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". . . the Democrats were on stage pounding the podium and shouting about helping the children and in the same breath saying that women must have the right to choose . . ."
You’re Responsible for the Future Too
At night I usually do some reading while I’m watching the “news.” With the political conventions on, I watched them along with the “news.” At one time, while the Democrats were on stage pounding the podium and shouting about helping the children and in the same breath saying that women must have the right to choose, I was reading The Howard Phillips Issues and Strategy Bulletin (9520 Bent Creek Lane, Vienna, VA 22182).
As you may know, Howard Phillips is running for President for the Constitution Party. He’s quite strong on the idea that our government’s activities should be confined to the limits laid out in our nation’s Constitution. For instance, Howard’s view on the right to choose is that it’s the right to murder. So here I am reading about how no one should have the right to murder, especially mothers murdering unborn children, when the Democrats were pounding on the table about how they are the party for the children and at the same time they’re the party for the mothers who want to murder their unborn children for any reason they see fit.
As I read through Howard’s newsletter, the Democrats on television started shouting about gun control. They wanted more trigger locks on the guns of honest people and greater restrictions of the ability of honest people to buy and bear arms. They were pushing for that because they’re convinced that if honest citizens had restricted access to guns, criminals would have restricted access too.
Cheney Buys into Gun Compromises
You guessed it, as the Democrats were going through their paces on gun control, I was reading the following verbatim from Howard Phillips’ newsletter.
In my remarks to the Civil Rights Rally sponsored by the Capitol District Shooters Committee on Political Education (SCOPE) and Organized Gun Owners of New York State, I expressed disappointment that GOP Vice Presidential candidate Dick Cheney, who had a good gun rights voting record when he was a member of Congress from 1979 to 1989, was already falling into the pattern of Senator Bob Dole, Governor George Pataki, and Congressman Rick Lazio – engaging in “the politics of preemptive concession” – making concessions and offering to surrender our rights while getting nothing in return.
The Republican Party, I observed (to 200 New Yorkers gathered outside the State Capitol in Albany), is the party of “the four Cs” – “Consensus, Compromise, Conciliation, and Cooperation” – as enunciated by Dick Cheney’s old boss, President Gerald Ford.
By that strategy, our side surrenders core principles, in the hope that our enemies will be nice to us. But the right to keep and bear arms is a principle which must not be surrendered, conceded, or compromised.
If you make even one exception to the rule, you have surrendered the principle and opened the door to other compromises – to the diminution of liberty which leads inevitability to the registration – and ultimately – to confiscation of our weapons.
It Is Our Duty, As Well as Our Right
We have not only the right, but the duty to defend our families and our communities. We cannot delegate that duty or surrender that obligation.
Dick Cheney, unfortunately, is now buying into the George W. Bush compromises on gun control – for example, embracing the stupid policy of requiring trigger locks on the guns of law-abiding citizens.
Janet Reno’s Gestapo Did Not Use Trigger Locks
“Does he really believe,” I asked, “that criminals and government agents will have trigger locks on their weapons?”
When Bill Clinton’s and Janet Reno’s Gestapo invaded the Gonzalez home in Miami to kidnap young Elian, there were no trigger locks on the assault weapons of those federal troopers.
Control Clinton’s Guns, Not Ours
“I am all in favor of controlling the guns which the Federal government use against the American people,” I said, “and I will fight to defend the complete Second Amendment rights of the American people.”
After all, the war for American independence began, not when Britain taxed us without representation, but when the royal governors of Massachusetts and Virginia moved to seize the arsenals of the people at Concord and Lexington and at Williamsburg. I want a government which fears the people, not a people which is defenseless against its government.
Is there any question who George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or Benjamin Franklin would vote for if they were alive today? Right: To a man they would vote for Howard Phillips. Even if they knew Howard could not win, they would vote for him. That’s because they are men of principle. “Consensus, Compromise, Conciliation, and Cooperation” were not words they lived by.
If you value your country, you must be a messenger for the ideals that are the foundations upon which our freedoms rest. If you do not have the courage to speak up and speak out, then you are no different from the misguided fools who were cheering at the Republican and Democratic conventions. Our country’s and our children’s fates are in our hands. Doing nothing to turn the tide is the same as aiding
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