Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Congress and Parole Officers

I have a silly question; but one which might clarify some of my thoughts regarding Congress; does each individual congressmen have his/her own parole officer or is there a discounted group rate and one parole officer signs off on the lot of them? I ask only because the way Congress does business bears no resemblance to the way in which honest folks of integrity do their business.

I’ll use, for example, the Credit Card bill which is being pushed through in order to regulate the credit card industry. An amendment to the bill was slipped in, a provision to permit loaded weapons within national parks which was the only way such an extension of the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms would pass the mostly anti-gun congress. What has credit card legislation got to do with carrying a loaded weapon in a national park?

The answer, nothing! Congress passes legislation all the time, mixing apples and oranges and the result of their fruit salad approach is we have corrupted nearly every aspect of America. Rather than being honest and above board on issues our current form of government depends on being underhanded and dishonest because they know that any in depth scrutiny would expose the flaws to such an extent as to make them out as the liars and thieves they are.

Here’s a line from the FoxNews article which should explain Washington’s thinking:

“But the Coburn amendment showed that a surprising number of Democrats -- 27 on the Senate side -- are willing to back legislation expanding gun rights.”

Did you catch that, …legislation expanding gun rights? The right to bear arms didn’t spring from legislation; it came from God and is protected under the Constitution, a protection against government’s attempt to control the bearing of arms. They have it “bassackwards”.

Each time congress writes a piece of legislation attempting to get around the 2nd Amendment they do so in direct opposition to the oath and covenant they took when they were sworn into office. Where’s the rage and concern from the citizenry?

The two bills which caught my attention; the Blair Holt Firearm Licensing & Record of Sale Act of 2009 or H.R.45 and the other is the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2009 or H.R. 2159 . It’s time to become very concerned about the intent of Congress as they do their level best to deny American citizens 2nd Amendment rights under the guise of protecting us from ourselves.

James Osborne of FoxNews, wrote :

“The Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2009 would authorize Attorney General Eric Holder to deny the sale or transfer of firearms to known or suspected terrorists -- a list that could extend beyond groups such as radical Islamists and other groups connected to international terror organizations.”

“Critics say the names of suspected terrorists could be drawn from existing government watch lists that cover such broad categories as animal rights extremists, Christian identity extremists, black separatists, anti-abortion extremists, anti-immigration extremists and anti-technology extremists.”

That ought to scare the hair off your noggin for anyone paying attention; government watch lists, like the ones circulated to local police and law enforcement authorities recently? Remember how Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano issued the memo declaring a national security issue, returning veterans on the list as these individuals might be recruited by right wing radicals?
You got it; anyone who doesn’t think and act exactly as the liberal leftist in power can and are listed as undesirables and even terrorists. How easily our government can and has perverted the ways of liberty; I’m still waiting for a frame to put around my own terrorist certificate .

“It doesn't say anything about trials and due process,” said Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America. “This is one of the most outrageous pieces of legislation to come along in some time. It's basically saying, ‘I suspect you, so your rights are toast.’”

Regarding the Blair Hold Firearms Licensing Act , “This is just a ‘termite’ approach to complete confiscation of guns and disarming of our society to the point we have no defense - chip away a little here and there until the goal is accomplished before anyone realizes it.”. I think it was Peter Boyle who said that; but I could be mistaken.

In either case, government is attempting to skirt the intent of the 2nd Amendment through legislation providing limitation upon limitation on individual rights as if they had the authority to do so. This country is based on the rule of law; but that law must first make it through the filters provided by the Constitution and Bill of Rights; none of these pass such a test or even come close.

In case I failed to mention it, I’m so pleased congress has granted me permission, an extension of an entitlement from the Bush administration, to protect myself while in a national forest, a right I’d already been given by God; but which congress begrudgingly has seen fit to acknowledge. They couldn’t do it without violating the credit card industry’s right to operate in the free market system, without side stepping previously accepted criminal or civil court processes designed to protect consumers as well as providers of goods and services; but I keep forgetting how there’s been a mandate for “change”.

Ben Franklin has been credited with having said, “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

There are several variations of that; but they boil down to the same idea of selling your birth right for an empty promise. I like some of his other sayings as well.

“If Men are so wicked as we now see them with Religion what would they be if without it?”

So much for the idea that America needs to separate church and state; look where that has taken us. I ask again, do our congressmen have individual parole officers or does one parole officer check off for them at a group rate?

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