Who is Your Politician? Take the Test
by KrisAnne Hall, JD
The fight for American Liberty began with one man in 1761, his name is James Otis, Jr.
Because one man said, "Consequences be what they will, I am determined to proceed" the fight for Liberty was birthed in the hearts of our founders. We can learn a lot from the wisdom and conviction of this one man.
The way people conduct themselves is a clear identification of what they believe and who they are as a person. Through their actions, politicians will classify themselves. Otis teaches us about 3 distinct classifications of political personalities:
“I can sincerely declare that I cheerfully submit myself to every odious name for conscience' sake; and from my soul I despise all those whose guilt, malice, or folly has made them my foes.” James Otis, Jr. Feb 1761
Guilt- these whose who know the Constitution requires they limit government and the defend the Rights of the people, yet they choose to claim that the necessity of compromise justifies abandoning their duty to the people and the Constitution for to sake of action. I call it sacrificing principle on the altar of pragmatism.
Malice – these are the people are simply power hungry, greedy, and often times of a wicked morality. They willingly work contrary to the Rights of the people and the Constitution to satisfy their own greed, pride, and self-serving intentions.
Folly – these are the people who have the best intentions, but are ignorant of their true duty to the Constitution and the Rights of the people. Through their ignorance they end up working contrary to their good intentions and end up destroying the Rights of the people and the purpose of the Constitution.
Does your politician fall into any of these categories? If your politician is not defending Liberty 100% of the time, then he must fall into one of these groups. What we must be willing to accept is regardless of motivation driving your politician; whether compromise, ignorance, or wickedness, the end result is exactly the same- the destruction of the Liberty of the people. Otis is teaching us that we must boldly proclaim how these people have classified themselves through their actions and declare them a foe and not a friend.
That means we must make the hard choices. We must be able to set aside personal feelings, group loyalties, and familiar relationships to support only those who put the Constitution and the Liberties of the people FIRST. Identify which classification your politician falls into and show them their errors. If they give your excuses and/or refuse to correct their behavior then they have clearly classified themselves, and you must label them a foe to liberty no matter who they are. We can no longer be a people who settle for the “lesser of two evils” because in the end evil is all we will get!
Our founders are crying out through history and the ages with instruction and inspiration. They are reassuring us that they were able to make the hard choices and we can, too. The one advantage we have is that we are not living in a kingdom and revolution is not our only solution. Through their sacrifice they gave us a Constitutional Republic along with very powerful, yet peaceful means, to control those in government. We must simply be willing to get educated and implement the solutions they gave us. We must be willing to do the right things for the right reasons.
The bottom line is this: the people are not a reflection of their government, the government is a reflection of its people. If we want a government that chooses Liberty First and operates Constitutionally, then WE must be a Constitutionally and Liberty minded people, First. We can do it, it is in our blood.
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Politicians - Media- America's Abusers
by KrisAnne Hall, JD
We have been working very hard to light the flames of #LibertyFirst! Together, JC and I have taught 20 classes in just 6 days. But know this, there are sparks about to turn to raging infernos in New Mexico & California!
This has put The Daily Journal on hold. I would like to leave you with a couple thoughts today until we speak again:
Mercy Otis Warren gives us a great deal to talk about in her quote. Think about those phrases: "tranquility of inglorious ease" and "patiently yield to despotic masters."
Sometimes, and I mean this quite genuinely, my heart and soul weeps violently over the modern American condition. Sometimes it feels like it is not possible that anyone could love America more than I do. I am certain that it is not true, but the depth of my emotion sure makes it feel like it sometimes. I don't love America because of the majestic mountains, fields of grain, or the flag that represents our Republic. I love our American Union because I love Liberty. I love Liberty because I love the God that authored it. I love Him & I love His gifts with all my heart & soul.
So when I see my fellow brothers & sisters who speak fidelity to America, yet seek the solutions that bring about the opposite of Liberty, I can sometimes hardly hold back my emotions. I know this is not a new affliction. Hannah Winthrop said, "How often do we see people blind to their own interests precipitately maddening on to their own destruction!" We do so because we have been trained in lies and error. We do so because we have been deceived, distracted, and convinced we are defeated before we even try.
Meditate on these words written by Thomas Jefferson in 1807:
“It is a melancholy truth, that a suppression of the press could not more compleatly deprive the nation of it's benefits, than is done by it's abandoned prostitution to falsehood. Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knolege with the lies of the day. I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens, who, reading newspapers, live & die in the belief, that they have known something of what has been passing in the world in their time; whereas the accounts they have read in newspapers are just as true a history of any other period of the world as of the present, except that the real names of the day are affixed to their fables.”
America's media & politicians have become nothing but a source of sickening and toxic blither, whose only purpose is to divide Americans through contrived and artificial standards. They work to keep us hating each other so we cannot see the REAL enemy nor can we join together in Liberty and be truly free. We are enslaving ourselves at their command and we do not even realize it.
Americans are like the battered spouse and the politicians and the media are like our abusers; every day, constantly berating us into believing that we are ugly, we are worthless, we are stupid, and we are nothing without them; beating our spirits daily while smiling and whispering in our ear how much they truly love us. Like a controlling abuser, they isolate us from each other so we cannot know truth and we cannot find the power in each other to escape their foul clutches.
These abusers are causing us to enslave ourselves through their messages of hate, division, fear & partisan isolation. However, my fear is that we may be close to believing the lies of our abusers and that we are drifting further and further from the one thing that is our true love and salvation... The love of Christ that sets us free and gives us the Power & Ability to love our neighbor as ourselves. When the heart is full of vitriol then the spirit cannot be free. Our enemy is not each other. Our enemy are those who teach and encourage us to hate each other.
There have been times throughout our history that Americans have come together, in all colors, creeds, and genders, united in the name of Liberty & Justice for all. THAT is WHO America is in her spirit. We need reconnect with that spirit and look our abusers in they eye and boldly proclaim, “You have no power over me.” We need to unite, every American, regardless of skin color, political party, economic status, or geography- unite in the one thing that makes us all equal- LIBERTY. We have had victory before and we will have victory again. There is only one way- unified, together, in Liberty.
I will end these thoughts with a quote from Patrick Henry:
“What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
We must want Liberty more than comfort. We must understand that without liberty our peace becomes our chains and bonds.
That is why I am ALWAYS & FOREVER- #LibertyFirst
Gorsuch Sides With Scalia
by JC Hall
I thoroughly enjoy listening to and helping my wife, KrisAnne Hall dissect the legal opinions of this current Supreme Court. I have discovered that going through these opinions is one of the best ways to learn about how our system is functioning, as opposed to how it should be functioning. It has also been extremely clarifying to see the blind spots and ideological biases of the various Justices. The US v Davis case is yet another fascinating glimpse into the Constitutional views of the All-powerful Nine-member Band. In this case Justice Gorsuch delivers another powerful defense of Constitutional principles.
In writing the majority opinion for US v Davis, Gorsuch sides with the late Justice Antonin Scalia (Johnson v US). Gorsuch holds in Davis that overly vague criminal laws offend both due process and separation of powers - due process, by failing to give individuals a clear definition of forbidden activity; separation of powers, by forcing the courts, not Congress, to define criminal conduct.
Justice Scalia put the first nail in the coffin in 2015 with his majority opinion in Johnson v US. In Johnson, Scalia declared the very same statutory language before the court in Davis, to be vague and unconstitutional. Justice Scalia wrote, "Government violates this guarantee (due process) by taking away someone's life, liberty, or property under a criminal law so vague that it fails to give ordinary people fair notice of the conduct it punishes, or so standardless that it invites arbitrary enforcement.” (as an aside, too bad Scalia didn’t seem to hold this view consistently when it came to Kelo v New London)
The Supreme Court dealt with the phrase again in April 2018 in Sessions v Dimaya. The majority explained that the Constitution disallowing vague laws, “guards against arbitrary or discriminatory law enforcement by insisting that a statute provide standards to govern the actions of police officers, prosecutors, juries, and judges.” Counting US v Davis, the vague language in these statutes has now struck out three times. Since Gorsuch may have dealt the decisive blow, some may start to notice that his consistent liberty-minded approach on this issue is a real threat to the bipartisan fetish for big government.
Gorsuch seems to operate on a consistent principle that vague statues run afoul of the Constitution. If a citizen cannot know what the law demands of him, then his liberty is in jeopardy. This stirs the ire of both regulatory-minded, control-freak leftists and statist, police-state conservatives.
In the case of civil statutes that empower the government’s vast regulatory behemoth Gorsuch says, “Congress must set forth standards sufficiently definite and precise to enable Congress, the courts, and the public to ascertain whether Congress’s guidance has been followed….A statute that does not contain ‘sufficiently definite and precise’ standards ‘to enable Congress, the courts, and the public to ascertain’ whether Congress’s guidance has been followed at once presents a delegation problem and provides impermissibly vague guidance to affected citizens.” This angers the new, green Marxists. They need vague regulatory authority for unelected bureaucrats to have free reign to legislate through the unaccountable “fourth-branch” of our post-constitutional government.
In the case of criminal statutes, Gorsuch holds that, “In our constitutional order, a vague law is no law at all. Only the people's elected representatives in Congress have the power to write new federal criminal laws. And when Congress exercises that power, it has to write statutes that give ordinary people fair warning about what the law demands of them.” This angers the police-state conservatives who wish to empower the government to run roughshod over the citizens’ liberty in order to stop a “bad guy” from doing “bad things” and then throw the book at him with as many sentence enhancements as possible. (Let’s set aside for a moment the argument that Congress lacks authority to make federal law regarding things NOT FEDERAL in the first place. That’s a blog for another day.)
Kavanaugh, for his part, did his best to make the police-state argument, “Bad guy do bad things. Bad guy must pay.” His dissenting rant against gun ownership as being violent “by its very nature,” has him sounding like some raving leftist, gun-grabber from the House of Representatives, proving that a statist is a statist no matter if he sits on the left side of the sofa or the right.
Since SCOTUS is increasingly seen as the final oracle of truth on all matters whatsoever, we will see how Congress, judges, and others in the legal system adjust to this blow to vague statutory language. Destroying this “wiggle room,” as our founders intended, would be a significant bulwark against the assaults on individual liberty by the regulatory state as well as by the police state. Unfortunately, many Americans will miss the significance of this opinion since so many have been programmed to think in binary terms of left and right. So, they typically interpret SCOTUS opinions like the rest of their reality, by counting the number of “left supporters” versus the number of “right supporters.” So, 99 times out of 100, this story will be reported and interpreted as “Gorsuch sides with left,” or “Conservative Duel: Gorsuch v Kavanaugh.” There is only one dichotomy that matters, Liberty versus Tyranny. None of these guys are perfect, but thus far Gorsuch seems to hold to the principles of liberty more consistently than any of his colleagues.
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The Great American Experience
by KrisAnne Hall, JD
So often I hear from well-intentioned people, "it’s too late to fix what's wrong with our federal government" or "The government is out of control, it’s a good things we have the 2nd Amendment." These statements truly break my heart to the core and here is why:
It is not "too late" and "the right to keep & bear arms" is not our only recourse. We are NOT fighting a king nor do we live in a kingdom. Regardless of how the federal government behaves, we are a Constitutional Republic.
With all due respect to everyone who visits this page- "too late" and "pick up arms" are the lazy, apathetic, and to the extreme- cowardice ways to deal with unlawful acts of our government. Whether it will be admitted or not, both of those statements are the exact same consequence: giving up. Our founders sacrificed EVERYTHING so "too late" & "pick up arms" are NOT the only and not our first options.
The tragedy of all of this that Americans have become so deceived, distracted, and discouraged by errant education & political propaganda that we have been trained into ignorance. As a consequence we feel defeated before we even begin and the absolute truth is- we haven't even begun to use the tools given to us to remedy this government's lawlessness.
There are so many things we ought to be doing, and so many things we must do before we give up. Americans must become educated on the problems & the solutions- because giving up can NEVER be an option & picking up arms should be recognized as sentencing our children and grandchildren to fight a war WE could have avoided with persistent, pro-active, and unrelenting peaceful acts, the acts of a people who know they are members of a Constitutional Republic and not deceived into acting as nothing more than subjects to a king.
So get miffed at the bluntness of my speech, but the truth remains the same. Don't tell me there is nothing we can do. Madison, Jefferson, Mason, Warren, Otis, Attucks, & thousands more went to their graves disagreeing with you.
That is why we created LibertyFirstUniversity.com- to educate- equip- & ignite people into the remedies our founders laid before us. It is why I wrote my book Sovereign Duty- to give every American access to the solutions those who drafted the Constitution put in our hands. We are such a blessed people, given so many benefits from the sacrifices of our forefathers & mothers. It is time we honor them and never allow those sacrifices to be taken in vain or without due gratitude. So as we approach this year's celebration for our Independence, please take the time to study up on
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The foresaw the government we have today & they didn’t leave us defenseless. They passed the mantle to us, it is time for the people to regain knowledge & virtue our founders used as a foundation for this Great American Experience. In love, Samuel Adams voiced this truth as a warning to us, his future:
“No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.”
Always be, Liberty First!