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The Sword and Sovereignty: The Constitutional Principles of "the Militia of the Several States" (Constitutional Homeland Security) Multimedia CD – 2012

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The Sword and Sovereignty: The Constitutional Principles of the Militia of the several States is a comprehensive CD-ROM study-2,304 pages in length, with 6,544 footnotes and endnotes-of the constitutional and statutory history of Americas Militia, which gives special emphasis to the unique and indispensable rôle of the Militia as the institutions through which WE THE PEOPLE themselves ultimately provide, or withhold, the consent of the governed upon which this countrys form of government depends for its legitimacy. The Sword and Sovereignty derives the basic legal and practical principles of the Militia from a detailed study of the pre-constitutional Militia statutes of Rhode Island and Virginia selected, for reasons the book makes clear, as exemplars of what happened throughout America in that era. It explains how these principles are embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and how they should be applied in the operation of Americas true federal system of government-indeed, why it is Congresss and every States duty to see to the organization of, and every Americans personal duty to participate in, the Militia, more imperatively now than ever before. It exposes the dangerous fallacy in the contemporary individual-rights misinterpretation of the Second Amendment, and explains how the Supreme Courts Heller decision reduced Americans right * * * to keep and bear Arms to a level far below what their forebears enjoyed when the Constitution and Bill of Rights were ratified. And it examines ways in which revitalized Militia of the several States could, should, and if they were properly revitalized would deal with many of the most pressing contemporary problems this country faces-such as the correction of rogue public officials the supervision of the the military-industrial complex the conduct of honest elections the provision of an alternative currency, etc.

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  • CD-ROM: 2304 pages
  • Publisher: House of a Thousand Suns; First, CD-ROM only edition (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967175941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967175942
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,042,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Dr. van der Linden on February 10, 2013
On Sunday, 10 January 2013, The Daily Bell uttered a lengthy interview with Dr. Edwin Vieira on the subject of this book. From that interview the following paragraphs will be helpful for the Amazon.com visitor contemplating purchase:

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Edwin Vieira: The Sword and Sovereignty ... is a study of the actual constitutional "right of the people to keep and bear Arms" in the Second Amendment in its inextricable relation to "the Militia of the several States," as opposed to the historically inaccurate and legally indefensible so-called "individual right to keep and bear arms" on which almost all contemporary advocates of the Second Amendment fixate. I describe "the individual right to keep and bear arms" as legally indefensible because fundamentally it is a right in name only, inasmuch as it lacks an effective remedy if an highly organized and armed tyranny sets out to suppress it, whereas the true "right of the people to keep and bear Arms" exercised in the context of "well regulated Militia" is the Constitution's own preferred remedy against usurpation and tyranny in their every aspect. Even though the Second Amendment is very much the subject of contemporary political debate, I seem to be one of the very few commentators saying as much − which, in these days of rampant legal and political confusion, misinformation and disinformation, is probably very convincing evidence that I am correct.

In any event, The Sword and Sovereignty breaks down into four parts: First, an analysis of the correct manner of interpreting the Constitution.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Hultberg on February 10, 2013
On April 19, 1775, the battles of Lexington and Concord on the outskirts of Boston ignited the conflict that led to the most momentous political event of man's history - the Declaration of Independence and the birth of America. In the early morning hours of that day, a command of British troops was dispatched from Boston to search out and confiscate stores of militia weapons and supplies at Concord. On the way, they confronted a small and unimposing band of armed American militia at Lexington. The British Major John Pitcairn shouted out, "Ye villains, ye Rebels, disperse; damn you, disperse! Lay down your arms!"

The American militia were under the command of Captain, John Parker; and their orders were to remain non-antagonistic to the British. They were outnumbered by almost ten to one. So why didn't they lay down their arms when ordered to do so? "Because," says constitutional scholar Edwin Vieira, "free men with a duty to keep and bear arms never willingly lay down their arms. And at Lexington, none of them did." The heroic militia Captain John Parker warned his men, "if they mean to have a war let it begin here." And begin it did.

Importance of the State Militias

With his newest book, The Sword and Sovereignty, Edwin Vieira, Jr., has given us a magisterial work that meticulously documents the history of the early American Militias and why similar units must be revitalized today if we are to adequately confront our disintegration as a society and restore the republic that the Founders gave us. It is a book that will profoundly shock 98 percent of Americans. It is so overpowering in its legal logic and constitutional veracity that the intellectuality of Cicero and Plutarch comes to mind as one reads the prose.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Switchback Kid on February 10, 2013
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...And any other red-blooded American who wishes to preserve his country from Fascist-Marxist-Communist takeover!

Another reviewer today already mentioned the excellent interview of Dr. Vieira by The Daily Bell, found here in its entirety: [...]

If you want an in-depth view of the purpose and contents of this book, read this important interview! Then buy the CD, read the book and start educating your state legislators and officials.

If 2,000 pages is daunting, be aware that there are many footnotes and references therein. Still intimidated? Start with Dr. Vieira's other book, Constitutional Homeland Security: A Call for Americans to Revitalize the Militia of the Several States, a mere 188 pages in length.

Also visit [...] and support this documentary film currently in the making to help spread Dr. Vieira's message.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JPKirkpatrick on April 4, 2013
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Dr. Vieira did an excellent job in covering the relationship of the Constitution and our personal right (responsibility?) to defend the Constitution and personal liberty with arms.
A very good in-depth research on the subject, it might be a little heavy for some, but a must for all Patriots to the Cause of America!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan D. Becker on March 16, 2013
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In "The Sword and Sovereignty", Mr Vieira makes a compelling case for a return to the exclusive use of State Militias for assistance during emergencies and to provide for the defense of the State and nation. A tour-de-force in common sense and education about the facts regarding militias.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elijah on March 24, 2013
This Dr. Vieira's magnum opus about the Constitutional Militia. The Militia is a vital government institution made permanent by the Constitution but neglected by the Congress and the States. Revitalization of the Militia is necessary to halt the encroaching tyranny that we now face. [...]
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