Yes, You Have the Right to Talk Back to the Government, But It Could Get You Killed

John W. Whitehead, Constitutional Attorney

The freedom of individuals verbally to oppose or challenge police action without thereby risking arrest is one of the principal characteristics by which we distinguish a free nation from a police state.”— Justice William J. Brennan, City of Houston v. Hill

What the architects of the police state want are submissive, compliant, cooperative, obedient, meek citizens who don’t talk back, don’t challenge government authority, don’t speak out against government misconduct, and don’t step out of line.

What the First Amendment protects—and a healthy constitutional republic requires—are citizens who routinely exercise their right to speak truth to power.

It’s not an easy undertaking.

Weaponized by police, prosecutors, courts and legislatures, “disorderly conduct” charges have become a convenient means by which to punish those individuals who refuse to be muzzled.

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The Gun Grabbing F.B.I.

The Tactical Hermit

Forgotten Memo Shows Gun Grabbing is Built Into F.B.I.’s DNA

Disturbing but not surprising.

We could do an entire article on Government agencies that have no Constitutional authority to exist, are a ridiculous waste of taxpayer money and by and large are one of the biggest threats to Constitutional Freedoms such as the First and Second Amendment.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

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SCOTUS to rule on ban on excessive fines in civil forfeiture case

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“WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court left little doubt Wednesday that it would rule that the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help an Indiana man recover the $40,000 Land Rover police seized when they arrested him for selling about $400 worth of heroin.

A decision in favor of 37-year-old Tyson Timbs, of Marion, Indiana, also could buttress efforts to limit the confiscation by local law enforcement of property belonging to someone suspected of a crime. Police and prosecutors often keep the proceeds.

Timbs was on hand at the high court for arguments that were largely a one-sided affair in which the main question appeared to be how broadly the state would lose.

The court has formally held that most of the Bill of Rights applies to states as well as the federal government, but it has not done so on the Eighth…

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VIDEO Living by Faith – The Predicted King

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Living by Faith

But while [Joseph] thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 1:20

We would love to know more about the personal lives of biblical characters. Take Joseph, for instance—the earthly father of the Son of God.

How spiritually mature was Joseph? Was he a faithful Jew—a worshiper of the God of Israel? It appears he was, given his response to the very unusual situation he was in. His betrothed, Mary, was pregnant and his first response was to divorce her respectfully (Matthew 1:19). But the greater test came when an angel from God appeared to him in a dream and counseled him to stay with Mary, to marry her, and…

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Why I love cops: Florida police chief sentenced for framing black men for crimes they didn’t commit

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MIAMI — The former police chief of a small Florida city will serve three years in prison for a conspiracy in his department to frame black men for crimes they did not commit. A federal judge in Miami imposed the sentence Tuesday on ex-Biscayne Park chief Raimundo Atesiano, who had faced a maximum 10-year sentence.

Three other former officers have also pleaded guilty in the case, which centered around efforts by Atesiano to improve his department’s crime-solving rate.

Atesiano’s lawyer says the victims were not randomly selected but were known to police as having criminal pasts. The judge allowed Atesiano to remain free for two weeks before surrendering so he can care for his mother, who is dying of leukemia, according to The Miami Herald.

“When I took the job, I was not prepared,” Atesiano told the judge, the newspaper reported. “I made some very, very bad decisions.”

Prosecutors say…

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VIDEO An Empathetic High Priest – Lessons Learned in the Temptation of Jesus

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An Empathetic High Priest

For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted. Hebrews 2:18

Two similar English words are often confused: sympathize and empathizeSympathize means to express sympathy based on agreement; empathize means to express understanding based on experience. You can sympathize with someone without having personal experience with their plight. But empathy is stronger—it means, “I understand because I’ve been there myself.”

Jesus was capable of both, of course. But many find it surprising to learn that His capacity to express empathy (concern, care) for our situations in life is based on the fact that He, in His humanity, has a deep level of shared human experience. When we suffer and are tempted to yield to poor choices, we can remember that “He learned obedience by the things which He suffered” (Hebrews 5:8). And because He suffered…

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GIVE THANKS WITH A GRATEFUL HEART!

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“Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.” (Psalm 103:2)

Anddd just like that, another exam is now behind me. Thank you Lord. The feeling of finishing a difficult exam and passing is incredibly gratifying especially when you’re running on very little sleep. These are moments of rewards that make the long days ahead worth it….

I have learned in every circumstance that comes my way, to give thanks. In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give.We also need to remember from where God has brought us. When times get tough and you think you have nothing left to give, think about the goodness of God and all that He has done for you. Sometimes we need to rehearse our faith to get through times of doubt. We all doubt ourselves…

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