Thursday, May 7, 2009

Spotlight on the Second Amendment

Guns get a lot of bad press. Never mind that the person pulling the trigger is either mentally ill or a lunatic. The people who argue for gun control apparently have forgotten that the first murder of Abel by his brother, Cain, was done without a gun. Should we ban knives, baseball bats, screwdrivers, hypnosis, eye drops (we watch CSI)...., well, you get the picture.

We didn't see this story on national news, but it was, fortunately, spotted on local news and posted on the Internet. It's a feel-good gun story.

Yesterday the Montana governor signed a nullification law stating that the federal government has no authority over guns that are manufactured and sold within Montana since they do not cross state lines.

Utah, Tennessee, and Texas have similar legislation pending approval. According to Glenn Beck, Texas has the best written legislation; we're not sure what that is right now, but we will look into it.

Nullification laws are not new. According to Fox News contributor, Judge Napolitano, "Arizona and Indiana have nullified the federal law on Daylight Savings Time. California, and New Jersey is about to do this, have nullified medical law on medical marijuana." So there is precedence for nullification laws.

It was during Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency that the federal commerce laws were really expanded and the government started regulating business that crossed state lines. The government even told small local businesses that they fell under the federal guidelines because they purchased out-of-state supplies. According to Glenn Beck, one farmer who grew all his own food was told that he still had to abide by federal commerce law because growing his own food impacted commerce by preventing him from purchasing food. (We can't make this stuff up.)

The gun nullification laws are going to be interesting. If the federal government uses FDR tactics on Montana, Montana has threatened to secede. Texas will likely do the same. It is our intent to start soliciting the Nevada legislature to adopt a similar gun nullification law. For our readers in Utah, we urge you to encourage your legislators to pass their legislation.

The founding fathers gave us gun rights to not only defend our property, but to protect us from the government. Once we lose our guns, we become a police/military state and we can say good-bye to our freedoms.
"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." -Thomas Jefferson-



Mistakes 51 through 60


"Has it really only been 100 days? In many ways it feels like a lot longer.

"That's partly because the new administration remains in campaign mode most of the time. Now that's not in itself a bad thing if you can do that and accomplish your agenda. But what's happened is that a popular new president has laid out a very bold agenda in the midst of an economic crisis, and I don't think Congress is going to get a lot of work done on those big ticket items this year. They'll eke out a couple of small wins on issues like healthcare and maybe energy, but the Democrats will hail them as big victories. The Republicans have been working like a cohesive and loyal opposition party, and they need to continue to outline positive new ideas like the recent one to help grow American's savings.

"The early stumbles on the administration's high profile nominations -- Daschle and Richardson for just to examples -- acted like weights around their ankles. In addition, the partisan shots from the White House were unbecoming and I don't think we'll see more of that. Our allies and our enemies -- heck, even we ourselves -- are trying to understand the new foreign policy direction, which in some ways seems to be change just for the sake of change. The next moves by the leaders of other countries -- like Iran, North Korea and Venezuela -- probably will prove that really not much will change just because America has a new president.

"In many ways, it's the next 100 days that will tell us more about our new president and what he'll be able to accomplish than we can forecast based on the first 100 days."
-- Dana Perino was White House press secretary in the Bush Administration

52. "We can't afford to make perfect the enemy of the absolutely necessary." -- Obama, describing the stimulus bill

53. Three candidates for ambassador to the Vatican -- including Caroline Kennedy -- were turned down by the Holy See because they supported abortion, according to reports.

54. After saying he wouldn't have lobbyists in his administration, Obama made 17 exceptions in the first two weeks in office.

55. . . . including Tom Daschle, who worked as a top lobbyist yet was going to be appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services -- until his failure to pay income taxes derailed his nomination.

56. For an April 14 speech at Georgetown, the administration asked the university to cover up all signs and symbols -- including the letters "IHS" in gold, a symbol for Jesus.

57. Samantha Power, who resigned from the Obama campaign after calling Hillary Rodham Clinton a "monster," was hired to a position on the National Security Council.

58. "Chicago has yet to recoup the $1.74 million cost of President Obama's victory celebration in Grant Park -- despite a burgeoning $50.5 million budget shortfall that threatens more layoffs and union concessions." -- Chicago Sun-Times, 2/20

59. Firing Rick Wagoner as president of GM.

60. Threatening to fire Vikram Pandit as CEO of Citigroup.

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