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Where Do We Go From Here? Part II

As I wrote in my last entry, “Where Do We Go From Here?“, I believe that we are missing a strategy.  A strategy allows one to produce detailed plans of attack and then provides input into when to coordinate various plans and in what order to execute them to achieve optimal effect.

Constitutional Conservatives, aka NOT RINOs and not necessarily Republicans, have been waging a defensive holding action for the last 40-50 years.  Actually, I would argue we have been on the defensive since the New Deal.  This has caused us to consider the act of stopping or slowing the communists/nazis (liberals/progressives) to be victories.  This could not be further from the truth.  A victory is one in which ground is taken back from the enemy.  A successful defense is a stalemate.

We have not taken significant ground back from the enemy in a very long time.  The most recent “conservative” president, Bush II, actually established a new government agency that is rapidly becoming a national, militarized police force with armored vehicles and massive stockpiles of ammunition and weapons.  I could elaborate further on the failures of the last several “conservatives”, such as Reagan’s debt spending orgy and Bush I’s New World Order, Nixon’s EPA and normalization of relations with China, etc. but I won’t……

Instead I would like to propose several potential strategic goals and start thinking about which to take on first.  I’ll organize these into packages:

  1. Constitutional Liberties Package
  • Balance the budget
  • Abolish the DHS
  • Reduce United Nations funding to the minimum level required to retain an ambassador there and ask them to leave the United States
  • Re-privatize the TSA
  • Eliminate the IRS and establish a flat tax
  • Reign in the NSA. CIA and DIA inside the United States
  • Strengthen Posse Comitatus, especially as it relates to information gathering and usage of drones
  • Sell the DHS stockpiles of ammunition via the Civillian Marksmanship Program
  • Prosecute State and local governments that are abridging the Second Amendment
  • Abolish the BATFE and turn its legitimate enforcement activities over to the U.S. Marshal’s Service
  • Abolish the BATFE’s Form 4473 (federal form for purchasing a firearm aka backdoor registration)
  • Mandate the destruction of all existing form 4473s in the possession of Federal Firearms Licensees and those in the possession of any federal or state government
  • Officially remove the political muzzle from churches and other tax-exempt organizations
  • Revoke FAA permission for local law enforcement to use drones
  • Revoke FAA permission for federal law enforcement to use drones
  • Pass legislation defining the proper use of the “Interstate Commerce Clause” and possibly an Amendment to the Constitution to clarify it.

2.   “Great Society” Deforms Package

  • Balance the budget
  • Provide federal funds to States for requiring legitimate State identification for voting purposes
  • Withhold federal funding for all States that provide a State ID that can be used for voting to illegal aliens.
  • Eliminate the Department of Education
  • Eliminate Obamacare and reign in Medicare and Medicaid
  • Eliminate the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • Eliminate the Department of Transportation
  • Eliminate much of the FDA and create a not-for-profit entity to establish guidelines for the testing of drugs and food products to ensure safety.

3. Bare Essentials Package

  • Balance the budget
  • Abolish the DHS and re-privatize the TSA
  • Eliminate the Department of Education
  • Eliminate the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • Sell the DHS stockpiles of ammunition via the Civillian Marksmanship Program
  • Reign in the NSA. CIA and DIA inside the United States
  • Strengthen Posse Comitatus, especially as it relates to information gathering and usage of drones
  • Revoke FAA permission for local law enforcement to use drones
  • Revoke FAA permission for federal law enforcement to use drones
  • Eliminate Obamacare and reign in Medicare and Medicaid
  • Reign in the BATFE and cut 30% of jobs there in enforcement arms that ran Fast and Furious
  • Restrict the Federal Reserve’s printing authority

The Bare Essentials package has the most popularity with the general public, in my opinion.  Perhaps the strategy should include everything I have listed and more but the first set of initiatives should be the Bare Essentials.  These changes would make an immediate impact on the lives of Americans and every one of them would be good.

Conservatives have a significantly enhanced ability to communicate to the average American right now.  Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, social media and such have given us an alternative stream to get our ideas out there.  More importantly, they provide us with an ability to educate Americans without filters but with plenty of debate.  We should pick a list of initiatives and start educating folks about them.  The process may take several years but the result will be worth the effort.

I may be off on some of the areas listed above but the message I am trying to send is this: If we continue to play defense we are going to continue to lose.  Our children will pay for our lack of motivation and our lack of ability to make an impact.  They are already paying for our losses to-date and I don’t want to be a part of making their burden any heavier than it already is.

The Goat

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On Gun Control and Sandy Hook

The tragedy in Connecticut this past week left anyone with any compassion in them at all numb. Unfortunately, it will be used for political purposes by the left in our nation. Rather than actually solving the problem, they will attempt to implement more meaningless laws and try to restrict gun ownership even further.

Accoding to the FBI, there are more than 200,000,000 guns in this country. I can tell you, for a fact, that their estimate is very low. They primarily focus on guns that have been registered at one point or the other and there are a LOT of older guns that were never registered.

Knowing that there were multiple federal laws circumvented or broken in the unspeakable tragedy that occurred and knowing that there are significantly more than 200,000,000 guns in the United States, propsing additional anti-gun laws is a perfect example of form over substance, which is what the left and liberal Republicans are all about. Another “Gun Free Zone” law won’t help. Another “Assault Weapons” ban won’t work. Banning the sale of firearms won’t work (there are already more than 200,000,000 out there) and any attempt at confinscation will result in a civil war.

We can’t station a police officer in every classroom. Not only is it too expensive but I doubt the officers would be willing to do it. We can’t lock our schools down like a prison. They weren’t built with the type of security necessary in mind. Schools have large panes of glass that, when shattered, allow easy access to the building. We also can’t stop sending our children to school.

Even if, somehow, we can confinscate all of the guns without a civil war we still see school massacres in “gun-free” societies such as China’s. We still have the problem of protecting our children.

Every State that has passed concealed carry laws that enable more citizens to carry firearms has seen a reduction in crime. Evey nation that has outlawed firearms has seen an increase in crime. Gun confinscation will, in addition to causing a civil war, result in higher crime and more brutality. It will also remove the restraints this places on our government and, don’t forget, there has never been a government that didn’t, sooner or later, start killing its own people.

The only thing we can do is arm teachers. They are the only ones on site that can intervene in a timely manner and it is the only solution that will actually solve the problem. I understand this will be met with resistance but it won’t be as much resistance as gun confinscation will meet with; it won’t cause a civil war and, again, it will actually work.

Why are we so unwilling to give up our guns? That is not the question, in my opinion. The question is “Why are we so willing to allow our children to be under the care of people who are incapable of protecting them?” or “Why is the left so adamantly opposed to requiring teachers to pass a police course and carry a concealed firearm?”.

The gun control debate in this country exemplifies the failure of Constitutionalists in education. How difficult is it to teach others that when someone wants to eliminate your ability to resist they are “evincing a design” to do that which is against your free will (i.e. make you a slave)? I know that the word “slave” evokes a strong emotional response. It is not my intention to denigrate the term; rather it is my intention to spark concern.

Let’s look at it from another perspective: The perspective of law enforcement and tactically trained professionals. Prior to allowing their officers on the street, every law enforcement entity requires that, among other training, the officers receive training in weapon retention. In other words, they get training on how to keep the bad guys from getting their gun. The entire concept of this training is that if someone wants to take away the officer’s gun, they want to do something that the officer would otherwise keep them from doing. In fact, officers are taught to assume that any attempt by someone to take away their gun is to be understood to be an immediate attempt to take that officer’s life and deadly force is authorized to stop the attempt. This is a concrete example proving our government agrees with the concept expressed in Chapter III, Section 17 of John Locke’s Second Treatise on Civil Government:

…he who attempts to get another man into his absolute power, does thereby put himself into a state of war with him; it being understood as a declaration of a design upon his life: for I have reason to conclude, that he who would get me into his power without my consent, would use me as he pleased when he had got me there, and destroy me too when he had a fancy to it; for no body can desire to have me in his absolute power, unless it be to compel me by force to that which is against the right of my freedom, i.e. make me a slave.

We see, almost daily, evidence that they who wish to disarm us carry guns for their own personal defense. I challenge anyone who doubts this to execute a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request for the Carry Permits issued to their representatives. These hypocrites carry firearms but are absolutely convined that the average American is not intelligent-enough to carry one themselves without accidentally performing an act of self-mutilation or losing control of their temper and illegally using it to harm others.

The constant cry that “assault weapons” have no legitimate sporting use is yet another instance of our failure to educate. The purpose of the Second Amendment has never been to secure the Rights of citizens to hunt and engage in sporting pursuits: The purpose of the Second Amendment is, and always has been, to protect us from our government. from each other and to deter foreign entities from coming here to do us harm. The assault weapon’s legitimate purpose is to protect us from our own government and others with assault weapons (obtained legally or illegally).

My proposition is simple: require 50% of the teachers and 100% of the administrators to go through a police firearms course. Prepare them to use deadly force in a school setting. Require all of the thus trained individuals to carry concealed and require a biometrically locked weapons rack with more accurate and heavier firepower to be located in the office. Have certain members of the administration take training on these weapons to ensure they are effective in their use. Restrict access to those with the training. Require all trained individuals to re-certify quarterly.

This resolves the entire problem. It protects the children against the bad guys, the teachers against other teachers (or their sons, etc.) and serves as a deterrent to those that may seek to harm our children. It also ensures that the American People remains a deterrent to tyranny.

Remember: Slaves aren’t armed, right? Armed slaves don’t stay slaves. It is impossible to enslave an armed people without first taking away their arms.

It isn’t politically correct but isn’t it time we set politics aside and start thinking about realistic ways to ensure the safety of our children? Arm the teachers. Stop the politically correct insanity that allowed Columbine, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook.