Saturday, November 28, 2009

Biased news reporting again -- this time on the militia

In today's news is a story about the rise of the militia movement in the US. The article refers to the concerns of the militia members: "imminent economic collapse and social chaos incited by federal bailouts and other forms of intrusion by a tyrannical government."

The news article refers to a left-wing "intelligence" assessment by the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) which labeled me as a right-wing extremist and potential terrorist because I am a military veteran (and swore to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic), favor limited government, oppose illegal immigration, attend church services regularly, and oppose abortion. The DHS reports implies that since I have these characteristics, I am racist because I didn't vote for a black man who has opinions radically different from mine. Apparently, the news reporter has the same viewpoint as the DHS regarding my racist and terrorist proclivities.

The caption under the accompanying photo (also shown above) says that the rise of the militia movement "coincides with advent of a black Democrat in White House." The timing is only coincidental and the reporter and editor know it. The militia movement is not about race! It is all about individual liberty and opposition to a Marxist president, an out-of-control Congress, and a bloated government with millions of bureaucrats.

I am in no way condoning nor sympathizing with the radical fringe in the militia movement who are racists or who, like Timothy McVeigh, have criminal intent. Nobody in the news business or in the DHS has a right nor evidence to say I am another Timothy McVeigh.

I have never known any militia member to be as bigoted, narrow-minded, and illinformed as a substantial portions of so-called journalists.

By the way, who are the militia? According to Title 10 of the US Code, "The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard."

"Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Congress has no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American....[T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people." — Tench Coxe, ally of James Madison and member of the Continental Congress (Freeman's Journal, 20 Feb 20, 1778)

"Who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers." — George Mason

Recommended book:
Origin of the Second Amendment: A Documentary History of the Bill of Rights
Origin of the Second Amendment: A Documentary History of the Bill of Rights

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