Monday, October 9, 2017

Guard Thy Rights: When Advocates Bend to the Establishment, Citizens Need Be Concerned

"The prohibition is general. No clause in the Constitution could by any rule of construction be conceived to give to Congress a power to disarm the people. Such a flagitious attempt could only be made under some general pretense by a state legislature. But if in any blind pursuit of inordinate power, either should attempt it, this amendment may be appealed to as a restraint on both."

— William Rawle, A View of the Constitution 125-6 (2nd ed. 1829)

There is a constant drumbeat in America.  It is the Left's persistent, almost insatiable, need to control the past, present, and future through its mighty narratives and charming messengers.  Since the last Presidential Election, they have displayed their Resistance by a show of force and by deadly force itself.  They are protected by the Wealth of Wall Street, the Representative Power of the Establishment on Capitol Hill, and the Unrelenting Presentation of Myth and Rhetoric expressed as News.  What worsens this plight is the sincere desire of those that say that they stand with Samuel Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and George Mason as vibrant conservatives buckle when the heat of induced public opinion weighs heavily on the optics of the day.  The drummers and fifers of revolution doggedly play in the distance declaring that freedom and liberty are under attack from those that will never settle for gleeful compromise or a share of power.  Shall they disarm the citizenry?  Just as surely as those on the Establishment Right seek to conquest those willing to patriotically honor the Nation.  

There are, indeed, Urban American "conservatives" that find great ease in standing for what they deem is conservatism and yet, abhor the optics of standing with those that the Left condemn as "Alt-Right Conservatives".  The Urban "Conservatives", whom I would label wannabes, have spent generations attempting to find common ground and "convince" Leftists to partner in "changing the community".  They can not understand how those "Alt-Right Conservatives" could possibly waste their time boycotting the National Football League (NFL).  How dare you challenge the Leftists and their egalitarian protectors for "protesting the NFL's lack of patriotism"?  The wannabes portend that it is a waste of time to reject the NFL due to its mercenary patriotism.  They contend that we can't win over the Leftists if we protest their right to adhere to the First Amendment.  Number one, President Donald Trump started it and number two, the NFL is "too big to fail".  If you "Alt-Right Conservatives" keep boycotting then, you will miss good football.  You are not making any difference.  At least, not any real difference is being made by you Alt-Right Conservatives and the optics are really bad.

It's amazing that the wannabes never admit that it was the Left that initiated anti-Patriotic protests against the American flag, our military and law enforcement, and our National Anthem.  Even worse, the Left attempted to extort employment for their Che Guevara champion Colin "Take A Knee" Kaepernick by initiating boycotts against the NFL“There will be no football in the state of Georgia if Colin Kaepernick is not on a training camp roster and given an opportunity to pursue his career,” said Gerald Griggs of the Atlanta NAACP branch.  The wannabes persist that the Alt-Right should take no standard for the sake of optics yet, the Left may take as many standards as are necessary to promote their narrative and agenda to overthrow the Nation.  Yes, the Left can reverently boycott America and the NFL  at once but, you gosh darn patriots are messing up opportunities to find a compromise with them.  

The wannabes want the "Alt-Right Conservatives" to just understand how tough it is for them to go into the Barber Shop and declare the principles of conservatism. Their argument, "One more week of spreading the Good News of Tax Cuts, Regulation Reform, and Building A Wall and I would have been able to register everyone in the shop for the Republican Party."  What should the "Alt-Right Conservatives" do?  Maybe we can admit that "one hand up and don't point the gun in my general direction" will be an acceptable compromise.  Maybe if we agree to take down every Civil War statue in America that fathers will come home to raise illegitimate children, homicides will cease, and college students will switch their majors from social sciences and communications to science, technology, and math to reduce cultural unemployment.  Maybe if we would just apologize for the systemic racism that exists in this Nation, that was the first to abolish slavery by a War Between the States, and stand arm linked with each other singing kumbayah that they will allow us to stand and peaceably honor the National Anthem and the American Flag.  

Yeah, how is that theory working, wannabes?  

We allegedly hear from Colin that for the right price of employment that it can be done.  For the US Dollar, he would stand for the flag.  I don't suggest buying any NFL Player's Jersey until the embarrassment for honoring our Nation has been removed from the hearts and souls of the players.   

By the way, the results of the "Alt-Right Conservatives" is phenomenal.  According to Breitbart, "A new Rasmussen poll finds that 32 percent of adults surveyed say that they have stopped watching NFL football because of the protests while only a scant 13 percent said they are more likely to tune in because of the anthem protests."  I know wannabes say that is scantly anecdotal.  There could be no real cost to the NFL.  The players are still being paid.  Indeed, todat is today but, it is not tomorrow.  This one thing may impact the NFL Players pay in the 2020-2022 Collective Bargaining Agreement Negotiations: Television Ratings!  

The owners will not have to shop at Aldi's or Shoppers Food Warehouse anytime soon.  They are frugally living off a $5 Billion television deal.  However, payback will be a real female dog if ratings continue to fall.  If ratings drop, the television networks will have to reimburse advertisers.  At $535,000 for a 30-second slot on Thursday Night Football, that's a chuck out of the Leftist's Media Treasury that they certainly do not desire to lose.  A few more months and the prideful promoters of Marxism may return to NFL Headquarters and advise that the remaining balance of the TV deal will need to be renegotiated.   The owners will not make this their burden alone.  State and Local governments may find it more difficult to negotiate tax based financing for stadiums.  If capitalist consumers continue to take their kids to soccer games and wives to dinner on Sundays, the Fidel Castro t-shirt wearing players will see that contract negotiations will become tenser.  Veteran Day Weekend Boycotts shall surely make a poetic difference.  Yes, patriots, you have been successful despite the wannabes' chastisements.  

Imagine the wannabes' knee-jerk reaction to the mass political savagery in Las Vegas, NV.  O, how dreadful you "Alt-Right Conservatives" truly are.  You suspect a Leftist's conspiracy and profanely promulgate the claims of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).  As a fine, upstanding wannabe, I would not dare even entertain such gossip.  Have we not the time to honor the dead and care for the injured.  We can not by any means sling salacious tinder about those on the Left and their allies.  You guys make the optics look really bad.

It is this commitment to the purity of sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch as agreed to and reported by the Leftists that discounts the validity of query by the Right.  We must not consider any options that are offensive to the Left, for they possess the moral high ground in every mass incident that involves a gun.  The Left takes no moral allegiance to the individual incidents by repeat offenders in gun control cities like Chicago.  Such law offenders find the criminal justice system an appeasement organization that rewards those that live outside the boundaries of the law and curses those that abide faithfully the will of the empowered criminal advocates.  In fact, in such cities, the criminal is hailed as the victim and honored as hero.  Rather than implore the fullest inspection of fact, the wannabes condemn.  It is better to be seen as a uniter than divider in the court of public opinion.  This keeps a wannabe's visit to the "Curvy Couch", no matter how unlikely, certainly a possibility.

How routine is it for the Right to knee-jerk react to the Left?  It is as routine as Lebron James measuring the intelligence quotient of Ohioans.   The knee-jerk reaction by those on the Right to a mass shooting is more than a reasonable expectation.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blames the National Rifle Association (NRA) for the mass shooting rather than Stephen Paddock and Senator John Cornyn of Texas trembles:

“I own a lot of guns, and as a hunter and sportsman, I think that’s our right as Americans, but I don’t understand the use of this bump stock.  It seems like it’s an obvious area we ought to explore and see if it’s something Congress needs to act on.”

It is amazing that those with the responsibility of protecting the Second Amendment find it so easy to diminish its Constitutional role in American culture.  The Second Amendment is not about the rights of Bubba and Jimmy Joe to go hunting in the Ozarks one Saturday morning.  The Second Amendment is not about the rights of Marty Hayes or Massad Ayoob to participate in the National Trophy Infantry Team Match.  

"[The Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation...(where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." --James Madison, The Federalist Papers, No. 46

"What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms."
-- Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith, 1787. ME 6:373, Papers 12:356

"Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms ... The right of citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard, against the tyranny which now appears remote in America but which historically has proven to be always possible."
-- Hubert H. Humphrey, Senator, Vice President, 22 October 1959

The importance of gun ownership is to secure the people from the knee-jerk efforts of those that would rather rule than serve.  It is the greatest assurance that a citizen may stand, in force, against a tyrannical, entrenched government.  If the Number Two Republican in the US Senate has forgotten his way then, I believe it is time to send a reminder to him, Texas.  In four years, Lone Star State, you may wish to send to Washington, DC a citizen-servant that understands the weight of his or her role in protecting our natural rights rather than attempting to appease these rights away to the Left.

Which leads us to the double-mindedness of those that are supposed to advocate hardest to guarantee and protect our Second Amendment.  There is one amongst us that appears more than willing to surrender our rights depending on the latest public opinion poll--the NRA.  There is one that remains strong and faithful to the foundations of our Constitution--Gun Owners of America (GOA).   On Thursday, when government rulers deigned that it was the bump stock that killed 58 people and injured over 500 and not Paddock, the NRA surrendered to the outcry for more regulations.  They released the following announcement via press release:

Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law.  The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.

On Sunday, the NRA received the Political Holy Ghost and backtracked on their earlier beliefs.  Chris Cox, NRA Institute for Legislative Action Executive Director, told Fox News Sunday that "it [NRA] would oppose an outright ban on bump-stock devices".  

What a difference three days makes.

GOA never bent.  They made certain on Thursday that America knew which organization would stand for the Constitution, even when it's not politically correct.  Eric Pratt, GAO Executive Director made it crystal clear:

“Gun Owners of America opposes a ban on bump stocks. Bump stocks were approved by the ATF during the Obama administration to help gun owners with disabilities fire their weapons.  Any type of ban will be ignored by criminals and only serve to disarm honest citizens.  Perhaps that’s why 91 percent of police believe a so-called “assault weapons” ban will have no effect or a negative effect on crime.  And given that 95 percent of cops think that a ban on large capacity magazines would be ineffective in reducing violent crime, it’s hard to imagine they would regard bump stocks any differently."

Makes you think, which of these institutions will really back the Constitution in the midst of political correctness onslaught: NRA or GOA?  Wannabes want you to believe that if the "Alt-Right Conservatives" would just give on bump stocks then, the Left would be willing to give on something else.  Yes, they have adopted the President Franklin Delano Roosevelt "New Deal" philosophy: exchange your liberties for government security.  Otherwise, the optics would look really bad.  Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas makes it abundantly clear that we must not surrender to the tyrannical state:

For those of us who work in marbled halls, guarded constantly by a vigilant and dedicated police force, the guarantees of the Second Amendment might seem antiquated and superfluous… But the Framers made a clear choice: They reserved to all Americans the right to bear arms for self-defense. I do not think we should stand by idly while a State denies its citizens that right, particularly when their very lives may depend on it…

Thank God that there are those that are willing to stand for freedom and liberty even when the Barber Shop Crowd would ridicule the rational.  

There is a constant drumbeat in America.  The Left has misdirected our focuses to a bump stock when gun violence is not the greatest threat to American lives.   The Left has initiated a full-on attack of America since 1972.  Abortion has left many Americans dull of senses yet, wannabes want us to believe that optics towards conservatives will change if we would not identify and publish this truth to the world.  We are not in a place to submit to give and take with the Left.  In Urban America, despite strict gun control, the Leftists allow the pursuit of violence.  The Left condemn conservatives for being unfeeling and uncaring to the point that they are willing to lose their jobs to maintain that narrative.  Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness matters not.  The Revolution matters only.  The Resistance is merely stepping it up with Jihadi alliances and radical insurrectionists.  The Left has but one objective: overthrow freedom and liberty.  The drums continue to play and will not cease until the objective is met.

Kenneth McClenton 
is an Urban Conservative Whose Mission Is to 
Spread the Good News of Christianity, Conservatism, Capitalism, Constitutionalism, 
and Individual Sovereignty throughout the World.  
Devoted to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, He Believes that in 
Order to Save the United States, We Must Mutually Pledge Our Lives, Our Fortunes, 
and Our Sacred Honor to Save Urban America.

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