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Here's Why the Second Amendment Is the 'Strongest Right'

In America, we are innocent until proven guilty. In a similar way, we have the right to bear arms with no exception unless a court finds proof that that right will be abused to hurt other people.

As the gun debate rages on, Glenn wanted to make something very clear: The Second Amendment is a fundamental right, and it cannot be infringed upon without endangering all of our other constitutional rights.

“The Second Amendment is the strongest right because there is no ‘unless,’ there is no ifs, and or buts,” Glenn said on today’s show. “According to our system of government, you are born with certain rights, and they can’t ever be taken away from you … unless there’s an exception. But there is one right [the Second Amendment] that says, ‘shall not be infringed.'”

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GLENN: We have a really inspiring update from the Nazarene Fund coming up in about 35 minutes that you don't want to miss. And your phone calls as well.

I want to go -- I want to go off the last phone call that we had because I think this is really important, to have this conversation. And that is, what is a right? What does it mean?

What does the Constitution and the Bill of Rights mean?

And the Bill of Rights and the constitutional amendments are really clear. And -- and most people -- most people don't think of it this way. But let's start with the 13th Amendment, Stu, that abolished slavery. Did it not?

STU: No, it did not.

GLENN: No. The 13th Amendment said all indentured servants and all slaves, no more -- no more slaves.

STU: It did kind of say that. However, it left an exception out.

GLENN: An exception?

STU: An exception. It can -- you are prohibited from putting someone in involuntarily servitude, or slavery, except for a punishment of -- for a crime. We've seen people on the side of the road collecting trash. You've seen this in every prison movie, going back 100 years.

GLENN: Right. Chain gangs.

STU: That is essentially involuntarily servitude.

GLENN: A form -- right. It's a form of slavery, if you will. You're a slave to the system. You will do and work as the system says. Because -- so the 13th Amendment says theres no slavery or involuntary servitude.

STU: Except --

GLENN: Unless --

GLENN: Yeah. Or except this.

STU: Uh-huh.

GLENN: Okay.

We all know the Third Amendment, right? Nobody knows the Third Amendment.

STU: It's my favorite amendment.

GLENN: It is mine too.

STU: I don't know why.

GLENN: You shall not be required to quarter soldiers in your home.

STU: That's what the amendment says, right?

GLENN: No, it doesn't.

It says unless --

STU: Unless it's wartime and they pass a law saying they can put quartered soldiers in your home.

GLENN: Right. So, in other words, you can say, you're not quartering these soldiers in my home. And you can hold up the Third Amendment and say, absolutely, that's against the Constitution. And say, no, actually we're at war. And here's the law that we passed.

Okay. So there are exceptions, and they're written into the Constitution.

Now, most of them don't have the unless. But there is only one that says, and there is no unless. There is no exception.

And you will not infringe on this. The Second Amendment is the strongest right. Because there is no unless. There is no ifs, ands, and buts.

STU: Yeah. Even if you look at the First Amendment, it just talks about Congress making laws. It prohibits Congress from making laws that will -- any law, respecting an establishment of a religion, right? But as we know, the states still had state -- in Massachusetts, had a state religion when this thing was passed. Right?

There are all sorts of exceptions. The second one is really clear. They seem to make that one really important. Hey, you can't infringe on this one.

GLENN: So the reason why you have to understand that this is a right -- this is a right and not a suggestion -- it is something that according to our system of government, you are born with certain rights.

And they can't ever be taken away from you, unless there's an exception. But there is one right that says, shall not be infringed.

So this is a God-given right that nobody can take away. If you understand that it is a right first, then you can understand and tie it into other things.

For instance, voting. Voting. Poll taxes. We all know that that was -- that was an infringement on a right.

Wait a minute. Because I'm African-American I have to pay a tax? Because I'm African-American, I have to take a test? No, I don't have a test that I have to take.

I have a right, unless it's taken away because I'm a criminal. And that's a new addition. So you have a right to vote. We all know, they don't spy on you as the default. Well, I mean, now they do, because we're violating the Fourth Amendment.

STU: Fourth.

GLENN: But we all know the government does not have a right to spy on you.

What they have is no right to spy on you, unless they can go to a court and get a warrant, because they've proved there's enough here that we need to follow and spy on you.

So there is an unless in that right. There isn't with voting. There isn't an unless.

STU: There's just age. Hmm.

GLENN: There isn't an unless in the Second Amendment.

You want all of your rights -- rights are yours by default. What people are talking about now is no. Well, let's make the default, you don't get one, unless you do this.

No, no, no. Rights mean, you have that, unless you do these things.

STU: Yeah. I mean, it goes -- fundamentally, it's -- the constitutionalist argument is you're innocent, unless you're proven guilty.

GLENN: Right.

STU: And the current way of looking at this from the left and others, is you're guilty, unless you can be proven innocent.

GLENN: Right.

STU: That's a huge, massive -- massive --

GLENN: It's a 180-degree different. That is no longer a right. That becomes then a privilege.

Now, with this, we have to talk about responsibilities.

If you are not responsible, you lose your rights. And, quite honestly, that's why we are losing rights now. Because we have shown ourselves irresponsible with those rights. Everybody always says, I have rights, you know. Yeah, yeah, I know. But you also, dude, have responsibilities.

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Let’s thank the Pilgrims for defeating Socialism this Thanksgiving

This year marks the four hundredth anniversary of the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the Pilgrims and their Wampanoag allies in 1621. Tragically, nearly half of the Pilgrims had died by famine and disease during their first year. However, they had been met by native Americans such as Samoset and Squanto who miraculously spoke English and taught the Pilgrims how to survive in the New World. That fall the Pilgrims, despite all the hardships, found much to praise God for and they were joined by Chief Massasoit and his ninety braves came who feasted and celebrated for three days with the fifty or so surviving Pilgrims.

It is often forgotten, however, that after the first Thanksgiving everything was not smooth sailing for the Pilgrims. Indeed, shortly thereafter they endured a time of crop failure and extreme difficulties including starvation and general lack. But why did this happen? Well, at that time the Pilgrims operated under what is called the "common storehouse" system. In its essence it was basically socialism. People were assigned jobs and the fruits of their labor would be redistributed throughout the people not based on how much work you did but how much you supposedly needed.

The problem with this mode of economics is that it only fails every time. Even the Pilgrims, who were a small group with relatively homogeneous beliefs were unable to successfully operate under a socialistic system without starvation and death being only moments away. Governor William Bradford explained that under the common storehouse the people began to "allege weakness and inability" because no matter how much or how little work someone did they still were given the same amount of food. Unsurprisingly this, "was found to breed much confusion and discontent."[1]

The Pilgrims, however, were not the type of people to keep doing what does not work. And so, "they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery."[2] And, "after much debate of things" the Pilgrims under the direction of William Bradford, decided that each family ought to "trust to themselves" and keep what they produced instead of putting it into a common storehouse.[3] In essence, the Pilgrims decided to abandon the socialism which had led them to starvation and instead adopt the tenants of the free market.

And what was the result of this change? Well, according to Bradford, this change of course, "had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been."[4] Eventually, the Pilgrims became a fiscally successful colony, paid off their enormous debt, and founded some of the earliest trading posts with the surrounding Indian tribes including the Aptucxet, Metteneque, and Cushnoc locations. In short, it represented one of the most significant economic revolutions which determined the early characteristics of the American nation.

The Pilgrims, of course, did not simply invent these ideas out of thin air but they instead grew out of the intimate familiarity the Pilgrims had with the Bible. The Scriptures provide clear principles for establishing a successful economic system which the Pilgrims looked to. For example, Proverbs 12:11 says, "He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread." So the Pilgrims purchased land from the Indians and designated lots for every family to individually grow food for themselves. After all, 1 Timothy 5:8 declares, "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."

We often think that the battle against Socialism is a new fight sprouting out of the writings of Karl Marx which are so blindly and foolishly followed today by those deceived by leftist irrationality. However, America's fight against the evil of socialism goes back even to our very founding during the colonial period. Thankfully, our forefathers decided to reject the tenants of socialism and instead build their new colony upon the ideology of freedom, liberty, hard work, and individual responsibility.

So, this Thanksgiving, let's thank the Pilgrims for defeating socialism and let us look to their example today in our ongoing struggle for freedom.

[1] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

[2] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[3] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[4] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

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