Virginia Militia

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm), that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent on me, according to the best of my abilities and understanding, agreeably to the Constitution, and laws of the United States. [So help me God]”.

                        -- Oath taken by Federal Judges

                           according to Judiciary Act 1789.

Governments are formed by the people of the state to serve and to protect them. Chris Dorsey repeatedly stresses the importance of the Natural Law by which man can never be and should never be the subject to its creation, in this case the government. Numerous government officials swear under the oath to publicly declare loyalty to the U.S. Constitution, which protects the rights and fundamental freedoms of the People. To betray a sworn oath is proclaimed treason. Unfortunately, this is the reality of the present day. 

The Virginia militia was established in 1607. It is an armed force composed of all citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia capable of bearing arms. The main purpose of the militia is a defence of a free state.


When Virginia became independent in 1776, colonel George Mason became the main author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which was published on June 12, 1776. It served as a basis for the Bill of Rights – the first ten amendments of the United State Constitution created 11 years later on September 17, 1787.


The Virginia Militia system composed of the body of the people trained to arms was compulsory until the end of the American Civil War in 1865. Although in contrary to the Virginia's Bill of Rights, after the war during the reconstruction era of state and society all-volunteer militia was forced upon the state. It became by law composed of the volunteer and the unorganized militia.


The 1771 Virginia Bill of Rights under Article I, Section 13, states:

A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defence 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.’

In order to maintain the liberties of citizens, it is absolutely necessary to maintain a state in which the citizens, as opposed to the government, regulate the armed forces. This is according to the Supreme Law of the United States, the 1787 United States Constitution and in particular the first ten amendments well known as the Bill of Rights. The second amendment of the Bill of Rights states:

‘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’.

It is important to note that the American Militia and the American People are one and the same. The father of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, George Mason, described the oneness of the Militia of the people when he states:


                                    ‘Thusly I ask, Sir, what is the Militia?

                                     It is the whole people, expect for

                                     a few public officials.’

                                                             -- George Mason 

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