Archive for August, 2009

Have you ever wondered what it would actually require to be a modern-day Conservative? As I pondered this, I decided to list some things that came to mind.

#1. I MUST believe, with all my Heart, that being Pro-life is the Backbone of the Conservative platform. That includes the fact that LIFE begins at conception.

#2. I have to believe Ronald Wilson Reagan was the greatest President of all time. His economic policies set-up a long period of historical economic growth. His leadership was much needed in our country, at that time. His strength in Foriegn Policy put us in the position of being the World’s ONLY Super Power. We, as a country, needed his moral compass at that time in our history. Plus, let’s not forget the WALL coming down in Eastern Europe.

#3. My Christian values should always be “Front and Center” in my life. That includes helping other Christians, like the poor, elderly, disabled, etc. We, as Christians, need to continue to be the “Shining Light on a Hill” in our homes, communities, and our GREAT Country.

#4. I must continue to do my duty in helping to elect, good moral, Christian, men and women to lead this country in the way in which our Founding Fathers directed us. The Constitution and Declaration of Independence were good enough the first 200 years, they are good enough to guide us the next 200 years.

#5. I must remain vigilant in doing all I can to protect our country from enemies, inside and outside of our borders. That includes, supporting our men and women of the Armed Forces, Police, Fire Fighters, and all other First Responders. We continue to field the Greatest military in the world, because it is made up of the second GREATEST GENERATION EVER!

#6. I must continue to fight for FREE SPEECH, a FREE (not STATE RUN) Press, which includes conservative talk radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, and Glenn Beck. There is a movement forming in our govt. to try to shutdown some of these venues. They must not succeed!

#7. As the saying goes, “If you want my gun, you are going to have to pry it from my cold dead hand”. Enough said!

#8. I will do everything I can to get prayer back into schools. This includes the passage of school vouchers, and anything else it will take to make our public schools better. Alot of our moral and cultural problems started when prayer and moral teachings were removed from public schools. We must do all we can to give our children the education ourselves and our parents got.

These are just a few of the principles I feel are necessary to be a true conservative. Our country is at a point in history, where it is going to take good strong conservatives to save our Republic. Will you join me in STANDING UP for what is moral and right. I would like to hear from you, in adding any new or old principles we should follow.
GOD Bless us all, and GOD Bless this Great Country!

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Gun Toters of the USA

Posted: August 20, 2009 in Gun Rights, The Constitution

I’ve been amused by the recent media reaction to citizens openly carrying firearms in states that still respect our constitutional right to do so. The vast majority of media folks are flaming liberals, so it’s really no surprise. Still, it’s odd that anyone in America would recoil from the mere presence of guns. I am probably in the minority when it comes to my view of the Second Amendment because I see it much more broadly than the Supreme Court recently indicated in District of Columbia v. Heller, a decision handed down last summer. In that landmark case, the Court said:

“Held:
1. The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a
firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for
traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.
Pp. 2–53.
(a) The Amendment’s prefatory clause announces a purpose, but
does not limit or expand the scope of the second part, the operative
clause. The operative clause’s text and history demonstrate that it
connotes an individual right to keep and bear arms. Pp. 2–22.”

That essentially settles the basic argument for now. There are, however, many other ancillary arguments that remain unsettled. The left in America continually seeks to limit gun rights whatever the Supreme Court rules. As with the rest of our Constitution, we need to return to original intent to insure the freedoms inherent in our republic.

I am an unrepentant believer in the open carry of firearms. Any citizen who has not been convicted of a violent felony and is mentally stable should have the right to openly carry a weapon without permission from local law enforcement. The Second Amendment does not mandate prior permission from the government. Varying state laws in some cases severely restrict that right. Other states have laws in place that effectively negate open carry without expressly doing so. We as American citizens have the right of self defense, and we should be able to exercise that right openly and without fear of harassment from police. The only reasonable restriction on open carry is banning them in establishments that serve alcohol or in government buildings, for obvious reasons. Many believe that schools and churches should also be included, but far too often we’ve seen citizens attacked in those places without recourse. Homicidal maniacs pick these places to launch their attacks because they know that no one will be armed. How many fewer people would have died if someone present had been armed and ready to end such an attack? An armed society would see far less crime, especially armed robberies and sexual assaults. Despite liberal beliefs to the contrary, guns do not cause crime and in fact in many cases would prevent it.

I don’t really like the concept of concealed carry permits. Concealed carry is nothing less than concealed registration. It is merely another way for the government to compile lists of gun owners, another idea that clearly violates our Constitution. This is a sneaky legal maneuver that makes open carry impractical. The Second Amendment does not contain the phrase “with licensing and registration”. Why should any citizen need the permission of the local sheriff to exercise a right guaranteed under the federal constitution? It strikes me as patently absurd and thoroughly unconstitutional. Concealed carry permits are registration in disguise and clearly not within the original intent of the Second Amendment.

Prior to the DC v. Heller ruling, the continual march towards restricting individual gun rights had been steadily progressing. Each year we see further efforts to eviscerate Second Amendment rights by imposing more and more restrictions. The groups and individuals that support these measures are simply not comfortable with a basic American right. Many of them do believe that guns cause crimes, which is like saying flies cause garbage or that spoons make you fat. A gun is merely a tool. It is the intent of the user that matters. I have owned firearms for my entire adult life. I have never had to brandish one, much less use it, and I hope I never do. Should the day come, however, when my life or the safety of my family is in jeopardy, I certainly will want a gun for defense. Placing Draconian restrictions on gun ownership only makes the outlaw more powerful. Law abiding citizens are guaranteed the right of self defense, and that certainly cannot be accomplished with a stick. Whatever controls are enacted, the criminals will not adhere to them. Those who follow them are placed at risk.

It was strange to hear the recent reaction from the media to recent occurrences where citizens legally carried firearms to public protests. One would have thought these individuals were firing rounds into the air or perhaps were armed with nuclear missiles. The liberals doing the reporting displayed their unfamiliarity with firearms especially when attempting to describe the weapons themselves. Apparently they have not been around guns and are extremely uncomfortable in their presence. To their way of thinking, an armed citizen simply must be up to no good and is dangerous. They see an implied threat in the exercising of a guaranteed right. The unfortunate part is that their reactions sensationalize the story and substantiate a wholly unnecessary attitude. It’s really quite silly and a bit cowardly to my eyes.

Individual gun ownership has been an essential freedom in America since its inception. Our Founders saw it as important enough to be clearly included in the Bill of Rights. Those who are opposed are craven and would subject the citizenry to attack without defense. In closing, I’ll turn it over to three great Americans:

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” Thomas Jefferson

“The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference . . .” – George Washington

“The great body of our citizens shoot less as times goes on. We should encourage rifle practice among schoolboys, and indeed among all classes, as well as in the military services by every means in our power. Thus, and not otherwise, may we be able to assist in preserving peace in the world… The first step – in the direction of preparation to avert war if possible, and to be fit for war if it should come – is to teach men to shoot!” – President Theodore Roosevelt’s last message to Congress.

The time has come for us, as Americans, to Stand-Up and be heard. Our Govt. is no longer representing us. We no longer have a Govt. Of the People, For the People, or By the People.

As far as I’m concerned, the Liberal Socialist Democrats and RINO’s in Congress no longer get to play the “Compassion Card.” Even with all the money these self-serving idiots take from hard-working American citizens, they will never get enough.

It. ain’t. their. money!!!

Why do we let ourselves to be Beat Down financially by these losers? They have come to see themselves as Kings deserving of power, and an unlimited amount of our money with which to buy and sell our national soul. This needs to come to a Screaching Halt.

It is our duty as citizens to throw out the corrupt members of government who create and fund entitlement programs with our money, claiming they are doing so in the name of compassion. Turning a once productive and independent people into Washington-dependent ATMs is not compassion.

I want my taxes cut. NOW. The government can do without from now on, not my family. The government can cut unnecessary agencies, departments, and programs. The government MUST be small again.

I have been trying to think of how we can send a very clear message to Washington that its oppression and thievery no longer are acceptable. How do we, the people who make this country work and who pay for it to do so, regain control of our government? There must be a way, short of all out revolution. We could have a massive tax revolt!

How do we get rid of members of both parties who have cemented themselves in the seat of power? With a MSM that turns a Blind-Eye to The Liberals while they undermine our values and keep us ignorant of what they are doing. I can’t believe this is even possible?

We must not allow anymore Looney Left policy to be enacted. Time after time, the results of their skewed and pandering legislation has caused great harm to our Country. Billion $ Bailouts… Repeal them! Oil drilling restrictions… Remove them! Climate Change Wacko’s… Shoot any who enter the Halls of Washington in an effort to inject junk science and environmental wakiness into the political debate.

We need to be doing the exact OPPOSITE of what they have been doing since the days of Roosevelt.

Socialism has never worked. Nor does our current system of Tax and Spend. Stop compensating victims of terrorist attacks, natural disasters, Cash for Clunkers, and self-perpetrated financial failure. Let people stand on their own. As Americans. We are not Bail-Out Babies, nor do we wish to be.

Stop BS’ing us. You are not being compassionate, you are being criminal. You are acting like tyrants.

It’s time for REAL Change!