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The 2nd Amendment Is the Elephant in the Room
Wallace Garneau

Let’s address the elephant in the room.

The 2nd Amendment was written as a compromise between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. The Federalists saw England as our nation’s greatest threat (having just fought them in the Revolutionary War, and being about to fight them again in the War of 1812), whereas the Anti-Federalists saw the Federalists as being our nation’s greatest threat. The Federalists wanted a standing Federal Army to fight foreign threats (at the time the British), whereas the Anti-Federalists wanted all military power to rest with the individual states such that the Federal Government would lack the power to infringe upon the rights of the people.

The Federalists and Anti-Federalists compromised, passing a Constitution that authorized the Federal Government to raise a permanent Federal Army, but also passing the 2nd Amendment, guaranteeing the people the power to overthrow the Federal Government, should doing so ever become necessary.

Ladies and Gentlemen – that time has come, but we are not going to overthrow the government using the 2nd Amendment, and I’m here to tell you why.

First… Why has the time come? That’s easy: the Biden Administration has worked very hard to ‘save’ democracy by ending it.

Through ‘Woke’ initiatives, the Federal agencies, unions, professional organizations, public schools, and universities, the media, social media, all of the large investment houses, banking, and much of the scientific community have all merged with the Democrat Party.

Joe Biden wrote an executive order in March 2021 ordering all federal agencies to direct their activities toward increasing voting numbers. That in and of itself does not sound so bad, but the Biden Administration also controls which organizations these ‘get out the vote’ campaigns work through and what voting groups are targeted, and all of the Federal agencies are doing everything they can to increase the vote only where the vote decidedly leans Democrat. In other words, Joe Biden has the entire weight of the Federal Government in every single Federal agency working with the Democratic Party to ensure that Democrats win elections, with our tax dollars footing the bill.

The Biden Administration has made ESG and DEI the primary focus of all of those agencies as well, and has hired an army of unionized Federal workers to implement ESG and DEI throughout the Federal Government and changed the purpose of the Federal Government into one that enforces these initiatives, outsourcing regulatory oversight and policy making to the same unions, professional organizations, public schools, and universities, media houses. Social media companies, large investment houses, banks, and scientific industries with which the Democrat Party has effectively merged, and has implemented rules forcing the same private groups to report on how well they are following orders, making this entire framework self-disciplinary.

The Biden Administration has turned the full weight of the Federal Government toward turning the United States into a one-party state, and has done so in a way that ensures that even if a Republican wins the Presidency in 2024, their entire first term will be spent reversing Joe Biden’s changes while fighting an army of unionized Federal employees working to undermine him or her at every turn.

The Federal Government of the United States is now an arm of the Democrat Party. The Republican Party will not be able to overcome that.

Now that I have shown why it is necessary to overthrow the government of the United States let me move on to the reasons we are not going to do so.

The NSA monitors every phone call, text message, Google search, and social media post we make. If you watch a video on Netflix, it goes into a database. If you watch a television show, it goes into a database. Everything you buy and everywhere you go is tracked and cataloged. Everything you say is monitored. The NSA tracks your phone, your car – if you have a microchip in your dog, the NSA is probably even tracking that. The NSA can also read a newspaper over your shoulder from outer space.

If the NSA thinks someone is a threat, they have the option of alerting the FBI, which in turn has the option of alerting local law enforcement.

We don’t know how successful our government has been with these surveillance capabilities in preventing crime. When someone who should not have a gun shoots up a school, we, of course, hear about it, but when the government prevents an act of terrorism or a school shooting, we generally hear nothing, and it’s hard to gauge effectiveness when failures are blared from the mountaintops and successes cause a resounding silence. We also know that our government conducts entrapment operations to get right-wing leaning activists to break laws. Congress has determined that hundreds of Federal agents were encouraging protests to trespass the Capital Building on January 6, 2021, and we know for a fact that the Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping plan was hatched by the FBI. We know these kinds of things happen, so there is no way of knowing how many of the things the government does not prevent occurred because the government wanted them to.

What we do know is that all of these surveillance capabilities are unconstitutional – and yet they happen anyway. The FBI has admitted to illegally using the NSA’s database of illegally acquired information more than 270,000 times, and every single one of those was a violation of the Bill of Rights. Did anyone get in trouble? No. The FBI said, “Oops. We’ll try to be better,” and went right back to business illegally using the information the NSA illegally acquired on us.

Even when the Federal Government gets caught, the media (which is a part of this whole monstrosity) refuses to report on it, so nobody knows about it, and nothing changes.

Imagine us fighting the Revolutionary War with the British equipped with our modern intelligence services. Paul Revere would never have made his famous march, and the leadership at Concord and Lexington would have been hung before any battles ever took place. The Sons of Liberty would have hung in front of Boston Harbor without ever spilling any tea.

Not only does our government have superior weapons and firepower than we do, along with superior organization and training, but they also have the ability to round up the leadership of any attempt to organize against them faster than any such organization could form, which means there will be no such organizations.

As of yet, the government prefers to infiltrate conservative organizations and monitor them rather than arrest the leaders of such organizations. The government likes to use conservative organizations to create excuses to declare right-wing extremism to be the greatest threat to our nation’s national security.

Some people like to equate the America of today with Camelot on the eve of the battle between Arthur and Mordred, but I fear America today is not on the eve of such a battle, but just past the end:  Arthur is dead, Excalibur has been thrown back to the Lady of the Lake, and the credits are starting to roll down the screen.

The Chinese Communist Party has bribed the Biden family millions of dollars, and the Democrats are doing everything within their considerable power to avoid investigating it. Republicans control the House, but the FBI is stonewalling. Christopher Wray knows that the Senate is not going to remove him from office (even if the House impeaches him), and nor is Joe Biden going to do anything. The House is going to hold Christopher Wray in contempt of Congress, but Christopher Wray is going to tell the House to shove it – and then nothing further will happen.

Did we elect this government? We are told we did – we are told that 2020 was the freest, fairest, and most secure election in our nation’s history, but understand that we were told this by the same people who told us that Trump colluded with Russia, that Covid-19 came out a wet market, that the vaccines against it were safe and effective, that the United States did not fund gain-of-function, that we needed but two weeks to flatten the curve, that the Hunter Biden Laptop was Russian disinformation, and a host of other things we know with absolute certainty not to be true. These people told us that free speech is violence and that rioting, arson, looting, and beating people senseless with bicycle locks are not. These people tell us that there are an infinite number of genders and that freedom is fascist.

Why the hell would we believe that we elected this government when the only people telling us 2020 was a valid election are lying to us about quite literally everything else?  The 2020 election was a stinking pile of manure, and everyone knows it – we’re just afraid to say it in public lest we be canceled by a mob of woke teenagers on Twitter or denounced by a College Professor in pink hair with prosthetic boobs wearing a vagina hat.

And truth be told, we are all waiting for the arrests to start.

We are not going to use our 2nd Amendment rights to overthrow the government, and we can all stop pretending that any such option is on the table, unless someone wishes to be a brave political prisoner in Leavenworth, suddenly afraid to drop his soap.

But that does not mean we have to sit back and take it.

We can be ungovernable.

The states need to reassert the right to act as the final authority in interpreting the Constitution. Nothing in the Constitution gives the Supreme Court that authority, but rather the Supreme Court assumed it, unconstitutionally, in the 1803 case Marbury v. Madison.

Article VI of the Constitution states, “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof: and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land: and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution of Laws of any State to the Contrary not withstanding.”

Article III, section 3, specifies further that “The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority: –to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, to other public Ministers and Consuls: –to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction: –to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party: –to Controversies between two or more States: –between a State and Citizens of another State: –between Citizens of different States: –between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under Grants of different States, and between a State, or the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens, or Subjects.”

Those two paragraphs are very clear – the Constitution and not the Supreme Court is the Supreme Law of the Land, and the Supreme Court’s authority comes UNDER the Constitution – the Supreme Court has no power over the Constitution.

That’s not to say that the Supreme Court can not write opinions regarding what the Constitution says, but it does mean that the Supreme Court’s opinion is not the final say on the matter. THAT power must rest with the individual states, which is to say that if the states do not believe the Federal Government has the power to do something, it’s a good bet that the Federal Government should not be doing that thing, whatever it may be.

As such, when the Federal Government orders Ron DeSantis to allow wokeism in schools, Ron DeSantis has the power to say no. When the EPA tries to enforce regulations over Florida (where no other state is involved), Ron DeSantis has the power to say no. Where the Department of Energy tries to restrict fossil fuel use in the creation of affordable and reliable energy, Ron DeSantis has the power to say no. Such power is shared by every governor in every state across our Union, and until governors begin to reassert that power, our corrupt Federal Government is going to continue to illegally expand its influence over every aspect of our lives, unhindered.

Should the Federal Government decide to deploy troops to a state to force the state to accept unconstitutional Federal oversight, this is where the 2nd Amendment comes into play, with the governor calling forth the National Guard and Militia in defense of the sovereign powers of the state against an over-zealous, corrupt, and unconstitutional Federal Government.

Some states will acquiesce to an unconstitutional Federal Government. Sadly, my home state of Michigan is currently one of them. But Republicans control more than half the states, and it would not take many states to create a Constitutional Crisis.

Nobody is going to overthrow the government. It’s just not possible. That’s the elephant in the room nobody wants to address. But individual states can and must resist. Individual states must resist any power the Federal Government tries to assert that it lacks the Constitutional authority for. Conservatives control the majority of the states – these states must act as a bulwark against a Federal Government that has run out of control and must collectively cut the Federal Government back down to size.




Wallace Garneau is a two-service military veteran, with four years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, and four years in the US Army. He has twenty-three years of experience in process improvement roles, having served as the E-Commerce Manager, IT Manager, and Director of Business Systems for a variety of medium to large manufacturing companies. Wallace holds a Bachelors of Science from the University of Phoenix, and an MBA in Lean Manufacturing from the University of Michigan. Wallace is currently finishing a Masters of Science in Lean Manufacturing, at Kettering University.

Wallace is a published poet and essayist, and recently finished his first book - The Way Forward: Lean Leadership and Systems Thinking for Large and Small Businesses.

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