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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.


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


Recently, I posted a link to an article from The Daily Caller on my Facebook page. This story was relating how, with evidence and polls to the contrary, that 60% of the respondents to a MSNBC poll believe that political rhetoric had a part in the tragic shooting in Arizona.

In response to that post, I received the following question. “How can anyone defend putting cross hairs on the congresswoman’s district? And then say she is a target?”

I decided to answer it here on my blog because writing here as “The Gunslinger” I understand the definition and use of metaphors.

This may seem like a straight forward question but it is not. There is a subliminal part hidden within. What the question is really asking is how anyone can defend Sarah Palin’s use of crosshairs and referencing the word target.

I am not, have never been and will never be a Sarah Palin fan. While some may look to her as a leader, all that I see is just another talking head. While I stay informed of the general goings on, I do not listen to Rush or Beck. In matters where they agree with me, great. In matters where they disagree with me, they are wrong. Such is my right in a free society.

I can defend the campaign piece with crosshairs because it is a non item; it is a made up problem. It could be considered as part of the so called “Cloward-Piven Strategy;” to force political change by creating the events. As we have learned, “We should never let a crisis go to waste.” Gun and military references have been used hundreds or thousands of times in every way imaginable. To try and place blame on Sarah Palin for use of this type of print while disregarding the lefts use of the same type rhetoric also targeting Congresswoman Giffords is insane. While all on the left are wringing their hands, Democratic Consultant/ Strategist Bob Beckel has taken claim of inventing this tactic during the 2004 John Kerry campaign. Not a word from the left.

Awhile back I caught an old Cameron Diaz move on TV. This was a low budget job that was so bad that it grossed less than $200K. This movie (The Last Supper) was made in 1995 during the Clinton years. Granted, Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the House and we were working on the Contract with America so I suppose that this gave the left the free rein of depravity. You see the plot of this movie was simple. A group of young liberals decide that the way to form the world in their own likeness is to kill those that they disagree with. They invite the stereotypical right racist to dinner, and kill him. Next comes the homophobe, after that is the pro lifer and on and on.

It was fifteen years ago that this movie was made and now people on the left have the gall to say that the rancor between left and right is caused by Palin or Beck. I would like to say that I find this type of action unbelievable but sadly I can not. There is a complete disconnect on the left when it comes to understanding analogies such as living in glass houses or cleaning up ones own side of the street.

We find one of the slimiest humans on Earth, Bill Maher, going on Jay Leno and spewing hate under the guise of calling for civility. We have South Carolina Democratic Congressman Jim Clyburn denouncing the use of metaphors and in the same interview referencing the term “double barrels” about President Obama.

Here are some words from Obama Himself:
“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun” Barack Obama 6-14-2008.
“I want you to argue with them and get in their face.” Barack Obama 9-17-2008
‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends . . .” Barack Obama 10-25-2010 I would like to bring everyone’s attention to the date that Patterico’s article was published; 2007/03/05. This predates Sarah Palin, Glenn beck and a host of others. This list also depicts the level of sickness in the liberal mind. Not only are they content calling for the death of conservatives but gladly include the deaths of wives, children and grand children.

NPR Nina Totenberg – “[I]f there is retributive justice [Sen. Jesse Helms] will get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it.”

Here are some great words by liberal loon Alex Baldwin on Conan – “…I am thinking to myself in other countries they are laughing at us twenty four hours a day and I’m thinking to myself if we were in other countries, we would all right now, all of us together, [starts to shout] all of us together would go down to Washington and we would stone Henry Hyde to death! We would stone him to death! [Crowd cheers] Wait! Shut up! Shut up! No shut up! I’m not finished. We would stone Henry Hyde to death and we would go to their homes and we’d kill their wives and their children. We would kill their families. [stands up screaming]…” Does anybody think that the cutest part was when he added going to their homes and killing their wives and children?

Here is just your average, everyday liberal vowing to spend the year attacking Sarah Palin’s daughter Willow. For anyone who is interested, Willow is only 16. She was already sex joke material for Lettermen when she was only 14.

With that said, I would like to carry this further. Being The Gunslinger, I do not shy away from tough questions or situations. The tough question is how could I defend the charges if they were true? What if Jared Loughner perpetrated this rampage as a direct result of seeing the political ad with Congresswoman Giffords marked as a target?

Regardless of the hypothetical’s my response would not change. I consider myself as being a reasonable man and judge the world accordingly. Would a sports writer be at fault if he called for a ball team to “beat” another and someone actually beat one of the players?

In John Hinckley’s assassination attempt on President Reagan we find a direct linkage. Reports reveal that he watched the movie Taxi Driver over and over. He became infatuated with Jodie Foster including having contact with her; he was emulating Robert De Nero when he shot the President. This would seem like direct causation but it can not be viewed in that light because we are dealing with unbalanced minds.

I do not oppose civility, unity, bipartitionship or any other thing that may bring the people of this country closer together. However, I will stand in direct opposition to any or all of the previous, if they are being forced upon us as the result of the actions of a single deranged mind. This is akin to negotiating with terrorist. Should we as a country withdraw all troops from around the world because some nut does something? Should we
overthrow Russia because some nut does something. To be fair I am going to add these and ask should we abolish the FED and Dept. of Education because some nut says to. The answer to all is NO.

I am going to wrap this up with just a few final thoughts. I am a free thinking conservative. I walk with my own thoughts. I have been attacked by both the left and the right because I will call them as I see them. In fact I am usually harder on the right for the simple reason that I expect more from them. While talking about the First Amendment, the left childishly want to say “You can’t shout fire in a theater.” No you can’t but the First Amendment does protect political speech. The quickest way to become conservative is to get some ear plugs. Stop listening to what the left says; look at what they do. Who is standing against censorship? Who is standing for the First Amendment? When you look instead of listen, you will find that the right stands for the people.

In the days after the shooting, there are several things that became clear. We found that this shooting was not caused by Sarah Palin or the rhetoric on the right; it was caused by the insanity of Jared Loughner. We also find that the cause of claims against Sarah Palin and the right were caused by the insanity of Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. It seems that within hours of the shooting, Dupnik, even while claiming to have no proof, chooses to spew his completely wrong leftist feelings on television. Due to this classic performance, Sheriff Dupnik has earned a listing in the Urban Dictionary.

(v.) to attempt to cover up one’s own duplicity or guilt by publicly and loudly deflecting blame onto others that had no demonstrable involvement.
When my boss questions my lack of task completion, I dupnik my co-workers in order to avoid a reprimand.

(n.) a buffoon, simpleton, uninformed individual that runs his/her mouth without rhyme or reason and has no idea of what they are talking about. Usually a self professed expert, short on knowledge, but is full of crap.
dude A: That tech at the apple store had no idea of what she was talking about!

dude B: Yeah, what a dupnik!