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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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Let me talk a little bit about guns. Now a word to my liberal friends; drop the talking point “common sense” when talking about the school shootings and such. There is no common sense way to deal with madness. It is just something that can be repeated over and over to make your ideas sound good. No one is falling for that………Now

I grew up and still live in the semi rural south. Growing up, there were no gun cabinets, no gun safes, most people just propped their guns against the corner of the fire place and kids didn’t bother them. What has changed?

How did we go from a nation where guns were not given a second thought but had very few gun deaths, to a nation where guns are shunned but kids are dying all over the place? Popular thought is that if you can hide the gun, don’t let kids see it, teach them to run away, that they will be safe. It seems as if the opposite is true.

I was raised around guns. There is an old 8mm movie clip that was made when I was about 6, where I’m leaning against my father and shooting a 12ga. shotgun. In the early 70’s if my friends and I wanted to go squirrel hunting, the only way to the city limits was marching right through the middle of town carrying our shotguns and 22 rifles. No one cared. People would wave at us as they drove by, no one called out the SWAT team and locked the town down. During hunting season you could find a gun in over half of the cars at the high school. Dropping a knife in your pocket with your change was as natural as putting on your shoes.

What happened? Guns didn’t change. Knives didn’t change.

I raised my children around guns. My son has since raised his children around guns. During the 80’s I did a lot shooting. I shot Bulls Eye, Silhouette, Combat with pistols and Bench Rest with rifles. Never did much with shotguns except play with them. Saturdays were reloading day so that we could go and shoot on Sunday. Most Sundays we would meet at my house, everybody would get their gear out and there would be all kinds of guns everywhere. My children never bothered anything. Why?

I drug my daughter around from gun show to gun show and range to range from the time she was a toddler. By the time my son was born, my shooting was slowing down but he went to his share too. If I happened to buy anything, the first thing that I would do when we got home was to ask my children if they wanted to hold it. If they weren’t interested they said no but if they said yes, I made sure that it was unloaded and just handed it to them. I didn’t make deal of it. Usually after about 4 seconds they would give it back and go about their business. Their curiosity was satisfied.

I never had a problem with them getting even a BB gun when they weren’t supposed to because they knew that if there was something that they wanted to shoot, all they had to was ask. Nothing was hidden.

If you try to hide something from a kid you will send your child hunting for whatever they think you have hidden. If you tell a child not to touch something, it will have little finger prints all over it. That is what kids do and no one can change that. They hunt and they find and there they are holding a gun in their hand. Is it loaded? They don’t know. Is the safety on? They don’t know. Is it single action or double action? They don’t know. They put their finger on the trigger and they can’t pull it back so they play, they don’t know that by pulling the hammer back that it now only takes ¼ the pressure to pull the trigger. And a child dies simply because, they didn’t know. But they should have.

Now, lets talk about Rauch’s favorite scapegoat, the mentally ill, rampaging dangerous criminal. This is from facebook.

 

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Everybody wants to talk about statistics. How many this and how many that and they never want to talk about what the statistics show.

What is the number 1 cause of gun deaths?

Suicide...In 2010 suicide accounted for 62% of of all gun related deaths.So out of 31,076 gun deaths, 19,372 were due to suicides.

How do you feel about suicide? Do you support abortion? Do you believe that a person has a right to their own bodies? While suicide is tragic for the families and so pointless, can it be described as preventable? Does having a gun cause a person to commit suicide? Of course not.

When it comes to unintentional gun deaths, the above mentioned children, the careless hunters and such, there were 606 deaths in 2010.I have to keep repeating myself that I see all deaths as tragic and I don’t want to be seen as just minimalizing these deaths but this is the same number of people that froze to death in the United States in 2003. Where is the outcry? Where are the hundreds of millions of dollars that could possibly save some lives to stop people from freezing? It’s not as politically useful as dead children. The shame is that through education, most of these deaths are preventable.

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Now we come to the big boy, homicide.

In 2010 there were around 11,000 gun homicides out of a population of 310 million. I don’t know what that percentage is and it really doesn’t matter. The number is very small.
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I make it plain that I support the 2nd amendment as a codification of a God given right.  I believe in constitutional carry and that what weapon a person has is none of the governments business, so now let me give you the kicker… I don’t carry a gun, I’m not licensed to carry because i have no reason to carry a gun and I don’t want to carry a gun. Being a man with a big belly and no ass at all, it;s hard enough for me to keep my pants up now without a gun pulling them to my knees.

The reason that I don’t feel the need to carry a gun is simple but it is something that both the left and the right get wrong. The chance of random violence is miniscule. Murders are committed by friends and family.Gang on gang, drug dealer on drug dealer, they seem to keep to their own.  If something does happen you have a better chance of being shot by the police rather than Rauch”s crazy criminal.

Now let me give you the deal. If there is a person that I’m afraid to see walk down the street with a gun, that is a person that I;m afraid to see walk down the street period…
Why is a dangerous, mentally ill felon walking down the street? The government has completely failed the people when the people are left at the mercy of predators.

As Jefferson wrote in his draft of the Virginia Constitution,  “No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”Now that is keeping with the constitution. Whether on probation, parole or completed sentence, a person is released upon the population because they are free. They have been returned to society. If a person has been judged unfit to own or carry a gun because they are a danger to themselves or others, what the hell are they doing letting that person out? Remember the signs that store used to have up about armed robbery? Get 25 years at hard labor without parole if you rob this store, turned into 18 months and they are unleashed back on the population.

As usual, the government has it’s role completely reversed. It’s job is not to control guns to protect the people, it’s job is to control the people that are a danger to others. That is a job that it can do but no, we;ll push the law abiding people and turn the criminals loose.

If I don’t want to carry a gun, why do I fight for the right so hard? I have children and grandchildren and while they may not come for peoples guns tomorrow, what are they going to do in 50 years? Over the last 50 we went to kids being hauled to jail because they forgot about a fishing knife in the trunk of their car.

The liberal mantra seems to be now, now, now. My job is to do what I can today to secure a future for others after I’m gone. A stand has to be made and now is the time to make it.

I’m going to close this with a couple of quotes and a couple of pics that you may find interesting…

 

 

 

I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace. ~ Thomas Paine

“The science of government it is my duty to study, more than all other sciences; the arts of legislation and administration and negotiation ought to take the place of, indeed exclude, in a manner, all other arts. I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.”

“A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”
― John AdamsLetters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife
“Posterity! you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it.”
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He has a rifle that fits him much better now.
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Learning to shoot a revolver about age 6
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Braden shooting an AR 15
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Ted Cruz

Ok folks, here’s a straight shot right down the barrel on our young Senator from Texas; sorry Ted but you’re just the latest in a long string of asshats.

Does that surprise you? It shouldn’t, because Ted being an asshat is par for the course. Lets take a quick look at all the heros and saviours that the people have screamed for over the last few years. See if any of these names ring a bell… Sarah Palin, Scott Brown, Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Michele Bachmann and the list goes on. These are people that through simply saying words, not actions now but words, were carried to the top of Mt. Olympus… until they fell.

Back to Ted… How did Ted become an asshat? Well, he’s probably away’s been one, it’s just people never called him on it. He let the curtin start slipping when he staged that wacky filibuster with Rand Paul that did absolutely nothing except give them publicity. Now here is the latest tidbit showing that Ted is just another politician talking out both sides of his mouth.

Sen. Cruz Blasts the President: ‘Obama Is NOT Following the Constitution’

Ok now! Ted is all pissed that Obama made the decision to hold parts of Obamacare back a year. I can understand that. The law (Obamacare) was passed by the House, passed by Senate and signed by the President. Ted is absolutely right, the President does not have the Constitutional power to change laws to suit his fancy… BUT… Now here is the kicker on Ted… While blasting Obama, he and a bunch of other republicans think that they can simply not fund a law that was passed by the House, by the Senate and signed by the President. It doesn’t work that way. Ted doesn’t have the Constitutional power to change laws to suit his fancy either. The law says that Obamacare will be funded. So…

Listen, whether you love Obamacare or hate it, good or bad, it IS the aw of the land. now I don’t mean to be singling Ted out, as I said he’s just the latest in a long line but this story caught my eye. I could just as well be writing about my Congressman, Jeff Duncan; blah, blah, blah … defund… blah, blah, blah. Pass a bill in the House and the Senate and let the President sign it to repeal law or go on to other business. Don’t stand around like a bunch of hypocrites crying about what the President is doing while you’re doing the same thing.

If you want to shut the government down… go for it. we’ll shut it down over the debt, over the budget or over the NSA spying but if you want to shut it down because you just don’t like a law, then you sir are an asshat.

Obamacare

You know, in the last sentence of the Declaration of Independence, our founders pledged to each other their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor because they understood the enormity  of their undertaking. Failure meant death, it meant loss of land and money. It meant death and misery to all that they loved. Today, people are terrified of insurance.

I oppose Obamacare… but not for the same reasons that all of the battles have been fought over. I mean really… here we have republicans, mad as fire, spitting nails because the democrats have the gall to force someone to be responsible. If you’re like me you can’t count the times that you have been paying a hospital or doctor bill with the full knowledge that the person next to you was not going to pay crap.

Of course the liberal plan will be a disaster but thats not the point. The point is that the republicans picked the absolutely stupidest points to attack Obamacare on.

Are there death panels in Obamacare? Of course there are; just like with every insurance company in the world the yes or no decision falls somewhere. Sarah Palin (I’ll get to her another time) led people off on some wild ass idea of what the death panels were. Now a Gunslinger, while being fearless, understands the meaning of responsibility. In 2008, while preparing to have my right hip replaced, I did things that every responsible person should do; I signed a living will and a healthcare power of attorney.

How Sarah could twist one of the smartest, most caring things that you can do for your family into a terrifying death trap is insane. But the fact that people would actually believe her is a blight upon civilization. For an elderly person, a living will and health care power of attorney can be both frightening and confusing; if a family member brings it up it may create resentment and anger. Instead of a death panel, trying to get them to die, this talk by a doctor can be a blessing for a family.

There will be more on Obamacare as I go into the…

Sleeping Giants

If you’re unfamiliar with this term, it came back out during the summer of 2009. Congress was on their August recess and the libs were pushing the stimulus and Obamacare and the Townhall meetings were hot and heavy. People were adamantly opposed and were letting the elected weasels know it. In April of 2009 Rep. Senator Arlen Specter, fearing a loss flipped to a democrat and and began his pitch to the people. The people didn’t want to hear it and in one meeting a woman looked at Specter and said “You have awakened a sleeping giant.”

FEAR… the root of our division. People shout about the Constitution and this and that but it all boils down to fear. People who had never given politics the slightest interest were now suddenly activist screaming from the street corner. To say the least, the majority of these people were ill informed or misinformed and it remains so today. They fell in with the Ron Paul Wacko’s and the single issue voters and our political system is now in disarray.

I’m going to close this up by saying something that you may not want to hear…

In the November election of 2012, Barack Obama was elected President by the majority of voters. Like, don’t like it, it doesn’t matter, by electing him, they also voted in favor of his policies. People are talking about impeachment and jail and all this other crap but are simply looking at the symptom rather then the problem. The problem is the people who elected him. They can not be reasoned with to change their mind so they will have to be motivated to see things differently.

How do you motivate them? PAIN… that’s right. Let the pain of their own decisions destroy their liberal, socialist dream. I started off talking about the founders and what they had to lose and here we are crying over a little hardship. Suck it up, settle in and watch what happens. Until This happens we will be torn down year after year anyway so become a Gunslinger and not only face the world but challenge the world, fearlessly.

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