What is a Patriot?
Patriots proudly walk in the footsteps of our Founding Fathers.
At the Second Continental Congress, brave and dedicated Colonists, who had defied a tyrant king and his rule of law, came together and signed the Declaration of Independence, mutually pledging “to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our scared Honor.”
They fought and bled for one another and created a country and a government unlike any other in history. The duty that is required to remain a free people falls to each succeeding generation of Americans.
Following the War of Independence, their incredible collective knowledge and their oft-heated exchanges and arguments resulted in the Constitution of the United States (created September 17, 1787, ratified June 21, 1788), and subsequently, the Bill of Rights (created September 25, 1789, ratified December 15, 1791).
There are those who feel that our precious Constitution is – or must be considered to be – a “living” document, meaning that an “evolving interpretation” of what it “means” is necessary to keep up with modern society.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
As Alexander Hamilton proclaimed, "Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things."
We, as Patriots, embrace our Constitutional Republic and we know that the U.S. Constitution was created to establish national sovereignty with – what was supposed to be – a limited national government, and that one of the main functions of government is to protect individual rights and freedom.
And, as Citizens and Patriots, We the People of these United States of America, do acknowledge that ours is not a perfect form of governance (nor is there such a thing), but we do cherish and hold dear the freedom and liberty that we possess, unlike many countries that toil under the daily oppression of tyrants.
However, in order for We the People to keep the freedom and liberty that we have and enjoy, there must be proper education afforded to all. This was pointed out by Samuel Adams who said, "If Virtue and Knowledge are diffused among the People, they will never be enslav'd. This will be their great Security."
That is a pure and simple truth. Virtue and knowledge provide security.
Consider this: if you do not know what your rights are, how can you defend them when they are being eroded or taken away by those in power.
And, make no mistake, our current generations have fewer rights and liberties than when our great country was founded nearly two-and-one-half centuries ago. There are countless examples, but here we shall touch upon only a few.
Freedom of speech is certainly in jeopardy. What is called Political Correctness is, in reality, a form of stifling one’s speech. It is up to each and every one of us to recognize when free speech is being threatened and to fight against it. As our first president, George Washington, said, “…the freedom of speech is taken away - and, dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the slaughter.”
Notably, any time there is a mass shooting there are those who yell and scream about the Second Amendment and that guns should be more controlled or banned, etc. These people do not even look at the fact that the common denominator for these heinous acts is not a gun. A gun is an instrument, not a cause. Regardless, there are those who wish to disarm American citizens and will use any reason, any excuse, in an attempt to accomplish this.
History tells us that we cannot ever allow this to occur. Dictators and despotic rulers take guns away from their people. Does the name Hitler ring a bell? Patrick Henry made this observation, “We should not forget that the spark which ignited the American Revolution was caused by the British attempt to confiscate the firearms of the colonists.”
As well, James Madison pointed out, “The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”
What about the often mis-construed Tenth Amendment? It states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Based on this, our Federal government has no right, or the ability, to enforce health-care on its Citizens. Yet, it did. That is but one example. Americans have allowed Capitol Hill to do pretty much whatever they please with the result of an over-reaching, behemoth that continuously threatens our Liberty.
Thomas Jefferson warned of this, when he wrote, “To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition.”
Indeed, our government and its size is no longer susceptible of any definition.
We, as Patriots, as Citizens, as Freedom Fighters, remain forever vigilant.
We must not allow or rights to be continually taken away. Each right, or portion of a right, that is lost, regardless of the reason given or offered, means less liberty for each of us. As Benjamin Franklin so keenly stated, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
We are Americans. We are Patriots.
We forever pledge our commitment to The Constitution of the United States by maintaining and promoting its standard of Liberty for ourselves and our posterity.
Part of that commitment follows on the words of John Adams, who said, “Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.”
Individually and collectively, Patriots do our part to ensure that this great Constitutional Republic remains free by ensuring that its Citizens are properly armed with knowledge of their US Constitution, their rights, their freedom.
We stand for America. Now. Always.
by Scott D. Welch, Patriot
Direct descendant of four Americans who fought in the Revolutionary War
Cousin of Patrick Henry
The entertaining and informative In Search of Liberty movie is a great refresher (if it's been a while) or educational tool (for those who know very little) about our U.S. Constitution, and is a movie that All Americans should watch.