Leave the Land to Us

Leave the Land to Us

One thing is for sure: Alaskans sure love their property. They call it the “Last Frontier,” and for good reason. This place is pure wilderness. We got to experience nature in its IMG_0336purest form on a deep sea fishing excursion. A 4:45 am alarm jolted us out of bed to drive to the port town of Whittier, Alaska, and we met up with some crew from Crazy Ray’s Adventures. Captain Keith and his parter Jeff brought us aboard the iCrazy II and off we went for a long day of fishing. It took three hours to reach our fishing destination out in the ocean, but it was a beautiful trip. We witnessed the unrivaled scenery of the Alaskan mountains and saw a plethora of marine life including puffins, dolphins, orcas, and humpback whales.

We were mainly going to fish for halibut, but they weren’t biting that day. An interesting conversation began between a couple of our group members and the Captain. You see, the halibut is a federally regulated fish, but it didn’t used to be. Each person is limited to two halibut a trip, but only if you catch a small one first. If you catch a larger one first, you’re done halibut fishing for the day. Now, where in the Constitution did the States delegate the power to regulate fish in the ocean to the federal government? I must’ve missed that part when I read it because I’m pretty sure the government has no business telling the Alaskan people how many halibut they can catch. Anyways, the halibut weren’t biting that day, but IMG_0378everyone caught their share of yellow eye and black rock fish, which you can see in the picture. I thought these were difficult to real in, but it was nothing compared to reeling in a ling cod. These are the huge, ugly fish you see in the front! The first two lings we brought on board were caught on accident. Naomi and John both hooked a black rock fish, but the ling cod grabbed them up as bait, giving us a bigger catch! Then they let me try. I was a little apprehensive because they were so big and I didn’t know if I could handle, but Captain Keith helped me the whole way and I ended up with two “hogs” as they say! I caught six fish in total for the day, so I think that’s pretty good for a first-timer.

KrisAnne had the opportunity to speak to the Alaska Miners’ Association during their breakfast meeting. She gave a wonderful presentation on land and resource management; a topic the Alaska Miners care about a great deal. Nerves ran high for this presentation because federal BLM and environmental agents were present in the room. Nonetheless, IMG_0366KrisAnne delivered a balanced, thought-provoking proposition to the Association. Land is so important to the preservation of liberty. Without property, which includes land, you cannot preserve yourself. If you cannot preserve yourself, then you have no right to life, which is the root of ALL liberty. We know that just power derives only from the consent of the governed, and government must receive power from the people. But where in the Constitution do the States delegate the federal government the power to claim and regulate their land? Ownership of land rests solely in the hands of the people. Article 1 section 8 clause 17 of the Constitution tells us what the federal government has jurisdiction over. The have power “for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings” with legislative consent of the State. That’s it. So why do we let executive agencies create regulations over our lands and resources? The only difference between a law and a regulation is that regulations are made by those who have not been elected. Does legislation without representation ring any bells? Because that is what is happening in America… TODAY. It doesn’t have to be this way. The States can take back their rightful power to manage their lands as they see fit. Alaskans actually live in Alaska. Would they not know what is best for their own land? We don’t need to bring all land and resource management to a halt, it just needs to be brought back HOME. BLM and EPA agents shouldn’t worry about losing their jobs. We need their expertise! It would just be more useful, not to mention constitutional, if they worked for agencies organized within the States. Leave the land to us. It is ours to manage and preserve.

Pursuing truth and defending liberty, always.

-A Devoted Patriot

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Who Do You Serve?

Who Do You Serve?

We have a disproportionate view of authority in America. We think that just because someone is a position of power over us, we must submit to them no matter what. People will say, “they know more than we do,” or “don’t challenge the status quo,” or even “there’s nothing we can do about, so just obey.” This is a slave mentality. Why would we simply submit to anything and everything just because someone in authority told us to? Churches teach and Christians believe that since Jesus said “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s” that we must obey whatever government tells us to do (Mark 12:17). Wake up Christians. If your pastor teaches you the way to be subservient, he must not know how to read the Bible, or he is intentionally leading you astray.

I was fortunate to hear KrisAnne deliver her husband’s class on Righteous Resistance to Tyrannical Authority at the Anchorage Baptist Church. The building was huge. The sanctuary was full of believers who wanted to hear what the Bible really has to say about not yielding to tyranny. You’ll have to forgive me. I left my backpack  and notebook in the foyer and was unable to take detailed notes, so this is from memory. KrisAnne went through at IMG_0385least 10 different stories from both the Old and New Testament where God either encouraged resistance to law, or righteous men found favor in God’s eyes by breaking the law. You may not realize, but if you know something about the Bible, you probably know almost all of these stories! Jochebed, Moses’s mother, refused to submit to the Egyptian law that required Hebrew’s to kill their sons (Exodus 2). The apostles were thrown in jail for spreading the Word, but “an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors during the night. The angel brought them outside and said, ‘Go stand in the temple and continue to tell the people the whole message of life.’ As soon as they heard this, they went into the temple and taught” (Acts 5:19-20). Daniel resisted tyrannical authority twice and God rewarded him. First, Daniel refused to eat the required food in the kingdom and ate the wholesome food God desired for him to eat (Daniel 1). Then, Daniel blatantly defies the law that prohibits prayer to anyone but the king. He prayed three times a day, facing Jerusalem, so that all may know he would not bow to tyranny. He was thrown into the lion’s den, but the Lord delivered His faithful servant (Daniel 6). Daniel’s protegé, Shadrach Meshach and Abednego, literally stood up in the face of tyrannical rule. They did not bow the statue of the king and were thrown into the fiery furnace. As you know, God again delivered His faithful servants (Daniel 3).

You do not have to submit to authority that is oppressive! If someone tells you that even Jesus said to “render unto Caesar’s what is Caesar’s,” they do not truly understand Jesus’s words. Watch this short video of KrisAnne on this topic. She puts it better than I could ever dream of writing.

This message is not just for the Christians! The examples here are from the Bible to show Christians that disobeying the law does NOT make you a bad Christian, but disobeying God in favor of man’s law will NOT be rewarded. Recognizing and resisting tyranny is something all people must know how to do. You do not have to send your children to freedom c42Common Core schools. You do not have to sign up for the Afforable Care Act. You do not have to serve custmors that violate the beliefs your private business was founded on. You do not have to submit to federal infringements on ANY of the reserved powers of the States. Why? Because that is oppressive and tyrannical government, and we will not comply. Who do you serve this day? Regardless of religious beliefs, let it not be despotic authority.

Pursuing truth and defending liberty, always.

-A Devoted Patriot

Listen Up, Ladies

Listen Up, Ladies

Disclaimer: I know these pictures have nothing to do with the content, but we took these today and they were just too cool to not share.

Okay women, it’s about time to talk about something we should be very concerned with. I’ll start by saying this; I am no feminist. I do not associate myself with that word even inIMG_0226 the slightest. Modern feminism is so messed up that I do not have enough time or room to write down all the issues I have with it. One thing is for sure, when I get called a “disgrace to women” BY ANOTHER WOMAN because I voted for a pro-life, female Republican legislator, something is seriously wrong. You always hear feminists say, “We need more female representation in government,” or have seen the popular, anti-gender role t-shirt that reads, “Women belong in the House and the Senate.” Hey, I agree. Women can kick major donkey behind! If feminists TRULY wanted more female representation, why would I be vilified for voting FOR a woman. Because she’s conservative, that’s why. They only want women in government who think the same way they do and who will adhere to their feminist agenda. I’m sorry, I don’t want this blog to focus on my personal distaste of this political movement and ideology, but I needed to let that out before I proceed.

When it comes to education, Americans are taught that women were oppressed, weaklings that had no rights and were simply subjects to their “chauvinistic husbands,” as KrisAnne puts it. This is a blatant, intentional lie. Today I got to listen to a class I haven’t hear yet: “Founding Mother.” Let me tell you, I was moved to tears by what I learned. There are dozens, hundreds, even thousands of colonial women that are NEVER mentioned in the public education system. Names like Abigail Adams, Mercy Otis Warren, Penelope Barker, Hannah Winthrop, Mary Bartlet, and Elizabeth Adams are not present in our history books, except for maybe one. Do you know which is the only woman I knew about after completing high school? Abigail Adams. Otherwise, these brave, female patriots were unheard of before my time at Liberty First. I was absolutely dumbfounded when I heard about what these women did for the cause of liberty. Let me tell you about them briefly. Mercy Otis Warren was the FIRST female playwright and the FIRST female historian. She was no exception regarding female status and accomplishments. Abigail Adams was a trusted confidant and correspondent to many Founding Fathers. Hannah Winthrop wrote to other women and helped gather support. Penelope Barker organized over 55 women for the second Tea Party meeting. Elizabeth King offered up her home for this momentous gathering. Mary Bartlet watched her home be burned to the ground, fled with her children, and was able to sustain them on her own. Elizabeth Adams never once complained that her husband was always gone because she understood the importance of the work that desperately needed to be done. In fact, it was the women who almost single-handedly destroyed the British linen industry in the colonies by using their resources to make their own linen. They then travelled around teaching other women how to avoid purchasing British linen by making it themselves. Does this sound like an oppressed group of weaklings to you?

IMG_0220I don’t know about you, but I look up to those women more than any of the supposedly “empowered” females in the political spotlight of today’s society. Women have always been empowered! General Cornwallis even said, “we may destroy all the men in America, and we shall still have all we can do to defeat the women.” Why, you ask? BECAUSE THEY HAD POWER. If we were truly concerned about empowering young women, why aren’t these female patriots being taught and celebrated in our schools? The reason is because it does not fit the liberal agenda. They do not want us to know the power we have; the power we have always had. Hillary Clinton is NOT someone I want my daughters to be taught to admire and look up. Progressives acts like Hillary Clinton becoming the first female presidential nominee shattered some “glass ceiling,” but frankly, it’s a disgrace to women everywhere. Out of the 308 million women in America, it is a shame that the first female nominee is a liar and a criminal, to put it nicely. Hillary Clinton will never have the smallest fraction of honor, dignity, intelligence, strength, integrity, or bravery that our Founding Mothers possessed. Those are the women I want my daughters to respect and aspire to be like.

I misspoke earlier when I said I don’t respect any females in today’s political spotlight. 14086353_1193459027371778_6569923766964532573_oThere is one whom I admire very much. That woman is KrisAnne Hall. I have been a long-time lover of the Constitution, but she has inspired and invigorated me to an even higher level of enthusiasm and instilled in me a greater drive to defend Liberty. In my opinion, she is a contemporary Mercy Otis Warren; working tirelessly to proclaim and diffuse knowledge and the truth. I don’t mean to make KrisAnne the object of personality worship, but to use her as an example. Young girls should look up to people like her instead of Hillary Clinton. Imagine what kind of empowerment women could feel if they only knew that they have always held great power and influence. They must only recognize it and put it to use. That is my hope for the future generations of fellow females.

Pursuing truth and defending liberty, always.

-A Devoted Patriot

Mutually Exclusive Options

Mutually Exclusive Options

Throughout our time in Alaska, KrisAnne, Colton, and I have been watching the Leonardo DiCaprio version of “Romeo and Juliet.” As you know, the play is written in Shakespearean English, which was both strange and somewhat difficult to understand for Colton. We were finally able to finish the movie while we ate supper at Shine’s Asian Fusion Bistro in Eagle River. We munched on edamame and dug into some sushi while watching the tragedy of two star crossed lovers unfold. It turned out that Colton hated the classic Shakespearean ending and remarked that “Shakespeare sucked.” That remark made me chuckle a little. He then questioned as to whether or not I agreed and said, “If you don’t think he sucks, then we can’t be friends.” Now of course he was joking, but this statement creates a condition where the options are mutually exclusive. I cannot like Shakespeare and maintain Colton’s friendship—he has since graciously reconsidered—so I must choose the best option. Without question Colton trumps tragic plays in my book.

You know what other principles are mutually exclusive? State sovereignty and federal supremacy. YOU CANNOT HAVE BOTH. The States came first. The States ratified the Constitution, a compact. The States created the federal government. The States delegated limited and defined powers to the government and reserved the rest to themselves. The States are the CREATORS, and the central government is the CREATION. Using logic, deduction, and the rules of natural law, the States, therefore, are sovereign over the federal government. (If you want to hear a more fleshed out explanation, find a recording of a State Sovereignty class on YouTube). Understanding the sovereignty of the state is absolutely necessary to understanding the remedy to the federal government egregiously overstepping its bounds.

The answer is nullification! The separate and independent States have a duty and responsibility to turn to the federal government and refuse to comply with unconstitutional laws. Federal supremacists will throw all sorts of reasons at you as to why the states cannot nullify. I encourage you to find this class online, or bring KrisAnne so somewhere near you, if you want to hear all the arguments for and against nullification. I’ve heard KrisAnne give the State Sovereignty class many a time now, but there is something that makes me laugh every time. She points out that the Supreme Court has recognized the sovereignty of the states and their ability to notify. Justice Roberts in the majority opinion says that the states are separate and independent sovereigns, and that they should start acting like it sometimes. This is exciting because we have affirmation that the constitutionality of nullification has been upheld! This is part that makes me chuckle: KrisAnne compares being “sometimes” sovereign to be a “little pregnant.” You see, you either are or you aren’t. Once you become pregnant, you are pregnant ALL the time for the next nine months. Likewise, the state is ALWAYS sovereign because if it is not sovereign all of the time, then it is not truly sovereign.

Nullification is the “rightful remedy.” (Side note: I apologize for the lack of citation today. I do not have my resources available at the moment. If you want citation, I will provide it when I have the time) This is the best solution that the founders gave to us to reign in out of control government. Article V isn’t going to immediately stop federal encroachments in their tracks. Revolution is not the desirable solution. Do you want to place that burden in the hands of your children? I certainly do not want to have to take up arms in order to win back the liberty that the previous generation failed to protect and defend. Please take measures to learn more about nullification, the right now solution. Find a State Sovereignty class online. Order KrisAnne’s book, “State Sovereignty” online and you will have the tools necessary to stand up and defend your liberty. The time is now, Americans. If we do not take back our power, the states are nothing but colonies. If we live in colonies, the United States is indeed a kingdom. Marinating liberty and existing in a kingdom are mutually exclusive. It is not possible to have both. I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t want to live in a kingdom.

Pursuing truth and defending liberty, always.

-A Devoted Patriot

Sorry for the Inconvenience

Sorry for the Inconvenience

Good morning readers. Can we just take a moment to agree that Americans are a lazy img_0162people? We constantly make choices and act upon what is easiest and most comfortable for us. I admit, I am often this way because why should I put myself out when there is a more time-saving alternative. As is the routine, we searched for somewhere to get coffee on the way to our morning meeting. Starbucks is usually our go-to, but I found a place right on the route (for convenience of course), but upon arrival we discovered that they lacked a drive-thru. We had plenty of time, so we decided to get coffee at the Black Cup anyways, and I am so glad we did. I’m pretty sure I told KrisAnne that this was the best hot latte I have ever had. The coffee bean was bold and smooth, was combined with the perfect ratio of vanilla and steamed milk, and the barista even created an adorable design. I would take this coffee over any major chain every day of the week, and twice on Sundays. I have been looking forward to going back there (hopefully) all day, and I’m actually very glad we didn’t run into a Starbucks on our way.

IMG_0134This morning at the BP Energy Center in Anchorage, KrisAnne taught a class for peace officers about how to uphold the Constitution, and protect the liberties of Americans. One thing that really caught my attention during this presentation was the concept of protected speech. Without the freedom of speech and thought, you cannot operate with a free conscience. This is a form of self-imposed slavery. KrisAnne brought to our attention several court cases that help show that ALL speech is protected, not just what is popular in current society. So that means I am free to be as offensive as I want with what I choose say! This whole concept of “hate speech” is absurd. Just because it may be offensive to someone somewhere, doesn’t mean it is inherently wrong, or should not be said. In fact, the right to be offensive is the right to challenge others’ thoughts, ideas, and beliefs. If someone vilifies you for “hate speech,” it just means they believe in conforming to whatever is the current status quo. Do not silence yourself in order to please society! Sure, it is easy to shrink back and keep quiet because God-forbid we step on anyone’s toes or hurt someone’s feelings! Well it’s about time Americans put their big boy or girl pants on, quit getting offended so easily, and face challenging ideas head-on. It may not be convenient, or popular, but the freedom of speech is absolutely essential to the preservation of liberty.

Think about this, when a computer program fails and the message “sorry for the
inconvenience” pops up on the screen, what do you do? Do you just say “oh well” and quit whatever you were doing? Or, do you figure out what the problem is and continue working? My guess would be the latter. This exact thing happened at tonight’s class when Microsoft Powerpoint unexpectedly turned off. We didn’t just pack up our things and call it a night, the issue was immediately confronted, remedied, and business went on as usual. Yes, the interruption was slightly bothersome, but inconveniences should NEVER impede us from fighting to preserve liberty. I’m sure it wasn’t all that comfortable for our forefathers to fight a war for freedom, but they gave their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor so that we may enjoy the “Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and out Posterity” (Declaration of Independence). Think about that the next time you think it’s too “inconvenient” to call one of your legislators to demand that they comply with the Constitution.

Pursuing truth and defending liberty, always.

-A Devoted Patriot

 

I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it

I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it

I’m baaaaaaack! Those song lyrics really capture how I’m feeling right now. Boy does it feel good to be back at Liberty First. I am so happy to have the opportunity of traveling with KrisAnne again, and to have something to finally write about again. This time we are in the beautiful state of Alaska, and I could not be more excited about the coming week. I have never been this far away from home before, but the three flights to get here have paid off so far. Many of my family members have expressed their jealousy that I beat them to Alaska (sorry Dad), and now I know why. I’ve only seen a tiny part of the “last frontier,” but I’m already convinced that this is the most beautiful state in the union. Any wilderness lover would be on cloud nine here; I know I am… I already have a sweatshirt, t-shirt, and hat to prove it. IMG_0129I’m not sure how I feel about the periods of endless daylight or darkness, but Alaska is surely a destination everyone should visit. I admit, I have sort of missed this whirlwind lifestyle of travel. Despite the crazy sleep schedule that comes with these trips (currently experiencing a 3 hour time difference), I love going to different places. The sights, sounds, culture, cuisine, and people make traveling so exciting. Most of all, I have missed the feeling of being a part of something so important, and so necessary. Yes, preserving liberty is an everyday choice and action, but being a part of Liberty First is beyond rewarding.

This week I will get to sit in on some classes that I didn’t get to hear during my time in Idaho and Florida. I am thrilled to be able to learn more about constitutional law enforcement, Article V and nullification, the founding mothers, and duties of state and local legislators. These are whole new subjects and classes that I get to be a part of and take thorough notes on (nerdy, I know). I am trying to learn as much as possible during this internship, and there is so much to learn. I want to soak it in like a sponge and really grasp these concepts and principles so that I may be able to spread them myself. KrisAnne Hall cannot possibly reach and educate everyone, but all those who hear her speak are capable of spreading the message. One thing is for sure, I am going to do my part in the fight for liberty. I am not quite sure what exact role I need to play, or what the future has in store, but Liberty First is certainly helping me lay a strong foundation. I am so excited to continue on in the journey of education and liberation, for myself, but also for all those I aspire to reach.

Pursuing truth and defending liberty, always.

-A Devoted Patriot

 

Not just Entertainment, but Self-Preservation 

Not just Entertainment, but Self-Preservation 

For my last day at Liberty First, the Hall family took me to a sushi and hibachi restaurant so I could get the “hibachi experience” for the first time. The menu was so foreign to me, and I had no idea what anything even meant. I ended up ordering Chicken Teriyaki Hibachi for myself, and we all got some sushi to share. Now, my sushi experiences had previously been limited to a small town Michigan restaurant, and a mall food court. The only rolls I had ever tried were just wrapped in some plant-like film, so you can imagine my surprise 13872689_628374113992728_5003154716342662601_n.jpgwhen the sushi arrived and some were wrapped in raw fish. I have decided that I’m only grossed out if I think about the fact that I’m eating raw fish because once I got over the initial texture, I loved all the different types of sushi rolls. I even got in a lot of practice with chopsticks, and might be close to an intermediate level! 13631458_628374153992724_5245478900321869367_n (1).jpgWhen we had finished, the hibachi chef showed up and began his presentation and food preparation. The flames were leaping, he was flipping around his utensils, and did some pretty cool food tricks. My favorite thing he did was make a volcano out of onion ringlets and a little oil. Indeed the presentation was entertaining, and we all gleefully applauded his work. But he wasn’t just there for the purpose of entertaining; the food he prepared was absolutely delicious. The purpose of going to the restaurant was to eat, and the entertainment was simply an added bonus to the food.

Likewise, the purpose of gun ownership is not for entertainment. We don’t own guns because we enjoy hunting, skeet shooting, or gun collecting. I enjoy shooting guns as much as the next person because it IS quite fun. 10151177_538676939629113_8739668558243826076_n.jpgBut the reason we have a right to keep in bear arms is so we may preserve our lives, liberties, and properties, not from criminals, but from the government itself. The media tries so hard to cater to the liberal agenda and blame guns for all the recent violence, but murder, mass killings, and acts of terror happen regardless of whether guns are involved or not. Just the other day, a man went on a stabbing spree at a center for the disabled in Japan, killing 19 and injuring 25. No gun was involved. Two men invaded a Catholic Church in France during morning mass, beheaded a priest, and took four others hostage. Again, no gun. Both Japan and France have extremely stick gun laws, yet that did not stop these killings. Evil dwells in the human, not in the instrument, and laws prohibiting weapons do not make the public safer.

There is a reason the second amendment was included in the Bill of Rights. Our Founders were not concerned with hunting, sport, collecting, or criminals. Now, it is not the Constitution that grants you the right to keep and bear arms; it is a natural right. Samuel Adams wrote, “Among the natural rights of the Colonists are these: First, a right life; Secondly, to liberty; Thirdly, to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can” (Sovereign Duty 136). 11169167_480003725496435_4629663733924642515_n.jpgThe best manner to defend against tyrannical encroachments on life, liberty, and property is the use of guns! The Founding Fathers understood the necessity for the people to be able to punish tyranny if the need arose.

The only argument I’ve ever heard against the second amendment pertains to the phrase “a well-regulated militia,” and I never knew how to defend our right to bear arms against that contention, until now. KrisAnne walks everyone through the meaning of that clause in the Disarming of America class (photoes from that class are featured here). She shows, through primary sources, the meanings of “militia” and well-regulated” from the men actually who created the Constitution. George Mason tells us that the militia is the WHOLE body of the people, with the exception of the regular troops and public officers. That means that every single person, withstanding those public officers, IS the militia, and has the rights to keep and bear arms. The phrase “well-regulated” simply means the whole body is taught how to bears arms at a young age in order to exercise that right in the same way every time, without deviation or error. That is the proper and accurate meaning of “a well-regulated militia”; not a selected group under the control and regulation of the government. The whole body of the people should be able to outnumber the government in arms in order to repel a standing army and defend themselves.

Perhaps the time has not, and may never, come when we need to take up arms against internal tyranny, but what if we do? We know there is corruption within government. We know our rights and liberties have been altered, infringed upon, and are on the brink of being revoked altogether. How are we supposed to rein in tyrants? Perhaps we assemble and hold hearings to punish and remove them from office. Patrick Henry mocked this idea and tje man who suggested it by saying, “O sir, we should have fine times, indeed, if, to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people! … Did you ever read of any revolution in a nation, brought about by the punishment of those in power, inflicted by those who had no power at all?” (Debate in Virginia Ratifying Convention). The federal government knows We the People hold this power, and this is why they are slowly disarming the public. 13680600_628374223992717_6943862198230470261_n.jpgThey are turning the RIGHT to keep and bear arms into a PRIVILEGE by requiring their permission to own and use a gun. Before you know it, they will stop granting us their permission; effectively disarming the people. If you can disarm the people, you can enslave them. We are not subjects in a kingdom; we are citizens in a republic, and the employers of the government. Let’s keep it that way.

Pursuing truth and defending liberty, always.

-A Devoted Patriot