By Creedance Clearwater Revival:
Who'll Stop the Rain?
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Summary of the Cliff Notes version.
3 hours ago
Proponents of Washington’s Initiative 1639 and those critical of the law enforcement officials cite a “duty to the Constitution” and to the “rule of law.” Yet in many respects these laws are built on the circumvention and abdication of the rule of law. The Constitution and its underlying principles define the rule of law. As such, “the rule of law” cannot be synonymous with “the will of the” majority, as Washington’s AG suggests, when the majority’s will advocates the suspension of due process and the revocation of a person’s natural rights (which all officials involved in this debate swore an oath to uphold.)...snip...
The legislator with his delegated responsibility, cannot be exalted above the inherent rights of the individual which he is charged to protect. Life, liberty, and property do not exist because people have legislators who have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused people to entrust legislators with the power to make laws in the first place. So the justification “it was passed by the legislature,” does not and should not override an inherent individual right, even more so when the legislature is admonished by the Supreme Law to not infringe upon said right.Ouch!
Apart from the degradation of the spirit and the eventual loss in life, socialism costs a great deal of money. For example, "Sen. Warren's blue print for democratic socialism would cost the U.S. $42 trillion, requiring tax rates on everyone of 60% or higher." Moreover, under Ocasio-Cortez’s New Green Deal "the United States of America would certainly collapse. On the left, 'from each' comes first, and the deal takes away the people’s mobility. 'To each' comes last, and the people get only the health care the government wants them to have. Promoters such as Kamala Harris don’t even bother to lie about it." Moreover, "other deprivations would be sure to follow, as they did in the USSR, China, Cuba, and most recently Venezuela. The Green New Deal, in effect, is the Democrats’ version of the Khmer Rouge’s 'Year Zero,' a suicide note for the freest, most prosperous nation in human history."Please go and read Ms. Toplansky's article and if you don't know any of the history about which she writes, go and study it. The internet has been described as a great sewer, which it is. but there is also a lot of useful information on it too. How you separate the good info from the bad, the hoaxes, the "fake news" is the discipline of "critical thinking." The more you do it, the better it gets. I had a boss once who talked about things passing the "smell test." The more you exercise your B.S. meter, the more sensitive it gets.
I will never understand why schools, grade K-12; are so frightened to have someone on the school property who is trained on how to handle guns & trained in self-defense; and who passes all the background checks. It has to be "PC". I can't think of any other reason. Am I missing something? Is there something I'm NOT following?I responded that the anti gun movement consists of people who fear guns, and people who want to control you and me. Let's expand on these two classes of people.
If you’re terrified of guns, or if you want all power to collect and reside in the hands of “the authorities,” then background checks are not the wrong thing. Background checks are a tool for control over the population. But they don’t control crime. They don’t even address crime. Democrats know this, or should.
These checks are something the organizers of this free country could not even imagine, much less sanction. Your acquisition of power (firearms) is supposed to stand totally apart from government reach. But that’s philosophical, too deep for many modern citizens. It’s hopelessly arcane for typical public school or even recent college grads.Korwin is often brutally honest. But the time has past for saving hurt feelings. We must be brutally honest to wake people up to the danger.
You never know when violence is going to erupt, especially when you’re talking about a mass shooting. They happen seemingly at random and in unexpected places. They’re not happening in inner-city schools with gang problems, for example. They’re happening in places where you don’t expect the wholesale slaughter of innocent people.It thus becomes imperative that people willing to shoulder that burden should carry as frequently as the law allows, but the law should allow them to carry pretty much everywhere. That is why many gu trainers say that you should carry every where all the time. Violence occurs when and where you least expect it to happen. Besides, criminals certainly carry everywhere. But high school students are of course a different matter. Students shouldn't be carrying guns to school every day because a number of them do not have the maturity yet to carry them responsibly.*
First, you take veterans and give them a renewed purpose. Transitioning from military to civilian life isn’t easy, even without seeing the horrors of war, so something like this is likely to help a great deal.
Second, you put guns in the hands of people you know aren’t going to hide outside if shots start to fly. These are people who have seen the elephant already. They’ve already been through the crucible of combat.The adage that "guns save lives" is as flawed as the notion than guns kill. Every sheriff's deputy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school had a gun. The shooter also had a gun. It is not the instrumentality that takes action, or not. It is the people themselves and their intent. Guns are just tools, no more, no less. Choosing people who have been through actual combat, have faced down the evil and survived is a pretty smart step. People make the difference, the tools they carry are a secondary issue.
Support your own damn self and leave me the hell alone.This has been the battle cry all along: leave me alone! You do what you want, but leave me alone. Of course, Leftists can not leave anyone alone because their whole reason for being is to bother everyone else. These people are hollow, and miserable themselves, and so derive meaning by making others as miserable as they are.
Support your own damn self and leave me the hell aloneThat pretty well sums it up.
But that’s rare. And it does not include someone who decades ago did something silly, stupid, offensive, or even ugly, that did not hurt anyone, and who has subsequently demonstrated nothing showing low character. People make mistakes. They change and grow-up. We conservatives are supposed to be the ideology based upon real world experience, which includes changing and growing, unlike the totalitarian thought police of the left who savor the opportunity to spin themselves into a social media mob.
So let the Democrat autophagy begin. Your Virginia governor is a garbage person who did garbage things and told garbage lies not only about the garbage things he did – he was merely honoring Michael Jackson, folks – but about his GOP opponents. Let them eat their own. Perhaps they will learn through pain to be better people. Perhaps they will simply devour themselves. Hey, it’s all good.
But we Republicans should be different. We should be a party both of standards and forgiveness, of perspective and judgment, not of cowardly concessions to mobs out to crucify Catholic kids for smirkcrimes in the face of drum-beating fake ‘Nam vets.
The next time the SJWs come to us with some ridiculous demand to sacrifice one of our own on their altar of arbitrary outrage, we should tell them to put on their pounding gear and head to the beach.
If you give veto power to anyone who is offended, then guaranteed, somebody is gonna declare they are offended. When being a victim grants power and social status, then you’ve got no shortage of people saying they’re victimized. The actual facts don’t matter. You just gave random assholes a license to mess with you, they’re going to do it, simply because they’re assholes.
Basically, they can only hurt you if grant them the ability to do so (or your publisher is a spineless coward, but that’s a whole different problem!) .
This transcends politics. It doesn’t matter who is screaming at you, an abusive bully is an abusive bully. Don’t let abusive bullies run your life. That’s not just true for writing, but life in general.This is good advice always. And not just for writers, or for those who want to control you by screeming "racist," "homophobe," or whatever is the latest SJW obsession. I can not be given a resentment, for example. I can only take it. I can not let others live in my head rent free. As heartless as it sounds, I have learned to not care if others take offense. I say what I mean, and others interpret it as they see fit. I am not responsible for how others interpret what I say. If my conscious is clear, then I refuse to be guilted into shutting up.
Despite the distraction of these inter-denominational quarrels, Ahmari’s testimony emphasizes what Christians have in common. The truths about God and man that he had learned through experience and instruction became a living reality for him. The heart of Christianity is the person of Jesus, for “only the self-sacrificial love of God could make right what was crooked in human nature.” Jesus is not reducible to a moral teacher, political liberator, or any other human attempt at a solution. Rather, “Jesus was God, come to bring God and reconcile man to him.”
The younger Ahmari play-acted at saving the world through revolution. The older Ahmari realized that the real problem of the human condition is not poor political or economic organization, but sin, his first of all.
Ahmari is a political commentator—and a good one—but his hope is now elsewhere. Without God, mankind will plunge headlong into Hell. “I had already accepted the Fall as the most penetrating account of what ailed the world and me…who else but the self-sacrificing God-Man could set right what had gone wrong in the Garden? None other. Nothing and no one else worked. Only Christ Jesus.”This is what a true faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior teaches those who believe. The fundamental problems facing this country is sin, mine most of all. Whether the guns and their place in society, or the abortion debate, or education, prison reform, or...whatever...the problem is our sinfulness. The solution is Jesus. The belief that we, ourselves can fix things with laws, and more laws, is part of our sinful nature. It is realizing that we can really do nothing, only God can only God can fix our brokenness. Adding law to law, making things more illegaler can not actually fix anything.
There was now urgency to his knowledge that “our Lord’s gift of radical absolution on the Cross was the only thing capable of repairing the brokenness in me and around me.”He realized that this is the most important thing, that everything else pales in comparison. That is the effect He had on me when He chose me. That is how I recognize it when I see it.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness...Note that a person's life is to be held in highest esteem, to be taken only upon conviction in a court of law, and only for certain heinous crimes. In today's world, the only thing I can think of that generates a death penalty is the case of serial murder. What crime has an unborn child committed, that makes it deserving of being executed?