Standing at the Crossroads

Posted: November 3, 2014 in Uncategorized
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One week ago, Monday October the 27th was the 50th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s speech; A Time For Choosing. We could change some numbers around and his speech from 1964 would resonate with the same impact today. Allow me to lay out certain parts of Reagan’s speech for clarity and also for those who simply will not bother to read or even listen to the recording.

Not too long ago, two friends of mine were talking to a Cuban refugee, a businessman who had escaped from Castro, and in the midst of his story one of my friends turned to the other and said, “We don’t know how lucky we are.” And the Cuban stopped and said, “How lucky you are? I had someplace to escape to.” And in that sentence he told us the entire story. If we lose freedom here, there’s no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.”

This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves. 

You and I are told increasingly we have to choose between a left or right. Well I’d like to suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There’s only an up or down—[up] man’s old—old-aged dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. And regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.

In this vote-harvesting time, they use terms like the “Great Society,” or as we were told a few days ago by the President, we must accept a greater government activity in the affairs of the people. But they’ve been a little more explicit in the past and among themselves; and all of the things I now will quote have appeared in print. These are not Republican accusations. For example, they have voices that say, “The cold war will end through our acceptance of a not undemocratic socialism.” Another voice says, “The profit motive has become outmoded. It must be replaced by the incentives of the welfare state.” Or, “Our traditional system of individual freedom is incapable of solving the complex problems of the 20th century.” Senator Fullbright has said at Stanford University that the Constitution is outmoded. He referred to the President as “our moral teacher and our leader,” and he says he is “hobbled in his task by the restrictions of power imposed on him by this antiquated document.” He must “be freed,” so that he “can do for us” what he knows “is best.” And Senator Clark of Pennsylvania, another articulate spokesman, defines liberalism as “meeting the material needs of the masses through the full power of centralized government.” ”

I’ve showcased a good bit, so, I’ll skip to the end.

You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.”

Sadly, America did not listen… So here we are, standing at a cross road in this short term experiment called America. The problem with being at this cross road is simple. We can’t turn left or right, up or down is no longer a choice that we get to make. We have boxed ourselves in and left us just one way to go… we can only move forward on the road that we are already on.

That road looks stormy indeed. How did we end up traveling on this road, you ask? Easy answer, lack of knowledge and lack of understanding. There is a meme out that sums up our current state of being “If you believe that voting Obama and the democrats out of office will save America… then you haven’t been paying attention.”,

You say, “wait a minute. The liberals are dragging us into socialism.” Yes they are but the only difference between the leftist and the right is the speed that they are traveling. The destination is the same. While Barack Obama said the he wanted to fundamentally transform America, the truth is that the process began the day the country was founded and he’s just coming in on the tail end.

So, is the Gunslinger telling you that we’re doomed; that we’ve come too far to reverse and right the ship? Yep, that’s what I’m saying. I’ll be voting tomorrow with the knowledge that nothing is going to change. I’ll vote in 2016, knowing that nothing is going to change. I mean really, My leftist friends think that I just bust on Obama. He has no leadership abilities, no understanding of how the world is and absolutely no common sense. He is a disaster that is happening right before our eyes.

BUT, I don’t see a republican out there with leadership abilities, understanding or common sense anywhere. Take a look at the people who fell for Ron Paul and fell for Obama; the people want a leader… but there’s not one to be found. As with Mitt Romney, our choice in 2016 will be between two losers that will continue the downward spiral. Now… listen while I tell you why all is not lost.

I am and have always been a pessimistic optimist. That is how my life has always been, The worst that can happen, will happen. But it’s OK. In the end I not only survive but thrive, grow and move forward knowing that I can face whatever comes.

We the people have chance, not to save the country but to guide the country and decide how fast or slow the end comes. That probably doesn’t sound like a good thing to you but it is. Think of the end of your own life and think of how important that ability would be. Fast or slow? Long or drawn out? The choice is yours.

I’m old, fat, crippled up, deaf and can’t see well. So what, I’m still the Gunslinger and I vote for quick. Life is hard and it’s time for hard men to make some hard decisions. Do we drag it along for 20, 40 or 50 years? In the 50 years since Reagan gave this speech we have watched miracles in technology move the world at a fantastic pace yet the human spirit seems to have peaked and is now in decline. Our government, all government from the local and state to federal is out of touch and out of control. Our police have became the military. No need to worry about Posse Comitatus when the local cops have tanks and machine guns.

What will happen in the next 50 years? I don’t have clue but do we just leave it to chance? Do we hope the our children and grandchildren will be fine while we bicker over things that are happening whether we want them or not. The writings of Thomas Paine have guided me more than any other Founder. The simple words, “If trouble must come, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace” should stir every man to look forward and say “I’ll make a stand.”

Here in Greenwood County, we have millions of of unused tax dollars sitting around from a 1% tax that was to do repairs on the dam, repairs that we then found out weren’t needed. So what does the County do? They have a unanimous vote to add a 2% hospitality tax on food and drink.

STARVE THE BEAST.

Instead of making money, we cause them to lose money. Save every tax penny that you can. While it would be close to impossible go tax-less we can consciously control what we do pay. Liberals love to boycott things especially non liberal things. I’ve never boycotted a company but I will boycott the government. It would hurt a lot of businesses but that would just give the liberal government what it wants.

Starve the politicians. Yeah everybody talks about the big money players but most of the money comes in 10’s and 20’s from everyday people. Not one penny for any politician. We stop fighting. I’m never going to stop pointing out their stupidity but if the people want a liberal government, I’ll let them have a liberal government. Give them what they think that they want and in the end all they will have is pain.

The United States Constitution is the greatest governing document that the world has seen but it is not a sacred document sent from Heaven. Lysander Spooner summed up the flaws when he said that we have the government that we have because the Constitution allowed the things or was not strong enough to prevent them from happening.

Starve the beast, all of the beast, stop fighting, pain is a great motivator. Be ready to step up after the fall and put a strong government in place that can return faith to the people.

Love and Service

Alan Peppers ~ The Gunslinger.

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.”

Thomas Paine, Dissertation on First Principles of Government, December 23, 1791

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.”

Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, No. 1, December 19, 1776


Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.

Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, No. 1, December 19, 1776

We have it in our power to begin the world over again.

Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, No. 1, December 19, 1776

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.

Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, No. 4, September 11, 1777

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