We owe Russian President Vladimir Putin a shout of thanks. His recent lessons reminded us of simple facts we’d rather forget. The tragedy of Russia and other communist totalitarian countries is that the citizens did it to themselves. Yes they were lied to by politicians, but the Russians wanted to believe the lies. The American voters could believe the sweet lies about state control if we didn’t have the real ugly examples thrown in our face.
Do American voters want to believe the same lies?
Government is for the workers!
We were once told that big government communism is for the benefit of the common man. That changed years ago. Today’s Russian rulers no longer seek power through the workers and have gone right to the state owners of businesses. Why woo workers when communist politicians can buy votes directly. It worked for Vladimir Putin when he took state control of Russian gas and oil. Barack Obama settled for GM and Chrysler.
Russian Military in Crimea
Big Government is wonderful.. if you’ve never lived under it
The old myth of worker equality still sells in the US.. at least if you’re a university professor, or if you live in Chicago or New York. “Worker equality” is a very tough life if you’re one of the un-favored workers in Russia, or Venezuela.. or Chicago for that matter. Russian workers fled Russia in search of a better life. Some found it in Crimea. Back in the United States, Chicago too extinguished the middle class and drove them from the city.
Tax those who have.. until they don’t have any more
Putin invaded Crimea because it accepted Russians workers, the same countrymen who fled Putin’s kleptocracy and his crony capitalism. In the United States, it is like the Chicago or New York mayors taxing the business owners who fled to Texas.
Wait a minute. I guess the Obama administration is not so far behind Vladimir Putin after all. President Obama proposed raising taxes 442 times since taking office.
Progressive Government IS for the workers.. the workers who buy it with campaign donations.
There is a small difference between Russia and the US. Russian tyrants don’t care about public opinion because they are not in a perpetual beauty contest for reelection. Unfortunately, Democrats who’ve bought votes with the state treasury don’t care about good government either. New York and Chicago mayors simply close charter schools that threaten their union supporters. The unions expect some payback for their massive campaign contributions.
Nationalism and racism sell very well, thank you
So what else are we to learn from our communist neighbors? Race and Nationalism sells. Putinclaims his Russian countrymen are special, and they need to be ruled by fellow Russians who understand them and what they need. Russians, in turn, support Putin while he steals the country blind. That sounds nationalist and racist when I say it about Russia, but similar stories are repeated in communist countries around the world.
Now let’s look at the US where Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis says Chicago public schools need to teach race and wealth based social justice. I’m sorry, Barack, is that too close to home for comfort? It is a fact that America’s failing inner cities, governed by Democrats, voted overwhelmingly for President Obama. Obama then crushed the economy and eliminated the jobs so desperately needed to revive our cities and lift the poor out of poverty. The voters chose rhetoric over reality, and racism is a pretty effective way to win votes.
Understanding the obvious is beyond most professors
The American Left has a long-running love affair with state control and state power. They think communism is too harsh a word, so they call it workers democracy or progressivism. Their academic theory of state control has little to do with the real world. In practice, some workers are important, the workers who sold their votes to the progressives. Progressivism is good for them. Tough luck for the rest of us. Time and again we see Communism devolve into rule by oligarchs, a brutal police state, and labor camps.
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Soldiers Aiming at Ranchers
My Facebook friend David Eastman offered these definitions-
Politician: An individual committed to self-advancement at the expense of the liberties (and taxes) of others.
Domestic Terrorist: An individual who jeopardizes the self-advancement of one or more politicians.
I didn’t know Harry Reid follows David’s facebook page?
I could tolerate President Obama breaking the law once. I could tolerate it if he were the only politician manipulating the system and hiding behind the courts. Unfortunately, the president isn’t alone.
There was a time when an honest news media would condemn those who broke the law. Now there are laws for them and laws for us. Are the Democrats that certain they can steal enough elections to control the Senate?
Rob on the road
Let’s get real about armed self-defense. 30 million of us live in California counties that won’t issue concealed carry licenses. The good news is that responsible gun owners can change all that. If they can change the perceptions of firearms in California, then responsible gun owners can change your state as well. Remember that 10 million Californians live in shall-issue counties! Combined together, the shall-issue counties of California have the same population as the state of Georgia or the state of Ohio. There are as many Californians in shall issue counties as in the states of Alabama and South Carolina combined. My neighbors living in those shall-issue counties can have a concealed carry license for the asking.
There will be over two hundred thousand concealed carry holders in California in the next few years.. and they will be everywhere.
Nothing speaks louder than a living example. My responsible neighbors will show us that discreet carry is not the fearful monster the politicians described. Our armed neighbors from shall issue counties can walk down Market Street in San Francisco, where San Francisco natives must be disarmed. They can walk down College Avenue, where Berkeley, California residents must be disarmed. There isn’t a wall surrounding Los Angeles so my legally armed neighbors from San Bernardino can shop and stroll down Rodeo Drive while they carry discretely. Couples from Bakersfield can carry legally concealed firearms as they stop to eat on Washington Boulevard in the people’s republic of Santa Monica. Our neighbors will show that licensed carry is a boringly civilized. Almost no one will know they are carrying.
You’ll know and I’ll know. We are not a violent society, but once in a great while some criminals will find out. I bet the gun-hating politicians won’t like that. The anti-gun politicians could try to ban guns on their city streets. The west coast politicians could say “no legal guns allowed” just as federal regulators have prohibited licensed carry on trains and at the post office.
The liberal politicians probably won’t do that. These politicians need to serve their big political donors, and their big donors don’t want their security personnel disarmed. Sure the liberal politician could disarm the little people on the train. But those same politicians had better not disarm the limousines! The left coast politicians will follow their campaign money and leave the rich donors with their guns.
The law is on our side. Yes, conservative judges recognized the right of poor people to protect themselves. The Peruta decision from the ninth circuit court recognized the right of ordinary citizens to carry arms outside the home for self-defense. Unfortunately, liberal politicians don’t care what the court says. They will appeal the Peruta decision to stop it. They will appeal the case to the Supreme Court no matter what it costs or the ruling of the lower courts. The politicians will appeal the case because politicians listen when anti-gun campaign money talks.
The same people who pay to take our guns away..
..are planning to keep theirs.
Rich celebrities rent their security while citizens in rural California have to provide their own. Thank God the sheriffs from rural counties recognize that fact. Once you get outside Los Angeles and San Francisco, the citizens of California are pretty reasonable. They know self-defense isn’t comfortable or easy. They also know it is reliable. Only the urban politician will pretend otherwise.
Public safety budgets are hard hit in debt ridden California. The middle class voter in Los Angeles will soon spend thousands of dollars on bars for their windows, and for home and car security systems. These same middle class voters will get tired of being defenseless when they take that first step outside their home. Their out-of-town visitors will be the exception, and maybe the out of town guest will volunteer to carry the trash bin to the curb late at night. The out-of-town guest with a carry license is one of the few safe people in Los Angeles.
That is obvious to us now. Give them time and the Angelinos will figure this out for themselves. It will be a sea change when the Los Angeles residents ask their out-of-town guests why the guests don’t have their carry permits! Replay that same story in San Francisco and Oakland.
There is also a regulatory side to the culture change of self-defense. Crazy California has allowed cities and counties to preempt state law and enact their own firearms regulations. You can count on liberal-dominated cities to further restrict their citizen’s rights of self-defense. There are two sides to that political coin. Responsible counties could use those same state regulations to promote self-defense. Sheriffs could help train armed civilians. School staff could be encouraged to provide armed protection in private schools. Those shall-issue counties might even recognize concealed carry licenses from out-of-state gun owners!
As the gun culture expands, the urban middle class will eventually figure out what the rest of us have known for a while. They will see they have the right and the duty to protect their family. The smart middle class of Silicon Valley will finally ask why they must be disarmed while their neighbors working the farm fields of California’s central valley can arm themselves for protection. The final step is for the urban resident to pay some attention to politics and change how they vote for sheriff.
The gun-grabbing candidate for sheriff will promise public safety.. someday, while warning that blood will flow in the streets if citizens are allowed to defend themselves. The experience of the average voter will tell them otherwise. An honest candidate for sheriff will say honest citizens need to protect themselves until the police arrive. Sensitized voters will hear the important difference.
Those cultural changes won’t happen overnight. You’re right that politics also takes money, but there are over 8 million gun owners in California. They too will have to pay attention to politics. It isn’t hard or expensive. California gun owners have only to donate to political campaigns rather than buy their next box of ammo. The sheriffs, even urban sheriffs, will follow the will of the voters who elect them. All this happens once California voters accept their responsibility for self-defense.
Is your state any different?
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The Bundy family has been on this land for over a hundred years. The feds want it, and the feds don’t want to wait for the courts to decide who has the rights to it. Why are the feds in a hurry? Rumors suggest it is an insider deal for drilling rights. Even then, I don’t understand why the feds went to guns rather than have some private firms negotiate for drilling rights. Are the corrupt politicians that greedy? Why are the feds threatening civilians at all!? Why are any weapons, tazers or night sticks needed at the Bundy ranch?I’ve heard rumors of government snipers on scene, but I can’t confirm that. Drop me a message if you can.
Why is deadly force justified and why is the display of deadly force not a crime? You or I would be immediately arrested, jailed and prosecuted for these actions.
Because they can. The government does not fear the citizens. 50 law enforcement officers were shot and killed last year. That is a tragedy. I’m hunting for documentation on how many times police killed innocent citizens. Those are crimes! Note that just because it is later called “justified” does not mean the police didn’t shoot the wrong person or had no reason to shoot anyone.
I remember that the feds murdered more children at Waco (and got away with it) than were murdered at the Sandy Hook school. I don’t excuse their “justified” murders. Honoring the ideals of this country and saluting the flag demands that I condemn government abuse rather than excuse it.
I’m taught that I am responsible for every action I take. Citizens would be far safer if EVERY government shooting was fully prosecuted! More innocent civilians would be alive if EVERY government shooting was fully prosecuted! No freebies in the line of duty.
I know officers who live up to that obligation. They place higher standards on themselves than are required by our laws. Bless them.
So who will threaten civilians for the government if the officers are then identified and prosecuted? That, sir, is a damn good question. Maybe no one, and that is the point. Don’t threaten civilians with firearms if you can’t get someone to assume the responsibility of their actions.
I become more libertarian the more I learn about the reality of government.
BREAKING: Emails Show Lois Lerner Fed True the Vote Tax Information to Democrat Elijah Cummings – Katie Pavlich
The IRS is too busy to give subpoenaed evidence to Congressional committees, but the IRS has time to leak private information to Democrat congressmen. I think that tells us who the IRS is working for. Think on that while you’re doing your taxes this year.
For sport we can guess if the main stream media will cover this story. The bottom of page C16 of the NY and LA Times?
California State Sen Leland Yee pleaded not guilty today on federal charges that could send the Senator to jail. Keith Jackson, a former Yee consultant and one of 29 other defendants, also pleaded not guilty at a joint arraignment. Government agents posed as medical marijuana businessmen, a technology vendor and a man seeking a proclamation honoring a Chinatown group. The agents paid Democrat Senator Yee for his help.
Strange that the news report left out Yee’s selling firearms to terrorists.