”Padlock the door and board the windows Put the people in the street “It’s just my job,” he says “I’m sorry.” And draws a check, goes home to eat But at night he tells his woman “I know I hide behind the laws.” She says, “You’re only taking orders.” That’s how every empire falls.” John Prine: That’s How Every Empire Falls”
January 1st, 2020
the beginning of a new decade and what could be a very disturbing spring in the
Commonwealth of Virginia. If Ralph Northam and his Democrat led majority continue
on the road to gun confiscation and depending on how they proceed with
enforcement this new decade could certainly bring a new meaning to the “roaring
20’s”. Without a doubt 2nd Amendment supporters will not go out with
a whimper but with a roar.
The Virginia Legislature as well as the governorship and state attorney general’s positions are now controlled by outside interests led by Bloomberg and Soros. Both have funded organizations that brought in millions of dollars into this past years election in order to turn the control of the legislature over to the left. These gentlemen’s agenda is to turn the state and country toward socialism and government control. They are attempting to do this under the guise of making our society safer through gun control, healthier through socialized medicine and equality for all by promoting liberal justices and district attorneys. It is the elite that believe that the average citizen is incapable of surviving without the help of their leadership. This quote from C.S. Lewis states it best: “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” This however begs to question whether these leaders are doing this for the good of the people or just for the accumulation of more power? No matter what the motive the people still suffer.
Freedom loving Virginians must draw the line this spring and let Richmond know that they have over stepped. We must show the Governor and his cronies that it is the people of this Commonwealth who will determine their future and not the Bloomberg’s and Soros’s of the world. In reality this is not the roaring twenties returning but the 1770’s when the likes of Patrick Henry, Jefferson, Madison, Mason and Washington took a stance against injustice and tyranny. Once again Virginians find themselves at the forefront of the battle against tyrants. We must show the rest of the country that freedom is precious. As Benjamin Franklin once said: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
It is hard to say how the left will react to the enormous amount of opposition that is occurring throughout Virginia concerning the proposed anti-gun legislation that is being put forth. We have heard that Governor Northam is considering some sort of “compromise” on the “assault weapon” ban by allowing for grandfathering but with forced registration. However, State Attorney General Herring has also come out in an interview published in the Washington Examiner in which he mentioned financial penalties against the offending counties as well as the possibility of using the Virginia National Guard to enforce any new gun laws.
In addressing the so-called compromise that Northam is proposing I would hope that all 2nd Amendment supporters will not be taken in by this. It is not much of a compromise at all considering that if you do not register your firearm you will be considered a felon. If you do register your gun, then what is to stop them from taking it when they remove the grandfather clause later?
When it comes to the warnings of financial penalties or use
of the National Guard, I believe these to be empty threats. If the local
sheriffs decide that they will not enforce these laws how will Richmond know
that the laws are not being enforced? I am sure the sheriffs and their deputies
will not be writing reports that indicate their refusal to confiscate an
otherwise legal weapon. I do not foresee the local law enforcement agencies going
door to door asking to look at your guns or going to the local gun range to see
whose guns meet the legal requirements.
In mentioning the use of the National Guard, I must wonder
does he plan on sending troops door to door searching for “illegal” weapons? I
highly doubt that would happen after all Virginia is not Nazi Germany. I believe that the governor is smarter than
that and would know that any attempt to confiscate weapons in that manner would
not only cause Virginians to revolt but would cause outrage throughout the
country. In other words, even mentioning the Guard is pure rhetorical BS.
I believe the rhetoric coming out of Richmond now is more of a scare tactic than anything else. It will be hard for them to prove a negative when it comes to localities not enforcing these outrageous violations of our 2nd Amendment rights. They know this and are hoping that by using these empty threats they can somehow gain the upper hand in this fight for our freedoms. Conservatives have for too long given ground on these important issues and it must stop. Bloomberg and Soros have sunk a lot of money into this state in order to turn it blue. They have a socialist anti-gun/anti-freedom movement that they want to promote throughout our country. Virginia is a major battle ground for that movement and we cannot give up, to surrender any more of our God given rights will prove to the left that they can win this battle to turn our country into a socialist state. Many of our country’s founding fathers were Virginians, they gave up so much so we could have our freedoms, we cannot let them down.
Most red flag laws that have been proposed both on federal
and state levels rely on statements form people that accuse someone of being a
danger to others or themselves. No actual evidence is needed besides statements
from others about an individual. A judge can issue a warrant for the seizure of
a person’s firearms without the need for probable cause. The person whose
rights have been violated must then go to court to prove his innocence and
hopefully be able to retrieve his property.
How many Constitutional
rights do red flag laws violate? Although I am not a Constitutional scholar I
can read and from what I can see these laws violate at least four of the
Amendments in the Bill of Rights.
2nd Amendment: … “the right of the people to keep and bear
arms shall not be infringed.”
4th Amendment: … “the right of the people
to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches
and seizures shall not be violated and no warrants shall issue, but upon
probable cause supported by Oath or affirmation…”
5th Amendment: … “nor be deprived of life,
liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be
taken for public use without just compensation.”
6th Amendment: … “to be informed of the
nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witness against him;
to have compulsory process for obtaining witnessed in his favor, and to have
the assistance of counsel for his defense.”
The politicians and organizations that support this Extreme
Risk Protection Orders are not in the least bit interested in protecting others.
If they were interested in protecting the person from himself or society then
there would be something written into these laws to allow for the person in
question to be put into protective custody. Although without due process this
would also be a violation of the person’s rights but at least it would show
that the law is meant for the protection of others and not just about the
confiscation of one’s private property.
Red Flag laws like most “common sense” gun legislation is not about making society safer but only about control. The left’s only interest is to disarm the population because a disarmed populous is much easier to manage. Once the population is unable to defend themselves many of their other God given rights will be restricted as well. We only need to look to Venezuela to see what happens when Socialism takes over and the population is disarmed.
I believe we are facing a very challenging time in our
Commonwealth. Will it be as bad as we expect during the next legislative
session? Probably not. However, I do believe that this will be the beginning of
a very slippery slope. I have heard people say that maybe it’s time to move to
a state that will respect our Constitutional rights, I have said this myself.
That is wrong for the simple fact that we cannot surrender here in Virginia
because if we retreat from here eventually there will be no place left to run.
About 29% of the population of Virginia own guns, we need to tap into this group. With a population of 8.5 million we are looking at about 2.4 million gun owners in our Commonwealth, that is significant. If we could get 1/3 of this group to become somewhat involved, we would be looking at a lobbying group of over 800 thousand people.
What is needed to fight these far-left politicians in Richmond is a strong grassroots organization composed of not only 2nd Amendment supporters but those people who do not want their other rights taken away from them. We need to get the word out about how the proposed red flag laws attack our 2nd ,4th, 5th and 6th Amendment rights. If they can use these types of laws to confiscate guns, then nothing is safe from state. If these four amendments can be attacked how long before our 1st Amendment rights are obliterated as well?
Granted we are fighting against a well-funded leftist movement but remember several hundred years ago a rag tag group of patriots were able to defeat the most powerful country on the planet. This war against our freedoms can be won but it will not be easy.
In the recent debate among the Democratic Primary candidates
Beto O”Rourke made clear his intentions concerning gun control, intentions I
believe that reflect the Democrat Party as a whole. He is the one candidate
that has made it abundantly clear that if allowed he will confiscate guns.
Maybe the others haven’t explicitly expressed this opinion, but we can be sure
that behind closed doors they all feel the same way. O’Rourke only mentioned
AR-15s and AK-47s but you can be sure that this would only be the first step in
the long road to disarming the American public.
I don’t believe that gun confiscation will work quite the way
O’Rourke would like it to happen, it will take place in small increments. First
will be national Red Flag Laws, laws that are a violation of the first, second,
fourth, fifth and sixth amendments. These types of laws which unfortunately seem
to be supported by politicians on both sides of the aisle as well as President Trump
will do nothing to deter mass shootings. Even if they were somewhat effective
in stopping this type of crime it still violates our Constitution.
After red flag legislation is passed and I do fear that within the next year we will see some form of these laws taking effect on a national level, the next step will be universal background checks which in turn will lead to national gun registration.
Once there is a national data base for registering guns, confiscation then becomes very easy. Once the guns are out of the hands of the citizens, tyranny begins. One only must look at what has happened over the last century. In Eastern Europe the Soviet Union and their satellite states of Hungary, Bulgaria and East Germany fell to the hands of totalitarianism once their citizens were disarmed. Hitler’s Germany disarmed the Jews which resulted in over six million deaths. More recently and closer to home we have Castro’s Cuba were most of the citizens were disarmed after the revolution and of course there is modern day Venezuela whose citizens lost the chance to defend themselves and are now starving under the socialist government.
Our Second Amendment was written into the Bill of Rights for
a reason and that reason was not to support our right to hunt but to protect us
from tyranny. Rest assured that the politicians that support “gun control” have
one concern and one concern only. They want a population that cannot resist
whatever plans they may have for our future.
Anyone who has been paying attention to the Democrat Party’s 2020 platform and watched the debates must be wondering if we are entering that generation in which we lose our freedom. Listening to the different candidates it is hard to tell which one is the farthest to the left. We are being promised free healthcare, increased social security benefits, thousand dollar a month living stipends, a pristine environment, free higher education, unlimited immigration and security from those people who would perpetrate evil with assault weapons. The only thing we must do as citizens is give up more of our God given rights as well as more of our hard-earned money.
Upon visiting numerous Democrat Presidential primary websites I have come to the conclusion that if anyone of these candidates were to be elected and if their party takes control of both houses of congress, we will be part of that generation that loses the rest of our freedoms. But, if you are to believe the propaganda that they publish on their campaign sites it will be well worth it because we will be living in a perfect world where everything will be given to us and according to Elizabeth Warren gun violence will be reduced by 80%. Who wouldn’t mind giving up their freedom for both financial and physical security, i.e. socialism?
I am hoping the answer to that question is most freedom loving people. We must only look at other countries that have followed this path that the Democrats want us to go down and see where they have ended up. This type of socialist agenda has never worked in the past and will not work now. America is on the verge of bankruptcy as it is without adding trillions of dollars of debt to an already overburdened economy. Unfortunately, because of our public education system many of the current generation believe that this failed system will somehow be the answer to all our country’s ills. This is what happens when the liberals from the sixties are allowed to take over our education system, Karl Marx would be proud.
I believe that these Democrats know exactly what they are doing and where they plan on taking this country. Because of this they know they need to disarm the public. At some point the people will wake up to what is being done to them, just look at the unrest in Venezuela. Therefore most if not all candidates have talked about gun reform/confiscation. It is not about safety for the citizens but about safety for those who wish to rule us. After all it is all about the power.
It is more than a little scary how over the decades we have
forfeited our freedom for what we assume is safety. Ever since the founding of
our nation the people have slowly given up the freedoms that our founders
fought for just to gain a little security. As evidenced in this short video the
people have handed over their hard-earned treasure to the several hundred
politicians who have used the threat of a mob like institution, the IRS, to
steal from the citizens of this country.
As much as we want to kid ourselves we own nothing, our possessions are only on loan to us even though we used our own resources to acquire them. You may think that you own your home, your car or other personal belongings but fail to pay your taxes and see how long it is before the government, either federal or state, comes and take them away from you. We are no longer a free people; we are all slaves to those we elected to represent us.
How has this come about? We continue to elect
representatives that look out for one thing and one thing only and that is
power and wealth. The only way they achieve these is to take from others. Why do
we allow this, because we think that we as a people are incapable of providing for
our own security? We have become a nation of cowards that are willing to forgo
our freedom for temporary safety. Whether you are white, black, yellow,
straight or gay, you are a slave to those who are in power. Until the citizens
of this country decide otherwise, we will continue to head down the road to serfdom.
Wake up America before it is too late.
I recently read an interesting opinion piece from the American Thinker written by William L. Gensert titled “America’s Second Civil War Has Already Begun”. This article was written several months ago but it is becoming more pertinent every day. I find this piece very depressing because there is little that l can disagree with in his assessment. I don’t believe that this civil war will happen tomorrow or next month or even next year, but I do believe that it is inevitable considering how divided our country has become. It may be in a decade or two, but it will happen.
There are many factors that are contributing to the great
political divide in this country. There is abortion, gun control, racial
tensions, sexual diversity, all of which the left is using to further divide this
country. Of course, first and foremost is the 2016 presidential election that was
“stolen” when the popular vote went to Hillary but President Trump won the
Ever since the election the progressives have been trying to
do whatever they can to nullify it, first by claiming Russian collusion and
with that failing trying to find some way to impeach the President. However
next to the Russians the electoral college has become the other target of their
obsession. With virtually every Democrat primary candidate obsessed with eliminating
the electoral college we could be facing the straw that breaks the camels back
when it comes to civil war.
In this article from Hillsdale College, “The Danger Of The Attacks On The Electoral College” the importance of this system is made clear. If for any reason this system of representation is changed it will mean that only the most populated areas of the country will have a say in who is our chief executive. Of course, the more populated areas tend to be the most progressive and with the Executive Branch continuously gaining more power with each election this will have a dire effect on the rural areas who tend to be more conservative.
I do foresee the electoral college eventually going the way of the dinosaur because most Americans are illiterate when it comes to civics and our Constitution. Our education system no longer places importance on the ideals that made this country great but places the emphasis on how horrible our founders were. Has this country made mistakes, of course it has, but show me one country that has done more for the benefit of the people on this planet? You can’t because there is not one. Unfortunately, within a short period of time the United States as we know it will come to a brutal and chaotic end.
If the progressives with their love of socialism become even more powerful, we can look forward to being the North American equivalent of Venezuela with the exception that most gun owing Americans will not give up their weapons. That is when things will get very messy.
A Great Example of What Becomes of a Benevolent Dictator
In the second to last episode of Game of Thrones we saw what
a benevolent dictator can become. People are raising hell about how the writers
turned the beloved Daenerys Targaryen into a monster willing to kill thousands
of innocents to gain her throne. These people were obviously not paying
attention to the previous episodes in which she was slowly turning away from
the benevolent Queen who wanted to free the people from tyranny and into
someone so focused on gaining power that she would do anything to achieve her
Unfortunately, this is a pretty accurate reflection of what happens in real life. How many times throughout the past have we seen this happen? We can look back through history at revolutions that were brought about to end oppression but ended up in a different form of tyranny. We have Lenin’s Russian Revolution, Mao’s Cultural Revolution, Castro’s Cuban Revolution and so many more. These leaders were going to make the world a better place for their citizens but just the opposite happened. Millions of innocents have died over the last century and a half as a result of people following a charismatic leader that promised them a better world.
In a previous post Our Republic Is Dying of Cancer, I address the issue of politicians that enjoy the benefits of office as well as the power. We may not have one tyrannical despot ruling our country, but we are facing the issue of a soft tyranny that at every turn is taking away our God given rights. We have not one dictator, but we do have hundreds, these are the elected officials and non-elected bureaucrats that want to dictate every aspect of our life. Unless something is done the future of our Republic is in serious jeopardy.
The only way to a better world is for individuals to work together to make change and not to rely on one person or group to make that happen. Because of human nature the more power a person acquires the more susceptible to corruption they become. There is much truth in the adage “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”.
Note: I cannot stress enough how important it is for we the people to wrest power from our corrupt representatives and the only no-violent way is to institute a Convention of States.
Our Constitutional Republic is in greater danger than it has ever been before. We have a Congress and Senate that is addicted to power and will never be willing to give it up. Therefore we must take this power from them and the only non-violent way to do so is a Convention of States. A Convention will allow us to make the necessary amendments to the Constitution that our country needs. We can set term limits for both houses as well as the courts, add a balanced budget Amendment and return more power to the states where it belongs.
When the Constitution was first written the founders never foresaw a group of representatives that would refuse to go home once elected. They believed that a patriot would sacrifice some of their time to become a representative for their friends and neighbors. After a short period, they would return home to their farms and businesses and let someone else make that sacrifice. Unfortunately, that sacrifice has turned into a very lucrative job for our present-day politicians, a career that few want to give up. To see how profitable these positions have become just look at a politician’s net worth prior to entering Congress and after a decade, is it any wonder why these positions have become so difficult to give up?
I admit for some it is not just about the money but also about power. With many of our current crop of representatives, it is about being able to control every aspect of our lives. That is why we have so many presidential candidates as well as newly elected representatives pushing the socialist agenda. Power and money are what politics at the Federal level has become. Over the decades the Federal Government has become ever more controlling, infecting every area of our daily lives. This too will continue to worsen unless the citizens decide to put a stop to this continuous lust for power. Our politicians have become a cancer that is slowly eating away at the heart of our Republic.
Since these so called representatives will never give up power or the lucrative pay checks it is up to the people to push at the state level for a convention. The left fears the idea of a Convention of States for the simple fact that it may be the one way to get our federal government under control and wrest the authority from their hands and give it back to the people. Time is short, we are quickly losing our younger generation to the left, they have co-opted our local schools and have gained a major foothold in the colleges and universities. We have no time to lose, visit Convention of States to see how you can affect changes within your home state and eventually our country. A properly run Convention of States will allow us to cut out the cancer that is corrupting this country.