Domestic Enemies - Defend the Constitution and the Election Process
Justin Haggerty | The Daily Knight
The elected and appointed officials of our federal government take an oath of office before undertaking their constitutional duties. Let's take a look at that oath, expressed as a question and answered by "I do."
Do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that you take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which you are about to enter: So help you God?
In response to their oath of office, our Congressmen and Senators answer "I do," but do they really mean it?
Unfortunately for the cause of freedom, the oath of office has often become only a hollow formality. Too many members of the administrative, legislative, and judicial branches of the federal government have failed to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and bear true faith and allegiance to the same.
The Constitution has been misinterpreted, abused, and subverted. As it continues to be violated, we should see how freedom is gradually being destroyed.
The word "destroyed" might appear to be somewhat harsh, but it is appropriate. We ought to heed a warning made by Patrick Henry in 1775, not long before the opening shots of the War for Independence were fired at Lexington and Concord. Henry clearly understood how freedom was being threatened by oppressive government rule. He warned against indifference, complacency, and apathy.
It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren, till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and provide for it.
By "temporal salvation," Patrick Henry meant the preservation of freedom – the freedom to work and provide for our personal lives as we best see fit. Henry and other patriots believed that freedom meant individuals had the ability and responsibility to plan their own lives without unnecessary government intervention. That freedom was being threatened, and Henry was telling the colonists to wake up and confront the danger before them. His admonition applies to us today.
If we truly want to strengthen freedom and regain what we have already lost, we will pledge ourselves to defending the Constitution. We cannot support our Constitution, however, unless we face the fact that it is being continually ignored and betrayed. It is time that we give some serious thought to the Constitution. [Robert Bearce, The Freeman]
Protection from Enemies – Foreign and Domestic
The Founding Fathers who framed our Constitution in 1787 knew that individuals have certain unalienable rights – "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," as earlier expressed in the Declaration of Independence. These rights were God-given rights. No government or constitution gave them to the individual. Rather, the purpose of governments and constitutions was to protect these basic, God-given rights.
The Founding Fathers comprehended how and why people behave the way they do. Men like James Madison and Alexander Hamilton understood human nature. They saw that some human beings would always resort to force, deceit, war, stealing, and killing to get what they wanted. Thus, there was an obvious need for government – legitimate, just government to carry out two main functions:
(1) protecting free people from foreign enemies and invaders;
(2) protecting honest, self-responsible, hard-working citizens within the nation from domestic lawbreakers who would use coercion, fraud, or force to deprive others of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
Good government would do the above, and the Founding Fathers outlined that kind of government in our Constitution. Just as they gave the government certain authority, they also placed limitations on government power. The framers of the Constitution realized that while government was needed to protect individual freedom, government itself had to be placed within limited, strictly defined boundaries. If government was not restrained, it would destroy individual liberty and lead to tyranny. Government had to be controlled. James Madison explained the matter:
"It may be a reflection on human nature that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place oblige it to control itself."
When Madison wrote that government should "control the governed," he was thinking about necessary government laws required to maintain impartial law and order – law and order that protected individual liberty. This issue of defending individual rights and limiting the power of government is the central theme of the Constitution. [Robert Bearce, The Freeman]
The Enemy Within
Many of our public officials have broken their oath of office. They affirm or swear that they will support the Constitution and defend it "against all enemies, foreign and domestic." There is the foreign threat of Marxist subversion and aggression. More dangerous, however, are the domestic enemies – individuals whose actions and attitudes are corrupting the Constitution. Those individuals include some of the very government officials sworn to uphold the Constitution.
Actions by the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the federal government have proven that many officeholders apparently do not understand the Constitution. If they do know what the Constitution stands for, then we should hold them responsible for willfully repudiating their oath of office.
Two tasks are before us. First, we must have a firm appreciation for the Constitution. Second, we must have a clear understanding how and why the Constitution is being de- fled. Until we face the truth, we will slide steadily towards the eventual destruction of freedom in the United States. [Robert Bearce, The Freeman]
Today, we definitely have Domestic Enemies who:
Work and conspire to destroy the American governmental and/or legal systems
Work against the general welfare
Put corporate interests ahead of those of human beings and society
Spin facts to distort truth, or simply perpetuate outright lies
Work to deny voting rights
Work to weaken government protections
Put personal profit before country
Involve America in unnecessary conflicts
Weaken our economy, food stuffs, goods, and energy security
Misappropriate government funds and taxes
Threaten rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights
Deny and oppose the sanctity of life
The 2020 General Election
The 2020 General Election, by the fraudulent actions of some to conspire against President Donald J. Trump and the Republican Party, has presented perhaps the greatest threat to the integrity of the electoral process and the American voter. Currently, there exists in public knowledge a growing list of reports of voter fraud, counting irregularities, software glitches, and the denial of meaningful access to poll watchers to verify the validity of ballots and counting operations.
While the media has called the race and announced declarations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Election Officials have opened investigations in at least six states, recounts have been called in two states, and lawsuits have been filed on the state and federal levels. With so many issues being litigated, it would be grossly negligent to make any projections or declarations before states validate election results.
To the contrary, many partisan officials, media platforms, and social media companies refuse to recognize the existence of such evidence and have made significant efforts to sensor and silence the American People. In fact, thousands of accounts have been blocked, limited, and suspended on Facebook and Twitter; and there are reports of Google hindering some accounts from sending information via email.
This attack on the U.S. Constitution and the rights of the American People is the greatest domestic conspiracy and putsch since the American Civil War.
It is now up to the Judiciary and the Department of Justice to ascertain the true results of the 2020 General Election, and bring any perpetrators to justice. An act against the American electoral process is an infringement on all citizens, terrorism on the trust of democracy, and treason against liberty.
As the Commander and Chief, the President of the United States has the power and responsibility to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic; and, in this unfortunately egregious situation, has the power and responsibility to defend the integrity of the electoral process and the American voter.
If a conspiracy to undermine the government is revealed, the President has the constitutional authority to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807. There was a lot of debate about the law when addressing Antifa, BLM, and the violent riots through the summer of 2020; however, the President gave state governors the support and resources to restore law and order. A nationwide putsch and conspiracy to commit voter fraud would be far beyond the parameters of state governments, and the President of the United States would have to assume command and control to defend the constitution.
The Insurrection Act is codified in Title 10 of U.S. Code, §§ 251-254. It provides that, “Whenever there is an insurrection in any State against its government, the President may, upon the request of its legislature or of its governor if the legislature cannot be convened, call into Federal service such of the militia of the other States, in the number requested by that State, and use such of the armed forces, as he considers necessary to suppress the insurrection.” 10 U.S.C. § 251.
The Insurrection Act provides further that, “Whenever the President considers that unlawful obstructions, combinations, or assemblages, or rebellion against the authority of the United States, make it impracticable to enforce the laws of the United States in any States by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, he may call into Federal service such of the militia of any State, and use such of the armed forces, as he considers necessary to enforce those laws or to suppress the rebellion.” 10 U.S.C. § 252.
If the Judiciary and the Department of Justice are unable to defend the U.S. Constitution and the integrity of the election, the President would have no choice but to invoke authority. Pray that such a scenario would never come to fruition and that proper litigation will resolve this constitutional crisis.
In Christ Crucified and the Most Victorious Heart of Jesus.