The Real Definition of Militia
by Mike Pierce
In the “Constitution Quest Board Game” A card came up with this question,
“TRUE or FALSE Congress has the power to provide for organizing the Militia (National Guard) to carry out laws, suppressing insurrection and repel invasions.”
Instantly my highly tuned Constitutional “spidy sense” alarms were going off. “LOL”
Let me say at this point, I love this game, and recommend it. I will continue to play it and believe the makers have good intentions to educate people on the U.S. Constitution. My point addresses the question, not the game.
This is one of those questions designed to appear as a legitimate question and many fall for this trick, however is like rat poison, you see you don’t give a rat a bowl of poison, you give him a bowl of good food with a little bit of poison mixed in. The rat eats the food not noticing the danger lurking in side.
The real question here is the Militia and the National Guard the same. The answer is “NO” they are not.
Another card in the same game helps to clear this up. It reads:
In the U.S. Constitution, the militia refers to: A. state police B. armed, trained, able-bodied citizens C. regular, standing army
The answer is “B.”
In today’s world, here in the united States, many have a misunderstanding about the “Militia” which usually takes on two forms.
- Militia is that bunch of anti-government crazies on the lunatic fringe, who run around out there in the woods and play army. and,
- The real Militia is the National Guard. Both of these answers are wrong.
Many advocates of the 2nd amendment will recite only the 2nd half of the 2nd Amendment when ask, IE “the right of the people to keep and bare arms shall not be infringed”. However the first half states. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary for the security of a free state,”
You “MUST” have a well trained group of able bodied Citizens or your State is not a free State, therefore the right of the people to keep and bare arms shall not be infringed.
“Infringed” to cross the line on the edge of the subject. Let that soak in for a moment.
Do you believe that you and your State are free. Does your State have a Militia?
To really under stand what a Militia is you must go back to its roots. Back in the day, land owners would have people who worked and defended there land from invaders. They would have a person for each portion of land they owned. IE one person per acre. This was the original Militia. They were not government solders.
Because of the experiences our founding fathers had with corrupt governments abusing there power and eventually there people, They learned that “standing armies” or a army that is in a continual state of existence, is a vary dangerous thing to have, as it is eventually turned and used against its own people. This is not some conspiracy theory or fear, this is history.
So with the historical knowledge possessed by our founding fathers, they constructed our Constitution to include a “Constitutional Militia” as a defense to our States and State rights against invaders and the overreaches of an all powerful federal government, “as we see today.”
It is interesting to study the history of the Militia and safeguards installed into our Constitution for the organization, regulation, and calling forth of the Militia. In the course of such a study, you come away with the strong impression that, our founding fathers were pretty smart guys that really knew what they were doing.
Where are our militias today ? Disbanded by the very people they were to protect us from and replaced with a so called national guard, “some of which have been called to serve over seas by the way“… It appears they are no longer even a “Nation-al Guard.”
I listened to a radio program the other day, one of the people speaking, “who I perceived to be trying to uphold Constitutional values in some what of a conservative manner,” listed 3%ers Oath Keepers and Militias together in the same category and presented them in a negative fashion.
This is the effect of that bowl of food being feed to the rat. The embedding is subtle but very effective. It appears as if they perceive good, god fearing, patriotic Americans, as a bunch of rats.
Is this the type of government our founders intended us to have, or the one they warned us about and safe guarded against?
Please share what you learn with others. Just how important is it to do so… Take a look at our nation today and ponder these quotes from our founding fathers…
“A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people.” – James Madison
“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves ; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” ― Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson
“A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?” ― George Washington