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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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The complete fraud that is socialism

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The complete fraud that is socialism

Once again we are witness to the age-old scam of socialism with Leftists making promises to attain power that can never be fulfilled.

Long before Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago exposed the systematic oppression, torture, incarceration and deliberate mass murder that are the hallmarks of socialistic slavery. James A. Michener documented the 1956 Hungarian uprising against communism in his book ‘The Bridge at Andau’. While both are great literary works, ‘The Bridge at Andau’ laid bare the complete fraud that is the collectivist ideologies in creating a ‘Heaven on Earth’ or ‘worker’s paradise’ that never comes to fruition.

The selling of socialistic slavery to a new generation tends to follow a certain type of ‘progress’. Promises are made for all kinds of largess ranging from Free Healthcare, Free Housing, Free College, Free food to even Free income. All paid for with other people’s money. Never mind that It’s impossible to fulfill all of these wondrous asseverations. Appearances must be made to at least begin the process, so the ever-present task of wealth redistribution begins at the point of a gun.

This is also why the Socialist-Left obsesses over gun confiscation and the suppression of free speech. It is imperative for the Leftists to disarm the people since they generally object to having their property stolen from them. However, we are getting ahead of ourselves, this is to document how this exploitation of the people has ‘progressed’ in other collectivist enclaves to better understand how this crime against the people is perpetrated.

Why do collectivist regimes always require secret police apparatus and the suppression of Liberty?

This question was detailed in The Bridge at Andau in the chapters on the ‘AVO man’. In which he discusses the secret police organisation of the Hungarian Communists, the AVO (Allamvedelmi Osztaly). He bluntly asked and answered the question:

Why must communism depend on such dregs of society?

No matter on what elevated plane communism begins its program of total dictatorship. it sooner or later runs into such economic and social problems that some strong-arm force is required to keep the civil population under control.

As is the case now as it was then, a nation’s Socialist-Left will promise just about anything to attain power over the people:

When communism is wooing the workers in Csepel, all kinds of exaggerated promises are made if they seem likely to awaken men’s aspirations and their cupidity. These promises are couched in such simple terms and such effective symbols that they become immediate goals of the revolution.

Review briefly what communist agitators had once promised the Hungarians who appear in this book: consumer goods such as they had never known before, increased wages. increased social benefits, shorter hours of work, improved education for everyone, a greater social freedom, and a government directly responsible to the working classes. Under communism such promises were never even remotely capable of attainment.

[Our Emphasis]
If all of that sounds eerily familiar, it’s because that’s part of a very old song and dance that has deceived many a generation into enslaving themselves under socialism. Consider this recent story from the Associated Press:

Democrats lurch left on top policies as 2020 primary begins

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro launched his campaign by pledging support for “Medicare for All,” free universal preschool, a large public investment in renewable energy and two years of free college for all Americans.
….

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who is expected to launch his presidential campaign soon, has sponsored legislation to create a federal jobs guarantee program in several communities across America.

The pilot program… could ultimately transform the U.S. labor market by providing well-paid government employment with benefits for anyone who wants it.

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As Margaret Thatcher so aptly surmised, eventually they will run out of other people’s money. In our case in the states, that is already the situation given the enormous debt and unfunded liabilities reaching into the stratosphere of trillions of dollars. Of course, this hasn’t deterred committed collectivists such as Democratic mayor Bill de Blasio who recently stated that ‘There’s plenty of money in the world… It’s just in the wrong hands!’ Never mind that it is morally wrong to steal the property of others or that once a society turns down the dead-end of socialism there will always be more people wanting more money from those who have it.

Wealth redistribution scams will always wreck the economy. A socialist regime that nationalizes the economy can never function better than one of economic Liberty. Soon enough everything breaks down, the people see through the lies and the government has to start breaking heads. Thus it is imperative that they have previously confiscated the people’s guns and made it illegal to defend themselves.

The Takeaway

Socialistic schemes always run contrary to basic human nature. Rewarding someone for not working will always result in less work. Conversely, punishing someone for working will also result in less work.

This basic logic of human nature seems to be lost on Leftists. But perhaps it is not. They have to know their schemes have never and will never work. And yet they still try to impose them on everyone else. Perhaps they know of the epic fraud they are continually perpetrating on society, but they don’t care. That will be the subject of our next installment.


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As Venezuela implodes, Trump administration recognizes Juan Guaidó as President

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As Venezuela implodes Trump administration recognizes Juan Guaid as President

The destruction of Venezuela by socialism and corruption is practically complete, but hope is on the horizon. A new President has been recognized by the United States, making Nicolas Maduro’s presidency nearly finished.

Juan Guaidó has been serving as the President of the National Assembly of Venezuela since earlier this month and assumed the role of interim President earlier today. The United States joins Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, and Puerto Rico in recognizing his claim as legitimate.

People have filled the streets of Caracas in an amazing display of solidarity against Maduro, who held an “inauguration” on January 11 despite clear indicators the May 2018 elections were rigged. Now, the streets of Caracas are full.

President Trump confirmed the move following multiple news outlets quoting White House officials.

Ironically, Guaidó’s rallying cry happens to be “Sí, se puede!”, Spanish for “Yes we can.”

My Take

This is the only viable move given the circumstances. As I posted on Facebook:

It may not be possible for Guaidó to turn around the failing nation without a lot of outside assistance, but one thing is certain: Maduro had zero chance of making anything better for his starving people.


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Four Republicans Senators ask the President to transfer ISIS prisoners in Syria

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Four Republicans Senators ask the President to transfer ISIS prisoners in Syria

As the United States military prepares for a full withdrawal from Syria, some are concerned that Islamic State fighters currently being held by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will be released or others be allowed to rejoin ISIS. Four Republican stalwarts in the Senate are calling on President Trump transfer the worst of these prisoners to Guantanamo Bay.

Senators Tom Cotton, John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio all signed the letter to the President requesting this action.

The President announced the move to pull out of Syria on Twitter last month following a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This prompted the resignation of former Secretary of Defense James Mattis and drew condemnation from people on the left and right who felt the President was abandoning our allies in the war against ISIS.

Turkey has long wanted the United States out of Syria so they could deal with the Kurdish forces that they consider to be terrorists.

My Take

This is a smart move to do before the withdrawal, but this letter was also a not-so-subtle reminder to the President that pulling out of Syria quickly will have repercussions. Both National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have tempered the President’s remarks by saying the United States will pull out just as soon as ISIS is fully defeated.

One thing is certain: if these terrorists and militants are not moved to Guantanamo Bay, many if not all of them will eventually return to the Islamic State to continue their mission against the the rest of the world.


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