For Bill of Rights Day, Recommit to Honor Your Oath, and Prepare to Defend the Bill of Rights
Today, December 15 is Bill of Rights Day, the anniversary of its
ratification in 1791. Few Americans even know about it. No doubt every
Veteran's Day you pay proper respects to the men who gave their lives
for our freedom, but do you pay proper respect to what they defended
with their blood, sweat, and tears?
"There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights."-Marine General Smedley Butler
to "Old Gimlet Eye" (as Marines fondly call General Butler). He knew
what he was talking about. Here is a man who fought all over the
globe for Uncle Sam. He was the only Marine to be awarded the Corps'
Brevet Medal and TWO Medals of Honor, all for action on separate
occasions. A true warrior's warrior. And after all that warfare,
after all the combat he saw, that is what he had to say about what was
worth fighting for. Our homes, and the Bill of Rights.
He knew, and understood, that the Bill of Rights is the crown jewel of
this constitutional republic, that without the Bill of Rights, there
is no America, and above all else, it must be defended with our lives, our fortune, and our sacred honor.
there was a Marine who understood his oath (Semper F'ing Fi Marine!).
Do you understand yours? Do you know the Bill of Rights? Do you know
the history of its clauses and why they were written?
Bill of Rights was meant to prevent a repeat of the abuses that
compelled our forefathers to take up arms. It was meant as a shield to
protect the people against tyranny, so that the sacrifices and blood
shed by our forefathers would not be in vain. When you read through
each of the first ten amendments to our Constitution, reflect on that
fact. Nearly every single abuse of the rights of the Founding
Generation by Parliament and King is addressed by our Bill of Rights -
warrantless searches and seizures (including seizure of people);
confiscation and forfeiture of property, men being compelled, by means
of torture, to incriminate themselves; secret evidence, secret accusers,
and denial of the ancient right to jury trial, with trial instead by a
military tribunal; violations of free speech and assembly; the
attempts to disarm the American people - all of those were among the
"long train of abuses" which compelled the Founding Generation to
finally take up arms in defense of their natural rights.
that long train of abuses is now being repeated today, by the modern
equivalent of Parliament (the den of traitorous vipers otherwise known
as Congress) and "King Obama" (who received all of his illegitimate, de
facto totalitarian powers from "King George" Bush before him), with
the help of complicit judges who think the Constitution is merely
whatever they say it is. History is repeating itself, and you are now
called upon to take your place in the endless struggle between good and
evil, between liberty and tyranny.
General Butler, you swore an oath to defend the Bill of Rights, along
with the rest of the Constitution. But how can you keep that oath if
you don't know it, and don't understand it? Take time today to read the Bill of Rights
and think about the hard lessons of history contained in it. Reflect
on the fact that the Bill of Rights is the heart and soul of this
Republic, and also recommit yourself to defending it with courage,
honor, and integrity, up to and including giving your life, if you must,
in its defense. Honor our fallen by studying and then resolving to
defend what they too swore to defend. Anything less is dereliction of