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Anti-Gun Lunatics Stoking The Mob To Ban Gun Rights

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The 2nd Amendment – is not there to preserve hunting.  It’s there to preserve liberty from the talons of tyrannical government.

It’s a gift-wrapped present for His Heinous Barack Hussein NerObama and Attorney General Eric Holder.  The Newtown Connecticut shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary last week, has achieved  what Fast & Furious was intended to accomplish – but failed to do:  shove the country into a mass-frenzy supporting restrictions on and towards the abolition of gun rights.  The horrors of kindergartners shot by demonic lunatic Adam Lanza has automatically knee-jerked politicians and pundits to jump on the zeitgeist wagon and call for everything from registration and bans, to all out gun confiscation by the Federal Government.

A full-blown hysterical meme is being pushed by the Obama Media and their sycophantic Leftists – to abolish the 2nd Amendment by default and ban guns for the illusion of making people safe.  Many cowards say they see the handwriting by the screeching mob on the wall of the inevitability of gun bans, and are surrendering to the anti-gun mob in the aftermath of the school shooting rampage.

Cerberus Capital Management LP an investment firm is yanking it’s funding and selling Freedom Group, a confederation of the nation’s largest gun manufacturers.  Online firearm retailer and supplier Cheaper Than Dirt suspended selling arms along with Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart in the wake of the hysteria in the air since the rampage.

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It’s silly to see all this hysteria when nary an eyebrow was raised by Obama’s media or this regime over the Jihadist killings of Americans in Benghazi, or killings in Mexico via guns Obama walked into the hands of drug cartels.  But an elementary school massacre – is a gift wrapped Stalinist/Hitlerian pretext to disarm the American people and put them at the mercy of Obama and his MarxoFascist thugs along with every violent criminal out there.  The massacre has the entire Leftist establishment is on board the express train for disarmament.

Crybaby and Judenrat General John Boehner just ordered the Republicans on Tuesday night to surrender to the mob by calling for “a discussion on guns“, which in Ruling Class parlance means that the GOP must agree to whatever gun abolition policy Obama sets.  After all, just look at what an incredible discussion Boehner has had with Obama over the Fiscal Cliff Budget  negotiations.  As always, ‘discussion’ means surrender to whatever the MarxoFascist Left demands, even if it means surrendering your rights.

Then this morning, Obama names  the Dumbest Man in America – Uncle Joe “Gaffe” Biden – to head a “commission” to lay out policies for absolute federal gun control.  A unilateral effort to declare why law-abiding citizens can no longer be trusted to possess certain guns, while only police, government law enforcement, and the U.S. military can.

The Obama media and His Heinous are capitalizing on the sense of urgency being stoked across the country against gun owners.   Politicians are jumping on the express train to force through sweeping federal gun control legislation without any reasoned deliberation or a proper discussion of the Constitution and the government’s expanding powers, following the Axelrodian policy of taking advantage of a legitimate crisis to exploit those who are emotionally willing to let their guard down.

The Lunatic Left dominates the narrative and few are willing to push back against the horde.

Left-wingers consider any desire to own a gun to be prima facie proof of mental illness.

Leftists across the fruited plain have gone apoplectic in light of last week’s multiple murders. TV talking heads Piers Morgan, Soledad O’Brien, and Martin Bashir have been particularly obnoxious, cutting off and shouting down guests who defend Second Amendment rights.

In recent days any principled defense of the Second Amendment has raised howls of indignation from affective, sheltered so-called progressives who wouldn’t know the difference between a Glock and a glockenspiel. Even more than usual, reasonable debate is not possible with leftists who mere days ago were cheering labor union violence aimed at preventing Michigan from becoming a “right to work” state.

To the Marxists, guns in the hands of average Americans frightens them as much as liberty in the hands of average Americans does.  For them, the ONLY people who should have liberty, freedom and guns, are Leftists.  Why just tonight in an argument with your typical Obama-stepping Leftists is the talking point spewed by the media that ‘No American needs a military-styled assault weapon’.  Well, see – that is where they are completely wrong – and I was happy to tell them so.  It’s not a matter of NEEDS – it’s a matter of RIGHTS – as in; Americans have a GOD-GIFTED RIGHT to arms and the liberty to use them in defense of life, property and liberty.  The purpose of the Second Amendment was not put there so hunters could load up freezers of meat and hang heads on den walls.

It’s funny when you transpose the Second Amendment with the first Amendment of speech and suggest to these same idiots “No one NEEDS to be able to block intersections to protest either”.  That suggestion is greeted with indignation because the MarxoFascists hold that the right to get in another’s face, punch their face in, fling poo and shut down business, is an indivisible divine right.  But to suggest the same is true of the Second Amendment, sorry – that does not fit the MSM narrative or the gross ignorance that exists among the deluded masses that populate the landscape today.  You are treated to epithets and declarations i.e.: “Screw the Constitution!  WE ARE the Constitution!”  Of course – once the Second Amendment is abolished – these goose-stepping imbeciles for Obama who see chanting in lockstep with Union goons as holy writ, will have no means to stop their regime from abolishing the first Amendment in it’s entirety or the rest of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution when the time comes.

But lets’ get back to guns.  It has become a devolution of understanding of our Supreme Law of the Land – to assume there is a Separation of Church and State written in the Constitution inasmuch as a belief that the Framers put the Second Amendment in there to protect hunters.  The eyes pop wide and eyebrows go through roofs when you openly state what the intent of the Second Amendment was for.  Many refuse to believe that was the intent of the Second Amendment, or they assert times have changed and that the Founders intended that right to pertain to muskets only.

No – The Second Amendment exists for the sole purpose of an individual or community to defend itself. From criminals, animals and especially from tyranny of government.   The right to self-defense was understood to be God-gifted – meaning it transcends the laws of men and is beyond their authority to regulate or diminish.  The Founders in particular – saw the need of the Second Amendment to be applied by individuals and communities as defense against wayward government.  This is making the rounds out there on the net and bears repeating:

It has often been said, the Second Amendment is what gives the Constitution its teeth. The Second Amendment is an implied promise that should all other options and avenues of appeal fail, the will of the people will be enforced. Towards that end, we the people retain the right to possess the necessary tools, weapons and arms, to competitively stand against our own military, against our own law enforcement or against any private soldiers they may employ. The concerns addressed by the Bill of Rights are not granted to us by the Constitution. These are rights bestowed on us by our Creator; the Constitution simply identifies these rights and enumerates them so that we may all be aware of them.

Our Second Amendment rights exist to protect us from tyranny and oppression. Regardless of whether or not the time has come to exercise that right, I am going to ask you to seriously consider something.
The Second Amendment right protected your grandfather, and his grandfather from oppression. I am asking you to search your heart, and to commune with your God. Be completely honest with yourself. If you can then convince me with absolute certainty, definitive clarity and with no margin for error that neither my children, nor my grandchildren, nor any of my descendants will ever face a time or situation where they will require the ability to forcibly effect a change in how they are governed, then I will give consideration to no longer keeping and bearing arms. For when the day comes that I comfortably feel that men will not prey upon one another, I will be secure that my Savior is walking the earth and ensuring my safety. Until such time, I respectfully insist upon my right to ultimately be responsible for my own safety and for ensuring the preservation of all the rights identified for me, and for my children in the Bill of Rights.

“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

GEORGE WASHINGTON, Farewell Address, Sep. 17, 1796
The cunning and unprincipled Left have now made it sport to attack the gun culture in the USA and blame them for all these mass shootings.  Of course – as Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish points out – in reality – it is the LEFT that has more in common with these raging mass murdering loners than the rest of normal America.
What liberals think of as gun culture is really shorthand for rural America. It’s what liberals won’t say, but it’s what they mean. Americans are still sentimental about the village, so, for now, the number of movies that portray the rural community as ideal, rather than a hive of small-minded bigots, is still rather high. But there are backdoor ways of getting at the same topic and talking about gun culture is one of them.When liberals talk about “gun culture”, they mean the same thing that Barack Obama did when he told his San Francisco fundraiser friends about the people out there who still cling to their bibles and their guns. It isn’t about the guns really, though gun control culture is worried about having that much personal autonomy in the hands of people who don’t share their values and like their independence, it’s about rural America. And rural America, like guns, is another symbol that stands in for traditional America.

The left cannot talk about how much it hates this country. Gun culture is one of its dog whistles. A way to talk about how much it hates America without actually saying it out loud where everyone can hear. Talking about gun culture not only allows the left to publicly vent its hatred for America, gun control, like racism, is another way that the left teaches Americans to hate America.

Of course the proof of the lunacy of the Left abhorring gun violence is seen in their own words – as actress Joyce Carol Oates tweeted this PM  her hopes that NRA members get shot, so that they can get everyone on board for gun abolition legislation.

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The Meaning of Religious Liberty

The article by Dr. Matthew Spalding speaks for itself.

The Meaning of Religious Liberty

By Matthew Spalding, Ph.D.

“America does not depend on a shared theology, but it does depend on a shared morality.”

It is often thought that religious liberty means a strict separation of church and state, but that view is out of tune with the proper understanding of the role religion and morality play in the civic and public life of a self-governing people. A more compelling model is that of America’s Founders, who advanced religious liberty in a way that would uphold religion and morality as indispensable supports of good habits, the firmest props of the duties of citizens, and the great pillars of human happiness.

Origins of Religious Liberty

The story of religious liberty in America begins with religious persecution in the Old World. At the root of these conflicts was the much deeper controversy of divided loyalty between the city of God and the city of man. These dueling claims undermined political authority and obligation and led to religious wars and the civil coercion of faith.

The basic parameters of the American Founders’ arrangement in the New World are well known: They sought to prevent the religious battles that had bloodied the European continent by removing entirely the authority of the church over matters of governance. In its place, they sought to secure the basis for political obligation in the consent of the governed, premised on concepts of individual freedom and equality that were grounded in human nature.

In a letter written in 1791–all the more powerful because it was written by the first president to a Jewish synagogue–George Washington declared that ‘the Government of the United States . . . gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance’ but ‘requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens.’ Toleration, he continued, was no longer ‘spoken of as if it were the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights.’

The Founders’ View of Religion in Public Life

But far from wanting to expunge religion from public life, the Founders encouraged religion as a necessary and vital part of their new nation. They sought the official separation of church and state in order to build civil and religious liberty on the grounds of equal natural rights, but never intended–indeed, roundly rejected–the idea of separating religion and politics.

The Founders opposed the establishment of a national church (though the federal government did not do away with state establishments); church doctrine would not determine the laws, and laws would not determine church doctrine. However, the Founders did favor government encouragement and support of religion in public laws, official speeches and ceremonies, on public property and in public buildings, and even in public schools.

Indeed, the official separation of church and state allows and encourages (just as true religious freedom depends upon) a certain mixing of religion and politics. On the day after it approved the Bill of Rights, Congress called upon the president to ‘recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the many signal favors of Almighty God.’ President Thomas Jefferson regularly attended church services held in the House of Representatives and allowed executive branch buildings to be used for the same purpose. Jefferson seemed to find nothing wrong with the federal government supporting religion in a non-discriminatory and non-coercive way.

Even after the ‘republican revolution’ of 1800, President Thomas Jefferson praised America’s ‘benign religion, professed, indeed, and practiced in various forms, yet all of them inculcating honesty, truth, temperance, gratitude, and the love of man; acknowledging and adoring an overruling Providence, which by all its dispensations proves that it delights in the happiness of man here and his greater happiness hereafter.’

Religion and Morality

The Founders’ support for blending religion and politics was based on the following syllogism: Morality is necessary for republican government; religion is necessary for morality; therefore, religion is necessary for republican government. ‘Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity,’ Washington wrote in his Farewell Address, ‘Religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism who should labor to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness–these firmest props of the duties of Men and citizens.’

Those two sentences are illuminating. Religion and morality are the props of duty, the indispensable supports of the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, and the great pillars of human happiness. They aid good government by teaching men their moral obligations and creating the conditions for decent politics. And while there might be particular individuals whose morality does not depend on religion, Washington argues, this is not the case for the nation as a whole: ‘And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion.’

In the end, while it is often thought that religion and politics must be discussed as if they are radically separate spheres, the Founders’ conception of religious liberty was almost exactly the opposite. It actually requires the moralization of politics, which includes–and requires–the continuing influence of religion in public life.

The health of liberty depends on the principles, standards, and morals common to all religions. By acknowledging the realm in which reason and faith agree and can cooperate about morality and politics, religious liberty unites civic morality and the moral teachings of religion, thereby establishing common standards to guide private and public life. By recognizing the need for public morality and the prominent role that religion plays in nurturing morality, the Founders invite churches to cooperate at the political level in sustaining the moral consensus underlying their theological differences. It is by separating sectarian conflict from the political process and then strengthening this moral consensus that religious liberty makes self-government possible.

America does not depend on a shared theology, but it does depend on a shared morality. In his First Inaugural Address, the first president said that ‘there exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness’ and that no nation can prosper that ‘disregards the external rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.’ Jefferson put it more succinctly: The people, who are the source of all lawful authority, ‘are inherently independent of all but the moral law.’

What the separation of church and state does, then, is free religion–in the form of morality and the moral teachings of religion–to exercise an unprecedented influence over private and public opinion by shaping mores, cultivating virtues, and, in general, providing an independent source of moral reasoning and authority. At the same time, religious liberty reminds man to pursue his transcendent duties and frees religion to pursue its divine mission among men. Alexis de Tocqueville observed that even though religion ‘never intervenes directly in the government of American society,’ it determines the ‘habits of the heart’ and is ‘the first of their political institutions.’

Conclusion

Today, it is increasingly evident that there is a close connection between America’s deepest social ills and the weakening of religious participation and the abandonment of traditional moral norms taught by religion. Rebuilding a post-welfare state society demands the return of religion and faith-based institutions to their central role in the nation’s civic and public life. To attain this, Americans must abandon the interpretation, maintained by the Supreme Court, that religion is in conflict with freedom and that any ‘endorsement’ of religion creates an unconstitutional religious establishment. That interpretation prevents government from recognizing or advancing religious faith generally.

At the same time, sectarian politics is not the way to restore and strengthen America’s religious heritage. A better course is to return to the more reasonable, historically accurate, and faith-friendly view of religious liberty that upholds religion and morality as indispensable supports of good habits, the firmest props of the duties of citizens, and the great pillars of human happiness.

Matthew Spalding, Ph.D., is Director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies at The Heritage Foundation.

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President George Washington’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

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How far we have fallen spiritually from the kind of people and nation we were – even from our infancy. It would do all American well, to read and meditate on George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation, and recapture the kind of allegience we once had to our God as a People and nation.

Thanksgiving Day Proclamation of 1789
by President George Washington

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanks giving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many single favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the Service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks, for His kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the single and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of His providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, of the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have to acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge and in general for all the great and various favors which He hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humble offering our prayers and supplications to the Great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all people, by constantly being a government of wise, just and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone know to be best.

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