Election Reaction

My initial reaction to the outcome of the election really surprised me.  After prior elections I have been disappointed, sad, relieved, excited and even apathetic.  I was totally unprepared for the intense fear and sense of insecurity I felt that accompanied the election of Barack Obama to the presidency.  

It should not surprise you that I voted for John McCain.  He does not represent my ideals exactly, but he does generally.  He is a man of his word, and he does what he thinks is right--even if his party doesn't agree with him.  I often disagree with his choices and find myself disappointed with his compromises.  I became very excited about his candidacy when he put Sarah Palin on the ticket.  

I am a registered republican.  I feel, however, that the party has left me (double speak intended).  I understand libertarians and think that they are right on some issues.  I probably most identify with members of the constitution party.  I remain a registered republican so that I can participate in primary elections.  

This is the first year that I have lived in a swing state during a presidential election.  In '96 I was not registered to vote, and was living away from home so it was difficult to register.  In '00 I voted, in UT (and not for the republican candidate).  We moved to MI (a swing state) in '01 but left there in June of '04.  In '04 we voted in CA.  I voted republican but knew that there was no chance to turn that state red.  I felt like I was voting into an abyss.   In late '05 (the day after election day) we moved here to CO and have managed to stay for 3 years.  This is the first time I felt that my vote for president might have some real meaning.  

I must admit that I don't believe much of what comes out of any particular politician's mouth.  I believe that many will say anything to get elected.   I remain skeptical of all promises.   I research the candidates voting history, if available; their stance on specific issues, and not promises of change for the sake of change; their employment history; military service or lack thereof; their political history; associations; criminal/civil history; etc.   I believe that actions speak much louder than words.  I believe that chosen associations and actions speak to a person's character, ideals, and judgement: qualities used in political office.   I believe the connections politicians make and keep say much about who they are and what they value.  I believe the issues they ignore or champion also speak volumes about them.  That is why I did not vote for Barack Obama.

Now, back to my intense fear.  I fear that the lifestyle I lead will not change.  I will make the same choices about how I worship, what I teach my children, the values that I hold, and the actions I take based upon those things.  I fear that my current life as a law abiding citizen won't change.  I fear that I will find myself living the same way and being an outlaw for it.  The constant feeling of fear has passed (finally), but I think it will return on Jan 20.

Maybe I fear this because of how much I love my country.  I do not love the country we have become.  I love the country we were.  I love the Constitution.  I love the freedoms I am guaranteed in it, through it, and by it.  I know it is an inspired document, written by men with help from God.  I know the men who wrote it were men of God, chosen by Him to build this country and give it the power to be great.  I believe the President of the United States to be a special position.  I believe that it comes with special protection and guidance as long as the President supports the Constitution.  I know that the principles of divided power and shared leadership are great.  The men who wrote the Constitution knew this was the best kind of government as long as those in power were not corrupt nor abused the power given to them by the people.  I spent much of the election season wishing that Ronald Reagan, George Washington, or Abraham Lincoln was running.  Thomas Jefferson would not have been someone I would have voted for had I lived way back then, but I found myself wishing that he were on the ticket.  I know that before the apocolypse comes, the Constitution will hang by a thread.  I am starting to wonder how thin that thread has to get.

I will be writing much more about this topic in the future. This is just my initial reaction and deals nothing with what I have subsequently learned nor with what I think about Obama's promises.


So that's how democracy dies... to thunderous applause!

Deja vu all over again.

It's like deja vu all over again--Yogi Berra

Every 4 years I have the same feeling: I vote for the better candidate just knowing  that one of them is going to win though neither of them is entirely the kind of person i want to vote for.


Now, for what's on my mind

Obama is a fascist. Really, I could stop right there.  

I think I came to this realization while I was at Costco (of all places).  Aside: I love the new Costco in Parker, it is unbusy, it is 2 miles away instead of 6, and I don't feel like I have to have a reason to go all the way over there because it is just right here.  I was looking through books for some cookbooks and christmas presents.  There were 5 pro-Obama books and 1 anti-Obama book.  There were no McCain books of any kind.  Then I went down to kids books and there was a kids book called Barack.  Again, no McCain books anywhere in sight.  I suddenly felt like I was living 75 years ago in Germany.

They say history repeats itself.  They say we study history so that we can learn from the mistakes of the past.  Apparently, we have been sleeping through history class.  
Let's review the facts:
  • Hitler was was of mixed race, one of which he was ashamed of and wanted to eradicate.  
  • Barack Hussein Obama is of mixed race, one of which he would like to eradicate (read his autobiography).
  • Both came to power under legitimately, albeit rapidly and were relatively unknown to the masses when they were elected.
  • Immediately Hitler began to indoctrinate the youth with their ideals.
  • Obama has a comprehensive plan for teaching sex at every grade level including kindergarten. (I think all sex education should be taught at home.) 
  • Obama feels the need to market a book at children, who can't vote, about himself and his ideals before he is even elected.
  • Hitler was beloved by his people as their savior.
  • The MSM (main stream media) has all but anointed Obama.
  • Obama is the most "liberal" (meaning left-wing crazy) in the Senate.  
  • Obama lies about his associations with terrorist and other hate-groups.
  • Obama wants to kill capitalism and socialize everything.  He doesn't understand economics. (I'll post about that later.)
All Obama has ever wanted is Power.  Every new political position is just a stepping stone to the next elected office. 
He does no work while taking our tax dollars.  He almost never votes on issues in the Senate.  He usually votes "present."  That's like getting marked present in school but sleeping all day.
Obama wants to be the leader of the free world, but has no opinions on most legislation that comes through the Senate.  

The similarities continue (and more are welcome in the comments).  

I want a HUGE sign for my front yard that explains to the lemmings out there how bad a choice Obama would be. Maybe my sign should say:


Maybe that is too subtle.  Maybe the words are too big.  Maybe it should just say:


Oh, don't think McCain is getting off scot-free. I am saving that rant for another day.

The second ammendment

I originally posted this on my other blog a couple of months back.  I thought it would be a great place to start this blog.

It is the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the lower court's decision that the gun ban in Washington D.C. is unconstitutional. No surprise. What really gets me is that it was a 5-4 decision.

Washington D.C. law would not allow the sale, purchase, or possession of a handgun by law-abiding citizens within its city limits. Also, all long guns (rifles, shotguns) had to be rendered inoperable.

So, under the statute only criminals would be carrying guns as they have no desire to be law-abiding citizens. Great. Armed criminals. No armed citizens. That's a place I want to be.
Anybody else ever wonder why the murder rate was so high in D.C.? Well, now you know.

Also, if you owned a gun and were traveling with it in your car through D.C. and a cop pulled you over he could arrest you for illegal possession of a handgun, or rifle (if not disassembled or fitted with a trigger lock) even if you were only driving through on the freeway and had no plans to stop, or take your firearm out of the car. Anybody else feel your right to bear arms infringed yet?

Amendment Two

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

That's right INFRINGED, not removed, not abolished, not made a mockery of, INFRINGED.

When the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution and Amendments they knew that a government that takes away people's weapons takes away their power to overthrow corrupt government. Ever wonder why the Cubans never ousted Fidel? He has an army, and the army has guns; the Cubans don't have guns.

I'm all for making weapons harder for felons to get, and for reasonable regulation of machine guns. (I pay a small tax and I get to own one). But I am discouraged that 4 Supreme Court justices thought that the D.C. law was constitutional under the second amendment. I thought it was a no-brainer. Maybe it is and those 4 justices who voted down party lines gave their brains away when they joined the Socialist (Democratic) party.

At least this decision has opened the door to challenging other gun bans like Chicago's and San Francisco's. Those (and others) were filed soon after this decision was released. Hopefully, law-abiding citizens will soon have their rights returned to them.