COVID-19, The Untouchables

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the inner dictator in many of our nation’s lawmakers, the most draconian rules coming from the far-left extremists. But while they are imposing highly restrictive rules on their constituents, they exempt themselves, their families, friends and associates from them. While you risk getting arrested for opening your business, non-essential travel or being in public without a mask, they are living their lives by different rules. Do they know something about COVID we don’t or are they just willing to take away your natural rights while giving up nothing themselves? Here are some examples of our duly elected representatives, otherwise known as The Untouchables. 

California’s Governor has never been considered a ‘man of the people’. He reinforced this recently by attending a birthday dinner for a lobbyist/friend at one of California’s most posh restaurants where meals start at $350/person. The dozen attendees were from multiple households – including executives from the California Medical Association – at a single table with no social distancing and no masks. While the Governor’s office claimed all state health code rules for COVID-19 were followed and the table was outside, photos of the event prove otherwise. The open-on-one-side room does not meet the California definition of “outdoors”. But even that stretch of the truth was eliminated when the glass door was closed because the Governor’s party was so loud they were disturbing the other restaurant patrons. 

Not to be outdone, members of California, Texas and Washington legislatures recently attended an annual private political conference at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui, Hawaii for five days of policy discussions and schmoozing with the corporate sponsors. Morning meetings were followed by free time to enjoy the islands with their families who were also guests at the event. 

California’s senior United States Representative and Speaker of the House was infamously caught getting her hair done in San Francisco when businesses of this type had been ordered closed. She of course called this a “set-up” and blamed the business owner who was forced to close her business because of the mob backlash. And who can forget her “let them eat ice cream” interview showing off how she is coping with the lockdown by enjoying ultra-premium ice cream from her twin Sub-Zero refrigerators with her grandchildren, from New York, during a travel ban. 

Speaking of haircuts, Chicago’s mayor defended herself getting her hair done while ordering residents of the city to stay in their homes by saying “I’m the public face of this city”, “I’m on national media,” and “I’m out in the public eye.” 

Other notables from around the country include DC’s Mayor exempting herself and her staff to attend a Biden celebration out of the district despite her orders on travel restrictions. New York’s Mayor going for walks in the parks away from his residence despite restricting New York City residents from doing the same. New Mexico’s Governor being able to shop and get her hair done despite ordering these non-essential businesses closed. 

The list goes on and on and on. The common thread is those who make the rules feel they are not bound by them. They exempt themselves, their families, friends and political allies. How many of our elected representatives and other government officials have shared in the pain of losing their businesses, being laid off, losing all their benefits and being forced into poverty?

If you want to take a look at what a socialist regime looks like, look no further. This type of disparity and behavior is normal. The elite ruling class lead a life of privilege unincumbered the oppressive regulations they impose on the people.

Yes, COVID-19 is a deadly pandemic, but it has proven far less deadly than we have been led to believe. What may have started as good faith efforts to contain the spread has been perverted into a system designed to implement full government control over every aspect of our business and personal lives. 

In the name of “public health”, we have been forced to giving up our right to free speech, to peacefully assemble, to practice our religion and to petition our government for redress of grievances. Yes, our basic First Amendment protected natural rights. 

How many people have been arrested – some with inexcusable uses of force and fined exorbitant fees, for simply being out of their homes, not wearing a mask, opening their businesses or peacefully protesting their government? At the same time others are allowed to riot, assault, burn, loot, destroy with impunity because their cause is deemed worthy by local authorities. 

The Constitution and Bill of Rights does NOT say, ‘unless there’s a pandemic’. Our rights do NOT get to be suspended for “two weeks to flatten the curve” or a year or two until everyone can prove they are vaccinated. It does NOT protect these rights for people with an approved ideology while denying them to those who disagree.  It does NOT say these rights are protected for those who are in powerful government positions but not for the people they govern. 

Do you really think they will stop at eliminating your First Amendment protected rights? 

Bob

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Two MORE Weeks To Flatten The Curve

Today marks day 255 since the original “Two Weeks To Flatten The Curve”. This week my home state of New Mexico returned to restrictive lockdowns and stay-at-home orders. The same draconian quarantine restrictions from the beginning of the COVID pandemic have been reimposed just in time for Thanksgiving. Non-essential businesses have been ordered to close, no indoor or outdoor dining and of course, masks are mandatory, and you must remain home with limited exceptions. New Mexico’s order is for two weeks, at which time the state will enter a new county-by-county color coded restriction system. Of course, since the beginning of COVID, there are winners and losers to this game. Guess which category you fall into? 

Here are just a few highlights from around the country:

– Mask mandated in public and in your own home with limited exceptions, violators will be fined 
– Stay at home except for essential trips such as for food, water and emergency medical care
– Curfews from 10 pm to 5 am
– Closure of all non-essential businesses
– Businesses allowed to remain open must close between 10 pm and 5 am
– No in-home gatherings larger than six people from more than two households
– No in-person classes for high schools and colleges 
– No organized sports EXCEPT professional sports 
– Restricted religious services without singing, chanting or playing instruments. 
– And… be sure to report your neighbors for violating the rules this holiday season! 

Not to be outdone by anyone, California issued rules for Thanksgiving celebrations in your home. These include no more than two different households, held outside, social distancing and masks are required except briefly to eat and drink, food to be served individually on single use disposable dishes, bathroom breaks may be taken as long as the bathroom is disinfected regularly, and the entire event may last no more than two hours. The host must record the names and contact information of all attendees for contact tracing. 

Various health organizations have added an emotional note to their Thanksgiving guidance by saying if you care for your elderly loved ones and want them to be around in 2021, you must celebrate Thanksgiving alone. To top it off, the self-proclaimed President Elect has applauded governors who have issued mask mandates and lockdowns, calling them patriotic. 

We’ve also been told that negative COVID tests actually mean nothing. Since you may have JUST been infected before you get the test, travel plans for Thanksgiving, should include a 14-day strict quarantine, a COVID test, a properly socially distanced event, then another a 14-day strict quarantine after travel and another COVID test, to be safe. Because… science.

If you were to drive across the country you would find a dizzying array of wildly different health codes, home quarantine restrictions, testing requirements, mask mandates and even travel restrictions state-to-state, county-to-county and city-to-city. All for the same COVID and all because… science. 

But then, there are the exceptions for certain businesses such as airlines. Many have been filling their middle seats (the ones they held open for social distancing at the beginning of COVID) claiming their standard air filtration systems make them safe. This even though they have dramatically cut back on the amount of disinfecting done to the airplanes. I suspect this may have something to do with the expiration of government funding covering their payroll and operating costs in September. Because… science.

BLM/Antifa “mostly peaceful” riots have always been exempt and to date, not a single case of COVID has been associated with any BLM/Antifa riot. On the other hand, according to a Stanford study (so you know it’s accurate), 18 rallies for President Trump were responsible for over 30,000 COVID cases and 700 deaths. Bear in mind this non peer-reviewed research was done ONLY by comparing counties that had rallies vs. ones that didn’t, not by actual contact tracing data available in all 50 states. It should be noted the same researcher would not be conducting a similar study of Biden post-election rallies since he said most of the people appeared to be wearing masks and they were more spontaneous in nature. Because… science. 

But don’t fear, your elected representatives are right there with you suffering through the unemployment, economic losses and restrictions of liberty.  Oh wait… they aren’t. Read about that in the next article; COVID-19, The Untouchables. 

Who are the winners and losers? As it has been since the beginning of the pandemic, the winners have been the big box and big chain retailers who have been selected as essential and granted a monopoly by being allowed to remain open. These companies have once again posted record quarterly profits. The losers have been the small, privately own businesses forced to close, many forever, and the employees put out of work, broke, locked in their homes – if they are lucky to still have them – with no options for their very survival. 

If this all seems arbitrary and pointless to you, you’re right. First we were told the only way to stop the spread was to wear masks and social distance. Now we’re told everything must be closed because masks and social distancing aren’t effective and COVID tests mean nothing. I have yet to see the science of closing businesses and implementing curfews from 10 pm to 5 am. Does COVID become bigger, more aggressive and infectious after dark? 

The answer is no. The so-called “science” is to socially condition people to accept more and more government control over the way we do business, the way we interact with others, the way we live our lives and the way we think, even inside the privacy of our own homes. 

Do you really think it will stop here? 

Bob

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A Republic, If You Can Keep It

This often-debated quote is attributed to Benjamin Franklin following the creation of the United States Constitution in 1787.  Franklin’s message underscored this form of government would be difficult to maintain. Greed and the lust for power in the hearts of some would seek to alter our nation to suit their own needs vs. the needs of the nation. This is the underlying struggle behind the rhetoric and noise of our current elections. Do we abandon the very foundation of our nation or do we fight for the structure and the natural rights protected by our Constitution and Bill of Rights? 

The most complete version of Franklin’s quote indicates the person asking the question was Mrs. Elizabeth Willing Powel, a prominent society figure and the wife of Philadelphia Mayor Samuel Powel, and goes as such:

Powel: Well, Doctor, what have we got?
Franklin: A republic, Madam, if you can keep it.
Powel: And why not keep it?
Franklin: Because the people, on tasting the dish, are always disposed to eat more of it than does them good.

It is important to remember where our new country was at this point. Having just freed itself from the oppressive rule of England, the Founding Fathers were insistent on establishing a government which would not devolve into the same monarchy they had just freed themselves of. They were also highly concerned about “the tyranny of the majority” in a democracy. 

In a democracy, the majority rules on every issue and there are no protections for the minority opinion. If 51% of the population decides there is no right to free speech, then there is no right to free speech, period. 

This is why the Founders chose to create our country as a republic. In a republic, a constitution protects inalienable rights that cannot be taken away by the government, even if a majority of the population votes for it. So even if 99% of the population votes there is no right to free speech, then the law is unconstitutional and invalid.

It would sound like a done deal then, right? It can’t happen here because of our natural rights are protected by the Constitution. But that’s not what is happening. Our Constitutionally protected rights are being eroded at an alarming rate and the process is relatively easy.  

Lawmakers who enjoy a ‘flexible’ interpretation of their oath of office appoint like-minded judges on the bench to validate the laws they enact. If a new law is challenged, it can be upheld as “Constitutional” by judges who are willing to ignore the original text of the Constitution, Supreme Court precedents and the rule of law to create new precedents. Each new precedent builds on the last until you have a set of laws that has NO resemblance to anything Constitutional. 

The protection for our rights is supposed to be in the checks and balances provided by the three branches of government. But when the courts are subverted by political appointees who are willing to legislate from the bench and utilize highly creative interpretations of the Constitution to advance a radical ideology, our individual rights easily, and legally disappear. 

Maintaining the balance of power and independence of the Judiciary is one of the reasons the elections are so contentious this year. One political party is vowing to expand the United States Supreme Court with liberal appointees deemed ideologically compatible in order to “reduce the influence of politics”. Put another way, they want the high court to validate whatever law they put forward and a conservative, originalist / constitutionalist majority court would most certainly prevent that. 

How do they get around this? Easily, just by having politicians (who see the Constitution as a systemically racist construct that is standing in the way of implementing socialistic changes) controlling both Houses of Congress and the White House.  It allows them to eliminate the Senate filibuster, stack the Supreme Court, eliminate the Electoral College and add additional left leaning states to ensure a long-term, unbreakable liberal majority. 

Oh, I know… I’m just a right-wing conspiracy nut who’s trying to invoke fear among conservatives and maintain a white supremist dominated country. EXCEPT, all these plans have originated FROM left-wing zealot politicians already in office, both as threats against the judiciary branch and promises to their constituents. 

It is unfortunate that so many in our country have bought into the belief that our nation was so fundamentally flawed from the beginning it must be torn down and rebuilt in a new, reimagined way. What they seem to forget is their natural rights of freedom of speech, the right to peacefully assemble and the ability to petition the Government for a redress of grievances, the very rights they are exercising to demand the complete restructuring of our country, are the rights protected by what they want to get rid of. 

Whether history’s recording of Benjamin Franklin comments is accurate or not, the call to action it evokes is important to us all. Do we allow the underling principles of our country to be swept away in a wave of lies and political correctness or do we continue to build on that foundation in a way that protects our rights now and into the future? 

Bob

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Veterans Day 2020

Today we honor all those who have served in our nation’s armed forces. Our very existence as a nation and our continued freedom depends on their never-ending commitment. Despite whatever politics and disagreements divide us internally, the men and women of our armed services have always been there to protect our nation. In an era where the mere sight our nation’s flag is considered offensive to some, we must still recognize that all of our natural rights were secured by those who served. Today is their day and our nation’s duty to recognize them. 

Our nation’s military has a long and proud history starting with the very formation of our country. For over 245 years, it has fought for the rights and liberties of our citizens around the world. The men and women of our armed services answered the call of their nation and put their very lives on the line. It is because of them that we have the freedom, safety, security and the rights so many take for granted.

But that freedom comes at a cost. Our military has fought in places and in conditions most of us would turn our heads away from in disgust. They have fought enemies with no regard for the value of life or common human dignity. They have fought against forces whose only desire is to take our lives because of what we as a nation believe in. Our veterans have laid down their bodies and their souls for our nation, for the values we hold dear, and for us. They have done all of this without question and with pride, dignity and honor.

As is common in modern times, our youth and even some of the adults idolize the stars of the music and film industries as well as professional sports players. While a few are in fact good role models for our children, more are rich, entitled brats who have precious little in common with the people who are responsible for their enormous wealth and fame.

I submit to you a better option; the men and women who have made the choice to do service for their country. They do not serve for the glory, the fame and certainly not for the great salary military service provides. From the mechanic who works on the planes to the pilot who flies them into battle. From the cook who keeps the troops fed on the line to the brilliant strategist who comes up with the plan to defeat our enemy. From the clerk who keeps the supplies coming in at the right time to the Special Forces operator who surgically strikes a terrorist stronghold and frees innocent captives. Each one of them is a hero and role model in their own right. They do these jobs not for themselves; they do it for their nation. What prouder tradition and sense of values could we ever want to instill in our families. 

The veterans of our armed services are the heroes who walk among us every day. Many of our friends and neighbors have served their country with quiet, distinguished pride.

Both of my parents served in United States Air Force. While I did not have the honor to serve myself, the discipline and the values they instilled in me based on their service and dedication shaped my life forever.

On November 11, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson issued a message to all Americans on the first anniversary of the armistice ending the hostilities on the Western front of World War I. He thanked the nation and those who served during the war and marked the beginning of Armistice Day. It wasn’t until 1954 that the word “Armistice” was replaced by “Veterans” so as to honor all service veterans.

While we set aside this one day to honor these men and women, the privilege of knowing them and being grateful for their service goes on year-round. To those of you who have answered their nation’s call to defend our country and liberty, we thank you for your service.

Bob

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Election Theater Act 3, The Elections

As expected, the 2020 General Elections have devolved into political chaos, accusations of widespread voter fraud, riots and armies of lawyers descending into battleground states, and it’s just getting started. While counts are still in progress, winners and losers have been declared and lawsuits are now in play. As expected, this election is heading to the courts. Our country’s election system that in 2016 was decried as being hacked and influenced by the Russians is now acclaimed as being the most secure ever, despite the abundant evidence of widespread ‘irregularities’. Whomever is eventually certified as the winner, the one clear loser in this election is the American people. The will of the people has been replaced by the whim of the political party. It is truly election theater and we only have the illusion of being a participant in it. 

The allegations are numerous: 

– Over 100,000 ballots for one candidate, and none for the other, showing up in the middle of the night. 
– A tabulating software ‘glitch’ switching thousands of votes from one party to the other.
– Ballots being marked as received on time, after the polls have closed. 
– Ballots found in the trash, dumpsters and trunks of cars. 
– Ballots being completed in the counting centers.
– Observers not given access to the counting centers and being evicted. 
– Counting centers blocking their windows to observers. 
– Votes from the dead, some dead for decades, being counted as valid. 
– Votes cast exceeding the number of registered voters in given areas. 

There is more, much much more, but that doesn’t seem to matter. Are any of allegations true? It depends on who you ask. We’re told that our elections with the mass of COVID-19 inspired, non-requested vote-by-mail ballots is the securest ever. It’s now in the hands of the lawyers and courts to sort out. 

It’s also interesting to note the Electoral College, previously called an obsolete relic of the past following the elections in 2016, is now hailed as the ‘law of the land’ who’s result must be respected. Even the losing 2016 Presidential candidate who has called for the abolition of the Electoral College is now proud to join her ex-President husband as a New York State Elector. It’s amazing how a little time and circumstance changes perspectives. 

If only there were a way to ensure only valid voters could vote only once in an election. Certainly, demanding voter ID and a validation system at the polling place would do that, but then, free photo ID easily available to every U.S. citizen in every part of the country would be discriminatory to someone, like ineligible voters. 

If nothing else the 2020 elections will go down as the most questionable and least trusted in our nation’s history. And we the people of the United States are the ones who have just lost. 

Bob

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Election Day 2020 Violence?

Today is Election Day. While a substantial number have already voted early or by mail, many will be voting in person today. As the tallying of votes begins, it should be a day of celebration of our nation’s most basic rights and values, the people’s voice in who will represent them in government as well as decisions on key issues around the country. Instead, our law enforcement and National Guard forces are being called out for threatened post-election violence. In cities all over the country, businesses are boarding up their doors and windows and closing for the day – in some places the entire week – in anticipation of violence, riots, looting and arson.  

I’m at a loss to understand this. I don’t recall in my lifetime ever having the National Guard deployed in anticipation of election and post-election violence. Perhaps someone else remembers a time when this has happened around our country. Third world nations, yes, but here? Personally, I think it’s a sad, sad commentary for our country. 

I suppose it shouldn’t really surprise me considering the violence we’ve seen around the country this year. What started out as genuine protests quickly devolved into the BLM/Antifa riots that have turned downtowns into wastelands that look more like third world war zones than the business districts in one of the most developed nations in the world. 

So-called “peaceful protests”, many over perceived injustices have in fact been nothing more than an excuse for intimidation, wanton violence, destruction, arson and looting. Individuals and businesses who disagree or don’t show the proper support for the mob mentality are targeted and punished with intimidation, extortion and violence. The mobs, given support and cover by the extreme left politicians, withhold police protection for the effected neighborhoods and dismiss criminal charges against the perpetrators. Meanwhile, the news media portrays those who are ravaging our cities and terrorizing our citizens as modern-day heroes. The cause of anything and everything is blamed on systemic racism stemming from the founding of our nation to modern day rules, regulations and laws. 

So where is this thread of election day violence coming from?  If you listen to the news and content allowed on social media, it is being provoked by the President’s actions and white supremacy, which he allegedly supports. All of that is of course untrue. 

The threat of violence is coming from groups and individuals who have been whipped up into a frenzy over the last four years by lies and distortions of truths. The party of peace, love and inclusiveness has been passively and actively supporting those who will include you IF, AND ONLY IF you fully agree with them. If you don’t, you are subject to intimidation, assault and even murder. The threat of violence is from people who have been convinced that everything that is wrong with our country is because of our President, and ONLY our President. 

There are groups who are advocating to “burn it all down” and “take back the country” should the President “steal the election”, a phrase made popular by the losing candidate in 2016. Plans such as “Stopping The Coup” which says “Preventing Donald Trump from stealing the election and remaining in office is likely to take mass, sustained disruptive movements all over the country.” are available all over the Internet. Many discuss the need to remove the President from office by force. 

Of course, none of these left extremist guides, calls to action or manifestos I’ve seen have included anything on accepting the results of the elections. I’ve only seen how the losers; the Trump supporters, will be tracked down and severely punished for their past actions in the new society they will be building.  

Have we seen calls for violence and disruption from the opposing side of the political spectrum? No, of course not. While losing would be devastating, you don’t see these supporters calling for literal destruction of the country if the election isn’t concluded on their terms.  

So there you have it, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies on high alert. The National Guard deployed or on standby in many states. Security companies being hired by anyone that can afford them. Businesses closing and being hardened against looters while sending their employees away to keep them safe. Homeowners stocking up on supplies in case of riots.  All because the most self-absorbed, it’s-all-about-me-and-my-beliefs group of radicalized anti-current administration supporters are threatening violence if they don’t win. 

If you haven’t voted yet, get out and vote today. Be safe, be careful, take care of yourself and your family, and be damn proud you peacefully participated in the one of the most precious rights and responsibilities we have as citizens in the United States. 

When the counting and inevitable, multiple court challenges are all concluded, we will move on to what awaits us as the responsible citizens we are. 

Stay safe and vote wisely. 

Bob

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2020 Gun Vote – Defending The Second Amendment

Some have called me a single-issue voter. Of course, that’s not true. Like everyone else I have strong opinions about the full breadth of issues facing our country. I just happen to place my first priority on Constitutional / Bill of Rights issues. If a candidate or party platform can’t say they support our natural rights UNCONDITIONALLY, then why would I entrust anything else to them?  Call it a shibboleth if you will, but how a candidate responds to a simple question like “Do you support the Second Amendment?” is going to determine if I want to listen to anything else they have to say. 

For me, when the answer to that vital question is “Yes, but… “ or “Yes, and… “ it’s a warning. The but or and is usually followed by ‘I also support reasonable gun safety/gun control laws’. Beyond that you’ll hear the usual lies about how “common sense gun safety” laws being proven to save lives. They are not. 

It’s no secret that many of the extremist left politicians and zealots would like to see the Second Amendment repealed altogether. Others simply prefer to assign creative interpretations to it such as, the right to bear arms was only intended to be for those in state militia (today’s National Guard) or that it was never meant to include modern arms, only those in existence (muskets) at the time it was written. Still others believe it was intended only for hunting. They see the Heller and McDonald United States Supreme Court decisions as the first time the right to bear arms was granted to an individual instead of the first time the existing natural right for individuals was upheld. 

So, when I see a political platform threating to infringe on our Second Amendment protected rights like I am now, I become very concerned.  The Democratic platform include such things as: 

A ban on so-called “assault weapons” and “large capacity magazines”. Dealing with those already in circulation includes registering them as NFA (National Firearm Act) items with a $200 fee per firearm or magazine OR turning them into the government at a mandatory buy-back, a.k.a. confiscation. 

The flawed logic for the NFA registration option is because of the background check, NFA items are rarely used in crimes. Of course, this has nothing to do with it. With the exception of submitting fingerprints, there isn’t really a difference in the background check other than the $200 fee and up to a year of waiting for the results. The difference is NFA items cost a LOT more. Legally transferable fully automatic firearms, of which there are a finite number in existence since no more are legally available after 1986, range anywhere from $10,000 to $50,00 or more. 

Registration as a NFA item would of course eliminate anyone who is not wealthy enough to afford to pay for their ‘privilege’ of owning a common firearm. It would also eliminate ownership in states such as California where NFA items are outlawed. 

The other issue there is the ever-expanding definition of “assault weapons”. When the term was first coined, it included only a certain number of described firearms. Then it expanded to firearm types, then the features found on firearms and now in some places includes any semi-automatic firearm. There is no one definition of “assault weapon” and it is always evolving to include more. The popular political misconception of it being a “weapons of war” is a lie and only meant to evoke emotions about how supposedly dangerous they are. 

Another aspect of the proposed gun control plan is nationwide Universal Background Checks. This would eliminate the so-called “private sale loophole” by requiring all sales go through a FFL (Federal Firearms Licensee). With this comes the less advertised Universal Firearms Registration scheme where all firearms are now registered with the government, generally considered a precursor to widespread confiscation. 

Other points of the gun control plan include provisions to: “prohibit all online sales of firearms, ammunition, kits, and gun parts.” Online firearm sales are of course a lie since firearms must be sent through a local FFL, but everyone already knows that.  Banning the online sales of ammunition, kits and gun parts on the other hand is something straight from the State of California. Ammunition there can ONLY be purchased through a licensed “ammunition vendor”, along with the appropriate background check (registration) and fees. Kits and gun parts will soon be treated the same, only being available through FFLs with a background check (registration) and fees. 

There is a lot more, including limiting purchases of firearms to one per month, incentivizing states to enact so-called “red flag” no due process confiscation laws as well as state and local licenses for individuals before they can purchase a firearm.  

As there always is with gun control, there is more.  But remember, gun control does absolutely nothing to increase public safety and the answer to fix that shortcoming is always to implement more gun control.

If this concerns you, then I suggest you take one last read of the Second Amendment before you head into the voting booth. If your government is willing to take away your natural rights, do you really want to trust them with everything else? 

The Second Amendment

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Vote wisely. 

Bob

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Vote Correctly vs Vote Wisely

It’s something we’ve all suspected, yet nobody ever really confirmed it.  The COVID-19 pandemic has given extreme left/socialist inclined governors an unlimited opening to subject their citizens to the harshest of business closures, travel restrictions and limitations on their ability to exercise even their most basic constitutional rights. They have been glad to do it too because it allowed them to stand in front of a camera and blame the United States President for all of your health issues and lack of freedom. By causing as much suffering as they can, they hope their citizens will vote for their party’s candidates instead. Of course, nobody came right out and said so, until now. 

During an appearance on the Meet the Press, the Michigan Governor’s comments included the following: (Link to video below) 

“And if you’re tired of lockdowns or you’re tired of wearing masks or you wish you were in church this morning or watching college football or your kids were in-person instruction, it is time for a change in this country, and that’s why we’ve got to elect Joe Biden.”

Keep in mind the President has NOT been the one responsible for forcing people to stay in their homes, for closing businesses, for telling churches they couldn’t hold services, for closing schools, for stopping high school and college sports, for closing schools making primary and secondary education virtual OR for making everyone wear a mask. This has ALL been ordered by our individual state governors. 

So while this Governor says “The Trump virus response is the worst in the globe. I mean, in the world, it’s the worst.”, it has been HER orders and her orders ALONE that have shut down her state and caused the very hardship she is projecting on the President. 

Of course, she’s not alone. The most restrictive states with the most progressive governors have been doing their absolute best to keep their states locked down as tightly as possible. As parts of the state get closer to meeting the goals set for reopening, the goal posts are moved further and further away. 

In my state of New Mexico, when counties began meeting the requirements set for expanded openings, the Governor changed the numbers but refused to disclose where the new numbers came from. Just implemented rules dictate restaurants must complete a new state training program in order to remain open at 25% capacity. This program for all types of businesses, requires consent to a new state monitoring program which includes spot employee COVID testing. Failing or having an employee test positive can lead to temporary or permanent closures. The results are on the state’s “watchlist” or “closure” list. But the good news is being “certified” gets you on the state approved list. Yea!! 

In case you’re curious, both the Michigan and New Mexico Governor were on the Democratic Presidential candidates short list for his Vice-President running mate and have now been listed as candidates for Cabinet level positions in his new administration.  

Of course, California can’t be left out of the news. As counties were coming close to meeting the criteria for the coveted next level of non-restricted business openings, the Governor added an “Equity” requirement to the formula. 

“Equity Metric. Ensure that the test positivity rates in its most disadvantaged neighborhoods, as defined as being in the lowest quartile of the Healthy Places Index census tracts, do not significantly lag behind its overall county test positivity rate, as described… “ 

California’s Governor has also set up a state board to independently review any COVID-19 vaccines developed by the federal government or vaccine developers prior to approving them for distribution in the state. “Of course we won’t take anyone’s word for it,” the Governor said.   New York’s Governor had already committed to doing an independent review of COVID-19 vaccines prior to approving it for use in New York. 

Many have called the COVID-19 pandemic a “scamdemic” because of the constantly changing rules and regulations, the radically unequal treatment of businesses and individuals and exceedingly harsh and aggressive enforcement tactics against those who’ve dared to question these orders. Even when the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and WHO (World Health Organization) updated their recommendations, the rogue governors point to the so-called science of staying closed. 

We’ve already seen the cost of the never-ending closures. Millions unemployed, businesses closed forever, families destroyed, and countless lives sacrificed. But that seems to be a small price to pay to win an election. Today is day 228 of two weeks to flatten the curve. 

Michigan’s Governor has finally laid it out quite clearly. If you want the pandemic shutdowns to end, you have to vote for a certain candidate. In other words, you have to vote correctly. 

There is a lot more at stake than ending the state governors scamdemic restrictions. This is about forcing a new vision for our country. A new vision that does not include Constitutional rights.  A new vision that rejects our nation’s history, accomplishments and strength. A new vision that allows the government to make your choices for you. A new vision that doesn’t include your freedom. 

Vote wisely. 

Bob

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Michigan Governor on Meet The Press: https://twitter.com/i/status/1317835010599227392

The REAL Strength of the NRA

The NRA’s 2020 Annual Meeting begins today in Tucson, Arizona. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, attendance has been strictly limited. That is unfortunate as this is the time members should be present to make sure their voices are heard. There is good, bad & ugly going on with the NRA right now and the timing is far from coincidental. Not only are our Second Amendment rights being threatened in every corner of the country, but our ability to organize and fight for our natural rights is as well. But guess what, the real power isn’t the NRA, it’s us. 

To the gun control extremist, the National Rifle Association is the 800-pound gorilla everyone wants to take down. In order to be taken seriously within the anti-gun rights community, you have to say you’ve taken on the NRA and won, true or not. To them the NRA is the gun industry spokesman, stands for violence and against “gun safety”, each point of which is untrue. 

The gun control zealots see the NRA as something that once eliminated, “common sense gun safety laws” will prevail. It’s a similar logic to always being one more gun control law away from everyone being safe from “gun violence” in our communities. Of course, that one more gun control law never works, so they have to make just one more gun control law. 

Sadly, the NRA has been battling its own internal demons lately as well as trying to defend itself from well-timed and coordinated attacks from left wing prosecutors. Allegations of out of control spending, self-enrichment and cronyism have been plaguing the leadership and Board of Directors. Add to this the New York State Attorney General’s Office and the Attorney General for Washington, DC have both filed suits to dissolve the NRA completely over its mismanagement of funds.  

The Attorneys General from New York and Washington DC are of course politically motivated and have timed their legal actions to coincide with the run up to the Presidential elections. The NRA is a major contributor to Second Amendment supporting candidates around the country. By embroiling the NRA in lawsuits they need to defend themselves from, the NRA will have less funds to spend around the country. 

Above and beyond the internal issues that have come to light recently, many complain the NRA has lost its way. Some say the NRA has been too rigid and aggressive when it comes to gun control issues. Others claim the exact opposite, that the NRA has been too lax and not done more to fight gun control measures at the local, state and national level. I’m more on the later side, but then I just recently moved from California where the Second Amendment is fast becoming nothing more than a memory. 

The NRA continues to be the largest provider of firearms safety and firearms training in the world. It provides specific training programs for new and experienced shooters, women, law enforcement as well as safety programs for children. It even provides non-firearm safety training. The NRA provides expertise, grants and education for clubs and ranges helping them be safer, better parts of their communities. 

For me, I’ve been fortunate enough to have taken classes to further my instructor skills in non-firearms safety, range safety, civilian and law enforcement firearms use. I’ve taken club leadership and range development programs to make the club I helped run, run better. The range services program helped us identify potential issues with our range and, through NRA grant programs, helped us update our range to keep our members and community safe well into the future. I later joined this program and with NRA supplied training, have helped other ranges improve their own facilities and operations. 

My Mrs. started a program for new women shooters in our area, something I and many other volunteers in the community were very happy to assist with. The NRA program itself was extremely generous, but my Mrs. was able to get a grant from the local chapter for firearms and supplies after the State of California made it illegal for us to borrow firearms for use in our program. 

Through all of this, I’ve found the real strength of the NRA isn’t the lobbying, the legal efforts or the money, it’s the members. It is members coming together for a purpose, coming together for their community and coming together for each other. 

The NRA has some of the finest, most dedicated and conscientious people I’ve ever met, both paid and volunteers. There are also a few jerks who are there for themselves. But guess what? That’s the same in every organization everywhere, government, private sector or charity. We need to not judge the entire organization by the actions of a few, a lesson important to remind ourselves of lately. 

I know many have had enough and are leaving the NRA. That’s okay, there are many other solid, reputable organizations to join such as the Gun Owners of America, the National Association for Gun Rights, the Second Amendment Foundation, the Firearms Policy Coalition and more along with special interest groups such as Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club International and the Pink Pistols. 

Note: Beware the imposters such as Gun Owners for Safety, a group initiated the biggest anti-gun rights organization to recruit firearm owners to push their gun control agenda. 

For me, a NRA Life Member, I’m not going anywhere. I’m going to advocate for change internally and getting the Board and leadership to resolve the issues, make the necessary changes, and get back to work. 

Our Second Amendment protected natural rights are in serious jeopardy this election year. We, the law-abiding firearm owners of the United States, are the real strength behind the NRA and every other Second Amendment rights organization. It’s time to stand together for our rights. 

Vote wisely.

Bob

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Can’t Win? NO PROBLEM! Change The Rules!

In any contest there is a set of rules to ensure fair play and equal competition. The rules are long established and understood by both sides. But what if one side is having a problem winning under the rules? That’s when you start hearing complaints that the rules are wrong and give the other side an unfair advantage, even if they’ve won under the same rules in the past. Am I speaking of games? Of course not. I’m talking about the uncivilized blood sport of United States politics where truth is relative and the only thing that matters is winning. This is what is behind the push to pack the United States Supreme Court and eliminate the Electoral College are all about.

The latest and greatest version of Change The Rules is playing out right now with the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court. Should she be confirmed, and the Democrats win the White House and Senate in November, they have promised to pack the court with additional liberal appointed justices to “reduce the influence of politics” in the court.  

If that rational makes any sense at all to you, you’re one of the first. Appointing left wing advocate justices to “reduce the influence of politics” is like serving donuts to your family to make their breakfast healthier. This is all because with Judge Barrett’s appointment, there will be a 5-4 majority of “conservatives” to “liberals” on the Supreme Court. 

Some argue it will actually be 6-3, but they forget Chief Justice John Roberts was already flipped during the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York case when Senate Democrats issued their “Heal Thyself” letter threatening to pack the Supreme Court if it didn’t moot the case. Chief Justice Roberts must have believed that was a one-time threat and giving in to it would protect the future of the Court. It was not. 

The whole idea of political leanings for any judge is an abomination to the bench, but that has become the norm in many areas. Extremist politicians appoint activist judges to rubber stamp their social justice agenda laws and expect them to legislate for them from the bench. The Constitution, Bill of Rights, rule of law and precedent are not considered obstacles in reshaping society to someone’s utopian vision. 

So why is changing the rules for the Supreme Court so important to them? Because all those draconian gun control laws they’ve crafted are in jeopardy.  Even with the claims that “lifesaving policies has repeatedly withstood legal challenges in the lower courts” (see previous paragraph), a hearing before Supreme Court that would actually take the Constitution into account would undeniably invalidate them. Instead of passing laws that pass Constitutional muster, you change the rules and make it so nobody can invalidate your unconstitutional laws. 

The Electoral College is facing the same threat in an attempt to change the rules to make it easier to win the White House. In short, the Electoral College was put in place to elect the President by our founders who were afraid of democracy, hence why our country is a Republic not a pure Democracy. They were concerned about “the tyranny of the majority” and created the Electoral College to preserve “the sense of the people”. 

What we see today is a balance between urban and rural areas. Urban areas are predominately liberal / Democrat and rural areas tend to be conservative / Republican. With a direct, popular vote, a handful of urban areas in our country would determine the President in every single election. 538 electors chosen by their states award all their votes according to the winner of the popular vote in their own state, except Maine and Nebraska who have a slightly different system.  

As with every election loss, we saw a renewed call to abolish the Electoral College following the Democrat candidate’s loss in the 2016 elections. The election was “stolen” and the “will of the people” was ignored because the candidate with the most votes didn’t win the most votes from the Electoral College. 

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is an attempt to nullify the Electoral College without actually abolishing it. Participating states would award their Electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote, regardless of who won the popular vote in that individual state. 

Following the 2016 elections, there were increased drives across the country that were being courted to join the Compact. Popular themes included “one person one vote” and “make your vote count”.  People were promised that politicians would be forced to campaign for votes in every state not just the most populous areas. Of course, that’s not true. 

A true popular vote election would see the candidates trying to appeal to the handful of urban population centers that currently make up the majority of the popular vote. A few swing states might be in play as a counter to an unwinnable urban center for a candidate, but the rest of the country would have no say or influence on the presidential election. Their votes, their opinions, their needs, would be too small to matter. 

So why is eliminating or nullifying the Electoral College so important to them? Because playing by the rules would require coming up with a candidate, platform and strategy that appeals to the entire country instead of one that is supported by just the handful of urban population centers where furthest-from-center message is better received.  

Rules matter, especially when it comes to our Constitution and Bill of Rights. When you look at the checks and balances our Founding Fathers built into the establishment of our country, understand they did this for a reason. They looked at world history and knew what had worked and what had failed. Our country is what it is today because we have held true to the Constitution and Bill of Rights, not in spite of it. 

When someone is advocating changing the rules of the game to benefit a political purpose, you can bet your life you will not be the one that wins. 

Vote wisely, 

Bob

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