The Armed Citizen

17 Mar

When George Washington wrote that “free people ought … to be armed,” he gave us a clue as to the kind of America the Founders envisioned. It was one where the government stayed within its bounds, carrying out its limited duties while leaving the people free to exercise their rights and liberties. Thomas Jefferson spoke to this when he described the “good government” as one that “shall restrain men from injuring one another [and] shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement.” In other words, the “good government” is one that enforces the law, thus preserving order, but otherwise remains within the limited parameters established for it, so that people can go about their business, whatever that business may be.

The Constitution outlined what the government could do and the Bill of Rights outlined what it couldn’t do. This positioned America to be a country of free men with all the rights and liberties befitting those living in freedom. And while this may be 180 degrees out of sync with life as we experience it in America today, it is the way our Founders envisioned things nonetheless.

And it’s important to note that part of the reason for a limited government was our Founders’ goal of keeping government out of the people’s way: of leaving the people room to exercise their rights, one of which was the right to keep and bear arms. In exercising this right, the people not only fulfilled Washington’s maxim, but they actually complemented the work the government was doing in preserving the civic integrity of the republic.

In other words, by being armed, free people helped defend “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Our Founders understood that every natural right has a corresponding duty. So it wasn’t just that the people were free to keep and bear arms, they were actually expected to do so. Or to put it another way: because free men possessed a right to life, they also possessed a duty to defend their life. Therefore, while the government was handling matters like foreign policy, the armed citizen would defend his own life, the lives of his family members, and his possessions.

When, in history, we come across a people who were disarmed by their respective governments, it’s easier to understand and appreciate the vision and foresight of our Founding Fathers: easier to understand why we “ought … to be armed.”

For example, during the 1930s Mahatma Gandhi bemoaned the fact that Great Britain had forcibly disarmed his people. He saw it as not simply a denial of the right to possess a weapon but as something that cut much deeper: “Spiritually, compulsory disarmament has made us unmanly … has made us think we cannot look after ourselves or put up a defense against foreign aggression, or even defend our homes and families.”

In the end, this is the lesson: disarmed people aren’t free. And rather than handling their own business and protecting their own lives and property, they have to depend on agents of the state to do these things for them.

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How Obama Will Get Re-Elected

14 Mar

Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Give a man a welfare check, a free cell phone with free monthly minutes, food stamps, section 8 housing, a forty ounce malt liquor, a crack pipe and some Air Jordan’s and he votes Democrat for a lifetime.

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CORRECTION Iowa Obama Billboard

Congress Opts to Continue Giving Tax Dollars to Illegal Aliens

29 Feb

During closed-door negotiations last week, House and Senate leaders stripped a key provision from the payroll tax cut bill that would have prevented illegal aliens from qualifying for the additional child tax credit (ACTC). Leaders CAVED on the language in spite of an U.S. Inspector General report revealing that illegal aliens received $4.2 billion in refundable tax credits in 2010, primarily through the ACTC.

The provision members struck from the bill  would close this tax credit loophole by requiring that individuals who claim the ACTC provide a valid Social Security Number (SSN). Currently, the IRS only requires applicants for the ACTC to provide an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), which the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) indiscriminately hands out to illegal aliens.

Although twenty House and Senate members were assigned to negotiate the final version of the bill, media outlets widely reported that the final package was crafted by Congressional leaders: House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Sen. Finance Chair Max Baucus (D-MT), and House Ways and Means Chair Dave Camp (R-MI).

Speaker Boehner threw his support behind the deal. This is “a fair agreement and one that I support,” he told reporters. Majority Leader Reid also spoke favorably of the agreement, “I am glad that most of my Republican colleagues put the interests of the middle class ahead of politics,” he declared in a statement.

The $4.2 billion taxpayers doled out to illegal aliens in 2010 reflects a four-fold increase in refundable tax credits paid to illegal aliens over the last five years.   The Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation determined that if Congress were to fix this burden on U.S. taxpayers, it would save Americans at least $10 billion if the benefit expires in 2012, and $24 billion by 2021.

President Obama is of course expected to sign this ridiculous deal.

The Now Silent Democrats

28 Feb

When Bush was President, Nancy Pelosi was quick to blame him for an uptick in gas prices. Why aren’t the liberals getting on Barack Hussein Obama about gas now approaching Four Dollars a gallon? The silence from the White House and the liberal left is deafening.

This Country is in Trouble

28 Feb

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has given US Citizens a grim reminder of why this election year is so important. Speaking to an Egyptian television network, Ginsburg said she thinks the U.S. Constitution shouldn’t be a model for other countries.

“I would not look to the U.S. Constitution, if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012,” are her exact words. And what would be a better option, in Ginsburg’s opinion? The constitution of South Africa? You have a right to affordable housing, according to Ginsburg, but not the right to defend yourself inside your affordable home.

Imagine if one of the five justices who sided with the Second Amendment in the Heller or McDonald cases were to retire in the next four years. The likelihood of that happening is good, and we know that Barack Obama would replace him or her with a nominee who believes, just like Justice Ginsburg, that you and I don’t actually have rights under the Bill of Rights.

This is what’s at stake in this year’s elections. Will we have a president who believes that our Constitution is nothing more than an old piece of paper that should be discarded or ignored when he sees fit? Not if the citizens anything to say about it. We’ve been fighting for our Second Amendment rights since 1871, but never has there been a more critical time for our freedoms. The danger is real, the stakes are immense, and the task won’t be easy. 

So I started to Blog……

24 Jan

I am worried that this great country is going in the wrong direction fast. I am not optimistic about the world our children will inherit and the future generations opportunities for success. Especially in my home state of  Taxachusetts, where state government is in a mess with rampant and blatant corruption, illegal immigrants have destroyed our urban areas and the cost of living is out of control.

So I started this blog and named it after a person, who, according to folklore, was down on his luck, who I feel was probably a Veteran, and acted in a way very reminiscent of the character in Roger McGuinn’s song “Bag Full Of Money”