We had ourselves a pleasant, low-effort Thursday. Around noon, joined by our Texan and Canadian friends, we drove east to Flippin and visited Trinity StreetRods. Deb’s cousin, who’d first brought us to the shop back in mid-May, met us there.
Trinity is a candy store for gearheads, almost exclusively a tribute to American muscle, with an amazing collection of vehicles that’s changing all the time. Most are for sale, too, though folks like us are satisfied with simply admiring.
We hung out at the shop a good while, talking with the owner and a few locals who dropped by. Deb’s cousin lives nearby, and he invited all of us back to his place on the mountain for some high-quality porch-sittin’ time.
That invitation was a rare privilege, by the way, an unmistakable sign of trust. Our friends had heard Deb and me talk about “goin’ up on the mountain,” but they hadn’t been there ’til yesterday. On a cool and breezy autumn afternoon it didn’t take long for them all to “get” why we love it so much.
This morning our Texas friends packed up and left Arkansas, bound for home. Our boys will arrive here later today. Chances are good that we’ll be back on the mountain at some point this weekend.
What I’m about to say is straightforward. Interpreting it doesn’t require a college degree, much less a law degree. Understanding it demands no particular savvy save common sense, and no special standing — this was written for the common man:
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”Fourth Amendment to The Constitution of the United States (ratified 1791)
After reading that, your common sense should tell you that countless burdens imposed on Americans by our federal, state and local governments are violations of essential individual Liberty protected by the Constitution. It’s beyond credible dispute.
Mask mandates. Vaccination mandates. Testing mandates. Monitoring of personal financial transactions. Gun registration. Eminent domain. “Stop and frisk.” Electronic surveillance. Virtually everything the NSA does.
All of those (and literally thousands more) are patently and inarguably unconstitutional. No “crisis,” no decree, no legislation and no court decision to the contrary changes that.
Our natural rights to Life, Liberty and Property cannot be overturned.
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”Second Amendment to The Constitution of the United States (ratified 1791)
I know of no less equivocal phrase in law than “shall not be infringed.” Yet Americans are subjected to “gun control” at every turn and at every level — and all of it is unconstitutional.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”First Amendment to The Constitution of the United States (ratified 1791)
The bedrock of a free republic, and a free society, is free expression — but today it’s being crushed by the very government charged with defending it.
The Unprincipled Left points to “unreasonable,” “well regulated” or “Congress shall make no law” in the Bill of Rights to support their baseless arguments. Every day some progressive assclown invokes the you-can’t-yell-fire-in-a-crowded-theater canard.
Whether it’s ignorance or malevolence — and either is plausible — it’s nothing but anti-American leftist tripe.
You and I were born with inalienable rights. They’re guaranteed by the Constitution. Both are immutable. As the late Antonin Scalia said in 2014,
“The Constitution is not a living organism. It’s a legal document, and it says what it says and doesn’t say what it doesn’t say.”
Profound as that is, it’s only common sense.
Take care of yourselves, Patriots. Stay calm. Stay sharp. Stay free.