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Just Another Gun Duel

“The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”- Samuel Adams, Massachusetts Ratifying Convention, 1788

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It has been said millions of times…guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Evidently, to many who live for simplistic solutions this nice catch phrase sounds great but it has no meaning whatsoever. Their belief is that if you remove guns from honest people you will stop massacres, crime, and all random acts of violence. They are absolutely wrong.

As has been proven in other societies, criminals do not give up merely for lack of a gun. Tasers, physical violence (with bats, foreign objects like knives or daggers) or cunning can often be employed instead. Where only one person is required to waive a gun around, two or three criminals working together offer enough of a threatening presence to achieve the goal. Also, consider that today most crimes are not the type that utilize a gun, they just steal from people by con. Identity theft is on the rise yet congress does nothing to protect citizens against the most basic collection of information by large corporations choosing instead to focus on guns. Email scams, Internet rip-offs are all out there just waiting for stronger regulation….but that would be hard.

The most obvious of all, of course, is that any laws that are passed of whatever stringency will have absolutely no affect on criminals, only on honest citizens who buy guns legitimately. Criminals do not buy guns in stores or in gun shows, they get them on the black market. No laws or regulations and no taxes to bother with on the black market. There are black market guns everywhere. Criminals don’t care if we put harsher regulations on gun ownership, as a matter of fact, it would make their lives infinitely safer and easier if innocent people cannot defend themselves! After all, even the mass killings tend to hit “soft targets” which means those places where guns are not allowed! Doesn’t that tell anyone anything??

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“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every country in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops.”– Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, October 10, 1787
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Chicago is a great example of what happens with the criminal element when you impose some of the strictest gun control in the US. The gang members and other criminals do not turn in their guns, honest citizens are left with no way to defend themselves and a city that was once wonderful now has a section that has one of the highest crime and murder rates in the nation! None of this is news, we all know it, so why are we not paying attention?
If government could protect us 100% of the time we would be 100% safe and no mass murders or crimes would ever occur.The government tells us that the police are there for our protection, but they are not everywhere all the time. As much as I respect and honor our warriors in blue, we were designed to be a country with guns and a brave people who could protect and defend themselves and their neighbors.

People, especially those in the government, tend to skip over the main reason that the founding fathers made sure that the citizens of this country would forever keep their God given right to bear arms. There was no guarantee that the new Constitution would stand the test of time. Many were very afraid that too much power had been given to the centralized federal government. They had experience with an oppressive British King and were wary of any form of it. We have our guns because a well armed populace is a bulwark against tyranny. It is true that our forefathers were closer to the land and hunted more. But make no mistake, if you read what they had to say on this issue, they were not ambivalent.

The liberals have chosen guns as an issue. However, if a disturbed, insane, evil person or a radical jihadi terrorist is determined to cause havoc and kill massive numbers of people – he does not have to use a gun! A gun is just a tool. I have friends who can shoot a bow as accurately as a gun, knives, bombs, cars, vans, eighteen wheelers, acid, poisons, etc. Jumping on the gun issue seems to be screaming at one of the symptoms when we ought to be looking at the genesis of the problem.

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“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”– William Pitt (the Younger), Speech in the House of Commons, November 18, 1783

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If You Can’t Beat ‘Em…


After a great deal of serious thought and Kafka-esque consideration I believe that perhaps Black Lives Matter and the “Antifa” movement might have a workable idea. Sanitizing our history is just a way to clean it up, a bit like we clean up our homes. We just need to all take part in the process to ensure fairness and equality, I am quite sure that if we research and work diligently together we can produce a non-offensive, easily read, beautifully crafted and well assembled history in just a few years. My esteemed grandparents would have said, “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander”.
I am very sure that our Native American citizens would support removing all statues and busts of President Jackson who ignored the Supreme Court in order to force the Cherokees down the long, painful “Trail of Tears”. He would also likely warrant having his name removed from state capitols and streets and etc. for such an egregious action. He did break numerous treaties but this was the worst sin of all in my humble opinion. He was not an honorable man.

In addition, although I am a very great admirer of those intrepid men the Kiowa named Buffalo Soldiers, there are undoubtedly a goodly number of native Americans who feel that the label carries less positivity and heroism. In consideration of those many native Americans who lost their lives to Buffalo Soldiers in defense of their homes and families, perhaps the monuments erected in honor of those first African American army units (the 9th and 10th I think) should be removed and placed inside a museum. Remember that the Indians were being Invaded.

Manzanar National Historic Site would likely also be on the list simply because it is so deeply offensive to most every American today. Manzanar was one of the ten camps set up for our Japanese American citizens during WWII. The camp housed over 100,000 people and over 100 of them died while they were imprisoned there! Those that lived built this monument, however, if it is an affront to the sensibilities of others it will naturally have to be taken down. 

On a more personal level, there are thousands of conservatives who feel that the evils of our ever expanding administrative arm of government became permanently entrenched and set forth as precedent under the guidance and leadership of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Many educated conservatives would agree with me that in spite of the good he contributed at the time, he set the stage for normalizing progressivism. He encouraged citizens to depend on the government for sustenance and he expanded the role of government in ways the Constitution does not support and never even envisioned. Why should we have statues that honor him?

These are just a few possibilities that might come up. I believe that there is a national registry of monuments and statues which could be reviewed by each and every race, religion, political group, historical society, club, citizen’s organization, etc. There might be a few monuments and/or statues left that we could all agree on! 

Everything else might be replaced with modern art…..after all, no one even knows what it is!

Double Standard?

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Looking at the current judicial approach to President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration, the courts are very outspoken about their ability to rely on his statements made during the campaign in order to determine the intent of the Orders. It may violate judicial precedent and certainly is contrary to the facts of the case, nevertheless, reason and logic has not been allowed to intrude on these Federal Court Decisions (9th and 4th Circuits) unconstitutionally removing a legal power from the executive branch.

Whether they take it now or wait until the conclusion of the Circuit Courts’ legal proceedings, eventually this issue will be facing the Supreme Court. During the campaign, at about the same period of time as President Trump’s campaign statements, one of our SCOTUS justices spoke out publicly against candidate Trump. Justice Ginsburg made some fairly extreme statements indicating that she did not like him at all. http://nypost.com/2016/07/11/ruth-bader-ginsburgs-unhinged-assault-on-trump/

Since judges are required to recuse themselves in circumstances like these, and although Supreme Court Justices are exempted, there is really no good reason why this should be so. If anything, recusal should be mandatory for justices also. The cases they decide are far too important and affect far too many lives to be decided with any justice who is too biased, opinionated or Politically motivated to objectively evaluate the facts, weigh the merits fairly or render a logical Constitutionally based decision. It is bad enough that Justice Ginsburg actually feels such animus, but it is beyond concerning when she cannot keep her mouth shut about it in front of the media.

So, (to quote my grandparents) what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Or maybe we should change judicial thought and say, what is said in the campaign stays in the campaign!

Give Me Liberty…..

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For as William Lloyd Garrison opined:
“I am aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or to speak, or write, with moderation. No! no! Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; — but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest — I will not equivocate — I will not excuse — I will not retreat a single inch — AND I WILL BE HEARD.”

It seems to be of no significance which party wins any election. Regardless of outcome, all of the political debate, the government’s decisions and movements, the ways and means of making decisions, everything that actually makes the government tick is manipulated skillfully by the democrats. The republicans do not fight this manipulation, in fact, the louder the message is which originates with the Democratic Party and their “talking heads” the more likely the Republicans are to give in to the pressure. After seeing this machine in action since election night, it has totally changed my mind about that party and its motives. 

Although the Democratic Party presents itself as a great representative of the people constantly keeping the government honest and diligently pursuing justice, in truth democrats have shown themselves to be totally corrupt, mindlessly in pursuit of power and deliberately blind to the negative consequences. Furthermore, the democrats have demonstrated repeatedly that they do not care about this country, its Founding Documents, our history or our culture and traditions. 

Time after time the Democratic Party has openly displayed its character for all to see, putting forth Hillary Clinton for president even when there was enough evidence made public to convict her of numerous federal violations, no republican could have, or ever would have, used the IRS to target democratic organizations in an effort to damage the opposing party, what president has ever just ordered that our borders not be enforced and that illegals be allowed in? There were so many things that Obama did that upset and distressed conservatives, republicans, libertarians, independents and free thinkers. In addition to what I have mentioned already there is “fast and furious”, Clinton’s State Department access for pay scandal, Clinton’s uranium deal with Russia, the lies told about the Iran treaty and hiding all of the secret side deals from the Congress and the people and etc.

Yet, except for Benghazi, not one investigative committee convened. No hordes of republicans took to the streets burning cars and smashing out building Windows. No republicans formed groups to attack democrats. Obama’s cabinet nominees were approved relatively quickly as were his decidedly liberal Supreme Court Judges. On most legislation, but not all, Republicans either worked with, negotiated with or just gave in to Democrats. Obama’s threatened veto on any potential bill was mighty indeed!

President Trump seems to be treated differently by the media and certainly by the Democratic Party. A Harvard Professor just finished a study and reported that the way in which the media has gone after Trump, trying to destroy him, is literally unprecedented! Never before has the media machine operated in concert together with such a singular purpose of the personal destruction of a legitimately elected president. He is denigrated, obstructed, laughed at, misrepresented and misquoted. His words are deliberately lifted out of context and twisted out of all relationship to what he originally meant. He is presumed a liar and a cheat while he is working nonstop to make America a better place for her citizens. To add insult to injury, his own party is not being all that helpful in Congress.

President Trump is making an excellent start on his term. He has signed new trade deals bringing jobs to our shores and has also issued executive orders which get rid of onerous and excessive government regulations and this too means more jobs. He has worked hard to promote American Industry, reform the tax code which will hopefully pass soon, to straighten out the health system and to turn back the tidal wave of illegal immigrants flooding across our southern border. 

President Trump has certainly shown a talent if not pure genius in foreign affairs. Trump may be unappreciated at home, but our allies absolutely do appreciate him and seem to understand him much better than we do. Isn’t it interesting that the president who our media fawned over constantly managed to damage our relationships with almost every ally. The Saudi Arabians said that they had been waiting for Trump for eight years. The judges (read Democratic Party and liberal) in the two circuits that claim Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration was issued because he was biased against Muslims should feel like total idiots now!

Always, though, facts will be ignored, buried, covered up or otherwise twisted or changed. The Democratic Party is perfectly willing to lie, threaten, destroy and commit fraud to win elections. How then can we not acknowledge that they have become more of a criminal enterprise than a political party? We cannot allow this continuing manipulation of the dialogue through the media, the persistent changing of the values and the belief systems of our young people through the liberal teachings of academia and the ever increasing rise of liberal intolerance for any other point of view. No one will stop this, no one will save us, no one is responsible for maintaining our freedom but us! In the end, each generation must fight to preserve the Liberty that we all consider our birthright. As the disaster in Venezuela has so brutally demonstrated, tyranny with all of its misery and suffering is never more than a generation away. (I wish I could remember who said that!)

We should not be watching Trump fight for us on TV. We should do whatever we can do to help!

Would Someone Please Say for the Record…

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  • Comey was NOT leading “the investigation” or any other investigation. He was the leading the entire FBI, for heaven’s sake, those that lead each investigation report to him or his deputy, but he has too many responsibilities, is supervising too many projects and has too many duties to spend all or even most of his time and/or energy on one area or project. Does anyone posses common sense?
  • To make the assumption that President Trump fired Comey because of “the investigation” without evidence is insane. It is especially so when Deputy Director McCabe who is currently acting as director until a new one is chosen, testified in committee last week that not only did the FBI have all the resources it needed but that nothing had been done to interrupt or impede the progress of the investigation and that it was continuing. Obviously, if President Trump intended to stall or stop “the investigation” firing Comey would NOT have been his best choice. (A little like trying to put out a kitchen fire with a glass of water) It all depends on who he chooses to replace Comey. There is enough there to justify this action, now the media should back off and wait to see who the new nomination will be.
  • This random group of extremist liberals who claim to be mental health professionals, yet violate the McGovern rule as well as the standards of care and the ethical standards of psychiatrists and psychologists, who have dedicated themselves to bringing down President Trump by attacking his mental stability would be insanely funny if they were not so intently serious! I saw one of these characters being interviewed recently and it literally dropped my jaw! Common sense should tell you that no diagnoses could ever be made of any person’s mental condition based on public persona. None of these alleged professionals have ever even met President Trump!! We may all have opinions on the reasons behind the unbelievable things that politicians do…..but we do not put our opinions out into the marketplace of ideas while legitimizing those opinions by calling them facts by virtue of degrees or titles after the names of the authors. Every profession has its fringe, those who walk the line or just never get caught. The names are out there and they are doing unethical things, where is the profession?
  • People are so accustomed to the liberal slant of the mainstream media that they do not even realize how very much they are being manipulated just by what that media chooses to cover and discuss. Some of the things that are the most important to the people, trade deals that will mean more production and more jobs etc., are either not mentioned or buried in favor of any political dirt or rumor. Most of the media is out of control and cannot stand up to a simple consumer fact check!
  • It is NOT ACCEPTABLE for the party that loses a presidential election to spend the entire next four years tearing apart the country, telling bald face lies, trying to manufacture impeachment circumstances and conditions, setting up war rooms to take the legitimately elected president down (see mental health comments above), funding riots and violent protests, encouraging illegal activities such as easing the way for illegals to vote and registering them as well. Every day in every branch of government the democrats are blocking, attacking and slowing down the agenda that the people put President Trump into office to accomplish. Some things that Soros and the Democrats do almost verge on subversive and treasonous. They say things that have no relationship to reality and they act like they do not have good sense. There is no question but that they put loyalty to and success of party ahead of loyalty to, prosperity and safety of our country. Each year the Democratic Party seems to get more violent, more extreme, more demanding that we give up our American Heritage, culture and values. There is something really wrong with the Democratic Party.
  • Where are the Republicans? On the other hand, Republican politicians are mostly divided into conservatives and the “how’s it gonna make me look” crowd (aka: establishment crony types). Unfortunately, we seem to have more of the latter and for the last too many years they have kept themselves very busy avoiding conflict, bad publicity, dancing around controversial issues, ensuring they have proper election funding and time to campaign and protection from the laws that they pass for everyone else. Oh, don’t get me wrong, both parties are guilty of this but Republicans have been elected time and time again to stand up and do the right thing regardless of whether it is hard, controversial or publicly popular. We need a Republican Party with principles and a backbone or we need some other party.
  • We did not have an independent prosecutor with any of the Obama scandals: guns being run into Mexico to the drug cartels (1+ deaths), Benghazi (4 deaths), use of the IRS to suppress political opposition or for any of the other arguably illegal acts. Therefore, it is not logical that we need an independent criminal prosecutor simply because the democrats do not like President Trump. Congress needs to focus on healing and helping this nation move forward until some sort of evidence says otherwise. 

    60% of Refugee Arrivals Since Judge Halted Trump’s Order Come From 5 Terror-Prone Countries

    By Patrick Goodenough | February 16, 2017 | 4:20 AM EST

    60% of Refugee Arrivals Since Judge Halted Trump’s Order Come From 5 Terror-Prone Countries

    (CNSNews.com) – Sixty percent of the refugees admitted into the United States since a federal judge halted President Trump’s executive order designed to prevent “foreign terrorist entry into the United States” originate from five of the seven countries identified by the administration and its predecessor as most risky.

    Of the total 2,576 refugees resettled in the U.S. from around the world since U.S. District Judge James Robart’s February 3 restraining order, 1,549 (60.1 percent) are from Syria (532), Iraq (472), Somalia (363), Iran (117), and Sudan (65). No refugees have arrived from the other two applicable countries, Yemen and Libya.
    Of the 2,576 refugees to have arrived since Feb. 3, 1,424 (55.3 percent) are Muslims – 817 Sunnis, 132 Shi’ites, and 475 refugees self-identified simply as Muslims, according to State Department Refugee Processing Center data.
    Of the refugees hailing from the specified countries of terrorist concern, Muslims accounted for the overwhelming majority of those admitted in all cases except for Iran.

    Muslims comprised 99.6 percent of the admissions from Syria; 73.5 percent of those from Iraq; 99.7 percent of those from Somalia; and 93.8 percent of those from Sudan. Of the Iranian refugees admitted, by contrast, only 9.4 percent were Muslims, while just under 60 percent were Christians of various denominations. Trump’s Jan. 27 order barred entry to the U.S. of all refugees for 120 days; prohibited entry to refugees from Syria indefinitely; and blocked all entry – immigrant and non-immigrant – by nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen for 90 days. (The order does not itself name the seven countries, referring instead to “countries referred to in section 217(a)(12) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(12).” 

    That law, signed by President Obama in Dec. 2015, required additional security for arrivals from Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Sudan and any other country designated by the Department of Homeland Security as a source of legitimate terrorism concerns. Two months later Obama’s DHS added Somalia, Yemen and Libya to the list of “countries of [terrorist] concern.”)
    In the week between Trump’s inauguration and his Jan. 27 executive order, a total of 2,090 refugees were admitted to the U.S., of whom 918 (43.9 percent) were from the identified countries: 296 from Syria, 218 from Iraq, 211 from Somalia, 155 from Iran, 37 from Sudan, one from Yemen and none from Libya.

    The following seven-day period – from the day of the executive order to the day before the judge’s restraining order – only 19 refugees were admitted from the countries of concern (18 Somalis and one Iraqi, all but two arriving on the actual day of the order). Those 19 comprised just 2.2 percent of the total 861 arrivals over that period.

    The next week, from Feb. 3 to Feb. 9, saw 1,180 refugees arrive, 882 (74.7 percent) of whom were from the countries of concern.

    Last Saturday, Trump tweeted that 77 percent of refugee admissions since Robart’s ruling, which was subsequently upheld on appeal, “hail from seven suspect countries.” (The actual figures at that time, according to the Refugee Processing Center data, were 402 refugees from Syria, 340 from Iraq, 155 from Somalia; 115 from Iran; 38 from Sudan; and none from Yemen or Libya, amounting together to 71.7 percent of the total admissions.)

    Since then the proportion of refugees from the countries of concern has declined somewhat, although the countries continue to account for a disproportionate number of the total contingent of refugees admitted since Feb. 3.
    While those five countries alone – Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia and Sudan – have provided 60.1 percent of the refugee arrivals from Feb. 3 until today, another 22 countries have together accounted for the remaining 39.9 percent.
    Those 22 countries are Afghanistan (25), Bangladesh (2), Bhutan (96), Burma (147), Burundi (2), Central African Republic (12), China (1), Cuba (17), Democratic Republic of Congo (347), El Salvador (23), Eritrea (48), Ethiopia (15), Honduras (3), Moldova (10), Pakistan (24), “Palestine”(2), South Sudan (6), Russia (22), Tanzania (1), Uganda (4), Ukraine (213) and Vietnam (8).

    Apart from the majority of 1,424 Muslims, other religions represented among the refugees admitted since Feb. 3 include Christians, (including Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox and evangelicals, from countries including Iraq, Iran, DRC, Ukraine and Burma), Buddhists (mostly from Bhutan), Hindus (from Bhutan), Baha’i (from Iran), Yazidis (from Iraq) and Ahmadis (from Pakistan).

    The Amazing Media

    I just heard a commentator state that President-elect Trump will be a serious threat to the First Ammendment. After lamenting the unconstitutional ouster of certain news agencies from his press entourage there was a general rant on his episode with Megyn Kelly and his staff’s reference to reorganization of the daily press briefing and etc…

    The first thing I would have liked to loudly vocalize at the TV (I am trying to be nice to idiots in 2017) is that if President-elect Trump restricts the access of any media outlet or kicks any journalist off of his entourage, it has nothing to do with the First Ammendment. The Bill of Rights exists to protect citizens from government tyranny and oppression. It gives us certain rights that the government is not allowed to violate or take away. With that being said, the First Ammendment was written to insure that the government does nothing to stop a person from speaking out on any subject they choose. The application of the Ammendment has been expanded to include other things but that basic explanation is still appropriate. Your employer can limit your freedom of speech, your school can limit your speech but the government cannot arbitrarily restrict your freedom of expression. Note that there are exceptions to this, as in everything, military, foreign service, etc.

    If Trump refuses to talk to any one or more news organizations or if he ostricizes a particular journalist, it in no way violates the First Ammendment! He is not preventing them from writing or saying anything they please. He is not holding them prisoner so that they cannot report to their home offices. In fact, he is doing the only thing he can do in the face of unfair and dishonest journalism. There is nothing unconstitutional about cracking a journalist’s ego and letting them know that you do not need them to communicate with the American people!

    The msm has become an elite club of worthless hangers-on who know very little and contribute less. They are so out of touch and disconnected from normal citizens living in the bulk of the country that they actually believe they have some kind of influence or impact on the way most people think. The saddest and most obvious problem that they have, though, is their blatant assumption that everyone in “flyover country” is rather simple and stupid enough to believe whatever they tell us. 

    The media has not been on the front lines in defending our liberty or our rights, if anything they have joined with the liberals and the Democratic Party (as well as the government) in working to erode them. As a result, I suppose it is almost humorous to watch as they flounder in ignorance when they even try to talk about the first, and some would say the most important, of those absolute rights. 

    There is much to criticize about the media, they provide ample material. I would sincerely enjoy making a few more points but in the interest of New Year’s precedents, I will keep it short. I hope everyone has a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

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