America has a unique constitution that was founded on the principle that people have rights; not rights granted to them by a benevolent government but by a Creator God. Our constitution recognizes our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness which takes form in the freedom of speech, religion, and the right to bear arms as well as the right to a fair trial and exemption from cruel and unusual punishment, among others.
Of course, since the founding of our great nation, many power-hungry men and women have been attempting to undermine our liberties and our ability to practice our constitutional rights. The last thing tyrants want is for Americans to simply live in peace, providing for, defending, and raising up their own families as they see fit.
The ever-expanding federal government is slowly eroding the unique liberties granted to us by the Constitution of the United States. Whether it’s gun rights, parental rights, religious liberty, or disaster preparedness, we are up against some serious threats to our freedom and our ability to be self-reliant and independent of the government.
Let’s take a look at some of the ways state and federal government are seriously threatening the liberty of American citizens.
In the wake of the Parkland shooting, the gun control zealots are coming out in full force. Relying on highly emotionally-charged rhetoric and false facts and data about the nature of school shootings, gun violence in the US, and various firearm classifications, politicians are bending over backwards to please the hysterical gun control lobby.
One such frightening case of a very serious threat to Second Amendment liberties is a bill that just passed the state senate in Illinois, that, if passed, would make criminals out of 18-20-year old firearm owners.
Breitbart News reported that the bill HB 1465 would “[require] 18-20 year olds to hand over or transfer ownership of heretofore legally possessed “assault weapons”
“After being introduced in the upper house by Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago), the bill has added seven co-sponsors in the last week,” continued Breitbart News. “Notable among them was Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), the NRA “A” rated 2014 Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.”
“The NRA-ILA described the weapons covered by HB 1465 as ‘commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms.’ The bill also requires 18-20-year-olds to forfeit ownership of any magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition.
“The guns and magazines remain legal for persons 21 and up, but persons under 21 would have 90 days to give up ownership, should HB 1465 become law.”
The prospect of thousands of gun-owning Americans being forced to turn in their firearms simply for being in a certain age bracket is highly enraging.
The Second Amendment protects our right to keep and to bear arms, and confiscating weapons from law-abiding, gun-owning Americans is a clear violation of this sacred right.
Tiny House Bans
The tiny house phenomon has swept across America over recent years, and for good reason! Tiny houses are sustainable, cheap to build, and a perfect option for those who want to live off-grid or build their own home without the massive overhead of steep home loans.
However, like all good things, the government wants to regulate them.
“Many residents and local officials fear they will drive down property values. Some state and local governments, perplexed about whether to classify tiny houses as RVs, mobile homes or backyard cottages, still refuse to allow them,” writes PBS News.
“Those built on foundations must meet local building and zoning regulations. But many tiny houses are built off-site, sometimes without knowing where they will ultimately rest. That makes it difficult to know which building codes to meet, especially if owners plan to move them from place to place,” they add.
Gone are the days when you could simply scout out a plot of land and build a house with the materials you could find.
Civil Asset Forfeiture
For the most part, the Trump administration has done more to give us back liberty than take it, but it definitely hasn’t been a perfect first year.
Jeff Sessions, Trump’s Attorney General, has made some good policy moves in office, for example he’s been attempting to hold Sanctuary Cities accountable for their gross neglect to detain illegal aliens, but he also brought back an unconstitutional property seizure policy that is blatantly unconstitutional.
In July, 2017 The Washington Post reported:
“The Justice Department announced a new federal policy Wednesday to help state and local police take cash and property from people suspected of a crime, even without a criminal charge, reversing an Obama administration rule prompted by past abuse by police.”
“Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein said the Justice Department will include more safeguards to prevent the kind of problems that have been documented in the past. Police departments will be required to provide details to the Justice Department about probable cause for seizures, and federal officials will have to more quickly inform property owners about their rights and the status of the seizures.”
“The goal here is to empower our police and prosecutors with this important tool that can be used to combat crime, particularly drug abuse,” Rosenstein said at a news briefing. “This is going to enable us to work with local police and our prosecutors to make sure that when assets are lawfully seized that they’re not returned to criminals when there’s a valid basis for them to be forfeited.”
The policy that this move reversed was set in place to prevent police from unlawfully seizing property from people who did not commit a crime, because there has been a history of police abuse of policies that do not require charges to be filed in order for property to be confiscated.
Allowing the police to freely rob you of your property, when you have not even been charged with a crime, is literally legalizing theft.
Think of the implications this has for someone who is simply trying to prepare themselves for disaster–if the local police operate under the mainstream thought crime mentality and charge you with a hate crime for simply saying you disagree with Islam on social media, which is the direction this world is headed, the police could come with a SWAT team and rob you of your preps, weapons, ammo, and not even face consequences.
City Ordinances on Community Gardens
Community gardens are a great way to get entire neighborhoods involved in an age-old practice of self-reliance and sustainability: gardening.
However, many cities across the country have been cracking down on the harmless act of growing and sharing food, as the Homestead Guru reports:
“Community gardens are also labeled a threat of the food industry because of the freedom it provides for low income and impoverished people. One example of a garden being shut down is the South Central Farm that was a community garden located at East 41st and South Alameda Streets and the garden was the largest community garden in the United States.
“The city allowed the farm the be created but sold the property to Ralph Horowitz in a secret deal out from under the citizens, and the new owner attempted to evict the farmers even though the farmers were able to raise the money to buy the land themselves.The selling of the land was corrupted, as it involved many backroom deals but it still ultimately lead to the demise of the peaceful garden.
“There were many protests and acts of civil disobedience for several years before the farm was finally bulldozed in 2006. There have also been many cases from around the country where the city or HOA’s shut down peaceful community gardens and even regular front yard gardens.”
It is completely insane to think of banning someone from simply growing a plant in the ground, but the overall trend of statism seeks to put all power in the hands of the state and remove it from the hands of the people, and this starts with food production.
Delaware’s Restrictions on Parental Rights
The mark of a shift in power from the people and to the state is when the government assumes a position of authority in a child’s life above that of their parents and gives the children the authority to spy on and report their parents.
A law being considered in Delaware would do just this to Delaware public school children by granting them some insane rights at school and allowing school administrators to keep important information about their children private.
In November 2017, The Blaze reported:
“A proposed anti-discrimination policy for Delaware schools has both parents and state legislators up in arms.
“The First State’s proposed gender policy would effectively allow students to change their gender identity in learning institutions at the discretion of educational administrators.
“The policy explicitly provides that educators should consider not consulting or notifying parents of children who wish to change their gender identity, if those parents are not supportive enough of the gender identity change.”
This is nothing short of absolute tyranny. To undercut the authority of parents to such a degree, to perpetuate the lie that a person can change gender at will no less, is chillingly reminiscent of George Orwell’s 1984, where government agents torture a man until he agrees that 2+2=5.
The gender confusion agenda is one that is being weaponized against parents, not to mention Christians, all across the country. The state has no right to hide something as drastic as a child choosing to identify with the opposite sex from parents or the fact that biological males are being allowed in the girl’s locker room or bathroom.
Parents have rights over their children and a constitutional freedom of association and the state simply cannot undermine that.
Ohio “Fairness” Act
The Ohio Fairness Act is ironically anything but fair, and poses a serious threat to freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of association. Designed to protect the now-privileged class of homosexual and LGBT people, the act instead punishes Christians and anyone those who disagree with the homosexual and LGBT lifestyle.
In Ohio, long considered to be an important swing state in presidential elections, a bill has been introduced into the state’s General Assembly that is nothing more than a bill to give LGBT individuals and organizations privileged rights over everyone else.
HB 160, known as the Ohio Fairness Act is anything but fair. The bill amends many existing pieces of legislation and supposedly establishes fairness in government, business and political campaigns. Hidden within all of legal jargon used to write a piece of legislation, is the following:
“(1) Publish, distribute, or otherwise communicate information that does any of the following:”
“(c) Promotes illegal discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, or handicap, age, or ancestry; or sexual orientation or gender identity or expression as those terms are defined in section 4112.01 of the Revised Code;”
That is literally banning free speech and the observance of religion. Our country was founded on the principal that you have a right to say anything you want and openly practice your religion without interference from the government.
The legal precedent that you can be punished for simply communicating your personal feelings on race, religion, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity is a direct violation of the first amendment, and if you think this is only possible in Ohio, think twice. Other states have been considering laws just like or similar to this one, so be vigilant–expressing your personal beliefs may soon be banned in your community as well.
Banning Collection of Natural Resources
Every single prepper needs to be aware of the legal precedent that has been set in this country that bans the collection of vital supplies as basic as rain water.
You’ve probably heard of the outrageous laws in Colorado that ban the collection of rain water, well, what you’ve seen on social media is no exaggeration, as The Washington Post reported in 2015:
Do you live in Colorado? Does it rain on your house? Do the drops patter off the roof, compose romantic puddles on your porch?
Guess what: That water isn’t yours. You can’t have it. And you most certainly cannot set out a tank to catch what falls from the sky, you thief.
Water laws are so strict in Colorado that rainwater collection is virtually prohibited. The doctrine is written into the state’s Constitution. All the rain is already spoken for. It belongs to someone, and that someone probably isn’t you. So don’t you touch it.
Sadly, this isn’t isolated to Colorado, several other states have laws restricting the collection of rainwater, and not just that, but it can often be illegal to generate your own electricity as well.
This is a huge violation of personal liberty as well as a serious concern for anyone focused on prepping or basic self-reliance.
Every single landowner has the right to collect and utilize the rain that falls on their land, and to restrict this is as insane as restricting and regulating the air we breathe.
If the government can ban us from something as simple as allowing rainwater to fill up in a bucket, what other liberties can they take from us? How much oversight can they have in our lives? The open-ended answers to this question are frankly chilling.
Our country was founded on the principle that we all have the right to live our lives as we choose, quietly and unmolested by unnecessary government regulations. Our federal government was supposed to remain small, and yet it has ballooned in size in recent decades, adding thousands of jobs, and with them, people whose positions are justified only by the unnecessary regulation they create.
As long as enforcing the law in this country can be incentivised somehow to a government that is increasingly indebted to private bankers, and as long as there are nefarious forces in our deep state and around the globe who are determined to take this country down from the inside, the attack on our liberty will continue to escalate.
And unfortunately, if that happens, it’s hard to imagine anything good will come of it.
At the end of the day, this is why we prep. The American Dream is an incredible one, but the American experiment may not last forever. We will die either fighting for our liberty, or watching it get stripped away from us.
Whichever side you choose, one thing is vital: prepare yourself and your family now, before prepping is banned completely and our liberties have completely vanished.