Words from R. Carter Pittman

As I’m lately finding it all but impossible to gather much inspiration in what I find on the Internet, I’ve been immersing myself in writings from earlier times. I know that’s all out of fashion now, as popular wisdom has it that our elders didn’t know anything, but then I never cared a hoot about fashion or fad, so I offer you some words from R. Carter Pittman.:

“Those who ride to power, and in power, rough-shod, over the rights of men, seem always to stand in marble on our public squares, while those who carry the torch of human freedom are forgotten, perhaps to be rediscovered centuries later.”

“The masses are prone to exchange an age of freedom for an hour of welfare. Anglo-Saxon institutions were designed to slow down the erosion of rights to give time for a sober second thought. “

“Without exception, despotic rulers have excluded instruction in history from any plan of general education, or they have sought to make history books a mere aggregation of lies. They have sought to substitute abstract thinking, or “new philosophies,” for the stark realities that are cried out by history’s prophetic voice. They have always sought to substitute the worship of man for the worship of institutions and the worship of God. Need we be reminded of Caesar, Napoleon, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin or Peron?”

” The Bill of Rights does not purport to create or establish rights. It shields pre-existing rights. These rights are the gift of God not governments. Each separate provision is a little foxhole of liberty ground into the hard cold face of history by helpless men in an effort to shield their naked bodies from the lash of tyrants. Every liberty catalogued in the federal Bill of Rights could be the subject of a long historical commentary showing that each in its turn has been attacked and suppressed by those who have wanted to exercise unrestrained power.”

“The First Amendment doesn’t say that those rights are given to the people. It says the people never gave them away. That Amendment is based upon the proposition that freedom of religion, freedom to speak, to write and to sigh and to cry, to assemble and to pray for deliverance from grievances, are the gift of God—not governments—and that they are held by the leave of no man and no government on earth. If government can give a right it can take it away or it can license the exercise of it.”

“History explains. Philosophy confuses. John Dickinson put it this way in the Constitutional Convention of 1787: “Experience must be our only guide. Reason may mislead us.”

“The methods of despotic governments have been essentially the same in all ages. Tyranny learns nothing new. It gives new names to the same things and overwhelms the bulwarks of liberty with semantics.”

”Equality beyond the range of legal rights is despotic restraint. Equality may be imposed only in a despotism. Such may be done only through the process now called “social engineering” which holds that the end justifies the means. Those means must ever be force, restriction, terror and a complete loss of liberty.”

“Under our common law and under our Constitution, no man or body of men may make law for freemen except the elected representatives of the people. Every freeman in a republic has the despotic right to veto all laws made by any man or group of men except his own delegates. For 500 years Anglo-Saxon freemen have exercised that veto power. Only a blind spot in our knowledge of history could cause any man to doubt the right of any freeman to disobey the unconstitutional edicts of a judge or king. Only fools and pseudo-socio-doctors contend that the Supreme Court can make law, but of such is the kingdom of tyranny.”

“Constitutional liberty is the child of Anglo-Saxon history, christened by the blood of our fathers. How could we so soon forget that the leading principle of the American Revolution was that only delegates chosen by the people may make constitutions and laws for the people? Every forgotten grave from Lexington to Yorktown is a memorial to that principle.”

“Eternal vigilance is not the only price of liberty. The price of Anglo-Saxon liberty is blood.”

“The federal government is now completing the destruction of state sovereignty. “Oligarchy, masquerading as democracy” is here. The revolution is a fact accomplished. It was simple and bloodless.”

“When a servile and corrupt judiciary abandons the people and enlists in the service of those who would enslave mankind by the age old methods of tyrants, the rifle over the “fire board” is the last slender “security of a free State”.’

“The Anglo-Saxon race must again emulate the Founding Fathers and organize to fight fire with brimstone. “Sons of Liberty” is an honored name for such an organization. “To your tents, O Israel” is an honored watchword.”

Note: the reference in the last sentence above, mentioning ‘Israel’ is not to be understood as having anything to do with present-day geographical locations or peoples, but to the historical people Israel.

And though his words may seem a little incendiary, they were no more so than those used by other public figures of that time; consider that free speech was still allowed in those days.

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