The Lord gifted to us the power of reason and language. It is what separates and delivers us from a base animal existence to civilized society. It was left to us to determine what we would do with such gifts.
It was reason and language that crafted the Magna Carta in 1215 that limited the powers of the King of England and protected the explicit rights of his subjects.
It was reason and language that energized fledgling states to rise up against tyrannical oppression and delivered our beloved Declaration of Independence in 1776 in response to an English King who valued control and revenues over the rule of law.
It was with reason and language that our Founding Fathers in the Constitutional Convention undertook the task, with a shared painful history of broken precedence, to ensure that power was never solidified in a central government that infringed on the individual rights of its citizens.
On September 17th, 1787, the United States Constitution was born, completing 572 years of the theme that man has not only the right, but the ability to govern ourselves.
On September 11, 2000, upon becoming a United States Army Officer, I took the following Oath:
"I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter, so help me God."
On June 2nd, 1987, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi took the same Oath.
On January 3rd, 1983, Senator Harry Reid took the same Oath
On January 20th, 2009, President Barack Obama took the same Oath.
On Sunday, March 21st, 2010, the combined efforts of those three individuals announced to the world that they have once again chosen control over the rule of law, that reason has been replaced with arrogance, language used to oppress rather than liberate, and that our most fundamental and profound Oaths are no longer worth the papers they seek to protect.
They have redefined our most basic principles by the path, the means, to the end.
When a citizen breaks the rule of law, it is a criminal offense, when a state breaks its own rule of law, it is tyranny, and it is our duty to respond!
What then does revolution in 2010 look like?
The answer lies in the very same document that Speaker Pelosi, President Obama, and 2LT Collins swore to protect, in the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution:
"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."
Over the last century, our rights have been slowly eroded by the establishment of Federal agencies that regulate energy, the environment, drugs, food, etc., and done so on the backs of the individual taxpayers. While taking umbrage to the financial burden, we have missed the larger concern, that it is we ourselves who have funded and allowed for this unconstitutional burgeoning of federal powers.
As Lieutenant Governor, I will fight as I have before, with every ounce of determination towards mission success, to reclaim our state's rights that have been so outrageously thrown and given away by past leaders.
I mean to fulfill my Oath.
Please join me in my fight and register at www.votebencollins.com
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