The Federalist Papers Project
President Obama has continually asserted that Islam was “woven into the fabric” of the United States since its founding. Obama claims that Muslims have made significant contributions to building of this nation. The claim is laughable to anyone who has studied US history. Historian David Barton spoke to Glenn Beck and tore the president’s claims apart.
Barton found the first real contribution any Muslim made was in 1856 (80 years after the founding) when then Secretary of War Jefferson Davis hired one Muslim to help train camels in Arizona. Not exactly a resounding contribution, since the plan to fight Native Americans via camelback was soon dismissed.
Family Security Matters
RONALD R. CHERRY, MD
The United States was founded on the principle of Divine human rights which are endowed to all individuals equally by their Creator.
“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…” Thomas Jefferson
This Judeo-Christian concept provides for unalienable human rights that are distributed equally among all people because, from before birth, God views all individuals as His equally loved and valued children, made in His image. Since all individuals possess infinite and therefore equal value in the eyes of their Creator, all equally possess Divine human rights. Divine human rights are also Natural human rights – self-evident, rational and moral – and thus represent both the law of nature and nature’s God.
What did our Framers really say we must do when the federal government usurps power?
They never said, “When the federal government ignores the Constitution, amend the Constitution.”
They never said, “File a lawsuit and let federal judges decide.”
Instead, they advised two manly remedies. We’ll look at one of them – nullification – in this paper. 1
First, let’s look at the Constitution we have.
Our Federal Government has Enumerated Powers Only
With our federal Constitution, we created a federal government. It is:
- A federation of sovereign States united under a national government ONLY for those limited purposes itemized in the Constitution;
- With all other powers reserved by the States or the People.
We listed every power we delegated to the federal government: Most of the powers delegated over the Country at large are listed at Article I, §8, clauses 1-16.
Numerous conversations I have with folks have shown me that there are a number of people out there that not only believe that President Obama is an anti-American President, but that he is a Muslim. In the end, it is all speculation, for Barack Obama has never given anyone indisputable evidence regarding his faith, which is why Scott Walker accurately indicated he had no idea what Obama’s faith is.
However, regardless of if you believe that Obama owns a Muslim prayer rug, or if you think he’s a Christian with a “Reverend Jeremiah Wright” G-Damn America splash of crazy in his religious thinking, or if you support the idea that Obama is a Godless Communist that rejects faith but appeases Islam because it serves his purpose, his actions and words tell a very interesting story that suggests he personally feels hostility towards Christianity, and is sympathetic to the followers of the false prophet Muhammad.
There is only one reason to be a defender of the Second Amendment, the same reason the Framers had when they wrote it: fear of an overbearing government. As Thomas Jefferson said, “The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
Of course, those opposed to gun ownership will respond that there is no tyranny in government. The answer to that is governments all over the world within the last 100 years have killed more than 262 million of their own citizens. See R.J. Rummel, Death By Government (Transaction, 1997).
Most Americans are unaware of this sinister aspect of modern history, which Rummel calls “Democide,” and when they find out, a common response is denial, then after ten minutes on the internet, amazement. Many such innocents then insist that it can’t happen here. The simple answer to the can’t-happen-here idea is that anything can happen anywhere, and it’s not as if this slaughter was centuries removed from us or limited to a single country.
Many on the left will dismiss the need to protect against overreaching government merely because they believe the more power the government has, the better, for it has been their experience that only big government is likely to deliver what they cannot get otherwise. They do not believe big government capable of oppression. Such people will never recognize the validity of gun-rights arguments.