17 FEB 2012
by Adam G. House
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” -1st Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America
Americans have a long and rich historical tradition of speaking freely to change the undesirable state of our nation at any given time in which we feel the course of events has conspired to trample the Rights & freedoms of the people. Whether the march of the Revolutionaries from a cold and desolate Valley Forge, the march of Tennessee volunteers to face an overwhelming force at the Texas Alamo, the march of women’s suffragettes to secure voting Rights, or the march of the Civil Rights movement on Washington D.C., conscientious patriots have stepped forward on many occasions to secure the ‘Blessings of Liberty’ for We The People of this sovereign Constitutional Republic.
In 1932, an army of veterans descended upon our nation’s capitol, demanding payment of a promise which seemed to them their government had no intention of honoring. These brave men and their families spent many long days camped out in an occupation of Washington D.C., even keeping vigil in the waiting areas of the representatives of Congress. Known as the “Bonus Army,” unfounded slanders about their origin and purpose (even being accused by politicians of conspiring a communist coup) were perpetuated to suppress the public support of the American people from propelling these heroes to victory for their just and noble cause. After a long struggle and even loss of life at the hands of their own government, the veterans peacefully won the battle to secure what had only been promised and payments of the veterans’ benefits were finally made. The event stands unique in American history as a story of how patriotic people who had already dutifully rendered a costly service to their country could exercise their God-given Natural Rights and speak truth to power effectively. The land of the free had produced brave souls who would always stand ready to provide us all with a better home. These veterans led the way, and left us a glaring example of American exceptionalism in reforming a corrupt and dishonest government. The time has come once again in the course of our great nation’s history for the veteran patriot to stand bravely and most firmly in the face of tyrants and despots and demand that the Constitution and the Rights it ensures be observed and respected.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” -The Declaration of Independence
There are many peaceful ways in which to alter an oppressive government. Non-violent demonstration is one way in which Americans have been successful in pursuing liberty and peace, which lay foundation for prosperity. Utilizing the Rights guaranteed to us in the 1st Amendment would seem to many (likely including America’s Founders) to be the appropriate avenue by which to pursue restoration of our Constitution in spite of an illegal government currently posing as legitimate while actually operating outside of the constraints, checks, & balances on government power which was intended by our beloved Framers.
“The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.” -Thomas Jefferson; American Revolutionary, Primary Author of the Declaration of Independence, & 3rd President of the United States
On President’s Day, Monday, February 20th of 2012, veteran patriots will again peaceably assemble at the Washington Monument in D.C. to remind our political leaders that we are paying attention to their corrupt and illegal exercise of power. These patriotic souls who took a serious Oath to defend the Constitution from all foreign and domestic enemies will exercise the Rights guaranteed in that contract between the people and the government to voice disdain for the actions of President Obama and show support for the peaceful transition of power back to the people via the only Republican candidate running for Presidential office who espouses returning to America’s original intent of Constitutionally limited government -Texas Congressman, Dr. Ron Paul. This event will surely become another unique turning point in American history to stand as an example of the unconsenting governed people demanding a return to American founding ideals of upholding the unalienable Rights to life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness. Veterans for Ron Paul will march on the White House in formation, turn about-face with backs to our warmongering President, and salute a folded American flag in memorial of those who have paid the ultimate price for Obama’s unjust and illegal wars of aggression. This peaceful gathering will then march away from the White House and towards Constitutional freedom.
In spite of tyrannical government, we will march. In spite of unconstitutional wars and other illegal actions of government, we will march. In spite of fears of retribution, we will march. In spite of slandered names, we will march. In spite of the lack of integrity of objective journalism in America, we will march. In spite of intimidating threats, we will march. In spite of any and all possible and even unforeseeable horrifying consequences for our actions, we will march. In the name of life, liberty, peace, Constitutionalism, truth, justice, and everything righteous, we will march. WE the people, WILLing to stand, MARCH for freedom. Consistent Constitutionalist Ron Paul is our choice.
WE WILL MARCH!
Adam G. House served with the famed 2/503rd Infantry Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade, including a deployment to the infamous Konar Province of Afghanistan.