It has been a long time since I have posted anything. However, today is the first day of a New Year. We have so much to be grateful for in this country, but we also have much to be wary of as well. Today, a bill (HR 1540) goes into effect. This is the NDAA or National Defense Authorization Act. This one bill is over 500 pages, and quietly passed into law. Click here for a link to the bill.
This is anything but an exhaustive article, but I want to hit a few points, so take the time to read this briefly and then dig deep and find your own answers.
Today, I would dare say, our Constitution hangs by a thread. I am reminded of the phrase attributed to Martin Niemöller,
“First they came for the communists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.”
This statement was first published in 1955 in a book called, They Thought They Were Free. How many Americans watched the ball drop, celebrated with friends, played games and got drunk last night, and thought they were free? I know that I enjoyed the night with family and friends alike. However, I have no illusion that I am as free today as I was yesterday. I still live in the greatest country on earth. I still have more freedoms than most people have ever had, but they are dwindling quickly, and I am watching.
I belong to many different “groups” on Facebook. There are many disccusions…usually trivial and meaningless, but sometimes the debates are very interesting. I am saddened by the educational dead zone that exists. Yes, many know some facts, and many know the rhetoric on the left and on the right, but many are blind to the duplication of history that is being performed right before their eyes. At least, some of them. They trust their government. They trust that human nature “could never” do something like happened to the Jews during WWII. But it has begun, in the same manner as it did then, and many other times in history. You remember the saying, those that do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. One of our Utah Representatives, Rob Bishop, was a history teacher. Has he forgotten the lessons he taught? Because it appears he saw no problem with this bill.
Let’s not repeat history, let’s make history. Let’s be the first nation in the history of the world to not fall into tyranny, but liberate ourselves once again the individuals in America from a tyrannical Federal Government, that believe our rights as American citizens can be tossed aside for a little safety. We do this not by violent measures, but by a strong state government that is unwilling to allow the Federal government to overreach its jurisdiction within our state.
I am not a Rachel Maddow fan, but this clip illustrates that this is not a left / right issue, but an issue of civil liberties that should alarm all of us. It is not R’s vs. D’s. It is us (the people) against the tyranny of a much-too-large Federal government and it’s overreaching powers and authority. The blame I place is not on the Democrats, because the Republicans control the House. It does not sit entirely on Obama’s shoulders, however, he signed it without a veto as he should have.
You can see how your House representatives voted click HERE. Three of Utah’s representatives (Jim Mattheson –D , Rob Bishop –R , and Orrin Hatch of the Senate – R) decided your rights as an American citizen no longer deserved the protection granted in the Bill of Rights. What does the Oath of Office mean to people? Does it mean anything? Do they understand they are not there to protect us from would-be crimes, but to protect our rights and liberties? How long will the people of Utah allow their representatives to disregard their oath? We have many Republicans running against Jim Mattheson in the 4th district including two of my favorites, Carl Wimmer and Mia Love. We have a few candidates considering Orrin Hatch be “called home” namely Dan Liljenquist and Chris Herrod. Also, Tim Aalders has talked about running, but is not official as of late. But who is challenging Rob Bishop? No one! Really? He goes unchallenged, and that causes me to believe Utah is fast asleep at the wheel, or they think Rob unbeatable.
Montana is doing something about this, and I hope Utah will join in the fight with them. It’s time to re-call these men for violating their oath. See the Montana article HERE. But in order to be like Montana, we will need a very strong governor that will push hard against the Federal government. So far, Gary Herbert hasn’t been that guy. Our individual liberty demands that our state sovereignty be strengthened. We have a few candidates that have stepped up to run against Utah’s governor, namely Morgan Philpot and Ken Sumsion.
I’ve had people say to me, “Come on this will never affect YOU.” Well, this bill, hasn’t had time yet, but it’s predecessor, The Patriot Act already has. Rachel Maddow brings up the movie “The Minority Report.” Please read my post on that subject here called Guilty until Proven Innocent. For I have felt the sting of The Patriot Act myself, and wonder what would possess my Federal Government to suddenly see me, a mother of five, as a terrorist? And yet, I was questioned because of the Patriot Act as if I was one. If I have no right to trial, no right to a lawyer, no right to even know my charges, then what hope would I ever have of liberty or freedom in this once great country?
Do you see how slippery the slope is when we trade essential liberty for a little temporary safety? In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “we will have neither, and deserve neither.”
Other articles you may like peruse from Forbes and the ACLU and a few that talk about why this is a very real threat:
Since this was published, Ron Paul has asked for section 1021 to be repealed….
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Here is another great video from the floor of the Senate.
Mike Lee on the NDAA
Mike Lee on the NDAA
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Jacqueline – You probably have already watched David Barton, a lawyer and historian of the United States Republic. He has a remarkable show called Building An American Heritage, and today the information is about, Is President Obama right? Is America No Longer a Christian Nation? The narrative is also good and explains why we are a Christian nation, not just because most of us are christians, but because out nation was set up on Christian values, and then he explains. David Barton’s knowledge of the constitution (& other legal documents as well as our our legal system) was very enlightening to me. His knowlege of the bible and Christian values is most amazing.
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“This statement was first published in 1955 in a book called, They Thought They Were Free.”
Free download of the book.
If Paul was furious, why do you suppose he didn’t vote on it? Formalize his dissent?
He and Michelle Bachman were both on the campaign trail during the vote. And it passed with such a majority, unfortunately their two votes would not have made a difference. I would like to know Michelle Bachman stands on this.
You are absolutely right Jacqueline. Rob Bishop, Hatch and Matheson have to go. I am astonished that Bishop has made this choice. Surely there was discussion on this before the vote – and why did he not join with Chaffetz on this?
SLC groups need to organize, as well as all of us need to inform others of the choice these 3 have made – and the ramifications of this atrocious bill. To know it passed the US House and Senate, both, is downright scarey. We’ve got too many RINOs.
Rob Bishop has betrayed the people of this country as has Hatch did also, they forgot their primary goal which is to protect us from the government, instead they have strengthen the hand of the terrorist against the rights of the people. If the terrorist purpose was to destroyed freedoms of this country they have been quite successful with the help of Bishop and Hatch. The bill is really an act of terrorism, if you think of the reality of what this bill could ultimately do, we should be afraid very afraid. Adolf Hitler would have loved having such a law, but even he didn’t think he could get away with it; I guess he was just short sighted.
I completely agree with Jake, as well as you Jacqueline! This is why I formed Salt Lake Valley Patriots. I will be reposting this article on many of my sights. Thank you for writing it!
I agree with you that many citizens are asleep at the wheel… well, not so much at the wheel. We’ve put our trust to drive in the hands of our representatives and have been asleep in the passenger seat for a while now.
This should be the topic of discussion in Universities and neighborhoods everywhere. Let’s meet up.