Thursday, April 17, 2014

WAR IS COMING! ... J. D. Longstreet

WAR IS COMING!  
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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An old admonition continues to tug at my consciousness. Its cautionary advice about something imminently dangerous approaching — just over the horizon — is more than a little compelling. You know — the admonishment that warns: “Eat, drink, and make merry, for tomorrow we die!” (You may recall several different versions found in the Bible.)

We are headed as straight to a third world war as a Martin flies to its gourd.

That fact, and I do believe it is a fact, is an unwelcome one.  Nevertheless, tis true.

Look, dear reader, our President is a humiliation to, not just the US, but to the free world!  He has proven to be a weakling, a pushover, a wimp, an international embarrassment.  And he is going to start a world war.

The folks in Eastern Europe know it.  The folks in Western Europe know it, the folks in Israel know it, heck, the entire Middle East knows it!

The Ukraine is gone -- at least the eastern region and, most likely, the entire country.  Just as the Crimea fell to Russian might, so will the Ukraine. It has already begun.  Next up -- the Baltic States Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. 

Look.  A complete blithering idiot can deduce that Czar Putin is recreating the old Soviet Union -- right before our eyes -- while our boy/man "fearless leader" sits in the Oval Office sucking his thumb.

I must tell you, it has been an extremely long time since I have been as humiliated by a president as I am today with Obama.  Honestly, I didn't think it could ever get as bad as it did with Jimmy Carter,  but, gentle reader, Obama makes Carter look like a LION!

History teaches that every time a president cowers in the White House, we end up at war somewhere, with someone.  Remember how the White House declared we would not get involved in what turned out to be World War One?  Remember how the White House promised we would not become involved in World War Two?  Uh-huh.  Get the picture?

So here we are, staring down the barrel of World War Three, and the White House is doing everything it can to avoid involvement.

Every have a boil on your body?  Remember the continual pain from that boil?  What to do?  Lance it.  The instant the blade touches the boil the pain is excruciating. The next instant, there is copious relief as the pressure is relieved and the corruption is drained.

Putin is that boil on the derriere of the free world today.  He needs to be lanced.  But the man who holds the scalpel is no where to be found.   It is shameful.

To our friends in Europe we'd like to remind you that THIS is why so many of us conservatives in the US voted against Obama.  We warned of his empty suit, of his inexperience, of his Marxist agenda.  We would have warned of his cowardice had we known at the time.

But, as I recall, much of Europe supported Obama for the US Presidency.

Some of you learned of your folly early on as evidenced by the following: 
“So Europe got the American president it wanted – the one who would present no threat to its own delusions. The United States is now officially one of us: an Old World country complete with class hatred, ethnic Balkanization, bourgeois guilt and a paternalist ruling elite. And it is locked into the same death spiral of high public spending and self-defeating wealth redistribution as we are. Welcome to the future, and the beginning of what may turn out to be the terminal decline of the West.” … Janet Daley, The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-election/9668774/America-has-become-an-Old-World-country.html

Ms. Daley figured it out.

I say ALL this to say simply this:  Europe, you're on your own!  The hungry Russian bear is at your door -- and there is no one, no big brother across the Atlantic, to come to your rescue -- again!

Oh.  Don't misunderstand, Europe.  We're here, its just that have no leader -- and we won't have for at least ten more years!

You have to understand Mr. Obama.  See, he's a bully -- in the classic sense.  If you allow him, he will run roughshod right over the top of you.  However, if you stand up to him, he wilts much like a shrinking violet.  THAT is what Czar Putin has discovered about Obama -- and that's what the Russians are exploiting.  And it's working brilliantly.

The US needs to put that missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic -- for starters. Put some American boots on the ground in the Baltic States.  I don't mean troops to act as a speed bump, I mean combat tested, hardened, veterans along with the artillery and tank killing munitions and whatever else it will take to make a heck of a lot of noise  and do a tremendous amount of damage should the Russkies let slip the dogs of war in the Baltic States. 

Heck, the Brits are already bolstering their forces there now.  Other NATO countries will follow suit, but, let's face it, the backbone of NATO is the US.   Unfortunately, Precious Flower, Obama, is leading from behind (as far behind as he can manage) once again.

It is depressing as heck to watch the people of that region cast beneath the shadow of the Russian bear.

"Fifteen independent countries, including Russia, emerged from the Soviet Union's disintegration. Six of them—Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania—are in Europe, and all of them have a complicated relationship with modern Russia. Seven other countries once belonged to the Warsaw Pact, the Soviet Union's military alliance in Eastern Europe. With the Cold War's end, none of them had faced the threat of military intervention by the communist superpower's successor state—until now." -- SOURCE:  http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/03/russias-seizure-of-crimea-is-making-former-soviet-states-nervous/284156/

Can there be any question that Putin will make a grab for all those former members of the Warsaw Pact?

Putin must be stopped.  Words won't do it.  It is obvious he doesn't respect the US.  I propose we make him FEAR the US.  STOP TALKING TO HIM ... PERIOD!   Put our SOG troops to use.  Turn them loose on Putin's forces within Ukraine and where ever else they may have stepped over their border.  Aggravate the living daylights out of them.   Get their attention.  Put them on the defensive.   But DON'T TALK TO THEM. Keep 'em guessing. 

The experts at all this are less than an hour from where I sit as I write.  They're the best in the world.  If ANYONE can put fear into the hearts of the Russkies, these guys can do it.

We have all those drones with missiles aboard.  Surely they are not ALL occupied with searching out and killing terrorists.  Why not begin knocking out bridges all the way from Estonia south at least to the Moldavia/Romania border. 

Of course, aircraft don't use bridges, but tanks do -- and the Russkies love their tanks.

The point is the US should at the very least, set Putin's forces back on their heels a bit.  As it is, they have an open field and nothing stands between them and the end zone.

That's wrong -- on so many levels. 

Look, I don't want war, either.  But the nub of it is -- we're going to have a war whether we want it or not.  Plus -- the plain truth is that when Americans and Russians begin exchanging gunfire it will instantly become a world war. 

As we said above, the Ukraine is effectively gone.  The moment Russian forces set foot in the Baltic States they will face resistance from NATO troops.  The US will be committed -- as an attack on ANY NATO member is considered an attack upon all NATO members.

THIS is what timidity in a US leader will bring.  War.

J. D. Longstreet
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Republicans Wimping-Out On Repeal Of Obamacare? ... J. D. Longstreet

Republicans Wimping-Out On Repeal Of Obamacare?
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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Allow me to be as clear as possible right here at the beginning of this commentary.  I don't like Obamacare at all, not in the slightest, in any way -- shape or form.  Period!  Got it?

Obamacare is a Marxist/socialist/statist policy and I hate it. 

Vladimir Lenin, himself, said:  "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State."

Ole Vlad knew exactly what he was talking about. Obamacare warms the cockles of the hearts of all the Marxists in the Democratic Party and believe me, there are a host of them!

There is NOTHING good about Obamacare.  It is a cancerous assault on the freedom of Americans and it needs to be gone and, frankly, all those who supported it and voted it through the Congress need to be gone along with it.

Here in North Carolina, we're doing our dead level best to rid ourselves of every Democrat who supported Obamacare and/or Obama.  At the moment, our chances for success look very promising.

" ObamaCare is a curse! Take your lives and your homes back. Do it now, before it is to late. Take action now. Save yourselves, and your loved ones. Get unstuck, be informed, get peace of mind, stop the depression and anxiety, take charge of your lives for once. Do it now! -- SOURCE:  http://www.eminentculture.com/obamacare-blessing-curse/  

Look.  Obamacare has not even begun to affect your life yet.  The law is so large, so intrusive in your private life that you are just not going to believe the depth of government meddling that attends Obamacare.  It has yet begun -- but it's coming, I assure you.

And now the GOP is backing away from a total repeal of Obamacare.  Especially the establishment Republicans.  Now their battle cry is "Repeal and Replace!" 

WHAT?  Repeal and Replace?  Are they completely nuts!?

Recently, Rush Limbaugh said:  "The Republican establishment obviously has a campaign game plan involving Obamacare, and it does not include repealing it, folks.  The Republican establishment apparently doesn't want to campaign on repealing it.  They want to campaign on fixing it." -- SOURCE:  http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2014/03/14/the_gop_establishment_wants_to_run_on_fixing_not_repealing_obamacare

The establishment Republicans are trying their dead level best to turn the November election over to the Democrats.   I have concluded that is what all the "fix" Obamacare Bovine Scatology coming from the GOP is all about.  I have come to believe the establishment Republicans do not want to win in November.  

Two things:  If the GOP wins in November that will mean they'll have to get off their collective derrieres and actually DO something.  I think they are loathe to do that.

And two:  The democrats are just waiting for a chance to replace Obamacare with another of their Marxocratic socialized medicine schemes.  It's called a single payer plan. 
To see just how bad a single payer type of healthcare system really is,  just check out the British system.  It's bad, folks, REALLY bad.   There were published report a few months ago of British citizens having to resort to extracting their own teeth with pliers due to such long waits for dental care.

Look.  The Democrats are counting on Republicans wimping out.   By offering to "fix" Obamacare, or repeal and replace Obamacare, the GOP is playing right into the Democrat's hands.

See, the Democrats believe that they will not be beaten so severely about the head and shoulders over their support of Obamacare IF they offer to "fix" it.   That's what they are doing.  That's the ongoing campaign.   And the Republicans are giving them aid and comfort every time they mention their desire to fix Obamacare, too.   The GOP's actions here are what I like to call: DUMB!

I cannot see that there is any argument  against my prognostication that the Republican Party is headed for extinction.   Just observe their senseless machinations -- not just on Obamacare but on so much else.  Is the GOP leadership brain dead?

Maybe after another defeat at the polls in November the real conservative republicans will screw up enough courage to leave the GOP and begin another completely separate conservative party that will have as its goal saving America and returning her to the constitutional representative republic the Founding Fathers designed.

I am quickly coming to believe it is the only chance America has of survival.

J. D. Longstreet
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Once Upon A Time ... ... J. D. Longstreet

Once Upon A Time ...
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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How is it possible for a great American political party to be so out of touch with its constituents, so completely tone deaf to their wants and desires,  so separated from the reality of the world around them? 

With citizens looped together into one vast globe encircling network of information and communication, how is it possible for the GOP to be so ill informed? 

The Republicans are, today, set to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory -- again.

From where I sit, I can feel victory slipping away in the election scheduled for this coming November.   A loss of the 2016 presidential election is already a given.  We WILL have another democrat for President beginning January 20th, 2017.   

How is this possible?   Americans, at least those who are politically aware, understand that America wants to be  --  YEARNS to be -- rescued from the Marxist agenda being so forcefully pushed through Congress by our Marxist President and a Democratic Party that is indistinguishable from the Communist Party.

The Communist Party has announced publicly that they will be throwing their considerable assistance to the Democratic Party over the next several months to aid the Democrats  in maintaining their hold on the US Senate in November.  Does that not tell you where the sympathies of the Democratic Party lies?  Of course it does! 

Democrats are, in fact, Communists.  If you are a registered Democrat and you don't hold with the Communist agenda, the Communist Manifesto, then you'd better get thee hence, because you are consorting with communists!

The sickening thing is this:  The GOP has attempted, with great success so far, to adopt the old Democratic Party platform.  In doing so, they have managed to set themselves on the same course toward communism as the Democrats did, and they have managed to drive a wedge -- deeply -- between the moderate, liberal, and conservative branches of the GOP.  The wounds from this gouging seem to be fatal.

Let's face it , dear reader.  The Republican Party is as dead as a door-nail.  Those twinges of life we detect from time to time are coming from the conservatives in the Tea Party Movement who refuse to lie down and die.  In point of fact, THEY are the ONLY reason the Republican Party still draws a little breath today.

America desperately needs a conservative political party, and we need it yesterday.

When I say "Conservative" Party, I don't mean a conservative in the mold of Jeb Bush or George, or even George H.W. Bush.  They are are fine people, a lovely family, but they a are liberals to moderates on their best days.  THEY ARE NOT CONSERVATIVES, no matter what the hierarchy of the GOP would have you believe.

The GOP is unsalvageable.  It cannot be saved.  The establishment Republicans will not allow the party to be saved.  They don't want it saved because they either don't see a problem -- or -- they like what they see.

In any event, the GOP is no place for conservative Americans.  Conservatives need their own political party, a viable political entity.  Conservatives will never get it from the GOP.  Even now, conservatives within the GOP must do battle with the Democrats AND the Republicans.  As a result, conservative initiatives are smothered to death in both the US House and the US Senate and nothing of real value to the country gets done.

GK Chesterton once said that only dead bodies go with the current.  It takes live ones to swim against it. Many conservatives, like this scribe, have withdrawn from the GOP and are now enjoying status as Independent voters.  Many of us would gladly align ourselves with a new and viable conservative party that would take the battle to the Democrats -- and the Republicans -- while asking, and giving, no quarter.

NO wonder the story of the current GOP reads like a fairy tale. 

For once upon a time in a kingdom far, far, away, there really was a political party that was different from the Democratic Party.   But in order to curry favor with the Mainstream Media,  and in order to be on the "A" list, invited to the best cocktail and dinner parties in Washington, they felt they had to lower their standards, compromise their beliefs -- and -- for all intents and purposes, sell-out their constituents.

They did all of that. 

It turned out to be a Faustian Deal.

Like Faust, the Devil won't let the GOP out of its contract with him (not that they're making any real effort at  breaching that contract) -- and the immediate consequence is -- the death of the Republican Party.

So. We'll watch as conservatives fight like crazy to hold onto to whatever gains have been made between now and November and pray, pray hard, that the establishment "knot heads" at the helm of the GOP don't blow the whole deal by November -- as they are wont to do.

J. D. Longstreet
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Monday, April 14, 2014

A Christian Zionist? ... J. D. Longstreet

A Christian Zionist?
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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I didn't set out to become a Christian Zionist, but apparently, I wound up as one.

Christian Zionism is the belief that Israel has a right to return and establish a nation exactly where she has,  and further, she has the right to continue to exist there.

There are multitudes of Christian Zionist round the world and a throng of them exist in America, especially within the evangelical churches.
 
I'm not an evangelical, though raised as a youth within the evangelical community.  Like so many other things in my life I decided that particular practice of my faith did not suit me.  I found that I preferred the liturgical type worship services and in my mid-twenties became an active member of a liturgical church, one of the mainline denominations in America, indeed, the world.

However, within the last quarter century that church has been sucked into the leftist "social justice" (Marxist, Communist) philosophy and its reliance on the scriptures alone for guidance and instruction on all things has been supplanted by Marxist, statist theology.

I left the church.

I am a "sola scriptura" type of fellow.  I was not then, and am not now, about to compromise and substitute my faith for the intellect of a group of egg-headed elitists at the hierarchy of the church. 

As such, I believe that when God told Abraham,   “I will bless those who bless you and I will curse those who curse you and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3) He meant it!

If you have any doubt of the veracity of that statement, from God Himself, then I advise you to look at America today.  We're in a rapid decline, in a mess in every way that matters. 

It is my unwavering belief that as long as the Obama Regime is in power in America, America will continue to decline. 

The US President, B. Hussein Obama  has proven time and again that he is no friend to Israel ... at all.  The US is paying a price for his blasphemy.

Now here's the thing (as they say).  When America suffers -- the whole of the planet suffers.  Just consider the wars and rumors of war all around the globe today.  Our long-time enemy, Russia, is all but thumbing its nose in Obama's face, making a complete fool of our President and our, oh, so dignified diplomats.   

Eastern Europe is aflame.  Africa is in a perpetual state of war. The Middle East has brother fighting brother in numerous countries, and South America is tearing itself apart over socialism/communism as civil war looms in several countries to our south.

Here in America, as I write this piece, armed American citizens are gathering and facing off with armed government agents in a dispute that has all the makings of a tipping point for all out rebellion in our own country.

The very earth, itself, is revolting with earthquakes in diverse place.  The Americans who live along America's "left" (west) coast, the most liberal part of America, must feel much as the citizen's of ancient Pompeii felt as they awaited their death and destruction dealt out by "natural" forces.  Its not even a question of "if" but of "when."

Do I consider this pay back?  Not really.  This is just, in my assessment,  merely the beginning of curses we must endure as a result of our own hard-headed, stubborn belief that we know better how to run things on this little mud ball floating in space.  We've decided we can ignore history including the scriptures, and do things our way, because all that old history stuff doesn't mean squat any more. 

Here, in America, we've decided we can simply ignore that old constitution which was, after all, written by old, rich, white guys.  Somehow, we neglect to remember that those old, rich, white guys knew exactly what they were doing -- and -- had the common sense to ask for God's guidance in formulating that document.  They even left the building of meeting , walked down the street to a church, en mass, and there pled for guidance from the Almighty. 

Honestly, can you see the American leadership doing that today?
 
Scripture, itself sums up today's American leadership nicely:  "Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man ..."  Romans 1:23-24.

The point of my rambling here is to point out just how far removed we, as a people, are from our ancestors who began this grand experiment called America. 

Look. Distancing ourselves from the Holy Scriptures has certainly NOT served this nation well. 

As evidence, all one has to do, really, to understand the reason there will be no lasting peace deal between Israel and the so-called Palestinians is read the scriptures.  If you are unused to the Bible allow me to assure you that there is invaluable history within its pages that is often the key to understanding contemporary problems between nations today.       

Just a quick example:  The land given Israel by God stretches from the banks of the Nile River in Egypt to the Euphrates River in Iraq. (Someday we'll write about Israel's real northern and southern boundaries.  But not today.)
 
So.  What if Israel told everyone in Jordan, the western part of Iraq, the Sinai, and the eastern part of Egypt to get out, to get off Israel's land?   Of course, there'd be war!   Everyone currently living in those areas (I just mentioned) are there at the sufferance of the people of Israel.  They're squatters, interlopers.  And yet,  Israel puts up with them.

Along come US diplomats and UN diplomats demanding that Israel give up more land to the squatters. 

Do you begin to understand why Israel believes it is slowly being pushed into the Mediterranean Sea? 

And so, some have labeled me as a Christian Zionist.  I will happily accept that -- and wear its badge with pride.

J. D. Longstreet
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Friday, April 11, 2014

The Turtle Rebellion? ... J. D. Longstreet

The Turtle Rebellion? ... J. D. Longstreet


The Turtle Rebellion?
The Herd Shot 'Round The World
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
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Militias are reforming and retraining.  Citizens are cleaning their guns and counting rounds of ammunition for them.

Why? The government's heavy-handed way of dealing with a Nevada rancher whose cattle are being seized by the federal government at the point of a federal gun.  (For more read:  http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/10/us/nevada-rancher-rangers-cattle-showdown/)

Are we looking at another Ruby Ridge or yet another Waco?  I certainly hope not.  But the truth is, America cannot continue as the police state she has become.  Plus,  and this is extremely important, Americans no longer trust their federal court system.

"Two militia members from Montana and one from Utah have arrived at Cliven Bundy’s ranch.  The press was told by a militiaman that militias from New Hampshire, Texas and Florida are likely to join and stand with Bundy and stay at his ranch.
" (From a report at: http://lasvegas.cbslocal.com/2014/04/10/expect-to-see-a-band-of-soldiers-militia-members-arrive-at-nevada-ranch/

In a later report we learn:  "In the wake of the publicized protests, members of various militia groups have been traveling from Virginia, Texas, Montana, Idaho and Wisconsin and arriving at the protest site and Bundy's ranch to support the family, said Stephen L. Dean, 45, of Utah, a member of one such group called the Peoples United Mobile Armed Services." -- SOURCE:  http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/10/us/nevada-rancher-rangers-cattle-showdown/

Underlying the whole dispute is the environmental movements efforts to preserve the habitat of a little heard of desert tortoise.

Don't laugh!  Today it's a turtle.  Originally, it was tea. All revolutions have a tipping point. The point at which the people say, this far and no farther!  Bundy's ranch may be the next Lexington.

 (The tortoise is protected under the Endangered Species Act.  The Fish and Wildlife Service lists the species as “threatened.”)

There was a brief mention of US military personnel taking part in the rustling of Mr. Bundy's cattle.  If true, that would be a direct violation of federal law. The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, still in effect, was passed to prevent U.S. military personnel from acting as law enforcement agents on U.S. soil. 

The text of the Posse Comitatus Act, which is still in effect (as 18 U.S.C. Section 1385), reads:

"Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both."  --  SOURCE: http://civilliberty.about.com/od/waronterror/a/posse_act.htm

I have yet to see any confirmation of the use of US military personnel in the dust-up at Bundy's Ranch.

What worries me most about the ongoing wielding of raw federal power in Nevada is this:  I am afraid this is only the beginning.  I am afraid this sort of confrontation will become far more frequent if the situation in Nevada is allowed to continue.  Give the feds an inch and they'll take a mile ... or your cattle -- or BOTH!

Oh, and do not deceive yourself, if given the order to fire on the protesters, armed and unarmed, the federal goons WILL indeed open fire -- without a moment's hesitation.  That's what they are trained to do. That's what they will do.        

Unfortunately, I believe the same holds true with US military personnel.  Just as when the War Between the States (Better known in the South as the War of Northern Aggression) broke out and southerners serving in the federal services resigned and went home to join their families in defense of their homes, so, too, will SOME current US soldiers.   But, I dare say, most will notDifferent times.  Different people.

People change and peoples change.  It is more than a little difficult to predict how modern  Americans will react to the federal government locking the country into a police state, totally ignoring our constitution, and making and enforcing, or not enforcing, laws at their whim.

It is easy to look back and see -- with certainty -- that our ancestors would have cleaned that nest of vipers out long ago. 

Today we are different -- soft and pliant, willing to enjoy freedom so long as it doesn't cost us anything, or any effort.  And for crying out loud, do not ask us to defend it by force of arms!

Unfortunately for us all, that may be exactly where we are headed.

The country, the republic, cannot continue on its current course.
 

On April 10th, 2014, “Oath Keepers” issued a statement, which pretty well sums up the feelings of thousands of military veterans, police officers, first responders, and others.  You would do well to follow this link over to Oath Keeper’s site and read their statement in full. You will find it here:
http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2014/04/10/coalition-of-western-state-legislators-sheriffs-and-veterans-stand-vigil-in-support-of-embattled-nevada-rancher-cliven-bundy-%E2%80%98to-prevent-another-ruby-ridge-or-waco%E2%80%9D/  

I am the product of the only region of the country to be invaded, conquered, and occupied by a foreign power.  I am, as are my fellow southerners, acutely aware of the cost of war with one's fellow Americans.  We know the cost.  Our ancestors bore that cost and passed the scars down to us.  WE venerate them.  We look back on their sacrifices with feelings of respect and reverence.  We consider those who took up arms as hallowed and exalted.  But believe me when I tell you that we are still paying the price even today.

As evidenced by the confrontation in Nevada, we may be drawing nigh to a moment of decision just as my Confederate ancestors did 149 years ago.
Time will tell if we will be called upon to take up arms in defense of the constitution and in defiance of a tyrannical federal government.  Understand, dear reader, EITHER decision will be terrible in its consequences. 

The current brush fire in Nevada may cool. Tempers may cool and some sort of reason prevail.  But before too much time passes it will recur.   Once the federal government gets a taste of raw power enforced at the point of a bayonet, it grows rabid.
And this is why American citizens are armed. It is the foundation of the Second Amendment, the preservation of our country from despots who wish to impose tyranny upon us.

Seems to me the last sentence of the preceding paragraph pretty well sums up America's situation today.

J. D. Longstreet 
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