You're in the Army Now ...or Should Be

Militia: a word which has been twisted into something that has an entirely different meaning from when our country was founded and now with its every utterance, spits on the graves of those who died in our nation's birthing. Thanks to the Clintonite media after the Oklahoma City slaughter, just the mention of it conjures up images of rednecks dressed in camouflage, running around the woods with plans to kill everyone isight. A fringe element with who knows what on their minds -- but you can bet it is evil. It is a group that has little in common with the farmers, shopkeepers, and mechanics of Lexington, Concord and Battle Road.

But what really is the militia? According to United States Code, Title 10 USC § 311 -- Militia: composition and classes:

(a)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.

(b)The classes of the militia are-

(1)the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and

(2)the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.

Who is the unorganized militia? To find out who the unorganized militia is, we need to look at the history of this country. In its early days, all males of military age were expected to have sufficient arms, ammunition, and supplies to answer the call to meet a threat. What were these threats? Prior to the Revolutionary War, they were savages, foreign incursion, and to some extent, wild animals. There are those who will argue that we no longer face those threats. Are they uninformed or willfully misleading when there is rampant crime committed by soulless monsters in urban areas and there are border areas of this country where Americans are advised not to tread?

The reason the Second Amendment was included in the founding documents was to ensure that the people could meet the threat of a standing army. Its writers knew from history that a standing army serves only the government, not the people. Since the form of government they provided rested the ultimate authority with the people, it was only fitting and proper that the people had a means to ensure their power was not usurped.

Although at this time, the 82nd Airborne Division is not conducting operations against American citizens on U.S. soil, this has not always been the case. In fact, George Washington himself led federal troops against citizens during the Whiskey Rebellion and MacArthur, Patton, and even Eisenhower led troops against the World War I veterans of the Bonus Army. There are other examples but the most recent have been committed by the new "standing army". What new "standing army", some might ask? Most readers of this article will have already connected the dots between the never ending "War on Terror", the NDAA, domestic drones, the arming of the various federal alphabet agencies, and the militarization of local law enforcement with equipment such as armor. In fact, our president even stated that we need a domestic security force that is as well equipped as the actual military. Add to that the "fusion centers", military training operations on our streets, and think tank war gaming against the TEA party, and you have a standing army that would be the envy of even the most totalitarian regimes. All of this is in the name of "protecting the people" when truthfully it is about protecting the federal government from the people. This is the same government that enforces laws selectively, encourages porous borders, voting fraud (franchise suppression), and the murder of children for their "safety" (see Waco), not to mention arming drug cartels with real automatic weapons.

Now the leviathan and its lackeys want to strip away the last of the powers of the true government, the people, "for safety's sake". Many, especially those who do not or cannot understand history, cheer this decision. Living in an emasculated bubble, they are content to contract out their security to others in the hope that evil will never reach them. For many of them, either with privately hired or government security or living in some gated community, it never will. If it does, though, it will shatter their world, making them cry out even more for a utopia that will never exist, others' views be damned. Some may rethink their views on security, but most will not, thanks to the difficulty overcoming the constant indoctrination of the statists. Many, as we have seen, even wish violence on those who disagree, committed by others on their behalf, of course.

Last week, the NRA proposed police in the schools. That is not the answer. It would only add to leviathan's bulk. This country has many competent, trained private citizens who take their security and the security of those around them to heart. Many are equipped in the same fashion that the colonists were and are held to a higher standard of retaining arms than many in government. Among these are former military and law enforcement who we have already entrusted with our security. Unorganized -- yes. Enemies of the people -- no. Call them what you will, sheriff's auxiliary, volunteers, or even "unorganized militia", states and localities that truly understand the value of these individuals and their duties as Americans will protect them from federal encroachment and encourage their participation in the safety of the community. Those who do not are on the side of government, not the people.

Ebben Raves is a veteran, constitutional activist, and speaker who teaches American history and has been a guest on several talk radio shows. He can be reached at

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