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What we saw in Nevada was a perfect marriage of the First and Second Amendments working together to “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

My friend Steve was on the fence at the Bundy Ranch.  He locked arms with other patriots and, bearing weapons, showed up to stare down the BLM.  Even though there was a media blackout, the images of armed-to-the-teeth military-style BLM “law-enforcement” personnel were broadcast to the world. Without the power of cell-phone images, those brave Americans would have been at the mercy of the government-media and the spin they chose to sell us.

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Steve is convinced that had all media access been blocked, the BLM would have fired on American citizens.  What we are seeing is the application of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an unconstitutional law passed in 2011 that permits Federal force to be used against “domestic terrorists.”

The “powers-that-be” were smart enough to understand the power of the video showing militarized police gunning down American citizens.  Because they could not control the images in the ether-land, the BLM decided to withdraw and fight another day…in another place where they could completely control the narrative.

A man wiser than me once told me that the Second Amendment guarantees the free exercise of the First Amendment.  Without their weapons, the “Militia” would have been rounded up and shipped out in paddy wagons.  Their ability to “bear arms” is the only thing that ensured their liberty to “peaceably assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

Isn’t it interesting that “domestic terrorists” are the exact words used by Sen. Harry Reid to describe the patriots at the Bundy Ranch?  Someone once wrote, “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.”  Terrorist is in the eye of the beholder.

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A picture is worth a thousand words, and it was the voice of pictures that disarmed the tyrannical BLM.

In today’s expanding Police-State environment, being armed with a cell phone can be just as powerful as an AR15. The First Amendment cannot survive without the support of the Second Amendment.  That is one valuable lesson we learned at Bundy Ranch.

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