I keep seeing this meme more and more on the Internet, or at least on the blogosphere:
We as a Nation are more divided than ever before.
A Civil War is inevitable.
It’s gonna be those who love Freedom (at least OUR brand of freedom) versus those nanny-statist bastards!
And, I try console myself into thinking, “No, that won’t happen – we are too great a Nation with too much going for us to have it happen!”
But then I see stuff about the sheeple meekly lining up to have their Fourth Amendment rights shorn from them, or demanding ‘the government’ do something to
protect help medicate pay for take care of them.
And something like THIS (a comment on a gun control article in the Washington Post):
Italian Rose10/27/2013 6:12 PM MSTI would settle for a background check for each and every transaction and every gun owner needing to have a complete comprehensive psychiatric examination before the initial purchase and check-up every 3-years thereafter. If you fail the psych test, your a prohibited person and must surrender your guns to law enforcement. Better yet, the psych test is given at police headquarters and if you fail they return home with you and confiscate your guns. Penalties must be increased for a prohibited person having a gun any gun. Police must also have the discretion to conduct Terry Stops and warrant less searches in targeted areas looking for illegal guns. I like Washington DC’s policy if you have a empty shell casing without a firearm id card for that weapon you go to jail for years. Also if you have a permit for a 9mm and you get caught with a empty 380 casing, you go to jail. If this does not significantly reduce the gun violence epidemic in this country, we all know what’s next.
A mandatory psych test given at police headquarters? Warrantless searches and confiscations? Terry ‘stop and frisk’ searches at the ‘discretion of law enforcement?
This ‘Italian Rose’ certainly sounds learned in the basics of criminal law, minus the whole Constitutional protections part. Not unlike The President and the Attorney General.
And here’s the accompanying Gallup Poll results:
When did we become voluntary Pla-Do for the American Stasi? And what should we do about it?
Alphecca tells us, that yet again, pesky NannyStater Fascist NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is back at it!
The leftist press — NBC, ABC, CBS, NPR, NY Times, et al — love to complain if the Koch brothers donate to or fund money to conservative causes. They conveniently ignore the millions that George Soros spends on liberal ones.
And, when the NRA flexes its money lobbying for what its members wants it to, gun rights, the same liberal press expresses outrage. Will they do the same when NYC Mayor Michael Blowhard outspends them (this, after just spending other millions in support of anti-gun candidates around the country in recent state elections) on anti-gun, gun control advertising? That was a rhetorical question:
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced a new $12 million television ad campaign that will push senators in key states to back gun control efforts, including comprehensive background checks.
The Right To Be Left Alone used to be one of the many rights affirmed (not granted) by the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Apparently, Mayor Bloomberg is not aware of this legal precedent. Of course, neither is the current federal government. (see Obamacare)
threedonia, in the midst of all the horrific news regarding the ever-fascistic encroachment of government bring us good news…
The new owner of Hostess Brands Inc’s snack cakes hopes to have Twinkies back on U.S. store shelves by this summer, according to a member of the purchasing group.
“Our family is thrilled to have the opportunity to reestablish these iconic brands with new creative marketing ideas and renewed sales efforts and investment,”Daren Metropoulos, a principal at his family’s private equity firm, told Reuters in an email on Tuesday.
“We look forward to having America’s favorite snacks back on the shelf by this summer.”
I guess this means when we complain about the sardine-seating in the cattle cars headed to the ‘re-education’ camps, and are told “Let ‘em eat cake!” we will again have another choice of chemically enhanced sponge cake tubes, with cremey filling (no dairy involved – hence the spelling creme) from which to choose!
That, and a 16+ oz. soda to celebrate Freedom’s return! Or not.
Instapundit brought us this little noticed gem (after the NDAA passed the Senate - quietly)…
BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU DRIVE: Feds Requiring ‘Black Boxes’ in All Motor Vehicles.
If you don’t like the idea, you can submit comments here.
Coupled with Progressive Insurance’s Snapshot, both the private and public sector can now monitor your driving!
Don’t you feel safer, now?
h/t Glenn Reynolds
copied) stolen from MArooned in it’s entirety. Thanks Jay G.!)
LONDON – Britain’s education secretary says he will investigate how local officials removed three children from their foster family because of concerns about the parents’ political beliefs.
The Rotherham borough council sparked criticism Saturday when it was revealed that its social workers removed the children, who are European migrants, because their foster parents are members of the right-wing U.K. Independence Party.
I’m sure the same actions would have been taken if the foster parents were part of a left-wing party, right? I’m certain that the party’s views on immigration reform played no part in the removal. I mean, England’s never been one to appease an invading force, right?
And to those who think it can’t happen here, well, if you believe that I’ve got this bridge for sale…
That is all.Another dispatch from…(image courtesy of Robb Allen)RIGHT?
SO, of the competitors Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Tweedledum won.
SO WHAT? BUCK UP!
That third party guy GOOD IDEA received the most votes that party has ever received in a presidential election!
What do we know, now?
The once and future President of the United States promotes policies with which many of us disagree: More gun control, more Internet control, less free speech, more of our troops to unwinnable wars, more redistribution of wealth, support for other countries use of child soldiers, continued Federal attacks on State-legal marijuana dispensaries, quadrupling the warrantless wiretaps since the Bush era, continuing and expanding the so-called PATRIOT ACT, granting the FBI access to private communications without warrant, renewed FISA warrantless spying on banking and wireless communication, continuing the horrendous Federal Reserve QE debacles, and,
LEAVING OUR AMBASSADOR AND FORMER NAVY SEALS TO DIE IN LIBYA, WHEN HELP WAS AVAILABLE. AND HE WAS WATCHING VIA LIVE FEED.
Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t? Let’s make a two-pronged effort: 1) Pay attention to any government attempts to violate our rights, and be vocal in our response, and 2) Reform the opposition party so the leadership no longer consists of big government RINOs, to give us a real choice in the next election. Like Mr. GOOD IDEA was supposed to.
Because you just know Hillary is waiting in the wings for 2016…
Future Senator Bluto Blutarsky said it best: Let’s GO!
The Israelis, Jewish folk and freedom-loving people every where intone this phrase when referring to The Holocaust.
With regard to September 11, 2001, we should have the same exclamation, the same passion, the same outrage.
The same remembrance. All Americans.
While I remember many specifics from that day; what came out later regarding Flight 93 really resonates with me.
In similar circumstances, would I, a crippled, physically slow, older, overweight, guy – who hasn’t been in any kind of physical training or conditioning since 1986 – have the cojones to rush homicidal terrorists armed with sharp objects?
I’d like to think so. And I’d like to think I’m not alone. This is the American Spirit.
Americans are famous for going the extra mile, against the odds, to combat evil. Just ask any WWII, Korea or Vietnam veteran. Or veterans of the Iraq or Afghanistan wars. Or the cops and firefighters who voluntarily went in,when everyone else was leaving.
In addition, Better Wisdom and Pith, an opinion, courtesy of Roberta…
It bothers me when we give such criminals the dignity of soldiers; it bothers me when we’ve let them swipe a whole day from the calendar.
And it bothers me a lot when the lamestream media drape the day in deep black and use it to tell us we’ve got to bend ourselves to the State; that the State was attacked, and the State responded, and only the State can protect us from the awful scourge of superstitious goat-herders….
Take a moment today and remember. And commit again to the American Spirit.
h/t Roberta X
Sharp As A Marble links to an article by an economist-type, analyzing statistics involving firearms, shooting, homicide, accidents and similar light subjects.
From the article linked…
As someone recently said, we don’t need gun control, we need idiot control. Not sure how we control the idiots, but I’m sympathetic to the idea. Statistically though, the number of firearm murders per year simply doesn’t justify any renewed call for banning or restricting the sale or possession of firearms.
Summed up by Robb Allen…
We have facts, history, and reality on our side. They have emotionally driven hysteria, misunderstanding, and dick jokes.
That’s part of why we win.
Please visit the link above for the particulars.
Wishing my friend Mark Bell were here to do that. He loved The Economist.
h/t Robb Allen, Bruce McQuain
An Ordinary American blogs about the epidemic of bullying, and the demands of parents to have the schools do something about it.
You know, like passing more anti-gun legislation; it solves the problem, and shows the people the government is there to solve all their problems.
Bullies do what they do because they do not respect the person they are picking on. Fear generates a healthy dose of respect. If you don’t believe me, ask any veteran who went through boot camp. We feared our drill instructors and knew, without a doubt, that they could kick our ass seven ways sideways to Sunday.
But because THEY also knew it, the need to “bully” wasn’t there. By the end of our eight or twelve weeks of basic military training, mutual respect had been achieved.
You can achieve the same thing in the civilian world in eight to twelve seconds if you simply stand up to the SOB who is bullying you and promise what we called “violence of action” and have every intention of following through.
It’s a mindset you have to acquire, which is why we’re such a spineless nation ruled by bullies. It’s much easier to run whining to the government to make more laws against bullying than it is to stand up to them and/or teach our kids how to stand up to them.
Spare me the talk about lawyers and courts and police. Simply STANDING UP to a damned bully will win three-fourths of the battles. Tell them to kiss your ass and howl at the moon.
If you live in fear, it is because you choose to live in fear. Bullies are nothing new, nor is standing up to them.
But again, we choose to be spineless.
And to prove it, our U.S. Government is the biggest bunch of bullies there are, and we don’t even have the guts to vote their asses out of office.
That last part of the quote is the core result of not addressing this issue.
Counting Cats in Zanzibar, a blog from (the formerly Great) Britain, gives us a glimpse into where we are undoubtedly headed.
From the land that brought us the Declaration of Arboath and the Magna Carta, statements of human rights predating our Constitution and Bill of Rights, comes yet another ursurpation of personal liberty. In a land where firearm possession, knife possession, breakable beer mug possession and even self-defense has been largely eliminated.
Because, after all, The State knows what’s good for you.
~Smoking during pregnancy is a controversial issue that gets anti-smoking puritans frothing at the mouth. In Blackpool they are taking a proactive stance by screening mothers-to-be for carbon monoxide in their blood. I’ll let Emma Harris of the Evening Gazette take up the narrative.
WOMEN are now being screened for signs of a deadly chemical as part of Blackpool’s bid to cut the number of mums-to-be smoking.
The resort still has the highest rate in the country of pregnant women who light up – at 29 per cent.
I hope these chemical checks are being performed with the permission of the women concerned. After all, according to the statistics, more than 70% of pregnant women in Blackpool don’t smoke making nearly three quarters of the tests redundant and a waste of resources if the screening is involuntary. Unfortunately Ms Harris doesn’t elucidate.~
Please go to the link above and read the whole sordid thing.
Now, I’m not saying that pregnant women smoking is the best for their unborn children. What I am saying is pregnant women engaging in wholly legal activity (like smoking, eating fatty food, drinking) should not be singled out by the nanny state, any more than anyone else. Come to think of it, there shouldn’t be a nanny state to single out anyone. Freedom, what a concept! (h/t to Lonnie)
Where does the State intrusion stop? In a nation where abortion law is the most liberal in Europe, the government is choosing to insert itself into expectant mother’s bodies for the good of the child. Based on the baby’s rights and perceived abuse.
This is not about pro/anti-abortion or even child abuse. It’s about the all-mighty government achieving more control. And less personal freedom for all.
I can’t help but think of Bloomberg and his anti-gun, no sugary soda agenda. After all, it’s for our own good.