A great summary of where we are/how did we get here.
Here is Judge Napolitano’s closing argument yesterday on his FreedomWatch.
Does the government work for us or do we work for the government? Is freedom in America a myth or a reality? Tonight, what if we didn’t live in a free country?
What if the Constitution were written not to limit government, but to expand it? What if the Constitution didn’t fulfill the promise of the Declaration of Independence, but betrayed it? What if the Constitution actually permitted the government to limit and constrict freedom? What if the Bill of Rights was just a paper promise, that the government could avoid whenever it claimed the need to do so? What if the same generation – in some cases the same people – that drafted the U.S. Constitution enacted laws that violated it? What if the merchants and bankers who financed the American Revolution bought their way into the new government and got it to enact laws that stifled their competition? What if the civil war that was fought in the name of freedom actually advanced the cause of tyranny?
What if the federal government were the product of 150 years of stealing power and liberty and property from the people and the states? What if our political elites spent the 20th century importing the socialist ideas of big government Statism from Europe? What if our political class was adopting the European political culture from which our founding fathers fought so hard to break free?
What if our political leaders no longer acknowledged that our rights come from our humanity, but insisted instead that they come from the government? What if you had to produce your papers to get out of or into our once-free country? What if you couldn’t board a plane, a train, or a long-distance bus without providing documentation telling the government who you are and where you’re going, without paying the government, and without risking sexual assault? What if your local police department could shoot down a plane? What if government agents could write their own search warrants, declare their own enemies, and seize whatever property they want? What if the feds could detain you indefinitely, with no visitors, no lawyer, no judge, and no jury? What if they could make you just disappear? What if the government broke its own laws in order to enforce them? What if the government broke down your front door in the middle of the night and shot your dog, and claimed it was a mistake?
What if you were required to purchase a product that you didn’t need, didn’t want, and couldn’t afford, from a company you never heard of, just as a condition of living in the United States? What if the government told you what not to put in your body as well as what to put into it; and how much? What if the government claimed that since it will be paying your medical bills, it can tell you what to eat, when to sleep, and how to live? What if the government tried to cajole and coax and compel you into behaviors and attitudes it considered socially acceptable? What if the government spent your tax money to advertise to you how great the services are that it provides? What if the government kept promising to make you safe while it kept stripping you of your liberties and committing crimes in your name that made you a target of more violence?
What if you didn’t have a right to every dollar you earned? What if the government decided how much of your earnings it will keep and how much it will permit you to have? What if the government took money from you and gave it away to its rich banking and corporate friends whose businesses were failing? What if the government thought it knew better than you did how to lead your life and had no problem telling you so? What if the government took the credit for every success your own human actions helped you achieve? What if the government told you that only it could build roads, run schools, keep you safe, and collect trash even though it’s never been able to do so efficiently before? What if the government spent nearly twice as much as it took in? What if it couldn’t pass a budget on a timely basis and funded itself just weeks at a time? And what if the government kept borrowing money against the wealth of future generations to pay for wasteful programs today?
What if you worked for the government and the government didn’t work for you? What if freedom were a myth? What if we don’t live in a free country? What do we do about it?
From New York, defending freedom; so-long America.
September 30, 2011
Well, the NRA just gave me a call about the UN Gun Grab (!). They thought they were going to solicit me, but instead that got a rant instead. My final words to them were simply they cannot be trusted to do what is right and that my money is better served going to the GOA and the JPFO. I give you this from Alvie D. Zane of The Cliffs Of Insanity titled UN Gun GRAB!!!! which pretty much sums up most of my other comments to them:
Friday, September 2, 2011
UN Gun Grab!!!!!!
From now on, I’ll refer to the UN Gun Grab!!! as the NRA Money Grab!!!
Tough guy Wayne LaPierre had his telemarketers pay me a phone call today. Right as I got in the house, I was greeted by the NRA.
I received the customary welcome message, then Wayne’s 2 minutes of hate for the UN Gun Grab (with extra exclamation points!!!!), then a “poll question” of whether I supported the UN going after gun rights on American soil.
I gave no answer, but I did get another human on the line.
He gave me the pitch for a 5 year membership-all of the benefits, the perks, the free decal, and the commemorative NRA knife.
Forgive me but why not something that’s at least related to firearms. A bayonet? Yes. A cute rosewood handled commemorative knife? Eh….not so much. Don’t want to get in trouble with the tree popo.
Finally, my chance to talk.
Excellent…open bomb bay doors
Well sir, I actually dropped my NRA membership. And I’ll tell you why I’m proud of that.
A couple of years ago, about 50 of us got together. We manned up and rifled up and carried openly on the banks of the Potomac-in sight of the Washington Monument and the Capitol Dome. Larry Pratt from Gun Owners of America came. But no NRA. Press from all over the world came, but the NRA wouldn’t touch us.
As far as the UN Gun Grab goes, I’ve been hearing this talk from the NRA for years. Honestly, I don’t care what the UN does, what Obama does, what Washington does.
My rights are God-given, they are unalienable and no piece of paper can take them away. My freedom doesn’t depend on what a judge says, on what Washington says, or even what the majority says. If they want to come grab our guns, then let them try. And then we’ll see what “fighting for our gun rights” looks like.
Understand that this sentiment isn’t directed at you, but your bosses. Feel free to pass this uphill to them. Good day.
My only regret is that I didn’t talk longer and thereby consume valuable working time in a non-productive effort. Starve the monkey.
After I hung up, I thought of so much more that I could have said.
How the NRA won’t stand up for the Montana Firearms Freedom Act. How they didn’t want to push Heller. How they gave Harry Reid a “B”, yet couldn’t see their way fit to endorse his opponent when he was clearly vulnerable. How they are so late to the party where Gunwalker is concerned. How they aren’t a “cold dead hands” organization anymore, but instead insist we need to be tough like Chuck and trigger the vote.
I suppose I also could have tried to get the caller to look through the Hoffman lenses.
Well, I’ll have something to talk about next time they call.