"What we call "Militia"--most of our units, I would say--would flip their lid if they understood the implications of this. Most of us see ourselves as the final bulwark for the citizens AGAINST encroaching government, without realizing that we're actually part and parcel to it."
IMO, very well said, ROFCB Commander. I am very new here, and am honored to be here among like minded people! Having said that, here is my newbie take on a "Militia" as described in the US Constitution: One of my ancestors, John Applegate, a farmer, was described in a 1691 Pennsylvania Colony tax document of the time as being a part of a militia. He was excused from paying the particular tax due to this militia. At the time, the Pennsylvania Colony had a common domestic enemy, the native Indians, and the locals formed militias do defend each other.
These militias were under the control of the local SHERIFF and ultimately, up the ranks to the King of England.
IMO, the framers of the Constitution, being mostly British, ultimately fashioned their idea of a militia off of the same format of the British Government, but substituted the President for a King. In this way, we certainly are all here under the authority of our supreme leader down to the local Sheriff. And thank God for the wisdom of our forefathers to require every Sheriff to swear alliegence to the US Constitution FIRST over all other forms of Government. They are local, and guard the true power of the constitution. Just look at the actions of the Sheriffs in Virginia to see the true intent of a Sheriff and their alliegence to the US Constitution.
They will call us up when the hour of need comes, just as they did before we were a Republic, just as these Sheriffs below are doing now
I support the ones who hold the US Constitution as the SUPREME law of the land: They are your local Sheriff and your local Militia.