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Where Has The Republic Gone?

Long time passing…

The Gunner’s Blog recently mused on the very principles which The United States was alleged to have been founded.

And how they largely no longer exist:

America? It is gone.

My America, the homeland I honored as the highest expression of freedom’s ideals, is no more. Limited government and sweeping individual liberty are things of the past. So is the business environment that sometimes allowed little David companies to become giant killers. We are burdened by taxes, by rules and red tape and the odious creed of political correctness.What happened was that people abandoned God and good as their guiding lights. America has never been a very religious country, but for a long time the cultural influence of Christ’s gospel was felt–honored only partially and quite inconsistently, but present none the less and tacitly accepted as a good thing. Now, though, some even openly call the gospel a bad thing. Few ever consider looking to it for moral guidance. This moral end-swap has left us without moral guidance. What we have instead is the desire to impose moralisms, often invented ones, on other people.So the country that started out with people promising freedom to their neighbors in return for their own freedoms–their neighbors as themselves–now has become a hive of busybodies. Everyone thinks ‘there oughta be a law’ and oddly enough it is always other people’s behavior they think it about. The idea that you create freedoms by imposing laws is entirely backwards. The word ‘freedom’ is appropriated and misused in arguments for restrictions, probably because it is traditionally a popular word in American politics. But it would seem we have forgotten what the dictionary says it means.As I read the history books, great nations do not end in sudden cataclysm but decline slowly into folly and despair. They end not with a bang but a whimper. Where once proud Romans stood, illiterate peasants tended olives and vegetables through the long Dark Ages. The great overarching lesson of history is that people fail to learn the great overarching lesson of history.
It’s George Santayana all over again!
And, I HATE having him quoted to me, and to have the quote be correct!
(PS – this is my 2000th post!  Thank you for stopping by – Guffaw)

March 21, 1947

(from the Ref Desk almanac…)

1947 President Truman signs Executive Order 9835 requiring all federal employees to have allegiance to the United States

I’m reasonably certain President Truman did so,

This guy, not so much…

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Is EO 9825 still in force?

If so, Valerie Jarrett, Van Jones and many others have some ‘splainin’ to do!

THIS IS THE AMERICAN PARADOX.

How do we, as a Free, Constitutional Republic, with measures taken to preserve Free Speech and Dissent, ensure those charged with the custody of said Republic, continue to maintain her as such?

“Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” – a lady bystander

“A Republic, if you can keep it.” – Benjamin Franklin

The Perfect Carry Gun?!

Glock-26-920x611Pro2AGuy sent us a photo of what he considers to be the perfect CCW … I took me a bit of time to find that “perfect” CCW, but I settled on the Glock 26. Fierce competition out there in this category to be sure as it seems like vendors can’t keep [Read More…]

So says Steve Johnson of The Firearm Blog

What do you guys think?

Personally, I think this is very much an individual’s choice – akin to choice of toothbrush or underwear.

As far as I’m concerned…

IN THEORY, I’m all for a 5″ 1911, in .45 ACP.  Being a Cooper aficionado, and all…

IN PRACTICE, with AZ weather restricting appropriate concealment clothing, I opt more-often-then-not for the equally-ubiquitous (at least amongst old-school fogeys such as me!) S&W 442 (electroless nickel) in .38 Special.

Front pocket holster, easy-peasy (?)

WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK?

I like Glocks – I’ve owned 3, a Model 26 (as above), a Model 17, and a Model 30.  I even carried them, on occasion.
But, they are plastic, and have no soul!  :-)

“Everything That Is Not Licensed Is FORBIDDEN”

or verboten!

In Massachusetts:

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts rules that a stun gun is a “dangerous and unusual” weapon, and thus not protected by the Second Amendment, so banning them is fine.

Given that police are issued tasers, I’d say that qualifies as “in common use”  (Say Uncle)

minutemenFunny.  I seem to remember a bunch of guys named Adams, Hancock and Revere who were all BOSTONIANS!

I wonder what THEY would say regarding how their State has devolved into The Land of Petty Power and Control?

RE:  The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts…

MASSHOLES!

Say WHAT?

aka ¿Que?

Federal Judge Says No Second Amendment Right To Own Firearms

Federal Judge Kimberly J. Mueller, an Obama appointee, said in a decision on Thursday that the Second Amendment does not apply to firearms.

You should really go and read the whole thing.  Bring your airsick bag.

The judge is an Obama appointee.

Quelle surprise.

Let’s see…The President of The United States, who was previously titled as a ‘Constitutional Law Professor’ (spits at the incredulity), appoints a like-minded sycophant to the bench, who doles out ridiculous tripe like this to further the progressive agenda of civilian disarmament.

I know The President’s school records are sealed.  (This from the most open administration, ever!)  Have any of his former students come forward to explain that while he was left-of-center, he taught about Separation of Powers, limitations on the Executive, and reverence for the U.S. Constitution?

Or was he so good that he produced 100% sycophancy?

I wonder how this judge ever made it through grade school, much less college and law school!

h/t  Maddened Fowl

In Loco Parentis

My friend ASM826 (whilst reporting in Borepatch) spun a tale of government most foul:

In Maryland, this week, one set of parents have been investigated for letting a 10 year old and a 6 year old go walking without supervision. The parents want the kids to have what they think of as normal freedom, expanding as the children get older. Child protective services are now involved in a neglect investigation.

Of course, we don’t know many specifics.  But this from the article in the NYDN is telling:

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv say the county’s Child Protective Services began investigating them after police stopped their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter midway through a mile-walk home on Dec. 20 in Silver Spring. Police say they stopped the children and drove them home after someone reported seeing them.

OMG!  Someone saw children!  Sacre’ Bleu!

(In the name of piling on, I’m adding to ASM826’s tales of misspent youth)

I was raised in a small, white bread college town.  Still, my parents placed boundaries with regard to my wandering.   Roughly 1/2 mile in any direction, as boundaried  by major streets I was NOT allowed to cross.  Withing those boundaries were trees needing climbing, houses under construction needing exploring, irrigation conduits needing climbing down into and junk in alleys needing examining.  And rockets and firecrackers needing ignition!  I had these boundaries until high school,  to which I either walked or rode my bicycle.  One mile each direction.  Then there were stores, shops (the hobby shop) and MORE construction sites, including an industrial park just the other side of the high school.

With underground electrical access.

VERY cool for fledgling secret agent fantasies!

Yes, I was wounded, scratched, developed blisters, was hit in the head by a rock in a dirt clod fight, dislocated my left thumb playing football, and broke my arm at school doing faux karate.

And none of these things with parental supervision.

I didn’t ride my 24″ Schwinn Speedster with a helmet, either!

Now CPS and the police are enforcing this NERF world.  And taking more rights away from parents.

In loco parentis, indeed!

Duty?

NY Post:

Throughout the city, precincts are being ordered to hand up to borough commanders “activity sheets” indicating the number of arrests and summonses per shift, sources told The Post.

Police officers around the city are now threatened with transfers, no vacation time and sick time unless they write summonses,” one union source said.

“This is the same practice that caused officers to be labeled racist and abusers of power.”

More @ Resister In The Rockies

So, that tired meme about cops not having a quota of summonses (“I can write as many as I want!”) has been laid to rest in NYC.  Quantity, not Quality seems to be the order of the day.

There was a time, when law enforcement was about enforcing the law, NOT generating revenue or creating numbers to justify budgets.  Not unlike news organizations pandering to bring in an audience for the advertisers, instead of just reporting the news.  (If it bleeds, it leads!)

I’m a capitalist.  I’m all about the profit motive.  Free enterprise.  But some people need to focus on their duty, not their dollar!

h/t Free North Carolina

The White Man’s Burden

I think that was first labelled as such by Rudyard Kipling.

Borepatch led me to Goober’s thoughts on the matter…

Goober on “Social Justice Warriors”:

You take a guy that lived his entire life in the Amazonian jungle, fighting for every meal he’s ever eaten, making his own living/clothing/abode/etc at huge expense of labor, and living every day with the fear of that next cut becoming septic and killing him, or that next sniffle being the cold that brings him down, or the next monsoon not being monsooney enough and his family starving to death, and you give him a pair of Levi jeans, some tennis shoes, a first world education, and modern medicine, and HE WILL CUT YOUR FUCKING THROAT before he will let you stick him back in that jungle.

But SJWs want to keep him there, unmolested by western “cultural pollution” like modern medicine and central air conditioning, in order to “preserve his culture”, without giving him an educated say in the decision at all.  More of that SJW superiority.

This idea of “allowing the brown people to stay in their place” smacks an awful, awful lot like “keeping the brown people in their place.” (end)

I had two directions I wanted to address this.  One was simple agreement with Goober, (with perhaps a tip of the Hatlo hat to Firesign Theatres’ Temporarily Humboldt County*), the second going sideways regarding the invention if the term Social Justice Warriors, aka SJWs.  Conservative/libertarian/gun culture shorthand.

Not unlike JBTs for Jack-Booted Thugs.

And I’m not even touching the Star Trekian Prime Directive, or Jean-Jacque Rosseau’s ‘Noble Savage’ meme

“All over the map – Geez, he’s all over the map!”  (from inside most of your heads)

I’m still dealing with this sinus/throat thing.  Forgive me.

*FREAK: Hey, man! Don’t let him bring you down, now. There’s a lot of young people in this country, just like myself, who really know where the Indian’s at. And don’t worry. Soon we’re all gonna be out here on the Reservation, livin’ like Indians, ‘n’ dressin’ like Indians and doing all the simple, Beautiful Things that you Indians do. Hey – got any peyote? (link)

Customer Service

Is it out there, anymore?

I remember my Father ranting about the dearth of customer service when I was a teenager – and that was in the 60’s.

Back then a guy in a uniform (or at least a uniform shirt) filled your tank, checked your oil, and cleaned your windshield.  And no tip was asked or expected.  Now, IF there’s a monitor/cashier at the self-service gas station behind the bulletproof glass, it’s an effort to get them to look up from their graphic novel to take your card for purchase.

And waiters/waitresses?  One would think when they are first being trained, they would be instructed that the more courteous and efficient they are, the better tip they will receive.  But most these days are barely capable in getting your food to you at all.  Need extra napkins or a refill on that beverage?  Good luck with that.

And getting the order correct in the first place?  Fuggedaboutit!

Retail stores?  Just try to find someone who has any idea where stock might be, or even be able to direct you to it.

Call centers?  Pshaw.

And we who chat regarding firearms on the Internet are familiar with H & K’s (in)famous lack of customer service.

One word.  OBAMACARE.  And government services in general.

And, while I’m on the subject – do any of these aforementioned folks speak American English?  This assumes I don’t have to migrate through a computer-generated menu prompt resembling a RPG in Urdu to get to a human.

Sigh.

We now return you to your post-holiday festivities.

Ask Not For Whom The Bell Tolls…

bellBayou Renaissance Man posted regarding the recent interactions between the constabulary and suspect(s), the protests that followed, and the police political assassinations that followed THOSE actions.

And, as usual, he did so with aplomb.  You should go to the link above and read him.  (And, if you are not regularly reading him, why not?)

And he brought up a recent court decision and the Peelian Principals.  (Sir Robert Peel being the founder of Modern Law Enforcement.)  They are:

  1. To prevent crime and disorder, as an alternative to their repression by military force and severity of legal punishment.
  2. To recognise always that the power of the police to fulfil their functions and duties is dependent on public approval of their existence, actions and behaviour, and on their ability to secure and maintain public respect.
  3. To recognise always that to secure and maintain the respect and approval of the public means also the securing of the willing co-operation of the public in the task of securing observance of laws.
  4. To recognise always that the extent to which the co-operation of the public can be secured diminishes proportionately the necessity of the use of physical force and compulsion for achieving police objectives.
  5. To seek and preserve public favour, not by pandering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolutely impartial service to law, in complete independence of policy, and without regard to the justice or injustice of the substance of individual laws, by ready offering of individual service and friendship to all members of the public without regard to their wealth or social standing, by ready exercise of courtesy and friendly good humour, and by ready offering of individual sacrifice in protecting and preserving life.
  6. To use physical force only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient to obtain public co-operation to an extent necessary to secure observance of law or to restore order, and to use only the minimum degree of physical force which is necessary on any particular occasion for achieving a police objective.
  7. To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
  8. To recognise always the need for strict adherence to police-executive functions, and to refrain from even seeming to usurp the powers of the judiciary of avenging individuals or the State, and of authoritatively judging guilt and punishing the guilty.
  9. To recognise always that the test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, and not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with them.

And here’s Peter’s money quote:

I can already hear the scoffing from police officers that those principles are utterly outdated when dealing with a society that regards the rule of law as nothing more than a polite fiction.  I can’t blame them;  our politicians and leaders in other spheres often appear to honor our laws more in the breach than in the observance.  Needless to say, our citizens all too often take their cue from their leaders (or is it the other way around?)  Nevertheless, any officer of the law who enters upon his career regarding the people he’s called to “protect and serve” as the enemy rather than his peers and fellow citizens is riding for a fall.  Sooner or later, someone’s going to provide one for him. (end)

It does appear as though we as a Society have transcended into pre-civil war status.  That is, that those charged with ‘protecting and serving’ the public are ‘protecting and serving’ each other, to the exclusion of the public (not entirely) and engaging in rampant abuses of power and authority not seen in many years.  In The United States, anyway.

Including wholesale surveillance of cellular telephone and email communications.  Restrictions placed on travel (elimination of 4th Amendment protections at border crossings, airports, ‘sobriety checkpoints’ and even some railroad and bus stations)!  And lets not forget misused or misapplied warrant services.  Does the name Jose Guerena come to mind?  Rendition and torture, in violation of both civil and military law.

And punishing of those who wish to bring such facts to light via the Internet or even cell phone cameras.

And now the remaining folks in blue who actually do their jobs and refrain from abuse are being subjected to political assassination, in the name of social justice?

Isn’t this what some Internet bloggers have been suggesting for the past few years?  Just because it’s painted in race doesn’t make it any less real.

Can we as a Society fix this before it’s too late?  Before cities, towns and States are overrun with folks tired of the governmental abuses?

Ask not for whom the bell tolls.

It peels for thee, Republic.

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