The Battle of Bunker Hill

On a balmy June 17, 1775, reportedly experiencing an early summer rain, hundreds of Colonists heard the not-to-distant thunder of British cannons.  For several hours ball and shrapnel rained down on them.

Between the regulated strikes of lightning from those cannons General William Prescott was purportedly heard, above ballad of war, to have said “Don’t shoot until you see the whites of their eyes.”  He commanded a militia made of drunks, deserters and desperate men.  Yet, on that day they held their fire.

Muddled in barges, awaiting a high tide, the whites of the redcoats’ eyes flashed with anger and confusion.  “Why would the colonist not return fire?”

By early afternoon the tide shifted to allow the British regulars to disembark their ship, and embark in uniform manner, line-by-line, up Breed’s Hill to engage the ragtag militia.  With 10 knot winds at their backs and musket at bayonet-ready they marched over field and crop, trampling the earth and her bounty underfoot.  Then, the unthinkable occurred. The colonists, through their visions of life, liberty, and the right to pursue happiness and prosperity saw the whites of the English eyes.

Do you hear the people sing
Lost in the valley of the night?
It is the music of a people
Who are climbing to the light.

For the wretched of the earth
There is a flame that never dies.
Even the darkest night will end
And the sun will rise.

They will live again in freedom
In the garden of the Lord.
They will walk behind the plough-share,
They will put away the sword.
The chain will be broken
And all men will have their reward.

Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?
Do you hear the people sing?
Say, do you hear the distant drums?
It is the future that they bring
When tomorrow comes…
Tomorrow comes!

Three times the regulars of the king’s army assaulted the hastily entrenched militia behind the barricades of a just cause.

In war aggressive potentates invariably set the price of a man’s life below the cost of hill to be won or a point to be made.  The British sent 600 more trained regulars to dispatch the “Broad backs” of Bunker Hill.  The superior numbers of their troops was not the only larger volume they left behind.  Twice as many professional soldiers fell in death as did volunteers.  Almost three times as many lay wounded in their gore compared to the farmers, friends and freemen.

There was one  statistic where the colonists outnumbered the war-machine.  Thirty patriots to the cause of liberty were taken prisoner, while none of the regulars were.  I nearly hear their voices echo 239 years later singing the line of a song written in our day.

Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?

The Battle of Bunker Hill set the tone for a people determined to be free.

Slightly over a year later Thomas Jefferson penned the words, and thirteen colonies agreed to them;

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to… hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Twenty-one years later a group of men gathered in secret and penned “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union”  etc.

In that et cetera was section 8 of article I of the Constitution.  That section articulated the limits of national authority to create laws and establish oppression.  Sadly, much of that has gone unheeded to our current collective loss.

The next to last clause of that section includes that Congress has authority to exercise “Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings”.

Regardless of how some may interpret this clause, it is the only point in the “Conscience of the Country” that articulates what the national government may own.

So, now I come the main substance of this lengthy banter.

After years of contending with a rancher in Nevada the United States Bureau of Land Management has decided to close 600,000 square acres of US land to all.  According to the correct interpretation of the Constitution, rather than the extremists views of environmentalists, it appears that the national government must have that property for some “needful building”.  Perhaps they need to build a 937.5 square mile “dock-Yard” in the middle of the desert.

They are closing down the land, which ought not to be in their possession, as stipulated clearly in the Constitution, for the purpose of eradicating some cattle grazing there.  Perhaps, just perhaps, this is in response to President Obama recent reiteration that cow flatulence must be managed.

Well, actually their intent is to punish a rancher who owns the cattle.  He must be punished because he does not acquiesce to BLM ownership and power to create laws and regulations for the land.  Whether flatulence or BS the creeping encroachment of national regulators is unjust and unconstitutional.

The sum and substances is that there is no foundation for the either the land being nationally owned or controlled.  That makes all their actions an unjust “taking”.  The supreme court has ruled in favor of individuals against states regarding matters of “taking”.  The same principle ought to apply regarding any national land grab beyond those listed in Section 8.

BLM has closed access to the land through May 12, 2014.  That is 600,000 square acres, or 937.5 square miles proscribed as unwelcoming to the citizenry.

A modest proposal

In my opinion 600,000 people need to peaceably assemble at Bunkerville, Nevada “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”; Namely the unauthorized possession of property that does not meet the intent of the US Constitution.  This is not in consequence to the issues surrounding the Bundy family.

Rather, it is in consequence of a national government that has run a muck with a thirst for power over citizens.

A peaceful and rational “Battle of Bunkerville” needs to be manned with patriots of liberty.  Rather than firing upon a massive government machine that has lobed an arsenal of tax dollars and laws (another name for a purse and scrip) they ought to assemble on a sunny day.  Benjamin Franklin said at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention he saw the image of the sun on the back of George Washington’s chair as a rising sun.

In Bunkerville 600,000 patriots need to gather in the bright light of day and expose the national government’s dereliction of duty to the Constitution.  There is no need for a thunder of aggression, as is being rapidly deployed by the national government.

Instead, yes instead, 600,000 patriots can echo a still, small, and calm voice that will penetrate the hearing and hearts of reasonable people everywhere.  They should be joined by the 535 Congressmen who have sworn to uphold the Constitution.

It would seem altogether fitting that such an assembly should take place 239 years, to the day, after the Battle of Bunker Hill.

June 17, 2014

The Battle of Bunkerville

Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?

That Is The Way I See It.

NOTE:  I have received an incredible outpouring of agreement with this post.  Several people have offered assistance in organizing a rally.  I appreciate the sentiment and encouragement.

However, the rally I discussed above is strictly a form literary license I have taken to make a point regarding national government aggression.  The date is used intentionally, not as planned schedule, but simply to coincide with the Battle of Bunker Hill.  The 600,000 participants was a somewhat randomly selected number to imply one man/woman per square acre.

I am not organizing any rally or protest.  I simply provided a rhetorical suggestion similar to Swift’s “A Modest Proposal”.  Yet, having clarified my purpose in writing this post, if someone chooses to pursue organizing such a rally, as they say frequently in Nevada “I’m all in”.

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