April 15, 2013
You'd expect me to talk about taxes on a day like this, and I will, but what's been on my mind lately are the attacks by our own government against it's own citizens. So, let me start with that, and I'll attack taxes last....
The States insisted on certain protections in the Constitution before they'd ratify it, and the result are the first 10 amendments, appropriately known as the "Bill of Rights". Did you ever wonder why they were presented in the order they were? The reason is simple: They presented them in the order of their importance. Ask yourself this question: What are the first things tyrants eliminate or severely limit to enslave their country's citizens? Speech and the ability to protect oneself from oppression. Now, I think the only time there was a room full of more intelligent people than when our Founders crafted the Constitution is when Christ was assembled with His disciples - and truth be know, that would have been true if His disciples had not been there - but I digress. I do, however, believe that the First and Second Amendments should have switched places.
We live in a day when we are under constant attack by the very people we elected to represent us, and who all swore an oath to protect the very Constitution they are now trying to shred. Even those from our own state, one of the most conservative in the nation, are wavering, and that's what's so scary. I don't know if we have failed miserably in educating our citizens on what freedom actually is and what it takes to preserve it (which, of course, we have!), or if we've allowed our representatives to become a ruling class with their own agendas where their own positions and power have superseded their obligations to those who elected them in the first place. Actually, both are the case, and it's the perfect storm for tyranny.
The truth is, that all the other protections in our Constitution are dependent upon our ability to keep our government honest, which means that the entire Constitution ultimately depends upon the protection provided by the Second Amendment. In other words, the Second Amendment is not about hunting or "home protection". Those are just by-products. The Second Amendment is about tyranny, and our protection from it - pure and simple. Now, that tyranny may come from the outside, as in World War II, or it may come from the inside, as from DHS, FBI, CIA, ATF, NSA, and the Congress/President/Courts that spawned all these three-letter dangers.
However, we cannot diminish the importance of the freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment. Without the ability to speak up, to assemble, and to tell our own government just what we think, utilizing our Second Amendment rights would be hard as well, so I'll give the Founders kudos for getting the first two right! And, when you think about it, our Founders, almost to a man, understood that without our faith in our Creator, and the fact that our rights are given by Him, and NOT the government, we'd have doomed ourselves earlier. Our retreat from God is, in fact, the real reason we're in the mess we're in. A faithful people would never have allowed this in the first place!
Recently our own Senator voted to allow debate on a measure to further erode our rights under the Second Amendment. Here's a question: Why would you even allow a debate on a measure whose purpose is to limit our freedom? That, in and of itself, is a violation of the Oath of Office!!! Now, you can give all the excuses you want ("the Senate's job is to deliberate", etc.) but the fact is that passage of a measure, no matter how watered down, infringes (and that's the Constitutionally-operative word here) on our rights to keep and bear arms. So why would even want to debate that? Just say "NO!", and move on. I am truly saddened, offended, and extremely disappointed at how men who once were staunch supporters of our rights would allow themselves to be swayed. If there ever was an example of the need for term limits - here it is!
Now - taxes. This is easy. The IRS is a criminal enterprise where we are presumed guilty and must prove ourselves innocent. The fact that you are forced to sign a document every April 15th that carries with it the penalty of perjury is tyrannical in and of itself. The Founders did not allow taxation the way it is being done now, and would all be horrified at what we've allowed to take place for the last 100 years. On this, the 100th anniversary of the income tax, I would hope to convince as many people as possible that we should repeal the 16th amendment and raise revenues another way. Might I suggest the Fair Tax, which raises revenue the fair way, and in a way that is Constitutionally faithful.
We are in perilous times, people. Wake up and do something!!!!
Monday, January 28, 2013
I only wish I was this articulate:
Good letter from Sandy Hook
This letter was forwarded to Barack Obama, John Boehner, Chris Murphy, Dick Blumenthal, Elizabeth Esty, and Harry Reid
To the Editor:
I live in Sandy Hook, CT. My family and close friends weren't harmed on December 14. That day impacted 26 families with an indescribable, staggering pain and anguish. For most of Sandy Hook, it merely affected us with an inescapable intensity of sadness and grief. Gun control has long been a focus of many in this country. Though I'm not knowledgeable of all the nuances of the Second Amendment, based on the Founding Fathers' circumstances, it had far more to do with enabling the citizenry to protect themselves against tyrannical government than against local psychopaths. It is about providing a balanced firepower so when King George's successor came knocking on your door, you could fight back. Government today is no less inclined to abuse its authority than it was then. Based on the absurd and ongoing power grab that is present day Washington, it's as threatening as ever.
That so many of you view the NRA with its resistance to further restrictions on firearms as intransigent lunatics has far more to do with how you conduct yourselves in office than it does with the NRA's actions. You in public office are fundamentally dishonest people. You lead lives of deception at every turn, structuring your lives as comfortably as you can while governing with an indifference and arrogance that is absolutely maddening. When the country is reeling from financial disaster, you waste a trillion dollars on a health care bill we can't afford and you've never read. You claim it's critical because health care costs are killing this country... no they're not, you are! You are killing this country. You endorse the ongoing slaughter of millions of unborn children and whine when terrorists are water boarded. You can't lecture us in Newtown High School about not doing enough to keep our children safe, while simultaneously slaughtering the unborn. You fabricate the intense, media laden drama of the fiscal cliff and lack the courage to do anything about truly reforming the obscene gluttony of government. You know you'll be out of office before the bill comes due you don't care and have no integrity nor honor. You lie whenever and wherever you need to to move forth your agenda. Were you able, you would purge the US of guns every last gun in the country, if you could. So please forgive Wayne LaPierre and those of us who don't trust you as far as we can spit. You're a dishonest lot, motivated by a distorted worldview. If mass murder prevention were truly your goal, you would welcome armed security wherever needed. It is outrageous that we protect our money with far more firepower than we protect our children.
I have never owned a gun, nor wanted to as intensely as right now. You'll stop restricting guns when only you have them.
4 Chestnut Knoll Drive
January 8, 2013
This gentleman has pinpointed the problem, and you and I are to blame. As long as we elect the least-objectionable liars to office, we'll be under the constant threat of tyranny. Do we not have anyone who will serve with the country's best interests at heart, and subvert their own desire to remain in office? I strongly suspect if we elected capable people to office who would stand for the truth regardless of the consequences, they might be surprised at their ease of re-election. Maybe not, but the legacy they would leave would be tremendous. Either way, we are, at a minimum, ill-served, and potentially in danger of losing our freedoms completely piece by piece.
Are we ever going to wake up? At least Mr. Duffy has!!!
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Today, President Obama and Vice-President Bullwinkle announced their proposals for curbing gun violence, and surprise, surprise, they want to further erode the Second Amendment protections guaranteed (supposedly, as it now seems) by the Constitution. In his usual condescending tone, he told his minions he "respect[ed] our strong tradition of gun ownership and the rights of hunters and sportsmen." Well, that's nice, oh King, but that's the least of the reasons for the Second Amendment.
Now, I know nobody in modern America is familiar with the Federalist Papers, and the writings of the Founders explaining our rights under the Constitution, but our lack of history is what has put us in this position. If we understood the historical reasons for the rights we have, we would never let anyone take them away from us - even in the name of safety. The Founders made the point over and over that a Federal Government was a dangerous animal, and never to be trusted with anything but the minimum authority necessary to keep the nation free. That's not only the reason they constructed it to be inefficient, but to place no one person or one group in a place of too much authority. It has taken over 200 years to thwart that construct, but even at that, We the People still have the authority and power (at least at this point in time) to reverse all the abuses that have accumulated since our inception.
The Second Amendment was not placed there for hunters. It was placed there as the last line of defense against a government that would enslave its own people. The Founders were students of history and they recognized that every government that had ever been established eventually turned on its own citizens. Why? Because governments are nothing but collections of imperfect individuals with their own interests that eventually are placed above the citizens they supposedly serve, not to mention those who were tyrants from the get-go!
So, whether that is their intent or not, the end result of watering down our Second Amendment rights will be tyranny. History proves this over and over, and the Founders were clear. While there are several quotes from them to prove that point, here are just a few:
George Mason, co-author of the Second Amendment:
"I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety."
"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government."
And this from Abraham Lincoln, a man King Obama purports to admire:
"We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution."
As for what should be our focus in not only this discussion about violence, but about all the ills that infect our society, John Jay, our first Chief Justice knew the answer:
"No human society has ever been able to maintain both order and freedom, both cohesiveness and liberty apart from the moral precepts of the Christian religion....Should our Republic ever forget this fundamental precept of governance this great experiment will then be surely doomed."
So, let's get our thinking straight once and for all. Any dilution of our rights, Second, First, doesn't matter, is another step in the direction of our eventual return to slavery. There are always those out there who think they know better than the rest of us, and work to impose their enlightened understanding. These people are educated beyond their understanding, and lacking in the most necessary ingredient necessary for leadership - wisdom.
Look, time is fleeting to take a stand. We've given up our rights to pray when and where we want, to spend our own money in the way we want and to be free from government coercion (16the Amendment), and our right to even survive if our parents are too inconvenienced by our very existence. Slowly but surely we are surrendering our rights to a class of elitists who begin their public life by immediately violating their oath of office. At some point, and that time is swiftly approaching, we will no longer be in a position to stand. My favorite quote from Reagan:
"This is the last stand on Earth....If we lose freedom here, there's no place else to escape to"
Stand or fall - your choice.
Wednesday, November 28
So. The hand-wringing and finger-pointing began around 11:00 p.m. on election night when it became obvious that Mitt Romney had (get ready for a shocker) lost the election to Barry - the second time in a row the lad from Kenya had slaughtered the best the Republicans thought they had. The funny thing is, everyone had the audacity to be surprised! Well, not everyone.....
Yesterday Reince Priebus told CNN they would do an "autopsy" on what happened. Yes, let's do that. Let's examine the dead body and see if we can come up with a better explanation than death from a self-inflicted wound. Spin it - yeah, that's the ticket. Then we can get ready to put up another mediocre candidate in 2016 and maybe lose again, this time to Hillary.
But, maybe I'm a radical. I'd suggest the Republicans run someone with, say, actual core beliefs - things they actually believe. Then, maybe they could explain to the American people why values actually mean something - why beliefs matter and would be not only good for the country, but for individual Americans, and, by the way, the entire political process. Did we learn nothing from Reagan? Apparently not.
But, as I suggested in a previous post, the problem is not really at the head of the Republican Party. The problem is much lower in the food chain. If individuals would grab some values themselves - things they could believe in and defend to the death - maybe it would "trickle up" (sorry Barry) to the political parties themselves.
The Founders knew that as long as the People were right, the country would be right, and that if the People ever lost their way, the country would lose its way. So, they founded a government of, by, and for the People in the hopes that they would correct any missteps their leaders tried to take. Then comes the 20th century when we collectively lost our way. It should be no surprise the country has as well. John Adams gave us the key: "Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other". In these few words, Adams told us how to make our republic work, and we seem to have thrown that away.
God has a way to wake people up. I've said for years that the best thing that could happen to America, possibly is also the worst thing that could happen to America. Unfortunately, after 9-11, Katrina, Sandra and other major disasters, it may take something much worse to begin to wake us up, and at this point, that might not even work.
But here's the key. We don't need the majority of Americans to repent, turn from their wicked ways, seek God's face, and ask for forgiveness and guidance. It only takes a dedicated minority. From the first time the idea of an independent America was born in the mind of an oppressed patriot, dedicated minorities have changed the world. But it's always been that way. Look what Christ did with 12 men (one of whom was not so dedicated).
It begins with each of us. So, decide now. What do you really believe? Why do you believe it? Having that decided, what are you going to do about it? Or are you just going to sit there?
Yeah - I was afraid of that.
Election Day + 1 - Wednesday, November 7, 2012
"I went to bed last night thinking we've lost the country" - Rush Limbaugh
I understand Rush's frustration. But you know what? When I woke up this morning, I asked myself a question: "What is different this morning from yesterday morning"? Think about it. The President was Barack Obama, the Republicans controlled the House, and the Democrats had a non-filibuster-proof control on the Senate. This morning - same thing. The worst thing that happened was that we missed an opportunity, and we learned that we have much work to do. No change there. So, the question to be asked is "OK - so what are we going to do about it"?
Well, the short answer is "Don't give up - Don't back down!". The one thing you have to give liberals is that they stand for their positions no matter what the opposition. They really should be embarrassed because they're wrong on so many points, but delusion evidently runs deep, and they seem to have lost the ability to be embarrassed! We should stand fast for what we believe and not waver when others attack and make fun of our beliefs. Being laughed at by idiots is a good thing!
Here's another principle. Ask yourself a question: "What would happen to my community if my church disappeared tomorrow?" Would people go hungry? Would it be harder to get a job? Would it even be noticed by many in your local community? Over the last 100 years, the liberals/progressives have waged a successful campaign to make the local church irrelevant. The government has taken over areas that used to be fertile areas for churches to have an impact, and the church has let them do it. Additionally, years ago the church made a dirty little deal with the government to stay out of politics if the government wouldn't make them pay taxes. These efforts are now bearing fruit, and little of what the church says or does in the local community has an impact any more. Most churches are there for 3 hours a week with some food thrown in every so often. Not exactly what Jesus had in mind when he said "On this rock I will build my church". Our churches should be working together to make the government irrelevant when it comes to our local communities. We seem to do really great when a disaster comes, but once the fuss dies down, we go back inside our doors and shut them tight. Maybe that needs to change!
Finally, national policy issues are important, but the real change needs to be person to person. Know what you believe and why you believe it. Know the truth. If you don't, insist on help! This is another place where the local church could help. Maybe it's time we start having discussions in our churches on public policy - economics, foreign policy, immigration issues, environmental issues, and yes, political campaigns and their effect on all these issues - and educate ourselves so when we engage those outside our churches, we'll have a knowledge base from which to work. Nobody does this now. Why not? Do we just not care? Or, are we just afraid of expressing our opinions. If we cannot discuss these issues in our churches, then where? In bars? Our beliefs should drive our politics, not the other way around!!!
Look, politically there's hope. The Congress is not "owned" by any one political party, and the voters yesterday evidently like it like that, so it's possible to still address issues concerning our country. Sure, we missed an opportunity to reverse the downward trend, and yes, that may result in economic difficulties, but the truth is that without a leadership with strong beliefs and unwavering resolve, things were not going to get much better anyway - and there was no one up for national office yesterday with those attributes.
But politics is not really the answer. Our national leadership is just a reflection of who we are as a nation. As it turns out, we are a confused people, so the solutions will not come from Washington. No, we have to get our act together here at home before anything in Washington will change. What we got yesterday was just what we asked for. Feelings over substance, fiction over truth, and short term solutions to long term problems. We must stand for the truth, no matter how hard that makes the solutions. The solutions we seek generally are simple, but they're hard. So, are we up to the task?
Might I suggest we try looking up instead of east, preferably from a kneeling position.