The above words were spoken by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Saturday at the annual convention of the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington DC. Governor Jindal, who recently overrode his dithering legislature to take executive action outlawing Common Core in his State, has long been an outspoken critic of the federal government. Nonetheless, one of the other statements in his speech Saturday night sounds a note of sobering verity.
"I can sense right now," the Governor said, "a rebellion brewing amongst these United States, where people are ready for a hostile takeover of Washington, D.C., to preserve the American Dream for our children and grandchildren."
Is the Governor right? Are We The People preparing for a hostile takeover of Washington DC? Certainly we have seen signs of anti-government hostility. Within the last year, we have seen armed Americans from Clark County Nevada to Connecticut stand strong against government threats to their freedoms and win. An outright armed conflict, however, would be brutal and bloody, as it was in the 1860s. Fortunately, as Americans, we have other options.
I am continually amazed at the foresight and wisdom of the men who founded this Republic. These were men who were well aware of the "evils that lurk in the hearts of men" and of the probability that future generations of Americans would be seduced into surrendering the liberties for which they had so recently fought. And they put numerous safeguards into the Constitution to allay that probability.
They guaranteed the right of Americans to be armed, recognizing that the creditable threat of armed force is often enough to deter the sort of cowards who prey on men's freedoms – as it was at Bunkerville.
They wrote Article V into the Constitution, which empowers the States to call a Constitutional Convention to amend the Constitution if the federal government will not.
And James Madison wrote, in the final words of the Constitution of 1791, "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."
And therein lies our strength. There is no need to fire on Fort Sumter and start a shooting war. It is enough to simply ignore Fort Sumter.
Every one of the fifty States in the Union has a State Legislature – a legislature that is far more accountable to the people of its State than the US Congress, and a legislature that is capable of nullifying un-Constitutional federal legislation. If we States stand together, as we did in 1776 and in 1812 against another dictatorial foreign government, we cannot be defeated.
We must pressure our State legislatures to enact voter ID legislation that thwarts federal election fraud; to enact legislation to nullify Obamacare, federal anti-gun legislation, and any other un-Constitutional federal legislation; and to enact legislation prohibiting the federal government from nationalizing the State militia (so-called national guard) without the prior written approval of the Governor.
Within the next week, I will be launching a new page on gekrckeberg.com titled SDCI, for Stop DC In (your State Capital). SDCI will offer suggestions for starting up an SDCI operation in your own State. I'm hoping we can soon see a Stop DC In Frankfort and a Stop DC In Baton Rouge and even a Stop DC In Springfield. (It's possible. Rahm Emanuel is taking Chi town down the road to Detroit – and at a faster pace. Once the Tribune's readership has shrunk to that of the Free Press, the southern Illinois conservatives will take over the State.)
Watch for news of SDCI's launch here. And remember, the difference it makes is up to you!