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Bill Whittle’s Virtual State of the Union, 2013

Written By: Bob - Feb• 25•13

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  1. smitty says:

    Now that is a “wish list” State of the Union address…

    How can anyone-but a tyrant, or complete idiot-not see the common sense of this???

    The UNLV example is a nice piece of evidence that being “law-abiding” can be self-destructive…

    In and of itself, just the mere fact that something is enacted into law, is not justification to willy-nilly observe and obey it without question.

  2. smitty says:

    This is why Jury Duty is so important…

    As with the Fugitive Slave Act and Alcohol Prohibition, behaviors that are not truly criminal (assisting the escape of slaves, drinking alcoholic beverages), such as bearing arms, that have been criminalized, the prosecutions of such are halted by Grand and trial Jurors refusing to go along with the authoritarian program. Remember they need 12 vote to convict, while we need only one to stop it…

    When the judge instructs that you, as a juror, have to take the law as he gives it, remember that that is a lie. otherwise-why have a jury? Follow you own conscience when rendering a verdict on a fellow citizen. Judge the law and its application as well as the facts in controversy. Be a shield ready to thwart tyranny rather than be a rubber-stamp giving the government prosecutor what he wants-another conviction…

    This is true self-government. This is the means to check and balance the power of government.

    I consider trial by jury as the only anchor yet devised by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.
    -Thomas Jefferson

    Serve when called, jury duty (trial & grand) may be our only peaceful means to check and balance governmant power.

    • smitty says:

      A bit more, I wish to add:

      It is true at present that nearly all cases are plea bargained. Plea bargains are a corrupt practice unknown to the Founding Fathers. If we begin to exercise our true power as jurors, thinking for ourselves, rendering just verdicts rather than quickly convicting in order to hurry home to supper and television (a truly free people does not behave like that), defendants will see the value of demanding their right to trial rather than submitting to the extortion of a plea bargain. More trials means clogging the court docket. Then it becomes clear that too many things have been criminalized and reform along common sense lines becomes possible.

      While it appears that the cartridge box may have to be counted on, why not employ the powerful but peaceful means established by the Founding Fathers in order to contain and limit government power…the jury box?

  3. Publius says:

    Agreed. But keep your real thoughts and opinions about firearms entirely to yourself during jury selection — or you’ll not be selected for any trials.

    • smitty says:

      Oh yes!

      Thanks much, Publius, for the reminder.

      As part of the jury pool, it is best to act like you haven’t more than two brain cells to rub together, in order to convince the judge and prosecutor that you are the usual pliable rubber-stamp juror they want on the jury.

      Mask your intelligence, hide your knowledge of 2nd Amendment advocacy, jury nullification and the like, then if selected to serve, judge justly your fellow citizen.

      Don’t worry about lying in that regard. They have no business inquiring about such anyway, juries are supposed to be randomly selected without regard to their views, THAT is the way it was designed to work. For it to be otherwise makes it a mere tool of the government.

      There is a Biblical story of the authorities asking a person-who happened to be hiding Jesus on his rooftop-“where is Jesus”?

      He said “I don’t know”. Though he lied he did the rightful thing.

      Let your conscience be your guide…