“The Age Of Despotism”

past Independence Day weekend, my friend, LCDR (Retired)
Guy Cunningham, delivered an outstanding address here in
Pensacola, Florida, in which he said that America is now
in "The Age of
He went on to say that our country is soon
to enter "The Age
of Despotism."
I candidly confess that I believe the
retired Naval officer could be more right than we might
want to admit.

Commander Cunningham is no slouch. He was a Green Beret
(who served in the same Special Forces company alongside
his father and two brothers), an infantryman with the
101st Airborne Division, Navy pilot, mission commander
and analyst. He is also the author of the now-famous 29
Palms Survey. His military credentials are unassailable.
When Commander Cunningham speaks, people should listen.

Commander Cunningham revealed tremendous insight into
the stranglehold that the

Council on Foreign Relations

holds over the U.S. military by estimating that
"75% of military
admirals and generals with two stars or more have been
trained by

the CFR
." He also
came to the defense of

Michael New,

rightly honored his oath to the Constitution by refusing
to submit to the authority, uniform, and military
commanders of the United Nations when ordered to do so
by his superior officers.

Speaking of the UN, Commander Cunningham rightly
assessed the international body to be a sinister
organization that threatened the sovereignty and
independence of the United States, and from which the US
needed to withdraw. He also boldly stated that any and
all treaties made with the UN should be immediately

Commander Cunningham also highlighted the results of his
29 Palms Survey (conducted in 1994), in which more than
20% of those combat-trained Marines surveyed stated that
they would fire upon American citizens in order to
confiscate their firearms if ordered to do so and, if
required, would swear allegiance to the United Nations.
Cunningham said he feared that if those same questions
were asked of our Marines today, the percentage would be
even higher.

was Commander Cunningham`s statement that the United
States is on the verge of despotism, however, that
really grabbed my attention. If anyone should know the
ins and outs of the science of freedom and oppression,
it is Commander Cunningham. His research and analysis of
history, both American and military, gives him a keen
insight into the subject.

supporting his ominous conclusion, Cunningham noted
former President Bill Clinton`s introduction of


Presidential Directive that is still in place), which
reportedly authorizes the President to use and declare
martial law at any time, for any reason. He reminded us
of how the US military has been used several times for
action on US soil.

US military was used directly in the

government attack against the Branch Davidians

at the private residence of Mount Carmel outside Waco,
Texas. The military was stationed outside Los Angeles,
California, during the LA riots. The military was used
in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The military
even patrolled the streets of the tiny town of Geneva,
Alabama, after a man went on a short, albeit bloody,
shooting spree.

Commander Cunningham also reminded us of how President
George W. Bush virtually expunged Posse Comitatus and
set the table for despotism and martial law by signing
the USA Patriot Act into existence. As a result, we now
have an entire Army division assigned to the American
homeland, a first in US history. He noted that even FEMA
has the authority to declare martial law.

Commander Cunningham also referenced recent Department
of Homeland Security (DHS) sponsored reports that refer
to pro-life Christians, proponents of the Second
Amendment, and supporters of Ron Paul and yours truly
(along with many others) as potential terrorists. Such
gross mischaracterizations of law-abiding people–based
solely on their political views–serves only to reveal
the federal government`s willingness to both demonize
and marginalize people for the purpose of preparing the
stage for possible military and police action against
them, he said.

commander said further that his intelligence tells him
that there are Muslim terrorists already in the United
States who are planning to stage multi-city attacks,
perhaps as early as this summer. He also expressed
incredulity at the fact that our federal government
certainly knows that these Muslim terrorists have been
slipping across the southern border of the US for some
time and there has been almost no attempt by any
Presidential administration to stop them.

Commander Cunningham also expressed the fear that,
should another attack occur within our country, the
current administration would not hesitate to declare
martial law, which would almost certainly include the
confiscation of firearms. At that point, he said,
America will have entered
"The Age of

think it prudent, at this point, to make note of the
fact that it was the attempted confiscation of firearms
by the British Crown that precipitated the
"shot heard
`round the world"
and the advent of America`s War
for Independence. Until then, America`s founders were
content to use peaceful means to petition British
injuries and injustices. But when the Crown moved
against their guns, the colonists resisted with
violence, and there was no remedy but complete and
permanent separation.

Commander Cunningham`s educated prognostications
regarding the Obama administration`s intentions to
confiscate our guns and put us under some sort of
despotic rule are accurate, it is incumbent to remember
that a

British king

and a

Japanese emperor

each "awakened a
sleeping giant"
within the hearts of the American
people by attempting to render us defenseless. If, now,
a US President wants to repeat history, all he needs to
do is try and bring about
"The Age of Despotism," and he will find that the
"sleeping giant"
is still very much alive and well in the hearts of
millions of freedom-loving Americans.

We will have Commander Cunningham`s video address
uploaded to my web site soon. Watch for it


Dr. Chuck Baldwin is the
pastor of Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola,
Florida. He hosts a

weekly radio show
. His
website is