Happy Independence Day!

From all of us at the Rock River Patriots, we wish everyone a happy Independence Day!

Today is an important day to reflect on Freedom and what it means to each and every one of us.  What are the costs of freedom? What is freedom to you?  Are we still even free?  What are you willing to do in the freedom fight?

What does freedom mean to me?  Here is the transcript of a speech I delivered several years ago at an event.  I know these are feelings echoed throughout the freedom movement.  I know I am not alone when I feel these emotions.

I am one of the members of the Rock River Patriots (RRP) leadership team.

I must admit it was a struggle for me to decide if I wanted to be involved with this event because as many of you know I’m not a fan of either party. I became disillusioned with what I saw as I became a conservative activist by people who are supposed to be on “my side”.  I saw how the leadership of the party attempted to control good honest patriots or play political games. It became obvious many in “leadership positions” in both parties do not have the best interest of the people in mind.

John Adams said: “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”

I would consider myself a constitutionalist.  An even better term would be an individualist, which is the constructive opposite of a collectivist. We are endowed with our rights by our Creator as individuals. As a Christian, I am saved as an individual.  I don’t believe in “the greater good for the greater number”, which is the essence of collectivism.  By doing so, the rights of the individual always end up being sacrificed for some purpose by the government.  Those rights are rarely, if ever, given back.

Even in the context of so-called conservatives, we have collectivism in the party system. Many patriots are afraid to stand up and go against the group because of what will happen from those in “leadership” positions if they do stand up for what is right.  This is something the RRP have personally witnessed in the Wisconsin Legislature, and continues to this day.

Much of what I say applies to both parties.

Both parties are guilty of violating our liberties every day.

The Democrat Party has been doing that by creating the dependency / entitlement / class warfare state.

The Republican Party aided by the Democrats has created a virtual police state to fight the war on terror putting into place measures like the Patriot Act that have been used against ordinary American citizens. Coincidentally, of all the bulk data collection used under the Patriot Act, it has not been used to stop one terrorist attack.

We see many in both parties as different sides to the same BIG GOVERNMENT PARTY. Our goal is not the interests of a party, but about doing what is right, moral, and constitutional.

RRP warned early on about the draconian measures like the Patriot Act being used against ordinary Americans. We were called conspiracy theorists, and told we are part of the tin foil hat club”. They obviously had to attack the messenger, because our message is reasonable. Are we so unpatriotic to ask that the government obey the 4th Amendment and obtain a search warrant? With all of the resources of the government, is it really that difficult?

On that note…I mentioned we have been called Conspiracy Theorists in an effort to make you believe that we are crazy, and our beliefs are not based on any sort of evidence.

What is a conspiracy? A conspiracy is simply an agreement between two or more people to do something. That’s it! History is full of conspiracies!

Look at the government actions in the recent past.  It is full of conspiracies:

Fast and Furious…Arming drug cartels as an excuse to restrict American’s 2nd Amendment Rights.

Benghazi…Letting American diplomats and security personnel die at the hands of groups aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood.  We still don’t know the real story!

The IRS scandal against TEA Party and Patriot Groups…Targeting us because of our religious and political beliefs.

Are all examples of a government out of control!  This is not freedom to me. These are the acts of a nation moving toward a totalitarian system.

Why don’t we have people calling for the abolishment of IRS in light of the scandal? The RRP have seen this abuse first-hand being targeted.

I know I’m not the most perfect person in the world.  God knows I learned long ago how imperfect I really am. I need a Savior because without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, I would be even worse than I am already.

That brings us back to the whole issue of freedom. What do I think freedom means and where did it originate?

“Freedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference. Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives. Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons.” – Ron Paul

The Declaration of Independence spells out the origin of our freedom. The declaration states that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, among these are the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To SECURE these rights governments are instituted among men deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Our founding fathers had a deep knowledge of history and of natural law. Freedom predates government. Freedom originates from God. Ultimately, God gave us a choice in having a relationship with him. We have the ability to accept his offer of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ or reject it. The Bible tells us “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”

Our founding fathers understood that man is not fundamentally good, as many in the progressive movement would like you to believe. History proves just how bad man can be, and how government has been used by bad people to do horrendous things. We do not need to look very far back in history to see the millions killed at the hands of repressive governments.

What about the 50 million + abortions that have occurred since Roe v. Wade? Destroying an innocent baby in the womb proves how deeply flawed we all are. Consider the Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.  His “clinic” was an abortion shop of horrors. Babies were allowed to be born and then Gosnell would snip the spinal cords of these children. This is depravity!

Our founding fathers recognized the primary reason to have government was to secure our liberties. The government’s job is not to keep us safe.  It is to keep us free!

Benjamin Franklin told us those willing to give up essential liberty for temporary safety deserve neither.

He understood (as they all did) that the moment you trade safety for liberty, the government will always end up taking more power and securing itself.

So what does freedom mean to me???

Freedom in its most basic sense, is the ability to live free from government interference into my life.  As long as I am not causing harm to someone else, I should be free to live as I see fit.

Freedom to me is being able to speak out and criticize my government without fear of being audited by the IRS.

Freedom to me is having a populace that is free to investigate the actions of the government without fear that their computers will be hacked by the NSA or journalists be intimidated.

Freedom to me is being able to give as much money as I want to support any organization, candidate, or charity I choose.

Freedom to me as a law abiding citizen is being able to carry a gun open or concealed without a permit.

Freedom to me is being able to own a gun that goes BANG, BANG, BANG with each pull of the trigger instead of just BANG, without jumping through every hoop imaginable.

Freedom to me is being secure in my person, my house, my papers, and my effects and only be subjected to a government search with a warrant signed by a judge.

Freedom to me is being given due process and a fair speedy trial by jury of my peers.

Freedom to me is being able to choose the foods I eat…even if I want to consume raw milk.

Freedom to me is allowing me to keep all the fruits of my labor and not be over-taxed and over-regulated.

Freedom to me is abolishing the IRS and instituting a consumption based tax system.

Freedom to me is being able to engage in commerce wherever and whenever I see fit without government interference.

Freedom to me means I can choose whether or not I want to buy health insurance.

Freedom to me means allowing unborn children the ability to choose what they want to do with their life.

Freedom to me means having a sound monetary system that is not run by a private banking cartel.

Freedom to me is having local control of the educational system, and allowing the parents to decide where their educational dollars go to educate their childen.

Freedom to me is only fighting wars declared by Congress with a defined mission, objectives, and time tables.

“It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.” – James Madison

So now the question is where do we go from here?

The answer does not exist in the latest greatest personality or hopeful in any political party. As people, we are all fallible. Instead, we need to adhere to the principles of freedom. View every prospective candidate through that lens, and decide based on both their words and actions, if they friends of freedom.  If they have to do formulate agreements and pass bills in secret, they are not a friend of freedom.

Our founders understood that our Constitution is for a moral and religious people is wholly inadequate for any other.

Our first revolution didn’t start by a political party…It started in the pulpits. How many churches are failing their members by telling them what they want to hear instead of what they need to hear?

God fearing men and women pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to do what was right and just. What are you willing to do for your freedom?

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have removed their only firm basis: a conviction in the minds of men that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” – Thomas Jefferson

Only with God’s help can each one of you fulfill your calling. Only with God’s help will you have the strength to stand against all odds.

What is your choice going to be?

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Rock River Patriots Meeting This Friday August 8th

The Rock River Patriots will be having a meeting this Friday August 8th at 6:00pm in Fort Atkinson at the Dwight Foster Library Community Room.  The Dwight Foster Library is located at 209 Merchants Ave.

At this meeting we will discuss current events, initiatives, and the upcoming primary elections.   We hope to see you all there!

Rock River Patriots Meeting Friday August 9th

The Rock River Patriots will be having a meeting this Friday August 9th at 6pm in Fort Atkinson at the Dwight Foster Library.  The Dwight Foster Library is located at 209 Merchants Avenue.  At this meeting, we will discuss current events & initiatives as well as state and local issues.  We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events
Loren Spivack will be doing his FREEMARKET WARRIOR workshop in Janesville Friday, August 16 (6 to 8 p.m.) and Saturday, Aug. 17 (8:30 a.m. – noon) at Basic’s Co-op in Janesville.

FREE MARKET WARRIOR PRESENTATION IN JANESVILLE

Ron Paul On Dark Knight Shooting: Absolute Safety Means Absolute Despotism

Security and Self-Governance
by Ron Paul


The senseless and horrific killings last week at a movie theater in Colorado reminded Americans that life is fragile and beautiful, and we should not take family, friends, and loved ones for granted. Our prayers go out to the injured victims and the families of those killed. As a nation we should use this terrible event to come together with the resolve to create a society that better values life.

We should also face the sober reality that government cannot protect us from all possible harm. No matter how many laws we pass, no matter how many police or federal agents we put on the streets, no matter how routinely we monitor internet communications, a determined individual or group can still cause great harm. We as individuals are responsible for our safety and the safety of our families.

Furthermore, it is the role of civil society rather than government to build a culture of responsible, peaceful, productive individuals. Government cannot mandate morality or instill hope in troubled individuals. External controls on our behavior imposed by government through laws, police, and jails usually apply only after a terrible crime has occurred.

Internal self governance, by contrast, is a much more powerful regulator of human behavior than any law. This self-governance must be developed from birth, first by parents but later also through the positive influence of relatives and adult role models. Beyond childhood, character development can occur through religious, civic, and social institutions. Ultimately, self-governance cannot be developed without an underlying foundation of morality.

Government, however, is not a moral actor. The state should protect our rights, but it cannot develop our character. Whenever terrible crimes occur, many Americans understandably demand that government “do something” to prevent similar crimes in the future. But this reflexive impulse almost always leads to bad laws and the loss of liberty.

Do we really want to live in a world of police checkpoints, surveillance cameras, and metal detectors? Do we really believe government can provide total security? Do we want to involuntarily commit every disaffected, disturbed, or alienated person who fantasizes about violence? Or can we accept that liberty is more important than the illusion of state-provided security?

Freedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference. Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives. Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons.

Dr. Ron Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.

This Memorial Day, Freedom Is Dying Before Our Very Eyes

By Judge Andrew Napolitano

What if Memorial Day reminds us of times when we had more freedom? What if freedom is dying right under our eyes? What if the memory of the past is more fulfilling than the reality of the present?

What if the federal government could write any law, regulate any behavior and tax any event, no matter what the Constitution authorized? What if the majority in Congress rejects the idea of limited government and views the Constitution as granting it blanket power to do whatever it can get away with? What if the constitutional prohibition on the government’s taking of life, liberty or property without due process of law is only for show and is not for real?

What if the House of Representatives seriously considered letting the military lock up whatever Americans the president ordered the troops to arrest, without charges filed or lawyers present or a judge presiding? What if the House seriously debated this idea of indefinite military detention of Americans in America and actually voted in favor of it? What if this unconstitutional monstrosity becomes the law and your right to due process depends on whether you remain with the majority, stay silent or behave properly? What if the Constitution’s guarantees are not guarantees at all, but are subject to the whims of whoever is in power?

What if the Declaration of Independence, which articulated the moral authority for the revolution against Great Britain, recognized that our rights come from our Creator and are inalienable? What if very few in government recognize the divine origin of human freedom and its natural integrity to our humanity?
What if the government only permitted freedom so long as it was exercised as the government pleases? What if the government rejected the basic values of every person’s right to life and liberty and property in favor of some collective good, where the government could arrest you without evidence, ration your freedom to suit the general welfare and take your property from you and sell it at a profit?

What if the government could hire thugs to keep you safe? What if it gave the thugs uniforms and badges and sent them to airports? What if it gave them rubber gloves to wear and told them they could touch you and your children and your parents however and wherever they wished? What if these thugs touched the private parts of little babies and old ladies and intentionally restrained those who have criticized them while the rest of us just watched and let this happen?

What if the airlines did a better job of keeping their customers happy and their property safe than the thugs did? What if the government spent millions of your tax dollars to advertise what a great job it’s doing? What if the government charged the airlines millions of their dollars for the illusory services these thugs are rendering? What if the government’s thugs never caught a single bad guy intent on harming a flight in America? What if the government’s thugs actually let weapons and bad guys onto planes because the thugs are dopes who have no competition, who can’t be sued and who won’t be fired?

What if the government found more dopes and dupes and convinced them that they should conspire to commit acts of terrorism? What if the idea for terrorist acts and the means for committing them came from the government? What if no real threats were involved in these games and no real weapons were used, just fake threats and fake weapons, fomented and provided by the government? What if the government created these phony crimes just so that it could solve them? What if no one was ever in danger from these government-created crimes, except those the government tricked? What if the government did this again and again and then boasted that it was keeping us safe from its own creations? What if Congress and the media and even the courts fell for this?

What if, on Memorial Day, we remember times that were more free than today? What if, on Memorial Day, when we think of those who died for our freedom, we end up recognizing that the freedom they died for is dying? What if it becomes fashionable for the government to ignore the Constitution? What if the Constitution dies because the government stops following it? What if, next Memorial Day, freedom is just a memory?
What do we do about it?

Chuck Baldwin – Update On NDAA And Drones Flying Over The US

In a stunning upset for the Obama administration and big-government zealots in general, a federal judge in New York has issued an injunction against the citizen detention portion of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Bob Unruh at World Net Daily has the story.

“A district-court judge has suspended enforcement of a law that could strip U.S. citizens of their civil rights and allow indefinite detention of individuals President Obama believes to be in support of terror.

“The Obama administration has refused to ensure that the First Amendment rights of authors and writers who express contrary positions or report on terror group activities are protected under his new National Defense Authorization Act.

“Targeted in the stunning ruling from U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest of New York was Paragraph 1021 of the NDAA, which Obama signed into law last Dec. 31. The vague provision appears to allow for the suspension of civil rights for, and indefinite detention of, those individuals targeted by the president as being in support of terror.

“Virginia already has passed a law that states it will not cooperate with such detentions, and several local jurisdictions have done the same. Arizona, Rhode Island, Maryland, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Washington also have reviewed such plans.

“The case was before Forrest on a request for a temporary restraining order. The case was brought on behalf of Christopher Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg, Jennifer Bolen, Noam Chomsky, Alex O’Brien, Kai Warg All, Brigitta Jonsottir and the group U.S. Day of Rage. Many of the plaintiffs are authors or reporters who stated that the threat of indefinite detention by the U.S. military already had altered their activities.

“Constitutional expert Herb Titus filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of the sponsor of the Virginia law, Delegate Bob Marshall, and others.

“Titus, an attorney with William J. Olson, P.C., told WND that the judge’s decision to grant a preliminary injunction halting enforcement of paragraph 1021 ‘affirms the constitutional position taken by Delegate Marshall is correct.’

“The impact is that ‘the statute does not have sufficient constitutional guidelines to govern the discretion of the president in making a decision whether to hold someone in indefinite military detention,’ Titus said.

“The judge noted that the law doesn’t have a requirement that there be any knowledge that an act is prohibited before a detention, he said. The judge also said the law is vague, and she appeared to be disturbed that the administration lawyers refused to answer her questions.

“The opinion underscores ‘the arrogance of the current regime, in that they will not answer questions that they ought to answer to a judge because they don’t think they have to,’ Titus said.”

Unruh went on to say, “The brief was on behalf of Marshall and other individuals and organizations including the United States Justice Foundation, Downsize DC Foundation, Institute on the Constitution, Gun Owners of America, Western Center for Journalism, the Tenth Amendment Center and Pastor Chuck Baldwin [yours truly].”

As an aside, was I the only pastor in America to be included as an amici in this brief? Let me challenge readers, the next time you go to church, ask your pastor what he is doing or what he would do to prevent military personnel from taking you off to a military prison without an arrest warrant, without issuing Miranda, without telling you why you are being seized, without allowing you access to an attorney, without recognizing that you have any constitutional rights, without any requirement to release you, or even without any requirement to keep you in the United States of America for a trial or judicial proceeding. I challenge you: ask him! And if his answer is something like, “The Lord will take care of you,” or “That could never happen in the United States,” what in the name of liberty are you doing attending that church?

See Unruh’s report at:

http://www.wnd.com/2012/05/obama-citizen-detention-plan-in-trouble/

Now, I wonder how many of these pseudo-conservative talking heads at FOX News, as well as the myriads of local reporters and journalists throughout the country, will at least be honest enough to admit that there was substantial reason to be concerned about the citizen detention provision of the NDAA? Ever since NDAA was signed into law, these phony guardians of liberty have been pooh-poohing the warnings that many of us columnists and independent journalists have been issuing. Now, a federal judge has also recognized the threat posed to our constitutional liberties by this provision of the NDAA, and has issued an injunction against it.

That’s the good news. The bad news is the US House of Representatives defeated an amendment that would have repealed the indefinite detention provision of the NDAA. The Tenth Amendment Center covers the story.

“In a shameful display of disregard for the Constitution and for liberty, on Friday, the House of Representatives voted to perpetuate the president’s power to indefinitely detain American citizens.

“By a vote of 238-182, members of Congress rejected the amendment offered by Representatives Adam Smith (D-Washington) and Justin Amash (R-Michigan) that would have repealed the indefinite detention provision passed overwhelmingly last year as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012.

“The Fiscal Year 2013 NDAA retains the indefinite detention provisions, as well as the section permitting prisoners to be transferred from civilian jurisdiction to the custody of the military.

“‘The frightening thing here is that the government is claiming the power under the Afghanistan authorization for use of military force as a justification for entering American homes to grab people, indefinitely detain them and not give them a charge or trial,’ Representative Amash said during House debate.”

The report goes on to say, “Each of these freedom-phobes [the congressmen who voted to keep the indefinite detention provision of the NDAA] invoked the specter of terror (in one way or another: ‘terrorist,’ ‘al-Qaeda,’ ‘enemies’) to justify the abolition of constitutionally guaranteed civil liberties.

“Seemingly, those promoting these provisions would offer Americans as sacrifices on the altar of safety, the fires of which are fed by the kindling of the Constitution.”

Hear! Hear!

The report astutely includes this warning from “The Father of The US Constitution,” James Madison: “It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.”

Oh! Take a guess as to who was the only candidate for President who supported the Smith-Amash amendment to repeal the indefinite detention provision of the NDAA? You got it: Congressman Ron Paul.

See the Tenth Amendment Center report at:

http://tinyurl.com/7eklrp4

This goes to prove that sometimes our enemies are not the courts; sometimes our enemies are the legislatures of this country. This was the case in the aforementioned actions. So, now we have a federal court and the US Congress (allied by the White House) in conflict. It’s going to get very interesting!

And speaking of how the legislatures are often the ones inflicting more and more tyranny upon the US citizenry, try this report on for size:

“The federal government is moving quickly to open the skies over America to drones–both for commercial and government purposes–and respected Washington Post and Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer is forecasting ‘rifles aimed at the sky all across America.’

“The comments from Krauthammer, who won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1987 after serving as a speechwriter for Vice President Walter Mondale and then beginning his journalism career at The New Republic, were on ‘Special Report’ with Bret Baier.

“‘I would predict, I am not encouraging, but I predict the first guy who uses a Second Amendment weapon to bring a drone down that’s been hovering over his house is going to be a folk hero in this country,’ Krauthammer said.

“The conversation arose as the federal government announced it is beginning to allow public safety agencies to fly unmanned aircraft–drones–with fewer and fewer restrictions.

“According to yesterday’s report from Bloomberg, police, fire and other government agencies now are being allowed to fly drones weighing as much as 25 pounds without special approvals previously needed.

“The Federal Aviation Administration said on its website that the move was an interim step until the agency finishes rules that will open the door for commercial operation of drones, as well as those uses for government purposes.

“Congress has adopted the position of encouraging more drone flights, with the ‘goal of adapting technology used by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan.’”

See the report at:

http://www.wnd.com/2012/05/feds-clearing-way-for-drones-over-your-house/

There you have it, folks. Your federal government–along with numerous local and State police agencies–is preparing to use instruments of war against the citizens of the United States. And numerous local and State police agencies are standing in line to participate. I ask you, do the US Congress, the FAA, and our local and State authorities plan to arm these drones with more than surveillance cameras (as if that’s not bad enough)? Should we expect that the drones that will be flying over our neighborhoods would be armed with machine guns and missiles? That’s the “technology used by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan,” after all.

What is wrong with the American people? What is wrong with our representatives? What is wrong with our State legislators? What is wrong with our local and State police agencies? What is wrong with our pastors and churches? What is wrong with our reporters and journalists? Are they THAT blind? Do they want a paycheck THAT badly? Are they THAT willing to allow this free republic to be thrown into the trash bin of history, only to be replaced with a giant Police State? Are we THAT ignorant of history? Is THAT really where we are?

Ladies and gentlemen, the emerging police state is the foremost issue confronting the people of the United States today! And on this issue, the labels Democrat and Republican mean absolutely nothing! Nothing! If the voters of this country do not awaken quickly to what is going on in front of their very eyes, it won’t matter to a tinker’s dam which party or which candidate is put into office. If we do not have the right to live in privacy and peace, all of the other rights we talk about mean absolutely nothing!

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