monument’s dimensions should be determined by the importance to civilization
of the events commemorated… Let us place there carved high, as close to heaven
as we can... our leaders, their faces, to show posterity what manner of men
they were. Then breathe a prayer that these records will endure until the
wind and the rain alone shall wear them away.
Gutzon Borglum, sculptor of Mount Rushmore National Memorial
From boyhood, I have been guided by the knowledge that my ancestors were
liberty-committed-patriots who successfully challenged King George the Third
during the war for American independence. Family journals reveal that in
the year of 1867, my pioneering great-grandparents adventured across the
prairies and mountains by covered wagon and were instrumental in taming the
American frontier. Despite formidable backwoods challenges, they persevered
and openhandedly assisted their homesteading neighbors, further contributing
to the prosperity and wholesomeness of our promising land. Among their many
achievements and patriotic commitments, including participation in every
American war, they created twenty national and state memorials in celebration
of freedom and our courageous leaders. I have an unwavering loyalty to my
family and the nation that they loved. My roots run deep, and will never
be removed. Millions of citizens can rightfully speak with pride in recognition
of their American heritage. I will be pleased if they do step forward, further
heralding the virtuous intent and patriotic fortitude of their forbearers.
people first has always been America’s secret weapon. It’s the way we’ve
kept the spirit of our revolutions alive—a spirit that drives us to dream
and dare, and take great risks for a greater good.
In 1987, as a sculptor and grandnephew of Gutzon Borglum, I presented President
Ronald Reagan with a bronze sculpture of Gutzon. During our conversation,
the President spoke with familiarity regarding Gutzon’s sculpture, steadfast
manner, and his timeless gift to the people of America. The inspiring patriotic
significance of Mount Rushmore and our ongoing struggle for liberty that
this enduring Monument further represents were mutually remembered. Having
observed his forthright approach and other sincere attributes of this revered
President, noble qualities also exhibited by Mr. Borglum, I believe that
both patriots were honored by this presentation. Their dedication to national
excellence, justice, and our traditional American values cannot be ignored.
Honor the Genuine American Patriot
My next statement is one of respect for those few politically enlightened
men and women who are further trustworthy and liberty-committed. Contrary
to commonly held notion, acts of bravery are not limited to those Americans
within the public safety professions. While their efforts are meritorious
and command nationwide gratitude, other heroes live and work in our midst,
with the further intent of restoring integrity to our Constitutional Republic.
Such individuals are well aware of the message that I am about to deliver.
These honorable citizens are confident and courageous enough to present the
truth without any prompting from me. Their voices will never be stilled,
or patriotic endeavors defeated. Yet, their sincerity of purpose and words
of wisdom are seldom remembered and at no time applauded. Unlike the submissive
majority, these genuine patriots are representative of our founding intent,
sovereign dignity, and national strength. For them, enslavement by our government
will never be an acceptable condition of life. They will remain free, or
perish. If we are truly concerned Americans with national pride and clear
conscience, then how can we not appreciate the value of their courageous
efforts, and further honor such commitments to freedom and human rights?
Ashamedly, we do not.
Their Life Threatening Betrayals Draw Unnatural Responses
I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
Seldom are there more disturbing patriotic obligations than challenging acts
of betrayal by our leaders and other public servants. This is particularly
true when such perfidious and life threatening deeds draw unnatural responses
of either praise or timidity from the injured citizenry. Given the sweeping
abnormality of the people’s behavior and magnitude of federal interference
within our daily lives, concerned yet lesser persistent defenders of our
founding principles will despairingly and wrongly conclude that it is now
time to surrender their freedoms. As for my ingrained response, I refuse
to fearfully sit in this stinking puddle of national humiliation, and be
browbeaten by bureaucratic hoodlums with titles that suggest honorable intent.
As a sovereign American citizen my stance was foreordained; I shall never
yield. Memories of my meeting with this courageous presidential defender
of freedom and the very real dangers now facing our children demand that
I put forth this challenge. The unjustified accusatory tone of the citizenry
further necessitates that I present notable family history, along with a
few personal experiences, as a foundation for my intentions and opinions.
Upon reading the next several lines, many individuals -- not giving the personal
and national ramifications of our constitutional crisis adequate thought
-- will label me un-American or unpatriotic for publicly expressing my unpopular
views. A small number of loyal, resolute, and knowledgeable Americans that
speak in a similar vein are now under condemnation by the unenlightened masses,
and two masterful weavers of disinformation: government propagandists and
the mainstream news media. They have indeed spun a lengthy mythical yarn.
Fear and Widespread Denial
Having been reared by Gutzon Borglum’s sister -- my grandmother -- I benefited
from her wisdom and intimate understanding of Gutzon’s social and political
ideals, unfaltering character, and patriotic resolve. With confidence, I
can state that my granduncle would be outraged by the debilitating socialistic
atmosphere within our nation, and the unscrupulous propensities of those
leaders now seated in office. With the same passion as his personal friend
Theodore Roosevelt, Mr. Borglum would thunderously condemn this calamitous
“USA Patriot Act” as treasonous legislation, defying the Constitution and
Bill of Rights, authored and enforced by cowardly elected and appointed scoundrels.
Further noting the people’s fear of sacrifice, their denial of accountability,
the thoughtless renunciation of our founding principles, and the fatuous
predilections of an intellectually and culturally dormant populace, the corruptibility
of America has become a demoralizing reality for our children. If living
today, I sincerely doubt that Gutzon Borglum could muster the inspiration
needed to create Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Nevertheless, he would
be prepared for battle.
A number of readers will ask -- with a seemingly justified posture of indignation
-- by what right does this unfamed meddlesome person reproach fellow Americans,
and renounce a government that was established by the will of the people?
Despite the inevitable calls for censure, I now accept that it is my duty
-- a responsibility of every loyal American -- to contribute towards the
transformation of fear and widespread denial, into proficient patriotic activism.
On several occasions I have condemned the actions of politicians and other
government officials, but until now, have never publicly rebuked the irrational
intent or the irresponsible detachment of the people. In view of the unnecessary
dangers that we must all now face as a result of our most recent childish
behavior, I was remiss in my responsibility to this troubled nation. Never
For the resolved men and women who are angered by the theft of their fundamental
rights, my message will deliver more than a little advantage. Those people
of a well-meaning nature yet somewhat fearful and clearly misinformed, significant
attention is also directed towards their inner struggles. For the others
who are content with the social engineering of their lives by an oppressive
nanny-state, they will not benefit from reading further. Because of an inability
to accept responsibility for their lives, these paragons of docility have
by now, bleated their way into the flock, shepherded towards the precipice.
Unless their grazing meadows of sweet-grass wither, they will not stray.
The idea is quite unfounded that on entering into society we give up any natural right.
Thomas Jefferson to Francis Gilmer
We wisely rebuff conspiracy theories of a delusional nature. Yet, our frequent
denials of reliable, observable evidence are as detrimental as paranoia.
As imperiled citizens of a troubled nation, our fear and escapist denials
will lead to disaster. Our government, which was in fact established by the
will of the people, is wantonly disregarding the liberties of its masters,
making it imperative that we all speak out loudly and demand constitutional
remedies. Under the misdirection of rebellious politicians, this wayward
government has the audacity to challenge the Constitution and our authority.
Government has perpetrated far more damaging assaults on human rights and
national dignity than Middle Eastern terrorists could ever hope to achieve.
Truthfully, this is a treacherous juncture for us all. We are now witnessing
the deaths of courage, human rights, and dignity within our nation. Sovereign
citizens are under attack by terrorists, the United Nations, Socialists,
gun-ban-zealots, federal police invasion forces, and a multitude of faithless
public servants. Have we a rational plan of defense for our families? No!
Instead, we witlessly scurry about in a mob, frantically waving Old Glory
with one hand and tossing confetti from the other, while cheering the lynching
of our children’s unalienable rights. All of which, genuine American patriots
by the hundreds of thousands sacrificed their lives in order to preserve.
Yes! I am bloody outraged over the cowardly betrayals by our public servants
but equally disgusted with the escapist Mardi-Gras revelry of my fellow Americans.
Through fear, widespread denial, and escapism, if we permit this mighty land
of the free to wither into a dysfunctional home of the oppressed, our brave
and noble fathers will have fought and died in vain.
These vital questions must be addressed: Do we desire to be cradled, and
then carried throughout life to our graves by this partisan propelled, bureaucratic
monstrosity? With two centuries behind us as individuals of sovereign dignity,
are we now so terrified, bewildered, and impotent that our main purpose is
to seek asylum from the potential hazards of freedom? Have we no faith in
our natural strengths and abilities? Do we no longer sense the invigorating
American blood of liberty rushing through our veins? Do we not owe the same
constitutionally guaranteed freedoms to our children and theirs? A few veteran
defenders have begun to ask; are we now an emasculated nation of cowards
and unworthy of retaining our liberties?
The strategy of gentle persuasion has been a miserable failure. If, in the
defense of our founding principles and human rights, I also manage to shame
quasi and pseudo-patriots, an unpleasant yet needed victory will be declared.
For possible consolation, these bruised egos can loosely relate such unflattering
results to my expression of “Tough Love.” Admittedly, I have a tendency to
become a bit insensitive while addressing life threatening betrayals, police
state atrocities, and victim disarmament. While I am desirous of mending
this tiny personality flaw, I cannot find convincing reasons to retract one
damn word. And, I have no intention of suffering pangs of guilt. My conscience
compels me to venture out, and publish this challenge along with a truthful
and sobering “State of the Union” address. I have never aspired to become
a White House speechwriter, politician, or mainstream political columnist.
Hence, the misinformed citizenry has the opportunity to learn something of
value, which would otherwise not be available through some bureaucratically
programmed toady. I can promise the minority of Americans who prefer to function
in a world of reality that my priorities, observations, countermeasures,
and predictions, are not in any manner similar to those embraced by President
Bush, other lesser statesmen, or the government dominated Socialist media.
For the attainment of this goal, every step will be taken to avoid the disorienting,
enfeebling, and feminizing amenities of political correctness. Be grateful
for this first and last tidbit of comforting news. Those Americans of brittle
disposition might do well by awaiting a ride on the next emotionally indulgent
transport; this one is scheduled nonstop over rocky roads. As a result of
our newfound, government and media directed purpose for living, with most
everyone busily jostling to appear a wee bit more patriotic than their neighbor,
it is doubtful that this writing will stir national support, or win many
friendships. Even without government and media praise for my patriotic worth,
I remain confident that attentive readers will be influenced. I can only
chance that such influence does not prompt the acquisition of tar and feathers.
When it comes down to the stability of our Republic, family welfare, and
the defense of my liberties, I am not the meek or apologetic little lad with
a plan of retreat. Here I stand!
Browbeaten Masters and Tyrannical Servants
[It is] the people, to whom all authority belongs.
Thomas Jefferson to Spencer Roane
Big brothers often display loyalty and a benevolent nature, provide sound
leadership, and offer wisdom when most needed. And, George Orwell’s representation
of “Big Brother” appears to lack the intensity of our perverse sibling. Indeed,
our ethically challenged bureaucratic boy has further degenerated into a
ruinous and treacherous Bully-Brother. Along with other Socialists, perhaps
the feminist defenders of officialdom (NOW) -- our goddesses of perpetual
victimization -- will feel more than amply repressed if they equate tyrannical
government with a stay-at-home Evangelical-Mom. In either case, it is important
that we all understand the seriousness of our problem. Regardless of the
labels used, the fact remains that we -- a nation of sovereign individuals
-- are in Big Trouble.
have rights antecedent to all earthly governments; rights that cannot be
repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator
of the Universe.
Not the powers of the President, Congress, the Supreme Court, Unites States
Constitution, or Bill of Rights include the authority to either confer or
negate human rights. Fundamental rights are inherent throughout humanity
and endowed by an omnipotent force, far superior in creativity and wisdom
than mankind. Concerning the treatment of lawful individuals, a legally defensible
authority to encroach upon the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the
pursuit of happiness, does not exist in the United States. Whether or not
foreign governments dishonor and violate the unalienable rights of their
citizens is a subject for discussion elsewhere. We have enough on our own
platter to digest. The intent of the Bill of Rights is to protect human rights
from the abuses of our government, including the courts.
arguing that the words of the Constitution have no fixed meaning is tantamount
to arguing that we have no Constitution; a Constitution serves no purpose
if the branches of government it is supposed to limit can define their own
W. James Antle III
The constitutionally decreed separation of powers -- equally divided between
three branches of government -- for the purposes of enforcing our founding
intent and uniform justice, is nonexistent. The separation of these distinct
and well-defined powers remains as mere symbolism of the past, serving only
to deceptively reassure the unwitting masses. Today, we seldom hear of a
Judicial branch ruling that is in opposition to the Executive or Legislative
branches, in accordance with the Constitution, and in favor of the people.
As a result of all governmental branches refusing obedience to constitutional
law, our system of checks and balances -- originating from the genius of
the Founding Fathers -- has been abolished. Through the finalizing machinations
of George Bush -- accelerated by the events of September 11th -- the Executive
branch is now the dominant force within government. Consequently, the people
are left without adequate protections from abusive federal officials. Additionally:
the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches stand guard for one another
against the people’s outcries for justice. For the most part, this conspiratorial
usurpation of our authority over government has been a silent and gradual
process yet ruthless and nearly complete.
The Constitution is the founding and preserving law of the Unites States;
it supports the people and restricts government. If government refuses to
abide by the restrictions and laws of the Constitution, its legitimacy ceases.
And, the people are not obligated to be governed by an illegitimate authority.
Today -- without hesitation -- our government officials subvert constitutional
law. It is politically expedient for them to do so. As a minority of informed
and resolute individuals, it remains our patriotic duty to prevent the destruction
of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, by both the unenlightened masses
and bureaucratic cowards. This is not a call for the overthrow of government.
In truth, the Socialists and rebellious politicians have already done so.
That is the problem. Our crucial task is to restore constitutional government
to the original state intended by our Founding Fathers. Judiciously authored
law is necessary for the preservation of any nation. Our Constitution, united
with the Bill of Rights, is such a law.
To educate a man in mind, and not in morals, is to educate a menace to society.
The President is the elected chief executive and law enforcement official
of this nation. It is his duty to ensure that all constitutionally supported
federal laws are justly enforced. While his responsibilities are momentous
and may appear majestic, he is not a king, emperor, or some other monarch.
His powers are limited by the Constitution and granted only with the authority
of the people. He does not enjoy a divine right to rule. The President is
compelled to obey the same laws as we. And, he is answerable to the people.
George Bush is an American public servant. Two of his primary duties in office
are to defend and enforce the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Lesser commitments are unacceptable to all thinking Americans.
During the President’s inauguration -- not unlike millions of other concerned
citizens -- I enjoyed a brief moment of anticipation. Although my optimism
lacked a stable foundation, I envisioned that the integrity of our Constitutional
Republic would eventually be restored. Because it was my desire for our next
President to possess noble attributes, I foolishly accepted him as a man
of prudence and virtuous intent. I welcomed his apparent contrast to the
former White House poll-jockey and searched for further reasons to support
his presidency. I convinced myself of his suitability for office. My response
to his election was such, that I wrote the President a letter of congratulations,
recommendations, and hopes for the future of our sovereign nation.
George Bush opportunistically proclaimed himself to be a “born-again Christian
Republican.” As a result of this miraculous primetime revelation, he was
granted the Imperial Crown by his apostles, assuring blind obedience from
the enraptured disciples within their neoconservative flock. For the unquestioning
devotees of this Oval Office prophet (Messiah?), his campaign-trail testimony
is indisputable evidence of veracity, loyalty, and wisdom. For the veteran
defenders of liberty and self-governance, it is not. With vigilance and the
presence of reason, those genuine patriots of a wise and healthy “doubting
Thomas” nature have instead witnessed the President embrace several subversive
policies, further revealing his contempt for the doctrines of our Founding
Fathers. And that, my fellow Americans, is a factual and useful revelation.
Man is not free unless government is limited … as government expands, liberty contracts.