One of the worst disservices an American can do is to lie to the electorate. Today, we call this smear. Distortion or exaggeration may be one thing, opinion may even be something, but outright misleading is downright against the interests of the United States.
Robert J. Spitzer writing for the Huffington Post makes such a missstep in Are these guys really militias? Spitzer writes, “Since the founding of the country, the federal and state governments have carefully regulated militias, and even though the government no longer “calls up” militia-eligible men for military service, preferring instead in times of necessity to draft men into the regular army, it retains the right of regulation. In fact, government authority over both real militias and paramilitary militia pretenders is longstanding.”
This is a horrible misrepresentation to Americans. It is a breach of ethics for a writer and educator.
The Government has never had anything to take the place of the Militia within the meaning of the second amendment. Today, it still has nothing in the way of National Guard or in Police; in time of violence, civil disturbance, there is no force as promptly reactive as the armed citizen. And, since all military and police answer to the people as does the Commander-in-Chief himself (or herself soon), there is no replacement for militia (again, within the meaning of the second amendment). Everything else comes long after Militia is on scene.
Spitzer is incorrect on his history. There was no government regulation of the Militia until generations after the founding of the country, mostly among various Militia Acts of dubious effectiveness, and no National Guard (state militias within U.S. Code definitions) for about 130 years after the founding. Today, what the liberty purists are educating the public on Militia is not as Spitzer describes, but what U.S. Code Title 10 describes and what Congress have described. In the Disaster Protection And Recovery Act of 2006, Congress affirmed the Militia within the meaning of the second amendment, not within the meaning of Professor Spitzer.
No one else can respond as quickly as the armed citizen can, and in time of disaster, no one else can respond as quickly as the community. Within that community, there are enough armed citizens to keep the lid on. Disabling this safety feature is a crime in itself.
A community of volunteers can be on scene of a disaster hours to days before professional assets can be, and experts have noted (as in Rebecca Solnit’s book A Paradise Built In Hell — The extraordinary communities that arise in disaster) that most effective and life-saving rescue and protection of the community does not require skilled response. I add that this means that help is nearly instantaneous, embedded within the neighborhood at any hour of the day or night and must not be punished. Smear punishes the very people servants are here to serve. Smear cheats the people out of education of their own powers and authority. Smear can get people killed. Talk about words having meaning . . .
Centralization crushes independence. Militia Acts to merge the first militia with subsequent organizations were early centralization control. They did not centralize the unorganized militia. What America faces now is further and further centralization against her interests in more issues than militia. The unorganized militia – within the meaning of the second amendment – enables communities to respond faster, sooner, and with more help than waiting for individuals to report in elsewhere only to return to the scene hours or days later. Meanwhile, your militia has already accomplished a lot more than filling sandbags. It is in the interests of every community for police to work with their militia rather than expecting militia to work with police. That’s just more centralization.
The physics of that taking either money or people by way of Washington was already examined by the Founding Fathers and rejected as counter to the interests of the survival of the nation. The nation would have died because of centralization. She still might.
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