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Independence Day and Modern American Exceptionalism

July 4, 2013

With reverence, awe and a humbling view of history I sit to write on this day the 237th anniversary of the signing of the American Declaration of Independence and the birth of the greatest nation to exist in all of the storied history of man.  A place in which I am most fortunate, blessed and grateful to live in today.

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America is exceptional; we have maintained a higher level of liberty for more people for longer than any other nation in history. No other state of men has seen the freedom, liberty, power, and prosperous growth that the United States has in its short existence. It is truly a unique and wonderful place, should the people of yesteryear hear stories of the might, power and luxury of America today it would be as stories of Camelot or Elysium.  And most of the good things found around the world are there or remain because of direct or indirect invention, innovation, discovery or military sacrifice by the American people.

It is the duty and privilege of every generation of Americans to be vigilant that the unique qualities of America do not disappear over the years. A responsibility the last few seem to have forgotten at least in part. And as a result we have indeed slipped away from what made us great, and the land of innovation and miraculous discovery and more towards the morass and darkness that has always gripped the rest of the world.

But that returns us to the initial idea, the main thing as it were. Are we exceptional today? I answer with an optimistic ‘Yes’. I believe the exceptionalism that created those before us has imbued into the blood of the American people a desire for true liberty as yet un-awakened within them.  The people in America today have behind them and around them constant reminders of the amazing abilities and accomplishments of Americans of old. We are their children and grandchildren, inheritors of this great and wonderful place. And we will rise to the occasion and in the spirit the liberty for which so much has been sacrificed we will peacefully and quickly return to our foundational principals that once made us the most wonderful nation in the world and take up that mantle of freedom and individual liberty once more.  Or we will slip swiftly beneath the waves of history and I fear the world will follow us into a time of darkness the like which has been unseen for a thousand years.

I leave you with the final paragraph of our first founding document, a blood oath and death pact amongst our Founding Fathers signed on this day in 1776 as they went to open rebellion and war with the most powerful nation in the world.

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.

Not as bad as they will say it is (I think)

June 17, 2013

So the Supreme Court of the United States (aka SCOTUS) has just ruled the Arizona law requiring voters show proof of citizenship.
And that is a bad thing. However its not as bad as the headlines are going to make it look.

From what I can tell and I’ll grant you that I’m not a lawyer but it seams to me that the SCOTUS did not invalidate this type of law, they said that the various states couldn’t create new election requirements beyond what the federal government has in place.

In other words, its OK for voters to be required to show proof of citizenship, but a State can’t make that call, it can only come from the feds. So that is a bad thing, but not as bad as it could have been. It also makes sense especially after reconstruction and the poll tax baloney that happened shortly after the civil war.
We want free and fair elections and it makes sense in a post-civil war/civil rights movement era that the states aren’t totally trusted to create their own election law. Now just because it makes sense doesn’t make it right. As a federalist I believe that the United States properly should be a collection of mostly autonomous states united under the loose regulations and laws from the federal government.  Now that hasn’t really been the case since the civil war but its what it should be.

Anyhow, there is still hope for us to have fair elections, albeit a very small one.

links:

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SUPREME_COURT_VOTER_CITIZENSHIP_PROOF?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-06-17-11-01-58
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-17/voter-proof-of-citizenship-law-voided-by-u-s-supreme-court.html
http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/arizona-v-the-inter-tribal-council-of-arizona-inc/

Why HB 972 is a bad idea (as written)

May 29, 2013

You all know that I am a stringent supporter of “more guns everywhere all the time”  and that one of the major infringements upon us as gun owners is that we cannot carry into some locations, specifically in the case being dealt with in Texas HB 972 onto college and university campuses.

Now on its face HB 972 would allow CHL licensees to carry onto college and university campuses, however there is a section specifically section 46.035 b which states:

(b)
The president or other chief executive officer of an
institution of higher education in this state, on behalf of the
institution, and after consulting with law enforcement, students,
staff, and faculty of the institution, may adopt written rules or
regulations prohibiting license holders from carrying handguns on
premises owned or leased and operated by the institution, on any
grounds or building owned or leased by the institution and on which
an activity sponsored by the institution is being conducted, or on a
passenger transportation vehicle of the institution. A written rule
or regulation adopted under this subsection may remain in effect
for not more than one year after the date of adoption and may be
renewed, reenacted, or reenacted and amended by the institution
only after consultation with students, staff, and faculty of the
institution.
Which in effect will neuter the entire law as written. Schools will just ban them and we will be right back where we are now, only when we holler at our state reps to give us our freedom we will hear that they just instituted a law and that we should petition our school administrations, who will of course totally ignore us.
I just wrote the following to my state senator and his legislative assistant:

I’ve been looking over the bill (HB 972) which I believe is up for action during the special session.
And while I initially supported it, I must say I think that it will be worse than not having a bill at all. The opt-out portion basically neuters the law in total, as I said in my previous email, universities will not actually listen to law abiding gun owning, licensed concealed carriers, they will just opt out.

So it will be worse for us if this bill is passed with the opt out portion intact, that if no bill regarding concealed carry on campus were passed at all.

Please relate this to Sen. Williams for me and if possible get him to amend the bill to force at least the public universities to allow us to carry on campus.

Thank you,

I encourage you all to contact your state senatorial critters and get them to either edit this bill or to shoot it down. This is not just imperfect legislation, it is bad legislation, which I believe will short-circuit our chances of getting the effective real world ability to carry our handguns on campus in Texas for the foreseeable future.

Memorial Day 2013

May 27, 2013

I have always found this to be one of the visceral photos related to memorial day.

Freedom is not free, the price paid for us to live in such a wondrous place as this is borne not simply by those who serve and die for our freedom but by those who they leave behind.

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A quick look at the world and at history reassures us that such a heavy price, while costly and dear is indeed worthy of that which is purchased. This amazing land has brought more hope, light, freedom and happiness into this dark sad planet than any other nation in all of human history. And that is only because men and women through the years have stood up and put their life blood between us and evil.

So thank you to all who are now or have once worn the uniform of our nation’s armed forces. You and your brothers in arms fallen afield are not forgotten, the blood price for what we have is remembered.

I have nothing more to offer than my thanks and so I give it;

Thank you.

…there ought to be a law

May 8, 2013

One of the speakers at the NRA convention talked about the same thing I’ve said for a while; the left wins because they live and breathe their fanaticism, the rest of us have real lives and don’t like to be mired in politics.

This article is amazingly absurd, its open propaganda! I don’t know which is worse, the idea it puts forward implicitly that parents should not be allowed to pass on their ideals, morals, values and hobbies to their young children or the explicit attempt to connect all children back to the shooting in December last year. Its just insane that this is written in an American newspaper basically vilifying those who observe and promote a basic human right and a fundamental right enshrined in the US constitution.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/kidding-nra-pushes-guns-kids-young-newtown-victims-sick-youth-day-article-1.1335901

And they act the same when it comes to Religion and Education. I saw an article not too many days ago and I find it highly upsetting! Not because the author of this obvious propaganda disagrees with homeschooling and is obviously and painfully trying to stereotype all homeschoolers into what they want to portray as a abusive situation (they even use the word “endure” to refer to one girl’s life as a homeschooler). No what bothered me is that for these people, these busy bodied, nosy neighbor type weasels the solution to every problem they see is to layer on some extra helpings of Government! It solves every problem! Even those that don’t exist… especially those that don’t exist.

Poor little peoples, they didn’t like their upbringing where they were loved and cared for, taught morals and values and a worldview consistent with that of both their parents who were very interested in their lives. Sounds awful doesn’t it?

Government is not the answer, it almost never is but especially when it comes to caring parents educating and preparing their children it never is.

And its not like homeschooling creates some of or most of the best educated, smartest, most successful people in American society today all without any input or “assistance” from the government.
Oh wait haha! yes it is, my mistake I was thinking of public school.

The problem here, isn’t what the problem these nasty busy bodies who want to run everyone’s lives think it is. The problem is not guns, homeschooling, pervasive religion, or intolerance the problem is people who want to run everyone’s lives. Who want government to step in and make sure everyone is the same, quantifiable, known, measured and indoctrinated in state ideology. They cannot abide it when gun folks raise their kids to be gun folks, Gothardite quiver full folks raise their kids to be likewise or normal Christian folks raise their kids to believe in God, Heaven, hell and creation. And they attack free folk with propaganda from their 100,000 watt bull horn all the time.

Free people are different, we raise our kids differently, we believe differently and we are bloody well heavily armed (and so are our kids for that matter) its a dangerous and crazy life but its better and provides for just a little bit of happiness unlike anything experienced anywhere else or anywhen else on earth.  And we just want to live our quiet lives in peace but we keep getting blasted by this bloody 100,000 watt bull horn and its getting pretty darn annoying. … there aught to be a law…

Statesmanship & Conviction

March 6, 2013
Massive, massive respect for Rand Paul today:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/6/rand-paul-filibusters-brennan-nomination-cia-direc/

This is how you do it folks.
This is what guts, conviction and statesmanship look like.

I don’t always like or agree with the Pauls, I usually think their isolationist foreign policy is scary dangerous, however one can never doubt their conviction to their beliefs and ideology, something our side sorely needs today.

Go get’m Sen. Paul.

System Failure

February 22, 2013

You know, I read this headline and I’m far from surprised.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/02/21/Republicans-set-to-cave-on-Hagel

Does anyone remember when the last time was Republicans actually stood up for anything? They cave on budget issues, social issues, foreign affairs issues, liberty issues, etc. and not once do we get anything back. Are we trading a pass vote for this assclown Hagel for removing silencers, short barrel rifles and short barrel shotguns from the NFA list? Or a cut to welfare, food stamps or other socialist federal programs? HAHA You and I can only dream of having statesmen with the ability to successfully barter good deals with our communist opponents, hell right now I’d settle for statesmen willing to call their opponents by their true bright RED nomenclature.

Instead we get to sit back and enjoy the saber rattling that our politicians do knowing it’s all a show. We are represented ladies and gentlemen by a bloody great herd of peacocks. All feathers, no balls.  And this is why we continue to slide away from the things that made America great once, and more and more into the social, political and cultural morass that is slowly killing everything that used to make this a wonderful country, the best country.

We are watching a system failure and without real opposition by the Republican elected officials at the federal level there is no way for mere public opinion and outcry to stop or even slow down the Obama machine. Every single Senator and every single Representative with a very, very few exceptions need to be primaried out of office next election. Because the vast, vast majority of folks in DC supposedly fighting for good ole’ American values are either fighting for the other side, or totally worthless.

The same goes for the entire Republican leadership, they need to go, all of them, from the State leadership on up. Its baby out with the bathwater time, cause due to total lack of any signs of life I’m pretty sure that thing drowned a couple decades ago. Its slash and burn time, every elected official should face a primary challenge and every single race in every single county needs to have opposition, I don’t care if its a well loved Sheriff, judge or mayor, if they run as a Democrat, run someone against them. If its a worthless no-spine republican, run someone against them in the primary, and if you lose there run an independent against them in the general election. Its time for an ideological purge. If you aren’t one of us, you are the enemy and were gonna run you out of town.

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