Our Independence Day

 

Today, many Americans will be celebrating Independence Day as usual. Cook-outs, swimming pools, families spending time together, with American flags flying and a pre-burger prayer for those that have, and are, serving in the military. That’s great. The problem is that there will also be hordes of hateful and ignorant citizens of the United States crapping all over the country they inhabit and those who do not feel the same way they do…….and they are horrible and ignorant people who are beyond salvation.

Sorry. I know that on a day like July 4th, many want to have a good time and forget their troubles while cracking a few beers and scarfing down some over-cooked meat. Sure, I like that too, and in past 4ths, that’s exactly what has happened. This year, though, a deep and dark undercurrent of evil, and I’m not being hyperbolic, is running through our society and culture. You know what they look like, they wear “pussy hats” and they carry pre-made signs calling you a Nazi – while behaving like Nazi’s – calling for the abolishment of ICE, national borders and sovereignty, and equality of result instead of opportunity. In fact, they are calling for the end of “whiteness” whatever that is, as well as the end of capitalism and American culture. And you better not be black and a patriot either….I’m not even going to print the slurs these hateful folks have for African-Americans who have left the Progressive Plantation, as I’m sure you can guess them. Hell, they even want an end to science and facts like those related to gender and climate. In truth….if I were to list the many angry causes of America’s Progressives this essay would run on into infinity.

America is under pressure from its own “Brownshirts”…..and if they see you with a “Make America Great Again” hat, or a Trump shirt, proudly flying the American flag, working for the Trump administration or even publishing a blog like this one: Get ready to be thrown out of restaurants, thrown out of bars, have spit and feces put in your food, lose your job, and for good measure, get violently assaulted. For some reason, the political minority are emboldened to become monsters in service of their hateful ideology, when most can’t explain that ideology or rationally justify it. I personally know extremely wealthy, white liberals – whom are the ultimate beneficiaries of class privilege by the way – that own and control multimillion dollar companies yet advocate for socialism/communism and mob tyranny. These folks will have a solemn 4th of July today……busily bemoaning all of the lost rights and great hardships they have encountered and endured since November of 2016.

The Cult of The Progressive Left has moved into the “Jim Jones” phase. From “peace and love” to “drink the Kool-Aid and lie down”. If you love your country and the freedoms it has given us, they hate you. If you believe things are actually going well by most metrics……less taxes, more world peace, more people with jobs……they hate you. If you didn’t support Hillary Clinton…..they hate you. If you don’t do what they tell you, even though they have bullied and shouted you down…….yep, they hate you.

It would be nice if there was anything that would appease this awful and vocal minority of the population, but there isn’t. So, enjoy the 4th. Honor those that have fallen in defense of our individual liberty. Say a thankful prayer for the wisdom of those that founded this the greatest nation on Earth…..and for their resolution to declare their Independence from monarchial tyranny, for our benefit. Then start finding the strength to confront and squash out the enemies within, because they are legion…..and they don’t want to stand for the American flag and honor its history, or even have an America at all. It took a bloody war to make our Independence Day mean something…..and it may take another one for it to continue to. Happy Independence Day.

“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…” – The Declaration of Independence

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Scotts are Blue in The Face

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“Aye, fight and you may die, run and you’ll live, for at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies, that that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take our Welfare/Healthcare/Gov’t Cheese!”

Ahh me laddies, that stirring line from the film Braveheart gets me every time. I have gently modified it to reflect the current state of the freedom movement in the now-more-than-ever-aptly-named “British Isles”. For those who thought we were going to see a move away from the insidious One World with Scotland finally embracing the very ideals they exported to this country over 200 years ago…….. Independence Fail! Not really news though. I mean seriously, it hasn’t even been news really. The whole thing was downplayed, at least in our “press”, for months. And when I did see some reporting, it was the typical poo-pooing from all the same poo-pooers. ” What currency will they use? What will they do for a military? Who’ll get their oil?”

I can picture all these same great minds during the American Revolution….. “What currency will we use, blah blah blah?” So, I guess we shoulda scrapped the greatest ( soon to be failed ) experiment in self governance and individual rights ever undertaken.

But there’s so much I’ve got to talk to you about, Dear Reader, so nose down, grindstone spinning….

Copping a Feel

  Opponents of “stop and frisk” are missing the point. I guess it all goes back to our Nation’s obsession with race and race politics.  As far as I can tell, this dangerous policy has nothing to do with racial profiling, whatever that is. It has everything to do with our rights as citizens of the United States of America. If you read a lot of the founding documents and writings of our Independence, you will find many references to what should be our unalienable right….. No unreasonable search and seizure. See, along with all the other things we have forgotten, we have forgotten that we are to have equal standing under the protection of law. Stop and Frisk elevates authorities above that. Where Stop and Frisk is in place the police now have the ability to circumvent your presumption of innocence. It’s just part of a troubling trend that changes the relationship we have with these same authorities. 

  

Don’t think so? Well join the armies of ignorance shlubbing their way through our society. Think it’s all about race? If so, you have fallen for the oldest trick in the book used by Machiavellian aristocrats. It’s like looking through a window into your back yard, and it’s on fire. Shift the size and location of the window, and you can shape the image you see. Maybe just the swingset’s on fire according to your new view. Sure, that’s a problem, but nowhere near as alarming as the raging inferno inching closer to your home. The issue is NOT that blacks in America are being unjustly searched. It’s that ANYONE in America can be stopped and searched.

Another defense of this indefensible stop and frisk policy is my favorite: “If you’re not up to anything, or doing anything wrong, what’s the big deal? What are you afraid of?” Take a look at how many new laws are passed by Congress every year. I’ll wait. OK…. now take into account all of the County, City and State laws passed every year. Guess what? Most people are “doing something wrong” every day. For instance, are you correctly following all of your ridiculous neighborhood covenants? Or how about all the moronic City ordinances? Is your trash in the right place? Is your car parked correctly? How tall is your fence? Microchips in your kids…oops, I mean animals? You get the idea.

Now, combine these never-ending laws with who enforces them, and for what purpose. When did “protect and serve” become “Harass, Fine, and Collect”? How many folks reading this now get all warm and fuzzy when they see the Po-Po behind them? Or safe and secure when they pull into your driveway? Ask the kid who was shot to death in California last month for having a smart mouth (“What, are you going to shoot me?”) at a DUI stop. Whoopsy. At least his friends and family can rest assured that after a lengthy paid leave this gunslinger will be back on the streets.

It’s about control, folks. And I know what you’re thinking. You think I’m paranoid. Well, just cause I’m paranoid doesn’t mean people aren’t out to get me, and you. See, while you’ve had your head down, and the TV on, thousands of new laws, EPA directives, and executive orders have been flowing out of our ever-increasing government agencies, local, state and federal. And in case you didn’t know, crap rolls down hill, and we are all at the bottom. Just like the enemies we have across the ocean herding their goats, those whose lives are spent in search of power are biding their time, counting the progress of their initiatives in terms of decades, not minutes.

At the same time the power that those who are supposed to protect us has been growing. Listen, I know we all want to think that the police, prosecutors, and judges that are our public servants are as selfless and heroic as on TV. And hey, some of them are. But there is a rapidly escalating change in how these folks do business. Due to an increasing need to raise more revenue than ever, combined with the militarization of even the most backwoods police departments, a frightening us-versus-them mentality is arising. I find it humorous that on MSNBC I’m told that the Tea Party are jack-booted thugs, when there really are jack-booted stormtroopers just waiting for their next warrant-serving or drug raid. Since when did even the smallest and most ill trained sheriffs’ departments need armored vehicles, black military garb, body armor, and automatic weapons?

What happened to the days of Mayberry? Jeez, even Sheriff Andy knew to only let Barney have one bullet. Now Barney’s got unlimited discretion to take away your life and liberty with the most powerful of arsenals. Awesome. It used to be just disrespectful to mock an officer of the court. Now it’s a crime. Don’t believe me? Give a cop the finger next time you see one….. you’ll get an education in how far your Freedom of Speech has been degraded faster than you can say bye-bye to your posterior virginity in prison.

I know we all want to feel safe. I know we all want to do what we can to have safe neighborhoods, schools, and streets. The answer is not empowering hordes of government employees, agencies and regulations with the ability to control and dictate every aspect of your life. People write laws, and people are not perfect or only motivated to have your interests at heart. The reason our founding documents specifically say that our creator (and by the way I don’t care who or what you think that is) granted our rights is this:

Rights given by our creator cannot be taken away, altered or revoked. We are born with them. Because trusting imperfect people with your rights, your safety, your security, your prosperity, and your literal liberty and freedom, is folly. And the more you cede to these imperfect people, the closer you get to wearing the yoke of servitude. And it won’t happen overnight, it will happen in inches, over the course of time. And in the end you won’t even know you’re a slave……. until you wake up in chains.

Go Ahead with Your Own Life, Leave Me Alone

You know, I hate to sound like a jerk, but shut up ex-presidents and veeps. Shut up Congress. In fact, if you work for a creepy, bloated government agency, or a creepy, bloated network, just shut up. I don’t need alot of protection from people in other parts of the world that I will never meet. I need to be protected FROM YOU. Listening to all of these wise people tell me they need to shield me from everything that could possibly cause me harm, I now realize that I am a moron. Replace my knives and forks with soft rubber sporks, because I might stab myself in my tiny little brain.

I realize that many folks that I respect, who aren’t dummies or drinking any parties’ Kool-Aid, strongly disagree with my logic on this, but……No one has a right to throw my liberty in the dustbin to “keep me safe’. I don’t care if we’re talking about automobiles, airport security, electronic communication or phone calls. Let me ask you this…. can I read your mail, look at your text messages and cellphone pictures? Can I come in your house while you’re gone and go through your drawers? Can I search your car? How about your kids if you’ve got ’em…. can I look through their stuff? Your husbands? Wives? Well Why not?

I’m a nice guy. I’m reasonably intelligent and I have your best interests at heart, I promise. With all due respect to our police and military ( who do a very difficult, underpaid job ), they are just people. The Elites inside the Washington beltway, some of who have been there three or more decades, are just people too. Granted they are freakish in many ways, they are still just folks like you and me (with power and millions of dollars). So if you wouldn’t want me to be a Peeping Tom in your family’s home and life, why allow countless, nameless others to be?

While we’re at it, what is safe? You could, while reading this, choke on your coffee or have an embolism. Some jerk could run off the road in a Hummer and barrel through your crib, not only ruining your flat screen, but ruining you as well. With all the threats to our well-being, it’s a miracle any of us survive long enough to fill a diaper. I could put you in an air-filtered, armored box and deliver your checked and approved meals to you. I would listen to your calls, read your mail, and give you your medication. I’d even provide for your healthcare. You’d be pretty safe then, right? Hey…… wait a second. That’s prison. I haven’t met many people who have been and called it a safe place, liked it, or wanted to return.

The world I grew up in is unfortunately gone. That statement is made worse by the fact that I’m really not that old .To give you an idea, I will have to pay full price for coffee at MickeyDees for another twenty years. Some of that change is, of course, inevitable. Technology has altered every aspect of our lives at a much more rapid pace than I can believe, and the pitfalls are as numerous as the benefits. The argument I run into the most is the technology problem. I will sum it up like this…… if you post pictures of your junk on Facespace or Mybook, then you made a decision to do so. Having that photo archived by the federal government is not your decision. See, we make a choice to use technology such as Google or Yahoo. We DO NOT make the choice to have that information compiled by Uncle Sam.

Here’s the rub….we are guaranteed Freedom of Speech by the Constitution. That right is recognized by the document, but granted by the Creator. If you know that your speech is cataloged and used against you at a later date, depending on your political persuasion, I can absolutely say with certainty that you will watch what you say. That is a de-facto infringement on our freedom of speech. When you’re afraid that what you say will come back to bite you, then you just might not say it in the first place. So, if you want to submit your speech to the Feds to keep you safe, so be it, just don’t ask, or force, me to. In other words, go ahead with your own life, leave me alone. ( Thanks, Billy Joel )

Orwell’s Grave is Smoking ‘Cause He’s Spinning So Fast in It

Here’s what I’m trying to wrap my brain around…..
In perusing the cable news world of talking-bobbleheads this morning, I have come to a somewhat shocking discovery. I say somewhat for this reason : I’m not surprised. Really I’m not shocked at all. I’m actually a little sad. Wanna know why?

I have seen the Right and the Left all over the news in the last 48 hours, both doing the same thing. You see, they finally found something to agree on. And the winner is……. screwing people like you and me. Whether it’s the IRS, or Benghazi, or to me the most troubling development, the NSA data collection bomb, all of our not-so-honorable, not-so-civic-minded “leaders” are in concurrence. We have no rights. If the need to tax, protect, medicate, or just make any decision affecting your life arises, we are not in charge. Now, I know that I travel in circles where lots of peeps will disagree with what I’m about to say. I don’t care…. because for now I have the right to say almost anything I want ( unless it’s hateful, potentially racist, potentially anti-LGBT, or just non-PC ). If you didn’t notice, I said “almost”, because our freedom has already been diminished.

I would rather the occasional really bad thing to happen if it means I am free. If you, on the other hand, are too stupid to manage your life’s decisions, no matter what they are, I really don’t care. You should not have the right to impede my freedom because you can’t handle yours. Enter our idiotic political class… ready to wipe your little bottom, read your ridiculous emails, prescribe your medication, tell you where to squat and push.

This should scare you. Why would anyone assume that the people we elect should build big bureaucracies filled with people we don’t elect, to spy on our every move? In fact, right now these very keystrokes are being logged and recorded into a massive file with the rest of my info. Our government is now the biggest, creepiest, dirtiest stalker ever. Worthy of a “Who the Bleep did I Marry?” on the Discovery Channel.

Maybe you are a democrat or republican that says, “hey, if we’re not doing anything bad we have nothing to be afraid of, right? I mean, if it makes us safe it’s ok, right?” Well, in fact, it’s not. That kind of thinking denotes the success of the Department of Education over the past 50 years. And with all due respect, that kind of thinking makes you an idiot.

To put it perspective, in the last 24 hours I have seen Barack Obama and Karl Rove say the exact same thing. Something to the effect of, ” Hey we live in a dangerous world and we need to yada, yada, yada.” Well it’s always been a dangerous world. In fact, it’s a much safer world than ever. Your great grandpa faced more danger standing on the south side of a half-ton farm animal tied to a plow. Like every day. Or maybe that cut or toothache would lead to your slow, painful death. Let that sink in for a moment.

If all of this data collecting and snooping on us is so helpful, how come we couldn’t catch the 2 Boston guys, Speedbump and his little bro? They were on Facebook, they wrote emails, they even travelled overseas to visit other bad guys. So if our government is spying on us to keep us safe, why didn’t it? I’ll tell you why. Because our omnipotent government isn’t at war with those freaks. They know the risk from them is relatively small in the scheme of things. They are at war WITH US. With your God-given freedom. With your right to speak freely. With your personal liberty. With your right to own property. With the very idea that “we the people” hold the tail of the tiger. Because the tiger is our government, and it’s tired of being caged by our rights and constitution. The tiger thinks it’s about time to be loose in the streets to devour whatever it wants.

And if you don’t get it, or don’t care, or think it’s ok in the name of safety, watch out. There’s a hungry tiger out there, and we’re whats for dinner.