Tennessee Volunteer Militia
"I never give them hell, I just tell the truth, and they
think its hell."
--Harry S. Truman
The Tennessee Volunteer Militia will meet every third Sunday of each month,
at 2pm, at Kelsey's Bar & Grill, 7213-1/2 Kingston Pike, Knoxville Tn.
Kelsey's is about a mile east of West Town Mall, across from the Olive Garden
Due to the holidays, we are just now getting back to a normal routine. We
apologize for not putting out a News Letter in a couple of months. We appreciate
all of you who had ask us about our News Letter, and how you missed it. For
those of you who are receiving this News Letter welcome aboard. You may have
noticed that we have changed or heading. We just dropped off the word "State".
This was primary done for simplicity and clarity.
Upcoming events are as follows:
The TVM will have a booth the Gun show at the Jacobs building at the
Knoxville fair grounds. Admission into the show is five dollars. The show will
be March 2nd and 3rd. Hope to see you there.
We have talked to J.J. Johnson, the founder of the Ohio Militia, to visit
Knoxville and speak to us. J.J. has appeared at the Senate hearings on Militias
and has appeared on national t.v. talk shows numerous times. The date for this
event will be March 10th in Knoxville and March 9th in Chattanooga. Mr. Johnson
will speak at the Howard Johnson's I-75 and Merchants Road in Knoxville at 2pm.
The place and time has not been set in Chattanooga at this time.
At our next meeting we will adopt a flag and patch design. Also, we will
make our final plans for the above two events. It is very important that we have
a good attendance at our next meeting.
Harry P. Bibee III Mike Perrin
(423) 577-7011 (423)933-8436
2224 Fisher Place
Knoxville TN 37920
The Volunteer Militia exists by law under Amendment II of the United States
Constitution, U.S.C. 10- chapter. 13- section 311 and the Tennessee State
Constitution Article I- sections 24 and 26. Our purpose is to uphold the United
States and Tennessee State Constitutions, defend against domestic enemies,
execute and safeguard the laws of the Union, suppress insurrection and repel
invasions. We adhere to the literal and original intent of the United States
Constitution and Bill of Rights as put forth by the Founding Fathers and hold
those principles inviolate. We reject any philosophy of supremacy based on race,
religion or gender.
A BLACK PATRIOT?
By J.J. Johnson
As a very young child in the sixties, I watched in confusion as people I
didn't know marched throughout the country, claiming they were fighting for my "Constitutional
rights". I didn't understand. It was in Sunday school that I learned what
those strangers were fighting for. There too, I was introduced to the writings
of Frederick Douglas, Booker T. Washington, Langston Hughes and other Black
In my teenage years, I learned that by demanding their Constitutional rights
my Elders had battled against and knocked down the mighty door that for over two
centuries had kept most Blacks locked out of the American dream. In the process,
they were labeled "Leftists", "Socialists", even "Communists".
Their grievances were distorted by the media. Their demands fell on deaf ears.
They were blamed for incidents they had nothing to do with. They were called a
threat to a free society... They were injured, jailed and murdered ... Without
due process... Without reason.
As I studied history, the Elders of my community were making history. People
rose up, marched, fought, and died for the right to vote; the right to peaceably
assemble; the right of due process...in short, they fought for the right to be
Americans. Yes, they fought for themselves, but more importantly, they fought
for their Posterity. I am a beneficiary of the Victory.
But what victory was won ? So-called "Black leaders" began
preaching a new message: I no longer had to be responsible for myself. I could
now lay the blame for my failures and shortcomings on "someone else"
because my people had been oppressed for some 400 years. I no longer walked
around the corner to attend the neighborhood school... racial quotas brought
bussing and transported me to a school on the other side of town... a school
that I never felt comfortable attending... a school no better than the one
around the corner from my home. I no longer had to compete, affirmative action
guaranteed my success but had the unfortunate side effect of stripping away my
sense of purpose and removed the hurdles of life that bring maturity and create
I bought into the lie and with it came bitterness and resentment. I rambled
through life on a reckless course of self-destruction and contributed to the
decay of my community. And when I finally found myself behind bars, I realized
for the first time where the blame belonged... the answer stared me in the face
as I looked in the mirror at "someone else". I had become the part of
America my Elders had fought against. I had become a "slave" to the
system, my own worst enemy.
I made a conscious decision to become part of the solution and stopped
living in the problem. I sought out like-minded individuals; they called
themselves "Patriots". After lengthy discussions with Patriots across
the country, I didn't just join their movement, the Patriots joined me. But why
me ? Why am I a patriot ? The Patriot / Militia movement uses the Constitution
to battle against, and knock down the mighty door that for over two decades has
kept most Americans locked out of the American dream.
We are called "radicals", "extremists", and even "fascists".
Our grievances are distorted by the media. Our demands fall on deaf ears. We are
blamed for incidents we have nothing to do with. We are called a threat to a
free society... We are injured, jailed and murdered... Without due process...
Without reason. Sound familiar?
Why am I a Patriot? The murders of Vickie Weaver and her son at Ruby Ridge,
Idaho, were a wake-up call for countless Americans. Then there was the unGodly
atrocity of Waco, where nearly half of the 86 Christians who died a gruesome
death of flames were Black Americans. Yes, I was outraged, but I was equally
outraged when government forces fire-bombed an inner-city neighborhood of
Philadelphia in 1985, killing 11... and then there are the countless murders and
cover-ups by "law enforcement" that have become common-place in my
community... long before the first shot was fired at Waco.
Why am I a Patriot? Foreign military troops, encamped and training on U.S.
soil is reason enough for concern, however, I am much more concerned with our "law
enforcement officers" who have received their training from the military.
These "law enforcement officers" have recently become known as "peace
officers", a term all too similar to "peacekeeper" for my
comfort. As they wage their "War on Drugs", warrantless house-to-house
searches by these "peace officers" have become a common occurrence in
my community. I watch in disbelief as Black Americans -decedents of an enslaved
people,-welcome (sometimes with celebration) this "military occupation"
of our community. Some victory!
Why am I a Patriot ? I am a Patriot because many of our "Black leaders"
advocate giving up a measure of our Constitutionally guaranteed rights "for
a measure of security". So much for the Constitutional rights our Elders
fought for. Read the Constitution. Study it. Live it. It too is a part of our
heritage. It is worth fighting for... dying for. Without it, I lose my right to
vote; my right of free speech; my right to freely worship; my right of self
defense; my right to be an American.
I am a Patriot, my brother... because I have no other choice.
The Bill of Rights - Second Article in Amendment
( To the U.S. Constitution, Amendment 2 )
By Scott Vaught - Delegate District 11
Arkansas State Constitutional Convention, 1979-80
( Citizens Rights Committee )
"A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free
state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."
(Amendment Two, to the U.S. Constitution)
The popular misconception that the Regular Armed Forces of the United States
are somehow not a part of the militia, is fundamentally flawed from the first
assumption. The Constitution provides no Armed Forces of the United States,
other than that part of the Militia "Nationalized," (Regular Armed
Forces), in the service of the United States! (Article one, Section 8, Clause
16, U.S. Constitution).
To clearly see the intent of the second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,
we must first determine in context:
- Who and what is the militia?
- What is the duty of the militia?
- What is the duty of the regular armies?
- What is the nexus between the militia and the people?
- Why are Militia & People, within a single provision?
- What is: "the security of a free state?"
To answer these questions, let us examine the body of the Constitution,
Court rulings, public records and writings.
Under Article 1, Section 8, Clause 15, of the U.S. Constitution, Congress is
to: "provide" for calling forth the militia to: Execute the Laws of
the Union, suppress insurrection, and to repel an invasion. Continuing to Claus
16, Congress is to: "provide" for organizing, arming, and discipline
the Militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the
service of the United States, (i.e., Regular Armies), reserving to the States
respectively, the appointment of the discipline prescribed by the Congress.
The Constitution grants to the Congress only legislative powers. Therefore,
Congress "provides," by writing and enacting Public Law Statutes
pursuant to the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Almost without exception, members of the U.S. Armed Forces are drawn from
the Militia members of the States. The U.S. Constitution does not provide for
Regular U.S. forces other than such part of the militia members of the United
States who are drawn into the service of the United States.
Concerning Article 1, Section 8, Clause 16, thus far, Congress, the States,
and "We the People," have only partially "provided" for
implementation of this provision. That partial implementation is seen in the
creation of the State Guards, now Nationalized!
The National Guard trains and equips, only a small (token) amount, of the
People's Militia, leaving the greater multitude unorganized. It is the very
existence of this great multitude of unorganized Militia, which is contrary to
the Constitutional intent.
Thomas Jefferson wrote: " We must train and classify the whole of our
male citizens, and make military instruction a regular part of Collegiate
education. We can never be safe until this is done."
When the National Guards are deployed abroad with the Regular Armies by
order of the President, the people of the States are left with no "organized
Militia " whatsoever, with which to: "Execute the laws of the Union,
suppress insurrections and repel an invasion"; and to defend the
Constitution against domestic enemies!
This is especially so, when it is those in government offices, agencies and
departments, or those exercising Police powers, who are the domestic enemies,
when they themselves violate the Constitution, or laws made pursuant thereto.
A violation of the Constitution or Public Law is a "crime," when
committed by a private individual person. It is the duty of the Civil Police
powers to enforce the Public Law against the violator. The Crime is punishable
by the Civil police powers of the state in a Court of Law.
An act committed in direct violation of the Constitution, or Laws pursuant
thereto; by an Official or employee of the government, is an insurrection
against the Constitution or Law. Such acts often result in the "invasions"
of our secured rights protecting our persons, houses, papers, or effects; or
involve the warrantless search and seizure of our persons or property, without
due process of Law!
The Constitutional purpose for calling up the Militia ( Article 1, Section
8, Clause 15 ), is: " To execute the laws of the Union, suppress
insurrections, and repel invasions. " All Militia members whether in
service of the United States or otherwise, take the same oath: To defend the
Constitution, not to defend the government!
The Posse Comitatus Act prohibits U.S. Armed Forces from being used to
enforce Civil Laws. Since the State Guard has been Nationalized into a National
Guard, We the people are left with the remaining " unorganized "
Militia. Unorganized, as to training in the Military disciplines, and
unregulated, as to being under the control of government. It is this people's
unregulated Militia, comprised of " We the People," charged with the
Constitutional duty to: " Execute the Laws of the Union, suppress
insurrections, and repel invasions." This duty applies equally to Foreign
and Domestic enemies! Domestic enemies of the Constitution, are not only
Criminals within the society, but are Criminals within Government Departments
That part of the Militia not in service to the United States, or in the
service of the State National Guard, is the "unregulated" Militia,
comprised of every able-bodied man among the general populace of the City,
County, or State. The unregulated Militia is " We the People," acting
in our own natural persons for ourselves!
This great power to act in our own persons for ourselves, is reserved and
secured in Amendment 10, to the U.S. Constitution. The Supreme law of the Union
is the U.S. Constitution, which the Armed Forces of the United States are under
an oath to defend. The Supreme Law of a State, is the State Constitution, which
the members of the "unregulated Militia" must defend.
There is no Constitutional distinction between the duty of the Militia and
the duty of the regular Armed Forces of the United States, excepting, one
defends our Constitution, borders, and National interests abroad. The other
defends our State Constitutions, state borders, Counties, and Cities from
foreign and Domestic enemies!
The fact that Congress, the State Assemblies, and "We the People"
have not fully implemented and obeyed the Constitution concerning the People's
Unregulated Militia, does not prevent us from doing so now, by exercising our
reserved powers to act in our own natural persons, according to Amendment 10.
Our Founding Fathers were not overly concerned with the crimes of
individuals. The People have their Grand Juries, by which to indict and bind
over for trial any offender. The people themselves being armed, had the
sufficient force of arms to arrest violent offenders.
However, our Founding Fathers did not trust governments! Any government,
especially their own! King George and the British Army had made believers of the
Colonists! Thus the U.S. Constitution charges all Military personnel without
exception, with the duty to defend the Constitutions, not the Governments! In so
doing they thereby defend the lives, liberty, and property of the law-abiding
people of the states and the United States.
The Unregulated Militia is to defend the Constitution of the people of the
States, and subdivisions thereof from all Foreign and Domestic enemies; be they
Officials or Employees serving in State or Local government; or Criminals within
the general populace of the State. Both acts being an insurrection against the
Constitution, We the People, and the Laws of the Union. Additionally the
Unregulated Militia is to repel invasions, which concerning Foreign enemies
might well be the defending of the State borders. Domestically however, it would
include the unlawful search and seizures of our persons, houses, papers and
effects, without due process of law.
While there is a definite overlap in the duties of the regular Armies and
the Unregulated Militia, We be One People! We are to act together for our common
defense. Thus, the primary role of the Unregulated Militia is domestic, and only
if needed, the State and National defense.
Calling the "Unregulated Militia" the "Unorganized Militia"
is a deliberate misnomer! If any part of the Militia is "Unorganized,"
then Congress, the States and We the People, have failed in our Constitutional
duties! ( Article one, Section 8, Clause 16 ). The Constitution does not proved
for any part of the "Militia" to remain "Unorganized!" The
Militia and regular Armies are a part of the same Constitutional body! An "Unorganized
Militia" would be a paramilitary mob! The Unregulated Militia is not a para
military unit, but rather, a full-fledged Constitutionally sanctioned military
unit, from which to draw members for the State National Guard and Regular Armed
Question four. The nexus? "We the People" are the Militia! To
question five, We yield to a multitude of Historical evidence to support these
The English word "people" was derived from the Latin word "Populous"
meaning "ARMED BODY'! In the time of ancient Rome, the Romans could not
conceive of a citizen who was not a Warrior. The Roman's possession of land,
qualified him to participate in affairs of state. He had no land or political
rights until he had fought.
The concept was not alien to the ideals on which the Founding Fathers built
the American system, since they stated it as a right and a duty of every
able-bodied citizen to bear arms.
Question six, the meaning of the words: "the security of a free State?"
(within the 2nd Amendment).
The U.S. Constitution is a "Common Law" instrument. Our Founding
Fathers were well educated in Common Law. All secured Rights are Common Law
Rights. Common Law rights can only be claimed in Article III Courts of Common
Law Jurisdiction. Since the Bill of Rights is a bill "Common Law Rights,"
we must restrict the word meanings to Common Law.
From a Common Law standpoint, the word; "the secure state of one's
individual freedoms." Thus, having nothing to do with a state as a
political entity. The Constitution does not grant rights to States! The popular
misnomer "States Rights", refers to the States Constitutional
authority to exercise this or that limited power. Only a private individual
person has rights secured by the Constitution.
The American Revolution was fought, and Constitution written to restrain and
limit the powers of governments; and to secure the rights and freedoms of
individuals, out of the general powers of governments!
The second amendment, read with these Common Law meanings, evidenced in the
duty of Congress concerning the Militia, and added to the U.S. Supreme Court
rulings, concerning the Militia, would make the Second Amendment say in modern
terms: " A well organized, (meaning: Armed, trained and disciplined )
Militia, being necessary to the secure state of one's individual freedom, the
right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
Now let us look at standard Supreme Court rulings and see if we agree.
The United States Supreme Court has defined the Militia in clear and
The Militia is all males physically capable of acting for the common
defense, expected to appear bearing arms supplied by themselves, arms of the
kind in common use at the time, part of the "ORDINARY MILITARY EQUIPMENT."
U.S. v Miller (1939)
"All citizens capable of bearing arms constitute the reserve Militia...
The States cannot, even laying the Constitutional provision (Second Amendment)
out of view, prohibit THE PEOPLE from keeping and bearing arms." Presser v
The Militia Act of 1792, REQUIRES: EVERY able-bodied male" to possess a
"MILITARY STYLE RIFLE," FOR SELF DEFENSE, AND DEFENSE OF FREEDOM."
What could demonstrate more clearly the meaning and intent!?
The beauty of the second Amendment is, that it will never be needed until
they try to take it away!" (Thomas Jefferson, 1803 ).
This writing is biased, but then, so am I! I love freedom, I hate tyranny!
This writing is revolutionary, but then, the Constitution was forged in a
revolutionary war for independence. These writings are extreme! Yes, but to
every lie so is the truth!
But let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. It is best expressed in
this single truth:
"In virtually all the Nations of the World, the Constitutions and all
Military Forces protect the government, from all people of the world including
their own. But Behold America!! In Her, the Constitution and all Military Forces
protect the people, from all governments of the world, especially Her own!
God save the Republic!
In virtually all nations of the world the laws are designed to protect their
"Government," from all people of the world, even their own. In
absolute defiance of this tyranny, the American Constitution was designed using
the laws, the police, and the military to protect "the People," from
all governments of the world, especially their own!
In America all civil officers, police officers and military personnel are
under oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. The U.S. Constitution palaces
the duty to: "Execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrection, and
repel invasions," upon "the militia," not the civil government!
(Article one Section 8, Clause 15)
- The laws of the Union are the U.S. and State Constitutions, the Bill
of Rights and the laws made pursuant thereto.
- Insurrections, consist of "any combined resistance to the lawful
authority of the State, (Blacks Law, 6th Edition)." In America, that lawful
authority is the written Constitution, not the government! Thus, an "insurrection,"
is limited to an act committed by those in public office, which act is in
disregard of, or contrary to, the written Constitution. When an unlawful act is
enforced by the police, there is a combined resistance, (conspiracy), against
the written Constitution. The Constitution is the Supreme law of the land!
- An invasion is: "An encroachment upon the rights of another. "Black's
Law Dictionary, 6th edition) thus, the invasion spoken of in Constitution
context, can only be an official, though an unlawful act of the government, "invading"
our right to privacy, our persons, houses, papers or effects; the conducting of
unlawful (warrantless) search and seizures; or, depriving of life, liberty, or
property without due process.
We have been deliberately kept ignorant of or rights and duty, to act in our
own persons in the name of "We the People," expressly personified in
the "People's Unregulated Militia."
Our primary Constitutional duty is to: enforce the laws, Constitution, and
Bill of Rights upon our own government; To suppress insurrections against the
Constitution, committed by government officials and employees; and to repel
government from the unlawful invasion of our secured rights.
These are the Constitutional duties of the People's Unregulated Militia! Not
the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard, or civil police! We the People are the "home
Our founding fathers were not overly concerned with individual crimes. Their
greatest concern was the official abuse of power, and crimes committed by those
in public office! The People's Unregulated Militia is to uphold the
Constitution! Whether in support of lawful government, or in defense of the
people against unlawful acts of government!
The day now is, when we in public office will answer to the Constitution and
the people. Or, in the alternative, we will surely answer to the People's
Join with the People's Militia, help save the Republic! Keep your oath of
office! Uphold and defend the written Constitution!
"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and
bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves from the tyranny of
government!" Thomas Jefferson, President, United States of America
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