Oppose a Convention of States!

“We live under the only government that ever existed which was framed by the unrestrained and deliberate consultations of the people. Miracles do not cluster. That which has happened but once in six thousand years cannot be expected to happen often. Such a government, once gone, might leave a void, to be filled, for ages, with revolution and tumult, riot and despotism.” – Daniel Webster

The patriot’s mind can scarcely dream up something as risky and more potentially damning to our Republic as the so-called “Convention of States” being proposed primarily by mainstream Republicans and conservatives. Perhaps you have not heard of the well-organized and well-funded push for a Convention of States. This article will explain the scheme for calling a deceptively-named Convention of States while pointing out the terrible risks we run in indulging this nearsighted idea.

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First thing’s first: What is a Convention of States? A Convention of States is a formal meeting of all the states in the Union to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution. This Convention would be called pursuant to Article V of the Constitution, which will be discussed shortly. The term “Convention of States” is actually nowhere to be found in the Constitution. Article V uses a simpler term for the same concept: “Convention.”

Though the mainstream “conservatives” pushing this idea protest the fact, the hard reality is that a “Convention of States” is nothing other than a constitutional convention. The relevant section of Article V of the Constitution states:

“The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress.”

Please note that Article V of the Constitution authorizes two-thirds of the states to petition for a “Convention” – that is, a constitutional convention. It does not authorize some fictitious “Convention of States.” Any formal meeting called forth by two-thirds of the states would be, by default, a constitutional convention because its purpose is to offer amendments to the Constitution. As just cited, the convention would “propose Amendments to this Constitution.” And what of these amendments? Are they binding upon the Union? Article V affirms that all amendments proposed by said convention “shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution” when approved by the states.

Let’s restate this in different terms. If two-thirds – that is, thirty-four – of our states formally call for an Article V “Convention,” a meeting of delegates from each state would convene with power to propose amendments to the existing Constitution. These amendments, upon approval by three-fourths – or thirty-eight – of the states, would become part of the supreme law of the land. This, my friends, is a constitutional convention! It is not a “Convention of States.” There is no such thing as a “Convention of States.” That very modern term is at best inaccurate, and at worst deliberately deceptive. What we are discussing is the instigation of a formal constitutional convention.

Literally anything could be proposed in such a convention. The mainstream conservatives backing this convention have deceived themselves into thinking that only good, beneficial, and wise amendments would be produced – amendments calling or a balanced budget, setting term limits, ending our endless foreign wars, and so forth. Most supporters believe that a convention of this sort can be limited, by prearranged agreement, to only one topic.

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But what guarantee can they give that an Article V convention can be limited to one single issue? They cannot promise this. Article V certainly does not make that clear that a limited convention can be called. In fact, is speaks of a convention proposing “amendments” in the plural. Once convention delegates get behind closed doors, who knows what prerogatives they will claim! We simply cannot predict what a convention might attempt to do.

If a convention decides that Article V in fact allows them to propose multiple amendments, who is to say that they won’t attempt to push forward a socialistic agenda? What guarantee do we have that an amendment stripping Americans of their right to keep and bear arms would not be proposed? What guarantee can they offer that tax-payer funded healthcare would not be formally added to the Constitution? What guarantee can they give that our children won’t be forced to study in government public schools, that we won’t be required to be vaccinated against our will, that our businesses won’t be forced to accept LGBT standards, that the internet will not be regulated “for our protection,” and so forth?

No matter how anti-American, communistic, or unsound an amendment proposed by such a convention is, it becomes part of the supreme law of the land if subsequently ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures. Recall that Article V states that all amendments proposed by a convention are law “when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress.” Do you trust Congress, or even the states, to keep an Article V convention in check? This issue of trusting Congress becomes paramount when we ponder the question: Who sets the rules for an Article V convention?

The Constitution tells us exactly who sets the rules governing an Article V convention – and it is not the states as “Convention of States” supporters claim. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 18 of the Constitution declares that one of the duties of Congress is: “To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States.” The U.S. Congress, therefore, is in charge of establishing rules and regulations for any convention called forth under Article V. And Article V makes it clear in two places that the Congress is the entity empowered to inaugurate a convention once enough states have submitted petitions.

What may Congress decide relative to an Article V convention? It appears that Congress can dictate where a convention is held, how convention delegates are chosen, how many delegates are sent from each state, and virtually anything else it wants to. It is Congress, not the states, who have final authority over the proceedings of an Article V convention. Once two-thirds of the states petition for a convention, Congress is empowered to take the lead in governing the convention.

Real dyed-in-the-wool American patriots are terrified at the thought of our current Congress dictating the rules for a 21st-Century constitutional convention. Can you imagine Nancy Pelosi presiding over a meeting to define the parameters of a new constitutional convention? The Democratic Party holds a majority in the House of Representatives. Do you trust them? By the same token, do you trust the Republicans to do the right thing? If you do not trust Congress, you simply cannot trust an Article V convention.

And what if Congress decided that states will send delegates proportional to their populations? In that scenario, communist-controlled states like California and New York would have a disproportionate sway over the convention despite the fact that it was primarily “Republican” states who called for a convention. Any way you slice it, an Article V convention is, given our present political climate, an unacceptable risk.

The key takeaway from this portion of the article is that there is no limit to the scope and tenor of amendments an Article V convention may propose, except the provision that no state may be deprived of its voting power. A convention can literally propose anything it wants to – and Congress can likewise set forth any procedural regulations it chooses. Additionally, a convention may itself propose a new ratification method other than the three-fourths of states called for in Article V! This is precisely what our Founding Fathers did in Philadelphia in 1787, thus setting an ominous precedent for future conventions.

In 1787, our Founding Fathers discarded the rules set forth in the Articles of Confederation requiring a unanimous approval by all thirteen states of any new amendments. Instead of abiding by this rule, our Founders determined that only three-fourths of the states needed to approve the newly-written Constitution for it to become operative. If the 1787 Convention did it, why can’t a convention in 2019 or 2020 or 2025? The precedent is there and you are fooling yourself if you believe for one second that delegates to a modern convention wouldn’t consider following it.

Speaking of precedents, the 1787 Constitutional Convention was conducted in deliberate secrecy. It proceedings were completely off-record. No one knew what the delegates were discussing, what was being proposed, or what progress, if any, was being made. All that the American People knew was that some of its finest men were huddled together behind closed doors hashing out their future course. Again, do you trust today’s gaggle of politicians to deliberate behind closed doors and emerge with changes to our Constitution that will be beneficial, wise, and sound?

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The real issue here is not whether there is constitutional authority to call a convention – the authority clearly exists. No, the real question is whether we have enough capable and worthy representatives to keep such a convention in harmony with America’s founding vision. In 1787, the country had a deep pool of hearty patriots to choose representatives from. These were men of honor, integrity, experience, faith, and wisdom. Among them were George Washington, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, James Wilson, and Gouverneur Morris. But who do we have to represent us today? Where are the Washingtons and Madisons of modern America? Do you honestly believe we can round up a group whose wisdom, fidelity, and reliability equals that of our 1787 Convention?

President Gordon B. Hinckley, one of the most powerful and eloquent religious leaders of our modern age, spoke reverently of our Founding Fathers and lamented that we cannot now produce a group as talented as they. He observed:

“What a singular and remarkable group they were. As I look across the world today, I search in vain for such a group as walked together across the stage of history when this nation was born. . . .

“Just think of a moment of George Washington, of Franklin, of Madison, of the Adams’s, of Thomas Jefferson, and their associates who signed the Declaration of Independence, or participated in the Constitutional Convention. Where in all the world today can even one or two such men be found, let alone the great aggregation that participated in the birth of America?

“Can anyone deny that they were raised up unto this very purpose, that working together, they brought forth on this continent an independent nation at the risk of their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor? It is my conviction that while we have had a few great leaders since then, there has not been before or since so large a group of talented, able, dedicated, and inherently wise and good men as those whom we call the Founding Fathers of this nation. For as long as they lived they acknowledged the hand of the Almighty in the affairs of this republic.”

I endorse President Hinckley’s remarks. Our Founding Fathers were a unique group. They were talented beyond measure. They were endowed with wisdom – wisdom field-tested over generations of struggle. They were men of God. Their patriotism and devotion to America is beyond dispute. And the supreme work of their hands, the Constitution, has withstood the test of time and helped produced the greatest, freest, most prosperous and powerful nation in world history.

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Do we honestly believe that our wisdom is superior to that of our Founding Fathers? What arrogance to believe that we are smarter than they; that we know better how to formulate beneficial laws; that the principles and functions of our current Constitution are outdated and need fixed; and that we have somehow outgrown the vision for America’s destiny foreseen by our forefathers! Speaking to a group of Nobel Prize winners in 1962, President John F. Kennedy remarked: “I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.” And so it is.

Our Founding Fathers’ brilliance eclipses in every conceivable way our present wisdom, if indeed it can be called wisdom at all. We have sunken to such a state of mindless confusion, infectious bias, and distressing ignorance that I have zero faith that our nation of 330 million people could produce fifty-six men as capable and faithful as those who gave us our Constitution. Unless we sincerely believe that we can assemble a group of men that rivals George Washington, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, and their partners, in intelligence and honesty, we are risking our entire nation by calling for an inherently unpredictable Article V convention.

While many who support a “Convention of States” are well-meaning and merely lack a correct understanding of the risks involved, there are other supporters who are sworn adversaries of our Republic. These individuals are certainly not friends of the Constitution because they would use their influence to call a convention whose proposals could quite potentially eviscerate that inspired document.

I have noted that Republicans and conservatives are the primary people pushing for an Article V convention. It is true that they are the most vocal. Author and radio host Mark Levin, for instance, is the de facto spokesman for the movement. Sean Hannity, David Barton, and other “conservatives” likewise support a convention because they think it will help us rein in government.

Yet, notwithstanding the support of mainstream conservatism, there are numerous communist groups also chomping at the bit for a constitutional convention. I have seen it reported that arch-communist George Soros is opposing a Convention of States. The truth, however, is that Soros-funded groups like Wolf PAC and Code Pink are in fact actively campaigning for a “Convention of States,” with Wolf PAC successfully prodding some six Democratic states to apply for an Article V convention. Soros and numerous other Marxists also have a hand in the Constitution 2020 movement.

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It is a socialist dream to have a constitutional convention which can be hijacked and used as the vehicle for doing away with the U.S. Constitution that stands as an obstacle for their conquest of America. Every dirty trick, including using the media to bias and deceive the American People, would be employed to sabotage the proceedings. Blackmail, special interest lobbying, and bribery would all be used to ramrod radical changes through an Article V convention. In all likelihood, a “Convention of States” would mean the formal death of our Republic.

But, conservatives claim, the states still have the final say in whether to approve or reject amendments proposed in a convention. This is true. However, if thirty-four states take the risk of petitioning for a convention, it does not seem a tall order to persuade four more to go along with the crowd in ratifying the proposals. After all, every four years the media persuades a similar number of states to vote against their best interests as they select Establishment-approved presidential candidates. The risks are just too great to call a convention at present.

In a 2015 article written by an attorney using the name Publius Huldah, we find this blunt warning:

“If there is an Article V convention, we will lose the Constitution we have, and another Constitution will be imposed.

“You are not getting both sides of this issue. Throughout the country, those of us who are warning of the dangers of an Article V convention are marginalized, ridiculed, smeared, shut out of meetings, and barred from speaking in public forums. . . .

“The reason convention proponents forbid dissenting voices is that we can prove, by means of facts and original source documents, that the claims and promises of the convention proponents are false. . . .

“We are in the final stage of a takeover. Leftists of every variety want a new Constitution to legalize our transformation from the constitutional Republic created by our existing Constitution to a dictatorship.

“To get a new Constitution, they need a convention. So they are telling conservatives that our Constitution is causing our problems and we need to amend the Constitution. And they say we can only make the amendments they say we need at a convention.”

Please read the rest of the very astute warning here.

The New American also warned of an Article V convention in a 2018 article:

“Nearly all conservatives agree that the federal government — under both Democrats and Republicans — continues to grow beyond the limitations set for it in the U.S. Constitution. As part of that overreach, the federal government has been swelling the national debt into the multiple trillions and treading on the rights of the states and of the people for more than a hundred years. The Insider/Internationalist/Big Government/Deep State/Globalist types — having created the problem in the first place — are now busily forming and funding organizations that offer a “solution” in the form of a modern-day constitutional convention that would have the power to rewrite the U.S. Constitution.

“They are guilty of what 19th-century French economist Frédéric Bastiat called “concocting the antidote and the poison in the same laboratory.” Having administered a near fatal dose of the poison, they are now pushing slick, well-funded campaigns to sell the antidote. But here is the rub: Administering poison was never the real goal; its purpose was to make the antidote appear attractive.”

Problem-reaction-solution. This is the tactic commonly used by the Elites. They artificially create a problem. Then they nudge the public’s reaction in the direction they want it to go. And, finally, when public outcry reaches a boiling point, they rush in with a “solution.” They always ride in as white knights to save the day. If people only understand the hero is really the villain wearing a mask, they would be less likely to take his outstretched hand.

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The Center of Budget and Policy Priorities also published a piece with many warnings. I extract this portion for your consideration:

“A convention likely would be extremely contentious and highly politicized, and its results impossible to predict.

“A number of prominent jurists and legal scholars have warned that a constitutional convention could open up the Constitution to radical and harmful changes. For instance, the late Justice Antonin Scalia said in 2014, “I certainly would not want a constitutional convention. Whoa! Who knows what would come out of it?” Similarly, former Chief Justice of the United States Warren Burger wrote in 1988:

““[T]here is no way to effectively limit or muzzle the actions of a Constitutional Convention. The Convention could make its own rules and set its own agenda. Congress might try to limit the Convention to one amendment or one issue, but there is no way to assure that the Convention would obey. After a Convention is convened, it will be too late to stop the Convention if we don’t like its agenda.” . . .

“In sum, there is no way to predict what constitutional amendments the delegates to a convention might adopt.”

If even our Supreme Court justices admit that an Article V convention is “unpredictable” and not easy to limit, shouldn’t we step back and really think about what we are asking for?

Finally, Common Cause issued this warning:

“A well-funded, highly coordinated national effort is underway to call a constitutional convention, under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, for the first time in history. The result of such a convention could be a complete overhaul of the Constitution and supporters of the convention are dangerously close to succeeding. With special interest groups gaining more momentum, conservative advocates are just six states short of reaching the constitutionally-required 34-state goal. They are targeting Republican-controlled legislatures in 2018 and are within striking distance.

“The unknowns surrounding a constitutional convention pose an unacceptable risk, particularly in the current polarized political climate. Given how close calling a new convention is, it’s time to spotlight that risk and sound an alarm for the preservation of our Constitution.

“Too few Americans are even aware that a constitutional convention can be called, let alone that there would be no checks on its scope and further that the process to call one is well underway and being underwritten by some of the nation’s richest individuals. . . .

“Simply put, an Article V constitutional convention is a dangerous and uncontrollable process that would put Americans’ constitutional rights up for grabs.

“At a time when extreme gerrymandering has created unprecedented polarization and big money buys access and influence for a few very wealthy special interests, a new constitutional convention would lead to chaos; the interests of everyday Americans would be shut out of the ultimate closed-door meeting. There would be no way to limit the scope of a constitutional convention and no way to guarantee that our civil liberties and constitutional process would be protected.”

Read Common Cause’s article for a long list of quotations from legal experts on the unpredictability and danger of an Article V convention.

Where do we stand today in the process of initiating a constitutional convention? We are dangerously close. It is generally accepted that twenty-eight of the necessary thirty-four states have applied for an Article V convention. These have applied, specifically, to propose a balanced budget amendment. Several other states have also applied for a general, or plenary, convention. If the two tallies are added together, as some interpretations demand, thirty-three of the requisite thirty-four states have applied for an Article V convention! Detailed breakdowns of the numbers can be found through The John Birch Society here and The Federalist Society here.

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Whatever the number your interpretation causes you to cite, one thing is certain: The movement to call a national convention that would propose amendments to our precious Constitution is gaining momentum. We are potentially very close to the day when Congress will be required to call forth a convention which, depending on numerous variables, could permanently alter America’s governmental structure and future. To Constitution-loving patriots, the “Convention of States” crusade poses a massive threat.

The reality is that we do not need an Article V convention of any sort. The Constitution possesses numerous other avenues for self-correction that are much less risky. For instance, Article VI, Clause 2 declares that the Constitution is “the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.” Clause 3 follows this up by ensuring that all governmental representatives in either federal or state positions “shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution.” Article VI, then, provides a sure remedy to the mismanagement of our national affairs: Enforcement of the law!

We do not need to amend the Constitution; we need to enforce it. We do not need to change it; we need to apply it. We do not need a novel system; we need accountability under our present one. If we cannot enforce our current Constitution, what makes us think we can enforce a new constitution or that a new amendment will be obeyed when the others are not? An Article V convention is a pipedream indulged by those who have not taken the time to think it through to its logical conclusion. It is a desperate gamble by those who have lost faith in the Constitution, including its much simpler self-correct formulas.

In addition to Article VI, the Ninth and Tenth Amendments reserve to the states all governmental powers not specifically listed in the Constitution. The states once understood this reality and exercised their power. Take action in your home state and start to change things from the inside out. The anti-state rulings of renegade courts do not matter – the Constitution trumps the opinions of activist judges. No court in the land can justly curtail states’ rights. If your state representatives had the nerve, they could assert their rights today and thwart the Washington-based socialist agenda.

We see that the Constitution contains numerous self-correct remedies. We do not need to choose the riskiest and vaguest of them all in order to fix our broken nation. We do not need a convention to balance the budget – Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7 already requires Congress to appropriate funds and give an accounting of its actions. We do not need a new convention with its new opportunities for experimentation and failure. We simply need to apply and enforce the time-tested Constitution as written. We merely need to hold our representatives accountable for the oaths they take to defend the Constitution. And we can use the normal amendment process to appeal hostile amendments such as the sixteenth and seventeenth.

Even our Founding Fathers were worried about calling a new convention. James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, opposed a call by New York for a second constitutional convention in 1788. He listed numerous reasons for his opposition to a new convention and then explained:

“Under all these circumstances it seems scarcely to be presumeable that the deliberations of the [second convention] could be conducted in harmony, or terminate in the general good. Having witnessed the difficulties and dangers experienced by the first Convention which assembled under every propitious circumstance, I should tremble for the result of a Second, meeting in the present temper of America and under all the disadvantages I have mentioned” (James Madison to George Lee Turberville, November 2, 1788).

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If the political climate had already shifted and become unfavorable for a new convention by 1788, only one year after the first convention ended, no one can believe the situation is more favorable now. Among the propitious circumstances of the first Constitutional Convention was the unifying presence of George Washington. Who would unify a convention today? Which figure of any political stripe could unify a body of delegates from around the nation? You know in your heart that a modern convention would be rife with partisan bickering and special interest influence.

Whatever course others may choose, I cannot support a constitutional convention. I also could not, because of my religious views, accept the proposals of a new convention. It is my heartfelt belief that the U.S. Constitution was inspired by Almighty God and that anything beyond its plain principles of Liberty is not merely misguided, but evil. For my part, I will never swear allegiance to a new constitution. My allegiance runs to my God and the Constitution which He inspired and caused to be established in America.

If, Heaven forbid, a new convention is initiated, it will require a literal miracle to prevent it from transforming our nation into a communist utopia. Yet, perhaps America is out of miracles. Perhaps the hand of the Lord is no longer guiding us and shielding us from our own choices. We surely do not worship the God of this land, who is Jesus Christ. We have officially banned Him from our schools and made it abundantly clear that He is not welcome in our national deliberations. We have forsaken our cultural institutions and traditions of our honorable forefathers. We are ripening for severe chastisement. And few of our sins are as serious as tampering with our sacred Constitution.

Please, dear friend, oppose a deceptively-named “Convention of States.” Oppose this convention because of its unpredictability and its high level of risk to our God-given Liberty. Trust in the Constitution established by our Founders and use its ordinary mechanisms, such as Article VI, to right the wrongs being perpetrated by unscrupulous individuals. Oppose a Convention of States as if our Republic depended on it, for it likely does.

I close with a quotation from Daniel Webster. Read it. Ponder it. Take it to heart. Cherish the blessings you enjoy under our current Constitution and never trust your Liberties to the care of 21st-Century politicians. Beware a Convention of States. BEWARE!

“Americans, you are the most privileged people that the sun shines on. The salutary influences of your climate are inferior to the salutary influence of your laws. Your soil, rich to a proverb, is less rich than our Constitution. Your rivers, large as the oceans of the old world, are less copious than the streams of social happiness which flow around you. Your air is not purer than your civil liberty, and your hills, though high as heaven and deep as the foundations of the earth, are less exalted and less firmly founded than that benign and everlasting religion which blesses you and shall bless your offspring. Amidst these profuse blessings of nature and of Providence, BEWARE! . . . you have everything to lose; you have nothing to gain. We live under the only government that ever existed which was framed by the unrestrained and deliberate consultations of the people. Miracles do not cluster. That which has happened but once in six thousand years cannot be expected to happen often. Such a government, once gone, might leave a void, to be filled, for ages, with revolution and tumult, riot and despotism.” – Daniel Webster, Independence Day oration, July 4, 1802.

Zack Strong,

June 3, 2019

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National State of Emergency

President Donald Trump has declared a national state of emergency in relation to the conflagration at our Southern border. Many past presidents have declared states of emergency, yet the media – and pundits on both sides of the so-called “aisle” – have turned out in droves to denounce the move as “unconstitutional,” an “overreach,” “authoritarian,” and so forth. This article is intended to set the record straight on the legality and constitutionality of President Trump’s decision.

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As my readers know, I love the U.S. Constitution and consider it an inspired, sacred document. I consider it a very serious thing to violate its straightforward instructions and injunctions. However, President Trump’s decision to declare a state of emergency in order to once and for all secure our nation’s borders is not a violation of the Constitution or any moral law with which I am familiar. Indeed, President Trump’s decision to secure the border is actually a fulfillment of one of the most important of the Constitution’s promises to the states.

Article 4, Section 4 of the Constitution promises: “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion.”

The phrase “The United States” here refers to the federal government, of which the president is the chief officer – particularly in times of crisis and war. It is therefore a part of the president’s duty to defend the states against invasion, as well as insurrection, rebellion, and so forth, such as when President George Washington sent the military to put down the Whiskey Rebellion during his presidency. And please note that the Constitution does not specify what type of invasion is to be defended against.

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Invasion is defined by Google as “an incursion by a large number of people or things into a place or sphere of activity.” The trusty Webster’s 1828 dictionary gives us this more complete conception: “A hostile entrance into the possessions of another; particularly, the entrance of a hostile army into a country for the purpose of conquest or plunder, or the attack of a military force. . . . An attack on the rights of another; infringement of violation.”

Under either of these definitions, the crisis at our Southern border absolutely qualifies as an invasion. The influx of tens of millions of foreigners who do not speak our language, who are not here to assimilate, and whose first act in our country is a violation of our laws, cannot be considered anything other than an invasion. It is certainly “an incursion by a large number of people” into our territory. It is also a “hostile entrance” by foreigners and strangers “into the possessions” of American citizens. This hostile foreign element is invading both the private and public property of Americans and the states. And in far too many cases, American blood is spilled, American tears are shed, American property is stolen, and American citizens suffer.

Placing military forces on the border with either non-lethal deterrents or shoot-to-kill orders would halt the problem over night, making a wall unnecessary. But a wall is the order of the day. While I do not like the idea of living in a walled-in country, I would prefer to have a secured border with a wall than an unsecured border without one. In order to consider ourselves a truly independent, sovereign, and free nation, we must secure our borders and defend our People against the tidal wave of invaders flooding in from around the world. These invaders are changing the ideological, political, social, religious, and racial makeup of this nation – and not for the better.

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It almost goes without saying that the president cannot willy-nilly declare anything an “emergency” and then assume the power to “fix” it.  That would be a violation of the concept of enumerated and limited powers. It would be the very epitome of tyranny. However, what we are talking about in the present situation is not an arbitrary case. We are discussing the very security of the Republic.

As noted, the U.S. Constitution – the supreme law of the land and that sacred document which our elected representatives have sworn oaths to defend, uphold, and enforce – authorizes and directs the federal government to defend each of the fifty states in the Union against invasion from without. Since our Constitution directs the government to “protect each of [the states] from invasion,” and the influx of millions of foreigners which includes many criminals, rapists, human traffickers, and drug dealers meets every criteria to be called an invasion, the discussion should end there.

There is a faction in our society, however, that is anti-American and wishes ill to our country. They want to bring about the disintegration of our Republic, the corruption of our culture, and the destabilization of our unique system – the only system that poses a threat to their bid for global domination. This hostile group is a fifth column of Marxist traitors that are supported by Russia, China, and an international cabal of bankers, businessmen, and intellectuals. The domestic wing of this faction is aided in their attempt to weaken America by legions of dupes and brainwashed citizens.

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For the record, the Republican Party has sold out the United States regarding illegal immigration, too.

This dangerous group disregards the U.S. Constitution either because it stands in their way of converting America fully into a socialist state or because they have fallen for the carefully-concocted lie that the Founding Fathers were racist, bigoted, and primitive. When they consider the Constitution at all, they think of it as outdated and not applicable to today’s situation. So, for those who disregard the Constitution’s plain mandate to the federal government to defend the states against invasions such as those being launched from south of the border, as well as for those who misunderstand the Constitution, I cite one additional argument in favor of President Trump’s actions.

The great Thomas Jefferson, the most brilliant political mind in history, gave us an ideological gem when he wrote the following to John B. Colvin in 1810:

“The question you propose, whether circumstances do not sometimes occur, which make it a duty in officers of high trust, to assume authorities beyond the law, is easy of solution in principle, but sometimes embarrassing in practice. A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation. To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to written law, would be to lose the law itself, with life, liberty, property and all those who are enjoying them with us; thus absurdly sacrificing the end to the means.”

According to Thomas Jefferson, situations sometimes arise which demand a solution not strictly covered by law, or, indeed, in which no man-made law is sufficient. These include crisis situations – situations that threaten the fabric and stability of a nation. During these climactic events, a “scrupulous adherence to written law” would be suicide. Rather, the “laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger” are the laws which must govern us. Indeed, obeying these unwritten laws is a “higher obligation” than obeying written laws, no matter how well-crafted, well-established, or popular.

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To reiterate yet again, I love the U.S. Constitution and witness that the God of Heaven inspired the Founding Fathers to write it. It is the greatest political document in the world. And, thankfully, it covers situations such as that which faces us; namely, the dangerous blaze of chaos that is scorching America because the federal government has refused to uphold its end of the constitutional pact to protect the states from invasion. Yet, for argument’s sake, we also have the “laws of necessity” on our side.

Let me be clear, immigration is a great thing. But when a person immigrates, he must leave his former allegiances behind. When someone comes to America, he must do so with the intention to become an American and only an American. President Teddy Roosevelt once said:

“There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all. This is just as true of the man who puts “native” before the hyphen as of the man who puts German or Irish or English or French before the hyphen. Americanism is a matter of the spirit and of the soul. Our allegiance must be purely to the United States. We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance. But if he is heartily and singly loyal to this Republic, then no matter where he was born, he is just as good an American as any one else.

“The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic. The men who do not become Americans and nothing else are hyphenated Americans; and there ought to be no room for them in this country. The man who calls himself an American citizen and who yet shows by his actions that he is primarily the citizen of a foreign land, plays a thoroughly mischievous part in the life of our body politic. He has no place here; and the sooner he returns to the land to which he feels his real heart-allegiance, the better it will be for every good American. There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else” (Roosevelt, 1915, in David M. Kennedy and Thomas A. Bailey, The American Spirit: United States History as Seen by Contemporaries, Vol. 2, 268).

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In this case, we are not even talking about citizens – but subjects of foreign lands who have no right nor legal permission to be here. And it is clear by the actions of illegal aliens that their allegiance does not run to the U.S. flag. Rather, they come here in droves hoisting aloft the Honduran, Guatemalan, or Mexican flag. They speak their own language and huddle together in groups rather than assimilate. They trespass and break our laws as a matter of course. And why wouldn’t they? After all, they have no allegiance to our nation, our People, or our Republic. We must sympathize with those who desire to come here to escape the unrivaled plague of violence, drugs, and poverty that afflicts Latin America, yet, nonetheless, their actions prove that they are illegal, and often hostile, invaders who care nothing for our laws. And if they do not respect our laws, how can we allow them to come here? To do so is national suicide.

Furthermore, how can a nation respect itself and maintain its honor when it cannot defend its own people and protect its homeland? The American People are falling victim to savage drug cartels, human traffickers, and violent criminals for no other reason than that the Marxist clique in Washington, D.C. has deliberately prevented the enforcement of Article 4, Section 4 of the Constitution. We are suffering because we have also disobeyed the basic laws of necessity and self-preservation, higher laws even than those codified in the Constitution.

One of the things our founding generation understood was that owning property is a sacred right. Personal private property is absolutely essential to Liberty. Without property there is no Liberty. But a nation’s home territory is also a special thing. If a people’s land is being invaded and taken over by foreigners who have not been welcomed in, who have not paid for the land, who have not made agreements to be there, whose ideology and worldview is contrary to the native population’s, and, whose intentions, in many cases, are hostile, then that people may take extreme action to defend itself and property.

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By any honest metric, illegal immigration is a massive crisis – a true national emergency. It is de facto setter colonialism aided and abetted by American traitors and foreign governments like the communist regime in Mexico. Let’s cite some basic facts to convey in a small degree the problem facing us.

According to many sources, Illegal aliens are three times more likely to commit crimes than American citizens. These invaders commit literally hundreds of thousands of crimes annually and at a higher rate than the native population. The number of illegal immigrants as well as Americans who are kidnapped, sold into slavery, and trafficked across the border is also staggering. Nearly 1/3 of immigrant women who attempt to enter the United States illegally are sexually abused, and thousands of American women are raped by illegals. For instance, in Oregon – which is certainly not a state bearing the brunt of the violent crime flooding across the Southern border – some two hundred immigrants (nearly 90% from Latin America) are currently incarcerated for rape. Multiply this across fifty states and you begin to see the problem.

From stealing $4 billion in tax refunds they are not entitled to, to facilitating the drug scourge that afflicts our nation, to bolstering the ranks of criminal gangs, to being the carriers of infectious diseases, to committing violent and non-violent crime by the hundreds of thousands, illegal immigrants are assaulting and deteriorating our nation. The crisis is so terrible that we are seeing anarchy and lawlessness in numerous locations. And though money is the least of our worries, illegal immigration costs hundreds of billions of dollars each year.

In light of these few facts, we must ask ourselves some hard questions: When is enough enough? When will we enforce the Constitution? When will we mobilize against the horde of foreigners invading our nation? When we will obey the laws of necessity and self-preservation? When is enough enough?

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Thankfully, President Donald Trump is trying to stop the flow of chaos across our borders. It is an already uphill battle further hampered by false allegations of Russian collusion, sabotage by members of his own government and cabinet, and a lack of comprehension of the problem by the American People. If we are serious about honoring our Constitution and protecting the states, we must enforce Article 4, Section 4. We must defend each state from invasion, including the invasion of tens of millions of illegal aliens who spit on our laws, dishonor our traditions, bring drugs and diseases into our land, abuse our People, and, all too often, act like parasites that drain the lifeblood out of our Republic.

Whether we bury our heads in the sand or open our eyes, a state of emergency in reality exists. It is not going away. That is, it is not going away unless we demand that it be fixed immediately. Whether we cite Article 4, Section 4 of the Constitution and demand that the federal government protect the American People and the states they inhabit, or whether we cite the laws of necessity and self-preservation Thomas Jefferson spoke of, the border must be secured or we will lose our nation. And we will lose it to those who do not care enough about our laws and heritage to come in the front door. Instead, like criminals they sneak through the back door, lie to get free goodies, and team up with cartels and coyotes to swindle us out of our birthright. This dangerous group of invaders must be stopped.

I applaud President Trump’s attempt to secure our border. He has blundered his way into it and has allowed what he calls “the swamp” to nearly engulf him, yet his intention is correct. And he stands on “solid legal ground” in terms of his ability to move to defend the nation. Whether out of legal obligations or the dictates of necessity caused by legitimate crisis, the border must be secured one way or another. If feelings must be hurt and foreign blood must be shed to save American lives, property, and wealth, and the integrity of our nation, so be it. God grant us the fortitude to do what must be done to plug the open sieve that is our Southern border that we may defend our People from foreign invaders. Secure the border. Stop the invasion. Save America.

Zack Strong

February 21, 2019

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Importance of the First Amendment

It has happened yet again. Yours truly has been banned from Facebook for the next 30 days. This is the fifth time I’ve been blocked for a set period of time. Why, you may ask, has Facebook targeted my pages? Answer: Because I use my God-given right of free speech and expression to voice views that are contrary to the Marxist perspective held by the Establishment and the media moguls who dominate Facebook, Google, YouTube, Twitter, and the other mass conditioning systems in our world.

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Of all the times I have been blocked, had my pages and groups deleted, and had my content removed, this time was the lamest. Facebook is not allowing me to see which post it blocked me for, but I could see the commentary on the post in question. I wrote: “This made me chuckle. I thought it might make some of you laugh, too. Enjoy.” While I do not recall the precise post, I do remember it was a joke post. I believe I posted it several months ago on my Feminism is a Disease page – a fast-growing page with 3,412 likes and 3,559 followers as of this writing. Heaven forbid someone post an anti-feminist joke on Facebook!

Some people might immediately say: “Well, that’s tough luck. But Facebook is a private company, so they can do what they want to.” False. Facebook is absolutely not a private company. Facebook receives hundreds of millions of dollars in tax subsidies. In other words, Facebook receives hundreds of millions of dollars of tax payer money! And on top of this, they don’t even pay taxes. For proof of these facts, see this article, and this one, and this one.

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Comrade Zuckerberg

To my sense of justice, the fact that Facebook (and Google, Apple, and other major companies) takes our money makes them a de facto public entity accountable to laws governing public speech. Yet, despite being funded by the American People – that is, by your tax dollars – Facebook believes they are above the law, and your opinions be damned.

Whether you choose to believe Facebook’s massive intake of public funds requires them to obey public laws is up to you. However, at stake is a bigger issue – the First Amendment. What is the First Amendment? What does it mean? What is its purpose? Why is it so tremendously important? And what is at stake when we allow publicly-funded entities like Facebook to censor legitimate speech that they simply don’t agree with?

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The First Amendment was created to protect and defend the rights of speech and press, among other things. People were supposed to be able to say what they wanted to, within, of course, the reasonable limits of decency and decorum (for instance, you cannot yell “Fire!” in a theater, use sexual or profane language in public, or threaten someone’s life without consequence). But having the right to voice personal opinions on random topics is only one part – the less important part – of the First Amendment.

More than anything else, the First Amendment was a guarantee that the American People could always speak out against tyrannical government and hold their public representatives accountable. It was intended as a check on usurpation, lies, institutionalized corruption, injustice, and evil in high places. The First Amendment was not created so you could whisper your thoughts behind closed doors, but so that you could make your voice heard in the public arena. The First Amendment was designed, in short, to enable patriots to defend their nation.

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The Sage of Monticello held such a high opinion of the rights of free speech and the press that he wrote:

“The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter” (Thomas Jefferson, letter to Col. Edward Carrington, Jan. 16, 1787).

Our government is based on, among other things, the sentiments and principles of the American People. The People is the source of political power. If they are to retain that power, they must safeguard their right to speak out. And elected representatives are duty-bound to defend that paramount right.

Another time, Jefferson asserted:

“The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure” (Thomas Jefferson to Marquis de Lafayette, 1823).

And if those quotes were not blunt enough, Jefferson accurately declared:

“[O]ur liberty . . . cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it” (Thomas Jefferson to John Jay, January 25, 1786).

James Madison was of equal mind. From America’s revolutionary experience, he knew the importance of the right of the People to speak out against the abuses of their government, to publish and voice their thoughts, and to be included in the public dialogue. He said:

“[T]o the press alone, chequered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression” (James Madison, Report on the Virginia Resolutions, January, 1800).

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This famous quote might have more force when seen in context. The context was the infamous Alien and Sedition Acts instituted under the John Adams administration. The Sedition Act criminalized speech perceived as condemning the government at a time when national security was seen as precarious. Indeed it was precarious because of Jacobin agitation in the Union, but nevertheless it was an affront to the U.S. Constitution and to the rights of free speech, press, and conscience. Madison explained:

“In every State, probably, in the Union, the press has exerted a freedom in canvassing the merits and measures of public men of every description which has not been confined to the strict limits of the common law. On this footing the freedom of the press has stood; on this footing it yet stands. And it will not be a breach either of truth or of candour to say, that no persons or presses are in the habit of more unrestrained animadversions [criticisms] on the proceedings and functionaries of the State governments than the persons and presses most zealous in vindicating the act of Congress for punishing similar animadversions on the Government of the United States.

“The last remark will not be understood as claiming for the State governments an immunity greater than they have heretofore enjoyed. Some degree of abuse is inseparable from the proper use of every thing, and in no instance is this more true than in that of the press. It has accordingly been decided by the practice of the States, that it is better to leave a few of its noxious branches to their luxuriant growth, than, by pruning them away, to injure the vigour of those yielding the proper fruits. And can the wisdom of this policy be doubted by any who reflect that to the press alone, chequered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression; who reflect that to the same beneficent source the United States owe much of the lights which conducted them to the ranks of a free and independent nation, and which have improved their political system into a shape so auspicious to their happiness? Had “Sedition Acts,” forbidding every publication that might bring the constituted agents into contempt or disrepute, or that might excite the hatred of the people against the authors of unjust or pernicious measures, been uniformly enforced against the press, might not the United States have been languishing at this day under the infirmities of a sickly Confederation? Might they not, possibly, be miserable colonies, groaning under a foreign yoke?” (James Madison, Report on the Virginia Resolutions, January, 1800).

In short, without the protection of what we sometimes call “First Amendment rights,” America might never have won her Freedom from British despots and the American People would have groaned under the yoke of foreign tyranny. Similarly, today we are beginning to groan under the yoke of Marxist-inspired political correctness and bureaucratic tyranny spewing forth from enemy-controlled D.C. We cannot afford to allow this to happen. This road leads inevitably to slavery and oppression.

People sometimes say, “Well, what if people are saying things that are wrong or offensive? How can we allow that? It is dangerous!” It is not our place to “allow” or “disallow” speech we disagree with, even if it is wrong (excepting, as noted, the reasonable restrictions). Thomas Jefferson wrote:

“It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others” (Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Rush, April 21, 1803).

If you go down the road of blacklisting, banning, blocking, persecuting, and bullying people for speech that is not legitimately harmful but with which you simply disagree, the precedent will reach to you.

The great patriot Thomas Paine once made a statement which applies to today’s politically-correct culture where communist “hate speech” laws are proliferating and wreaking havoc on the First Amendment:

“An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself” (Thomas Paine, Dissertation on First-Principles of Government, 1795).

If you value your right to voice your opinions, justice dictates that you must defend the right of others – even those you disagree with – to do the same. If you do not, you bear at least partial blame for the destruction of the First Amendment.

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We are not a democracy; we are a Republic. But otherwise, great image.

To understand more about what is at stake when the Freedom of speech is restricted, we quote from another of our illustrious Founding Fathers. In a November 1737 article in The Pennsylvania Gazette, Benjamin Franklin wrote:

“Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins. . . .

“. . . An evil magistrate intrusted with power to punish for words, would be armed with a weapon the most destructive and terrible. Under pretence of pruning off the exuberant branches, he would be apt to destroy the tree. . . .

“. . . The construction of words being arbitrary, and left to the decision of the judges, no man could write or open his mouth without being in danger of forfeiting his head. . . .

“Upon the whole, to suppress inquiries into the administration is good policy in an arbitrary government; but a free constitution and freedom of speech have such a reciprocal dependence on each other, that they cannot subsist without consisting together.”

Will we defend free speech and, thus, support our free governmental system? Or we allow the arbitrary system of social control that is being constructed around us to shackle us? We jeopardize all of our rights when we allow the government, activist groups, biased judges, the lying Marxist media, or vicious segments of our population to limit, curtail, or restrict our God-given rights of speech, press, and conscience.

Don’t think that Freedom of speech is limited to speech and the press alone. Rather, our most sacred rights of conscience and religion are wrapped up in the right of speech. James Madison put it this way:

“The freedom of conscience and of religion are found in the same instruments which assert the freedom of the press” (James Madison, Report on the Virginia Resolutions, January, 1800).

If the Freedom of speech is limited, our most precious right to worship God as we see fit will be in peril. Our right of free conscience will also be in danger of overthrow if we’re not allowed to vocalize the thoughts and desires of our soul. If you value either the right to worship your God freely or to express the feelings of your conscience, it is your duty to fight tooth and nail to defend the First Amendment.

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John Adams once said: “Let us dare to read, think, speak and write” (John Adams, “A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law,” 1765). In 2019, perhaps his statement should be amended to say: “Let us dare to read, think, speak and write – unless Facebook/Twitter/YouTube doesn’t agree with you” or “Let us dare to read, think, speak and write – unless the LGBT movement, radical feminists, or Black Lives Matter disagree with you.”

Our First Amendment is under serious assault. At least, the right of traditionalists, conservatives, and constitutionalists to speak out and defend or promote Christian values, moral principles, constitutionalism, Americanism, and truth is being curtailed in a major way. Our right to denounce the communist menace, publicize the truth about conspiracy, and point out the abuses of our government is also waning. Leading the charge in this politically-correct assault on logic, sanity, and tradition are the social media networks like Facebook and Twitter.

In the face of this tidal wave of peer pressure, Establishment oppression, and Marxist machinations against the sacred rights vouchsafed by the First Amendment, we must stand strong. We must defend the rights of others to speak if we value that right for ourselves. We must hold public institutions accountable for their violations of the sacred right of conscience and the right to vocalize our innermost feelings. If we are to survive as a free Republic, it is imperative that we push back the assault on our Liberty.

“Let us dare to read, think, speak and write.”

Zack Strong,

January 26, 2019.

A Tribute to Caleb Strong

Caleb Strong is not a name familiar to most Americans today. Yet, this great man was one of America’s brightest Founding Fathers. He was a true luminary who played a huge, albeit forgotten, part in the early days of our Republic. For his birthday this January 9th, I want to pay tribute to this man by reminding people of the tremendous work he did for our nation and by sharing a few gems of wisdom from his brilliant mind.

Like many of our Founders, Caleb Strong began his professional life as a lawyer. He was a born-and-bred Massachusetts patriot who became intimately involved in political affairs as Massachusetts led the drive toward conflict with Great Britain and toward Independence. Strong came from Northampton, a town where his influential ancestor Elder John Strong once resided. I am proudly related to Caleb Strong through our common ancestor Elder John Strong – the first of the Strongs to settle in the New World. Caleb was faithful to his heritage and made a name for himself in his own day.

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In 1774, Strong was selected as a member of the Northampton Committee of Safety. Committees of safety, along with committees of correspondence, were extralegal political units that assumed governmental duties in the colonies during the immediate pre-war years and throughout the Revolution. In a real sense, then, Strong was part of the first free government of Massachusetts state.

Caleb Strong wore many hats. Not only did he belong to the Northampton Committee of Safety, but he belonged to the Massachusetts Assembly. There he was appointed – along with fellow patriot John Adams – to the committee that helped craft the Massachusetts Constitution. During this same formative period, Strong also belonged to the state house of representatives, the state senate, and took a position as a county attorney, holding it for 24 years while simultaneously filling many other public positions to be noted.

The achievement I am most proud of Caleb Strong for was his participation in the Constitutional Convention that framed the U.S. Constitution. I consider the Constitution a sacred, inspired document that bears the seal of approval of Almighty God. It is part of my religious creed every bit as much as the holy scriptures. I revere the men who crafted it under the inspiration of Heaven, which includes Caleb Strong.

Strong’s two most notable contributions to the Constitution included his support of the Connecticut Compromise and his motion to have all money bills originate in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Connecticut Compromise, in case you did not pay attention in history class, was the deal between representatives of big states and small states which ensured an equal representation in the Senate and a proportional representation in the House of Representatives. This “Great Compromise” was so important that Strong observed, “If no accommodation takes place, the Union itself must soon be dissolved” (in W. Cleon Skousen, The Making of America, 275). But with the efforts of men like Strong, a deal was struck that has become one of the hallmarks of our Constitution. Finally, the Origination Clause, or Revenue Clause, successfully promoted by Strong was an important feature that deepened the checks and balances built into our republican system.

Unfortunately for Strong, his signature is nowhere to be found on the Constitution because he was called home early due to sickness in his family. However, his participation in the historic Constitutional Convention should never be forgotten. And if his contribution in the cloistered Convention was not enough, then his outspoken support of the Constitution in the Massachusetts Ratifying Convention surely marks him as a fervent devotee of the document.

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Under the new form of government, the states each elected two senators. Caleb Strong, respectfully called the “first citizen” by his associates, was one of the first two senators elected in Massachusetts in 1789. He was an enthusiastic supporter of President George Washington and counted himself a lifelong Federalist.

Later, in 1800, Caleb Strong was elected as governor of his state. In all, he served eleven terms as governor, demonstrating his popularity among the People. During his tenure as governor, Strong delivered many speeches and memoranda to the public and to the state legislature. I wish to quote a few lines from a powerful speech that epitomizes the wisdom of this man. This excerpt is taken from pages 136-138 of the book Patriotism and Piety, which is a collection of Strong’s speeches from 1800-1807.

On January 17, 1806, Governor Strong spoke to the state legislature and shared some sage thoughts on government, laws, the public, how tyrants come to power, and what it takes to maintain Freedom. He foreshadowed the lying promises of modern communists – their pipedream of “hope and change” – and the attempts of traitors to hoodwink the public in order to centralize political power in their own hands. He explained that the American People must be left in peace and not hampered by a multitude of laws and bureaucratic red tape. He spoke of the folly of giving up the tried-and-true institutions and policies of our ancestors in favor of so-called “new,” or what we would call “progressive,” programs. And he spoke of the absolute necessity for virtue in a free state. I would to God that every American could internalize these principles!

Thus, to the Massachusetts state legislature, Governor Caleb Strong declared:

“The unnecessary interference of government with the private concerns of the people, will always be a source of mischiefs; their understanding is competent to the direction of their own affairs, and, when left to itself, will generally lead to measures the most beneficial, both to themselves and the publick.

“Frequent alterations of the law are likewise attended with inconvenience, as they sometimes produce effects which were not foreseen, and occasion greater evils than they were designed to remedy. They tend to weaken the government by diminishing the confidence of the people in the stability of its councils: for uniform measures alone can preserve its reputation, or procure durable advantages to the State. It is of importance to, that the laws should be understood by the citizens; but, if they are often changed, they will not be understood, nor indeed will their real tendency always be known . . . It would, therefore, be unwise to substitute new and opposite system, until experience has proved, that those which are already in use are manifestly inconvenient. . . .

“Almost every nation, at some period of their existence, have enjoyed the privileges of a free State; but how few have preserved them! – they have been lost by the inconstancy of the citizens, or forfeited by their vices. In many republicks, repeated variations in the modes of government have taken place, as different parties happen to predominate, until the people became weary of changes, and preferred the quiet of absolute power, to the tumults of perpetual revolution. In the minds of some men, there seems to be a restlessness which renders them dissatisfied with any uniform course of things, and makes them eager in the pursuit of novelty; they abound in projects, and are ever meditating some fanciful change in the plan of government, which their imaginations represent as useful. But men of great ambition are still more dangerous; they commonly make the fairest pretences to principle, though they are actuated only by self-interest. If the constitution or laws of their country present obstacles to the accomplishment of their wishes, they employ every artifice to alter or abolish them; and, if individuals oppose their attempts, they are equally artful and solicitous to destroy their influence, and render them odious to their fellow-citizens.

“Few men, even in a prosperous community, are fully satisfied with their condition; a great part are easily induced to believe, that there is something wrong in the government or laws, which might be rectified to their advantage; they therefore readily embrace any specious proposal to effect an alteration. The crafty and ambitious know how to avail themselves of this disposition to change, and encourage their followers to expect, that the amendments they propose will perfectly suit their case, and produce the very blessings they wish; in this way, they not only effect their immediate object, but acquire an influence which enables them afterwards to accomplish the most destructive innovations. Such persons encourage hopes, that can never be realized, and excite complaints, which the most wise and benevolent administration is unable to remove.

“Indeed, we are generally apt to ascribe too much to the efficacy of laws and government, as if they alone could secure the happiness of the people; but no laws will be sufficient to counteract the influence of manners which are corrupted by vice and voluptuousness; and it is beyond the power of any government to render the circumstances of the citizens easy and prosperous, if they want the habits of industry and frugality. – Government is necessary, to preserve the public peace, the persons and property of individuals; but our social happiness must chiefly depend upon other causes; upon simplicity and purity of manners; upon the education that we give our children; upon a steady adherence to the customs and institutions of our ancestors; upon the general diffusion of knowledge, and the prevalence of piety and benevolent affections among the people.

“Our forms of government, are, doubtless, like all other institutions, imperfect; but they will secure the blessings of freedom to the citizens, and preserve their tranquility, as long as they are virtuous; and no constitution, that has been, or can be formed, will secure those blessings to a depraved and vicious people.”

What wisdom and foresight! My heart beats proudly to know that I am related, however distantly, to such a man as Caleb Strong. He was a true patriot and the epitome of a Son of Liberty. If Americans today internalized the principles contained in this short excerpt, our nation would experience a revival and we could save our Republic.

I give my own political witness that Caleb Strong’s words are accurate. Indeed, they are timeless. Unless we want to barter away the rest of our Freedoms, as we have done now for over a century, we must cling to the right institutions of our ancestors, never trust or follow traitors who offer false promises when in reality they merely seek power, and reform our habits and morals and manners. If we do these things, we can save our Republic. Strong knew whereof he spoke – he lived through the American Revolution. He understood what it takes to found a mighty nation. And the same principles that founded America can save her.

Along with his fellow Founding Fathers, Caleb Strong helped craft a blueprint for national success – the U.S. Constitution. We must learn it, cling to it, and defend it. We must become a virtuous People. We must develop discernment so that we might see through the lies of communists in sheep’s clothing who offer us the world in exchange for our sovereignty, our rights, and our power. We must be vigilant even when life is tumultuous. Nothing good ever happens without sacrifice. We must be willing to stand up and be counted, and to sacrifice anything we need to, in Liberty’s cause.

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I proudly stand with Caleb Strong, this wonderful Founding Father. I pray that his name will no longer be forgotten, but that it will be remembered alongside the noble names of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Franklin, and Henry. I honor him and his legacy.

May we come to echo Caleb Strong’s wish “that we may unitedly pay our grateful and affectionate homage to the Author of all good, for His distinguishing kindness to our forefathers, and to us; in providing them a refuge from oppression, and protecting them when surrounded with innumerable dangers; in blessing them with civil liberty and the light and influence of the gospel, and disposing them to nurture their posterity in the love of learning, virtue and rational freedom” (Patriotism and Piety, 23). If we turn our hearts to the Lord and follow in the footsteps of our honorable forebears, men like Caleb Strong, our nation will once again become a refuge of law and Liberty, a haven of peace and stability, and a beacon of light to the darkened world.

Zack Strong,

January 8, 2019.

 

 

Homage to the Constitution

The Constitution of the United States of America is the greatest political document ever written. It is not only my firm belief, but a codified tenet of my faith, that the U.S. Constitution was literally inspired by Almighty God and that the Founding Fathers were inspired, honest, wise, and honorable men raised up by the Lord for the purpose of establishing the first free nation in modern times. This short article is written in homage of that sacred document – that wise political charter which has guaranteed our God-given rights for 229 years.

On September 17, 1787, the Constitutional Convention finished crafting the Constitution. As the convention separated, a woman asked Benjamin Franklin what type of government that esteemed body had given to the federated States then in existence. Famously, the old sage is said to have replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” Under the Constitution, the States were unified under a common government – a limited government that protected individual rights and States’ rights. Or, as Article Four of the document says, the Constitution guaranteed “to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government.”

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The British statesman William Gladstone famously remarked that the Constitution was “the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man.” Truly, the U.S. Constitution is the greatest political document ever given to the world. The American Founding Fathers constituted the most incredible, eminent, and powerfully wise group of statesmen ever to exist together at one period in earth’s history.

Of Thomas Jefferson, my personal favorite Founding Father, President John F. Kennedy said the following, which demonstrates the wisdom of these men. At a 1962 dinner for Nobel Prize winners, President Kennedy mused:

“I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

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My heart feels full when I reflect on the wisdom and nobility, the virtue and majesty, the power and honor of the Founding Fathers. In my Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a passage of sacred revelation from our Lord and Master Jesus Christ informs us:

“Therefore, it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another.

“And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood” (Doctrine and Covenants 101:79-80).

It is my testimony that the Lord in fact did raise up the Founding Fathers, that they were in truth wise and honorable men, and that the work of their hands – the Constitution of the United States – is an inspired work. Furthermore, another modern revelation from the Lord declares:

“And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me.

“Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land;

“And as pertaining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil” (Doctrine and Covenants 98:5-7).

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“One Nation Under God” by Jon McNaughton

Perhaps these verses help you understand how seriously regard the U.S. Constitution and the glorious principles it contains. To my mind, anything not in harmony with the Constitution’s principles is not only wrong or mistaken, but evil. I take very seriously the oath that our representatives in government swear. I believe they should be held accountable to the People for that oath. Severe punishment – not mere impeachment – is due for those who violate their oaths of office and trample the principles of our Heaven-inspired Constitution.

It is one thing, however, to love the Constitution; but how well do we know it? In an address titled “The Constitution – A Heavenly Banner,” President Ezra Taft Benson once asked an audience these pointed questions:

“It is now two hundred years since the Constitution was written. Have we been wise beneficiaries of the gift entrusted to us? Have we valued and protected the principles laid down by this great document? . . . .

“We must learn the principles of the Constitution and then abide by its precepts. Have we read the Constitution and pondered it? Are we aware of its principles? Could we defend it? Can we recognize when a law is constitutionally unsound?”

Have you read the Constitution lately? Do you understand its principles? Can you recognize when our presidents, representatives, judges, and others violate its principles? Are the candidates for political office in harmony with constitutional principles? If you do not know the Constitution, how can you claim to love and defend it? If you do not comprehend the purpose of the Constitution, the republican form of government it guarantees, and the God-given natural rights it protects, how can you claim to love our Republic and fight for our Freedom?

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James Wilson, one of the greatest legal minds amongst our Founding Fathers, made this true statement:

“Were I called upon for my reasons why I deem so highly of the American character, I would assign them in a very few words—That character has been eminently distinguished by the love of liberty, and the love of law. . . .

“But law and liberty cannot rationally become the objects of our love, unless they first become the objects of our knowledge. The same course of study, properly directed, will lead us to the knowledge of both. Indeed, neither of them can be known, because neither of them can exist, without the other. Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness. In denominating, therefore, that science, by which the knowledge of both is acquired, it is unnecessary to preserve, in terms, the distinction between them. That science may be named, as it has been named, the science of law.

“The science of law should, in some measure, and in some degree, be the study of every free citizen, and of every free man. Every free citizen and every free man has duties to perform and rights to claim. Unless, in some measure, and in some degree, he knows those duties and those rights, he can never act a just and an independent part.”

I defy any American to claim he is a true patriot and a true friend to Liberty if he does not understand the principles of the U.S. Constitution and defend them. You cannot love what you do not know or comprehend. You cannot protect that which is not planted firmly in your heart, soul, and mind.

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I urge you to read the Constitution – or reread it if you have not lately – and internalize its principles. Learn to love it. Gain a witness of its truth. Express gratitude to the Almighty for establishing the Constitution and to your forefathers who spilled their blood to give you the Liberty – severely curtailed today as it may be – that you enjoy on a daily basis.

That same James Wilson quoted earlier gave a speech in on October 6, 1787, when the question of the newly proposed Constitution was being debated. He made this statement:

“After all, my fellow-citizens, it is neither extraordinary or unexpected that the constitution offered to your consideration should meet with opposition. It is the nature of man to pursue his own interest in preference to the public good, and I do not mean to make any personal reflection when I add that it is the interest of a very numerous, powerful and respectable body to counteract and destroy the excellent work produced by the late convention. All the officers of government and all the appointments for the administration of justice and the collection of the public revenue which are transferred from the individual to the aggregate sovereignty of the States, will necessarily turn the stream of influence and emolument into a new channel. Every person, therefore, who enjoys or expects to enjoy a place of profit under the present establishment, will object to the proposed innovation; not, in truth, because it is injurious to the liberties of his country, but because it affects his schemes of wealth and consequence. I will confess, indeed, that I am not a blind admirer of this plan of government, and that there are some parts of it which, if my wish had prevailed, would certainly have been altered. But when I reflect how widely men differ in their opinions, and that every man (and the observation applies likewise to every State) has an equal pretension to assert his own, I am satisfied that anything nearer to perfection could not have been accomplished. If there are errors, it should be remembered that the seeds of reformation are sown in the work itself and the concurrence of two-thirds of the Congress may at any time introduce alterations and amendments. Regarding it, then, in every point of view, with a candid and disinterested mind, I am bold to assert that it is the best form of government which has ever been offered to the world.”

While a group of self-serving men opposed the Constitution, noble minds – Jefferson, Washington, Franklin, Wilson, and others – understood that it was the best document that could be given to People of the United States. No other system has surpassed it in wisdom. No other governmental system has offered so many people so many opportunities nor protected so many rights and reserved so much power to the individual. Truly, only a body of men inspired by the Spirit of God and Light of Christ could have produced the U.S. Constitution.

With James Wilson, “I am bold to assert” that the Constitution “is the best form of government which has ever been offered to the world.” I urge you to learn about and to teach the precepts of the Constitution to your family. Only by a revival of true constitutionalism – not libertine-style libertarianism or socialism or any other system of thinking – can we restore our Republic and preserve our rights.

If you do not know where to turn to understand the Constitution, look no further. I will give not several sources that will give you everything you need to comprehend the majesty of the Constitution and the wisdom of the men who wrote it.

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I do not hesitate for an instant to say that the greatest book ever written on the meaning of the U.S. Constitution is The Making of America by the great W. Cleon Skousen. You can find this book, and supplementary material, at the National Center for Constitutional Studies website. You will find numerous materials published by the NCCS which will enlighten your mind, teach you the true character of some of the eminent Founding Fathers, and give you the tools to teach your family about constitutional government.

Furthermore, I recommend W. Cleon Skousen’s book The Majesty of God’s Law to discover the Biblical origins of the Constitution’s principles. William J. Federer and David Barton have also done tremendous work in showing, through primary sources, the religious foundation upon which the American political system was built. Such books include: The Ten Commandments and their Influence on American Law by Federer and Original Intent by Barton.

Whatever sources you choose to study, make sure they are rooted in the words and teachings of the Founding Fathers. It was they who, under the inspiration of God, crafted the Constitution and put its revolutionary principles into motion. It was they who earned Freedom for America and gave to world the most glorious example yet known of what a free nation looks like. I honor them and revere their name. I revere, cherish, and love the fruit of their hands; namely, The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

Let us be true patriots and true constitutionalists. Let us follow in the mode of Jefferson, Wilson, Adams, Washington, Madison, and others as we labor to reestablish constitutional government here in the United States of America which, even with her serious flaws, is still unquestionably the greatest nation on earth. The American People have the greatest potential of any People. But we cannot do it alone – we must have God’s help. We must, like our forefathers, turn to Christ for help. If we do so, we will be forgiven as a People, our land will be healed, and our constitutional government fully restored (Isaiah 1:4-20; 2 Chronicles 7:14). If we do not turn back to the Lord and obey the laws of His Gospel, John Adams’ statement will continue to come to pass year after year. Said he:

“Statesmen my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand. . . . The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People, in a greater Measure, than they have it now, They may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty.—They will only exchange Tyrants and Tyrannies” (John Adams to Zabdiel Adams, June 21, 1776).

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I pray that we will each turn our hearts to the Lord and the Constitution He inspired and caused to be established by the hands of truly good men, and to initiate a new American Revival in our own families so that, eventually, America might be restored. Always keep the Constitution and its sacred principles in mind. The Constitution with its rule of law, its guarantee of a republican form of government, its limited scope and powers, its preservation of the People’s power, and its emphasis on rights, is the key feature of what is sometimes referred to as the American Gospel of Liberty.

Let us be zealous disciples of the Gospel of Liberty now and forever. Let us remember the Constitution and defend it. Let us, like our forefathers, swear to never relinquish our rights, and to fight to regain those which have been lost through apathy and carelessness. As Patrick Henry trumpeted all those years ago:

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”(Patrick Henry, speech, March 23, 1775).

Zack Strong,

September 17, 2018.

Facebook Censorship Continues

Some people deny that Facebook censors people they disagree with on politics and other ideological issues. These deniers are either willful liars or are completely ignorant of reality. I don’t need anyone else to tell me Facebook censors people – I have my own firsthand experience being censored on numerous occasions. This article is nothing more nor less than me adding my voice to the growing chorus of people who have had their content censored and voices silenced by Facebook.

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The very first thing I want to stress is the fact that Facebook is not a private company. Everyone calls Facebook a private company, but that is simply not true. Facebook receives hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies from the federal government (and guess where the federal government gets it?) As a publicly-subsidized company, Facebook cannot ethically be considered private. As a public company, therefore, Facebook must follow the laws protecting free speech. If they were a private company, I would not complain much because private companies and individuals have a right to discriminate, or to associate, with whomever they please.

The second thing I want to point out is that what Facebook does can only be considered censorship because it only applies to certain groups, pages, individuals, and ideologies. Facebook does not censor members of the LGBT community. They do not censor feminists. They don’t censor leftists and communists. They don’t even censor people making death threats against the president. No, these anti-American groups and ideologies are protected classes.

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The people, groups, and ideologies that Facebook deliberately targets and censors are those which can be called traditionalists, constitutionalists, conservatives, American patriots, and Christians, as well as those erroneously deemed “conspiracy theorists.” Anyone who opposes the bloated Establishment in Washington is an immediate target. Anyone who speaks out against the deadly virus of cultural Marxism is automatically singled out. Anyone who denounced the feminist disease and the LGBT subversion of our society is ridiculed, intimidated, and targeted.

Additionally, those who stand up in support of traditional values such as the patriarchal family unit, heterosexual marriage, the notion of only two genders, rule of law, individualism versus collectivism, constitutionalism, private virtue, public decency, manners, and Christianity, have a huge target painted on their backs. We are hated by the communist Establishment. The single most hated person on planet earth is the white, constitutionalist, Christian male from the United States. We are a dying breed. Our voice is being silenced and censored at every turn.

We often hear feminists and minorities – especially women – telling each other, “We need to make our voice heard!” Yet, their voice is the only one I hear. It’s the only one endorsed and protected by the mainstream press, Hollywood, and social media. The voice I don’t hear represented in the press is my voice – the voice of reason, truth, traditionalism, constitutionalism, Americanism, and Christianity. We are the true minority in this nation.

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To get their way, the powers-that-be have come up with the ludicrous concept of hate speech and hate crimes. These, by definition, are not actual crimes. A motive cannot be a category of crime. If you murder someone because you hate them or because you wanted to steal their property or because they offended you, what does it matter? You still did the deed. Yet, the Marxists have come up with this new category of “hate crimes” and then use it to bludgeon traditionalists and constitutionalists into submission. Today, it is not only feasible, but is a reality, that conservatives or Christians can have their businesses shut down, be forced to pay fines, or be hauled off to jail for allegedly “hating” certain protected classes of people – such as homosexuals and transgenders. This is the level of delusion that exists in America today (and, unfortunately, it’s worse in many other places in the world such a socialist Europe).

Another weapon of the communist cultural revolution is political correctness. As I pointed out in my article on the subject, political correctness is a communist invention. What political correctness meant in communist lingo is the party line. That is, what the Communist Party says is politically correct and anything that differs from their line is anathema. Anyone who disagrees with the communists is automatically labelled an enemy of the revolution, a class enemy, or an enemy of the People. No further proof is needed that the United States has been captured by the Marxists and their dupes than to see communist-style political correctness run rampant in our culture and press.

Facebook is one of the chief exemplars of this Marxist-style censorship machine. Run by the Jewish elitist Mark Zuckerberg, who openly thinks its users are “dumb f**ks,” Facebook promotes cultural Marxism and the political and moral destruction of America. Facebook has admitted that its algorithms are biased against traditional/conservative pages and accounts. But beyond that, Facebook seeks every excuse to block people like me who speak out against the Establishment and who promote traditional values.

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I will give you several examples of the censorship I have personally faced. I run seven different Facebook pages and a group. I used to operate one additional page, but it was taken down and deleted by Facebook for alleged “hate speech.” This page was titled World War II – Facts and Lies. I discussed, among other things, the true origin of that horrific war, the war crimes of the Allies, the false atrocity allegations against the Axis, Soviet machinations, the beliefs of Adolf Hitler, etc. The page only existed for a short time, but I was in the middle of a growth spurt and people from all over the world were liking and joining the page. Suddenly, someone reported my page. Facebook removed one of my post for supposedly violating their “community standards.” Of course, they never bothered to say which of their “standards” my post violated. Then, suddenly, a second post was removed for “hate speech.” Again, Facebook never deigned to tell me how my post allegedly constituted “hate speech.” That was just an easy excuse to remove someone who was saying things the Establishment doesn’t want to peasants to know. Finally, that page was deep-sixed by Facebook and no longer exists.

Unfortunately, that is not the only censorship and persecution I’ve faced. By far the most hatred, threats, false accusations, bullying, and intimidation I’ve received is from rabid feminists and delusional LGBT people – or LGBTQIAPK as they are now known. You know, those people who always tell us to be tolerant and pride themselves on being oh so “tolerant,” “egalitarian,” and “sophisticated.” They are so obsessed with their sexuality and their “empowerment” that they belittle and attack others and seek to silence anyone who disagrees with them.

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The feminists in particular shriek and go into psychotic fits when someone tells them what God’s plan for women is. They can’t stand it. Perhaps that is because part of them, deep down, knows it is true and they are really trying to silence their conscience. Finding that impossible to do, they lash out at those of us who point out the reality which awakens in them a sense of guilt and shame. Living in disharmony with God is not conducive to happiness and fulfillment, yet that’s what the feminists do – then they get angry at men, traditional women, and non-feminists instead of improving themselves and reforming their own terrible habits and false beliefs.

One thing that the delusional feminists, LGBTQIAPK groupies, and transgenders can’t comprehend is human nature. Their philosophies are inherently anti-human-nature and at odds with reality and every degree of sanity, intelligence, and common sense. Every five-year-old can look down between his or her legs and see whether he or she is male. They inherently know they are male or female and that there are differences between the two genders – and this has been conclusively proven by studies and research throughout the years. It is very revealing that the enemy has to exert so much effort to indoctrinate kids with gender propaganda in order to confuse them and get them to question what their eternal gender is. Without this socialization and indoctrination, no one would question what they inherently know to be true.

All of this ties into Facebook censorship because it shows the motivation for their rabid and relentless attempt to silence all opposition. They simply cannot promote their delusional worldview – their mental and spiritual sickness – without silencing the voice of sanity and reason that is teaching people the truth. The truth must be silence in order for lies to prevail. Thus, people like me, Alex Jones of Infowars, and others who oppose this Marxist cultural revolution must be silenced.

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For the record, I don’t support Trump. Yet, this cartoon demonstrates the sheer hypocrisy of people in the controlled press.

My Facebook page Feminism is a Disease has 1,253 likes as of this writing. I have experienced a 400-like jump in the past several weeks. My page is finally taking off and growing. Yet, the major hurdle is Facebook censorship. From day one, I’ve had false accusations leveled against me by feminists, transgenders, and LGBT fanatics. For instance, I’ve had a number of posts removed for allegedly violating “community standards” or arbitrary “hate speech” policies. In fact, months back I had my page unpublished. Fortunately, there was an appeal process and, after a number of days, I got my page reinstated. After that incident, I had a feminist openly admit that she (she said “we”) wouldn’t stop until my page was taken down. This is how psychotic and evil these people are. They are mini-tyrants and would-be-despots. And Facebook gives them the power to silence their fellow man.

The attacks have again begun in full force. As I write this, I am currently on a three-day time out (three separate times in the past I’ve been put in Facebook time out for one day, three days, and seven days). Why? After two of my posts we taken down last night, one for violating “community standards” and the other for “hate speech” violations, Facebook has blocked me from posting, commenting, liking, or otherwise using Facebook – and not just on my Feminism is a Disease page, but across all seven of my pages, my closed group, and my personal page. I can’t send messages, I can’t comment, I can’t post, I can’t do anything. Why? For no other reason than the fact that I said something the elitist radicals as Facebook don’t like – and also because a feminist or homosexual was offended at one of my posts and flagged it.

I won’t be surprised in the slightest if Facebook unpublishes my page again or if they outright delete it. That is their M.O. They silence their opposition because they can’t compete in the ideological arena when the opposition is given a free chance to explain their views. Tyrants throughout history have used the same tactic – and the tyrants of old only wish they had a system of censorship and social manipulation as effective as Facebook.

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The post that was removed after being flagged last night gets to the heart of the entire matter. In fact, it was eerily prophetic. The action taken against me by Facebook proves and fulfills the prophecy. The quote comes from Henry Makow who wrote the best book on feminism titled Cruel Hoax: Feminism and the New World Order. On page 78, Makow wrote:

“Illuminati-Marxism spawned both the Gay and Woman’s liberation movements by transferring Marxist class conflict to gender. The “patriarchy” (male-dominated heterosexual family) is the root of all evil and must be destroyed (“transformed”). Women (the proletariat) and anyone “oppressed” (gays, certain favored minorities) must be handed position and power on a silver platter.”

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That is precisely accurate! And it is true in my case – I am being discriminated against and censored because I have dared say anything against the privileged, favored, protected LGBT/feminist class and their Marxist overlords. Additionally, I think it is worth quoting the commentary I added to Mr. Makow’s quotation. This is what I wrote, including Makow’s full quote:

“As crazy as it sounds to those who haven’t taken the time to study real history, this is in fact true. Feminism, as I’ve said since day one, was and is a communist front movement (the Communist League, which later became the Bolshevik party which overthrew Russia, was an Illuminati creation). So, too, was the militant homosexual/transgender movement. The elites know that these perversions of nature and God’s law tend to corrupt families and break down society. That’s why they create and fund these movements – to foment division and chaos, out of which they intend to rebuild a Luciferian world order. Now you know, the rest of the story. . .

““Gay and feminist activists find common ground because they insist male-female distinctions are artificial, ignoring all scientific evidence. While many heterosexuals might consider themselves “feminists,” feminism is a homosexual movement. It believes that men and women are the same and only social conditioning makes us different. Homosexuality is love of the same. Today, gay and feminist activists want “people” to make love to “people” regardless of their sex. They depict normal heterosexual behaviour as pathological. Men are inherently abusive and the heterosexual family is oppressive. The way to social justice is to abolish heterosexuality altogether (isn’t this “hate”?) Illuminati-Marxism spawned both the Gay and Woman’s liberation movements by transferring Marxist class conflict to gender. The “patriarchy” (male-dominated heterosexual family) is the root of all evil and must be destroyed (“transformed”). Women (the proletariat) and anyone “oppressed” (gays, certain favored minorities) must be handed position and power on a silver platter. The Illuminati’s revolutionary goal is the “New World Order” or authoritarian socialism run by monopoly capital. It is big government in the service of big business, the Left in the service of the Right.” – Henry Makow, “Cruel Hoax: Feminism and the New World Order, 78-79.”

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That ends my commentary and the full quote from Mr. Makow. As you can see, it was prophetic. It is a precise description of what has gone on for so long in America and throughout the Bolshevized world. And is there one word of hate in it? Of course not, unless calling a spade a spade is “hate.” In fact, this reminds me of a few comments made by the honorable President Ezra Taft Benson, a patriot in his day without equal.

Though each of these statements comes from different speeches given at various times, I take them from the 1964 book Title of Liberty: A Warning Voice compiled by Mark A. Benson for convenience.

“I have great faith in the American people. When fully informed, they will make wise decisions. They will stand up and be counted for what is right. This I know.

“I recognize that it is not popular in some circles to be called an anti-communist, but I consider communism a political and economic disease. I do not believe an American citizen can be patriotic and loyal to his own country and its God-inspired Constitution of freedom without being anti-communist–anti-socialist. . . .

“We must expose to the light of public inquiry those forces which would destroy our country and our way of life” (15-16).

“Our mortal enemies are the Satanic communists and those who prepare the path for them” (84).

“Yes, we have been lulled away into a false security. We are busy making money, enjoying our abundance but oblivious to the gradual loss of freedom which has made all of these blessings possible. As a nation we are affluent but foolish.

“This nation needs a revival of patriotism, a return to basic concepts, an awakening to the most deadly peril ever to threaten our people. I say to you with all my heart that the danger is real and can be deadly. We must become alerted and informed. . . .

“Grassroots thinking in America cries for strong, courageous leadership. Some American people are at long last becoming aroused in their hearts . . . They want to know the truth without bluffing.

“The American people are entitled to the facts. They will actively follow sound, courageous leadership. Our people know in their hearts that the opposite of victory is defeat, whether you call it “coexistence” or “compromise” with a godless tyranny.

“We are at war, and we must win the war. It’s time to go on the offensive. Let’s stop helping the enemy . . . Let’s make sure we’re right and then mobilize sufficient strength to win. For a change let’s try victory!” (51-51).

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Will you stand up for what is right and vocally, actively, tenaciously oppose this Satanic tyranny that is sweeping across our nation and devouring our rights? Or are you so worried about your money, ease, and reputation to stand up and be counted? Are you worried what your friends might think or do you honestly care enough about your faith, family, and Freedom to defend them?

This is a war. Wars are not easy. They are not won over night. They are not won without sacrifice and loss, discomfort and pain, sweat and tears. Yet, the prize is worth the price. It really is worth it.

I’m doing about all I can do. I have published two books on the communist conspiracy, which include extensive discussion about front groups like feminism, the LGBT movement, environmentalism, etc., and I have just completed a third book that I pray will strengthen people’s testimony of the fact that they are literal children of God with a grand potential. To date, I have written more than 80 articles. I recently launched my Liberty Wolf podcast and I am preparing to release episode #10. I run, as noted, seven Facebook pages, and a group, devoted to truth on a host of subjects ranging from feminism to communism to occultism to the Founding Fathers to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Finally, in 2014, I ran for the U.S. House of Representatives out of Utah under the Independent American Party banner.

In nearly all of these endeavors, I have faced opposition and censorship. From having my Facebook pages censored, harassed, and deleted, to being told by the Republican government in Utah that I and all of my fellow independents were banned from the campaign debates, to receiving literal threats from feminists, to having “friends” stab me in the back repeatedly over these issues and disown me because I’m bold enough to speak the unpopular truth, I’ve had my fair share of hardship.

Yet, I push forward harder than ever before. And I do it for one major reason – I know it is right. If I know what the truth is, how can I be silent or complacent? Complacency is complicity. Silence is collusion. Ignorance is no excuse.

My conscience would not allow me to sit on the sidelines and watch life pass me by. These issues are too monumental – too much is at stake. We are in a war for our very lives and for everything that makes life worth living: Faith, Family, Freedom. With this in mind, we must stand and fight or consign our Republic to bondage and our families to misery and oppression. As President Reagan truthfully declared: “If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.”

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Truly, America is the final battleground. The communists and their allies have conquered the entire globe. They have made tremendous inroads here in the United States. Our culture is being shaped in their image. Our political system, though ostensibly constitutionalist, now runs on Marxist policies and all ten planks of The Communist Manifesto have been instituted. Faith in the Savior Jesus Christ is dwindling while at the same time occultism is rising. Wicca, for example, is the fastest-growing religion in America and Britain. The entire tide is turning against us, against the truth, and against sanity. Yet, we are on the side of truth. Truth will prevail in the end. Our job is to hold on to truth until it crushes all enemies under its feet.

I encourage you to fight against censorship in all its manifestations. The best thing you can do is to educate people. Unless we have a critical mass of people who are as informed as we are and who believe the same basic values, our efforts will come to nothing. We cannot win this fight unless the American People are educated in facts and truth. A certain segment of society is, frankly, lost. Yet, millions of others are on the fence just waiting for leaders to stand up and lead.

I’m doing what I can to be a beacon of light to others, but because I am only one of a small handful, it makes me a target. If millions of us stood up, we would be too powerful to oppose. They could not, in that case, single us out and pick us off one-by-one. As it is, however, that is precisely what they are doing. I am on the verge of losing a hard-earned followership of 1,300 people simply because one offended radical complained and Facebook has kow-towed to their whims. This is the power of an individual. Image if individuals used that power for good rather than evil. Image if millions of individuals pooled their resources and strength and shouted as one in defense of traditionalism, the Constitution, sanity, religion, and truth. We would be unstoppable. Until we learn to stand up, however, we will continue to fail because we will continue to fall separately.

Zack Strong,

August 23, 2018

To hear a presentation on free speech, click the link to listen to my Liberty Wolf episode on the subject:

 

Judge Kavanaugh – A Missed Opportunity

I have been asked why I think President Trump’s nomination for the next justice of the Supreme Court is a terrible choice. This brief article will highlight the reasons why Judge Brett Kavanaugh is an Establishment insider, an enemy to the U.S. Constitution, and a danger to our Republic.

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The first red flag that stood out to me when I began reading up on Judge Kavanaugh was his horrendous grasp on the Fourth Amendment to the Bill of Rights. Kavanaugh has openly sided with the government’s violations of our privacy. In fact, he has supported and upheld the NSA’s warrantless domestic spying program, astonishingly calling it “entirely consistent with the Fourth Amendment.” He has also supported random, warrantless police pat downs as legitimate.

This point of view regarding this precious amendment is incredibly serious for several reasons. First, it shows that Kavanaugh has no historical understanding regarding the purpose and importance of the Fourth Amendment. The Founding Fathers often referred to the Fourth Amendment as the “bulwark” of the Constitution and of our Liberty. Second, this stance shows Kavanaugh does not comprehend the rights of privacy and person inherent in the Constitution and protected by the Fourth Amendment. And third, it demonstrates that Kavanaugh is not a true constitutionalist. Only real constitutionalists deserve a place on the Supreme Court.

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I prize the Fourth Amendment so highly that I would reject Judge Kavanaugh solely based on his stance regarding it. However, the more I looked, the more problems I saw with Kavanaugh. One of the things that worries me is his deep connections to corrupt families and personalities in Washington, D.C. Kavanaugh is a huge friend of George W. Bush and Jeb Bush, for instance. Kavanaugh was on the legal team that helped swing things in Florida in favor of George W. during the infamous recounts. He later served as an aide to George W. Bush in the White House. Kavanaugh was in fact so close to Bush that he not only married one of the president’s secretaries, but was instrumental in convincing George W. to nominate John Roberts to the Supreme Court – a decision which has turned out to be an unmitigated disaster. Every indication is that Kavanaugh is an active Establishment insider – part of the “swamp” Trump has failed so miserably at draining.

Another area of concern is abortion. A Vox article included this statement:

“But as Trump has considered Kavanaugh to replace Kennedy, some conservatives have started to voice concerns that the judge isn’t reliably conservative enough. Some conservatives, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), have pointed to Kavanaugh’s record on health care; others are concerned that Kavanaugh told senators during his DC Circuit confirmation hearing that he’d respect precedent on abortion and declined to share his views on Roe v. Wade.”

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We do not need a “go-along-to-get-along” guy on the Supreme Court. We do not need someone who will “respect precedent” when that precedent is clearly immoral, unconscionable, and wrong. Abortion is little more than infanticide – a genocide of the unborn. Instead of putting forward a man who respects the Constitution’s guarantee of a person’s right to live and who is uncompromising on this crucial life-or-death subject, Trump has given us a man who is seemingly content to see “precedent” continue and not rock the boat. I remind the reader that over 70 million babies have had their lives snuffed out since Roe v. Wade. Tolerating this sort of reprehensible “precedent” reminds me of what Thomas Jefferson wrote in his Notes on the State of Virginia about slavery:

“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people 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 for ever.”

In addition to these alarming views, it turns out that Kavanaugh has been involved in high-level cover-ups for a long time. I speak specifically of the Vince Foster case. While the world claims Vince Foster – a White House aide during Bill Clinton’s presidency – committed suicide, the cold, hard evidence suggests he was murdered. The man who wrote the report ignoring and covering up crucial evidence demonstrating foul play was none other than Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh was one of the lead investigators in this case and was privy to the evidence countering the official narrative.

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This scandalous episode goes to show that when you rub shoulders with, and do favors for, powerful people like the Clintons and Bushes, you advance up the political ladder. And Kavanaugh is about to advance almost as high as one can go. I highly recommend listening to this hard-hitting interview about Kavanaugh’s involvement in the Vince Foster cover-up conducted by Cliff Kincaide at America’s Survival Inc.

It is also worth noting that Kavanaugh wrote an opinion that was later used by Justice Roberts as a judicial justification for keeping Obamacare. In a lengthy article last week titled “How Potential SCOTUS Pick Brett Kavanaugh Wrote A Roadmap For Saving Obamacare,” Christopher Jacobs explained:

“Even as he avoided a definitive ruling on the merits of the case [in 2011], Kavanaugh revealed himself as favorably disposed to the [individual] mandate. Worst of all, in so doing, he cultivated a theory that ultimately led Chief Justice John Roberts to uphold the mandate. . . .

“In Kavanaugh’s view, the mandate could fit “comfortably” within Congress’ constitutional powers [to tax]. . . .

“Conservatives might argue amongst themselves about which is worse: An unelected judge opining on how a mandate to purchase a product could meet constitutional muster, or that same unelected judge giving Congress instructions on how to ensure it will. . . .

“The gambit worked. Roberts ultimately relied upon that argument from Verilli by way of Kavanaugh to uphold the mandate as a constitutional exercise of the taxing power. That Kavanaugh, like Roberts, used the last few pages of his opinion to decry the “unprecedented” nature of a mandate upheld via the Commerce Clause power does not mitigate his favorable analysis of a mandate upheld via the Taxing Clause power.”

I leave you to read the rest of the article for yourself. Suffice it to say, Kavanaugh has wrested the U.S. Constitution, massively expanding the Founding Fathers’ original intent regarding the taxing power to allow the federal government to punish (i.e. tax) individuals for not accepting government-controlled health care. Doing so led the Supreme Court to uphold the alleged constitutionality of Obamacare in 2012.

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In fairness, let me briefly mention a few areas in which Judge Kavanaugh seems to be good. When it comes to religious issues and protection of religious worship, he appears sound (though, frankly, I dispute the depth of one’s religious conviction when I know they are not vehemently opposed to Roe V. Wade). Regarding immigration, what I’ve read so far indicates that Kavanaugh’s track record is appropriate. On the ever-contested issue of firearms, it seems Kavanaugh is also pretty consistent.

These three areas show that Kavanaugh is not 100% compromised. However, as the concerns I’ve raised should demonstrate, there are many red flags that ought to disqualify Kavanuagh as a serious contender for the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, however, President Trump disagrees.

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Ultimately, this terrible nomination is a result of Trump’s own egregious lack of constitutional understanding, his naiveté and overreliance on the advice of his corrupt aides, and his lack of understanding of conspiracy and intrigue. As I said clear back in 2016, Trump is a puppet who doesn’t know he’s a puppet.

I don’t necessarily believe Trump is malicious. However, he is a man who is being manipulated by the people he puts around him and places confidence in. As he has demonstrated time and time again, it is easy to flatter and trick Trump and talk him out of his opinions. And since he is always looking to “make deals,” he is willing to compromise hard-and-fast principles in favor of mainstream, populist, lets-not-rock-the-boat policies. Thus, picking Kavanaugh – a Bush lackey and Establishment insider – was just “good business.” And it was also a tragically missed opportunity to put a true constitutionalist on the Supreme Court.

I sincerely hope I’m wrong about Judge Brett Kavanaugh and that, assuming he makes it to the Supreme Court, he will issue opinions harmonious with the U.S. Constitution. However, I don’t think a 53-year-old judge who has been in the business for so many years will suddenly change his stripes. I predict, if his nomination is approved, that he will continue to rule against the Fourth Amendment and uphold Court “precedent” in numerous areas that conflict with the founding ideals that made America the greatest nation in world history.

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I truly believe, from the preliminary research I’ve done, that Judge Kavanaugh presents a danger to the Republic. He is a threat precisely because he belongs to and serves the insider clique that dominates Washington. If Trump truly wants to “drain the swamp,” why did he nominate a man bred and groomed in the swamp to the highest court in the land? Perhaps only time will tell what is to become of Kavanaugh, but I recommend watching him like a hawk and holding him strictly accountable, as we ought to hold all public servants accountable for their fidelity (or lack thereof) to the U.S. Constitution.

Zack Strong,

July 10, 2018.

Festival of Freedom

“My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!” – Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, June 17, 1785.

The United States of America is the greatest nation on earth! With all of our numerous flaws and serious disruptions and contentions, this Republic is still, without question, the best nation in the world and the last hope for mankind. No other country has as much raw potential as the United States. And certainly no other nation has as glorious a heritage of Freedom, rule of law, and godly society as does America. We are a blessed land with a special mission to fulfill.

In order to fulfill our singular mission, however, we must recognize and be grateful for our unsurpassed blessings, embrace our unique American heritage, revive the principles and ideals enshrined in our founding documents, and press forward in faith. We must defend our faith, families, and Freedom against all attacks – both from within and from without. We must imbibe the same spirit our forefathers possessed that caused them to risk life and limb to forge a free nation. Independence Day is the perfect time to do just that.

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During an Independence Day oration in 1826, George Bancroft referred to this exceptional holiday and stated:

“The festival which we keep is the festival of freedom itself – it belongs not to us only but to man. All the nations of the earth have an interest in it, and humanity proclaims it sacred!”

Independence Day is not just another day. It is a special day; a sacred day. It was the opening of a new epoch. This holy day marks the founding of the first free nation in modern times – a nation which grew from its humble beginnings to become the greatest nation in recorded history. America is not just another nation, and her birthday is not just another day.

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In 1796, a full generation before Bancroft delivered his oration, John Lathrop gave an Independence Day address wherein he affirmed:

“Liberty descended from Heaven on the 4th of July, 1776. . . .

“The first promulgation of the Gospel of Liberty was the declaration of American independence . . . the Americans were elected by God to redeem from bondage the miserable victims of arbitrary power.”

America was the vessel which the Lord designed to carry Liberty to a safe harbor. When fifty-six men signed their names to the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and proclaimed their reliance upon “the protection of Divine Providence,” Freedom began to burst forth. America is the modern birthplace of Liberty and has remained its sole incubator for 242 years. Truly, Independence Day is no ordinary day.

John Quincy Adams, in an Independence Day speech delivered in 1837, rhetorically asked:

“Why is it that next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day?”

He went on to provide the answer:

“Is it not that in the chain of events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? – that it forms a leading event in the progress of the gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? – that it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Savior and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets six hundred years before?”

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To our forefathers, the birth of America was not a raucous “rebellion,” but a sacrosanct religious event. It was an act of Providence. It was a fulfillment of ancient Biblical prophecy. So many profound miracles poured forth from Heaven that General George Washington, in the heat of the conflict with tyrannical Britain, wrote to a fellow general that:

“The hand of Providence has been so conspicuous in all this, that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations” (George Washington to Thomas Nelson, August 20, 1778).

Speaking in 1793, just a few years after Washington penned his letter, Elias Boudinot told an audience gathered for their Independence Day celebration the following:

“The late revolution . . . is big with events that are daily unfolding themselves and pressing in thick succession to the astonishment of a wondering world!

“It has been marked with the certain characteristic of a Divine overruling hand in that it was brought about and perfected against all human reasoning and apparently against all human hope – and that in the very moment of time when all Europe seemed ready to be plunged into commotion and distress.

“Divine Providence, throughout the government of this world, appears to have impressed many events with the undoubted evidence of His own almighty arm.”

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On April 30, 1789, newly elected President George Washington delivered his First Inaugural Address. In it, he stated:

“[I]t would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the Universe, who presides in the Councils of Nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that his benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the People of the United States, a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes: and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success, the functions allotted to his charge. In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public and private good I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own; nor those of my fellow-citizens at large, less than either. No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.”

Through the intervention of Almighty God, the American Republic came into being. Without His divine aid, our War for Independence would have floundered, our Founding Fathers would have been hanged as traitors, the U.S. Constitution would have never come into being, and America would have been once more subjected to European tyranny. Yet, God did intervene, America did win her bid for Independence, and the Founding Fathers went on to draft the U.S. Constitution under inspiration and set America on the path to unrivaled greatness.

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Today, how many of us stop to remember and express gratitude for the Lord’s hand in our nation’s birth and progress? How many of us truly comprehend how significant Independence Day was in the course of world history? How many of us understand the great mission America has been given – the mission of preaching the Gospel of Liberty to mankind? How few of us thank our God for His bountiful blessings upon this special land!

As Americans, we are unique. The eyes of the world are, and truly have been, upon us. No other People has a history and a heritage like we do. No other nation boasts such a large group of Founding Fathers so thoroughly brilliant, honorable, and wise. No other nation has founding documents as inspired as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. No other country anywhere witnessed such conspicuous intervention by Deity in its founding. The American Republic is not just another nation, and her birthday is not just another day.

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Be proud to be an American. Be proud of your unmatched heritage of Freedom. Feel honored you were born here in the cradle of Liberty and that you have the privilege of participating in this ongoing struggle. Defend your faith, family, and Freedom against all attacks. Cherish the history of the American founding and the memory of the men who sacrificed so much for this Republic. And never take for granted this special day, this Independence Day, this festival of Freedom. Long Live Liberty!

Zack Strong

July 1, 2018.

Royal Sycophancy

This past weekend I watched in disgust as the news and social media lit up with chatter about the “royal wedding” of Prince Harry and his American bride Meghan Markle. News commentators gushed about how “beautiful” the event was. The hearts of millions of fawning young girls fluttered with excitement. And crowds around the world cheered and overflowed with emotion. What is wrong with the psyche of America when your average person gushes over a “royal wedding” in a foreign land?

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There are many things that could be said about the British Royal Family. For instance, I could discuss the rampant pedophilia and Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) that goes on among them behind closed doors. I could cite the book Dope, Inc. and reveal the Royal Family’s involvement in the world-wide opium industry. I could even stoop to talking about the Royal Family’s recent, and possibly continued, use of a “groom of the stool” (I’ll leave that to you to investigate). No, this article won’t be about the Royal Family. Rather, I want to discuss the problem of Americans fawning over the notion of royalty and why this is an omen of dark days to come.

In 1776, our forefathers rebelled against the British Crown, declaring Independence for the new American states. On July 9, 1776, the inspired words of the Declaration of Independence were read to the crowds in New York. So captivated with feelings of Liberty were they that the crowds promptly marched to Manhattan and tore down and demolished a statue of King George III. The statue was later melted down and made into musket balls which were used to shoot invading British Red Coats.

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This story depicts the true American feeling towards royalty. Real Americans will have no king over them. Real Americans love self-rule and submit only to the dictates of one King – the King of Heaven. Thomas Paine, who is often erroneously called an atheist, wrote in his classic Common Sense:

“But where says some is the King of America? I’ll tell you Friend, he reigns above, and doth not make havoc of mankind like the Royal Brute of Britain.”

Yes, the only King of America is Christ the Lord, the King of kings. Our forefathers acknowledged His right to rule. They endeavored to establish America as a free and Christian society – a shining city on a hill and beacon of hope, virtue, and Liberty to mankind.

In an Independence Day oration in 1837, John Quincy Adams similarly stated:

“A moral Ruler of the Universe – the Governor and Controller of all human power – is the only unlimited sovereign acknowledged by the Declaration of Independence.”

Only God is acknowledged as the superintending power in the United States – and this in our nation’s first official document! Perhaps both of these great men took their lead from ancient Gideon who, when asked by Israel to rule over them, replied:

“I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the Lord shall rule over you” (Judges 8:23).

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Finishing his earlier thought, Paine explained:

“Yet that we may not appear to be defective even in earthly honors, let a day be solemnly set apart for proclaiming the charter; let it be brought forth placed on the divine law, the word of God; let a crown be placed thereon, by which the world may know, that so far as we approve of monarchy, that in America the law is king. For as in absolute governments the king is law, so in free countries the law ought to be king; and there ought to be no other. But lest any ill use should afterwards arise, let the crown at the conclusion of the ceremony be demolished, and scattered among the people whose right it is.”

Let the crown of supposed “royalty” be demolished! The People – and only the People – have the right to establish their own laws and rule themselves.

Fortunately for us, our wise Founding Fathers submitted their finite will to God’s wisdom and were inspired to create and forge a Republic of unequaled Freedom, prosperity, happiness, security, influence, and opportunity. The U.S. Constitution is the embodiment of the principles of Liberty and is the most sacred relic our forefathers handed down to us. Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8 of that document states: “No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States.”

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Thus, it is a canonized, official part of our government that there shall be no nobility in America. The concept of royalty was repugnant to our noble Founding Fathers. They fought against would-be kings and refuted the notion that one segment of society was destined to lord over the rest.

It should always be remembered that it was the monarchists and elitists they waged their War of Independence against. If the British Royal Family had its way, the United States would have never been born and you would be even today a subject of Britain.

You would absolutely not enjoy the rights secured under the U.S. Constitution, nor the wealth provided by the American free enterprise system, nor the protection of just laws and honorable men who cherish their God-given right to keep and bear arms. If the Royal Family had their way, you would be a slave.

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It was against elitists who fancied themselves “royalty” that our patriot forefathers fought. American blood was spilled because the British Royal Family wanted to keep us in chains. The War of 1812 was waged for the same reason and by the same forces of evil.

It was against this same clique of elitists inside the United States that Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Andrew Jackson, and others battled on the monumental issue of a national bank. Unfortunately, the Americans living in 1913 lost that battle and the Federal Reserve monstrosity exists as a parasite sucking the lifeblood out of this nation.

This same war has always been fought between the forces of Freedom and the sponsors of tyranny. Throughout history, tyranny has all too often taken the form of a monarchy, such as the British Royal Family represents. These monarchies, led by self-professed demigods and self-absorbed elitists, have done little more than oppress mankind, stifle growth, and impede the course of Freedom.

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The patriots of 1776, however, struck a blow against the British Royals and gave America a reprieve from monarchical tyranny. They provided us the opportunity of self-government and Liberty. They suffered, sacrificed, and spilled their blood so that we would be free of the suffocating influence of the British Royal Family. Yet, today Americans gush over “royalty” and follow every detail of the British monarchists’ lives. Our forefathers would be rolling in their graves if they could witness this shameful, sycophantic spectacle.

The ever colorful John Adams once wrote:

“Posterity! You will never know, how much it cost the present Generation, to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make a good Use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it” (John Adams to Abigail Adams, April 26, 1777).

Indeed, what have we done with our bounty of Freedom so graciously secured for us by our patriot forefathers?

On Independence Day, 1798, Noah Webster gave a speech in which he stated:

“[O]ur fathers were men – they were heroes and patriots – they fought – they conquered – and they bequeathed to us a rich inheritance of liberty and empire, which we have no right to surrender.”

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Yet, surrender we have. Today, some “Americans” wish we had a king. Millions grovel at the foot of the federal government petitioning for handouts and favors like any peasant of the feudal age. With my own ears, I heard a professor at Brigham Young University-Provo declare that the “divine right of kings” was not only approved by the holy scriptures, but that we should have a king in America. What’s worse, some of my fellow students in the class voiced their agreement and approval. The sickness of royal sycophancy is spreading.

Think of how polarized the United States has become. This divide is never more visible than in an election year. In almost every election, we hear the cry of “rigged” from the losing side. Two years after her defeat, Hillary Clinton is still telling interviewers that Donald Trump rigged the election and she should be the rightful ruler of America. And make no bones about it, Clinton is an elitist who sees herself as a ruler, not a servant of the People.

The crowds have developed a sycophantic allegiance to their favorite candidates, whether Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, or Bernie Sanders. They act fanatical in their support of these individuals who, in their eyes, can do no wrong and represent all that is good. The opposing sides are closing ranks and digging in. Both sides are so embittered and hate-filled that they have come to blows more than once. Soon, there will be no chance of even having an open and free dialogue and only compulsion will decide things.

Judging from history, these terrible trends portend severe strife and very possibly civil war. It is altogether conceivable, for instance, that a losing candidate in a national election could reject the vote tally, assert that he was cheated in a rigged election, declare himself king, and have half the population follow him. It sounds outlandish in the 21st Century, yet it has happened in the past so many times that we would be foolish to dismiss the very real possibility.

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Yes, we live in an age of demigods and cults of personality. Rule of law means virtually nothing. The U.S. Constitution is all but forgotten. States have lost their sovereignty and the federal government is run like a dictatorship with the president wielding extreme and unlawful amounts of power. And the American heritage of opposing the British Royal Family and monarchists and tyrants of all stripes has fallen by the way side.

If the Prince Harry’s and Meghan’s “Royal Wedding” is any indication, the American People are ripening for servitude to the first person bold enough to declare himself a king. The first Caesar bold enough to march his legions across the American Rubicon might just gain himself a kingdom, and bequeath to the American People thralldom. I pray, however, that if that dark day ever comes, the characteristic American spirit will revive and we will repeat the glorious days of 1776 when King George III was toppled and Independence from tyrants was declared before the eyes of the world. Long Live Liberty! Sic Semper Tyrannis!

Zack Strong

May 22, 2018.

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My Essential Liberty Trumps Your So-Called Safety

“They who can give up essential Liberty to obtain a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” – Benjamin Franklin, February 17, 1775

The tragic Parkland, Florida school shooting has once again raised the demonic specter of gun control and has stirred people into a mindless and frenzied hysteria against our God-given Liberty and the Constitution which protects it. I want to speak bluntly in this article. I want to refocus this debate on the real issue at play; namely, on our rights. Personal feelings, personal opinions, personal fears and paranoia, all must bow before the exalted throne of individual rights.

Our individual rights are given to us by God. They do not come from man. They do not come from society. They are not granted by government. They are not granted by the U.S. Constitution or Declaration of Independence. They are not subject to the whims or opinions of the majority. They are not subject to elections or votes. They are not subject to populist passions. They are not dependent upon the president’s or Supreme Court’s support. They are inalienable, sacred, and undeniable for those who live peaceably and do not violate the equal rights of others.

The great Thomas Jefferson defined Liberty thus:

“[R]ightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will, within the limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’; because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual” (Thomas Jefferson to Isaac H. Tiffany, April 4, 1819).

Liberty is an individual’s right to “unobstructed action.” The only restriction placed upon an individual’s right to act without obstruction is the violation of another’s equal rights. Let’s demonstrate this principle with an example. While you have a right to life, if you murder – thus violating another’s equal right to life – you forfeit your right to the same. And so on and so forth. Unless an individual has violated another person’s rights, his actions cannot be restrained, curtailed, obstructed, or punished by legitimate law. And any law which would limit a person’s Liberty for any reason and because of any pretext is nothing but “the tyrant’s will” and is itself a gross violation of the very notion of Freedom. And it is an explicit violation of the U.S. Constitution.

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Inasmuch as government does not grant us rights, government cannot then restrict or curtail those rights unless you have forfeited them by violating another individual’s rights. Our Founding Fathers understood this concept and codified it in the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution. The Declaration of Independence declares that the power and authority of the People supersedes any government or constitution. It plainly stated:

“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 of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.”

To “secure these rights” – rights such as life, Liberty, and the right of self-defense – is the chief function of all legitimate government. When a government violates those rights, the People have not only a right but a duty to “alter or to abolish” that government and erect new laws or forms of government that will best secure their natural rights and Liberties. Government’s job, then, is not to give you a “safe space” or to tuck you in at night and sing you lullabies. The state’s job is not to rock your cradle, hold your hand, and keep you “safe.” The government’s sole job is to secure each individual’s God-given rights against all threats foreign and domestic.

The U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights is a list of “thou shalt nots” directed at government. For instance, the government shall not infringe upon the individual’s God-given right of self-defense. That is explicitly stated in the 2nd Amendment. The other amendments similarly use terms like “shall not” and “shall” to restrain government and protect the individual.

The 2nd Amendment, contrary to popular belief, has nothing to do with guns. Firearms is not the issue. Rather, this precious amendment has everything to do with self-defense. Every honest person will admit that individuals have an inherent right to defend themselves, their property, their family, and their rights. Without this overarching right of self-defense, no other right could ever be secured. What does the right of property mean without the right to defend it against those who would steal or plunder? What does the right of life mean without the means of self-defense? By using simple logic and rational thinking we come to the obvious conclusion that the right of self-defense is the most important right, for, without it, our other rights don’t matter and are not secure.

If what I have just said is true, then it is also true to state that any infringement of the Second Amendment is a blow against our safety. It cannot be otherwise. If the right of self-defense is the right that defends all others, to infringe it infringes automatically upon all other rights. Ignorant students and rabid activists like the characteristically communist David Hogg only think with their emotions and aren’t informed enough to understand what Liberty is and what the Constitution says. Their knee-jerk reaction is that which they have been indoctrinated in public schools and by the controlled Establishment media to perform.

Instead of immediately rushing to defend our rights in the aftermath of a tragedy, they immediately rush to destroy our rights just so they can feel safer in their bed at night. This attitude is tyrannical in the extreme. We are a nation of mini tyrants with each person waltzing on the other’s rights whenever it suits them or whenever they feel afraid of some bogeyman the media can make appear, such as the myth of the “white Christian conservative with an AR about ready to shoot up the local school.” We live in an era of fear-based politics and paranoia rules the day.

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If you support any form of the curtailment of the right of self-defense – gun restrictions, national data bases, waiting periods, licensing, attachment bans, mandatory screenings, ad infinitum – you, sir, are a tyrant. You stand in opposition to the Constitution. You stand opposed to the Founding Fathers – great men like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. You are at war with Freedom. And you are at war with the Author of that Freedom, the God who rules in the Heavens. In short, you are an enemy to the Republic if you favor any legislation, policy, program, ruling, or executive order designed to restrict, even in the slightest, our natural right to defend ourselves, our families, our Freedom, and our faith.

In short, my essential Liberty trumps in every imaginable way your so-called need to feel safe. Liberty trumps safety every time. Secured Liberty is true safety. My God-given rights trump your insecurities and paranoia. My Freedom surpasses and exceeds your desire for calm and safety.

The great Thomas Jefferson declared:

“[A]ll timid men . . . prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty” (Thomas Jefferson to Philp Mazzei, April 24, 1796).

Another time, he accurately wrote:

“The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave” (Thomas Jefferson to Richard Rush, October 20, 1820).

Anyone who thinks things will always be tranquil and calm is ignorant of reality and is guilty of wishful thinking. Life will never be calm. There will always be boisterous waves, tempests of thought, contention and differences. Until the Lord returns to reign, this world will be one of disagreement and tempestuous convulsions. We must not react to these bumps in the road by restricting the one thing that could ultimately see us through the storm safely – our Liberty.

Liberty must be the paramount issue. When a mass shooting occurs, our first instinct must be to defend Liberty against rash emotionalism and knee-jerk reactionism. Only by securing our rights – crucially, the right of self-defense – can we be safe. If you can only feel “safe” by destroying another person’s Freedom and the right to defend himself and his family, you have a serious problem. If this is your attitude and proposed solution to the perceived problem of violence, you are not only ignorant of reality, but you are an enemy to Liberty. You see the world through a tainted lens. You are living in fear. You have no respect for Liberty or the Constitution.

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Please, be a true friend to the Constitution. Be a friend to Freedom. Be a friend to our God-given rights. Unite with those who want to be freemen rather than slaves, to be self-sufficient rather than rely upon the government for everything, including their personal safety. Unite against the demagogues and despots who want to subjugate you and your family and who use the corpses of school children as talking points to push their sick agenda. Choose the right side and you will have friends. Choose the wrong side and reap eternal infamy and bring shame upon your country.

I close by repeating that my essential Liberty, my individual rights, my right to defend my family and Freedom, trump your need to feel “safe.” When you sacrifice Liberty on the altar of safety, you sacrifice everything. Liberty must not be sacrificed to quiet the fears of a paranoid and insecure segment of society or the demigods in government who bite at every opportunity to increase their power and wrap chains around the American People.

Long live Liberty! Sic semper tyrannis!

Zack Strong

April 10, 2018.