by Gary Spina
“A rabble in arms, flushed with success and insolence,” British General John Burgoyne called us back in 1775 as then, too, We the People stood armed against a corrupt government.
If you watched the television news coverage of the Bundy Ranch Battle against the federal government, you may not have seen any guns except the assault rifles and sniper rifles brandished by the federal agents who bullied and pushed and tasered the protestors – even sicked a K-9 dog on a pregnant woman. But there were plenty of guns “kept real handy” by a people who would be pushed just so far. Everyone – especially the government agents — knew there was some heavy fire power at the disposal of the people. And the people were not backing down. That is the only reason the government backed down and withdrew.
The real winner at the Bundy Ranch Battle was our Second Amendment. It was a bloodless battle, thank God, and it was only one battle in a larger war against an oppressive, corrupt federal government and a cowardly state government – but it was an important victory nonetheless.
A dubious court failed a family of Nevada cattle ranchers, and a feckless county sheriff and state governor refused to uphold their oaths to protect the people. At that point, We the People had a choice to make: submit as abject subjects before a corrupt all-powerful federal government or take a stand as free citizens and put our oppressors on notice that we would not surrender our God-given rights without a fight.
I watched the television news as events at the Bundy Ranch heated and escalated to a dangerous level. I did not see any guns except those of the federal agents and those of the government snipers on the hillside above the Bundy house. Still, no one doubted the citizenry was armed, and no one doubted that one shot fired – just one – would immediately result in a full-scale, bloody gun battle. It was a scary scenario, especially because the federal agents were so blindly cruel and unprofessional. All they seemed to know was how to bully people. They were fools, and maybe they did not know how close it all came to war. I suppose it’s possible that with their taser guns and attack dogs and their shouting and shoving – they didn’t know how close they came to getting shot.
The only ones showing any restraint were the militia of free citizens standing side by side with the Bundy family, legally assembled, refusing to disperse, refusing to be herded off to the “Free Speech Zones” the government had set up at a distant location.
As Robert Ruark so aptly said of big game hunting: “Use enough gun.” With Ruark’s words in mind, I doubt the people came to Bundy’s defense with just target pistols and varmint guns. I’m sure We the People had assault rifles handy because the Second Amendment does say we have a right to keep and bear rifles for hunting or target practice. The Second Amendment says We the People have a right to keep and bear arms in the event a militia is needed.
At the Bundy Ranch Battle the citizenry stood for our Constitution. And it is our Constitution as stated in the Preamble: “We the People… do ordain and establish this Constitution for the Unites States of America.” It does not say a Constitution of the United States, because the Constitution does not belong to the government; it belongs to We the People for the governance of the nation we built.
Our Declaration of Independence states we receive our rights from our Creator – not from our government – “that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” We the People have consented to give the government just powers. We have not consented to give the government unjust powers. That, Mr. Obama, is a major distinction.
Our Declaration of Independence goes on to state: “Whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or 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.”
We the People are the militia and we love America and are willing to die defending American liberty and American values. We the People are not destructive of America as are the Occupy Wall Street thugs whom the Obama administration has so warmly embraced. In October 2011, speaking of the Occupy Wall Street vandals, Obama told ABC News: “The most important thing we can do right now is those of us in leadership letting people know that we understand their struggles and we are on their side…”
I ask you to remember the filth and slime that was – and is – the Occupy Wall Street protestors. I ask you to remember the filth and slime they left in their wake after they were forcibly removed. And I ask you to remember the We the People protestors at the Bundy ranch.
We the People at the Bundy ranch did not throw rocks and feces and bags of urine. We the People did not get stoned on drugs or sell drugs or pimp prostitutes and defecate and urinate in public and break windows and burn buildings and tear down legitimate businesses and destroy private property.
But Obama and his bureaucrat minions seem to share a warm camaraderie with the hate-America crowd – with the lovers of the desert tortoise and the wacko environmentalists who burn the homes of rich people and burn the big SUVs on the parking lots of car dealerships – who hate industry and development and innovation and private wealth. Obama and his bureaucrat minions seem to share a conspiratorial camaraderie with the Marxists thugs who want the government to take from the rich and redistribute money and private property to the “masses.”
We the People assembled at the Bundy Ranch Battle to ensure the personal freedoms, personal property, and the Constitutional guarantees for all Americans. We won because we were armed and ready and willing to fight. We won because tyranny could not stand in the face of an armed citizenry.