Constitutional Defense Of Your Family And Freedom, Part Two – With Rick Green: What was the true cause of “American Exceptionalism”? How do we preserve our liberty for future generations? What is unique about the American value system? Do you have the intellectual ammunition to defend your foundational rights? We need INFORMED patriotism; so, this week we bring a very special presentation from Rick Green at Front Sight Firearms Institute. Click the link to listen to part two of Constitutional Defense of Family and Freedom!
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Faith and the Culture
Welcome to the intersection of faith and the culture. It’s WallBuilders Live. Thanks for joining us today. As always, we’re talking about the hot topics of the day from a biblical, historical and constitutional perspective.
I’m Rick Green, America’s Constitution coach and a former Texas legislator. I’m honored to be able to host this program with David Barton. He is America’s premier historian and our founder at WallBuilders, and Tim Barton, national speaker and pastor and president of WallBuilders. And most importantly, you are here, so thanks for listening today.
If you are just tuning in for the first time this week, and you missed yesterday’s program, it was the beginning of a five-part series, don’t worry, you didn’t miss a whole lot. Most of it was me yakking here and then we jumped into the program. I went a little long on my monologue yesterday. But we did get into the beginning of this presentation called Constitutional Defense of Your Family and Freedom.
And we’re just going to jump right back in where we left off yesterday. It’s a presentation that we do at our live constitutional defense course where we actually do handgun training during the day and then constitution training at night. It’s a great way for you to learn how to defend yourself and your family with confidence.
And so if you want to attend with us, check it out at constitutioncoach.com. But for now, let’s get some of that intellectual ammunition, pick up where we left off yesterday. Here’s Constitutional Defense of Your Family and Freedom.
Constitutional Defense of Your Family and Freedom
Seated around him, you can kind of see in the picture there were about 15 or 20 of those Rangers that were still alive at the time on the 40th anniversary. Of the 225, only 90 survived the mission. Here’s 15 or 20 of them seated around Reagan. And Reagan starts to recount the horrific yet heroic events of that day. He starts reminding them what it was like and talking about how one would fall and another would take their place.
He’s going through the whole thing and the camera starts kind of panning across these tough Army Rangers, every one of them, tears welling up in their eyes as they’re taken back to those days of sacrifice.
Here I was, I was probably 22-years-old as I sat there and watch this on the screen. My dad’s on my right, guy on my left was a man named George McCormick and Mr. McCormick was a bomber pilot in World War II. He was a great patriot, great American. And I’m sitting in and I’m watching this on the screen and I happen to look over at Mr. McCormick as Reagan is taking us back to those days of sacrifice. And right there at that dinner, everybody in their tuxedos, Mr. McCormack just got tears running down his face.
And instantly, it suddenly hit me for the first time in my life, I began to understand the personal sacrifice of the man sitting next to me and that he had made that sacrifice for me, so that two generations later I could be free. He was willing to go around the world and die for someone who didn’t even know, a generation that he didn’t even know. And today I get to live out the freedom that he was willing to die for.
Well, that night I went home, I said, man, I want to become a student of freedom. I want to honor those who died for my freedom, those who were willing to sacrifice for my freedom. I want to keep this thing alive for future generations. And I go out and give speeches and I talk about, man, I was proud to be an American and I talked about why we needed to preserve freedom and how important it was for us to do those things. I talked about trying to honor those who had sacrificed for our freedom.
And I start thinking about that scripture that says render honor unto whom honor is due. And I started how do you really do that? I mean, I teach my kids to walk up to somebody in uniform and say thank you for your service. But I mean, what else can you do to truly honor that sacrifice?
And then I saw this movie ‘Saving Private Ryan’. You’ve probably seen the movie. Remember the story is a kid, all his brothers have been killed in action, so the military figures that out and they’re trying to find this kid Private Ryan and get him out of the theater.
The real story was actually based on a navy story. But anyway, they made it an army story. And Tom Hanks plays Captain Miller. And the movie is all about Tom Hanks, his team, trying to find Private Ryan. And all through the movie, his guys keep getting killed. They keep laying down their lives for Private Ryan.
They’re dying so that Private Ryan can hopefully live. And so all through the movie, we’re losing these guys. And finally, at the end of the movie, they find Private Ryan.
And just right after they find me, Captain Miller gets shot. And so Captain Miller is about to die and Private Ryan goes over kneels down next to him and Captain Miller grabs Ryan by the chest and he pulls him in. And he says two words, not just a Private Ryan, but every one of us, he said earn this. In other words, earn the sacrifice that were making for you. All these guys had died so that Private Ryan could live.
In that scene more from that young 19-year-old Private Ryan, the 50-60 years later now he’s standing over the grave of Captain Miller and he kneels down and he says to Captain Miller, he says tell me how I’m a good man. Tell me I’ve lived a good life. Tell me I’ve lived a life worthy of the sacrifice that you made for me. Earn this! That’s what tonight is about.
It’s about learning how to earn the freedom that others fought for and many died for so that we can enjoy. At the end of that movie, you hear a General reading a letter and he quotes Abraham Lincoln from the Gettysburg Address and we’ve been to Gettysburg, and of course, everybody grows up reading the Gettysburg Address. We all remember for score and all that good stuff.
The part of the speech, though that is so powerful to me that it really speaks to what we’re saying tonight is this part. He said, “It is from these honored dead, that we take increased devotion to the cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion, that we highly resolved that these dead shall not have died in vain but that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom and then government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.”
So the part I want to zero in on tonight is where he says we take increased devotion to the cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion. In other words, the way we honor those who came before us and sacrificed is having an increased devotion actually being willing to invest our time and our money and as the Founders would have said, it lives, fortune, and sacred honor into this cause that they gave the last full measure of devotion.
Well, what’s the cause? What did they sacrifice for? They sacrifice for the American ideal. They sacrifice for the American value system.
And that brings me back to what I was saying, where I started going out and giving these speeches and I talked about being proud to be an American. And before 911 if you got up in front of a group and you said I’m proud to be an American, they look at you like you are cony, people look at me like I was just an old fashion. They didn’t even understand what I meant when I said.
In fact, somebody will come up, challenge me afterwards I say American, I mean what do you feel proud of, American? So what? Big deal, what’s special about being an American? You act like our way of life is better than other people’s way of life, as if they kind of had this moral relativism of value systems basically saying that any government formed in any way was equal to any other American. So what? I didn’t know how to respond to that. I mean, what do you say?
Back then I a legislator, I wanted to respond to them the same way I used to do my legislative office. If somebody sent me a particularly nasty piece of hate mail, I sent them a form letter back and it just said, Dear Sir/Ma’am, I thought you should know that that some fool has stolen your letterhead. And they’re writing asinine letters on it. They’re even signing your name and I thought you’d want to know about it. In fact, my former legislative assistant is here, Deidre Voight, Judge Deidre Voight, here with us all the way from Texas. Yeah.
Did you never would let me actually send the letter out, she throw it away and write something nice and then sign my name. But anyway, oh, that’s what I wanted to say. These people are American, so what? I finally started asking them questions. Wait. Wait! Why do you think we call the last century, “The Great American Century? Why is that? It’s because we save the world. Not once or twice, three times from the evils of Nazism and communism and despotism.
If you want a little piece of evidence, I mean, here’s just one fact to show you how different the American value system is. We’re the only people on the face of the planet in the history of the entire world to hold a technological advantage in war, and not use it for conquest but instead use it to free and liberate people around the world. Think about it.
1945, we have the bomb, no one else, we could have taken that weapon and forced every nation on the planet to submit to us. We could have controlled the entire planet. That’s been the way the world throughout history. Anytime a nation had an advantage in war, what do they do? Conquer their neighbors and conquer as long as they could. We had the ultimate advantage, we could have conquered everyone. And instead, we took that weapon, we used it to end a war.
And then we took our money and went and rebuilt the nations that had attacked us. Nobody’s ever done that in history, folks. Why would we do that? Because there’s something different about being an American. We’re making great America great again too. right?
There is something different. There’s something unique about this value system that we talked about. And there’s a reason that we get attacked. I mean, the terrorist attack us on 911 for no reason at all. They wanted to destroy our patriotism. They wanted us to loathe America. I mean, frankly, the communist have loved the fact that we now teach that kind of loathing of America throughout our system now our university systems. But their attack on us actually rekindled that patriotism.
There was just massive wave of patriotism after the attacks on 911 and people were waving the flag for the first time in their lives. I mean, people were standing together, saying, red, white, yellow, black or brown, doesn’t matter. We’re not hyphenated Americans. We’re just Americans. And there was this renewed patriotism, which is great. But I would submit to you that as the as the winds of catastrophe died down, as the shock of that day has now faded into history, and here we are, what 17 years later, we need much more than just renewed patriotism. We need informed patriotism.
See, an informed patriotism is born, not out of fear because we’ve been attacked on our own homeland, it’s born out of an understanding of who we are. It’s so that we can wave that flag understanding why that flag is worthy of being waived. It actually represents something. There’s a reason that we stand for that flag. There’s a reason that we say that.
When the national anthem is played, we get goosebumps. And there’s a reason why the things that represents moves our heart. It’s not just because we’re Americans. It’s because what being an American is all about. And so tonight, I want to try to take you back to the founding formula of what they gave us, and how that relates to a defense of the Second Amendment today. You know, these guys created a system that we call “American Exceptionalism” today.
And I know some people don’t like that word. They think that’s bragging. You know, look, I’m a Texan. I know a little something about bragging. Okay. I mean, we folks back home in Texas, we tend to think there’s only two kinds of people: there are Texans, and there are those that want to be Texans. That’s it. That’s the only two categories out there. Okay. So that’s not true. But it sounds good. That’s brag, alright.
Exceptionalism, in the form of American exceptionalism, is not bragging. It’s like my mama said, if it’s true, it isn’t bragging. And exceptionalism, think of it like this. It’s like saying the word extraordinary meaning extraordinary.
Not normal, not ordinary, beyond what anybody else has ever done the exception to the rule. And that exceptionalism produced the greatest nation in the history of the world. But it didn’t happen by accident. There was something producing that. There was a cause for that effect.
And so we want to dive into the cause of what created that exceptionalism. We’re going to start with this guy right here. Now, I just want to tell you, as you look at that picture, a warning to you.
If you ever have hair that bad, or you’re ever that pale, do not sit for a portrait, it’ll be around for a couple 100 years, right? His is still here. This is George Mason. He’s the “Father of the Bill of Rights”. His Virginia Declaration of Rights is a big chunk of what the Bill of Rights is, based upon. He helped to frame the Constitution, did not sign it because it didn’t have a Bill of Rights, and a couple other reasons.
But bottom line is he he’s one of our great founding fathers and he gave us a quote that’ll kind of drive what we’re going to do tonight. He said that no free government, how many of you want to live in freedom?
Okay, it’s better. That’s a much better group, okay. If you want to have freedom, he said, no free government, nor the blessings of liberty… Anybody want the blessings of liberty?
You want to enjoy the blessings of liberty? Great. If you want freedom, and you want the blessings of liberty said you cannot have that without a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles. I mean, it;s not just once but a constant recurrence, constantly reminding ourselves, what is it that works, what actually produces the results that we want to see in our system of government?
Alright, friends, we got to take a quick break. So I’m going to interrupt the program for just a moment, we’ll be right back. You’re listening to WallBuilders Live.
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Constitutional Defense of Your Family and Freedom
Fortunately for us, they laid it out for us right there in the Declaration of Independence. Right in the heart of the Declaration, 56 words that some of what I call a frame of America. It’s the frame that is holding your freedom in place. It’s the frame that is making the picture possible for us to enjoy liberty, even to exercise our freedom this weekend. I’m going to get some help tonight from a couple of my boys.
Rhett’s going to come up and join us and he’s going to explain those 56 words, the basic principles behind them all my boys have DGs, so they’re all DGs in handgun here at Front Sight. My oldest son, Trey is the one that you all met. If you came up and got a workbook for tonight, and Trey came, he and I were the first ones to come to Front Sight. He DG at 16.
He was the first one our whole family to DG. Then my son Reagan, who you’ll hear from in a little bit decided he had to beat Trey. And so at 14, he DG. And then Rhett decided at 13 he was going to be both of them. So you all please welcome Rhett Green. Come on up, buddy.
Alright, so I’m going to start us off by pulling from the actual Declaration, and then I’m going to go on to explain it. 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; and among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men but deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
Now, guys, in the words of the Declaration, there are four basic frames that really represent the frame of America. First, the founding fathers began with the basic idea that truth is real. It is obvious and it does not change. Second, they also made it clear that God is the source of freedom.
Like te Declaration says: All rights don’t come from any elected or appointed officials, but they come from God Almighty. Third, the just powers of government can only come from the consent of the governed. That’s you and me. The word ‘consent’ is used three times in the Declaration and 11 times in the Constitution.
So obviously, the Founding Fathers didn’t want the government’s use of power without our consent. They warned us to always remember that the government’s use of power without our consent is tyranny. Now the last part of the frame is the pursuit of happiness. This is the free enterprise system that has made America the most successful nation in history.
Thomas Jefferson once said, “A wise and frugal government that shall lead been free to regulate their own pursuit of industries and improvements, and shall not take from the mouth of labor bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government. Now, let’s all do our part in preserving those four basic and yet extraordinary principles. Now, please join me in welcoming back my dad.
Alright, good job. Well done. Well done. Alright. Okay, let me dive in just a little bit on that. So he mentioned this frame, right. This is the way we kind of look at the Declaration. It’s essentially holding your picture together. And you might have a different picture that you throw up there. I like the white picket fence and the American flag in the house, right.
But your picture of freedom is held together by that frame. And if we lose the frame, the picture is going with it. So all the things you love about freedom require us to have this frequent recurrence to fundamental principles in order to hold on to that frame and to keep that frame in place. So there’s a lot of principles we could talk about.
I mean, I want to zero in specifically tonight on some principles that the Founders felt were absolutely essential. In fact, they considered the first principle we’re going to talk about tonight to be the Palladium of all of our other principles, the protector of everything else that we enjoy.
If you back up in the Declaration, one paragraph before Rhett was talking about, where it says, when, when it becomes necessary for one nation to dissolve the political bands which have connected them to another and assume among the powers of the earth that separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and nature’s God entitles them, the laws of nature is what these guys were basing so much on. They were saying, look, God’s shown us in nature, how the system should work and how people should treat themselves and be organized. And so the laws of nature were well-known to the Founding Fathers.
This guy, St. George Tucker, a Founding Father that was a soldier in the American Revolution, he was a federal judge, he was a legal scholar. He’s actually a professor at William and Mary. In fact, before I give you the quote from George Tucker, he was trained by George White. Now George White is another founder you may not have heard of.
When you look at the painting that John Trumbull did of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, you have to look all the way over to the left, he was not a leftist by the way, but he’s way over there. You can barely see him peeking around the corner there. And if you look at the $2 bill with the signing of the Declaration, poor George White didn’t even make the cut. Man, you can’t see him, the crappy now.
But George wide, very important Founding Father, in fact, this guy helped to give us the Declaration of Independence. He actually was also the mentor, not only of George Tucker, who we’re going to talk about here in a second, he was also the mentor of Thomas Jefferson, trained Thomas Jefferson, Monroe, a lot of other folks. But White had to leave, he wasn’t able to be there for the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
He was so respected by the other members there, and especially the other guys from Virginia, that when they went to sign the Declaration of Independence because he couldn’t be there on that particular day, they save the spot at the top of the Virginia delegation so that when he came back in September, he was able to be the first name listed on the Virginia delegation. I thought that was a pretty cool story.
But we can talk about White for a long time tonight. We don’t have time to dive into that. He trained this guy Tucker and Tucker replaced him as the professor of law there at William and Mary. But here’s what Tucker told us. And by the way, Tim Barton and his wife Gabby are here with us. And Tim and David loan some of the documents that they have in their library for us.
David and Tim have the largest private collection of Founders’ documents. Is it in the world? I know it’s in America. You know, private collection anyway… which is America, yes. Which is like over 100,000 documents, right? So yeah, you all thank Tim and Gabby Barton for being here with us this weekend being part of this as well.
And Tim brought some of the documents from the library. And first one I’m going to show you tonight, I’m going to share two with you tonight and we’re filming tomorrow. We’re going to be doing the rest of this box and we’re going to show a ton of these during the DVD programs. And if you’re not on frontsight.tv, you’ll be able to watch it there as well. So make sure you do that.
But he basically did an American version of Blackstone’s commentaries on the law. So we took Blackstone’s commentary and law basically mixed it with or took it and applied it to our US Constitution and the Virginia statutes. And here’s what he said in there that is so fitting for us tonight.
He said, “The right of self-defense is the first law of nature.” Now, don’t forget what Rhett was saying. Out of the Declaration, right there in the first paragraph of the Declaration, we’re told that all these rights come from the laws of nature and nature’s God.
So here’s Tucker telling us that the first law of nature is the right of self-defense. He said, most governments, throughout history, it’s been a study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. In other words, government wants to restrict how much you can defend yourself because government can’t control you if you can defend yourself, right.
So it goes on to say, wherever the right of the people, this is what the warning for tonight, wherever the right of the people to keep and bear arms is prohibited under any color or pretext whatsoever, liberty, if not already annihilated is on the brink of destruction.
In other words, when you start limiting, and you start restricting a person’s right to defend themselves, liberties and major danger. That’s what Tucker was telling us. It’s the first law of nature. And so, let’s dive in specifically to the Second Amendment and how the Founders design it and how it’s supposed to work.
So I’m going to get some help from Reagan Green. He’s one that DG at 14 and he was supposed to DJ at a young age is because he’s been teaching on the Second Amendment for a few years, So, you all welcome Reagan Green.
Alright, guys, real quick, before I jump into the Second Amendment, I would just like to say thank you to Front Sight, their administrative staff and Dr. Piazza for this incredible opportunity to not just do a class here, but be able to film it, and hopefully bring more people to these classes in the future. So with that said, let’s jump right into this.
We’re going to start with a guy named Richard Henry Lee. Richard Henry Lee was the founding father in the Continental Congress that actually made the motion for America’s independence on June 7th, 1776. Now, Lee once said that in order to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of all people possess arms and be taught how to use them, especially when young. Now that right there might help to explain why John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States was out with the Massachusetts Minutemen, guess what he was doing? Musket drills? Guess how old he was? 8-years-old. That’s incredible.
Is anybody in here have a son roughly around 8 or 10-years-old? What’s your son’s name? Caden. Okay, so picture Caden out doing range drills with a SEAL team today. That’s like John Quincy Adams doing muskets drills with a minimum of eight years old. That is just plain awesome. But let’s look here again what Richard Henry Lee said, that in order to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of all people possess arms and be taught how to use them, especially when young.
Guys, nobody on the planet is doing that better than right here at Front Sight Training Institute. But let’s just go ahead and let’s take a step back here and let’s actually look at the Second Amendment itself. Here’s what it says. “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
Some people can get a little confused about this word militia. But if you just transport yourself back to the founding era, it is clear. This word ‘militia’ basically meant every man that could fire a rifle. So this freedom here, it wasn’t for an official military, it was for the militia, or we the people. That’s why says the right of the people, not the right of the US military.
So guys, here’s the bottom line. Even if you don’t enjoy hunting, or guns or self-defense training as much as my family, but hey, you’re here Front Sight, so of course you do, right. But there might be some people who are watching this on TV or DVD and they might say, gosh, you know what, I just don’t have as much of a passion for self-defense training as you guys.
Here’s my message to you, you would still be wise to do everything that you can to help protect the rights of families like ours. Because while I hope it never happens, there might come a day when we need to use these guns and this train that we’re getting here at Front Sight to help protect you and all of your rights. Alright, that’s I don’t want to preach there, that’s why I’m moving on.
One last thing, guys, then I’m going to jump off here and hand it back off to my dad. We all understand the importance of living out the Second Amendment. But can somebody here give me an example of something you can do to not just live out the Second Amendment but also protect the Second Amendment? Somebody just shout out an answer. Help me out.
Absolutely. Those are all great answers, guys. And on top of those, like Miss, you just said, I want to urge you to become students of history. Continue to educate yourself. Continue learning about the Constitution like you are in this class. And then take this information home and send people to future classes here, send friends and family and then further your training and further building your knowledge of the Constitution.
Alright, friends, we are out of time for today. This was part two in a five part series called Constitutional Defense of Your Family and Freedom. It’s actually a live presentation that my kids and I did out in Front Sight Firearms Training Institute in Pahrump, Nevada.
Constitutional Defense Of Your Family And Freedom, Part Two – With Rick Green
It’s where we host our constitutional defense courses, where during the day you’re learning how to defend yourself with a firearm, protect your family and exercise that God given right. And what is it, enshrined in our Constitution, in the Second Amendment, of course. But even in the history of man and the laws of nature and nature’s God, you will find that palladium of all of their liberties, the right of self-defense.
Anyway, we teach people how to do that. And we also have a Constitution class. So we’re just bringing you some of the live presentations that are done there so that you can begin to learn some of that intellectual ammunition, get some of these really cool stories from American history, and certainly get that grounding in the Constitution with regard to the Second Amendment.
If you missed yesterday, it’s on our website right now at wallbuilderslive.com. If you’re going to miss any of the other programs throughout the week, at the end of the week, you’ll be able to get all five parts. But we hope that you enjoy this Constitutional Defense of Your Family and Freedom.
And if you would like to come with us, we have some free seats available. You need to be able to get in there pretty quick. It’s only for our February event that starts February 20th. And so you need to email Trey@patriotacademy.com, Trey@patriotacademy.com. Find out if any of those free registrations are still available, somebody else donated and covered that for you.
So if you’d like to come it’s normally $1,000 to go through the class. We make the class available for people at $100 all throughout the year. So if you come with us as a WallBuilders listener, you get to come for a 10th of the price anytime. But right now we’ve got 10 of those registrations completely for free. But you got to email Trey and grab them before somebody else does. So email Trey as soon as you can. Thanks for listening. We’re going to pick up right where we left off when we returned tomorrow here on WallBuilders Live.