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Bryan Fischer: Rick Perry’s path to the White House may run through the Oklahoma border
Thursday, April 24, 2014 12:48 PM

By Bryan Fischer

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If Gov. Rick Perry of Texas does just one thing, he is liable to be our next president. That one thing is, if necessary, to send the Texas National Guard to the border with Oklahoma to stare down the BLM Brownshirts and their attempt to steal 90,000 acres that belong to the people of the Lone Star State. 

The American people can read. They can read Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, which lists all the powers of action that “We the People” have delegated to the central government. Robbing American citizens of ranch land is not among them. 

But the BLM, arguing from some arcane notions about the changing course of the Red River, which serves as the border between Texas and Oklahoma, intends to sweep in and commandeer land that does not belong to it. One can argue whether the land in question belongs to Texas or to Oklahoma, but one thing is abundantly clear: it doesn’t belong to the BLM. Period. 

The attorney general of Texas, Greg Abbott, who is in line to be Texas’ next governor, has thrown down on the BLM, saying, if you want it, “Come and take it,” and Gov. Perry is backing him to the hilt. 

Said the governor about Abbott’s words, “Actually, it’s not a dare. It's a promise that we're going to stand up for private property rights in the state of Texas.”  

National Guard units function as state militias under the command of the governors of their state, until and unless called into duty by the president for assignments to protect national security. As the Second Amendment plainly states, militia units, like the Guard, are “necessary to the security of a free State.” By “State,” the Founders meant exactly what it sounds like: the individual “States” which make up the “United States of America.” States like Texas and Nevada, for instance.  

George Washington put it this way: "A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government." (Emphasis mine.)  

According to the Founders, the primary and ultimate purpose of state militias, such as National Guard units, is to protect the security and freedom of their individual states from the tyrannical encroachment of any power, whether the encroachment comes from an adjacent state, a foreign power, or an overreaching federal government.  

If Gov. Perry deploys his National Guard for this purpose, he would not be committing a lawless act but quite the opposite. He would be upholding the Constitution of the United States, upholding the rule of law, and fulfilling his sworn oath of office.  

If you want to know why the president is so intent on disarming the National Guard, by transferring its Apache attack helicopters to the regular Army, you are looking at it right here. The president does not want a governor with an equipped military presence who can oppose his tyrannical designs on state soil.   

Ask yourself this question: if Apache helicopters wind up hovering about the Texas-Oklahoma border because of this crisis, do you want those helicopters under the command of a governor determined to protect the private property rights of his constituents, or under the command of a man who sent the BLM goons to the border in the first place?   

God forbid things should ever come to such a pass; may cool heads and reason prevail. But the time to think through such a scenario, as drastic and unlikely as it may be, is now. Sorting such things out in the middle of a crisis is sure to lead to chaos.  

I have felt for some time now that the key to America regaining its independence lies in the grip of governors who have courage and who can read. Governors who can read Article I, Section 8 and the 9th and 10th Amendments, and have the determination to fulfill their oath of office and uphold the Constitution they have sworn to protect.  

A huge percentage of America is looking for a president who understands and respects the Constitution, the severe limits it places on federal power, and the right of states to be free from federal interference.  

If Gov. Perry stands between the federal government and the citizens of Texas, these Americans may have found their man. A man like that might be a man America can trust with the power of the presidency.  

(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)

 

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