“United we stand, divided we fall!”

In rereading my posts again I discovered Isaac Shelby is in the Benton Family Tree. Wow! This was a Man’s Man, a True American before, during, and after the Revolutionary War. He was an officer in the Viriginia Militia that was formed – before the rebels fired on the Red Coats. Do I need to tell our President he can DRAW UPON Shelby’s history to deal with our REAL ENEMIES – foreign and domestic. Cohen said his buddy Trump – is chump change – who is addicted to petty gangsters. He threw the Proud Boys a bone – while U.S. Intelligence kept a close eye on Putin’s designs on Ukraine.

How many understand, that if the United States declares war on Russia, then our President can declare a National Emergency – and round up those who threaten our Democracy?

When Boston Mafia Chief pulled out his gun and had it a foot from Michelle’s head, I resigned myself to the truth he could shoot us both in this black bar, and, walk out. But, he was amazed that we WHITE hippies were living in a all black neighborhood, something he and his peers – could not do. He fell in love with a hippie girl, who took his belt that contained box car numbers for drug shipments. He was in deep shit. When I approached, I made good eye contact. He knew I had guts, was a stand-up guy! When we walked out of the bar, he took out his gun – and fired it in the air!

“Come and get me – Ni_____!” Bam! Bam! Bam!

What a scared punk, I thought.

I think our President wants Trump behind bars. What are you armed gangsters going to do about it? Joe Biden knows our Government.

John Presco

Biden said Zelenskyy ‘didn’t want to hear it’ when US intelligence warned Ukraine that Russia would invade (msn.com)

  • President Joe Biden on Friday said people thought he was “exaggerating” about Russia invading Ukraine.
  • Prior to the invasion, reports said Zelenskyy thought Biden’s comments were creating panic.
  • The US national intelligence director said this week Biden declassified intel to convince allies.

Jan. 6 Committee Appears to Lay Out Road Map for Prosecuting Trump (msn.com)

For two hours on Thursday night, the House committee investigating the Capitol attack detailed what it called Mr. Trump’s “illegal” and “unconstitutional” seven-part plan to prevent the transfer of power. The panel invoked the Justice Department, citing charges of seditious conspiracy filed against some of the attackers, and seemed to be laying out a road map for Attorney General Merrick B. Garland to their central target.

Isaac Shelby – Wikipedia

Isaac Shelby (December 11, 1750 – July 18, 1826) was the first and fifth Governor of Kentucky and served in the state legislatures of Virginia and North Carolina. He was also a soldier in Lord Dunmore’s War, the American Revolutionary War, and the War of 1812. While governor, he led the Kentucky militia in the Battle of the Thames, an action that was rewarded with a Congressional Gold Medal. Counties in nine states, and several cities and military bases, have been named in his honor. His fondness for John Dickinson‘s “The Liberty Song” is believed to be the reason Kentucky adopted the state motto “United we stand, divided we fall“.

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Virginia Militia
This 1772 portrait shows George Washington in uniform, as colonel of the Virginia Militia. Note, the navy blue regimental coat, worn by the Virginia Militia during the French and Indian War, which would later be adopted by the U.S. Army as the national uniform color.
Active1607–present
Countries British America
 United States of America
 Confederate States of America
Allegiance United States of America Virginia
Branchmerged into the current Virginia Defense Force and Virginia National Guard
Typecolonial militia, state militia, state army national guard, state air national guard
RoleTo protect Virginia and the United States, from all enemies, foreign and domestic

The Virginia militia is an armed force composed of all citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia capable of bearing arms. The Virginia militia was established in 1607 as part of the English militia system. Militia service in Virginia was compulsory for all free males. The main purpose of the Crown’s militia was to repel invasions and insurrections and to enforce the laws of the colony.

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17th century[edit]

In 1623, the year following the outbreak of the first major Anglo-Powhatan War in Virginia, the Virginia General Assembly commanded, “that men go not to work in the ground without their arms; That no man go or send abroad without a sufficient partie well armed.” In 1661 Governor William Berkeley stated, “All our freemen are bound to be trained every month in their particular counties.” The British county lieutenant system was employed as the population grew; each county had a lieutenant, appointed as the county’s chief militia officer.

The militia system was originally used to defend against Native American tribes in the tidewater area. As the slave population grew in the Virginia Colony, the militia played a role in keeping slaves from running away or from revolting – through the use of militia patrollers.[1] This Virginia militia system was put to the test in 1676 during Bacon’s Rebellion. The Crown’s militia was victorious over Nathaniel Bacon who tried to seize power.

The English Bill of Rights of 1689 guaranteed colonial Virginians, as loyal British subjects, the following

French and Indian War[edit]

During the French and Indian War (1754–1763), a formal act came into effect.

WHEREAS it is necessary, in this time of danger, that the militia of this colony should be well regulated and disciplined…And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That every person so as aforesaid inlisted (except free mulattoes, negroes, and Indians) shall be armed in the manner following, that is to say: Every soldier shall he furnished with a firelock well fixed, a bayonet fitted to the same, a double cartouch-box, and three charges of powder, and constantly appear with the same at the time and place appointed for muster and exercise, and shall also keep at his place of abode one pound of powder and four pounds of ball, and bring the same with him into the field when he shall be required…And for the better training and exercising the militia, and rendering them more serviceable, Be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That every captain shall, once in three months, and oftner if thereto required by the lieutenant or chief commanding officer in the county, muster, train, and exercise his company, and the lieutenant or other chief commanding officer in the county shall cause a general muster and exercise of all the companies within his county, to be made in the months of March or April, and September or October, yearly; and if any soldier shall, at any general or private muster, refuse to perform the command of his officer, or behave himself refractorily or mutinously, or misbehave himself at the courts martial to be held in pursuance of this act, as is herein after directed, it shall and may be lawful to and for the chief commanding officer, then present, to cause such offender to be tied neck and heels, for any time not exceeding five minutes, or inflict such corporal punishment as he shall think fit, not exceeding twenty lashes…

— An Act for the better regulating and disciplining the Militia, April 1757[2]

Revolutionary War[edit]

Main article: Virginia in the American Revolution

In 1774, revolution was at Virginia’s doorstep when Royal Governor Lord Dunmore dissolved the Virginia House of Burgesses because of their support of the city of Boston against the closing of the Port of Boston by Lord North. On May 15, 1776 the Virginia General Assembly voted unanimously for independence and to have a declaration of rights drawn up. Colonel George Mason became the principal author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights which was published on June 12, 1776.[3] Mason drew from his own previous writings upon his founding of the Fairfax County Independent Company of Volunteers on September 21, 1774.[4] This company was a paramilitary organization independent of the Crown’s militia. Article 13 of the Virginia Declaration of Rights which established the militia clause as a fundamental right was based upon three solid English rights: the right to revolution, the right to group self-preservation and the right to self-defense. Under Article 13 of the Virginia Declaration of Rights he wrote:

That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.

Shortly after the Revolutionary War began, Kentucky County, Virginia was organized with George Rogers Clark as head of its local militia. Clark asked Governor Patrick Henry for permission to lead a secret expedition to capture the nearest British posts, which were located in the Illinois country. Governor Henry commissioned Clark as a lieutenant colonel and authorized him to raise troops for the expedition.[5] The Illinois campaign began in July 1778, when Clark and about 175 men crossed the Ohio River at Fort Massac and marched to Kaskaskia, taking it on the night of July 4.[6] CahokiaVincennes, and several other villages and forts in British territory were subsequently captured without firing a shot, because most of the French-speaking and American Indian inhabitants were unwilling to take up arms on behalf of the British. To counter Clark’s advance, Henry Hamilton reoccupied Vincennes with a small force.[7] In February 1779, Clark returned to Vincennes in a surprise winter expedition and retook the town, capturing Hamilton in the process. The winter expedition was Clark’s most significant military achievement.[8]

Present-day system[edit]

The Virginia militia system, as a compulsory service composed of the body of the people trained to arms as envisioned by George Mason, remained intact until the end of the American Civil WarReconstruction governments forced upon Virginia an all-volunteer militia system in opposition to Virginia’s Bill of Rights. The militia became statutorily composed of the volunteer and the unorganized militia.

In 1971, the Virginia Bill of Rights under Article I, Section 13, was changed to the following by popular vote[9]

That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.

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