Restore constitutional government to America
By Melinda Pillsbury-Foster
Journal Guest Writer
Aug 7, 2008, 00:14
Every day we move closer to disaster; every time we open the
paper, surf the Internet, it is worse. Left, right, libertarian, green, we know
in our bones and hearts that we need to take action.
We have been divided along lines of political opinion where
we should have been joined to find solutions. We have been cut off from each
other, manipulated for the profit of corporations and their cronies. It is bad
and when we look into the future there is little to spark hope; The meltdown of
the economy and the narrowing of what is permitted us grows daily more
Like someone trying to restart their car as it rolls towards
the cliff, we all face the same crying need whether we recognized that years
ago or last week. We need to reactivate the Constitution as the law of the
land. That awareness might have grow slowly but it has now reached a tipping
It was the Constitution, intended to limit government, never
us, and the Common Law that were to stand between us and tyranny. They are the
foundation of our freedoms, the tools we need desperately today to check the
unbridled greed of those who are caging us in to a perpetual serfdom.
When we get in our cars, when we see a law enforcement
officer we feel fear, not relief. It is wrong; it violates the intentions of
our Founders and the spiritual direction intended for us as the people who
would govern themselves.
We are being pitted against those sworn to protect and
defend. This threatens us and also those who follow orders intended to use them
as weapons against us. This is the pause point, when action is still possible
without violence. Those in law enforcement must be recalled to their duty and
to an essential understanding of their oath and the Constitution. It can be
We can thwart the attempt to use local law enforcement as a
tool to oppress us. To do that we need to let them know directly that the
Constitution was not canceled, as so many have been told. Yesterday morning, I
had a conversation with a friend in DC who was shocked speechless to discover
that a year ago local police were beginning to lump �Constitutionalists,� and
those who talk about their rights, along with gangs. I heard this in a local
luncheon meeting of the National Federation of Republican Women from a deputy
sheriff who waxed eloquent on the subject. Being a Constitutionalist myself, I
began to worry.
A few days ago another friend of mine was told by a local
policeman that he did not have to pay attention to the Constitution. It was
just a piece of paper
Most judges do not sign the oath of office mandated by the
Constitution. Like Thomas Anderle of Santa Barbara, they act as they are the
When someone, or thousands of someones, like those employed
in law enforcement, are so seriously mistaken then it is time to take rapid
action. In this country today those in law enforcement are being aimed at us,
manipulated to do ugly things to us and our neighbors. Those training them are
telling them this is what it means to be in law enforcement. It is wrong.
When the system is this far out of line you need to make
sure they get the message. But that message must be non-violent; most of those
in law enforcement are not rocket scientists and they, too, are at risk. Law enforcement
officers who violate their oath can and will end up in jail, lose their
pensions, and be bankrupted by civil actions. And if they do not draw back,
that is what we need to make sure happens.
But it is far better for all of us to send them a word of
caution and advice now.
So this is what we propose.
In every county in the US, we need to serve everyone working
in law enforcement with a demand letter requiring that they read the
Constitution and be bound by it. We need to spell out the consequences for
ignoring that demand, for their sake as well as our own.
If you have read Richard Mack�s book, �The Proper Role of
Law Enforcement,� or heard him speak you know about his story and how he was
awakened to his obligation to follow the Constitution while he was still a cop
writing traffic tickets. One day while writing a ticket he was struck by the
fact that the woman had done nothing that endangered anyone or anything. He
could not continue writing. Turning away, his mind in a tumult, he went into
the station house, found the oath he had signed, and read it carefully. Mack
said of that moment, �In the oath I gave my word and promise to protect and
defend and obey the U. S. Constitution and the Utah Constitution as well. I had
never read either and knew virtually nothing about them.� It changed his life.
He began to study the Constitution. When Richard Mack became a sheriff himself
he insisted each officer carry the small book with them. Those officers began
calling it, �Mack�s Bible.�
That moment of insight became the moment that turned back
the threat of the Brady Bill, leading to the Supreme Court Decision that
affirmed the right of the sheriff in the local county to uphold the
Constitution. The issue of that moment was the 2nd Amendment but the larger
issue was the obligation of the county sheriff to uphold the Constitution
despite orders from Washington, D.C.
We need every officer to confront the choices they will be
asked to make before harm is done. We can do that now.
We have put together a simple set of instructions and some
resources so you can gently remind law enforcement in your community that upholding
theConstitution is their duty and the danger they may face if they fail to
choose to do otherwise. You can find that site at Constitution Your
Although the future looks bleak, we actually stand at a
point that makes change more possible than you might imagine.
are the people who fought to establish for all time the right to govern
themselves. They fought and died to pass on to us that wisdom. The wise
understand that hope is a place on the horizon towards which they look; that
draws them to become greater than they imagined possible. The future looks
bleak, but it can be wonderful if we make it so. This can become the launching
point for an America that takes us back to hope and on to a vibrant reality we
live and leave our children. Together, we can make it so.
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