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Self Governance is Under Attack, not just the Second Amendment
On Wednesday, Rasmussen Reports released the results of a poll revealing that only “74% of American Adults continue to believe the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of an average citizen to own a gun.” This finding is perplexing because the Constitution hasn’t changed. You can actually see it in the National Archives, and right there in the Bill of Rights you will find the Second Amendment. It reads as follows:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
The language in the Second Amendment isn’t vague or confusing. Since only 74% of our fellow citizens believe that we have a constitutional right to own guns, it’s safe to conclude that roughly a quarter of our population isn’t familiar with our founding document and the principles that it sets forth. That’s disheartening because our forefathers fought and died to secure those rights for us, and we’re in the process of frittering them away.
The Bill of Rights was included in the Constitution because the people demanded it. They were fearful that the United States of America would become something altogether different from the nation that they fought to create unless those rights were specifically enumerated in the Constitution itself.
As it turns out, their fears were justified. One-by-one, our founding principles are coming under attack, and one-by-one, they are being abrogated. For example, something as seemingly innocuous as healthcare has pitted the United States government against Christians throughout the nation thanks to Obamacare, and our First Amendment rights have been trampled upon.
The Federalist Papers is a collection of 85 essays that were written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay to convince the people of our fledgling country to support the Constitution. They lay out the arguments for the creation of a form of government that Abraham Lincoln referred to as “of the people, by the people, and for the people” in his Gettysburg Address.
In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote:
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 to 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…
The constitutional issues being decided upon today threaten to remake this nation into something that our Founding Fathers would not have tolerated, much less supported. It’s time for us to decide if we still believe in self governance. If we do, are we willing to defend that governing principle? Stated another way, is our country’s government still of the people, by the people, and for the people, or is it a dictatorship? The answer to those questions will determine the kind of nation that we leave to future generations.
History teaches that the world is full of tyrants who would like to control us. Will we let them?
This SnyderTalk editorial first appeared in American Thinker.
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Ezekiel 41: 1-4
Then he brought me to the nave and measured the side pillars; six cubits wide on each side was the width of the side pillar. The width of the entrance was ten cubits and the sides of the entrance were five cubits on each side. And he measured the length of the nave, forty cubits, and the width, twenty cubits. Then he went inside and measured each side pillar of the doorway, two cubits, and the doorway, six cubits high; and the width of the doorway, seven cubits. He measured its length, twenty cubits, and the width, twenty cubits, before the nave; and he said to me, “This is the most holy place.”
- God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘Yahweh, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This [Yahweh] is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.” (Exodus 3: 15)
- “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
- “Behold, the days are coming,” declares Yahweh, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, ‘Yahweh our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 23: 5-6)
- Yeshua said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” (John 8: 58)
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Hosea 4: 6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Bill Whittle: “The Narrative” (Video)
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Jay Adler: Why Obama Hearts Hagel— The last time I wrote about President Obama’s then only rumored selection of Chuck Hagel I said two things I knew I would wish to revise. The first, rhetorically, was the question: “What was he thinking?” The second was a quotation from Gil Troy’s generally very good writing on this subject, which I qualified then as “[p]erhaps overstating the case.” In attempting to answer the rhetorical question, I need to begin by deepening my critique of the passage I quoted from Troy.
Jeremy Rosen: British Recognition for Israeli Innovation— I am not a great fan of “awards”. Too many of them are given for the wrong reasons to the wrong people. But here is one I am delighted with. Here is the official citation.
Charles Krauthammer: The Meaning of Hagel—Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel has called the Pentagon “bloated” and needing “to be pared down.” Just the man you’d want to carry out a U.S. disarmament that will shrink America to what Obama thinks is its proper size on the world stage; i.e., smaller.
Aaron David Miller: About Chuck Hagel—In our 2006 interview, his writings and his voting record on military aid to Israel, Hagel has been clear that Israel is a small, democratic ally in a dangerous neighborhood worthy of support.
Bridget Johnson: Biden Drafts Gun Agenda While Acknowledging Weak Links to Tragedies—The White House took aim at gun-rights groups with the second day of a rash of meetings intended to roll recent mass shootings into a sharp gun-control agenda for President Obama’s second term. Yet with the clear current events hook at play, Biden acknowledged that current gun control propositions don’t necessarily even have a link to the spate of mass shootings over the past year.
Michael Walsh: You Say You Want a Revolution— When my friend Hugh Hewitt starts bashing the Republican “leadership” as spineless jellyfish largely AWOL on the most important issues of the day, you know we have reached a crisis point.
Howard Nemerov: Rifle Ban Has Little to Do With Homicide— While Sandy Hook Elementary gives the Obama administration emotional fuel to promote a gun ban, government data show that civilian rifle ownership and murders with rifles have little in common.
Rodrigo Sermeño: Obama’s Treasury Appointment Shows He’s Gearing Up to Pick a Fight— Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner plans to leave his job after the presidential inauguration, opening the door for a new candidate ready to hit the ground running with a fresh round of negotiations with Congress on government spending cuts and the nation’s debt limit.
Ed Krayewski: Will Omar Abdel-Rahman, “the Blind Sheik,” Be Released from Prison?—Egypt’s president Mohamed Morsi made the release of Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind sheik convicted of “seditious conspiracy” related to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, a cornerstone of his presidential campaign. Morsi called for Abdel-Rahman’s release in his first public address as president-elect, at Tahrir Square in June.
Elliott Abrams: Ramallah and Riyadh—PA Prime Minister Fayyad notes that Arab countries, which in December promised the Palestinians a $100 million a month safety net, are not helping. At the same time, Saudi Arabia reports a $102.9 billion budget surplus in 2012.
Lawrence Grossman: Who Really Wants Mideast Peace?—As pollsters have found, Israelis dearly want peace. But they know they can’t trust the Palestinian Authority. For more than four years, the PA avoided the negotiating table; then it went to the UN General Assembly to obtain nonmember observer-state status. In making his case before that body, PA President Mahmoud Abbas called Israel a racist, apartheid state that practices ethnic cleansing – hardly the words of someone eager for a peaceful two-state solution.
Steven Plaut: Why Lifting the Israeli ‘Occupation’ Won’t Stop Violence— There seems to be a wide misconception that the Middle East conflict is complicated. In fact it is really rather simple. Indeed, one can basically summarize and explain the entire conflict within the context of the words “occupation” or “occupied territories” and with respect to beliefs about the effects of such “occupation.”
Interview with Dr. Jill Bellamy van Aalst by Jerry Gordon: The Dangers of Syria’s Bio-Warfare Complex Should Assad Fall— Israeli officials are concerned that the collapse of the government in Syria, like that of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi last year, could allow Syrian rebels to obtain the Syrian government’s bio-weapons.
Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi: Is an Alawite state Assad’s Plan B?— Over the course of the Syrian civil war, there has been much speculation as to what the Assad regime’s endgame plan might be. In this context has come the notion of establishing something along the lines of the “Alawite State” that existed under the French Mandate of Syria, and which Bashar al-Assad’s grandfather- Suleiman al-Assad, one of the main Alawite community leaders in the period- eagerly sought to preserve rather than seeking unity with the rest of Syria.
Abraham H. Miller: Obama Appoints Islam’s Apologists—The shared perspective of Hagel, Kerry, and Brennan.
Jonathan S. Tobin: What’s Makes an Outpost Illegal?— For years, Israel’s critics have been railing against the construction of illegal outposts by Jews in the West Bank. The hilltop enclaves are erected without government permits and are therefore illegal, but the settlers have often been able to win delays from sympathetic politicians or to otherwise tie up their status in court. This is seen as a failure of the rule of law in Israel but the Palestinians have apparently been taking notes from the settlers’ tactics. Today a group of Palestinians erected a tent city in the controversial E1 area just outside Jerusalem protesting plans to incorporate the area into the city and the Jewish state. Police told them they would eventually be evicted, but those involved say they are on Arab-owned land and intend to stay until their camp is incorporated into a independent Palestinian state rather than Israel.
Jonathan S. Tobin: Money Alone Won’t Bail Out the West Bank— As I noted yesterday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is on the road this week attempting to persuade Arab countries to give him money. Unfortunately for Abbas, his upgrade at the United Nations last month hasn’t made his panhandling act any more popular with those who voted to upgrade his status at the world body. In fact, the Palestinian Authority is broke. Though this isn’t the first time the PA has had cash flow problems, the current shortage is especially acute and enough to provoke a stern editorial from the New York Times blaming the problem primarily on Israel. But while Israel has withheld some tax revenue from Abbas, the problem in the West Bank goes a lot deeper than the current dispute between the Netanyahu government and the PA.
Daniel Greenfield: The Truth About Law Enforcement & Gun Violence Prevention— The Left tries to turn back the clock on crime rate decline, while disarming the law-abiding.
Arnold Ahlert: Will Obama Follow Cuomo’s Example on Guns?— A storm gathers against the Second Amendment.
Jonah Goldberg: Biden’s Lifeguard Logic—The fallacy of “if it saves one life.”
Ed Driscoll: Al Gore Declares Mission Accomplished; Gray Lady Hardest Hit— The New York Times will close its environment desk in the next few weeks and assign its seven reporters and two editors to other departments. The positions of environment editor and deputy environment editor are being eliminated. No decision has been made about the fate of the Green Blog, which is edited from the environment desk.
Matthew Holzmann: The elephant in the living room in the gun control debate—There is an almost absolute silence in discussion of the root causes of the gun violence.
William Sullivan: The Payroll Tax Holiday Needed to End—Social Security is a burdensome inheritance for Americans, born in reckless political ambition and nurtured throughout the years by ignorant Utopian idealism. But nonetheless, it is a reality.
Daniel J. Mitchell: UK Government-Run Healthcare System: Soiled Bedclothes, Starving Patients— During the Obamacare debate, Paul Krugman told us we could ignore stories about what was happening across the ocean, writing that “In Britain, the government itself runs the hospitals and employs the doctors. We’ve all heard scare stories about how that works in practice; these stories are false.”
Bob Beauprez: Panetta Warns of Hollow American Military Force— The Defense Department “Sequester” – a budget gimmick originally described as “ridiculous” by Harry Reid and the President’s Chief of Staff – has become a Gordian Knot that the White House and Congress have so far failed to unravel. Originally scheduled to be force implemented on January 1, 2013, it escaped solution during the New Year’s Eve fiscal cliff fiasco. Instead, the problem was just kicked down the road a few more weeks with a new drop-dead date of March 1.
Blessings in the Book of Revelation is a book that you need to read, especially now. There are blessings throughout the Scriptures but Revelation is the only book in the Bible actually containing a specific blessing for reading it. It’s repeated twice, once at the beginning and again at the end. This is the reason that I believe Revelation should be the first step toward studying biblical prophecy. Though not easy to do, Revelation can be broken down and understood by anyone, not just the academic elite. So, Revelation’s blessings are for everyone. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
Other Books by Neil Snyder
- Stand! is a suspense novel that exposes the lies, corruption, and greed underlying the theory that man-made CO2 emissions are responsible for global warming. Professor Wes Carlyle and Karen Sterling, his research collaborator, carefully scan the audience for their would-be attacker—a member of the enviro-gestapo who has been following them for days. Wes spots his man in the back of the room leaning against the wall. Suddenly, another man in the audience steps forward and moves toward Karen at a menacing pace. With a vicious stroke, he swings a billy club at her head. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
- What Will You Do with the Rest of Your Life? deals with a question that every Christian has to consider: what should I do with my life? Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
- Falsely Accused is a true story about a young woman who was accused of committing a double homicide. It’s about a travesty of justice, and it reveals Yahweh intervening in the life of a believer to rescue her from danger in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Everyone will enjoy the book, but young people in particular need to read it because the mistakes made that led to the problem could have been avoided. They were the kinds of mistakes that young people are prone to make. As they say, forewarned is forearmed. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.