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American firewall, part II

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I assure you, there are hundreds of thousands of veterans who will take up arms to fight for our country again.

At Virginia’s ratification convention for the U.S. Constitution on June 14, 1788, George Mason said, “When the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliment was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually….”

I’m sure someone, somewhere within the hierarchy of the Democratic National Committee at one point said something similar as that governor of Pennsylvania. The Democrats, and even many Republicans, have certainly tried to curtail the 2nd Amendment as much as they can over the years. The pure hatred toward ordinary citizens who are capable of bearing arms and protecting themselves from any threat, even, in the extreme, our own government, has been palpable.

Yesterday evening, that hatred was given a voice, a face, and a name. Congresswoman Kathleen Rice (D-NY) suggested on social media that NRA members like myself should be considered domestic security threats.

Now, I haven’t said much about myself in my writings since coming to this new platform, so let me give you some perspective. I was a military officer for 10 years. I am a recipient of the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge for my service in Afghanistan. I’ve been a commander and a staff officer. I’ve been a husband and a father. I’m now divorced, but still a good father. I’ve been homeless. I’ve been poor, and I’ve been comfortable. What I want most in life: to be able to raise my children in peace and work hard to make my way in the world, and other than that to be left alone. I’m a gun owner. I’m no threat to anyone who isn’t a threat to me or my loved ones. I’m also an NRA Life Member.

James Madison wrote extensively in the Federalist Papers about the need for an armed citizenry. They weren’t just worried about Britain returning, but they also knew this new government could become corrupt as well, and as a last resort the people might need to take up arms against this new government.

As I wrote about yesterday, the 2nd Amendment is our American Firewall against criminals, both domestic and imported, but its primary function is as defense against tyranny.

Congresswoman Rice’s statement is the kind of thing that the Founders were concerned about. The idea that someone like me, someone who has fought for this country, and mostly just wants to be left alone but wants to live free, is somehow a domestic threat, is truly incredible. And that she says this while we face the external threats of North Korea and Radical Islam, not to mention ACTUAL domestic terrorist groups like Antifa, who have ACTUALLY committed violence, just makes it all the more infuriating.

The DNC would be wise to ask for her resignation, but I’m sure that will not happen.

Congresswoman Rice, I will say it. A member of Congress suggesting that NRA members who simply want to preserve their rights to defend against future tyranny are domestic threats is exactly the kind of tyranny for which the 2nd Amendment was written. YOU, in fact, are the domestic threat. You are a threat to liberty, and you clearly do not care much for the Constitution to which you took an oath. I thank God you have no power to fulfill what you suggest at this time. I pray that people will take your words as a cautionary tale, that you and your kind are the very tyranny that we must remain vigilant against.

Democrats and many Republicans have a dream of a disarmed American populace. That is all it is: a dream. We will not give up our Firewall against tyranny. When you try to take it from us, as that ancient governor of Pennsylvania suggested to the British Parliment, we will use it, just as our forefathers did.

I know you think most of use are rubes, but I assure you, there are hundreds of thousands of veterans who will take up arms to fight for our country again. We’ve fought this kind of war before. We’ve done our part and we don’t want to again, but if we must, we have experience, because we have fought this kind of war before from the other side, and we are smarter and much better trained than our Afghan and Iraqi enemies were. I suggest you get back inside the Constitution where you belong.

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Why abortion must be fought politically AND culturally

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Why abortion must be fought politically AND culturally

Last week, I jumped in on a heated Twitter debate between a conservative writer and a pro-life policy wonk. Though they both wanted to reduce or eliminate abortions in America, they were fighting over whether it was practical or even fair to charge women who get abortions with a felony. Obviously this debate was set within a hypothetical world in which abortions were already illegal, but it’s worthwhile to plan steps that need to be taken if Roe v Wade were overturned, or if some other laws at the state or national level made abortion-on-demand illegal.

Both sides made pretty epic arguments supporting their side, but both missed the bigger picture. Abortion is, at the very least, a two-front war. There are a few smaller fronts where the war can be waged, but the two primary battlefields are political/legal and cultural. Most pro-lifers fight the political battle. They may invoke faith-based arguments or post videos from the womb to pull at the heartstrings, but when they do so within the framework of the law, they’re still making a political argument.

The pro-abortion side is focusing on the cultural side of the debate… and they’re winning. It’s not because they have the better argument. It’s because the pro-lifers are neglecting this front, and the few that are actually addressing it are doing so with a generally poor strategy. Most are relying on judges and legislation as the way to stop abortions. Meanwhile, they’re losing ground on the cultural front.

How is the left so adept at fighting the culture war? Because they’re framing their arguments within a bigger picture. Their focus on the collective rights of people groups has made their willing sheep abandon what they once knew in their hearts, that killing preborn babies is fundamentally wrong.

The left’s message is that if you believe in equal rights, then you MUST believe in women’s rights. Not too long ago they called it “reproductive rights” but they abandoned that when they realized they could position abortion within the greater women’s rights narrative and get away with it. We’ve seen some pushback by prominent pro-life women, but it’s not enough. To win the cultural war against the womb will require utilizing a variation of the same tactics used by the left.

There are three fundamental truths that pro-lifers must understand if we’re going to win the culture war as it pertains to abortion.

  1. Statistics are counterproductive. I cringe every time I see or hear someone spouting out statistics like there are 125,000 abortions worldwide every day or that over 50,000,000 Americans have been murdered through abortion since it was made legal. It’s not that the statistics are wrong. It’s that they only have an impact on those who already oppose abortion. Those who support abortion do so knowing that many abortions happen and they don’t really care because to them, these weren’t people. Whether they think of them as fetuses or potential humans or parasites or whatever, they’re not going to be swayed by arguments that abortions are rampant.
  2. Science is on our side. Every week, there are new stories highlighting certain attributes of preborn babies that need to be communicated to the masses. They feel pain. They dream. They’re often viable at a much earlier stage of development than previously believed. There’s still a large portion of the population that believes a baby’s heart starts beating when they leave the womb. So much effort is made to use the science on the political side, we often forget that it works from a cultural perspective as well, perhaps more so. We need to educate the people so they understand that preborn babies aren’t just potential humans. They’re humans.
  3. Framing is everything. Just as the left has framed abortion as part of women’s rights, so too must pro-lifers frame the right to exist as a human right. This may seem like a political argument instead of a cultural one, and it is, but when we do so from the perspective of right versus wrong, we can allow the argument to transcend into the part of consciousness that touches on cultural ethics. But framing doesn’t just end with making it a human right to live. We have to frame abortion itself with other topics that people may find despicable. Here are three examples of talking points that frame the abortion debate in a culturally favorable way for pro-lifers that have the potential to reach those who are either pro-abortion or indifferent.
    1. Planned Parenthood was born from the tenets of racism and population control and continues those missions today.
    2. Pushing for gun control to save lives while endorsing abortion-on-demand is a contradiction.
    3. The elite promote abortion knowing it is far more rampant among the poor and minorities. This is no accident. It’s by design.

The war on the womb cannot be won through political means. It cannot be won through cultural shifts. It can only be won when both fronts are addressed simultaneously. Pro-abortionists are doing it. It’s time pro-lifers learn a lesson from the enemy.

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Tucker on new NJ gun ban: Venezuela banned gun ownership before country’s collapse

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Tucker on new NJ gun ban Venezuela banned gun ownership before countrys collapse

Tucker Carlson makes the point that the Leftists opposing Liberty should target criminals instead of the innocent.

Letting Tucker Carlson speak for himself, But we’re emphasizing two important points:

  1. Gun Confiscation has nothing to do with ‘safety’ or ‘protecting the children’ but empowering the Socialist Left. Crime has skyrocket in the Socialist Utopia of Venezuela after the government disarmed the people. Just as the Left wants to do in the states.
  2. He also made the point that indicates the other party is arguing in bad faith.  If they really were concerned about gun violence, then they would go after that small segment of the population that is committing this violence. Instead they are going after innocent gun owners.
Tucker on New NJ Gun Law: Venezuela Banned Gun Ownership Before Country’s Collapse

http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/12/17/new-jersey-gun-law-bans-magazines-more-10-rounds-tucker-carlson-bernard-kerik-reactHe said that in Venezuela, the point was not to make people safer, but to “disarm the public.” Now, it is a felony in New Jersey for ordinary citizens to “defend themselves,” Carlson added.

Bernard Kerik, who was Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s NYPD police commissioner, said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that the law is a “cunning way to attack the legal gun owners.”

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Nearly $5 billion being sent to Mexico while border wall languishes in political hell

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Nearly 5 billion being sent to Mexico while border wall languishes in political hell

Talk about adding insult to injury. Not only are we nowhere nearer to getting the wall built on our southern border, but now taxpayer dollars are actually being sent to Mexico to fund development.

This is not a joke, though it’s actually pretty funny.

Today, we learned the White House may be backing down on shutting down the government to get Congress to fund the down payment on the border wall.

Is the White House backing down on the government shutdown?

http://noqreport.com/2018/12/18/white-house-backing-government-shutdown/The White House seems to be in damage-control mode as it shifts from claiming the President will shut down the government if he doesn’t get $5 billion in wall funding to now saying the President could find other ways to get the money for the border wall if DHS budget isn’t sufficient.

This is a clear departure from the bold words during last week’s public standoff between the President and his friends on the Democratic side, Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi. At that point, the President was willing to “carry the mantle” of “Trump’s Shutdown” if he didn’t get a CR that included $5 billion for DHS.

Now we’re learning that the United States is sending over $10 billion to Central America and southern Mexico in an aid package designed to stimulate economic growth in the impoverished region, including $4.8 billion to Mexico.

US pledges $10.6B aid for Central America, southern Mexico

http://noqreport.com/2018/12/18/us-pledges-10-6b-aid-central-america-southern-mexico/The plan was announced in a joint U.S.-Mexican statement released by the State Department and read aloud by Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard in the Mexican capital.

“In sum I think this is good news, very good news for Mexico,” Ebrard said.

Newly inaugurated President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador waxed poetic about the plan to provide jobs so people won’t have to emigrate.

I wasn’t one of those who fell for the idea that the President was going to get Mexico to pay for the border wall, but I never thought I’d see the wall languishing in political hell while we’re sending nearly the exact amount needed to start the wall to Mexico instead. This isn’t the type of change we were promised. This isn’t draining the swamp.

Drudge encapsulated it perfectly with their current top headlines.

Drudge Report

Whether this is some sort of poetic justice against those who thought things would be different or a cruel joke on the nation, one thing is certain. We’re not seeing the progress on stopping illegal immigration that we were promised. Not even close.

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