24 thoughts on “The Word From the Trenches – February 9, 2018

  1. 46 now (44 w/c, but I just went out for a smoke… it feels colder than that), 50 hi, 33 lo. Got some of that wet stuff this early morning… it’s been very scarce lately.

  2. Such important info. Thank you.

    Got me wondering if any other individual or organization refers to the so-called “amendments” as articles. I’ve only heard that here.


    1. They did here long ago, but the Bill of Rights referred to as articles is pretty much non existent, except for here.


      Article the first … After the first enumeration required by the first article of the Constitution, there shall be one Representative for every thirty thousand, until the number shall amount to one hundred, after which the proportion shall be so regulated by Congress, that there shall be not less than one hundred Representatives, nor less than one Representative for every forty thousand persons, until the number of Representatives shall amount to two hundred; after which the proportion shall be so regulated by Congress, that there shall not be less than two hundred Representatives, nor more than one Representative for every fifty thousand persons.

      Article the second … No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.

      Article the third … Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

      Article the fourth … 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.

      Article the fifth … No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

      Article the sixth … The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

      Article the seventh … No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

      Article the eighth … In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

      Article the ninth … In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

      Article the tenth … Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

      Article the eleventh … The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

      Article the twelfth … The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

      Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg, Speaker of the House
      John Adams, Vice-President of the United States and President of the Senate

      Attest John Beckley, Clerk of the House of Representatives
      Sam. A. Otis Secretary of the Senate

      1. Thanks Mark!! Wow, it will take some time for me to break this down since the numbers do not match with the Bill of Right’s numbering.

        I can just imagine the fight back then. Must have been a breaking-point tension. What would we have done without the Anti-Federalists? I guess one could say we are in their debt, along with those on the battlefield who gave everything for freedom.

        The debt comes with such great responsibility. I know the choir already knows this, but it’s a growing reality I feel inside myself that wants to make sure the Anti-Federalists’ efforts were not in vain just because no one took up the torch.

        It’s A Shivley Moment dawning where all other concerns move to the back burner and the true priority is glaringly clear: Bill of Rights: the way out, the road forward.

        Again, Mark, Thank you!!


        1. ‘It’s A Shivley Moment dawning where all other concerns move to the back burner and the true priority is glaringly clear: Bill of Rights: the way out, the road forward.’ ….yes galen, the Bill of Rights/ Common Law is our only salvation

          1. Mark, that word (“leader”) scares me. I can’t fully explain why right now, have to think about it. It may be from old scars from years past when I was a follower. I think of Henry as a true revolutionary and a teacher. He helps me become my own leader. Maybe “revolutionary” and “teacher” aren’t the best words but they’re all I can come up with right now. I’ve often heard him say, “I can’t do it for you. Each individual has to take care of his own life.” Of course I paraphrase, but that was the gist of it. That said, I am learning so much from him, and have great trust and respect for him, and you as well, and quite a few of the trenchers. I just consider the whole thing a blessing.


          2. Somebody has to guide us, Henry has done a pretty damn good job of it. We can procrastinate and wither, or we can march forward.

            Henry has spent his life marching forward with the truth, show me who else.

            You choose.

            Sure there are others, but you frequent here daily, why? We both know why don’t we.

  3. Galen, I do not like that term leader for a couple of reasons. If I identify someone as a ‘leader’ it implies I am the follower. I have spent many years deprogramming myself from all the bull$hit lies placed upon me whether knowingly (school, church, politics etc.) or unknowingly (parents…) In my opinion to identify someone as a leader has the potential to place an undue burden on that individual as well as making him/her a target. To quote you ‘I think of Henry as a true revolutionary and a teacher. He helps me become my own leader’. That says it for me. Mark, you hit the nail on the head in your response ‘guide’. I think that is a befitting description for Henry; a ‘guidance counselor’. I come here every day not only because I continue to learn from Henry but I admire his unwavering approach to Truth. Not since my dad have I known such a man of integrity. Heaven forbid if the oy boys take this site off the air. It would be a huge detriment however thanks to Henry I would not be lost. 🙂

    1. Thanks Mark and Mary. I’m glad we had this little discussion. At least we’re not a bunch of nodding heads but come at things from who we are and from our own life experiences – and I know we’ve had some experiences (grin).

      Oh the words we choose…

      Now what’s that old saying of sweet and innocent Juliet?… “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” In other words, who one is rises above anyone’s definition.

      Okay, on we go. I hope a certain someone got a kick out of this conversation.



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