You’ll Never Catch Me Doing That – Election 2022

Admit it, as a kid you probably said this to your parents more than a few times. You figured you were pretty damn clever too. You figured your parents would accept this statement as meaning ‘I won’t do that’, when what you really meant is ‘You won’t catch me when I do that’. Well, that’s pretty much the same thing going on with the 2022 Midterm Elections. You’ll never catch me doing that!

If the 2020 elections are known as *the most secure elections in history (the asterisk for all the laws broken, illegal votes, ballot box stuffing, election monitoring interference and results that took days to cheat/count), the 2022 elections will be ones that fine-tuned and perfected the process.

All the affidavits, lawsuits and videos – you know, all that conspiracy theory stuff that never happened – has become nothing more than training materials for this year’s elections. Instead of running vote tally centers like a Las Vegas casino floor or cash room with super high-definition cameras covering every activity from multiple angles, we can expect to see far fewer cameras of lesser quality with more obstructions. We can expect new physical barriers to block public views. Even without the COVID excuse for distance, monitors will be keep further away and not allowed to do their jobs. Tabulation machines will be on hidden networks and those middle of the night, unexplainable spikes in votes for only one candidate will be far more gradual and easily justified by pre-planned statements. In other words, you’re going to see far slicker, more sophisticated operations to get the desired result.

What is the desired result? A victory for “certain” candidates.

We’ve already been warned that Pennsylvania results will take days to be finalized. Why? Because it takes that long to massage results and craft the evidence to support it. Just about every other country in the world can count their votes and declare a winner the same day as the vote. Every village, town and city, no matter how big or small in this country used to be able to do that too. Has our population grown so much, and elections grown so complex that it takes days to do a simple count? No, of course not. But it does take that long to get the results you want.

It’s not much of a stretch to say a lot of people in our country have lost faith in our election process. Recent verified reports show multiple states’ election official training programs instructing their personnel directly in violation of state laws. “Mistakes” in sending out absentee ballots mean illegal ballots abound. Anarchist group members are already claiming to be voting multiple times.

Those in charge of elections are rejecting court rulings and implementing their own standards, guaranteeing the results will be back in the courts for days, weeks, months, and years, only to have the rulings ignored again the next time. Instead of embracing monitors and audits of the election process, administrators and city/county/state councils are stonewalling and refusing to grant access to their processes, systems, and documentation.

For you, the voter, how does this look? Does this give you confidence everything is being done by the book or does is raise questions about what is being done behind closed doors?

I’m also looking at incumbent candidates this year who are trying to obfuscate their track record. Let’s look at how our country has been doing over the past two years and see if these people deserve to continue doing the same thing.

Who shut down your state for two weeks to flatten the curve, that turned into two years to flatten the economy?
Who shut down your business because it wasn’t considered “essential”?
Who quarantined you in your home and arrested you if you went out for “non-essential” reasons?
Who caused you to stand in the cold outside a store for hours just to get what little was available to feed your family?
Who decided you could buy vegetables but not vegetable seeds?
Who put sick patients back into nursing homes filled with the most vulnerable residents?
Who didn’t allow you to morn your family members deaths or attend new family births?
Who sent heavily armed police squads to shut down your business and place of worship?
Who forced people to choose between an experimental vaccine and food or a job?
Who has increased the costs of all essential goods including food, gas and clothing not seen for four decades?
Who has opened our borders to drugs, disease, crime and anyone that wants to walk in unobstructed?
Who has released criminals into our communities, defunded the police, stopped enforcing laws, and allowed crime to skyrocket as public safety plummets?
Who has been sending our tax dollars overseas when we can’t afford to take care of our own people?
Who has been deliberately suppressing YOUR free speech in partnership with the largest technology and social media companies?
Who has been targeting, harassing and arresting parents and concerned citizens for minor or imaginary crimes with large, heavily armed law enforcement officers using tactics once reserved for the most violent of criminals?
Who has blamed YOU for everything that is wrong with this country, when it was their policies, programs and laws that created the problems in the first place?

We’ve been told over and over that we are violent, out of touch extremists who are a direct threat to democracy, when it was someone else all along. Go figure.

I have high hopes that this election cycle will be the correction of the lies and misinformation that has spread across our country, and there’s only one thing that can make that happen.

It’s time to vote.

Bob

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Bob’s Inflation Pants

A little diversion here for what I’m calling my inflation pants. No, I’m not talking about G-Suits or MAST pants (kudos if you are old enough to know what those are), I’m talking about the good old fashioned pants Bob wears to work and to work around the house & property. I recently ordered a new pair of pants and the price had increased from $52 to $74.50 in just one year. That’s an increase in price of more than 43%. 

As you can tell from the price, these are not fancy, dress up, fashionista type pants. Like I would even wear something like that. They are basic, tough work pants. If you’ve met me anytime in the past decade, I’ve probably been wearing a pair of these pants. Made in Vietnam for an American company, I’ve been wearing them for years. But I’m tough on all my clothes and even tough pants wear out so I occasionally need to replace them. 

Honestly, I don’t blame the clothing company for the price increase. Their cost of business has increased and, like every other business including my own, they have no choice but to raise prices. It all trickles down to the little guy at the bottom who can’t work any more hours and simply can’t make ends meet. 

I blame our country’s administration for the policies that have led to massive inflationary price hikes. Unless you live under a rock or work for the federal government, your life has been severely impacted by the runaway inflation. 

No, it’s not Putin’s fault, COVID 19, systemic racism, global warming, or the former President, it’s the out-of-control and reckless government spending and fiscal policies of those who are running our government, and our country into the ground. 

With the exception of the elite at the top of the economic pyramid, and our so-called representatives in government who write the laws that take care of themselves more than anyone else, the rest of the country is getting weaker and weaker financially. Everything costs more and salaries are not, and never will keep up. 

Bob’s inflationary pants are just one of a million things that cost more, but really shouldn’t. They are a reminder that the people who are causing this are supposed to be working for US, representing US, working on OUR behalf, but are not. 

Perhaps it’s time to get new representation before none of us can afford new pants. 

Bob

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A Government of the People

A friend of mine, who sadly I have not seen for far too long, recently ran for a local precinct position during the primaries. Of the 14 seats available, only two names were listed, my friend’s name plus one more. The rest of the spaces on the ballot were blank for write-ins. THIS right here is why we have lost control of our government. Nobody is showing up to the table. 

I’ve said it before. Every seat on every board in every community is important. If we are not showing up, we are ceding control of our communities, our states, and our nation to those who may not share our interests. 

… and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Excerpt from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. 

Nobody realized how important their local school board was until they found out they were indoctrinating our children with racist content, hate and age inappropriate sexually explicit material. Nobody realized the control they have given up until school boards began having parents arrested for speaking out about non-educational content, boards covering up sexual assaults and teachers sexually grooming students. 

Nobody cared about planning commissions and zoning boards until they realized these were the people responsible for making sure no firearms or ammunition retailers could operate in their cities and towns. Nobody noticed they had rewritten the bureaucratic processes against the small business lifeblood of the community until they learned there is no way for them to fairly appeal a board decision. Nobody thought their local town or city council was important until they found out they were implementing their own nonsense gun control ordinances, while at the same time handcuffing and defunding local law enforcement. 

While most people pay attention to the national political puppet show, they tend to ignore the state and local levels, not realizing the actions of these legislative bodies impact their day-to-day lives more than national level politics do. 

An article I recently read tried to explain that because Republicans are more focused on families and religious activities, they tend to not get into political or civic offices as much as Democrats. The explanation seemed to backhandedly imply Democrats were godless, family haters as opposed Republicans. Not exactly what I’d call a logical political theory, but we definitely have a problem with conservative voices showing up. 

I believe a more rational explanation is that more conservatives / Republicans share a Ron Swanson (Parks & Recreation) view of government. Government should be as small and as limited as possible. Period. 

A Ron Swanson view of government: “My idea of a perfect government is one guy who sits in a small room at a desk, and the only thing he’s allowed to decide is who to nuke. The man is chosen based on some kind of IQ test, and maybe also a physical tournament, like a decathlon.”

The problem with this approach is without representation from all points of view, only the people who are actively trying to shred our Constitution and Bill of Rights and transform our country into their utopian socialist nation are in the government and making decisions for the rest of us. 

To quote The West Wing; “Decisions are made by those who show up.” 

The good news is conservative voices are now fighting their way back to the table. Responsible, concerned parents are reclaiming their school boards. Conservative members of the communities are recovering seats on local and county boards. But while there is success and momentum in the right direction, it is also a time to be cautious. 

Lifelong Democrats are registering as Republicans for local, state and federal posts. Funded by the Democratic Party, they are put in as spoilers to siphon off votes for actual Republican candidates. If they do win, they vote as Democrats. In some areas, the Democrats are hand selecting their Republican opponents. The local liberal press then run stories about how they are “the only Republican who can beat X”. Of course, they are the candidates who have absolutely zero chance of beating anyone, but it keeps viable candidates out of the race. The lesson to learn here is to get to know who is running. 

Who is the best candidate? It’s someone you already know. It’s your neighbor, your friend, your local business employee or owner, or maybe it’s that person you see in the mirror every single morning. 

Not everyone has the time and inclination to serve, but I’d rather have someone who is willing to take on a position and serve their community for a short period of time than someone looking for the entrance ramp to the swamp. 

Remember, the best way to stop unconstitutional laws is to prevent them from being enacted in the first place.  It’s time to fill that ballot with people who will represent YOU. 

Yes, it does matter who you vote for. 

Bob

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Today Was A Good Day For The Second Amendment

Today is truly a good day for free, law-abiding people in our country. The United States Supreme Court has struck down New York’s “May Issue” concealed carry permit law which prevented ordinary citizens from bearing arms to defend themselves in public. While the case was specifically about the New York law, it applies to all other states which also demand applicants to provide “proper cause” to receive government permission carry a firearm for self-defense outside their homes. This historic ruling also updated standard courts must follow when deciding Second Amendment cases. 

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the majority that the Constitution protects “an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.”

Today’s ruling (linked below) is 135 pages long and is still being read and digested. While most everyone is focusing on the positive, constitutional aspects, the gun control community is digging in their heels. Rather than accepting the ruling and working towards compliance with the new law-of-the-land, they are actively looking for loopholes or workarounds to circumvent it. 

Here is a sampling of statements from some of the biggest proponents of unconstitutional gun control: 

The Governor of the State of New York: 
“It is outrageous that at a moment of national reckoning on gun violence, the Supreme Court has recklessly struck down a New York law that limits those who can carry concealed weapons.”
“I would like to point out to the Supreme Court justices that the only weapons at that time were muskets. I’m prepared to go back to muskets.”

The Mayor of the New York City: 
“Nothing changes today… It ignores the presence (sp) and it endangers our future.”

The Governor of the State of California: 
“A dark day in America. This is a dangerous decision from a court hell bent on pushing a radical ideological agenda and infringing on the rights of states to protect our citizens from being gunned down in our streets, schools, and churches. Shameful.”

The United States Department of Justice: 
“We respectfully disagree with the Court’s conclusion that the Second Amendment forbids New York’s reasonable requirement that individuals seeking to carry a concealed handgun must show that they need to do so for self-defense. The Department of Justice remains committed to saving innocent lives by enforcing and defending federal firearms laws, partnering with state, local and tribal authorities and using all legally available tools to tackle the epidemic of gun violence plaguing our communities.”

And finally, from the President of the United States: 
… “I urge states to continue to enact and enforce commonsense laws to make their citizens and communities safer from gun violence. As the late Justice Scalia recognized, the Second Amendment is not absolute. For centuries, states have regulated who may purchase or possess weapons, the types of weapons they may use, and the places they may carry those weapons. And the courts have upheld these regulations.”

There are of course many, many more rants from politicians, activists, actors and your average, everyday alt-left lunatic fringe. All reveal that they have absolutely zero intention to comply with the Supreme Court’s rulings and will do everything in their power to circumvent the decision by implementing more unconstitutional, draconian gun control laws that have NEVER done anything to prevent violence or death. 

Today was a good day for the Second Amendment, but it is only the beginning. May Issue laws in California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia must be challenged under the new standard and repealed, along with a host of other gun control laws implemented under flawed standards by activist judges in prejudicial courts. 

Anyone in New York or any other “May Issue” state thinking they will be able to run down to their local police or sheriff station tomorrow and get their brand spank’n new conceal carry permit is mistaken. In contrast to the lightning speed they implement new restrictions on firearms from other court rulings, this new ruling from the highest court in the nation is going to be slow walked to death before they are forced to give up that gun, and people control. 

Remember, it shouldn’t take 100 years to reclaim your Second Amendment protected rights. Only you can prevent unconstitutional gun laws from being enacted in the first place.

Yes, it does matter who you vote for. 

Bob

Full text of ruling: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf/20-843_7j80.pdf

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The Only Thing Necessary… 

The Only Thing Necessary For the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing.  While this quote is generally misattributed to Edmond Burke, even directly by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, the meaning and intent remain, as does the call to action for people like you and me.  

I’ve been on a little break to deal with some geography issues, and still am, but that’s a story for another day. During this time, a lot has transpired impacting our constitutionally protected rights, and specifically the Second Amendment. As with most consequential things, it’s important to understand what has happened to guide us to the future. 

It’s safe to say that over the past two years, our individual rights have taken a savage beating. In the name of ‘what is best for society’, we have seen our rights to free speech, religion, press, association and to petition our government for redress of grievances stripped away. Our right to keep and bear arms, highly restricted in many places, has been even further regulated and ‘put on hold’. We have been subjected to unreasonable searches and seizures, been denied bail, subjected to cruel and unusual punishment, and denied the right to a speedy trial.  

For the new year, I’m going to need to play catch-up on some past events in order to move forward. While my focus is, and always has been, the Second Amendment, we can’t ignore some other abuses of our rights. We don’t get to pick and choose what rights we want to defend and those we don’t care as much about. For most certainly if we allow rights in one area to deteriorate, then how long will it be for all of them to be nothing more than words on old pieces of parchment. 

If you doubt that by banding together with other like-minded individuals has no chance of success, let me drop another quote on you from cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead. 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” 

If you still have an open slot on your resolutions list, let one of them be getting involved in your local, county, state and federal politics. For far too long we’ve let others serve and be involved and we now see the result of that. 

The Odd Stuffing crystal ball tells me 2022 is going to be a bumpy ride. It’s time for patriots to hop in and buckle up. 

Bob

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A Direct Threat To Public Safety

This quote was part of the California Governor’s response to the ruling from U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez declaring the state’s 32-year-old ban on so-called “assault weapons” unconstitutional. While this matter is nowhere close to being final, the June 4, 2021, ruling in Miller v. Bonta is a substantial step forward in the restoration of Second Amendment protected rights in the State of California, as well as the rest of the country. 

The first part of this ruling is: 

“Like the Swiss Army Knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment. Good for both home and battle, the AR-15 is the kind of versatile gun that lies at the intersection of the kinds of firearms protected under District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008) and United States v Miller, 307 U.S. 174 (1939).”

Of course, the Governor and State Attorney General Rob Bonta immediately attacked this ruling:

“Today’s decision is a direct threat to public safety and the lives of innocent Californians, period. The fact that this judge compared the AR-15 — a weapon of war that’s used on the battlefield — to a Swiss Army knife completely undermines the credibility of this decision and is a slap in the face to the families who’ve lost loved ones to this weapon.”

By attacking the analogy used by Judge Benitez instead of the facts of the case, then continuing to perpetuate the “weapon of war” lie, it showed how little understanding the Governor and Attorney General really have about firearms, crime, violence and the Constitution.

The comparison is apt as the iconic Swiss Army Knife is universally recognized as an indispensable, multi-function, multi-use tool. The Judge could have just described the fact that the AR-15 is an indispensable, multi-function, multi-use tool, but he decided to use the common analogy to make the point. Thinking it compared lethality or anything else is absurd. 

Of course, the “weapon of war” lie is one of the most popular myths among the gun control extremists. It attempts to portray the AR-15 as the exact same firearm used by military forces. Naturally it is not, and the incredibly HUGE difference is military firearms that ‘look’ like the AR-15 are select fire; having the ability to fire multiple rounds per trigger pull, either in a burst or fully automatic. The AR-15 has NEVER been used by our military or any other as a “weapon of war”. It is simply a semi-automatic firearm, just like any other semi-automatic firearm without the so-called “evil” cosmetic features. But you already knew that. 

While the full ruling is 95 pages long, I encourage you to take some time and read it. Like all of Judge Benitez rulings, it is extremely well thought out and documented with verifiable, factual evidence, even if the State of California ignores it. The link to it is below. 

The big question is of course, what happens now? Judge Benitez stayed the ruling for 30 days within the ruling itself, ironically expiring on the 4th of July. The State will appeal, as they have promised in their public statements.  

California is the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, well known for its hostility towards and rulings against anything Second Amendment related. Cases in the Ninth tend to be decided by the political ideology of the judges assigned to the case rather than facts or Constitutional issues. 

The success in this case was made possible thanks to generous donations and the member supported organizations behind it. The cost has been significant and will continue to grow as it goes to the next stage. 

Now realize the State of California has unlimited resources to fight this case. Why unlimited? Because they are fighting this with YOUR tax dollars. The highly exorbitant tax dollars you pay to the state not only pay for their socialist agenda items, but to litigate cases like this to protect their ability to strip your rights away from you. If the State needs more money for the effort, they simply shuffle money from one account (like the DROS fund) to another. If they run out of money, well guess what, there’s more of that where it came from, YOU. 

And let’s not forget the billionaire funded anti-gun “grassroots” groups and lawyers who do not want this case to become precedent for the entire country. 

With the ruling stayed pending appeal, the State has everything to gain and nothing to lose by dragging out their appeals. The longer the case go on, the more resources are drained from firearm rights organizations. More dollars spent on this case means less dollars spent in other cases. All they need to do is drag this case out long enough for the 5-4 conservative majority on the United States Supreme Court to be reversed, or the Supreme Court to be packed by liberal appointed Justices, whichever comes first. 

This case is FAR from over and it is going to be years before it makes it to the Supreme Court. Even so, there is no guarantee it will be granted a writ of certiorari OR be heard by a Court supportive of Second Amendment protected rights OR be adjudicated in our favor. Even in the absolute best of circumstances, it’s a crapshoot. The chances of getting any law reversed, even a bad one, is slim at best and the only ones who are certain to win are the lawyers. 

I will repeat what I have said time and time again, the ONLY way to prevent these kinds of idiotic, non-sensical gun control laws from going into effect is to STOP electing people who are promising to take away your rights. 

Bob

https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/firearmspolicycoalition/pages/5381/attachments/original/1622850515/Miller_v_Bonta_Opinion.pdf

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Second Amendment: 2021 – A New Hope

At the risk of a violent response from the Dark Side (Disney), I’m starting off the new year with an optimistic view of the Second Amendment by referring to 2021 as “A New Hope”. In troubling times when their government turned their back on law-abiding citizens, millions of Americans have recognized the need to purchase, own and use firearms to defend their lives and the lives of their families. This is the absolute opposite to the gun control zealots claim that firearms are being shunned in this country. As we look forward to the challenges emerging on the horizon, I for one am comforted knowing there are millions more exercising their Second Amendment protected rights.  

For those who contend more guns equals more violence and death, recall those long-buried CDC (Centers for Disease Control) studies that found civilian defensive use of firearms outnumbered felonious use by a rate of 3 to 1, to the tune of 2.5 to 3 million uses per year. It is critical to note that not all of the events involved the discharge of a firearm by the civilian. Often times, the mere presenting or challenge to the criminal with a firearm was enough to stop the intended crime. It’s also important to realize this number ONLY includes persons who were not performing defensive duties as part of their employment such as law enforcement or security services. 

Let’s not kid ourselves about the challenges 2021 will bring. The incoming Harris/Biden [sic] administration has a significant gun control agenda including a ban and removal of so-called “assault weapons” and “high-capacity magazines”, along with a host of other California inspired draconian and ineffective gun control laws. We’ve already seen the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms) coordinating with the yet-to-be administration and making aggressive moves against the 80% market and pistol braces, priorities imported from the west coast. 

The control of the Senate, and quite honestly of all three branches of government, is to be decided tomorrow in Georgia. Winning both seats would place the deciding vote for the Senate in the hands of the Vice President and allow a full, nationwide California style gun control agenda to pass. It would also allow the Senate to reshape the United States Supreme Court by either impeaching a conservative associate justice or packing the Court with liberal appointed justices to “reduce the influence of politics” on the Court. Thus, the final constitutional obstacle for eliminating our Second Amendment protected natural rights would be removed. 

As unchecked violence rages in the extremist left controlled cities and states, mass releases of criminals, including those serving life sentences for murder and rape (to protect them from COVID-19), combined with prosecutors instituting their own versions of social justice reform by not charging those caught breaking the law or essentially eliminating any penalties, life for law-abiding citizens in these areas has become decidedly more dangerous.

So why do I have hope? In response to the violence and destruction caused by the “mostly peaceful” riots around the country, an interesting thing happened. Americans across the country decided to not become victims. As extremist left governors, mayors and city councils turned their cities over to violent mobs, holding back, hindering and defunding the police to give rioters free rein to loot, destroy property and attack innocent bystanders, more people began to realize the importance of the Second Amendment and personally owned firearms in modern society.

Conservative estimates place the number of firearms purchased in 2020 at upwards of 20 million, along with more than a billion rounds of ammunition. At least 40% of these purchases were made by people who have never owned a firearm before, including approximately 40% being purchased by women. The purchases were made by individuals from every walk of life, every level of society, every race, religion and political party. 

The diversity of those purchasing firearms for personal protection in 2020 points out the best part of the Second Amendment. Despite what the gun control fanatics tell you, firearms are not the exclusive tool of a single, stereotypical geographic. The Second Amendment deliberately says, “the right of the people”. Not the government, not any race, gender, political party or location, the people, ALL the people.  

Does millions of new firearm owners automatically equal millions more anti-gun control votes? No, of course not. What it does mean is the party that has for so long stood up and said its supporters are strongly opposed to gun ownership is going to have to come to terms with a lot more of its base recognizing the importance of firearms and the Second Amendment.  

As Second Amendment supporters in 2021, we need to expand our focus from preaching to the choir to welcoming new firearm owners into the community. We need to help them with training, places to shoot, competition, hunting, sports and self-defense information. We need to invite them into our clubs and associations so they can be the best and safest firearm owners they can be. We need to demonstrate to all the new firearm owners that Second Amendment protected rights are as important today as they were when our nation was founded. There are a lot of supporters out there that only need a little encouragement to join in defending our rights. 

This year is going to be a bitch. It’s time for all of us to stand together. 

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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