Saturday, May 19, 2018

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

"A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined..."
- George Washington, First Annual Address, to both House of Congress, January 8, 1790

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
- Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Constitution, Draft 1, 1776

"I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery."
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, January 30, 1787

"What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms."
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787

"The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."
- Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria), 1774-1776

"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks." - Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 19, 1785

"The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed."
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to to John Cartwright, 5 June 1824

"On every occasion [of Constitutional interpretation] let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying [to force] what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, [instead let us] conform to the probable one in which it was passed."
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Johnson, 12 June 1823

"I enclose you a list of the killed, wounded, and captives of the enemy from the commencement of hostilities at Lexington in April, 1775, until November, 1777, since which there has been no event of any consequence ... I think that upon the whole it has been about one half the number lost by them, in some instances more, but in others less. This difference is ascribed to our superiority in taking aim when we fire; every soldier in our army having been intimate with his gun from his infancy."
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Giovanni Fabbroni, June 8, 1778

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

"To disarm the people...[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them."
- George Mason, referencing advice given to the British Parliament by Pennsylvania governor Sir William Keith, The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adooption of the Federal Constitution, June 14, 1788

"I ask who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers."
- George Mason, Address to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 4, 1788

"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every country in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops."
- Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, October 10, 1787

"Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of."
- James Madison, Federalist No. 46, January 29, 1788

"The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country."
- James Madison, I Annals of Congress 434, June 8, 1789

"...the ultimate authority, wherever the derivative may be found, resides in the people alone..."
- James Madison, Federalist No. 46, January 29, 1788

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
- William Pitt (the Younger), Speech in the House of Commons, November 18, 1783

“A militia when properly formed are in fact the people themselves…and include, according to the past and general usuage of the states, all men capable of bearing arms… "To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them."
- Richard Henry Lee, Federal Farmer No. 18, January 25, 1788

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined.... The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun."
- Patrick Henry, Speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1778

"This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty.... The right of self defense is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction."
- St. George Tucker, Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England, 1803

"The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms, like law, discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance ofpower is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside. And while a single nation refuses to lay them down, it is proper that all should keep them up. Horrid mischief would ensue were one-half the world deprived of the use of them; for while avarice and ambition have a place in the heart of man, the weak will become a prey to the strong. The history of every age and nation establishes these truths, and facts need but little arguments when they prove themselves."
- Thomas Paine, "Thoughts on Defensive War" in Pennsylvania Magazine, July 1775

"The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."
- Samuel Adams, Massachusetts Ratifying Convention, 1788

"The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them."
- Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, 1833

"What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty .... Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins."
- Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, I Annals of Congress 750, August 17, 1789

"For it is a truth, which the experience of ages has attested, that the people are always most in danger when the means of injuring their rights are in the possession of those of whom they entertain the least suspicion."
- Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 25, December 21, 1787

"If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no resource left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government, and which against the usurpations of the national rulers, may be exerted with infinitely better prospect of success than against those of the rulers of an individual state. In a single state, if the persons intrusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, can take no regular measures for defense. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair."
- Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 28

"[I]f circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little, if at all, inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their own rights and those of their fellow-citizens. This appears to me the only substitute that can be devised for a standing army, and the best possible security against it, if it should exist."
- Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 28, January 10, 1788

"As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms."
- Tench Coxe, Philadelphia Federal Gazette, June 18, 1789

Monday, May 14, 2018

Draining the Swamp is Messy!

Thanks to Cousin Mert -  he tipped me off on this great piece.

Our home is in a community of 2,000 homes located on the intercoastal in North Carolina. Everything lives here. Alligators. Water moccasins. Rattle snakes. Sea hawks. Egrets. Giant blue heron. Mosquitoes… blood sucking mosquitoes. We’ve watched from our back porch as dolphins chased sail boats and motor boats up the intercostal and watched the moon rise over the ocean to cast its glow over the intercoastal.

When the community decided to drain the swamp in the center of the community, it was a big deal…

Draining the swamp was messy. The swamp was about 10 football fields, about 6 feet deep, with lots of creatures living in it. It was a dangerous swamp. Not one that you would walk or swim. You would not dare sit next to it in the dark of a moonless night. If
not the snakes, then the mosquitoes would eat you alive.

As the water level decreased, the creatures were exposed. As the water level disappeared, all that was left was 3 feet of yucky black mud and the roots to dying cypress trees. The fish, snakes, frogs, rats, and birds were all stranded in the yucky mud.

Those creatures of the swamp fought for their lives as the swamp disappeared. The fish flopped around in the black mud looking for some water for life. The frogs croaked incessantly all night while their young pollywogs were stranded lifeless at the top of the black mud. Snakes slithered in every direction in the black mud in search of food. The rats that live in hollows all along the water abandoned their nests while the birds that feed off the swamp creatures also abandoned the area.

Finally, the mud dried out. No more snakes. No more rats. No more fish. No more frogs. No more mosquitoes. And no more birds that feed off those creatures of the swamp.

That same thing is happening to the political swamp in America. Trump is draining the swamp. His picks for his cabinet are all swamp drainers. Yeah, 3 are from Goldman Sachs. 3 of 23. Practically all of his cabinet have executive experience (military, or government, or private sector) .. and it is the executive branch, now isn’t it?

The mud is becoming visible as all the creatures who live in the swamp are fighting for their lives. Government employees at the IRS, EPA, and Education are flapping in the mud like dying fish. The lobbyists are slithering here and there looking for government funds like the snakes in the mud … especially those who wrote Obamacare. The liberal media cartel is chirping and croaking all the time like frogs trying to reverse the draining. The tax and spend politicians are dying off like the blood sucking mosquitoes. The political appointees of Obama are fleeing DC for other jobs like the birds who lost their meal tickets. And the information leakers like Comey and Lynch are looking for new places to nest like the rats that left the swamp. Soon, all that will remain will be the dying institutions like public education as the dying cypress trees of our society.

Everyone who lived off the swamp is praying for rain. Election rain so Democrats might win some elections from Republicans since the Democrats suffered such horrible defeats during the 8 years of Obama. Impeachment rain so the professional politicians can get rid of Trump as the swamp drainer. Low approval rating rain so the media can claim they were correct about Trump. Virtual rain, fake rain, so pundits can claim that Trump is not making any progress even though the results say the opposite.

Draining the swamp is messy, muddy. But the mud will soon dry. Democrats just lost special elections in Arkansas and Omaha after sinking millions into them. Democrats might grab an election here or there in places like Georgia where the demographics are changing to black communities, but not without millions and millions of campaign money … and Democrats cannot afford to do that for all the elections in 2018. Democrats must defend 23 Senators in 2018 as compared to 10 for Republicans and Democrats must win 25 seats in the US House from Republicans and then win back 900 state legislative seats and 14 governorships. If Georgia is an example, that will cost Democrats hundreds of millions to try.

SCOTUS will be rendering its decisions about Trump executive orders just before the 2018 elections … and more than likely, SCOTUS will rule against the Obama appointed judges who live in the lower court swamps. SCOTUS will help Trump.

Comey is gone. Lynch is in trouble. Clinton is back in trouble. The Clinton Foundation donors are talking. Clapper and Yates both said that there is no evidence of collusion between Trump and the Russians.

Schumer is gasping for rain like one of those stranded fish. His Republican swamp buddies like McCain will abandon him as he dies … a rat leaving the swamp even though they shared an apartment together. His Wall Street swamp buddies cannot help him. The Washington Post and The New York Times and CNN and NBC are all trying to seed the clouds. But none of it is producing enough rain to help Schumer stop Trump from draining the swamp.

Draining the swamp is loud. Listen to all the hysterical liberal media cartel who are trying to make it rain in order to save the swamp where they live. Chanting. Lies. Rain dances. But no real rain is coming. Only fake rain. The swamp will soon be dry. And when it is, then the next task to make America great again

Written by Michael Master (author of Save America Now, Rules for Conservatives, The Birth Famine), May 14, 2017

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Securing The Border To Combat Illegal Immigration Isn’t A “Philosophy”; It Is THE LAW.

For decades both United States Senators from my home state of Washington have been hard core Liberals.  The most onerous of the two is Patty Murray.  Poor Patty is definitely not the smartest thing in the Socialist Swamp.  As such, she is kept on a short leash, however once in a while her handlers give her some slack -

During a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Democrat Washington Sen. Patty Murray asked Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen if DHS is considering methods other than detention for illegal immigrants who infiltrate the country.

Nielsen explained that when DHS is dealing with criminal illegal aliens, they are remanded to the United States Marshals and that there is no alternative to detention.

“I just want to say again — if you cross in between the ports of entry…” Nielsen started.

Murray interrupted her, saying Nielsen’s opposition to illegal immigration is part of her “political philosophy.”

“I know what your philosophy is,” Murray said.

Nielsen then stunned her with a matter-of-fact counter-punch and a smile:

“It’s not a philosophy, it’s a law Congress passed,” Nielsen said. “So those people need to come to the ports if they want to seek asylum.”

Here is video of Patty -"the Mom in tennis shoes" - Murray trying to be a tough guy whilst exhibiting her dismal level of erudition and familiarity with the law of the land.

Oh yes - if you've never heard of Patty Murray - don't feel bad.  Patty Murray may be the dullest, most unremarkable member of the United States Senate. Over a quarter of a century in office, she lacks any major legislation to her name, isn’t associated with an issue, rarely appears on television, almost always speaks in gray generalities, and seems to have spent the bulk of her time focused on sending earmarks back to Washington state. As one staffer puts it, the most interesting thing about Murray is how uninteresting she is.  Her campaign slogan in 1992 was "A mom in tennis shoes" - really - I'm not making that up.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

The Departure of Rational Thought

In only 24 hours, the weather has changed from sunny and 85 degrees to rainy with a forecast high of 59 degrees.  Hence - my coffee is being consumed along with a bit of web surfing.  An undertow deposited me at the Soap Box of Charlie Daniels.

Charlie's blog has a lot of good stuff from a GREAT American Patriot.  The entry below is from March 26, and is reproduced here for your consideration.

By the way, God willin' and the crick don't rise, we'll be watching the Charlie Daniels Band perform at the local Indian Casino tomorrow night  :-)

I do not live in, nor pay taxes in the state of California or any of the other sanctuary cities or areas so what goes on there does not affect my daily life, but it does affect the future and security of the United States, and it’s at that standpoint my commentary is aimed.

It is so obvious that what the politicians who support sanctuary for illegal aliens are doing, so for one reason and one reason alone, they smell a voting base, that once installed would represent an unbeatable majority, keeping progressives in power ad infinitum.

There is a price to be paid for such recklessness. A price of social upheaval, a community of criminals who will become bolder and bolder in the commission of local crimes, alienation from the federal government and an unwillingness of the general law-abiding public to come to the rescue when it all goes south, and it will.

There is no possible way for any community to sustain itself under these circumstances and with California and other sanctuaries bleeding tax base every day, the draw on public funds and services will quickly drain the coffers, making it necessary to cut social services to people who won’t understand why.

To me, if a state or city refuses to operate by the same set of laws the rest of the country operates by, they should not share in the taxes the rest of us pay and should be cut off from any discretionary federal funds that would otherwise come their way.

One of the worst things the Obama administration did, and there is a long list of them, was to foster a feeling that some people had the right to enforce and obey the law of the land selectively, constitution be damned and a tacit, tongue in cheek, disrespect for those who enforced the law.

United means we stand together, obeying laws and statutes that are beneficial to all, which can be an unwieldy house of cards when one of the fifty states decides to go it on their own.

I am a big believer in states’ rights, but there are certain laws that have to be universally obeyed by all if there is to be a truly united country, and states’ rights can go extremely amuck.

Segregation was proliferated under the guise of states’ rights to the point that when a southbound train crossed an imaginary line the passengers had to be reshuffled with the black passenger being confined to certain areas of the train for the remainder of the trip.

The opposite thing happened when a northbound train crossed the same line, the black passengers were able to sit in any part of the train they chose,

The same was true on any kind of mass interstate public transportation and was backed up by a segregation law in the Southern States.

Many businesses had “White Only” signs in the windows and sanitary facilities were marked by only three signs, “White Women,” “White Men” and “Colored.”

All schools, restaurants, theaters and all matter of public places were subjected to segregation and African Americans, who paid the same taxes to the same government as the white population, were denied their constitutional rights.

In other words, the rights they were given under federal law were denied them by state laws.

It took rigid federal enforcement and much pain and suffering for the African-American population to reach any stage of parity.

It’s not been but a little over a half-century ago and remember it well from my early years. It was an attitude that hurt not only the development of the Southern States but the whole of the nation, causing bitter feelings and the exodus of some of the South’s finest young black minds.

So, are we to be the United States or the divided states?

Will we live under a uniform set of laws that govern the major policies of all states or will certain states and cities be able to thumb their noses at the rest of us and go their own way?

And how far does it go?

Well, there’s always secession.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops, our policy and the peace of Jerusalem.

God Bless America

— Charlie Daniels

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Second Class Citizens - Helicopters Be Damned

I recently asked a married couple who have three kids, none of whom are yet teens, “Who are the most important people in your family?”

Like all good moms and dads of this brave new millennium, they answered, “Our kids!”

“Why?” I then asked. “What is it about your kids that gives them that status?” And like all good moms and dads of this brave new millennium, they couldn’t answer the question other than to fumble with appeals to emotion.

So, I answered the question for them: “There is no reasonable thing that gives your children that status.”

I went on to point out that many if not most of the problems they’re having with their kids — typical stuff, these days — are the result of treating their children as if they, their marriage, and their family exist because of the kids when it is, in fact, the other way around. Their kids exist because of them and their marriage and thrive because they have created a stable family.

Furthermore, without them, their kids wouldn’t eat well, have the nice clothing they wear, live in the nice home in which they live, enjoy the great vacations they enjoy, and so on. Instead of lives that are relatively carefree (despite the drama to the contrary that they occasionally manufacture), their children would be living lives full of worry and want.

This issue is really the heart of the matter. People my age know it’s the heart of the matter because when we were kids it was clear to us that our parents were the most important people in our families. And that, right there, is why we respected our parents and that, right there, is why we looked up to adults in general. Yes, Virginia, once upon a time in the United States of America, children were second-class citizens, to their advantage.

It was also clear to us — I speak, of course, in general terms, albeit accurate — that our parents’ marriages were more important to them than their relationships with us. Therefore, we did not sleep in their beds or interrupt their conversations. The family meal, at home, was regarded as more important than after-school activities. Mom and Dad talked more — a lot more — with one another than they talked with you. For lack of pedestals, we emancipated earlier and much more successfully than have children since.

The most important person in an army is the general. The most important person in a corporation is the CEO. The most important person in a classroom is the teacher. And the most important person in a family are the parents.

The most important thing about children is the need to prepare them properly for responsible citizenship. The primary objective should not be raising a straight-A student who excels at three sports, earns a spot on the Olympic swim team, goes to an A-list university and becomes a prominent brain surgeon. The primary objective is to raise a child such that community and culture are strengthened.

“Our child is the most important person in our family” is the first step toward raising a child who feels entitled.

You don’t want that. Unbeknownst to your child, he doesn’t need that. And neither does America.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Surah Al-Hajj – Verse 39 (Aloha Snackbar)

A short while ago I was lamenting over the plight of Londoners.  Even though their benevolent overlords had stripped them of their right to bear arms in defense of home and hearth, the murder rate had surpassed that of New York city - the home town of Paul Kearsey.  Murdering thugs and muggers had used knives to slash, stab, lacerate, and eviscerate their victims in a very efficient manner.

Oh the horror!  What was their Muslim Mayor to do?  Well, it seems that Sadiq Kahn decided to strip his fellow Londoners the ability keep and bear knives .

What's next?

Will His Honor, the Mayor, issue an edict to ban locks from doors?  Will Passwords on computers and bank accounts be designated as hate-speech?  Will burglar alarms be outlawed?

After all, the heavily armed Bobbies and SWAT tams will protect you.

It seems to me that Mayor Khan is interpreting the Koran as to apply only to the chosen ones following Muhammad and not the rest of us.  Or perhaps he is making war upon the infidel easier by stripping non-Muslims of every means of self preservation.
Surah Al-Hajj – Verse 39

“To those against whom war is made, permission is given to fight for they have been oppressed, and verily Allah is well able to assist them.”

There is little doubt that Mayor Khan has rejected the words of Winston Churchill on this matter:

That religion (Islam), which above all others was founded and propagated by the sword—the tenets and principles of which are instinct with incentives to slaughter and which in three continents has produced fighting breeds of men—stimulates a wild and merciless fanaticism.