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Response to Darrin Lindsey -

Sure . . . let's get our "facts" in order. First, I never said that a militia was defined in the Constitution. Its meaning was simply understood. Britain had a tradition of militias dating back to the 1100s. They knew, in a very real way, that the individual, the family, the community were responsible for their own defense. This extended to the colonies as they were formed and grew, and the ownership of firearms was expected. Here are a couple of examples for the "Revolutionary War Journal" . . .

"In 1623, the Virginia General Assembly decreed, "that men go not to work in the ground without their arms" and Governor William Berkeley said in 1661 that, "all our freemen are bound to be trained every month in their particular counties." Immediately after the Massachusetts Bay Colony received its charter in 1628, Captain John Endecott, the appointed governor of the "plantation" at Naumkeag (Salem), was ordered to undertake the military organization of the trading post and settlement. At his orders, a shipment was sent over in 1629 that included 100 uniforms, 60 corselets (upper torso body armor), 100 swords, 83 polearms, 100 firearms and 8 cannon."

In fact, you can also refer to Article VI of the Iowa Constitution.

ARTICLE VI. - Militia

Composition-training. Section 1. The militia of this State shall be composed of all able-bodied [white]* male citizens, between the ages of eighteen and forty-five years, except such as are or may hereafter be exempted by the laws of the United States, or of this State, and shall be armed, equipped, and trained, as the General Assembly may provide by law.

We, as a people, have a long and clear definition of the idea of a militia and its purpose. And, at the time, the ownership of a firearm was necessary for individual defense and community defense not to mention simply putting food on the table. And as can be seen in the case of Virginia, firearm ownership has been demanded of able-bodied men.

As to our form of government, the Iowa Republican Party, as the first element of their platform's preamble has a definition I particularly like.

I. Our nation is a Constitutional Republic whose Foundation is the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. We acknowledge our rights derive from God, our Creator, and are therefore unalienable and include Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness (e.g. private property). Further, the Right to Life shall be understood to include all people from conception to natural death. We are a nation governed by people elected to public office that are sent to represent us, the citizens. Our Constitution provides limits to governmental power, explicitly details our fundamental rights and ensures that only the enumerated powers contained within the Constitution are executed by the federal government. All other functions of government are left to the state and local governments.

There simply is no "famous" case entitled Keller vs District of Columbia. This gets back to the whole - get your facts in order issue.

The IS a case entitled HELLER vs District of Columbia that DID NOT give the citizens of DC the right to keep and own guns - it did remind DC that the Constitution clearly states that an individual has the right do keep and bear arms and that it is NOT dependent upon membership in a militia. It found DC's complete ban on handguns and their requirement that shotguns and rifles be unloaded, disassembled and "locked" was illegal.

Scalia's response set limits from the POV that individual citizens have the obligation to behave within the civilized norms of society. Should they use a firearm for murder, robbery, intimidation and a host of other ways that are clearly outside the norms of society - their rights could be limited. But there had to be actual, clearly defined acts. Not, as was the case in DC, whereas a preventative measure - guns were taken away under the theory that this would reduce crime. When Beto takes positions like . . . "Hell yes, we're comin' for your ARs and AKs!!!" . . . that clearly outside his Constitutional rights.

When I was growing up and was taught history, "inalienable rights" were those granted by God. We as a nation understood in our soul that there was, indeed, a "higher power" and we were all answerable to that power. Our founders had lived under and experienced national leadership that, literally, believed they WERE a god in their ability to rule. It is not that these rights can't be taken away, it is that they cannot, in any way, be questioned because mere men can not grant them at all. That was the root of my comment of the Supervisor's resolution being "beyond their paygrade". My right to defend my life, my family's lives, my nation and my very existence is simply "beyond the

paygrade" of any city, county, state or national government - period. You may well choose to be subordinate to them - it is a free country. I am not.

As for the Judicial system defining our national legal rights - they have done little to garner confidence, especially the Supreme Court. It has always been a political tool wielded by the ruling party. Let's look at but a few of their more egregious rulings.

Dred Scott v. Sanford - In 1857 the Court held that the United States Constitution was not meant to include American citizenship for people of African descent, regardless of whether they were enslaved or free, and so the rights and privileges that the Constitution confers upon American citizens could not apply to them. This was one of the ingredients that set the table for the Civil War.

The Civil Rights Act of 1875 - The Civil Rights Act of 1875 gave African Americans equal treatment in public accommodations, and the Supreme Court decision that it was unconstitutional specifically stated that Congress was not afforded control over private persons or corporations. It took them until 1964 when they corrected this decision and found the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to be Constitutional.

While it's clear that there is real value in the use of the Supreme Court to guide our nation, it is not the infallible entity that many seem to think it is. This again gets back to the clear language of the Constitution that allows the individual citizen to understand what their rights are and what the limits of their government are.

The bottom line on gun rights - again, it is up to the person you see in the mirror. Provided that you, as a citizen, live within the norms of the society, that you do not use your arms to murder, rob or intimidate others - the government has no right to simply say . . . "Hell yes, we're comin' for your ARs and your AKs." They have no right to ban any firearm larger than a .22 and with a removable magazine. They have no right to ban magazines larger than a specific size as California and New York have discovered. Now, you - the person in the mirror - can bend to their wishes. But understand that once you bend and bow, you cannot go back.

The government can assume they have such power. Remember, I grew up in the era where the words - "Step to the back of the bus, boy!" held real power. Where "Negro Water fountain" and "Negro Restroom" had real power. I was also in the middle of Detroit on July 23, 1967, at the Tigers - NY Yankees doubleheader when our nation came apart. Detroit burned. Cities across the nation burned. And our nation changed - for the better, and for the worse.

Acts like banning firearms will, in my opinion, yield a similar result. It's beyond the federal government's paygrade to ban firearms. Focusing on individual behavior - arresting criminals that use firearms, keeping them in jail, focusing on gangs that have a fondness for firearms, enforcing the laws on the books today - this will reduce gun violence - and not gun bans.

Bill Keller


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John Stiegelmeyer October 16, 2021, 5:44 pm Lindsay shows his ignorance. If you try to better the intellect of my good friend Bill Keller - not going to happen. Isaiah 5:20 They say that what is right is wrong, and what is wrong is right; that black is white and white is black; bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter. Regards,
Darrin Lindsey October 19, 2021, 9:01 pm If you think you have powers and rights granted to you by an entity that nobody on this Earth has ever seen or heard, you're a look. Just because you don't like things that our Supreme Court has done, under our Constitution, doesn't make the Court suspect. If you think you can read our Constitution and understand what it does and doesn't apply to it, you're your own idiot client. What the Iowa Republican Party says in their statement, doesn't hold a drop of water to the laws of this country. You seem to have quite the imagination about what Justice Scalia wrote in the (H)eller opinion. He said "The 2nd Amendment is not unlimited". He didn't say anything about any specific laws that are formed from the legal concept that is The 2nd Amendment. You, and your party (and your friend John) have a warped sense of the rights of citizens to make up their own meanings of the laws of our country. We are the Republic of The United States of America. Not of the Republican Party. It's so historically ignorant that you folks think that the word democracy has anything to do with the Democratic Party. Our democracy was established with our Constitution. The Democratic Party wasn't established until 41 years later. It's just a name! The Republican Party wasn't established until 80 years after The Declaration of Independence established our country to be a Republic. Although there was a party called Democratic Republican Party very early on in our country. You silly people have been brainwashed to believe that somehow, someone is going to take your guns away. THAT CAN NEVER HAPPEN UNDER OUR CONSTITUTION! If the 2nd Amendment were to ever have any additional limitations put on it, those limitations would only apply to purchases after that date. I'll tell you this... If our country ever elects another person from the current Republican party, our Constitution will no longer be the law of our land. That (person) would be a dictator. The only laws that we would have would be those that that person makes. Our Constitution wouldn't be worth the paper it's written on. With that would go the 2nd Amendment. No dictator, ever, on the face of this Earth has ever let the citizens own guns. Because someone with a gun would be the only way to remove that dictator. Let that be your warning.
Valerie Bearbower October 20, 2021, 12:57 pm Let's talk about being brainwashed, Darrin. You obviously don't see what is really going on in this country. Biden is acting like an authoritarian. Do you not see that he is prepping his enemy, and by enemy, I mean us, the American citizens, for war? He has weakened our military defenses and made the Taliban stronger. He is cutting off our ports so we can't get supplies, ammunition or anything else, he is threatening our livelihoods all over mandates for a virus that isn't near as deadly as the flu. I already know you think you're an expert on this, but maybe you should look at the way they count covid deaths. It doesn't matter if you were hit by a truck, if you have covid in your system, that is what is put on your death report, even if you had absolutely no symptoms, you still died by covid, not the truck. Biden's administration is censoring free speech. We are no longer allowed to question our medical professionals, school boards, or science, labeling anyone who questions anything as "domestic terrorists". He's paying off the poor so they don't retaliate. Why do people that aren't willing to work get paid but the people willing to work are getting fired? The National Guard, who will be replacing our medical professionals for not complying, don't need to have their shot until June of 2022. Discrimination isn't allowed towards anyone....except those choosing to not be vaccinated. They don't want people to gather at church, or go to school without being vaccinated or wearing a mask, but we can fill football stadiums with no restrictions. By all of the pictures we have seen, government workers rarely have on their masks. Have you not seen the millions and millions of people protesting all around the world? Do you not know that the Australian government is already monitoring every one of their citizens by an app called G2G now? Have you not heard that the Davos Group has now publicly announced the one for Americans? My guess is that you have not. You haven't heard about any of this because you blindly trust our government. You believe every word that the mainstream media is feeding you. You believe every word that comes out of Fauci's mouth, the CDC, and the WHO. Go ahead, read the Covid 19 playbook that's already been published, get on the World Economic Forum & look at the plans that they have already laid for us. The goal is to give the government total control of everything. Read Klaus Schwabs book, "The Great Reset", if you think these mandates don't have anything to do with our freedoms, you are sadly mistaken. Lynne Parker, our Director of National Artificial Intelligence just recently said, "We must prepare the future & the present US workforce for integration of AI systems across all sectors of the economy & society." There are plans to replace you and I with Artificial Intelligence. China has already introduced this. I don't know how much more evidence you or anyone else needs to realize that Biden and his administration are as Un-American as they come. They are selling out, our Country as we know it. Wake up now, our country is in serious trouble!
Darrin Lindsey October 20, 2021, 7:31 pm Valatie, it's amazing that you could type that many words about things you think are happening, but you have no proof of any of it. You accuse me of blindly following someone or something, yet you are spewing all of these things that you've been told. As for your comparison of COVID-19 and the flu. These are the facts. If you would just look at the numbers yourself, instead of blindly believing the crap you're told, you would know. The average amount of deaths due to the flu is 34,000 per year. The worst year in recorded history was 77,000. The death rate from complications of the flu is .1%. Right now, the death rate of COVID-19 is 1.6%. That 16 times worst than the flu! Just look at the darn numbers! You are TOTALLY WRONG about how COVID-19 deaths are recorded! There is absolutely no chance of your wild claim that a person that gets hit by a truck, is recorded as a COVID-19 death. COVID-19 is not a cause of death at all. You will never see a death certificate that lists COVID-19 as the cause of death! COVID-19 is a disease that ravages the major organs in our bodies. The cause of death IS ALWAYS LISTED as (The failure of a major organ) *due to COVID-19*. At best, your theory would result in a death certificate that lists the cause of death as *hit by truck* due to COVID-19. But that would be ridiculous! Ya see, doctors or medical examiners don't falsify death certificates. They would lose their license to practice medicine, if they did. I do listen to Dr. Fauci, because he's the most respected virologist in the world. You might look for your health advice from a car mechanic. I prefer medical professionals. As for the situation with the ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach. Both of those ports ALWAYS have boats backed up, sitting along shore, waiting to be able to get unloaded. Right now, they have more than usual, BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH HELP. What can't you understand about that? They also don't have room to unload at times, because there aren't enough truck drivers to haul the stuff out of the ports. Biden has ordered the two ports to start working around the clock, to better keep up. But, if they don't have any room to unload a boat, the boat isn't getting unloaded. You think that someone, somewhere is getting their free speech taken away from them. But, you don't offer any proof of our government arresting people that say something that our government doesn't like. That is THE ONLY WAY SOMEONE'S FREE SPEECH CAN BE TAKEN AWAY! Someone getting arrested for saying or otherwise expressing their opinion. Please give proof that that is happening somewhere. What the he!! do you think is "paying off the poor so they don't retaliate"? It's confusing what you think is new about people getting unemployment. Biden didn't invent that, and he did end the extra unemployment pay that was started during the term of the previous "president". You also have a beef about people being fired. Well, if those are federal employees that you're speaking about, they might not have followed the new policy on employment. If it's people being fired from a private employer, nobody in our government has control over what private companies put in their policies of employment, as long as it doesn't break any laws. Only governments under Fascism or Communism has that ability. We have a Constitution and democracy that allows private businesses to be free from government control. You believe that more people in our country should be discriminated against? That's very Communist of you. The people that you think are being discriminated against for not getting the vaccine, aren't being discriminated against at all. We have laws and rules in this country. Both are equally important. Breaking a law can get a person arrested. Breaking a rule might get a person fired. There is no constrictions on gathering at church, other than a restriction that a church might impose on itself. Our government has nothing to do with who attends a football game. It really sounds like you have an issue with private businesses being able to make decisions about their business. That too is very Communist of you. The rest of your comment was just a bunch of rubbish that I'm not giving any time to.
Bill Keller October 21, 2021, 9:18 am Darrin . . . I must admit your response left me, frankly, speechless. And for those who know me, that's quite an accomplishment . . . me . . . speechless. That said, I see no value in my responding to your post since you obviously inhabit an alternate reality from mine. I will, however, have our founders respond to your lack of understanding of our Creator's participation in our founding. From our Declaration of Independence . . . "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Darrin Lindsey October 21, 2021, 2:12 pm Bill Keller, Let me know which one(s) of our founders spoke to "our creator". I don't consider myself an Atheist, but my beliefs in the faith that I follow, doesn't involve something that has never been seen or heard by a human being. There might be something different about how Jesus was created. But, I was created by my parents. There are many different types of scripture that different faiths follow. But none of them are legal documents. The Declaration of our Independence is not a legally binding document. It can be looked to for insight on what our founders had in mind. But, it's basically just the words of Thomas Jefferson, declaring our independence from The United Kingdom. If you want to get an idea of what our founders were thinking 11 years later, when the body of our Constitution was constructed, you best go to The Federalist Papers. But, keep in mind that our Supreme Court has defined much of the contents of our Constitution, with precedence set in all of the cases in our 245 years of history. Like it or not, the legalities of our Republic are governed by our Supreme Court. That's how our Republic was set up by our founders.
Valerie Bearbower October 21, 2021, 2:33 pm Wow, Darrin, I'm shocked that FB hasn't reached out to you to be one of their fact-checkers....or maybe they have & you're the one that feels it's necessary to censor a picture of a peanut butter bar or the lone flower. Also, very surprising that the Biden administration hasn't offered you a job since you eat up & spout out their lies & propaganda as the gospel truth. The democratic party obviously has your full-fledged support in everything they do. While our government is giving millions of dollars to other countries, & benefits to illegals that aren't required to get the vaccine, we have homeless veterans, & very soon veterans that won't even be able to get medical care because they don't want to put something into their body that is still an EXPERIMENT. They fought for our rights, and our freedoms, and yours too, and this is the way our government thanks them? You should be ashamed of yourself.
Darrin Lindsey October 21, 2021, 8:53 pm Valatie, Our country has been giving financial help to other countries since the end of WWII, in 1945. I don't believe in all of it, but most of it has been to more of a benefit to our defense than it is for the countries receiving it. There's nothing knew here. Trump did it, Obama, Bush and Clinton did it. And the 7 presidents before them did it. Our Veterans have been mistreated for 70 years. It's not right at all. But, it's been happening since the 50s, so don't get all bent out of shape, just because you just learned about it.
Darrin Lindsey October 21, 2021, 9:04 pm Also Valerie, I don't spew any lies! I don't jump on anything that I hear, until I've looked for more information that verifies it. The party that I belong to doesn't blindly follow a cult leader. We disagree with things that our president does, if it goes against our beliefs. It's you that believes your cult leader (and his goons) no matter what he says. A lifelong con artist. You've fallen blindlessly for everything, and you'll all get burned for it, if that con artist is allowed to run for president again.
Valerie Bearbower October 22, 2021, 12:31 am Darrin, I don't listen to Trump, never have. I do a lot of verifying of information that I come across, and find many, many respected and award-winning doctors, immunologists, virologists, & other medical professionals that all agree, and have done a lot of their own research. People that are risking their own livelihoods by speaking out, but are being discredited & stripped of their licenses for trying to warn the people of their findings. I see your beloved Fauci got called out for lying under oath, but he won't suffer any repercussions because he and the rest of big pharma are getting paid to push the agenda of Bill Gates and his cronies.
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