I am disgusted. After seventeen people lost their lives last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, We lost our collective minds….again. From news headlines to social media posts, pundits and politicians, everyone has something to say. Whether Democrat or Republican, Conservative or Liberal Progressive, most of what’s being posted is nothing more than ignorant emotionally charged talking points, none of it promoting anything truly objective or useful. The Far Left uses every mass shooting as a platform to push their anti-gun agenda. The ultimate, though unstated, goal of which is to eliminate the private ownership of all firearms. The Far Right then pushes back, hiding behind the Second Amendment, to push it’s ultimate, though unstated, goal of complete and unrestricted access to all firearms. Most of us don’t espouse either extreme, but we lean Left or Right. It seems no one is centrist in this debate, though many claim to be. There are valid points and arguments on both sides, but we have dug in our heels, armed ourselves with our favorite talking points and have stopped listening to each other. The sad outcome of this obstinacy will be more needlessly lost lives.
To restore some reason and civility to this debate, both sides must accept some inevitable truths. Those of us on the Right must realize that the majority of Americans support universal background checks. Many also support expanding the minimum purchase age to include shotguns and rifles. It is inevitable that there will be change to gun control policy. Rather than opposing this change outright, we should take control of the narrative. We should support legislation that prevents the dangerously mentally ill from obtaining firearms, without restricting the rights of law-abiding adult citizens to purchase them.
Those on the Left like to hold the rest of the world up as the paragon of virtue when it comes to the possession of firearms. They must understand that the United States is unique in its treatment of firearms ownership. The United States is one of only three countries that has a Constitutional right to gun ownership. It was the first to protect this right in its founding documents, and the only one that has no Constitutional restrictions against it. Second Amendment proponents understand that this amendment has nothing to do with hunting. It has to do with a citizen’s right to protect himself and his property. Whether it is from an intruder or an overreaching tyrannical government. This amendment protects the tools by which we can defend liberty. Liberty for everyone, Right, Left or somewhere in between. The only way the Second Amendment will ever be repealed is with a bloodbath that will forever split out nation in two. Is that what you really want the ultimate legacy of the Liberal Progressive movement to be?
Here are my personal positions on this issue. I’m pretty sure Leftists will hate them, and Conservatives will think I’m selling out, but this is just common sense to me.
I support universal background checks with an exception for guns willed to or gifted to family members. However, the law should hold responsible family members who knowingly buy guns for another family member who wouldn’t pass a background check.
I support increasing the age to purchase a rifle or shotgun from eighteen to twenty one. The law should apply only to the purchase of a weapon. Persons under the age of twenty one should be allowed to posses and use a firearm under the supervision of an adult.
I support training in firearms operation, safety, maintenance and law. I would not oppose this being mandatory for the purchase of a firearm.
I support the banning of “bump stocks”.
I support increased funding to diagnose and treat the mentally ill. While compassion for mentally ill persons is important, when it comes to firearms, the safety of the patient and the public should be the main concerns. However to protect the rights of a patient, a person would have to be declared unfit to possess a firearm by a licensed mental health professional.
I support holding accountable the agencies responsible for performing the background checks for gun ownership. I also support holding accountable the agencies that fail to report dangerous individuals. The inability or unwillingness of these agencies to enforce the already existing gun laws is a great threat to public safety and will render any reform of gun law useless.
I oppose the banning of so-called “assault style” weapons. This is an unquantifiable term that concerns the cosmetics of a weapon rather than its action. It is a term meant to play on the emotions of people unfamiliar with firearms.
I oppose the banning of high-capacity magazines. It places an unnecessary restriction on law-abiding gun owners, and a well-trained marksman can change magazines fast enough to make such a ban useless. Again, it is a knee jerk reaction, meant to play on the emotions.
I oppose any form of gun registry or database of gun owners. To require gun owners to register their firearms and to maintain a database of those persons and their residences goes completely against the spirit and purpose of the Second Amendment.
A little advice for all you men out there. Never, and I mean NEVER, mistake a woman’s silence for acceptance, approval, or agreement. It is a woman’s nature to talk about an issue, sometimes infuriatingly so, until she deems the problem solved. The solution will almost always require some sort of action on the part of the man, a change of habit, a change of attitude, an apology, or just listening and respecting her feelings on a subject. If you disagree with her, she wants an explanation, why you feel the way you do about a subject. To her, discussion is intimacy, because she loves you, she wants to know what makes you tick, and she assumes that because you love her, you want to know what’s on her mind as well. To a woman, ignoring her or dropping the subject is the same as saying “you do not matter to me”. You may think the silence is a welcome break from all the nagging and yammering, but trust me it is not. If a woman feels that talking about an issue is no longer productive, she hasn’t changed her mind, she has written you off, and if this is a woman you want in your life, this is not some place you want to be. It means that there is a hurricane churning and building strength out there on the horizon and you do not want to be on the beach when that baby hits land.
Veritas, as a Conservative and a Christian, there is no higher moral imperative than to seek out the truth. Even when it doesn’t gel with my preconceived notions about the world and my place in it, undeniable truth must be accepted. Personal integrity, and personal responsibility are the defining values for most Conservatives. It is what the left both admires and fears in us. To us, truth matters, character matters, justice matters. We play fair, we play by the rules. To the Progressives, Conservative support of Donald Trump just doesn’t make sense. He has fudged the truth on many occasions. He says and tweets cringe worthy statements on a daily basis. He’s arrogant and petulant. He displayed a litany of character imperfections throughout his campaign, and continues to display them into his presidency. The Progressive Left is still in denial about President Trump’s election. Taking to the streets, and the airwaves, in a mass panic they think that by declaring that he is “not their President” they can make him run, tail between his legs, from office. “How?” they demand, “How, could sane, rational people ever elect a man as flawed as Donald Trump?” They are asking the wrong question.
What they should be asking is, “What is so wrong with the Progressive Left philosophy, that the vast geographical majority of the nation would rather have a flawed and divisive man like Donald Trump to lead us, than someone who espouses leftist ideology?” The answer is liberty. The conservative knows that without the freedom to reap the benefits, or consequences, of one’s actions, one can never achieve the quality of character necessary to prosper. Progressives simply don’t get this. The Conservative understands that most hard-working, everyday American citizens, regardless of their political proclivities, want the same thing. To prosper in a safe, peaceful country. The Conservative believes that our rights are inborn, a product of a Creator God or natural law, and the duty of government is to ensure that everyone who is willing to work hard enough, and abide by the rule of law, has the opportunity to pursue the course of his or her choice. There is room for differing opinions, differing philosophies and beliefs. Success and prosperity will mean different things to different people, so some will choose careers that are lucrative, while others will choose careers that are personally rewarding. Our success will depend on the choices we make, and while some may not ever achieve prosperity, no one has a right to another’s earnings. Charity is always on the terms of the giver. The Progressive, however, believes that our rights are granted by the government and absolute equality must be guaranteed. No matter what your choices or character, you are entitled to the same level of prosperity as everyone else, no more, no less. Charity should always be on the terms of the needy. Because there will always be those who prosper more than others, and their generosity cannot be guaranteed, the Progressive believes that the duty of government is to distribute the wealth evenly to everyone within the country’s borders. The Progressive does not or cannot understand that to deprive a man or woman of their earnings to supply someone else, is theft at the most basic and personal level. President Trump understands this, and so far his policies are in line with this basic Conservative philosophy. That is why Conservatives are willing to grit their teeth and bear his obvious moral failings and support him.
What we Conservatives need to understand is that this election was not about putting a “Donald Trump” in the White House. It was about restoring our national culture. It is our duty to expose the hypocrisy and danger of the Progressive left agenda. To do this, we need to claim the moral high ground. We need to show, in our actions and interactions, as we go through our day, that Conservatism truly is the way to peace and prosperity. We need to show that there is room at the Conservative table for everyone, regardless of your sexual persuasion, personal wealth, or religious beliefs. That your personal liberty and dignity will always be respected so long as you are willing to respect the same for any other human being. We cannot do this if we are always on the defensive. We need to educate ourselves, and shut down any attempts by the Left to erroneously label us as homophobes, Islamaphobes, racists, and any other unjustified monikers. We need to reveal their talking points for what they are, mindless, baseless accusations. We also need to quit making excuses for President Trump when he makes inaccurate statements. For better or worse, he represents Conservatism to the world. We put him in office, and we must hold him accountable.
On October 24, 1929, the stock market fell. Millions of people panicked and rushed to remove their money from the banks, fueling the worst economic collapse in our nation’s history. Millions were left destitute and in despair. On January 30, 1933, a man came to power in Germany who, without any real evidence to back his theories, convinced the masses that an entire ethnic group, was intellectually inferior and morally evil. Millions of Jews were horribly massacred as a result. On September 11, 2001, a handful of people, convinced, by the propaganda of their religion, that a country whose culture they did not understand, was a great evil. Thousands died that day. In the aftermath, the fear and uncertainty caused the stock market to fall again. On November 4, 2008, a man who had little qualification or experience in leadership, was elected head of the most powerful nation on earth, by convincing millions of Americans that wealth is a finite resource, jealously hoarded by a few at the expense of the many. He promoted the ideal that those who sought destroy our nation were not evil, only misunderstood, and that a kinder, gentler America could make them our allies. He beguiled the masses with the promise of “hope and change” and that everyone could live free of worry and want. The result has been 8 years of declined job opportunities, and economic downturns. Our enemies are growing bolder. The country is more divided now, racially, economically, and socially, that at any time since the Civil War.
The thread that ties all these events together is that they were all fueled by negative emotions. Angry, fearful, and desperate, mass hysteria is a dangerous and powerful thing that almost always leads to disaster. Judging by the climate of this year’s election, we have learned little from history.
It’s ironic that as individuals, we can be thoughtful and intelligent. Using logic and reason to guide our decisions. But put us in a crowd, and we deteriorate to “group think”, and will seek a leader who seems most likely to provide us with comfort and security. This herd mentality makes us easy to manipulate. All a politician has to do is promise us a society where we can become prosperous by doing less, protection from our worst fears, or relief from what angers us. Our Founding Fathers were excellent studies of human nature, and that is why our system of Government never was, isn’t, and should never become, a democracy.
You heard me right. In spite of what you have been taught in public school, we are not a democracy. In a true democracy, every person gets a vote on every issue, and the majority wins. Could you imagine what a logistic nightmare that would be? Our form of government is a Constitutional Republican Federation. That means that we elect persons to represent us at all levels of government, and those elected persons are bound by the limits defined in The Constitution. I know we all know that, but do you understand why this form of government is preferable to a true democracy? Logistically it is certainly more efficient, but there is a more important reason.
To understand how our government is supposed to work, you first have to understand the origin of our rights. Our founders did not believe, that the government granted us our rights. They believed that the rights listed in the Declaration of Independence were endowed upon every individual at birth, either through the Divine Providence of a Creator, or by Natural Law. By enumerating them in the Bill of Rights, our Founders intended to make the Government, and therefore our Representatives, responsible for protecting those rights. It’s vital to understand that the Bill of Rights pertains to the rights of the individual, not the rights of society. The concept of “we the people”, meaning the vast majority, was not what the Founders had in mind. One of the purposes of the Constitution was to protect the individual from the whims of the masses. In order to make our government more accountable to the individual, all powers not necessary to good order and security were supposed to be maintained by the states. The states would then elect their own legislatures, giving a greater voice to the residents of that state, and further diluting the power of the Federal Government. For Federal offices the states divided into districts, electing to the House of Representatives, people who were familiar with the needs of that district. An unscrupulous politician who was able to manipulate one district would not do as much damage as one who represented an entire state. Hoping to protect the individual from the oppression of mob rule, representatives to the Senate would be elected by each state’s legislature. Bet you didn’t know that. The people now elect senators, but this was not what the Founders intended. They were very concerned about mass hysteria infecting Federal Elections so in order to protect the nation from a political popularity contest, the Founders created the Electoral College. The way it works is a little to complex to explain here, but the purpose was to ensure that only a well qualified person was elected to the Office of the President. Here’s something else you probably didn’t know, we do not have a Constitutional right to vote for president. The president was supposed to be elected by the Electoral College, not the people. Laws pertaining to the voting rights of women, black people and people eighteen and over, were added as amendments many years later.
It’s a shame that we haven’t taken the time to read and understand our own founding documents. If we had, we would see just how watered down they have become and how our rights have been water down as a result. Our Founding Fathers were wise men that foresaw the disaster awaiting us this election year and tried to protect us from it. We didn’t listen, we didn’t learn, and now the inevitable collision between the Socialist Subway and the Trump Train will leave us all battered and bloody
Cruz just suspended his campaign and effectively denied us of the only hope we have of restoring the nation. For the first time since I turned 18, I truly feel that my vote doesn’t matter, because no matter who the democratic candidate is, our only choice really is between a giant douche and a turd sandwich. We are sooooo screwed
There’s a lot of bickering back and forth in the Republican party right now. Those in the RNC would be wise to consider a few things. First of all, there are a lot of conservatives who don’t care if the Republican party is being split. It’s not the party we’re concerned with, it’s the country. Those of us who call ourselves Conservatives,(Republican or not) would also be wise to consider a few things. Donald Trump and Ben Carson were not the only non-establishment candidates. Ted Cruz is first of all a Constitutionalist. He has proven that he will take on the establishment if they are pushing an agenda that goes against the Constitution. He is intelligent, well spoken and sure of his facts. If Donald Trump had never decided to run, many of the same Conservatives who are so suspicious of Cruz now, would have been quick to jump on the Cruz bandwagon. There’s been nothing new or sinister that has come out about Cruz, that wasn’t already common knowledge before he became a candidate. The only thing different is that Trump is in the race and he is good at working and audience. Yes, there are some things to question about Cruz, his wife’s involvement in Goldman-Sacs, his Canadian birth, his campaign shenanigans. But all those things are no worse than things in Trump’s recent past. Things his supporters are quick to dismiss. Make no mistake, Trump may not be an establishment candidate, but he is a skilled politician. He changes his statements to pander to whatever crowd he’s trying to impress. His business record contains as many failures as successes. Not everything in his hands turns to gold. Think long and hard about the damage that has been done to our county’s image by the Obama regime. Now ask yourself if Donald Trump is really the best choice to redeem it. If you’re truly being objective, then you would have to say no.
Super Tuesday voters have an important task ahead of them tomorrow. Their choices could very well decide the fate of the nation. We have let this election turn into a circus and it is time for it to stop. We cannot afford to be blinded by a slick talking shyster who tells us what we want to hear and feeds on our fears, and anger. It is time to be sober and thoughtful, to put away wild conspiracy theories and pointless arguments and vote with common sense. It is mind-boggling how anyone who calls themselves a conservative can even consider Donald Trump a serious candidate, and yet we’ve let him get this far. Please for the sake of our country, all you Trump supporters, please reconsider. Too much is at stake to let that clown into office. We’ve already suffered enough with one petulant narcissist in the White House. Please super Tuesday voters, don’t saddle us with another.
I have always considered conservatism to be the political philosophy of the thinking man. We don’t vote on a whim. We research the issues and vet our candidates. Most of us are people who hold ourselves to high moral principles, and we expect the same from our elected representatives. That’s what makes the popularity of Donald Trump so ironic. I understand that Conservatives are tired of the Washington status quo. Tired of Republican politicians who talk a good line and promise what ever to get elected and then don’t deliver. We are disgusted with the disingenuousness of political correctness and long for someone with enough chutzpa to stand up and speak the truth. Donald Trump is not that man.
We’ve all known that the left has its low information voters, people who are not motivated to delve into a candidate’s record, or history. Uncomfortable with the concept of personal responsibility, wallowing in perpetual victimhood, this constituency will vote for the candidate who seems most capable of providing a life free from worry or want. The progressive movement depends on these suckling lambs and leads them, like a herd, to the polls every election. Unfortunately Conservatism also has its useful idiots. People who vote based on emotion. They’ll choose the candidate who says what they want to hear, no mater his background. Trump appeals to these people. A consummate entertainer, Trump knows how to work an audience for maximum response. An inveterate attention whore, he thrives on working an audience into a frenzy. Trump paints himself as a Washington outsider, but from the ham-fisted attempt at quoting scripture at Liberty University, his way of pandering to whatever crowd he encounters, to his passive aggressive style of attacking his opponents, The Donald has proven that he is a very skilled politician. What he is not, is a statesman. Arrogant and petulant, he has at times behaved like a spoiled toddler or a playground bully. While many praise his outspokenness, there is a difference between being politically incorrect and being crass and vulgar. Trump does not know this difference; he says the first thing that pops into his mind however outlandish. No world leader would take him seriously.
Conservatives want a President who understands basic economics. One who will press for a balanced budget and get our fiscal house in order. But is Trump really the type of businessman for the job? Unlike businessmen like Herman Cain or Mitt Romney, who have a history of taking failing businesses, making the tough cuts and restoring them to solvency, Trump is a real-estate speculator. He takes investors money, or takes out loans, then sinks that money into risky ventures. Many times it has paid off big, making him millions, but it has also landed him in bankruptcy four times. Is this really the kind of businessman we want in charge of our tax dollars?
As for his Conservative credentials, Trump is hard to pin down. He has a history of donating to whatever candidate he could get the most use out of whether they were Liberal or Conservative. He donated to Hillary Clinton and Rahm Emanual to name a few. He didn’t make these donations because he believed in these politicians, no, he donated for favors. This is exactly the kind of cronyism that makes our representatives so unresponsive to the needs of the people who elect them. Trump has used the very system that is the biggest problem in Washington. He has supported then unsupported an assault weapon ban, and a single payer health care system. While it might be possible that he has had a change of heart about these issues, the fact that many of the changes are recent, leads one to question whether this is genuine, or just pandering for the Conservative vote.
We slam Ted Cruz because of a couple of campaign faux pas; we don’t trust Marco Rubio because he was part of the Gang of Eight. We scrutinize every facet of the other candidates. But just like Obama, for whom none of his numerous offenses seem to stick, we have simply chosen to overlook all the vast and varied reasons why Donald Trump is the wrong person to be the Republican nominee.
We have let this circus go on far too long. The stakes are far too high. The very future of our once great nation and our way of life are at stake. So confident of his chance of winning, the Donald will most assuredly run as an Independent if he doesn’t get the Republican nomination. This will fracture the Conservative vote, and hand the White House over to a Liberal Crone or a died in the wool Socialist. True Conservatives hoped we would be able to have a real leader, someone we could whole-heartedly support, instead of voting for the lesser of two evils. Looks like we will be disappointed again
There are a lot of terms used by politicians and the media that may not mean what we think they mean. Political correctness is after all, an exercise in deception. Below is an attempt to cut through the crap and define what these often used words and phrases really mean.
- Amnesty: As it pertains to the illegal immigration debate, amnesty has three different meanings. To those favoring open borders, amnesty means that every illegal alien residing in the United States has a right to stay regardless of his circumstances or behavior. To these people, amnesty is a good thing. To those favoring closed borders, allowing anyone who comes over illegally to stay, regardless of his circumstances or behavior is considered to be amnesty. To these people, amnesty is a bad thing. To the politician, amnesty is a term to be avoided and the term “limited path to citizenship” is preferred. This means that certain illegal aliens who meet prescribed criteria will be allowed to stay while they seek citizenship. How difficult these criteria are to meet depends on how far to the right or left the politician is.
- Women’s Health Issues (aka “Reproductive Rights”): These are blanket terms covering many existing and proposed regulations, serving the purpose of giving women complete sexual freedom, unburdened by consequence, at no out of pocket cost to her.
- Raising Awareness: A Liberal Progressive device that allows a person to obtain the self-satisfaction of addressing a problem or issue without expending any substantial sacrifice of time, money, or resources. The act of “Raising Awareness” is not actually meant to solve the problem, but to deflect the solving of the problem to others who are now “aware” of it.
- Creating a Dialog: Another misleading Liberal Progressive device designed to instill guilt and contrition while masquerading as an open discussion.
- Racism: This term explains that any and all misfortunes incurred by non-whites are the result of the attitudes and ignorance of whites. This term has gained popularity because addressing the attitudes and behaviors of non-whites is difficult and not politically expedient.
- White Privilege: This is the idea that white people, by virtue of the color of their skin, and not because of attitude, work ethics, morals, or economic factors, are magically granted all types of social and economic advantages.
- Unequal Wealth Distribution: Another “divide and conquer” Liberal Progressive device. Those who favor the redistribution of wealth, are motivated by several misconceptions. All wealth is a finite resource unfairly accumulated and horded by a select few at the expense of the majority. Most wealthy persons have obtained their wealth by unfairly exploiting the poor. Once you reach a certain wealth threshold, you no longer have the right to the fruits of your labor. Hard work, ingenuity, and wise choices do not matter, the poor are not able to obtain wealth on their own because the wealthy game the system to keep the poor and middle class down.