Guns, ethics, morals and the left

as·sault and bat·ter·y
noun
the crime of threatening a person together with the act of making physical contact with them.

as·sault

1) verb
make a physical attack on.

2) noun:
a physical attack.
“his imprisonment for an assault on the film director”
synonyms: battery, violence; More

as·sault ri·fle
noun
a rapid-fire, magazine-fed automatic rifle designed for infantry use.

Assault weapon

The origin of the term has been attributed to legislators, gun control groups, the media, and the firearms industry itself. It is sometimes conflated with the term “assault rifle”, which refers to selective-fire military rifles that can fire in automatic and / or burst mode.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assault_weapon

The legal term, “assault and battery”, is the legal basis for the term, “assault”, which essentially means to provoke someone and “battery” is the actual contact. But the legal concept seems wrong and people have “adjusted” the original noun for a different noun supplemented by a verb.

The same thing happened with “assault rifle”. And assault rifle is used in combat and is fully automatic unlike civilian “assault rifles” which are single shot; one shot, one pull of the trigger.

In the “adjusted” version of the noun, “. . . . the term assault weapon refers primarily to semi-automatic rifles, pistols, and shotguns that are able to accept detachable magazines and possess one or more other features.”

That is a political term, not a legal one though written into law. There are many political agendas written into law which may be why so many people are disgusted with the law and the way it seeks to entrap people.

“If a reasonable person finds something wrong, then it is wrong and to be corrected in concert with others through statute or trial in the simplest manner possible with awareness of the spirit of the law.”

But I diverge . . . . what are termed “assault rifles” in the civilian world, can only be termed such because they can assault another person. But that opens a can of worms as any rifle is an assault rifle. The term can be extended any weapon that can inflict harm on another whether it is deadly or not. A pistol, a knife, and umbrella . . . . and as with the original term, badmouthing someone, which is becoming an increasing issue of college campuses with students insisting on no bad language that diminishes them, like calling someone a dork.

The term assault rifle was started my soldier wannabes and picked up by the gun industry because it sounds “sexy” and sold rifles to people. Then anti-gun people picked up on it because it made those rifles sound more menacing and suited their agenda. But in all this the real problem is ignored – people.

Since the end of WWII, every generation has tried to make life easier for the next so that the next generation wouldn’t have to suffer as their parents did, and it has worked – too well. It has gotten to the point where the most recent generation feels entitled to whatever they want and not subject to punishment; free to do as they wish.

That could be handled if it was just one generation, but the attitude is contagious. It becomes, “if they can do it, so can I”. In providing a better life for our kids, a lot of parents failed their kids and forgot to teach them reasonable behavior based on ethics and morality. But ethics and morality are so boring and limiting, so why should our kids be stuck with outdated rules like we were?

And teachers, being parents and of the same mind, spread that throughout the education system and now we have thin-skinned kids wanting special treatment they don’t deserve and haven’t earned.

To paraphrase Bill Clinton, “it’s the people, stupid”. Teach ethics and morality and enforce it equally and gun violence will be much less a problem though it won’t go away because psychopaths will still exist.

And for those that want to twist my points and say it’s just religion, remember this, the teaching of ethics and morals pre-dated religion and are the basis of philosophy since ancient times. Religion hijacked the concepts to enhance their power as the final arbitrators of responsible behavior. The attack on religion nowadays by liberals is not about improving the lives of people. It is about assuming the mantle of final moral authority to dictate people’s lives . . . . and they do that by ignoring cause (people) and concentrating on effect (guns).

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The Rise of Totalitarianism in America

A recent article, “Our Authoritarian Moment” in US News & World Report discusses the rise of censorship and the weakening of libel laws to, in essence, establish fascism in the US led by the liberal youth in America’s universities. It is a culture of, “whoever disagrees with me is wrong and should be censored”

The left made it’s name with dissent and now that they are the establishment, they want to close that door so they can’t be overthrown and want to create a totalitarian state much like fascist Germany of WWI or the communist Soviet Union where only the “elite” know what is best for you.

This is not what Karl Marx was proposing; he wanted an end to authority, not an unlimited expansion.

It is also, not a slippery slope, but a precipice for liberty because there is even disagreement within those about who to censor even when pushing the same overall agenda. The “movement” as did the French Revolution will eat it’s own because they are not radical enough, like what happened to Robespierre and even now that begins.

In the beginning of President Obama’s first term, we saw how he tried to silence and eliminate FoxNews because they would report on the “king’s new clothes” and he wanted to put a stop to that. Now we have a presidential candidate, Donald Trump, who wants to loosen the libel laws, in spite of a rare unanimous SCOTUS ruling to the contrary, so that media can be more easily censored.

To make an informed decision requires information and those that have power want to deny you that to remain in power.

The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant – Maximilien Robespierre

All those years of worrying about a right-wing conspiracy . . . . turns out it was the left-wing conspiracy that was the problem

Totalitarianism is a political system where the state recognizes no limits to its authority and strives to regulate every aspect of public and private life wherever feasible.

Fascists sought to unify their nation through a totalitarian state that promoted the mass mobilization of the national community and were characterized by having a vanguard party that initiated a revolutionary political movement aiming to reorganize the nation along principles according to fascist ideology.

Authoritarianism is marked by “indefinite political tenure” of the ruler or ruling party (often in a one-party state) or other authority. The transition from an authoritarian system to a more democratic form of government is referred to as democratization.

Dictatorship may take the form of authoritarianism or totalitarianism


 

Bernie Sanders and Redemption

There are a lot of people that support Bernie Sanders for president, but why? Various reasons but at the core, I believe, one reason – redemption.

The hippie generation got what it wanted – power. They had come to the conclusion the only way to change the system was from inside, and they did change the system and at the same time the system changed them because they forgot one thing in their idealistic, self-righteous zeal – that they are people with all the same needs as other people and subject to corruption.

Of course the hippies rationalized and justified that such would not happen to them. To quote and earlier age, “God is on our side and our strength is the strength of a hundred because our heart is pure”.

But as time went by they got comfortable with well paying jobs, nice homes and families to support. Their ideals went from the common good to whatever was good for everyone as long as they profited. They temporized that they were being pragmatic to include everyone in their grand schemes. They were being realistic in their goals and that it would take time to change the system forever.

And in the course of time, the hippies, the liberals, gained power, position and became corrupt. Those hippies became the very thing they protested against. They became “The Man”, “The Establishment” and worse of all, “Big Brother”. If you doubt, look at the excesses of liberals during the Obama administration. The unparalleled expansion of NSA spying to virtually every citizen in the United States, the use of the IRS to suppress opposing views and the unheard of restrictions of the Freedom of Information Act.

The hippies had protested heavy-handed government, government spying, a repressive moral atmosphere – and now, as the establishment, they support such things. They want to replace current moral authority with their own moral authority, which is the same as the last moral authority, but with a different master.

Those people, those hippies, have done great damage setting civil rights back 50 years using the principle to alter standards to preserve their power by suppressing those that oppose them. But, of course, those hippies say, “it’s for the own good, we know better because we are intellectual elite”.

The hippies look around and see how corrupt they have become having sold out their ideology, their principles, their ethics and their morals. They willingly sell out family and friends by cold bloodedly manipulating them so they can remain relevant and have their life mean something rather then coming to terms with their own inadequacies having hooked their identities to a job or position rather then being part of the whole, as they were during their younger days protesting when they would give their “Our Lives, Our Fortune, Our Sacred Honor” for one another much as soldiers do for their buddies. Then, back then, they knew “Liberté, égalité, fraternité” and they thought it would last forever.

It didn’t, they are people just like any other and the hippies won’t admit it, they can’t admit because it means they were wrong and their lives are a lie.

Now Bernie Sanders comes along advancing ideas that the hippies had sold out – the share and share alike, overthrow the establishment, make the rich give up their wealth, make corporations more “socially responsible” – all the while not applying it to themselves, their benefactors and only to those that oppose them, those that oppose their moral ideals.

And that is CORRUPTION and leads to totalitarianism because that is the only way to make what the hippies want to work. Call it fascism or communism, its all the same.

The hippies have replaced the “bad old system” that let them thrive with one to be sure their system; their desires are never replaced, never supplanted. The Who lyrics, “Won’t Get Fooled Again” are but illuminating and prophetic . . . . “Meet the new boss, Same as the old boss”

The statement, “question everything” starts with one’s self. You can achieve honesty and understanding of all around you if you do, but you have to be brutally honest and prepared to implement that understanding and you will find you will always support what is right and never need to seek redemption in the form of Bernie Sanders or “To A God Unknown”

 

Never trust someone who wants to do “what is best for you”, because it’s what is best for them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal government helping deported illegal immigrants start new businesses

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/04/15/its-all-your-money-us-aiding-business-start-ups-for-illegal-aliens.html?intcmp=hpbt1

I am not against this. Helping make people be solvent and successful in their own country not only keeps them from being an illegal immigrant but help others around them by, hopefully, providing jobs. It also makes the nation more solvent, fights crime and keeps the US military home to prevent a failed nation.

This is more like foreign aid that is actually used as it should be instead of being pocketed by local govt officials or other corrupt agencies, like some of the NGO’s that pocket 90% for “overhead”

The argument what the money could do to help Border Patrol is valid. But if more illegal immigrants stay home and build a business and make their community a better place, then there is less need for Border Patrol and keeps Border Patrol agents safer.
The whole goal is make home a better place to be

Some might say that this only encourages illegal immigration, perhaps it does but it is also Darwinian selection of those most fit to survive and prevail. The people that make the crossing are usual the most intelligent, the most determined, the kind that builds – and given the chance spreads prosperity around them

In the article Rand Paul says, “Once we deport them, we set them up in business? It makes no sense to me,” which, to me means Paul fails to think it through and is about scoring ideological points

Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, only sees more budget for Border Patrol, but not making those officers safer by illegals staying home and focusing resources on the real danger – drugs.

Border Patrol has to sort the sheep from the wolves and it distracts them from the people, drug smugglers, that would do the real harm. So 50k, the same amount a rookie Border Patrol officer makes, seems cheap to help keep that officer alive and focused on the real threat. And at the same helping make a foreign country stable and safe. Isn’t that what America does best?

Rights and Privileges

I believe no one should live in fear of another person for any reason. Nor do I believe, that to achieve that, that anyone should have to give up control of their life to other individuals or group of individuals’ secular or non-secular.

There are those who are comfortable with others leading and being able to live life as they choose, they are the flock who ask for a shepherd to guide them and that shepherd has helpers that are guardians of the flock. But always lurking is the predators trying to lure the flock to their doom whispering sweet promises of rewards, paradise and nirvana and only get slavery much as the Israelites received in Egypt.

A person can break their bonds and escape but it’s best not to let that happen first.

At the same time, freedom is not a right nor is it free. It is something you fight for and shed YOUR blood for., not another’s who puts themself in harm’s way for you. It is possible that if you actively support those that go in harm’s way, you earn your freedom. But any who oppose those that go in harm’s way are detritus and to be defined as second-class citizens without the privileges that the likes of the Constitution affords.

If you want to burn the flag, EARN the right first by fighting for it. By paying in blood, yours and that of your comrades that fight with you and died. Then you will know the price and value of what civilization is about.

Youth is wasted on the young

“Youth is wasted on the young.” George Bernard Shaw

I have thought that when I was a bit younger, but it’s not true. It is only because of youth that we learn life’s lessons and become wiser when we are older. Then it is when we are are older that we wish we were wise when we were younger.

But if we had been wise when we were younger, would we have done the things that taught us the lessons that made us wise? You’d be an fart in a 20 yr old body and the one left behind when everyone goes out adventuring. But that does not stop the young from partaking of wisdom from the older. Grab every piece of knowledge while you can because some will die when people die

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”


The Art of Precedent and Hyprocisy

“Obama OKs air power to aid Pentagon-trained Syrian rebels”

The US is aiding Syrian rebels, the Russians are aiding Ukrainian rebels

The Syrian rebels are trying to takeover the country. The Ukrainian rebels are trying to takeover the country

And now the US will use the air force directly against the Syrian govt to support the rebels. And Russia will . . . .

It’s ok for the west to engage in regime change but not Russia?

That’s how Russia sees it. It’s not about freedom and democracy but precedent for using force and “if you can do it, so can I”

 

You can see a variant of this in American politics, especially from liberals. It is, “I am right, you’re wrong and it’s ok for me to do what I want but you can’t do the same exact thing (because it hurts my cause)”. It hypocrisy in it’s purest and most raw form. The only thing missing is “God is on my side”, which for the left would be interesting to hear and have them defend their attempts to replace religious institutions as America’s moral authority.