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It’s funny to look back in time and determine where people stood on issues 20, 50 or 200 years ago and then compare the modern day stances on the same issues.  Societal changes, shifting demographics and changes in technology and the ramifications of these changes rippling through society as a whole, sometimes leave me surprised and confused.

Let’s talk about the latest battleground forming in our nation today; The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

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Until just a few short years ago, guns in society were rarely considered.  It was just assumed that most people had guns and knew how to use them.  I grew up with guns in our home.  It was no big deal.  My father taught my brother and me how to properly use a gun, care for it, and ABOVE ALL, respect it.  I personally took a 12 gauge shotgun to school for use in a school play and actually shot it (with the metal shot removed from the shells of course) during the play!  Guess what?  No one was surprised and no one even checked my shells to verify they were empty.  In that era, even adults placed faith in 17 year olds that they were being responsible with weapons.

Until 40 or 50 years ago, guns were a primary means in putting food on tables in a majority of homes in America.  Guns were tools that were used responsibly, for the most part.  Once again, they were no big deal.

Now, it seems, guns ARE a big deal.  Why?  Because some crackpot idiot decided to STEAL guns and massacre 20 children and 8 adults in the most recent act of craziness.  It’s not JUST Newtown, CT.  Its Columbine, Jonesboro, Aurora, etc., as well as Tyrifjorden Buskerud, Norway, Baku, Azerbaijan and Dunblane, Scotland.  If you think crazy is limited to America, then you are nuts as well.

You might think that this is the reason that gun control is all you hear about on the news these days.  Well, it’s not.  I have news for you.  These “crazies” would have killed people with a knife, ball bat or a damn rock if that is what they could get their hand on.  The reason that our Federal Government is so up in arms over guns is simple….control…

I hear people say that we need to ban “military STYLE assault rifles”. Why?  Because they LOOK like an automatic weapon.  Guess what?  They are NOT automatic weapons.  Honestly, you can do as much damage with your Dad’s 30.06 deer rifle as you can with a Bushmaster XM 15 rifle.  It might take you an extra 3-4 seconds to change out the clips since they hold only 5 rounds, but I can carry 20 to 30 full clips with no problem whatsoever.  All this talk about limiting clips to 10 rounds or less is no more than political scare tactics.

It’s about time that our elected officials start talking about the REAL meaning of the 2nd Amendment and quit all the beating around the bush.  They act like stating a fact is treason.  The simple truth is that the 2nd Amendment authorizes We The People to protect ourselves and our country from a tyrannical government…end of story.  It does not mention or even allude to hunting or self-defense from other citizens.  You see, our Founding Fathers were not worried about hunting….that was a daily chore.  They were not worried about self-defense from other citizens…they all had guns and most of them were responsible and trustworthy citizens.  Our Founding Fathers were fighting a war of independence from a TYRANNICAL GOVERNMENT!  The BRITISH!  GET IT PEOPLE??????  These men, in their infinite wisdom, saw fit to delineate a physical object (the ONLY physical object listed in our Bill of Rights) as the ONE tangible object REQUIRED to overthrow a tyrannical government!  ARMS……

Now, if you consider the 2nd Amendment in this light, what makes you think that our Founding Fathers would even consider allowing the People to be armed with weapons that do military style weapon cartoonnot even come close to matching the weaponry that the government possesses?  They would not.  That would be like saying, “Well, the British have flintlock rifles, so we need to fight our battles against them with the bow and arrow”!  Now, exactly how much sense does that make?  None whatsoever!  That would be a totally stupid statement to make, and even an idiot should realize it.

Our Federal Government has NO right under the Constitution to limit the people’s access to weapons and has even less of a mandate to know WHO possess these arms!

It is impossible to overthrow a tyrannical government with sub-standard weapons.  It is also foolish of the People to inform the same government as to who owns weapons that could be used in overthrowing it.

Does this now make sense to everyone?

Alas, probably not…  I understand that Progressives will, for some reason, disagree with even the simplest of arguments.  Just as they cannot usually see that lower tax rates generate MORE taxes in the long run, they will refuse to see that our Founders foresaw that, at some point, the People MAY have to resort to putting its own Federal government back in line.

If, for any reason, you don’t believe the obvious, PLEASE consult an expert.  I can tell you who the experts are that can give you first-hand information regarding banning guns and documented gun ownership…

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Ask a Russian…ask a Chinese…ask a North Korean…maybe a German!

In the grand scheme, it should not be a question of WHAT kind of arms I can own.  The answer should be anything I can afford.

I’m finished now….  I have to get back to work to make the next payment on my Tomahawk Missile.

Chatter Now Decoded.

xxx

GBB

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When I think about the men that founded this great experiment called The United States of America, lofty words always come to mind.  Words like visionary, titan, ingenious, dreamer…   While all of these words are certainly appropriate adjectives to characterize our Founding Fathers, it dawned on me that there are other more mundane descriptions that are just as important, possibly more important.  I believe words like hard, determined, committed and dedicated better describe the condition of these extraordinary men and their ideals.

First Continental Congress portrayed

Let’s look back 250 years and consider how these more common, simple words fit into the narrative of our Founding Fathers; how do these common words affect their legacies and the way that we should remember them.

250 years ago, there was no air travel.  There were no limousine services.  No paved roads, no roadside motels, no rest stops.  Think about it.  Men and women in that era lived hard lives, even in the best of circumstances.

In an era of primitive transportation, no plumbing, no running water, no electricity, no concrete, no telephones, no internet, the people of this era built an infrastructure that allowed for the interaction of the colonies, commerce, education, and the arts to take root and flourish.

To me, that defines the word Hard.

In our era, our elected officials jump on a plane (at our expense) and fly to Washington and back, sometimes on a weekly basis.  Would these same men and women undertake this journey 250 years ago?  I think not.  The distance between Charleston, SC and Philadelphia, PA at that time was about 750 miles.  When riding hard, a man could cover 20-30 miles a day, assuming the trails upon which they rode were in decent shape.  To travel these 750 miles would take a man 25 days to make the trip.  You really have to want to go somewhere when you sleep nightly by an open fire, care for your horse and feed yourself for almost a month in the heat, the cold, the wind, rain and snow.

Headed to Philadelphia for Continental Congress (depicted by a reenactor)

Can you imagine your senator or congressman traveling 25 days in those conditions just for the opportunity to represent YOU?  Not mine, no way, no how.

This is the very definition of Dedication.

These people hitched up their horses or mules when they needed to travel on muddy trails that served as roads and traveled for hours to go what takes us minutes in our society.  To our forefathers, adversity was just a typical day.

These men, between planting and harvesting crops by hand; between driving wagons to and from distant markets; between conducting their business even between the shores of the Atlantic, found the time to think about a better way to govern.  They found the time to find each other and outline a destiny for themselves and their children.  They found the time to come together and forge a Constitution and Bill of Rights into existence.  They found the time to rebel and they found the time to win our independence.

That is Commitment.

Merriam Webster defines Dedication as: “an act or rite of dedicating to a divine being or to a sacred use”.

What true American can dispute that The United States of America is anything but sacred and was created for any other purpose than to provide freedom and independence to its people for the betterment of themselves and their posterity?  I suppose, it is possible that some men and women who helped to found our country did not initially have such a grandiose goal in mind.  However, it is crystal clear that over the course of our nation’s genesis this principal of sacred freedom was foremost in their minds.  All you have to do is read the documents they penned, study their faith and perseverance through their hard-fought battles, and appreciate their sacrifices as they buried their sons, husbands, fathers who died in order to attain their dream of a land where men could live according to their own beliefs and hard work to see success, rather than be born into a position of favor.

Ask yourself these questions: 

  • Do I not deserve men such as our forefathers to represent me?
  • Do I not work hard for what I have?
  • Do I not deserve the fruits of my labor?
  • Do I not rate the same level of respect that our forefathers bestowed to every American 250 years ago?

To this I say YES, YES and YES!

We have an upcoming election that is primarily focused on the Presidential race, but it is more than just an election for President.  It is also an election for U.S. Congress and Senate positions, as well as state and local representation.

The election of good, trustworthy men and women that are hard, determined, committed and dedicated is completely up to you as a voting citizen of The United States of America.

  • You must educate yourself on the scope and limits of government that our forefathers established based on extensive study of world history and governance.  Our Founding Fathers risked their lives and fortunes by signing their names to the Declaration of Independence, then our Constitution and Bill of Rights.
  • You must know and understand meaning of our Declaration of Independence and the reasons why America exists in the first place.
  • You have to educate yourself on the issues affecting our country.
  • But more importantly, you must educate yourself in regard to the people running for these positions.  You must know their character and qualifications and their reasons for wishing to represent you.

Only people with YOUR best interests at heart, the desire to serve and then leave, and the character to do what is right rather than what is popular or tows the party line, deserve your consideration for these jobs.  Our Federal Government was instituted to work for US, the people…NOT the other way around.

If the current politicos that make up our governing bodies do not believe these three basic tenets, they are NOT the people that deserve to represent YOU.

Keep this in mind as you check the box, pull the lever or press the button.  It starts with you and ends with you.  Make the right decision for you, your family and your country.   Take time to Decode the Political Chatter…

GBB

Today is a great milestone for the United States of America.  But…I wonder if our schools will even take the time to mention this major event?  We don’t recognize it with parades; it is not proclaimed a national holiday; it is not even on most calendars.  However, the event that happened today, 268 years ago, changed the course of not only this country, but the world.  The event? 

The birth of THOMAS JEFFERSON 

Portrait of Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale 1800
Portrait of Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale 1800
 
Perhaps, more than any other of our Founding Fathers, Jefferson’s view of building a government that would simply administer the necessities of the union of states, while allowing men to live free and as they pleased, was the truest compliation of the “idea” of the new venture of the United States of America. 
Wikipedia describes Jefferson as:

Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826)[1] was the third President of the United States (1801–1809) and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776). An influential Founding Father, Jefferson envisioned America as a great “Empire of Liberty” that would promote republicanism.[2]

This great thinker was not a politician; he was a man of learning, a man of books, history and common sense.  His insight into the nature of man is evident in the text of the Declaration of Independence – his greatest literary achievement.
Take time today to talk to your friends and family about this unique, querky and brilliant man who built a republic worth keeping. 
The following sites have wonderful information:
A very intriquing book about the life and times of Thomas Jefferson is: The Real Thomas Jefferson: The True Story of America’s Philosopher of Freedom, by Andrew Anderson

Available through Amazon.com, below is their product description:

Jefferson is the central figure in American history, and…he may yet prove to be the central figure in modern history. So stated noted historian Henry Steele Commager. And as the English novelist Samuel Butler once wrote, Though God cannot alter the past–historians can. His observation is especially applicable to our changing perceptions of great historical personalities, most of whom are relentlessly reinterpreted by each new generation of biographers.

There is no better example of this kind of metamorphosis than Thomas Jefferson, author of the American Declaration of Independence and third President of the United States. Since his death in 1826, he has been alternately vilified and deified by writers of varying motivations. In The Real Thomas Jefferson, by allowing Jefferson to explain his life and ideas in his own words, we have tried to ensure that his spirit, not ours, will breathe in these pages so that all who read them will become acquainted with Jefferson himself — not another second-hand interpretation. His biography is set forth in Part I, and Part II brings together the most insightful passages from his writings, arranged by subject.

Highly acclaimed by many, including Glenn Beck of the Fox News Channel. Published by the National Center for Constitutional Studies, a nonprofit educational foundation dedicated to restoring Constitutional principles in the tradition of America’s Founding Fathers. The National Center for Constitutional Studies…is doing a fine public service in educating Americans about the principles of the Constitution. — Ronald Reagan, President of the United States

My life has been consumed with personal matters and I have not spent time to write my thoughts on the many events that have happened and those that are happening now. 

Rather than reiterate what has already been said, I will refer you, my readers, to watch the last two weeks of Glenn Beck’s show.  The research, analysis and projections provided by Glenn, his team and his expert guests is unparalleled. 

Beck has discovered the keystone to what our world is experiencing and it is frightening. 

I realize that some of you may consider Mr. Beck a “nut job, kook, etc.” because he warns us of danger – danger that a lot of you refuse to see.  But, I have met this man.  He is humble and honest; he is a seeker of truth.  As he says, “don’t take [his] word…research it for yourself!”  I have and he has been spot on with his analysis. 

It angers me that politics, journalistic celebrity, and TV ratings seem to get in the way of truth, thus the whole picture of news.  It also angers me that America has produced at least 3 generations of mindless idiots that will take the word of any talking head on TV without concern for credibility, or believe any headline that comes from the hippest publications without reading the details.

Glenn Beck is one of a few that know the score and is trying to tell the American people.  Another is Michael Savage; and Brigitte Gabriel.  I urge you to take time to hear, really hear, their messages. 

If we are, indeed, in the beginning of massive change and world war, you owe it to your family, your children and yourself to stop “listening” to the nicely presented propaganda cloaked in touching ads and peppy network anchors.  Instead, begin “hearing” the evidence the truth and truly consider its possibility.  Read and educate yourself on the history of our country, our world, our enemies, our allies.  Seek out the hidden truths that are not found in school texts.  Below are several places to begin your journey.

Glenn Beck TV airings

Authors, historians and analysts

       

Battle of Kings Mountain

Tennessee is a state with deep ties to the founders of our country.   

While many people may automatically assume that the bulk of descendants of America’s Founding Fathers and Mothers live in the New England area, you may be surprised to know that Tennessee is chock-full of direct descendants of original settlers, founding fathers and mothers, soldiers of the American Revolution, and key people who sacrificed life and fortune to settle and grow our great country.

Many of our forefathers, including my own – Samuel Houston and his son, Peter Houston –  fought for freedom from oppression in the battle with the British on Kings Mountain.

Tonight, one such group, the Tennessee Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, has begun opening ceremonies for their annual state conference held this year in Knoxville.

While many people may automatically assume that the bulk of descendants of America’s Founding Fathers and Mothers live in the New England area, you may be surprised to know that Tennessee is chock-full of direct descendants of original settlers, founding fathers and mothers, soldiers of the American Revolution, and key people who sacrificed life and fortune to settle and grow our great country.It is through groups such as the DAR that today’s Americans have the privilege of learning of our founding through programs, scholarships, restoration and maintenance of historic sites and homes. (Click HERE to see list of historic projects, historical collections, etc. )

The DAR has had almost one million members since their founding. These ladies from all walks of life, social status, religions, race, and backgrounds are doing wonderful works of historic preservation, patriotism, and education across this great nation.

You may be surprised to know that YOU may be a descendant of a founding patriot!  Check out the following organizations:


Daughters of the American Revolution

Sons of the American Revolution

Children of the American Revolution

The General Society, Sons of the Revolution

…and many, many more. 

For a full listing of genealogical / lineal societies check out Cyndi’s List. 

Find out about your ancestors and their fight and sacrifices to build our great nation! 

God bless the United States of America!!!!!

The Tea Party meetings across the country have provided a forum for the People to express their concerns and ideas regarding the governance of our country.  While there have been many debated issues and offers of varying opinions, several issues have emerged as consistent concerns from all corners of our nation. 

A selected group of leaders from these various meeting groups, call the Tea Party Patriots, have developed a list of these issues to be examined by the American People.  The goal is for the People to vote for ten concerns that are most important to them.  Those ten points will be drafted into a document to be presented to Congress.  The document is called “Contract From America.” 

Check out the Contract From America website and make your voice heard by voting for the top ten concerns that you feel should be addressed by our Congress.  [Click Here to vote.]

The Tea Party movement is the most important action of the average American citizenry since the American Revolution.  It is vital that we all participate in this nonpartisan movement to take back control of our government and our country.

xxx

The modern day Paul Revere will be heard shouting,

“The Looters are coming!  The Looters are coming!”

Paul Revere's Ride

 

The climate kooks in Copenhagen are proving that life can imitate art as they adeptly play out the role of the “looters” from Ayn Rand’s classic, Atlas Shrugged. 

A chilling reality to those of us who are paying attention.  (Watch for John Stossel’s special on Atlas Shrugged, a Fox Business Network special report.) 

DrudgeReport alerts us to Andrew Bolt’s commentary on the response by the climate-kooks to the address given by Hugo Chavez: 

 
Climate summit erupts in ‘deafening applause’ for Hugo Chavez…