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The 2nd Amendment does not give the right, but acknowledges the fact that free people have the inherent right to defend themselves, their friends and family from all threats, including the threat of a tyrannical government. The founders intended that the 2nd Amendment keep government in check. Government hates the Constitution because it limits government. Government is the opposite of freedom. Every new law, regulation, or ordinance is done at the direct expense of liberty. When politicians enact unconstitutional gun control laws they are attempting to overthrow the Constitution. Once you understand the basis of the 2nd Amendment, choosing to own a semiautomatic rifle with a large capacity magazine is reasonable and constitutional. In some countries it is considered a duty.
Regarding your position on the economy: The August 2008 financial collapse was the beginning of the end of the 100 year old fiat money Ponzi scheme called fractional banking. 2008 was the bankruptcy of the Western banking system that has only temporarily been salvaged through nearly incalculable money printing, at the direct expense of the people and the productive private sector. This has been the greatest transfer of wealth in World history. The problem in 2008 was that the debt service exceeded the entire World’s GDP’s ability to service the debt. The collapse was a problem of too much debt. You can’t solve a problem of too much debt by creating more debt, which is exactly what the bankers that control government have done. The ruling elite, and political class they own, saved themselves by plundering the people. The next collapse will make 2008 look mild by comparison. Chuck McConnell recognizes that jobs are precious. The fact that he opposes the job killing legislation passed by the politicians that currently control Colorado government demonstrates his clear understanding of the considerable challenges our state will be facing in the not-too-distant future. If Mr. McConnell decides to run for office this season, he is exactly the kind of citizen politician we will need during what are going to be the difficult times ahead.
There is a lawful remedy to enact gun control laws. This is an amendment to the Constitution. Any enactment of gun control laws, short of the amendment process, is unconstitutional. The 2nd Amendment codified the fact that people have the inherent right to protect themselves, primarily against a tyrannical government. Without the 2nd Amendment there would be no 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, et al. It is absurd to believe that it is lawful for government to pass gun control legislation when the very purpose of the 2nd Amendment is to keep government in check.
Thanks for your informed voice of reason. Let’s hope voters in House District 26 and Colorado awaken before we have passed the Rubicon.
Some people suffer from Stockholm syndrome, some from cognitive dissonance. Some have both afflictions.
Some people are ignorant, which is not the same thing as being stupid. However, if a person has the opportunity to become informed, but chooses to remain ignorant, then they are stupid.
Progressives have their roots in Fabian Socialism. They are collectivists who reject the constitutional form of government and the principles upon which the United States were founded; individual liberty and freedom. Collectivists see a government solution in everything in the mistaken belief that an enlightened elite can do a better job in managing people than the individual can for themselves.
What should we unwind from the Progressive Revolution? It is a long list that can't be covered in the space allowed here. Let’s start by abolishing the unconstitutional Federal Reverse System, a cartel of private bankers that collude with government to plunder the citizens via the secret tax of inflation. It is the Federal Reserve, and its creation of unconstitutional currency, that has facilitated the welfare/warfare state that has bankrupted the United States. It follows that Legal Tender Laws should be repealed. Let’s then repeal the 16th Amendment, the ratification of which remains suspect, that steals a substantial portion of a persons life by taxing the fruits of their labor. Next let’s repeal the 17th Amendment, the ratification of which is also suspect, and return the appointment of senators to state legislatures ensuring the state’s interests are represented in Washington DC. Yes, phase out Social Security and Medicare. These are federal government Ponzi schemes, and like all Pyramid schemes, they collapse. Abolish the Department of Education which has been effectively indoctrinating good little socialists for years. Repeal the ACA quickly before the Too Big To Fail Health Insurance Industry needs a bailout the country can't afford. Eliminate the ineffective EPA. Polluters should answer directly to property owners in court for the damage they create. These would be a good start.
Sadly, Collectivism is a psychological tool causing free people to willingly cooperate in their own enslavement.
It may appear to you that some of my Letters To The Editor or comments are partisan. I despise both parties, especially at the national level, equally. It just so happens that the Republican party is on the correct side of the 2nd Amendment and Health Insurance “reform”, although I suspect for, with a rare few exceptions, political reasons rather than principle. It was after all the Republican party, which was nothing more than resurrected members of the Whig party, that was the cause of the War Between The States. The Republican’s war slaughtered more than 700,000 Americans, killed state’s rights and the Constitutional Republic established by the founders. It was George W. Bush and the Republicans that expanded government more than any administration before them, being only second to the current administration. Both parties are for big unconstitutional government which grows at the expense of the private sector and freedom. My letters or comments are not partisan, but an attempt to bring to the attention of those that think critically how our freedom continues to be stolen from us by government at all levels.
How do I suggest we improve government? As stated in my letter, DC is hopelessly corrupt (an understatement) and it will not be fixed from the top down. We can do something locally working from the bottom up. We can improve government starting at the local level by selecting candidates that are socially tolerant, fiscally responsible, swear an oath to uphold the Constitution, and actually mean it. These candidates must recognize that they are our agents, not our rulers. These principled candidates will replace those without principle, like Ex-Senators Morse, Giron, Hudak and “our” own Diane Mitch Bush. Then we move up the line and get rid of “our” Colorado DC senators, both of which have proven to be devoid of integrity as well. These steps would be a good beginning, although this requires an informed electorate. That is the greatest challenge.
Since you are willing to listen I will attempt to answer the question you have asked twice in your comments. The original intent, and the 18th Century understanding of the General Welfare Clause, has been bastardized by the federal government in order to expand its authority far beyond those enumerated in the Constitution. There would have been no purpose of listing and limiting the enumerated powers granted to the federal government by the states if the General Welfare Clause then allows Congress to expand its authority to whatever it deems worthy. James Madison, the father of the Constitution, makes it clear in his writings that the General Welfare Clause does not grant the federal government powers that are not enumerated. Therefore, the GWC does not give the federal government the authority to take over health care, the education system, create social security, Medicare, welfare, et al. The Constitution was created to acknowledge and protect individual liberty. The statist’s self serving interpretation of the General Welfare Clause is in direct opposition to the original intent of the Constitution.
Any reference I make regarding what is, or is not, constitutional predates Lincoln’s unconstitutional war that killed state’s rights, Jeffersonian Federalism along with 700,000 plus Americans. All three branches of the federal government are now hopelessly corrupt. This includes the Supreme Court. The justices of the Supreme Court are nothing more than political appointees. They are federal employees that work for the government. When “interpreting” the Constitution the court routinely finds the unconstitutional to be constitutional. Using all manner of twisted logic this court consistently finds more power for the federal government and less freedom for the individual. With the death of state’s rights following Lincoln’s illegal war, there was no longer a check on the growth of the federal government. The Constitution as it exists today is emasculated bearing little relationship to the original document and intent. Without the restraint of the Constitution, most of what the federal government now does is “legal” but “unlawful”.
You politely and completely dismantle Dan’s positions. As you understand too well, it is quite uncomfortable for people to consider positions based on facts that differ from their world view. The majority don’t realize that the Constitution has its basis in Lockean Natural Rights. When the self ownership and freedom recognized in the Constitution are not understood, then the principles upon which the United States were founded are lost. The declaration that health care is a right demonstrates a lack of understanding of what rights actually are. Government does not create or give rights. Rights come from an authority superior to government and these rights existed prior to the writing of the Constitution. The Constitution is the enemy of the state for it protects individual freedom and places strict limits on government. The state has been effective in conditioning its subjects. Your posts hopefully enlighten some.
Since you agree that the government is controlled by big corporate monied interests, and state yourself that: “The govt corruption by moneyed interests is sickening.” do you think that the spawning of the ACA is an exception? Do you think that this time noble politicians created this unconstitutional law because they were looking out for the best interests of the people?
Most of us have passed through the government controlled public school system. The government school system purpose is not to educate, but to indoctrinate. Between the socialized school system and the controlled corporate mainstream media, Americans have been well conditioned to support the ruling class that pulls the strings behind the curtain. A growing minority do not take everything the politicians, government, or their mainstream media propaganda arm, state at face value. This growing minority now questions everything for they have grown to realize that the real purpose of government is to allow those that control it to plunder those that don’t. Once a person comes to this realization, then all the insanity we observe in Washington, DC. sadly makes sense. The Big Health Industry lobbyists, along with their fleet of attorneys, wrote the ACA. That is why actually improving healthcare and making it more affordable was never addressed in the bill. Improved affordable healthcare was not the goal. The goal was to give Big Health a monopoly forcing people to pay for health care insurance to boost Big Health Industry profits. We now have a Fascist healthcare system in the United States. Fascism is not in the best interests of the individual. Just the opposite is true.
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