By Bryan Fischer
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If Gov. Rick Perry of Texas does
just one thing, he is liable to be our next president. That one thing is, if
necessary, to send the Texas National Guard to the border with Oklahoma to
stare down the BLM Brownshirts and their attempt to steal 90,000 acres that
belong to the people of the Lone Star State.
The American people can read.
They can read Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, which lists all the
powers of action that “We the People” have delegated to the central government.
Robbing American citizens of ranch land is not among them.
But the BLM, arguing from some
arcane notions about the changing course of the Red River, which serves as the
border between Texas and Oklahoma, intends to sweep in and commandeer land that
does not belong to it. One can argue whether the land in question belongs to
Texas or to Oklahoma, but one thing is abundantly clear: it doesn’t belong to
the BLM. Period.
The attorney general of Texas,
Greg Abbott, who is in line to be Texas’ next governor, has thrown down on the
BLM, saying, if you want it, “Come and take it,” and Gov. Perry is backing him
to the hilt.
Said the governor about Abbott’s
words, “Actually, it’s not a
dare. It's a promise that we're going to stand up for private property rights
in the state of Texas.”
National Guard units function as state militias under the
command of the governors of their state, until and unless called into duty by
the president for assignments to protect national security. As the Second
Amendment plainly states, militia units, like the Guard, are “necessary to the
security of a free State.” By “State,” the Founders meant exactly what it
sounds like: the individual “States” which make up the “United States of
America.” States like Texas and Nevada, for instance.
George Washington put it this way: "A free people
ought not only to be armed and disciplined but they should have sufficient arms
and ammunition to maintain a status of any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government."
According to the Founders, the primary and ultimate
purpose of state militias, such as National Guard units, is to protect the
security and freedom of their individual states from the tyrannical
encroachment of any power, whether the encroachment comes from an adjacent
state, a foreign power, or an overreaching federal government.
If Gov. Perry deploys his National Guard for this purpose,
he would not be committing a lawless act but quite the opposite. He would be
upholding the Constitution of the United States, upholding the rule of law, and
fulfilling his sworn oath of office.
If you want to know why the president is so intent on
disarming the National Guard, by transferring its Apache attack helicopters to
the regular Army, you are looking at it right here. The president does not want
a governor with an equipped military presence who can oppose his tyrannical
designs on state soil.
Ask yourself this question: if Apache helicopters wind up
hovering about the Texas-Oklahoma border because of this crisis, do you want
those helicopters under the command of a governor determined to protect the
private property rights of his constituents, or under the command of a man who
sent the BLM goons to the border in the first place?
God forbid things should ever come to such a pass; may
cool heads and reason prevail. But the time to think through such a scenario,
as drastic and unlikely as it may be, is now. Sorting such things out in the
middle of a crisis is sure to lead to chaos.
I have felt for some time now that the key to America
regaining its independence lies in the grip of governors who have courage and
who can read. Governors who can read Article I, Section 8 and the 9th and 10th
Amendments, and have the determination to fulfill their oath of office and
uphold the Constitution they have sworn to protect.
A huge percentage of America is looking for a president
who understands and respects the Constitution, the severe limits it places on
federal power, and the right of states to be free from federal interference.
If Gov. Perry stands between the federal government and
the citizens of Texas, these Americans may have found their man. A man like
that might be a man America can trust with the power of the presidency.
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do
not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or
American Family Radio.)