A Real Conversation about Gun Control

Posted by Troy on 3rd October 2017 in Current Events, Political

All the late night comedians… sorry… experts demand a real conversation about gun control.  So… lets have one!!!!!

1 – The GOP is not beholden to the NRA.  Oh…they want to pretend that the Republicans are…but they are beholden to their constituents.  You see, we gun owners joined the NRA because we love our Second Amendment.  We do not love the Second Amendment because the NRA tells us to.  Instead, we joined them because we already did love our Second Amendment.  That is why the Republicans do not want to seek further gun control, because it would royally piss us off and they would lose in a primary.  What I will say is that this makes me suspect that the Left is beholden to THEIR special interest.  In other words, if you think the other side is beholden to a lobby group and not the voters, it is probably because your side is beholden to a lobby group over their voters.  This would explain why the Left is for open borders despite it hurting the black citizens they claim to care about.

2 – This shooter (as most shooters in recent history) acquired their guns subject to background checks.  In fact, all the measures the Left demands would not have prevented these shootings.  Assault weapons ban?  Did nothing to reduce crime.  Background checks?  Don’t seem to be working.  The Left demands we do SOMETHING!  Sorry… but why do something if it is going to be ineffective?  That’s just stupid.

3 – The Second Amendment is about protecting yourself from the Government.  It is not about hunting.  It is not about self-defense.  Those are nice perks, but they are not the main reason.  I am much more worried about an out of control government than I am about a random madman.  As long as that is the case, you will never convert me to the side of gun control.

4 – As far as mental illness goes, there is a reason why I am hesitant to support these measures.  I actually know people that suffer from depression and anxiety, and they refuse to get help.  Why?  Because they know it will go on their record and they fear the government will use it to take their guns.  Also, if a spouse or family member suffers from these conditions, their rights would be forfeited as well.  As such, I can understand why they wont’ get help, and that is a shame.

5 – If you don’t like people having the right to keep and bear arms, then you have an option.  Amend the Constitution.  Until you do so, you have no right to abridge the freedom to keep and bear arms.  But they will never do this because they know they cannot win this argument.  The Left wants a totalitarian government.  They just want one they agree with.  Could you imagine if the Right sought the same liberty to change the First Amendment at whim?  The right to an abortion is nowhere in the Constitution, but they will declare that that is absolute.  Amazing, really.

6 – All the people calling for gun control are in big cities.  They are not isolated by large tracts of land.  Police are nearby.  Or they live in gated, nice communities.  Or they have their own armed guards.  What about the rest of us?

7 – More people are stabbed to death in any given year over being killed by long guns.

8 – They are being disingenuous.  Granted, an AR-15 has the range can accessories (drum clips, etc) to make the long range, open venue ambush a reality.  But do you think the Left would stop the push to gun control if it was just a guy showing up in a crowded store on black Friday and using a sawed off shotgun/pistols/etc to kill people?  Of course not.  Let’s be honest: any gun control measure must at the end of the game conclude with a total gun ban.  Otherwise, it would be a waste of time.

9 – Which brings me to the final point.  Guns should be made illegal…that way, no one can buy them…like drugs.  Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Long Live the Constitution!

The Death of Civility

Posted by Troy on 3rd October 2017 in Human Nature

I had a black friend unfriend me because of my support of Trump.  I had known the guy for probably thirty years or more at this point.  However, since I voted for Trump, I am a racist.  It doesn’t matter that I voted for Ben Carson (a white sell-out in his opinion) or that my wife is Asian.  Nope…I am a white supremacist.  That is what the Left and Hollywood and the Media has accomplished.  I have not heard of a single Trump supporter demanding their friends support Trump or end the friendship.  I have heard plenty of (whatever the hell you wanna call them) demand you DENOUNCE Trump or they will not be your friend.  This is akin to emotional blackmail.  The Left has not made it an intellectual argument.  Instead, they have stipulated clearly: If you support Trump, you are a white supremacist, or a racist, or whatever bigoted term you choose.  Surely, you have no rational reason for choosing to vote for Trump other than your hatred of the “lessor races.”  I hate to break it to you, but people voted Trump for a variety of reasons.  What the Left/Media/Etc seeks to do is to separate people and prevent them from talking, and I hate to say that they appear to be successful.

I pity my old friend.  He has been brainwashed so completely, his mind an empty husk that can only be filled by the propaganda of what he has been told.  Cutting off all voice of opposition, he will be forever beholden to the powers that be.  He will forsake friends that would help him for the meaningless lies that drip from his party’s mouth.  Winding up with nothing.  For his party does not care for him.  They use him as all parties do.  Obama will not appear to help him when he needs it.  Clinton will not appear to help him when he needs it.  Kaepernick will not show up to help him when he needs it.  I might have.  But now I will not, and I have nothing but absolute pity for him.

Long Live the Constitution!

Rick and Morty

Posted by Troy on 29th September 2017 in Entertainment

I haven’t done an entertainment piece in a while, so I thought I would write a little about Rick and Morty.

Overall, I quite like the show.  I find it humorous and witty even though a lot of their subject matter is abhorrent.  However, the last season has been a little much on the whole Nihilism thing.

There are major tenements of Rick’s philosophy:  1 – no one is special (well, except for himself, who is the most special person int he world), 2 – we are all replaceable because we are not special, and 3) Nothing matters.  Special shout out to a particular episode  entitle Auto Erotic Assimilation which suggests that freedom and individuality can be negative things.

Of course, I have difficulty accepting such tenements.  Nihilism is trendy when you are young and stupid.  It’s nice as it removes any morality and is supposed to be freeing or something.  But the problem is that no one actually means it.  Those who truly adhere to Nihilism tend to end up killing themselves, as a meaningless life is unbearable.  It is also something that no one believes in their heart.  If you believe nothing matters and there is no higher God/Power/Truth, then here is the question:

A man goes into a room and finds a woman that he desires above all others unconscious beyond being revived.  He is the only one that knows he is there.  If he were to have sex with her unconscious body, no one would know.  Why shouldn’t he?

If nothing matters, if there is no true right or wrong or anything else, the only justification that you would have for him not doing so would be that he may be caught.  However, in this case, we stipulate that there is no way he can be caught and he knows it.  So why shouldn’t he?

Because it’s wrong.  Because it matters.

You can’t have it both ways.  If nothing matters, there cannot be right and wrong.  Nothing matters.  We are all going to die and be erased anyway.

The show is very funny and witty.  However, be sure that you take the philosophy of the show with more than a grain of salt.  Enjoy the show, but do not buy into the message of the show.

By the way, eye patch Morty is most definitely the current Rick’s original Morty, and Beth is now a clone.

Long Live the Constitution!

Trump is not dividing us. YOU are dividing us.

Posted by Troy on 26th September 2017 in Current Events, Human Nature, Political

Those who hate Trump declare that he is dividing us.  I will say that Trump is not the one dividing us.  What might me more accurate is that the media is dividing us.  Hollywood is dividing us.  Sports are dividing us.  Politicians are dividing us.  But all of this is wrong.

YOU are the one who is dividing us.

When you decide to break off friendships base on whether or not someone supports Trump, you are dividing us.

If you have a friend who has been there for you for the last ten years, and you find out that he supported Trump or hates Trump, and you dump that friend… what does that say, exactly?

You will say “Well, his supporting of Trump is proof that he is a racist and a sexist and anti-immigrant and pro-Nazi…”  HOLY SHIT!!!!  He was that horrible a human being and managed to hide it from you for ten whole years?  Tricking you by helping you move and giving you rides to the airport and shit like that?  Gotta watch them Nazis.  They are tricky as hell.

Or might it be that your friend is perfectly fine?  That outside forces have told you that this is what you should believe because believing such things allows you to shut your mind to them, to avoid conversations.  After all, what can you learn from a Nazi?  You can’t convince a Nazi.  So why talk to them?

As such, you divide us.  Where there is no conversation, there can be no growth.  There can be no reconciliation.  The worst things is all that’s left when people stop talking is violence.

This is why it’s important NOT to unfriend people.  Why you shouldn’t divorce your husband regardless of what the View tells you.  Talk to the person with an open mind.  Maybe you will learn something, even if is just that they have reasons for their beliefs and they are not monsters.  Hell, maybe you will change their mind.

Long Live the Constitution!

The Truth About DACA

Posted by Troy on 20th September 2017 in Current Events, Political

Who can be against giving citizenship to people who were brought here since they were two?

First of all, I think that’s probably the minority of cases, but let’s deal with things logically:

Leftists say that they want to look at the children that are brought here by their parents, but let’s be honest, if you let the children stay, the argument automatically changes to “How can you separate families?!”  Also, if you give them a legitimate path to citizenship, you also open up them sponsoring their family members.  De facto, if you give the children citizenship, you will end up giving the parents citizenship.

You can never actually verify anything.  You find a twenty-three-year-old who is here illegally.  You ask him, “When did you get here?”  If he has a brain, he will say, “Oh, my parents brought me here when I was two.”  There’s no way to verify this.  He is illegal.  Any lack of paperwork/evidence can easily be chalked up to being here illegal and fear of deportation.  He will no doubt have several people willing to lie for him, or he can say something vague like “We lived in the shadows…always moving…”  Unless you want to allow a “liar liar pants on fire” methodology, there’s no way to counter this.  This is actually the main reason not to do DACA.  There is literally no way to verify eligible people.  If you can’t identify who is or is not eligible, then everyone is eligible.

But let’s assume you find two illegals who came here and had a child on American soil–also known as an anchor baby.  They will say that you can’t separate the family.  I don’t want to separate them.  The child goes with the parent.  Citizenship confers to the child.  A child born on American soil to Mexican parents are Mexican.  They are also American as we have a strange law saying if you are born here, you’re a citizen.  The only reason we have this law has to do with slavery and making sure no state denied citizenship to the children of slaves.  But it is the law on the books.  If the parents go, the child goes with them unless they have a relative they wish the child to stay with or someone adopt the child (etc).  When the child reaches the age of majority (18), they get to come back.  If you say it’s cruel because this is the only country they have known…parents move ALL THE TIME against the wishes of the children.  If doesn’t matter if all their friends are there!  They way to graduate from that high school!  etc.  It does not matter.  The desires of minors are at the whims of their parents.  If the parents move, the child goes with them.

Long Live the Constitution!

Now It’s Just Getting Sad

Posted by Troy on 13th September 2017 in Current Events, Political

Hillary’s book is going to be little more than an object of ridicule.  I am of the mind that the Clintons are all about the payday.  If I was very cynical, I would say that she was purposefully making a total mockery of herself to sell books, as no one in their right might would read this drivel without the spectacle.  However, they read passages out of this book, and then Clinton supporters are forced to defend these near paranoid rantings and whole scale slander of Americans who disagreed with Hillary and even Democrats who didn’t do enough to get Her Majesty elected.

In an ideal world, the loser acts dignified.  They put themselves above the fray.  You shake hands and walk away and never speak of it again.  This allows your supporters to say “What REALLY happened was…” and they can feel free to insult any group or blame Russia or whatever.  However, she’s the one acting crazy, forcing her supporters into the role of defenders to things that they know are absolute bogus.  In the short-term, it’s awkward.  In the long-term, it drives these supporters away.  I hate to break it to Hillary, but she actually would have lost by a wider margin if the election were held today.  No one likes her.  The more you see of her, the less you like her (as I said at the beginning).  The way she is staying in the public eye, she will soon become one of the most hated people in America.  What she is doing is showing people why they are lucky she lost.

Long Live the Constitution!

The Genius of Donald Trump’s Debt Ceiling Deal

Posted by Troy on 7th September 2017 in Political

The Left and Media is crowing about their win.  Conservative Pundits are spitting fire.  Never Trumpers are spewing “Told ya so!”  And most Trump supports are saying… “Meh.”

I think “Meh.”  Sums it up.  I often look at Trump’s actions and think “He’s either insane or genius.”  As he is fabulously wealthy, I have to assume that he is not insane.  So let me explain why the move was genius.

The debt ceiling was going to get raised.  Let’s just be honest about this for once.  We all know it.  We can have this “Oh, we’ll shut down the government,” spiting contests which are little more than roosters preening.  At the end of the day, the debt ceiling gets raised.  Trump knows this.  He knows it’s a waste of time.  He has hurricanes to deal with.  He knows that, if he takes too long getting the aid to the hurricane victims, the media is going to roast him (unfairly, but they don’t wish to be fair or impartial).

Trump wants to use energy on useful things.  There is nothing business people hate more than being stuck in some stupid meeting that is mandated by some out of touch bureaucrat.  That’s all this fight is.  Trump knows what’s going to happen.  Why bother wasting time and effort?  Far better to get it out of the way so that his people can work on more important things, like tax reform.

It also is a backhand to the Republicans.  The republicans are proving all small government lovers’ worst fear: that the Republicans are just as in love with big government and what the Democrats are doing.  They want to be able to rant and rave and get elected but never actually slow or stop that big government agenda.  They want a big government too.  The only thing that Republicans love to do is have pointless, meaningless stands.  The debt ceiling is the best fight of all!  They can get up and gnash their teeth and then capitulate because they can’t very well let America default on the debt, can they?

It’s a wake-up call to the Republicans in Congress.  Now they know that Trump is not on the Republican side.  Trump is on Trump’s side (to which, I honestly believe that Trump believes that Trump’s side IS America’s side).  Maybe this scares them, which is good.

Along these lines, it is also a page out of Sun Tzu’s Art of War.    “Put them in a spot where they have no place to go, and they will die before fleeing. If they are to die there, what can they not do? Warriors exert their full strength. When warriors are in great danger, then they have no fear. When there is nowhere to go they are firm, when they are deeply involved they stick to it. If they have no choice, they will fight.”  In other words, if your army feels like they are in danger of being absolutely destroyed, they will fight like hell to survive.  This is pretty hardcore, but there it is.  Now the Republicans might understand that they have to get something done, or Trump will try to get his agenda done by any means necessary, even if its working with the Democrats.

Likewise, DACA was  a great move.  It takes a program and puts it on the bargain table.  In the end, I think Trump’s pitch will be this:  “If you secure with border with… oh… I don’t know… a wall, we can work out something for these ‘Dreamers.’”

This is good stuff.  This is how deals are made.  And what did he give up?  Nothing.  The debt ceiling was going to be made.  DACA was going to be overturned by the courts and would have eventually been saved by Congress due to media pressure.  This is why I say these moves are genius.

Long Live the Constitution!

The Death of DACA

Posted by Troy on 5th September 2017 in Current Events, Political

I shall not cry for the death of DACA.  Let’s be honest: DACA was more or less an unconstitutional veto of a law.  It’s really no different than when Andrew Jackson said “John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it.”  In fact, Obama said over and over again that he could not do anything on his own and that his action would be unconstitutional.  Ergo, he knew that he was acting outside the law.  It’s no surprise as he received more 0 and 9 decisions against him, and that is with having appointed 2 of the Justices.

Why is it that illegal immigrants get to be exempt from the laws of this land?  I live in the country.  If I wanted to convert an AR-15 into a full auto machine gun, do you think the courts would say, “Well, he’s otherwise law abiding.  We don’t want to separate him from his family.”  Nope, they would throw my ass in jail.

And yet, illegals are getting a free pass on any non-capital offense.  Even serial rapists are getting off.  In New York, they will not enforce public decency laws when nude females beg for cash on the street.  Why?  We can’t have them deported.  At this point, you are slanting the law against the citizen.  This is insane.

So what did Trump do?  He said DACA will end in six months and ordered Congress to get off their ass and figure something out.  Wait…demanding a law be made or repealed by the Legislative Branch?  What a Fascist!  No…wait…um…that’s following the rule of law and also accepting the limit of his Constitutional power.  Someone ignoring the limits of power to make their will the effect of law (as Obama did)…well THAT actually sounds Fascists.

This goes back to what I’ve been saying for years.  The Left WANTS a dictator.  They just want a dictator they agree with.

Long Live the Constitution!

Science Deniers – The Retort to Global Warming Scientists

Posted by Troy on 4th September 2017 in Current Events, Political

After watching an interview with Bill Nye the Science Guy wherein he said that refusal to accept the “settled science” of global warming is a delusional disorder, I felt that I had to make a response.

I grew up with a love of science.  When I was five, my dad taught me things years ahead of the other kids: like how a prism works and how a laser works.  This made me feel smart in science class, and I always did well in science.  I really threw myself into science and consider it my first love, later replaced by a love of history.  I have watched science bastardized by these so-called global warming scientists.  Now, let me explain why:

1)  There should be no thing as settled science.  Science should be made stronger by questioning.  When someone brings up a challenge to a theory, the theory must be re-tested.  Variables should be isolated, examined, and conclusions reached to either disprove the theory or not.  A theory is never proven, not truly.  It merely survives round after round of testing until it is accepted as a law…until it is disproved later.  What a true scientist would never do is say, “The science is settled.  How dare you question my theory?”

2)  The scientific method is centered around trying to disprove theories.  The global warming brand of science is centered around proving their own theories.  This is evident by their cherry picking data, ignoring other data, and other such practices.

3)  Global warming science is unique in one regard: it forbids the evaluation of a variable.  How can a science be a science if you won’t consider all variables?  What’s the variable they refuse to consider?  Sun activity.  Let that soak in for just a minute.  What is the source of ALL global warming?  It is THE FRIGGIN’ SUN!  It is out there, shining, and heating the world.  If the sun were to go out, Earth would get a whole lot colder.  If it went nuts and got twice as hot or doubled in size suddenly, Earth would be burnt to a crisp.  Just on the surface, the sun’s activity seems like a very important factor.  When someone tells me that I’m not allowed to look at a piece of evidence when they are presenting their theory, I am very suspicious and assume that the evidence I am not allowed to consider would blast their theory to hell.  And that’s exactly what this piece of evidence does.  For you see, the sun has been in a high state of solar flux.  If you were to point an infrared telescope at EVERY SINGLE other planet in our solar system, you would discover that they have ALL gotten hotter.  How is that possible if humans are responsible for global warming?  So far as I know, only Earth has humans.  But there is one factor that they all have in common.  You guessed it… the sun!  What they also will not tell you is that the fossil records indicate that Earth is typically hotter and wetter than it is right now.

I have no doubt that humans contribute to climate change.  However, I do not believe that they are the main cause.  I have a feeling we are not even a major cause.  This would be like blaming your baseball cap you are wearing for the scale showing you are overweight.  It might have added some weight, but not nearly enough to categorize you as obese.  I suspect we have a relatively minor impact.

So, which one of us sounds like a science denier?

Long Live the Constitution!

Of Colin Kaepernick and Freedom of Speech

Posted by Troy on 22nd August 2017 in Current Events, Human Nature

More people are taking the knee during the national anthem.  Others are demanding that some team sign Kaepernick.  They say that his display is freedom of speech.

Yes.  Of course it is.  Just like when the Dixie Chicks shot off at the mouth and said they were embarrassed that George Bush was our President…and their sales tanked.  When you pop off at the mouth, people will judge you.  Frankly, if Colin Kaepernick was blogging and making serious points and trying to raise awareness and working with police community outreach programs, people would probably praise him universally.  Instead, he kneels during the national anthem with the suggestion that this country is fundamentally racist.  Well, if you are proud of America and love America, this is a personal affront.  As such, you might not want to watch the game.  This hurts sales, and why would a team hire such a player?  Let’s be honest.  The NFL doesn’t care about patriotism past how they can use it to make money.

Here’s a question, if Tom Brady came out and was advocating dropping the age of consent to 11 and suggesting that middle aged men should be able to date 11-year-old boys, how fast do you think he would be fired for exercising his freedom of speech.  You are free to say whatever you want.  If it offends people, they are free to shun you.  Colin Kaepernick supporters cannot hide behind the shield of free speech.  I guarantee if there was a player out there advocating for the revocation of the 13th Amendment, there would be NO ONE saying that ANY TEAM should sign them.  Instead, they would be talking about if such speech should be made illegal.  If any team was stupid enough to sign that player, there would be boycotts and protests and vandalism until that player was terminated.

Long Live the Constitution