In March 1933, President Roosevelt invoked Emergency War Powers under Public Law 1,suspending the constitution and effectively implementing Executive Branch control of the entire country. Since the Constitution is a limitation on the federal government, all such limitations have been suspended for over 68 years, we have been operating under limited martial law for that entire period.
Edward Mandell House had this to say in a private meeting with President Woodrow Wilson: “[Very] soon, every American will be required to register their biological property in a national system designed to keep track of the people and that will operate under the ancient system of pledging. By such methodology, we can compel people to submit to our agenda, which will effect our security as a chargeback for our fiat paper currency. Every American will be forced to register or suffer being unable to work and earn a living. They will be our chattel, and we will hold the security interest over them forever, by operation of the law merchant under the scheme of secured transactions. “Americans, by unknowingly or unwittingly delivering the bills of lading to us will be rendered bankrupt and insolvent, forever to remain economic slaves through taxation, secured by their pledges. They will be stripped of their rights and given a commercial value designed to make us a profit and they will be none the wiser, for not one man in a million could ever figure our plans and, if by accident one or two should figure it out, we have in our arsenal plausible deniability. After all, this is the only logical way to fund government, by floating liens and debt to the registrants in the form of benefits and privileges. This will inevitably reap to us huge profits beyond our wildest expectations and leave every American a contributor to this fraud which we will call ‘Social Insurance.’ “Without realizing it, every American will insure us for any loss we may incur and in this manner, every American will unknowingly be our servant, however begrudgingly. The people will become helpless and without any hope for their redemption and, we will employ the high office of the President of our dummy corporation to foment this plot against America.”
Okay folks, I'm still hearing about the global warming. These fools are not going to let it go. They've never made one accurate prediction, and they insist we're the idiots for not believing them. So just for fun, I'm going to play devil's advocate. I'm going to make believe that global warming is real, and instead of non solutions like higher taxes and government bullshit, I'm actually going to give you real solutions.
1 - Use outer space as a refrigerator. All we have to do is run a refrigeration circuit to a geosynchronous satellite that acts as a condenser coil. There will probably be an argument about where the thermostat goes.
2 - Transport huge amounts of ocean water to outer space via rockets to combat global flooding.
3 - Develop the technology to colonize another planet, before we destroy this one.
This may be the turning point in our country, where we will be forever judged, as the generation that failed to protect freedom, individualism, and prosperity as a nation. I personally believe our Constitution could save us, but no one in our Federal Government seems to intend to honor and obey our most sacred document as a nation. Here we are, in the final hour of a deadline which is completely fabricated by our own fiscal irresponsibility. Now, we can choose the easy path, or the hard. The problem is, our leaders see the easy path as the hard one, and vice-versa. This is because of the short-sighted nature of our political leaders. They would rather serve themselves than the American People.
I myself am a Libertarian, but I always held out hope the Republicans would someday stand on their hind legs, and fight for what's right, even if it meant political suicide. That kind of bravery is apparently gone. That bravery was in abundance at Normandy, and Iwo Jima, but alas, that generation is fading into the sunset. We dishonor their memory by capitulating to the socialist agenda of the Democratic Party, which brought an end to the Socialist Party by adopting their platform.
Democrats have believed in slavery since their conception, but losing the Civil War forced them to adopt a new kind of enslavement, economic. Economic enslavement is easily accomplished through the IRS, which was used by Democrats to target the few enemies they had in the TEA Party. Now we will be subjects of our government from cradle to grave, depending on them for our food, healthcare, welfare, and never shall we stand up and bite the hand that feeds.
Well, as dire as the last senctence I wrote was, I can't, and won't believe in it. My father was wounded twice fighting communism, and I refuse to let the tyranny of a ruling class destroy the legacy of freedom he fought for. I refuse to be treated as a slave, a vassal, a serf. I stand and fight, with my words, and if that fails, my actions. I will not stand by and be subjugated by a totalitarian regime intent on destroying my freedom, and my right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I won't go quietly, I will fight to the bitter end for what I think is right. After all, that's what being an American is supposed to be. That's what being a Texan is supposed to be. Texas didn't gain independence from religious oppression and taxation without representation from Mexico by laying down and taking it.
At the Alamo William Barrett Travis drew a line in the sand, and all but one pledge to defend the Alamo to their last breath. Without the Alamo, there could be no San Jacinto. The Republicans may have missed their Alamo moment, but Americans have not. There is still time to stand up and fight, and I hope there are enough people that have the conviction to do what's right, even in the face of defeat. That's how Texas won, that's how America won, and that's how we'll win again.
As I finish this post, I watch on C-SPAN as our elected senators laugh and joke, while they vote to end the shutdown. They think we serve them, but we must show them that they serve us.
The Democrats in Texas have stepped in it big time. While they were protesting an abortion bill in the Texas State Legislature, a pro life group got together to sing "Amazing Grace." the pro abortion crowd (some of them at least) started chanting "Hail Satan!" Now, I'm agnostic, but you'd have to be a complete idiot to start yelling hail Satan at an abortion protest whether you were for or against this bill.
I understand why these misguided youngsters did what they did. They wanted to intimidate and offend the pro life crowd as much as possible. While doing so however, they've proven themselves to be on the wrong side of every moral issue. This was unprecedented. I always knew there was evil in the far left, but overt Satanic chants are a new one for me. Texas is a conservative state, and a very pro life state. This bill will pass. The republicans dropped the ball in the first special session, and allowed Wendy Davis to filibuster the bill and run out the clock on the special session. Another mistake they made was amending the bill so it would have to go back to the other house of state congress to be voted on again.
The democrats have once again attempted to stall and delay the bill in the second special session, but republicans have learned from their mistakes. Democrats are proposing amendments that would boost funding to foster care in Texas, which is noble, but if the amendment is accepted the bill will have to go through parliamentary procedure all over again. The democrats and complacent media cheerleaders will use the rejection of the amendment to paint the republicans as uncaring toward orphans.
Most of the pro abortion protesters probably have no idea what's in this bill, don't be a slave to ignorance as so many people in this country are, read the actual bill. It's pretty straight forward, and it's not full of legalese nonsense like most of our federal bills. Most people with a grasp on the English language should be able to understand it. The bill bans abortions after 20 weeks. FYI, this is what a baby looks like after 20 weeks in the womb:
It's very hard to change people's hearts on both sides of this issue, so naturally my opinion has not been changed. I am and have been for a long time pro life. Unflinchingly, uncompromisingly pro life. The pro abortion crowd refers to themselves as pro choice, which sounds a lot better than pro abortion, but that's what they are. If you're not against abortions, you're for them. Sorry, that's the way this issue works. They'll claim they're fighting for the rights of women, which sounds noble. I argue that while fighting the rights of women, they neglect and destroy the right to life of the unborn.
My position is simple: Human life starts at conception. Gametes containing half the chromosomes of each parent combine to create a complete genetic blueprint for life. The resulting cell is called a zygote, and since that zygote is human life, it's important that we value its importance, and we protect it. I'm much more concerned about the rights of an innocent unborn child, than of a woman who has become pregnant. It's not a war on women, it's a protection of the unborn. There are those that would grant exceptions to this belief, saying that in cases of rape, incest, or if the mother's life is in danger we should allow her to abort the pregnancy. I strongly disagree. Abortion itself is killing an innocent unborn child, no matter what the circumstances are. The mother was raped, not the baby's fault. Mother was involved in incest, still not the baby's fault. The mother might die in child-birth, definitely not the baby's fault.
Now these cases are very sad, and I'm not heartless to the plight of rape victims. I believe rapists or any other sex offender should face at minimum life in prison, castration, or both. I don't wish death on anyone, especially a mother. We all have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (as long as we all respect everyone else's rights). A mother dying during child birth is very sad, but not as sad as a child being sacrificed for a mother whose very instincts should make her willing to give her life for her child.
Basically, I don't believe that innocent unborn children should have to pay for the mistakes of adults. Unfortunately, some children, like those afflicted with FAS still pay for the mistakes of the mother, but at least they're alive, and get to experience this beautiful thing anyone reading this has had the privilege to experience: Human life.
"When you disarm the people, you commence to offend them and show that you distrust them either through cowardice or lack of confidence, and both of these opinions generate hatred."- Niccolo Machiavelli
The so called "liberals" are still trying to subvert your second amendment rights, and they're in the same camp with some of the worst tyrants in human history.
Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
Josef Stalin, the sole leader of the Soviet Union from 1924 to 1953, said:
“If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves.”
In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Mao Tze Tung, communist dictator of China said:
“War can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun.”
China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Idi Amin, president of Uganda from 1971 to 1979, said:
“I do not want to be controlled by any superpower. I myself consider myself the most powerful figure in the world, and that is why I do not let any superpower control me.”
Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Pol Pot, who created in Cambodia one of the 20th century’s most brutal and radical regimes, was responsible for killing one million of his own ‘educated,’ yet unarmed citizens.
What happens when you put the pigs in charge? You're about to find out. Yes, the greedy little piggies can't get enough of your money, and now they can't get enough of your personal information. There are those who say, "I don't have anything to hide, so I don't mind my own government using my tax dollars to spy on me." My answer to that silly statement: I don't share my personal life with every Tom Dick and Harry for a reason. I choose what I share and with who, and that's part of being free.
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."-Benjamin Franklin
We created our government to protect us from people or countries that want to violate our rights. Now it seems the government we pay so much to support with our taxes now sees law abiding citizens as a threat, unworthy of privacy. The pigs are at the trough, and they'll keep eating until we stop feeding them.
I would greatly appreciate if you could cease your attack on the freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to bear arms, the protection against unreasonable search and seizure, and please stop usurping powers reserved for the states and people. As a matter of fact, if you could just stop doing everything you're doing, that would really help this wonderful country survive your reign.
United States Citizen who loves this country and the freedoms so many fought and died for
So, is this the change you hoped for? It certainly isn't the change you were promised. You were promised a transparent administration, what you got was a secretive one. You were promised an administration that respected civil liberties, you've got one that stomps all over the constitution and your rights in the name of "preventing terrorism" which they can't seem to stop, ever.
You were even fed a bunch of promises that were impossible. For example, the ObamaCare that was supposed to lower costs for everyone while insuring people who currently didn't have insurance. That's not possible. Insurance is basically risk sharing, so when you allow people with preexisting conditions to join a risk pool, the cost will go up for everyone, that's how it works. You were also promised you could keep your current insurance if you liked it. Well, if you're insurance isn't good enough by government standards, you will be forced to buy additional insurance or change plans. Also, let's not forget that special groups were exempted from ObamaCare: Muslims, Amish, and of course, Congress (the geniuses who voted for this without reading it).
I'm no expert, but it seems to me the Obama administration has lied, lied, and lied some more. They've deceived and betrayed the 'American People at every turn. Using the IRS against their political opinions, leaving brave soldiers and an ambassador to die in Benghazi, and attacking the press when it's obvious the only crimes committed are by their own employees leaking sensitive information to the press.
I have a reading assignment for all federal employees: Read The Constitution of the United States of America. It's a document of pure genius that made this country incredibly powerful until the dickheads in charge started circumventing it and blatantly violating it. It'd be nice if the Supreme Court justices could take a few minutes to read through it, and realize that ObamaCare is a violation of the Constitution's 10th Amendment. They must have some serious dirt on John Roberts to get him to BS us on that "ObamaCare is a tax, so it's constitutional" garbage he laid on us.
How long can this great nation endure the corruption, oppression and downright evil befalling us? Hopefully long enough for us to have leaders who care more about everyone's rights, than their own quest for power. Let's hope we come to our senses and start electing qualified leaders before Orwell's 1984 becomes reality. So far all 1984 got wrong was the year it was set in.
Most people seem to want a debate on legalizing gay marriage, while I would rather argue that none of this is important. Here's why:
Marriage is a religious institution. Religion invented it, religious figures perform the ceremony, and religions view it as a way to stabilize their "flock." Somehow, the government, which is supposed to follow the 1st amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." created a federal tax code discriminates against people based on whether they're married and even how many living offspring they produce. That is a law that respects an establishment of religion by offering different tax statuses based on participation in a religious institution.
The marriage debate is a moral issue, but not the moral issue being focused on. I personally don't give a warm fart what people do in the privacy of their own homes, and I don't think the government should either. The moral issue I see at stake here is equality under the law. Not equality for homosexuals, but equality for people whether they're married or not, or whether they've popped out a baby or two.
The IRS is mostly unnecessary. Our "progressive" income tax is also unfair, and punishes success and hard work. I would prefer that the federal government abolish the income tax altogether, and adopt a national sales tax.
Our current system reminds me of Animal Farm. All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
That's a quote from a conversation I had with a liberal a few months back. Somehow him and his girlfriend turned the conversation into an interrogation. They kept asking how I felt on hot button issues like abortion, gun control, gay marriage, taxation, and war.
Now, anyone who reads this blog knows I'm no liberal, but my libertarian streak throws them off every time. I have a coworker who loves to talk politics, and he knows how I stand on many issues, but he nearly shat himself when I told him that I'm an agnostic. That really threw him off.
Unlike most people I've met, I don't fall into any category I suppose. I look at each issue independently, and decide my personal opinions based on cold logic and facts. Liberals can't seem to argue any of their positions this way, because their strategy has always been to manipulate opinions through emotion.
Don't get me wrong, I believe the average liberal has their heart in the right place. Unfortunately, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Unless you've been living in a cave with your ears plugged and your eyes sewn shut, you've probably noticed the government has been caught practicing more tyranny than usual. The corruption level has always been high, but now that the press has discovered they're subject to oppression, they've decided to actually report on it. It's about damn time!
I've not posted on this blog in quite a while. Unfortunately, I don't really have a lot of spare time to bitch about the government these days, I'm too busy working so the government can take 20% of my income and give it to failing solar companies.
Let's start with Benghazi, the scandal that just won't go away. Hillary really screwed herself on this one. It's going to be hard to become president when you're acting like such a cold uncaring bitch when it comes to four Americans dying at our embassy in Libya. If there is a hell, I'm sure Hillary's eternal soul will have the devil explain that it does matter why these attacks on our embassy occurred.
Meanwhile, our dear leader President "I didn't knowbama" is letting every one of his little political soldiers to take the blame. It's clear that they're going to have to dump Obama's favorite disciple, Eric Holder. Maybe we should start electing adults instead of mental midgets like Obama and his cronies.
The most idiotic defense of the administration came from our favorite wicked witch of the west, Nancy Pelosi. She tried to compare Obama's ignorance on the IRS scandal (which I'm sure he not only knew about, but conceived) to Speaker of the House Boehner not knowing about the oppression happening in the district adjacent to the one he represents. For some reason I feel like I have to explain the obvious on this one. Barack Hussein Obama is President, making him the head of the executive branch of our government. The Internal Revenue Service is a part of that executive branch. John Boehner (who I'm not a fan of personally) is part of the legislative branch, and has no responsibility to keep tabs on the IRS (until the scandal of course).
The IRS has been targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny, and even Christian charities (I assume it's because of their position on gay marriage). This makes my argument of abolishing much of the IRS stronger than ever.
When you have a complex tax code like ours, we're going to have bureaucrats picking winners and losers. This endangers all of us of losing our rights. People were intimidated for having an opinion about their government, or even for having religious beliefs. I guess these dickheads don't like the 1st amendment.
Their disrespect of the 1st amendment is completed by their attacks on AP and Fox News. I'm not an expert, but I'm pretty sure that reporting the news isn't a crime. If someone leaked government secrets or endangered national security, it was a government official, not a reporter. If this was about catching the person responsible for the leak, there wouldn't be any need to try to intimidate the press. Here's how I'd investigate and find the leak, and it's a lot simpler and actually respects the constitution. First, every single administration employee that had knowledge of the information leaked to the press would be asked to take a polygraph. Anyone who exercised their right to refuse the polygraph would be investigated further. See how I've already narrowed the list of suspects without intimidating the press?
ENOUGH BITCHING ABOUT THE PROBLEM, WHAT'S THE SOLUTION?
I personally think the TEA Parties are on the right track, but they're still putting too much trust in the republican party. The republicans have failed to prove themselves worthy time and again, and voting for the lesser of two evils is still evil. It's time for the Libertarians to take the power our federal government holds, and return it to the states and the people. They are currently the only political party that believes in the freedom so many brave men and women fought and died for. It's time to elect a party that will have fiscal responsibility, respect our freedoms, and won't punish the makers to take care of the takers.
So what's your solution? I created this blog not only to get my opinions out there, but to hear the opinions of others. I will post any comment now matter how much I disagree with it, because that's how much I believe in free speech. Comments are moderated only to prevent spammers from defiling my corner of the world wide web. I want to hear from you, especially since you had enough attention span to read this far down.
You may remember the ACORN scandal four years ago, where James O'Keefe exposed the rampant fraud being easy to commit to obtain government funds. Well, Mr. O'Keefe is back and better than ever. I'm sad to say, he's one of the few journalists left in the country. Our press is supposed to be a watchdog, not a lapdog like our mainstream media has become. Mr. O'Keefe, I salute your efforts, and I'm thankful for the work you do. If only our mainstream media could have the integrity to actually investigate our government.
O'Keefe has release two more videos showing how easy it is to commit voter fraud in this country, destroying the Democrats arguments that voter ID laws are racist, and that voter fraud is nonexistent. Here's a link to his website: http://www.theprojectveritas.org/voterfraud1012b
I believe in the founding fathers' wisdom, and quote them often on this blog's Facebook page.
"peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none."-Thomas Jefferson
Americans have had so much smoke blown up their asses, they now reject anything truthful. We've had such a yes-man leadership for so long we can no longer handle anyone telling it like it is. That's why Ron Paul never had a chance, he's constantly ridiculed for speaking truth.
Being an isolationist didn't cause world wars, not being isolationist dragged us into them. However, no one in this country seems to understand that we've been sold a bill of goods, and now it's time to pay the piper.
No matter who wins the upcoming election, Americans have hard times ahead. There are many people in this country asking, "what can my country do for me?" instead of, "What can I do for my country?" Now, I know there are plenty of good people out there willing to work hard for a living, and many willing to fight to preserve our freedoms, but at this point those people have become the minority. Congress has a dismal approval rating of 10%. Even so, despite a huge conservative movement known as the TEA Party, we managed to re-elect 87% of our representatives from the house, and 84% of our senators. We've built a society full of entitlements that we cannot sustain, but if anyone talks about getting rid of them, they're crucified as hating the poor or elderly. I don't hate poor people, I just wish they'd get a job. They can afford booze and cigarettes, but not their own cell phone? They can afford a new flat-screen, but can't pay the rent? I can't be the only one that thinks we're on our way to a financial collapse.
History buffs might recall a little something called the Weimar Republic, who's currency collapsed as a result of quantitative easing. This is the same nonsense that the Federal Reserve has done thrice, and this third time they've said they will continue to print money until the economy gets better (don't hold your breath). This is the economic and monetary policy that good libertarians like Ron Paul have been warning us about. There's a reason we need to audit the Federal Reserve, they're destroying the dollar's value, and I don't know about you, but I don't get paid in gold and rubies.
Gold has a steady value on its own, because there is a finite amount of it in the world. Sure, we tried to make it ourselves through alchemy, but eventually chemists figured out that it is an element, and can't be created from mixing base metals. The only time the value of gold can really decline is when we find more of it, which isn't as easy as firing up a printing press.
That brings me to the dollar, that is constantly losing value every time we print more. This is because the less rare or difficult to come by something is, the less valuable. You may have noticed that the stock market went up when quantitative easing started again. Many unthinking number watchers believe that the stocks they own are now worth more, but in truth, the dollar is just worth less. If you haven't noticed, the cost of living continues to climb, and quantitative easing will only make it worse. Everyone in America will be taking a pay cut as a result of this, unless their salary raises can outpace the dismal fall of our currency's value.
Our government has decided deficits don't matter. Apparently we can afford to finance countries that hate us as well. We have a president who apologizes for the freedoms we have, and constantly cow-tows to the rest of the world. Now our government is afraid to take away money granted to foreign countries for fear they'll hate us more. We give out no bid government contracts (see cronyism), and silly liberals have been convinced that "evil corporations" are responsible for the mess we're in. Corporations aren't evil, the politicians that give them handouts are the ones to blame.
Weakness of Leadership
No amount of money will keep these crazy goat fucking ambassador killers from hating us, because we are the infidel, and their little holy book says they should conquer us, make us their slaves, or kill us in the name of their "peaceful" religion. Years of indoctrination from mosques have convinced these people they shouldn't have any fun, or be happy. Anyone that does is obviously evil in their eyes. Our leaders can only apologize for a video (that didn't seem to bother anyone until September 11th), and say we shouldn't upset the Muslims. This kind of weakness is something Britain tried with a tiny mustache wearing Austrian upstart name Adolf, and it didn't really help things. Just ask these unlucky formerly Nazi occupied countries:
I check the news articles online, and whenever there is an article about Mitt Romney the lefties come out in droves to bash him in the comments section. It's very unsettling how hateful and ignorant these people are. The supposedly tolerant left seems to hate anything they don't understand, especially Mormons. There are always cracks about the planet Kolob and magic underwear, and I wish I could say I'm surprised, but truth be told the Democrats have always been the party of hate.
The Solid South is a good example of the Democrats' hateful roots. Even today, there is clear evidence the Democratic Party's divisiveness. The assumption that welfare reform is racist by Democrats is clear cut evidence they think only minorities need welfare and entitlements. Democrats contend that minorities need more help to get a job or education with affirmative action and racial quotas. They must think minorities are too stupid or unskilled to obtain these without help from the Nanny State. Democrats also seem to think minorities are too stupid to obtain a photo ID, made evident by their fierce opposition of voter ID laws designed to eliminate voter fraud. Eric Holder believes the Texas voter ID law is racist because minorities won't be able to afford the fee to obtain photo IDs. Ironically, the Republican dominated state of Texas has passed a law requiring these IDs be given to anyone who can't afford it. I guess Holder doesn't educate himself before he opens his mouth.
When a huge tide of fiscal conservatism fueled the TEA Party movement, Democrats immediately cried "Racist!" Apparently they're projecting their own shortcomings on the opposition that wants fiscal responsibility and a limit on Federal power.
I've always believed in our Constitution, so I find it unbearable to see it completely undermined by Ds and Rs alike. Libertarians and Constitutionalists are concerned with equal opportunity, and equal protection under the law. Apparently Democrats are only concerned with "equal results." It amounts to pandering for votes, and unfortunately, it's working. I'm guessing this is because our education system is now decimated by Federal programs like "no child left behind." It's almost like the Ds & Rs are tag teaming the American people in a gang rape on freedom. Hopefully young movements by the GOOOH Party and the Libertarian Party can bring real change and debate to the political landscape, but with the lack of wit and education in this country's populace, we're not likely to keep our liberties much longer. The Nanny State has us in a scorpion death lock, and as long as we buy into the two party system, we'll never escape it. Our fore-fathers and even some old school Democrats knew the way to make this system work, and their words of wisdom are timeless and worth repeating.
Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express
their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of
democracy, therefore, is education. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all. John F. Kennedy
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas Jefferson
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain
men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to
regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not
take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of
good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our
In the wake of the tragic Aurora, Colo., shooting carried out by the hatable James Holmes,
the usual suspects have been clamoring for more gun control laws,
inserting their own narrative as they go. They say that it’s time for a
new ‘"ational discussion" on guns and whether or not more restrictions
are needed. While well intentioned, their argument misses the point, and
has for decades. Gun control laws are not and have never been a
deterrent to violent criminals.
Those that press for increased gun control believe that if you make
it harder to legally purchase a gun, the crime rate will go down. While
it sounds like it would make perfect sense, the fact is that most
gun-related deaths and injuries in the United States are not committed
with legally purchased guns. The majority of them
have been the result of criminals and younger people who were not able
to legally purchase a gun. They were purchased on the black market.
Like those who believed that prohibition would curtail the use of
alcohol, those that constantly push for stricter gun laws are often
aghast to find that the opposite continues to be true. Two significant
factors for increased gun violence have been and continue to be economic hardship and stricter gun laws.
Poverty has been one of the things that has continually been twisted
as an excuse to say that states with more lax gun laws tend to have more
crime. States like Louisiana,
which regularly ranks as one of the worst states for violent crimes, is
also quite impoverished in some parts, a fact that most people tend to
leave out when pointing to its lax gun laws.
Other factors that contribute regularly to gun related violence
include low education rates and a high number of illegal immigrants.
These reasons more than explain why states like Texas and Arizona have
suffered from a relatively high number of gun-related deaths. Texas has the lowest high school graduation rate in the country, while Arizona has had one of the largest problems with illegal immigrants committing crimes for years.
When one takes the time to compare the numbers, it becomes obvious
that many of the states with the strictest gun control laws are also
home to some of the largest numbers of gun related crime. Maryland,
California, Illinois, New York and the District of Columbia all have
some of the toughest gun laws on the books. Illinois in particular has
made it extremely difficult to buy a handgun. Despite this, there have
been over 250 murders
in Chicago since January 1, a staggering 37% increase when compared to
this time last year. Strict gun laws have done little to deter violent
Gun control laws also have been shown to disproportionally affect
African Americans and other minorities negatively. Most of the
gun-related crime that plagues American streets has had a substantially
harsher impact on non-whites.
People choose to blame the guns for the actions of the violent
criminals that use them. They'll say that the guns makes it easier,
trying to come off witty and clever. At the end of the day however,
blaming a gun for one’s death is like blaming a fork for another’s
obesity. One way or another, the food was probably going to find its way
into their mouth. Criminals that don’t have guns will use knives,
bombs, sticks and bare hands.
Criminals don’t care about gun-free zones or waiting periods. Making
it more difficult for people to legally purchase guns only leaves them
more vulnerable. The law-abiding citizen will refrain from purchasing a
gun, while the criminal will simply get one off the streets.
When gun ownership goes up,
crime rates drop severely. There are several examples, which highlight
this beautifully. Switzerland’s gun laws are some of the most lax in the
developed world, and because of it their violent crime rate is
astoundingly low. Recent initiatives to try and reign in the countries
relaxed gun laws were soundly defeated at the ballot by Swiss voters.
The town of Kennesaw, Georgia,
also has a mandatory gun ownership law on the books. Passed in 1982, it
requires that the head of a household own a gun and ammunition, with
exceptions of course being violent criminals, those that cannot afford
it, and conscientious objectors. After the law was passed, the
population swelled and the crime rate dropped substantially.
Not everyone wants to own a gun. Some people don’t feel comfortable
around guns in general. Others are worried about accidents. Still, the
data speaks for itself. In areas where gun ownership is high, violent
gun-related crime tends to go down. No one in their right mind will want
to break into a house or start a fight in a bar if they know everyone
Even if anti-gun fanatics like NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg
got their way and made it next to impossible to purchase a firearm, it
wouldn’t stop the John Holmes’ of the world. If he didn’t have a gun at
his disposal, he might have assembled another home made bomb like those
found in his apartment, and taken that into the theater instead.
Stricter gun control laws are not the answer, a stance that was
(thankfully) reiterated by GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday.
The Second Amendment was not meant to guarantee easy access to
hunting or target shooting. It was written to ensure that a population
could defend itself from an overreaching government, an overbearing
police force or a criminal. People have the right to defend themselves.
At the end of the day, states like Illinois and California have only
served to make it more difficult for their law-abiding citizens to
protect themselves from criminals.
The gun didn’t make James Holmes kill those people. His own sick mind
did that. If gun control laws are doubled down on, more people will
have their hands tied when it comes to protecting themselves and their
loved ones from psychopaths like that. Thankfully, that is something
that the families of the victims in Aurora understand, despite the tragic events that they've had to go through.
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Delaware • George Read • Caesar Rodney
• Thomas McKean
Pennsylvania • George Clymer • Benjamin Franklin
• Robert Morris • John Morton
• Benjamin Rush • George Ross
• James Smith • James Wilson
• George Taylor
Massachusetts • John Adams • Samuel Adams
• John Hancock • Robert Treat Paine
• Elbridge Gerry
New Hampshire • Josiah Bartlett • William Whipple
• Matthew Thornton
Rhode Island • Stephen Hopkins • William Ellery
New York • Lewis Morris • Philip Livingston
• Francis Lewis • William Floyd
Georgia • Button Gwinnett • Lyman Hall
• George Walton
Virginia • Richard Henry Lee • Francis Lightfoot Lee
• Carter Braxton • Benjamin Harrison
• Thomas Jefferson • George Wythe
• Thomas Nelson, Jr.
North Carolina • William Hooper • John Penn
• Joseph Hewes
South Carolina • Edward Rutledge • Arthur Middleton
"I reject any approach that would mandate military custody where law enforcement provides the best method of incapacitating a terrorist threat." -Barack Obama
Anyone else remember when Eric Holder said we'd try terrorists and find them guilty? When the head of the DOJ is claiming guilt without trial, doesn't that make the trial pointless?
How easy is it for a terrorist to get a mistrial? Simple, just put Eric Holder in charge. Some slick asshole lawyer will use Holder's words against him to have a mistrial declared.