Are you militia material without knowing it? The contempt for militia is resurfacing again, and some people have a goodness and willingness to help their community which is being discouraged by that contempt: it is a contempt for them, and needs to be seen as such.
The Militia within the meaning of the framing-era language of the second amendment is spirited in Independence as a survival skill. It is a tool for the very survival of the nation from one generation to the next. This prideful essential to personal integrity has been described as self-reliance. It is actually Independence from our public servants who would lord it over the people as a personal foible or peccadillo of theirs.
Militia is the spirit of personal freedom that is free from the dictates of servants who second-guess the electorate and who back that second-guessing with the force of the state. This is an abuse of powers for personal gain, and resisting it is no hatred of government: it is a righteous resistance to abuses. It is because this use of office means the rise of the state and the diminution of the sovereign. Some citizens prefer being diminished. It’s called dependency. These people quarrel with the very idea of being free and see freedom itself as evidence of government’s lesser purpose in life, hence the hatred of Militia. We see it the same way: servants have a lesser purpose than they think they have. At least we agree on that.
Any citizen can be militia material without knowing it. If you believe that servants have become undependable, a little abusive and seen mandates where there aren’t any, you could be Independence Material. If citizens think of others, if they depend on themselves and prefer to be on their own, if they spread this value as a survival skill for neighborhood and nation, and if they are glad to help others in immediate need, they are militia material.
Being on your own this way is not to disdain government, but to utilize government as servant the way government was built to serve. In America, the government serves us, not the other way around, until officials found a way to broker crisis and its own solutions to the crisis. This meant that we had to choose from a selection of governmental solutions and never our own. Zero tolerance is one such policy in answer to drugs, violence, bullying and hate speech, one Americans would not likely have selected had they been free to craft their own answers. As one can easily see today, electorate-originated answers are often ignored. Self-rule was decimated when the electorate had to choose from a pallette of answers handed them instead of crafting their own solutions to social problems.
Because Militia represents as much Independence from this kind of servant boondoggles as much as guns represent independence, they are both demonized as anti-government and anti-social. But the truth is that they are both social and by dint of their presence, will and authority, are a glue that holds society better than anything else. Even Congress came to appreciate that gun ownership and Militia are not Hate when it passed the Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006 also known as the Vitter Amendment.
Sorry to harp on it, but it does affirm Militia within the meaning of the second amendment, the one militia who does not answer to the Commander-in-chief because it is not National Guard. This militia is not military. Where America has dropped the ball on exercising this sort of independence has been in the poor supervision of servants.
That may change in November.
If you realize that you as a community are already on scene, if you believe in volunteerism, if you understand that you already have the authority to help others in time of disaster as a matter of protecting community, and if you know you must because local, state and federal assets will be hours to days away, perhaps longer for some people, then you are militia material.
There is no hatred of government in being aware of your own authority and preferring it, but being aware of your own independence is certainly obstructed by the State. [That is, until the Vitter Amendment, and perhaps even this November!] You won’t win the argument if you claim to be exempt from all laws because you are the sovereign; that would not be true. But in many cases – vital cases where your lives are at stake and there is no one else – your personal authority to act is genuine.
You won’t get back to safer streets, or safer freedoms, safer property rights, or safer futures with shills trying to tell you different.
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