PINNACLE — The wet ground and overcast sky did not stop more than 100 interested citizens from gathering on Saturday for the NC Constitution Day Jubilee. Held outdoors at the Jomeokee Campground, the event was free to the public.
Celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution, the day was meant to show how the 228-year-old document impacts people today and get people involved with local and national organizations with a constitutional focus. According to Kevin Shinault, event organizer, attendees could “learn how to save America from Obama’s anti-constitutionalist policies and Hillary’s lying socialist welfare state.”
Constitutional experts and conservative activist leaders, Major Dave Goetz, Scott Cumbie and Bill Flynn were present, as well as radio personality Gadi Adelman.
Organizations such as the Piedmont Triad Oath Keepers, Americans for Prosperity, and the Stokes County Militia had displays and representatives to share some of the ways community members uphold the constitution.
Will Russell, Sergeant at Arms for the Stokes County Militia, explained the group’s struggle against the public misconception of rogue militia stereotypes. “We are here to serve our families, the community, and our country through preparation, emergency response, and tactical strategy,” said Russell, noting that studying the constitution and upholding all that it stands for is key to their purpose.
The main stage hosted four men of faith as the modern-day Black Robe Regiment: Pastor Rafael Cruz, who is the father of Ted Cruz; Mark Harris, who is senior pastor of the First Baptist Church in Charlotte; pastor Ron Baity, who is president of Return America; and Pastor Kevin Broyhill, senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church.
“We are a nation that is so out of balance in our economy, in our foreign policy, and in our treatment of the constitution,” said Harris to the crowd.
Sergeant Major Hamody Jasim, who is an Iraqi known as the Terrorist Whisperer, was also on hand. Jasim shared his story about putting his life on the line to capture terrorists within the Iraqi government. Blaming the United States government for their subsequent release, Jasim said, “unfortunately my country has been broke, but I am here today for only one reason. I’m asking you: Don’t let them (politicians) ruin yours.”
The small crowd cheered for the speakers and embraced the comfort of being surrounded by like-minded comrades.
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