April 22, 1999
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances..
The First Article in Amendment to the Constitution for the United States of America
The Freedom of Speech and the Freedom of the Press, regardless of what the establishment press may attempt to rationalize to the contrary, is the Right and necessity that every man should have to express himself, so long as he does so in a decent manner.
Some might decry the untruth of another’s words; Some might even label it propaganda. Nearly any time that anyone opens his mouth and lets words come forth, his purpose is to influence another. Whether that influences be to influence belief or action, its is a grant from God, and found its position as the First Article in Amendment because of its fundamental necessity – if we are to remain a nation of free men.
Though no enactment preceded the utilization of speech and press to rationalize government actions in Malibu, California, Ruby Ridge, Idaho, Waco, Texas and elsewhere in the world, the government chose to deceive, with full intent, and influence people into false beliefs about those events.
During the Siege in Waco, for example, the government press agents knew that the press would print what was said. After all, it was said, wasn’t it? But, it was, in many cases, very far from the truth – at least, the whole truth. When Sharon Wheeler and Bob Ricks told us that the Davidians began shooting when David Koresh ran back in to the Church and slammed the door, they were telling the truth. What they failed to tell, however, was that David had already been shot and bullets were ripping through the thin walls of the home to over one hundred people before David Koresh slammed the door.
Many examples of the government’s falsehoods can be, now, proven. Most of them are much more severe than the example just given. For instance, the prosecutor and a government agent falsified evidence (lied, outright) in the Randy Weaver trial in Idaho. The government agents in California just plain lied, in a signed affidavit, to obtain a search warrant for Donald Scott home.
The past few days, in which the government, through its press conferences and those of NATO, has attempted to by-pass responsibility for the death of refugees, bombed in convoy, are almost hilarious, save for the loss of life.
Now, if you or I were to lie, it would be self-serving. If government were to lie, however, I think that the proper designation would be propaganda. When any government cannot present the truth to its people, its purpose is to cover its wrongdoing. Its purpose is to deceive people into either a positive or negative outlook on a subject. Propaganda is a means of government. When that government is self-government, as the United States of America was founded to be, this propaganda – this deceit, in unconscionable.
Now, I cannot speak for another country, for their culture, their history and their chosen form of government is for them to judge and to act for, or against.
That being the case, then, in this country, it is for you and me to decide whether the government should be allowed to continue to lie to us – its owners. Likewise, in any other country, it is up to that country’s people to decide whether the government is lying, or not, whether it has the right to lie, or not, and how to respond with regard to that act.
It is no the right of the United States (and, or its allies) to make that determination on another countries ethics, nor can it ever be upon the government of the United States to, by any enactment or action, remove the right to free speech and free press. Regardless of the opinion of our government, the effect of that speech or the morality of those words, and, regardless of whether it is presented in a decent manner, or not, to attempt to limit or restrict that speech, or press, would be -- and is -- a violation of the Constitution.
In the morning of April 22, 1999, the United States, whether under authority of its government or a foreign power, attack freedom of speech and freedom of press with a vengeance unlike any ever before brought to bear -- to suppress speech -- in the history of our country. This violation can not go unnoticed by the true American. For, if we are to allow our government to impose unconstitutional acts upon foreign, sovereign nations, without objection and without retaliation against these acts, then, surely, we are willing to accept the imposition of the same upon ourselves.
The government has proven, not by its words of emotion in April 1995, but by its actions and deeds of these past few weeks, that any government use of a building constitutes a valid military target – regardless of the occupants.
The only question remaining is whether we, the true Americans, have the courage to force the government run amuck to heel and abide by the law of the land –by whatever means necessary, or, only the ability to cower until we, too, receive the wrath of an angry master.
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