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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato (429-347 BC)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Big Government Spends Too Much, Taxes Too Much & Now Wants Your Constitutional Rights Deminished

Today in Washington, D.C. - April 11, 2013
The Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 649, Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) gun control bill. The Senate then voted 68-31 to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 649 (i.e. to cut off debate on the motion to proceed and consider the bill).  The official debate begins on Thursday.  

It appears that some are willing to abandon the Constructional rights of American citizens to defend themselves, their property, and their liberty by even instituting lists - lists of who has guns.  List of who wants to have guns?  No one has the right to know what personal property we have in our homes  - but today big brother is reaching into the homes of Americans.  In other countries, where lists have been developed, subsequent confiscation of people's property, guns, were confiscated.

The Constitution is clear on the Constitutional Right to possess guns and that this and other rights shall not be infringed. Some are advocating that doctors should secretly list and provide the government the names they believe have mental illness while some doctors have admitted that they believe anyone with a gun has a mental problem. In doctors offices and medical institutions across our country they are asking questions like "Do you have guns in your house?," "Are they loaded?," etc. and they are recording your answers. There are progressive groups identifying Christians, conservatives, Tea party members, limited government supporters, and others as threats to the United States. So the debate on how much to compromise away the rights of Americans begins on the Senate floor. What Constitution have these elected officials pledged to uphold?

The House today approved H. Res. 146 (226-194) to consideration of the bill H.R. 1120 which would prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from taking any action that requires a quorum of the members of the Board until such time as Board constituting a quorum shall have been confirmed by the Senate, the Supreme Court issues a decision on the constitutionality of the appointments to the Board made in January 2012, or the adjournment sine die of the first session of the 113th Congress." This is in response to the unconstitutional "recess" appointments by President Obama to the NLRB. Congress was not in recess and the Senate had not decided yet on rejecting or confirming the members nominated by President Obama.

The Hill reports, “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said, "S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act, disproportionately affects law abiding gun owners. ‘This bill is a clear overreach that will harass our friends, our neighbors and our families,’ McConnell said just a couple hours before the Senate will take a procedural vote to advance the gun-control bill.”

On the Senate floor, Leader McConnell explained, “I believe the government should focus on keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals and those with mental issues that could cause them to be a threat to society. The government should not punish or harass law-abiding citizens in the exercise of their Second Amendment rights. Unfortunately, S. 649 has that focus backwards. . . . under the Schumer legislation the following offenses would now be federal crimes absent surrendering the firearms and conducting a background check: An uncle giving his nephew a hunting rifle for Christmas. A niece giving her aunt a handgun for protection. A cousin loaning another cousin his hunting rifle if the loan occurs just one day before the beginning of hunting season. Or one neighbor loaning another a firearm so his wife can protect herself while her husband is away. The people I am describing are not criminals—they are neighbors, friends and family—and the scenarios I am describing are not fanciful. They happen countless times in this country. But the Schumer bill would outlaw these transfers, and it would make people like these, criminals.”

Though the mainstream media has spent much of its time discussing Republicans’ positions on Second Amendment rights, comparatively little focus has been put on Democrats representing states with strong gun rights traditions. Today, though, The New York Times
finally looks at this issue, writing, “For years, guns have been an issue that swing-state Democrats like [North Dakota Sen. Heidi] Heitkamp have sought to bury. Leading Democratic strategists still believe the assault weapons ban and the creation of background checks were a driving force in the Republican landslide of 1994. Six years later — after the Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore lost his home state, Tennessee; once-reliably Democratic West Virginia; and Arkansas, home to Bill Clinton, amid an onslaught of advertising by the National Rifle Association — many of those strategists vowed to let the issue of gun control lie dormant indefinitely. . . . [T]o other Democrats from rural Republican states, the landscape does not look all that different, especially if they are standing for re-election next year. Senators Max Baucus of Montana, Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina all face tough races next year – and tough choices now.”

The Times notes Heitkamp saying, “‘In our part of the country, this isn’t an issue,’ she explained in an interview afterward. ‘This is a way of life. This is how people feel, and it is extraordinarily difficult to explain that, especially to grieving parents.’ Bottom line, she said, ‘I’m going to represent my state.’” And Heitkamp isn’t the only Democrat feeling pressure. “‘I care about what Montanans are thinking, that’s who I’m listening to, and I’m hearing a lot of opposition,’ said Mr. Baucus, who won the endorsement of the N.R.A. in 2008. Mr. Baucus said that the opposition he is hearing from Montanans is ‘very strong. It’s very intense, and it’s across the board.’ Mr. Begich said he is ‘going to look very carefully at the bills, but so far, they’re having a hard problem meeting Alaska values.’ . . . The political perils for such Democrats are real, said Vic Fazio, a former California congressman who headed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 1994 when a four-decade Democratic House majority was swept away. There were other issues — tax increases, a failed health care overhaul — but gun control loomed large, he said.”

Rasmussen Reports released survey results today that "63% of American voters think there is no need for the federal government to raise taxes. They prefer tax cuts instead."

Americans know the government is overspending -- they see the poor example set by the President, his staff, his agencies and the government as a whole. And, What is Big Government doing instead: talking about infringe on your rights, considering carving up the American pie and sharing with illegals who invaded our country, taxing you more, spending more, grounding the greatest Air Force in the world, ignoring the threat of Korea and Iran, and dancing with the enemies of our country - do I need continue with the list?

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