a particular government official, but I swear to support the governing law of our country regardless of its misinterpretation or abuse.
“. . . against all enemies, foreign and domestic” acknowledging that threats to the constitutional law that protects our sovereignty can be external and internal.
Today, our nation is divided along ideological lines that are defined by that oath. And the chasm is wide and deep and cannot be bridged.
To accept the Constitution in its entirety with its philosophy of Natural Law rights and individual sovereignty, there can be no compromise with those who would use collective, socialist ideology to steal our freedom. Those handwritten words and the principles of governance memorialized therein are as legitimate and valid today as when they were ratified by the sovereign citizens of the thirteen sovereign states over two hundred years ago.
Those of us alive today who have taken the oath understand . . . The cornerstone of our freedom rests on our ability as individuals to possess the tools to protect ourselves from personal harm and to resist unlawful attempts to destroy the rule of law. The Second Amendment secures that right to us and, as expected, it is the one right most feared by those who would steal our freedom. An honest student of history will acknowledge that the right to keep and bear arms protected by the Second Amendment is what guarantees the other nine amendments in the Bill of Rights and the Constitution itself.
History has clearly demonstrated that universal gun registration leads to selective gun confiscation which leads to the slaughter of targeted innocents who are unable to protect themselves from an armed totalitarian government.
Several years ago, I read a book that prepared me mentally for the struggle in which we are now engaged. The book is entitled Enemies Foreign and Domestic by Matthew Bracken.
It is the first book in a trilogy:
Additional recommendations from best-selling author Matt Bracken includes:
- What I Saw At The Coup, a short story about a federal government decapitation strike against its enemies during a cyber war.
- Alas, Brave New Babylon, a short story for those who don’t have time for a full-length novel.
- Gangster Government and Sakharov’s Immunity, an essay
- Essays, Social Commentary, and Short Stories
- The Last Valley, a film from 1971 about a 17th-century mercenary and his men who finds a German haven away from the Thirty Years’ War.
Join Dr. Dan as he welcomes back best-selling author Matt Bracken to reflect on the past, evaluate the present, and discuss his view on where we are headed as a nation. Part one airs this weekend, April 18-19, on WJRB 95.1 FM and streamed live over the Internet. Part two airs April 25-26, part three airs May 2-3, and part four airs May 9-10. All programs are available by podcast following air time here.
Matt Bracken was born in 1957 in Baltimore Maryland, and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1979 with a degree in Russian Studies. He was commissioned as a Naval officer, and served on east coast SEAL teams during the 1980s as a Special Warfare officer, including leading a SEAL detachment to Beruit Lebanon in 1983.
Matt is a self-described freedomista who believes in the original intent of the founding fathers of our country.