Sunday, August 26, 2012

Rural Private Property Rights or Lack Thereof

There is nothing like a good ole' slap in the face by some local ordinance or regulation, that you were not aware of, delivered by a local bureacrat. The sting is quite memorable. My experience is not rare among rural citizens. We tend to keep to ourselves, happy just living away from all of the urban sprawl. It is our own fault, however, not being as involved with our local commissioners as we should be. I have learned my lesson.

 Our problems with big brother begin whenever we decide to enjoy our own property. Maybe we want to do some landscaping or build an out building.  Perhaps we want to drill a water well or dig a small pond. Hold on there, folks! Not without permission from the local county government! What has America become?

 I don't know about most folks, but I chose to live away from the cities and the homeowners associations for a reason. I wanted to be able to enjoy my property just as our Founders enjoyed theirs. I like to garden. I want to wash my car in the driveway. I like to have large gatherings with friends and cook out on the week-ends, without worrying about bothering the neighbors. I want to tinker on old cars, tractors, boats, atv's, etc. without worrying about clutter regulations. I like hunting on my property and target shooting with my favorite rifle or shot gun. Most of all, at night I like sitting outside with my wife, watching the stars, and enjoying the quietness of it all.

Someone has to defend what is left of our private property rights and try to ease some of the ridiculous ordinances and regulations thrust upon us. That someone begins with me. I will attend county commissioners meetings and call my state representative, and I encourage all that I come in contact with, to follow my lead. After all, it is in our best interest to be able to enjoy our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, without a permission slip.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tyranny and an Armed Public

The Founders of our great Nation knew that a representive republic would be hard to keep. The constant threat of tyranny by the government, was purposely subdued by insisting on the right of the People to keep and bear arms. The definition of arms is not tied to the evolution and improvement on them, but instead, is clarified by the words "shall not be infringed". The common sense of the People determine what is acceptable and what is not. Nuclear weapons, heavy artillery, machine guns, etc., are widely accepted as illegal to individually own, (machine guns being allowed only by federal license).

The cry from anti-gun groups is that assault weapons should be illegal. The dirty little secret is that they ARE illegal. Here is where word play comes in. The definition of an assault rifle is that it has selective fire capability, meaning- single shot, semi auto, AND fully automatic. The AR-15 fifle used by the deranged shooter in Colorado was not an assault rifle, but a clone that fired in semi-automatic fashion, just like many hunting rifles. This rifle just looks like it's military counterpart. You can purchase these rifles in several "looks"at your local Wal-Mart. The fact is, the Colorado shooter could just have easily bought a traditional hunting semi-automatic rifle with detachable clips, and used it to do the exact same harm.

Think about this...a deranged individual repeats the cinema massacre but uses molotov cocktails instead. The results could have been even more horrible, with many dead and severely wounded. What would be the resulting wrath of the citizenry? Outlaw gasoline? Matches?

Unfortunately, there is no 100% way to detect future psychopaths. Some mentally ill people do give warning signs, but not all do. Placing the blame on inanimate objects, rather than the person committing the crime is stupid. According to government statistics , overall violent crime is down. Yes, terrible things happen. Yes, we can strive to try to prevent terrible events such as the Colorado shootings, but we must carefully place our remedies. The cinema in Aurora, Colorado was a "gun free zone", but having such a rule did not prevent this tragedy.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

New Romney Campaign Strategy

Epiphanies are a rather rare thing in my life, but today I had one. Mitt Romney's lack of enthusiasm and inspiration caused me to wonder what in the world must we on the right do to propel Mr.Milktoast into the highest office in the land? Everyone has offered advice to his campaign but little improvement or fire in the belly has been produced by such encouragement. The "lay low and not create a stir" strategy kind of sucks.

Then it came to me. There was a comedy movie some years back called "Weekend at Bernie's". Instead of relying on the Romney campaign to do the right things, we must visualize Romney as the dead "Bernie", and we will be the ones to prop up the corpse and take the message of restoring America to its roots in the Constitution, directly to the people. Just ignore the rest of the campaign as really ineffective (which they are) and put all of our efforts into conservative superpacs and their advertising, demanding and promoting the end of Obama's socialist take-over, and insisting on Romney,aka,"Bernie"as the solution to the crisis.

Somebody get some sunglasses!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Too Little, Too Late??

Today I had an interesting discussion with a young man (my step-son). The topic was "Is our Republic Already Lost?"
He has an interesting outlook / theory about this that I thought I would share with all of you.

While we point out all things we deem to be going on today as unconstitutional, such as Obama's eligibility, executive branch power grabs, lack of a federal budget being submitted in over three years, surrendering sovereignty to the UN, etc., the progressive strategy put into motion in the early 1900's has been the perfect evil plot. The slow, decades long, creeping away from constitutional adherence has finally reached its apex. In fact, the struggle to wrest back the Republic from the grips of Marxism may be too late. The trap has already closed.

Here are the scenarios:
1. Obama wins a second term, the GOP holds the house but does not take the Senate. In this result, we all know that the leftist agenda marches on, and the sky is the limit for Obama.

2. Mitt Romney wins in a landslide. The GOP wins the house and the Senate , but fails to get a filibuster proof majority. The damage done to the economy can not be turned around quickly. Massive cuts to the budget cause mayhem amongst the dependency class. The midterms come around and the GOP loses both houses of congress, due to the lack of patience of the population, which has been stuck in high unemployment, massive home foreclosures, and soaring consumer prices for the past SIX YEARS STRAIGHT.

Either way...the socialist / progressive / Marxist long term assault plan.....wins. Game Over.