Not My President

I’ve seen this expression on signs and all over social media.  Various people, upset at the election of Donald Trump, have taken to stating that he is not their President.  I may touch on the obvious fallacy in this statement, but that is not my purpose in writing this morning.  This Monday after the Inauguration my purpose is to discuss the distinct differences between the right and the left.

First, the most obvious.  I do not think that in my entire lifetime there has ever been a riot started by or participated in by White Republicans.  If someone out there can document one, I will stand corrected.  But it is my belief that at no point in time have white Republicans decided that the method by which they should express their dissatisfaction assaulting police officers, and destroying property.

Second, I am fairly certain that no right wing organization has banned or punished members for holding different views.  Meanwhile Hollywood, the media, and various left leaning organizations are disparaging, threatening, and boycotting people like Steve Harvey for engaging with Donald Trump or performing at the inauguration.

Trump and Republicans are routinely criticized for dividing the nation by race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.  But it is clearly the left that practices identity politics.  Take for example the “Women’s March”.  Self described feminists who hold a pro-life position were specifically told they were not welcome to participate.  As if believing in the preservation of life strips one of their identity as a woman.

In reality, since it is the left that pushes the notion that there is no such thing as gender to begin with, and that a person is whatever they identify as, it strikes me as odd that they would even have a “Women’s March”.

The simple, demonstrable, inarguable fact is that it is the Democrats and their supporters who practice intolerance, bigotry, and racism.

The actual definition of tolerance is putting up with things you don’t like.  Republicans do that every day.  We are by and large, and as a matter of policy, generally content to let people live their lives.  And we genuinely believe in, and practice, freedom of speech.  The left does not.

As a member of the left you are not free to speak your mind, or deviate in any way from the party line.  If you do you will be shouted down, ostracized, and in some instances physically assaulted.  These things simply do not happen at right wing events, rallies, protests, etc.  As an example, it has now been documented that the violence at Trump rallies during the campaign was instigated, and orchestrated, by organized left wing groups.

The simple fact is that the left is actually guilty of all the things they claim the right is guilty of.  This can be proven through their own statements in writing and on video.

It is my hope that our new President will transcend all of the pettiness and BS, and actually move forward in a manner that will benefit all of us.  In fact, I am certain that whatever he does will be intended to benefit all of us.  Why?  Because Republicans see people as Americans, it is Democrats that see people as hyphenated Americans.

Bottom line snowflake…he is YOUR President, and he will be for at least the next 4 years.  So put your clothes back on, put the signs away, stop littering, rioting, and making fools of yourself in public…and let’s get about the business that should be at the top of EVERY American’s priority list.

Making America Great Again!

 

September 11, 2015

Here we are again.

I work in a Pentagon satellite building.  There are wreaths and flags all over the lobby.  Security notices are popping up on my PC.  There will be runs, and speeches, and memorials all day long today.  Some of us, like me, will spend some time today recalling the horror of the scene that unfolded on my television on this day, 14 years ago.

But, I wonder how many will ponder the horror that has happened every day since.

Caught up in the pageantry (and really, isn’t that the purpose of pageantry?) and somber remembrance, how many of us will consider the true impact of 9-11-2001?  Yes, nearly 3,000 people died.  But in the grand scheme of things those lives were not the greatest loss of “9-11”.  We lose nearly 20 times that many people a year in traffic accidents, and life goes on.  We have lost that many (and then some) soldiers in the wars that followed, and life goes on.

I am a parent, and a husband.  I understand the loss of life is a tragic and crushing thing to the individuals that knew the person who died.  But these ceremonies today will emphasize the loss to our nation, while only paying lip service to “the victim’s families”.  So I am going to take a minute or two to say some really controversial things, because i have strong feelings about this.

First of all, there are no “victim’s families”.  Islamic extremists did not attack the Smiths or the Johnsons.  The attacked America.  We are all victims of the acts committed on that day.  In fact the greatest victims are the next generation of American citizens who will grow up in a “post 9/11” society, having never known freedom.

Who exactly are the “heroes” being remembered in things like the 9/11 Heroes Run?  Certainly the police and fire departments that responded to the disaster were heroes.  If we are restricting that word to those men and women I am fine with that.  But it seems to me like we are using it to refer to the victims in general.  I am not fine with that.  There is nothing heroic about going to work and sitting in your cube while a plane crashes in to your building.  As for those who tried to help others survive…. we used to have a different word for that than “heroic”.  We used to call it common decency.  I think it speaks volumes that assisting your co-worker is considered “heroic” in these times.

Of course, let us not forget the nearly entirely fabricated events of Flight 93.  Those “heroes” charged the cockpit and forced the plane in to the ground rather than let it be used as a weapon against fellow citizens…or so we’re told.  Of course, that does not explain why wreckage from the plane was found all along the flight path for nearly two miles.  Or, how an intact passenger jet crashes into the ground…and virtually disappears.

The truth is, and some of you who read my blog KNOW this, that Flight 93 was shot down by a military jet.  I am not giving you my opinion, I am telling you what happened.  Now….continue to believe the lie because your overlords told you to.

9/11 gave us The Patriot Act, The Department of Homeland Security, the TSA, NSA wiretapping and email collection, extraordinary renditions, The HDAA, and two wars at a cost of hundreds of thousands of lives and billions (if not trillions) of dollars.

The true victim of 9/11 was the freedom we all lost that day.

As was predicted, our own laws have been used to defeat us.  We are less free than we were on 9/10/2001.  We have more government agencies, more intrusion, more spying.

We are subjected to searches and humiliation at airport terminals at the hands of an agency with a 95% failure rate when it comes to detecting weapons.  Yet the discussion we had upon learning this fact was about how to better train the TSA.  No one wanted to talk about the fact that 14 years has passed without another attack, while we have been failing 95% of the time in our security measures.  Meaning, the TSA is a wholly unnecessary organization conducting security theater rather than actually enhancing security.

We have witnessed our President order the killing of American citizens without due process.  I fail to understand how the rights of American citizens command no respect, while the rights of illegal aliens deserve our full attention.

We have witnessed the prosecution and persecution of people who revealed to us that our Constitutional right to privacy is being violated daily, en masse, by various agencies within our government.  Meanwhile, though some fuss was made over the issue and some impassioned speeches were given, the practice continues unabated as the citizenry returns to slumber.

We have witnessed, with the passage of the HDAA, a turning point in our nation’s history that I would wager 95%+ of our populace is wholly unaware of.  Since I know most folks care about what Kim and Kanye had to say than they do about preserving freedom for their children, I’ll sum it up for you.  As a matter of law you may now be detained indefinitely; with no access to legal counsel and no charges filed against you; with no notice to your family about your whereabouts or disposition; on the *suspicion* that you *might* have ties to terrorism.

And what now defines terrorism you ask?  Let me inform you:

Below is a list of 72 types of Americans that are considered to be “extremists” and “potential terrorists” in official U.S. government documents.  To see the original source document for each point, just click on the link.  As you can see, this list covers most of the country…

1. Those that talk about “individual liberties”

2. Those that advocate for states’ rights

3. Those that want “to make the world a better place”

4. “The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule”

5. Those that are interested in “defeating the Communists”

6. Those that believe “that the interests of one’s own nation are separate from the interests of other nations or the common interest of all nations”

7. Anyone that holds a “political ideology that considers the state to be unnecessary, harmful,or undesirable”

8. Anyone that possesses an “intolerance toward other religions”

9. Those that “take action to fight against the exploitation of the environment and/or animals”

10. “Anti-Gay”

11. “Anti-Immigrant”

12. “Anti-Muslim”

13. “The Patriot Movement”

14. “Opposition to equal rights for gays and lesbians”

15. Members of the Family Research Council

16. Members of the American Family Association

17. Those that believe that Mexico, Canada and the United States “are secretly planning to merge into a European Union-like entity that will be known as the ‘North American Union’”

18. Members of the American Border Patrol/American Patrol

19. Members of the Federation for American Immigration Reform

20. Members of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition

21. Members of the Christian Action Network

22. Anyone that is “opposed to the New World Order”

23. Anyone that is engaged in “conspiracy theorizing”

24. Anyone that is opposed to Agenda 21

25. Anyone that is concerned about FEMA camps

26. Anyone that “fears impending gun control or weapons confiscations”

27. The militia movement

28. The sovereign citizen movement

29. Those that “don’t think they should have to pay taxes”

30. Anyone that “complains about bias”

31. Anyone that “believes in government conspiracies to the point of paranoia”

32. Anyone that “is frustrated with mainstream ideologies”

33. Anyone that “visits extremist websites/blogs”

34. Anyone that “establishes website/blog to display extremist views”

35. Anyone that “attends rallies for extremist causes”

36. Anyone that “exhibits extreme religious intolerance”

37. Anyone that “is personally connected with a grievance”

38. Anyone that “suddenly acquires weapons”

39. Anyone that “organizes protests inspired by extremist ideology”

40. “Militia or unorganized militia”

41. “General right-wing extremist”

42. Citizens that have “bumper stickers” that are patriotic or anti-U.N.

43. Those that refer to an “Army of God”

44. Those that are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”

45. Those that are “anti-global”

46. Those that are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”

47. Those that are “reverent of individual liberty”

48. Those that “believe in conspiracy theories”

49. Those that have “a belief that one’s personal and/or national ‘way of life’ is under attack”

50. Those that possess “a belief in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in paramilitary preparations and training or survivalism”

51. Those that would “impose strict religious tenets or laws on society (fundamentalists)”

52. Those that would “insert religion into the political sphere”

53. Anyone that would “seek to politicize religion”

54. Those that have “supported political movements for autonomy”

55. Anyone that is “anti-abortion”

56. Anyone that is “anti-Catholic”

57. Anyone that is “anti-nuclear”

58. “Rightwing extremists”

59. “Returning veterans”

60. Those concerned about “illegal immigration”

61. Those that “believe in the right to bear arms”

62. Anyone that is engaged in “ammunition stockpiling”

63. Anyone that exhibits “fear of Communist regimes”

64. “Anti-abortion activists”

65. Those that are against illegal immigration

66. Those that talk about “the New World Order” in a “derogatory” manner

67. Those that have a negative view of the United Nations

68. Those that are opposed “to the collection of federal income taxes”

69. Those that supported former presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr

70. Those that display the Gadsden Flag (“Don’t Tread On Me”)

71. Those that believe in “end times” prophecies

72. Evangelical Christians

This is the true impact of 9/11.  It’s not about 3,000 dead people or the destruction of some iconic buildings.  It’s about the end of America as we know it.  It’s about the loss of freedom.  It’s about the future of our children, of our nation, of our culture and way of life.  It’s about the end of government of the people, by the people, for the people, and the establishment of tyranny in the U.S.A.

These are the things we need to reflect upon on this day.  These are the things we had better change.  Because we have sacrificed liberty for a false sense of security…and as such we have neither.

As you listen today to the tolling bells marking the passage of some person you didn’t know and feel compelled to express an appropriate level of sadness, remember this.  Those bells are tolling the death of the nation and the concepts of freedom, liberty, individualism, and constitutional government.

Let them be a call to action!

The Land of the Free

If The Joker were standing here he’d likely ask me, “Why so serious?”  I’ve begun to ask that question of myself.  The problem is, I don’t know any other way to be.

I cannot, of course, see into the minds of those around me.  I don’t know what my friends and associates are thinking moment to moment or day to day.  But from the things they say and the things they post to social media, none of them are thinking about the things I am thinking about.

I live and love, laugh and cry, pay the bills, just like everyone else.  I worry about how the kids are doing, showing up to work on time, getting the oil changed.  I bitch about traffic.  I look forward to the next episode of Ink Master.  In short, I see and acknowledge the little things in life, just like everyone else.  What separates me from those around me (as far as I can tell) is that I also concern myself with the big picture.  Even more fundamentally, I am able to see the big picture.

Too many of the people I know see each and every thing that happens as separate and unrelated to everything else that is happening.  I suppose the mind of the average person wants to believe that “shit happens”.  If you propose that there is an agenda, and that the things happening around you are not random and unrelated, this so offends the delicate sensibilities of the average Joe that they must come up with a derogatory name for you.  “Conspiracy theorist” is popular.

But the simple fact is that there is an agenda.  President Obama is not alone in this agenda, nor is his the first administration to implement it.  His was just the first administration to say it out loud.  Some of you will recall the speech he gave in which he referred to “the fundamental transformation of America”.

Note that words have meaning.  I know…these days words used by the common man don’t have much meaning.  But when spoken by professional speakers, and people of above average intelligence, words are often chosen carefully precisely because of their meaning.  In this one phrase, spoken by our President, we have the essence of today’s reality.  You see, “change”, can be instant, or nearly instant.  A red light changes to a green light in the blink of an eye.  But a “transformation” takes place incrementally.  Yes, it can still happen quickly, but it happens in stages.  Like a caterpillar transforming in to a butterfly.

And so we have witnessed over these last 7 years a transformation.  Not one that started 7 years ago to be sure.  But, one that has accelerated in the last decade.

Our military is weaker.  Our economy is weaker.  Our immigration laws are being ignored, flooding our nation with undocumented, cheap labor.  Our culture is weakened by things like the Obamacare individual mandate; because our government is now empowered to dictate to the people what products they must purchase.  Our form of government is weakened by the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage; because the legislative process is circumvented and the will of the people ignored.

It is more difficult today to open and run a business because of excessive government regulation.  Energy costs are going through the roof, as anyone paying an electric bill can attest, and as the President openly admitted was his plan prior to being elected.

But, of course, the poor cannot afford skyrocketing energy prices.  So there are subsidies.  And guess where those come from.

The Democrats rail against all the “wars” they see in our society.  Wars on women, the poor, minorities.  But the poor, women, and minorities have been voting Democrat for decades and to hear them tell it not a thing has changed.  That’s because the masses are being manipulated into believing a lie.  It is an intentional fabrication by political figures and media personalities.  We used to call it propaganda, back when people could use multi-syllable words.

We run around with bumper stickers and Facebook posts claiming that that we’re, “The Land of the Free, because of the brave.”  Few people actually give that any thought.  We are the Land of the Free because of the constitution.  The armed services of the United States have never fought a war to defend our freedom since the Revolution.  We have fought wars on foreign soil to defend other people’s freedoms, but no war has been fought here in centuries.  But the nationalist drumbeat is sounded anyway, because it is the method used to control the masses on the Right.

Lee Greenwood sings, “I’m proud to be an America, where at least I know I’m free.  And I won’t forget the men who died to give that right to me.”  Mr. Greenwood, while a lovely person and inspiring artist, is apparently unaware (as our most of our public) that we established as a people long ago that our rights are derived from our creator, and we are endowed with them as a result of our existence.  No men died to give us our rights.  Some died to codify them, but again that was a long time ago.

July 4th is coming.  As a nation we will wave flags and watch fireworks.  For many there will be patriotic outpourings and wishes of “Happy Birthday America”.  But for most it is simply an excuse to cookout and get drunk.  A day off work.  I’d wager a sizable chunk of change that 6 out of 10 random strangers on the street couldn’t offer a single detail concerning the 4th of July past “it’s Independence Day!”

So here we sit, in “The Land of the Free”.  With individual mandates on our health insurance, which is just the first step towards a single payer system.  Read More Here 

The EPA and other federal bureaucracies pass thousands of pages of regulations every year, many of which carry punishments like fines and imprisonment, and you didn’t elect a single person in any of them.  You also have no idea what is in those pages, until you find yourself face to face with an enforcement agent.

The government meddling in everything from what kind of light bulbs you can have in your house to fining pastry companies for not baking cakes for gay weddings.  Yeah…that’s freedom!

You are not free, and have not been for a very long time.  Your words, deeds, and to some extent even your thoughts are controlled.  Through laws and regulations, through propaganda and public opinion, and through judicial activism.

Your country has been invaded and conquered.  Your vote is a farce.  It’s an illusion created to give you the impression that what you think matters.  The fact that Obamacare passed while about 70% of the population was against it proves that what you think doesn’t matter at all.  Nor do votes, Senate rules, or anything else that stands in the way of the agenda.

Next comes the war on religious institutions.  The gay marriage ruling will be used as a springboard to attack churches of all denominations (but not mosques) for refusing to perform ceremonies for same sex couples.  Thus adding your beliefs to the official list of things under attack (though to be honest that has been the unofficial case for decades).  Because what is truly under attack is middle class, white, Christian, America.

Or as Obama would call them:

People who, “… cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

We have entered a world that is a strange amalgam of Orwell’s 1984 and Harrison Bergeron.  Though I know that many who read this post will have never read those stories.

We have returned to colonial days.  We have a ruling class and the peasantry.  In case you’re confused, you are the peasantry.  The ruling class are the people who tell you daily how to live your life.  They’re the people who make your electric bill go up.  The people who redistribute your money to buy the votes of people who have no money.  They’re the people who make you a pariah because you cling to your rights or your religion, or both.

These rulers have cleverly fooled a segment of the population in to believing that they matter by giving those people just enough to make it appear that they are trying.  And so the useful idiots cheer when the government usurps the individual rights of someone else in the name of fairness.  Somehow, never realizing that one day they will fall out of favor, and it will be their rights that are usurped.  This will become clear to the black man, that faithful Democrat voter, when the Hispanic population finally outnumbers them and their interests collide.

But for now, the poor are content when the rich are punished.  Never aspiring to be rich themselves, they are content to have those above them lowered to their level rather than aspiring to rise to meet them.

The black community is cheerful when the white man is disparaged; somehow missing the racism running rampant in their own communities and ignoring Tupac’s admonishment, “They say it’s the white man I should fear, but it’s my own kind doing all the killin’ here”.

Our nation is no longer built on hopes and dreams, but on hate and anger.  Those who wish to preserve what was good about our nation are viewed with hostility as the winds of change blow down every street in the nation.

Gays spitting on priests on street corners in the wake of the Supreme Court’s latest usurpation of the legislative process.

N.O.W. hating on men.

Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, et.al. stirring up racial division in a fundraising campaign designed to improve and maintain their personal lifestyles cleverly concealed as a social movement.

Consider for a moment that Donald Trump had his association with NBC terminated because he made hateful statements about Mexicans.  But Al Sharpton has a show on MSNBC and he has made racist statements in his past.  Hypocrisy much?  But that is the agenda. Because a divided people, angry at each other, are easier to control.  Because the truth, if condemned as “hate”, is muted, neutralized, and forgotten.  Hence, any negative word about Obama is immediately dismissed as racism, even if the criticism is legitimate and true.

We all want to pass on a better life and a better nation to our kids.  Some people labor under the illusion that they are doing so.  But we are tearing down the institutions and traditions that made this nation a special place, and decreasing freedom, liberty, and justice for the next generation.

If you honestly believe you are free, try telling the NSA you’d like to opt out of having your phone information monitored.  Try telling a gay couple that your deeply held religious convictions prohibit you from catering their wedding.  Try telling the IRS you’d like to make use of “the Geithner exemption”.  Try telling the EPA that your air conditioning bill is high enough and you’d like the restrictions on you local electric plant lifted.  Try telling the President you’d prefer that millions of your tax dollars weren’t going to fly his wife and her entourage all over the planet for vacations most of the rest of us will never be able to afford.

We live in a post-constitutional, statist society.  We have ceded power and control to petty men and women, intent on seeking power, hell bent to keep it.  We sacrificed freedom for security, liberty for “fairness”, and personal responsibility for a western European Socialist nanny state.

If you lack the will to change it, or the courage to speak up about it, at least have the integrity to stop lying to yourself about it.  Drink your beer, eat your hamburgers and watch the pretty lights in the sky.  But don’t stand around talking about freedom and independence this weekend.  No person alive in America today is, or ever has been, free.

Racism, Gun Control, and the Confederate Flag

Here we go again.

Every time more than one person is killed with a gun our “leaders” begin talking about gun control.  No one seems overly concerned when people die one at a time…

Martin O’Malley has said publicly that he is ready to do for America what he did for Maryland.  Consider that for a minute.  Baltimore…is in Md.  There have been a record number of murders in Baltimore recently.  In spite of restrictive gun laws.  So what exactly does Mr. O’malley propose to do?

That is the crux of the question, and one no one seems willing to answer.  The leaders chant gun control over and over, and then the liberal base and liberal media take up the chant, like a bunch of college students at an Obama rally.  “Yes we can!”  “Yes we can!”  Well, it turns out that no…you can’t.  But hey, it sounded good right?

When you ask a chanter a specific question, you get vague answers.  That’s because their ideology is not based on logic or reason, it’s based on emotion.  Let me illustrate.

What proposed law or amendment to a current law would have prevented the shootings in SC?  An assault weapons ban?  He didn’t use an “assault weapon”  (which is stupid in and of itself.  Name a weapon that when used does not “assault” the target).  Ammo capacity restrictions?  He shot 9 people.  You only need 9 bullets to do that. Better background checks?  From what I understand the gun was a gift.

The fact that all these recent shootings are taking place in locations where guns are prohibited should be a clear indication of what the actual problem is.  A school.  A church.  Military bases.  A theater where concealed carry was prohibited.  All have one thing in common.  They were full of unarmed, sitting ducks.  Has there ever been a mass shooting at a gun range?  How about a police department?  No?  I wonder why.

The press repeatedly states that “studies show” that armed citizens have never successfully stopped a mass shooting.  Yeah, because the shootings take place where no one is armed but the perpetrator.  However, think about that for a minute.  The police are armed citizens.  The military are armed citizens.  Of course they (supposedly) receive a lot of training.  But in NYC a couple of years ago two cops engaged an armed suspect on the street.  The cops shot 9 innocent bystanders trying to hit the criminal.  So much for the superior training the police receive.

We routinely hear that we need to find a way to control access to guns that respects the rights of hunters and sportsmen.  No one has the balls to say that it is not hunters and sportsmen whose rights need to be respected.  The Second Amendment wasn’t written for deer hunters.  It was written so that citizen militias could protect themselves and their communities against a tyrannical and overbearing government.  Don’t take my word for it.  Here is but a portion of the writings of our Founders on the topic.  Note that hunting is never mentioned.

  • “I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.”
    — George Mason, in Debates in Virginia Convention on Ratification of the Constitution, Elliot, Vol. 3, June 16, 1788
  • “Whereas civil-rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as military forces, which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.”
    — Tench Coxe, in Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution
  • “The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
    — Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers at 184-188
  • If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government, and which against the usurpations of the national rulers may be exerted with infinitely better prospect of success than against those of the rulers of an individual State. In a single State, if the persons entrusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, can take no regular measures for defense. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair.
    Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 28
  • “That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms … ”
    — Samuel Adams, Debates and Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, at 86-87 (Pierce & Hale, eds., Boston, 1850)
  • “[The Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation…(where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”
    –James Madison, The Federalist Papers, No. 46
  • “To suppose arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion, except in private self-defense, or by partial orders of towns, countries or districts of a state, is to demolish every constitution, and lay the laws prostrate, so that liberty can be enjoyed by no man; it is a dissolution of the government. The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws.”
    –John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States 475 (1787-1788)
  • “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.”
    –Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution (Philadelphia 1787).
  • “Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American…[T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”
    –Tenche Coxe, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.
  • “Whereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them; nor does it follow from this, that all promiscuously must go into actual service on every occasion. The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle; and when we see many men disposed to practice upon it, whenever they can prevail, no wonder true republicans are for carefully guarding against it.”
    –Richard Henry Lee, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.
  • “What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.”
    — Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith, 1787. ME 6:373, Papers 12:356
  • “No Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
    — Thomas Jefferson, Proposal Virginia Constitution, 1 T. Jefferson Papers, 334,[C.J. Boyd, Ed., 1950]
  • “The right of the people to keep and bear … arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country …”

So what about racism?  Isn’t it evil, hateful, hurtful and stupid?  Why yes, it is all of these things.  In my opinion hating someone simply because of the color of their skin is asinine.  In fact, “hating” anyone is really a waste of mental energy.  In my view we should all deal with each individual as an individual and like or dislike them based on character and personality.  Not on race or ethnicity.  But that is MY VIEW.

One of the key concepts we seem to have lost in this politically correct age is the simple fact that you do not need protection for popular speech.  You need protection of UNPOPULAR speech.  Hence the First Amendment.

If we allow an affront to our senses and sensibilities to push us to the point where we as a society, in a vain attempt to silence the mouths of men without changing their hearts, lead a federal assault on the First Amendment, we are doomed as a nation.  Consider for a moment a United States where it is illegal to speak your mind if your thoughts offend someone, and where the populace has been divested of all but but a handful of essentially useless firearms (from a self-defense perspective).  What then is our defense against a police state?  How is life here different from the future portrayed in George Orwell’s book of prophecy, 1984?

Do I think it is right, or normal, or acceptable to be a racist?  No I do not.  Do I think you have the right to be a racist, and to say so publicly?  Yes I do.

The government cannot mandate the content of the minds and hearts of the citizenry.  When it tries to do so you end up with places like Stalin’s Russia or Hitler’s Germany…or Chavez’s Venezuela.  If those are places that appeal to you, then keep supporting policies which disarm the public and outlaw hate speech.

The very notion of “hate crimes” does insult to the idea of a free society.  As a white man my life is as valuable as the life of a black man.  Murder is a crime.  The law values all lives equally in the context of murder.  But when we introduce hate crimes in to the mix we change the equation.  We make the lives of some citizens more valuable than the lives of other citizens, based on the motive the murderer had in his or her mind at the time of the killing.

We also apply these laws unequally.  When 1 white guy kills 9 black people in SC because they were black, that’s a hate crime.  But when a mob of 15 to 20 black men chased down and beat a white man in Furgeson, Missouri that was simply an assault (and to my knowledge no one was ever charged).  Presumably because only white people are capable of hate??

The calls for the removal of the Confederate flag are similarly misplaced.

To be clear, I do not live in SC, and I do not care what flag or flags they fly.  But what I do care about is dealing with a problem in a way calculated to actually fix the problem.  I care about truth and honesty.  I care about integrity.  The push to take down the flag has none of these qualities.

There have been some pictures circulated of the church shooter holding the Confederate Flag.  For him it was a symbol of his racism.  But I am not a racist, and I have Confederate imagery on shirts and other nicknacks around my home.  What if the young man had been holding an I-phone?  What if he was wearing an AC/DC shirt?  Would we be calling for the removal of these images?

You may say that those things are not images that invoke racial hatred.  Okay, fair enough.  So let’s also remove all shirts and hats with a big white “X” on them.  Let’s remove the “black power” fist.  Let’s remove the flags at the U.N. of every nation that supports hate and intolerance on the basis of race, gender, or sexual orientation, starting with every nation in the middle east.

The simple fact is that the Confederate Flag was the symbol of a nation in which slavery was legal.  We do business with such nations to this very day.  Yes, there was a component of slavery to the civil war.  Yes, some of the armies fighting in it were fighting to preserve the practice.  But many of those men fighting on the Confederate side were fighting simply for the right of individual states to set their own path, as the Founders intended.  They were fighting against an all powerful federal government with its’ fingers in everybody’s pie, like the one we have today.  They were fighting for federalism, states rights, and autonomy.  And they are a part of the history of this nation.

For me, and people like me, that flag represents a rebel spirit.  It represents individualism and a belief in the 10th Amendment.  It represents federalism and a belief in a small central government.  And it represents a heritage of like minded people, willing to lay down their lives to defend those principles.  When I see it I do not think of hate, or even of black people at all.  I think of the things above.

Racism in this nation will not end with the removal of a flag or the passage of legislation making certain speech illegal.  It will not end with hate laws or extra punishment for “hate crimes”.  It will end when people stop teaching their kids to dislike or hate other people based on the color of their skin.  All people!  Including black people!

So the next time some liberal politician spouts off some feel good nonsense about how we need to do something to stop these crimes, think long and hard about it before you start nodding in agreement.  Passing laws restricting the freedom of speech or the freedom to own firearms will not stop people from hating each other.  It will not prevent tragic deaths or end racism.  It will not even end mass murder.  What it will do is move us one step closer to a police state where only the authorities have weapons.  Where what you think becomes a crime, and unjust laws are enforced by a government no longer concerned that the people might rise up and reject them.

If you want to live in a place like that there are many of them.  Take your pick…your plane is waiting.  But if you believe what President Obama said, that these things do not happen in other advanced nations, then you have already forgotten about the Charlie Hebdo attack, in France, where even the regular police don’t have guns.

Wake up!