Yesterday one of my friends from work sent me a well-written and carefully constructed letter meant to be shared with others. Many of the things I see happening in the United States have bothered me for some time. With eloquence, he has addressed the root of my concerns. Perhaps you will feel the same.
An Open Letter to the American People by Johnathan W. Jenks…
1400 / 01-11-13
This is an open letter to all Americans, but especially to all the elected officials, appointed or hired individuals in the Federal, State and local governments.
Good citizens of the United States of America, I am writing this letter to all of you in the hopes that you will take a step or two back and think about what I am about to say. As a Loyal and Patriotic American citizen just like the majority of you are, I work hard to take care of my family, pay my bills and look toward a better and brighter future as you do. But, I have reservations as to the direction of all the squandering governments within our great country are headed.
I served my country; in the United States Army, as a great deal of other Loyal and Patriotic Americans have done throughout the two-hundred and thirty-seven (237) years that the United States has existed as a nation. And, in so doing I took an oath when I joined the United States Army. An oath I have never given up, nor can anyone take away from me. This is the land of the free and the home of the brave, and all service members; Active, Reserve, National Guard and Retired, know that they are required as well as duty bound to uphold and follow their oath.
“I, (Name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) 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; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
Fellow citizens, we are at a crossroads in the history of our great democratic republic. There has been a cancer growing in our great nation for quite some time. A cancer that is eroding and removing the rights of the people which have placed all of us in great peril; from what I can see. You may differ, but when our Founding Fathers were at a similar crossroad, they decried their grievances in the Declaration of Independence.
We have governments at all levels that have grown beyond their means; fatten themselves, at the expense of the citizens. This encroachment of governments at all levels upon all of us by our elected and unelected public servants; and the agencies they represent, invading our affairs is not only treacherous, but criminal. Their continued violations of our Constitutional and civil rights, the ever intrusive and restrictive laws and regulations instituted by these public servants; and agencies they represent, as well as individual citizens, whether covertly, overtly or just blatantly out in our faces is TREASONOUS if not tantamount to TREASON against the Constitution of the United States of America, and We the American People. All you have to do is stop, take a look around and research, and you will find appalling Constitutional and civil rights violations happening to everyday people just like you and me in our great country.
Our Founding Fathers vigorously debated all the aspects of the Constitution in 1787. They knew that in order to establish a national federal government that represents the will of all the people of the United States of America, the Constitution of the United States of America had to come from the will of the people; not some group of elitist, king, queen, dictator or tyrants.
“We the Peopleof the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Once the Constitution was ratified, it came to light that further natural inalienable rights had to be expressed and guaranteed. Thus, the Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments) were ratified in 1791, and these rights amended the whole Constitution. So what does that mean?
First, we have to understand one thing. The Constitution of the United States of America is the SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND, and NO Presidential Executive Orders, Federal laws or regulations, any treaty, State laws or regulations, court decisions, county/city ordinances, businesses, or individuals, etc. can supersede, amend or change the Constitution or Amendments in any way shape or form.
Article VI, Clause 2 of the Constitution states:
“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”
Article V, Amendment process to the Constitution states:
“The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.”
You will see, that Article VI, Clause 2 states all three make up the supreme body of the Laws of the United States. But, now I must ask you, which is stated first? The CONSTITUTION, and there is a very good reason for it. The Founding Fathers meant for the Constitution of the United States of America to stand above all other Laws, period.
Now with this understanding, let’s break down and examine one of our Natural Inalienable Rights, the Second Amendment.
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
The first part, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State…” is meant that each State has the right to establish a Militia based in the military set-up by either volunteers or soldiers employed by and for each State for its own security and freedom if the federal government should go rogue or conducts treasonous actions against the people and the States,as well as to fight foreign invasion.
The second part, “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms…” is meant for the people to have the means to protect themselves, and if necessary to fight back against a government that has gone rogue or conducts treasonous actions against the people,as well as to be called up to fight foreign invasion.
The last part, “…shall not be infringed.” applies to both the first and second parts of the Second Amendment. This means that NO Presidential Executive Orders, Federal laws or regulations, any treaty, State laws or regulations, court decisions, county/city ordinances, businesses, or individuals, etc. can violate the right of any State to set-up a well regulated Militia separate from the active federal military, nor “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms…” for themselves with weapons of their choosing.
But wait you say. The government is not taking away our rights; they’re just regulating the type of weapons we can have, and were you can bear them. Let me remind you that the Bill of Rights amended the whole Constitution of the United States of America; which means the Commerce Claus.
Article I, Section 8, Claus 3 of the Constitution states:
“To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;”
This means that the federal government is to regulate business across the United States to ensure that any and all businesses will not have their products discriminated against. Now, with the Second Amendment; “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” amending the Commerce Claus, you will see that attempting to establish or establishing Presidential Executive Orders, Federal laws or regulations, any treaty, State laws or regulations, court decisions, county/city ordinances, businesses, or individuals, etc. to deny “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms…” in any way or anywhere (NO gun free zones) is completely and totally illegal, and committing TREASON against the Constitution of the United States of America and theAmerican People; who are the government.
Last, it is every Legal Adult’s Duty and Responsibilityto arm themselves; with a weapon (gun or other device) of their choosing, to properly and safely learn how to use their weapon (gun or other device) for the defense of themselves, their families, friends/neighbors, their State, the nation and the Constitution of the United States of America. For the people of a Free Democratic Republic are the last line of defense against foreign invasion and the tyranny of any TREACHEROUS and TREASONOUSindividuals and/orgovernments.
So in closing, we need to remind all American citizens, and tell all our public servants; elected, appointed or hired, to comply with and obey the Constitution of the United States of America as the SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND covering all of the United States, its territories and possessions because TREASON by all those individuals against the Constitution of the United States of America and theAmerican People; who are the government, will be remembered and eventually dealt with in accordance to the laws of this great nation. God Bless America, the Constitution of the United States of America and theAmerican People.
Johnathan W. Jenks
United States Army Reserve
(1982 – 2002)