A Refresher Course in the Second Amendment from Hollywood?

These days our entertainment sector has taken to producing fantasies that reflect what has become the deep commitment to America’s demise, evidently shared by many of its elitist powers-that-be. Their shows and theatrical productions often flay contemporary Christ-followers for refusing to surrender the God-endowed natural rights of the family. Or for stubbornly defending the primordial right-to-life of humanity’s nascent posterity.

Since the meaning of God-endowed right defines the core of America’s articulated national identity, it’s not possible to turn against it without neglecting and disparaging our identity. This has taken the form of whipping up a frenzy against those in previous generations who rejected God-endowed rights in favor of injustices like slavery. Now the anti-American elitists mean to impose abuses of their own (e.g., the legal enslavement of God-endowed conscience in order to enforce respect for homosexuality; or dissolving the God-endowed bonds of family that hold parents responsible for the right rearing and moral instruction of their offspring.

The declining viewership for the movie industry’s annual orgy of self-congratulation may indicate Americans are growing weary of Hollywood’s preference for validating movies antithetical to the understanding of God-endowed rights, rooted in primordial moral obligation, on which our constitutional self-government depends. Reports as to that possible decline had me thinking about past films that showed greater respect for that understanding, and the people whose lives first declared and carried it into action.

One of them has particular relevance to the war now being waged against the American people when it comes to being prepared to act for themselves in defense of their homes, and places of work and worship.

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Drums along the Mohawk” (1939) showcases Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert, in the role of newlyweds destined to endure a baptism of fire as the American Revolutionary war begins. In that era upstate New York, where they ventured to build their new household together, was still the American frontier. With the battles breaking out settlers, mostly British and Dutch, had to fear attacks from forces under British direction, that mostly consisted of Native American warriors, allied with the British King during the so-called “French and Indian” War.

Because of this context, the movie provides lucid illustrations of what the word “militia” meant to the generation of American patriots who went through the War for Independence. It will also introduce contemporary audiences to what past Americans understood to be the good character of people anti-American agents of the elitist faction are now determined to defame or caricature as white racist slaveholders, patriarchal tyrants or delusional Christian fanatics.

Instead of such tendentious calumnies, the movie portrays ordinary folks—flawed, decent and mostly God-fearing people, whose sense of what they owe to God and one another, fueled with both familial love and neighborly affection, produces extraordinary grit, loyalty and courage. All Americans in our past certainly didn’t fit this mold. But many of them certainly did, else all the evils the elitist faction anti-Americans continually harp on would have determined the outcome of every battle waged to extended respect for God-endowed rights to more and more of our people, as the complexion of the nation changed to reflect an increasingly diverse confluence of races, nationalities and former ways-of-life.

From the beginning of the film the role of the militia is instructively presented. Able bodied males, age 16-60, are required to serve. They gather at the fortified town on a regular basis to drill. Unwarranted absence is subject to a fine. When the call goes out, they are expected to drop whatever they’re doing, father their kit, and report to the fort. Anyone fails to muster during an emergency is liable to be hanged.

They are sometimes called into service to work with regular forces in the Continental army. But the last episode of war depicted in the film is especially relevant to the local threats now increasingly common in the ongoing terrorist/elitist faction bid to overthrow our constitutional self-government. It comes after peace has apparently prevailed for some time. Crops await the harvest. People have settled into the ordinary routine of work, worship and occasional festivities that bespeaks contentment. Suddenly a Native American convert to Christ appears to war that a British/Native American force is approaching, bent on taking the fort.

The alarm sounds. Battle is soon joined. After the first day’s battle it becomes clear that someone must run for help to the Fort, several hours away. The first volunteer is captured by the enemy and burned to death in sight of the villages wooden fortifications. The Henry Fonda character volunteers to take his place, brashly certain that he can outrun any “Indian” sent after him. As it turns out, three are sent in pursuit. The scene shifts to the embattled villagers. The hours have passed. Relief from the Fort should have arrived. The enemy’s forces are reduced, but they mount a final all out assault. It seems that all is lost—

Of course, Americans in future generations are in no suspense about the result. We can’t say they lived happily ever after- But we do know they live to work, celebrate, worship, face hardship and war as a free people, more and more inclined to free others in their ‘midst, provided they were willing to act with courage to pursue the right, ‘as God gives us to see the right’.

I highly recommend “Drums Along the Mohawk” as a timely refresher course in what the Second Amendment is really about. It is also a timely warning that the threat we face does not simply arise from guns in the hands of our citizens, nor will it simply be dispelled by them.

What matters more is what is in our hearts, and in our habits—and whether we heed the 2nd Amendments stated aim, to assure that our armed, able bodied citizens with arms are organized, practiced and prepared to confront whatever threats arise, at least for long enough to permit professional forces to arrive. Today that is likely to be a matter of minutes. But, as Florida shows, in that time more people may be killed by one or a few individuals than in several hours of siege by several hundred attackers in 1776. But the key to local survival is still to contain the enemy and engage their attention in defending their own lives. A few members of a well-regulated militia, drilled to do what is needful, and armed, acting in good faith, will save many lives. And each time they do, more Americans will learn to trust in their own character and courage, as required if we are to continue the decent freedom that is our God-endowed, unalienable right of liberty.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Barb Wire.

Dr. Alan Keyes
Once a high-level Reagan-era diplomat, Alan Keyes is a long-time leader in the conservative movement. He is well-known as a staunch pro-life champion and an eloquent advocate of the constitutional republic, including respect for the moral basis of liberty and self-government. He has worked to promote an approach to politics based on the initiative of citizens of goodwill consonant with the with the principles of God-endowed natural right.

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