The Right to Bear Arms…But By Whom?

The Second Amendment states,

“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

For years, I have been a staunch advocate of the right of the people to keep weapons against the possibility of Government infringement of rights, but recently, I had an epiphany.  In watching an episode of The Young Turks on

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Youtube, I was reminded of something which I had forgotten.  So I had to reread the 2nd Amendment and think back to the time when I served in the National Guard.

Prior to joining the National Guard, I had studied in High School about the State Militias, the Minutemen, who fought the Revolutionary War.  In studying the arguments in the Continental Congress in drafting the Bill of Rights, those men recalled the time when King George sought to disarm the colonies, which made it difficult for those colonies to fight the Revolution.  In fact, were it not for the French in supplying the colonies, they surely would have lost the struggle.

So they ratified the 2nd Amendment to protect the States from potential tyranny from the new centrally structured Federal Government created by the Constitution.

In that Youtube video, producer Steve Oh, made an observation that I had forgotten.  Prior to the rise of the NRA in 1977, Americans understood this amendment to apply to the States.  That is, just as I had learned, the 2nd Amendment protected the rights of the STATES (which, at that time, were independent countries bound by a Constitution–which simply is a contract) to maintain their own militia as they saw fit.

Has the Right to Bear Arms been Infringed in any way?

Certainly not, for every Governor of every State has a “well armed militia” known as the National Guard.  Even though the regular Army guys would often deride us as “weekend warriors,” I was proud to serve as a modern Minuteman.  I was part of a proud tradition–the “well armed militia” spoken of in the 2nd Amendment.

The recent shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School along with James Holmes in Colorado among others, has recently brought the issue of gun control back into the National spotlight.  Although I believed in private gun rights, I was having a difficult time reconciling this belief with the facts surrounding the violence in which we face.  To be clear, I do not believe that the removal of guns from private citizens will solve the underlying issues that are resulting in these crimes, but is will stop the needless killing.

What are the underlying causes of these shootings?

That is why this blog is appearing here.

As I dig deeper and deeper into the lust for Power displayed by the Republican Party, I am growing more and more disturbed.  Indeed, I understand that one of the fundamental needs of humans is a need to control one’s own destiny, that is, we all have a need for control, or power, over our own lives.

The Drug War has stripped many of that control.  The constant drumming of claims of rising crime rates (even when these drop) by the GOP and Republican-led media arms, continues to foster a climate of fear.  The continued cry of the NRA and the GOP that unless we all have weapons, we need to fear our Government is only adding to that climate.

What is the Natural Reaction to Fear and Powerlessness?

These insidious men and women who continue to spread this fear know very well how to retain their power, which is what this is all about…spread fear.  People will make any compromise and go to any lengths when they are in fear of losing their freedom…their freewill.  But this Party, CLAIMING to serve God, are bent on doing something even God himself does not do…strip the public of freewill.  They do this to retain power.

But the jig is up.  People are beginning to wake up to the fact that starting with Nixon, continued by Reagan, and the rest of the so-called “leaders’ of the GOP, all their lies and blatant disregard for facts are nothing more than efforts to cheat the American people of the Government which they deserve.

I am getting the impression that this shift in beliefs about weapons rights is just another part of the Republican strategy to control America.

If you pay attention, you will see that more often than not, those who strike out violently in this way are either Republicans or Conservatives.  This is because these are the people listening to the bile coming from Fox “News” every day that they need to fear the Government, the foreigners, and even their own families.  Fear is promoted at every turn and fear always results in heinous activities.

Even if Congress were to ban all weapons from individual citizens today, the States will still have their militias and as such, the 2nd Amendment will have not “infringed” on anyone’s rights.  As it stands currently, the higher right to life is certainly being infringed upon by those listening to this fear-mongering bile spewing from the mouths of Republicans.

Isn’t it about time we grow a set of balls in this nation and stop listening to those liars and naysayers?

Isn’t it about time we learn to have faith in the Great American Experiment started over 200 years ago?

Isn’t it about time we stop fearing our Government, those who are different, and each other?

Isn’t it about time we stop the Drug War that is continuing this climate of fear by pitting our African-American brothers and sisters against the rest?

Isn’t it about time?

If you would like to know more about how the GOP starting with Nixon and Reagan is fostering fear through the cunning use of the Drug War and War on Crime, read The Cowards in Charge: “The Whole Problem is Really with the Blacks” now on Amazon.  Just follow the link in the title above.  And until December 20, 2012, Amazon is giving away free copies, but hurry, I just checked and there are only 27 Free copies remaining.

Read more about the Republican Party’s assault on Black Communities.

Read how Reagan cunningly won the hearts of racist Southern Democrats to gain power through fear.

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How Reagan Won the Hearts (and votes) of Southern Conservatives

Prior to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, most Southern Conservatives were Democrats.   At this time, the Democratic

Reagan in Black Face

Reagan, through his Drug War policies did more to suppress African-Americans than any other President, earning him the Jim Crow Black Face

Party was split between those who believed in liberal ideologies and those who believed in States Rights and conservative ideals.  The Republican Party had traditionally been the “Party of Lincoln,” the party that freed the slaves and brought about positive changes to the nation.  However, after FDR, that changed.

To be sure, FDR was strongly conservative and his policies were as well, but he was a Democrat who won support nationwide.  For the next 30 years, Republicans simply could not gain control over Washington and by the time Nixon entered the arena, the GOP was desperate to regain influence in DC politics.  Looking back, it certainly made sense to the Party that to regain power, the Party needed to become more conservative and less liberal.

Then, Republican Chief Justice Earl Warren opened the door to changes that would send shivers down the spines of Southern Democrats, who were largely conservative and very racist.  In Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court ended segregation in schools.   Then the Court made other changes that pleased Democrats in the north as well as liberal-leaning Republicans, but set the stage for limited abuses in the Criminal Justice arena.

Nixon entered with a solution:  Shift away from the liberal side and become strongly conservative, at the same time woo the Southern Democrats with promises to return to the days of Jim Crow laws.  By using catch-phrases like “States Rights” and “Traditional Family Values,” Southern Democrats got the message.

But Nixon lost the gains he had made by discrediting the GOP for a time with the Watergate Scandal.

Enter Reagan.

Reagan promised the same things that Nixon promised and expanded the Drug War in his bid to retain the votes of Southern Democrats.  The ploy worked and the south never voted Democrat again.

How did he do this?

The key tool was Cocaine, which we now know Reagan boosted in America by protecting shipments into Miami for the supposed sake of funneling money to the Sandinista Rebels.  By the time Reagan left office, the supplied of Coke in America had increased despite growing demand and prices were lower.   At the same time, Crack became an issue in the nation and Reagan crafted a series of bills to increase penalties for crack possession while not affecting similar penalties for the possession of powder cocaine.

This had the effect of increasing penalties on African-Americans, who were more likely to be in possession of Crack (mostly as dealers) than powder.  This is ironic considering that crack is closer to the natural form than powder.  But considering the intent of the legislation, namely to bolster support among racist Southern Democrats, it all makes perfect sense.

Indeed, since then, the disparities in the criminal justice system relating to Black arrests, convictions, and time incarcerated has become such that any thinking person now understands that discrimination must be at play.

Indeed, Reagan cunningly used the Black community as a pawn to gaining power for the GOP by winning favor with the racist Southern Conservatives.

It became, as H.R. Haldeman, Nixon” Right-Hand man stated in his Diaries, published in 1994,

He [Nixon] emphasized that you have to face the fact that the whole problem is really with the blacks.  The key is to devise a system that recognizes this while not appearing to.

Nixon devised the system and the GOP, starting with Reagan has kept that system in place to retain their power.  Disgusting.  Unless, of course, you are a Southern Conservative.  Then it is nothing short of Brilliance.

To learn more, read my book on Amazon, The Cowards in Charge: “The Whole Problem is Really with the Blacks.

If you act before December 20, 2012, you may receive a free copy on Amazon, but there only remain about 2 dozen so act now.

The Republican Party’s Assault on Black Communities

I know this is going to ruffle feathers and at my age, I am no longer concerned.  I must speak the truth and show the facts,

Richard Nixon in Blackface

Racist Richard Nixon vows to stop crime and drugs with a return to “family values” and States Rights, winning the votes of Southern Democrats eager for a return to Jim Crow laws.

no matter where these lead.

I am a former Republican, having entered the Party during the reign of Ronald Reagan.  I was one of those who listened to the Great Communicator and was convinced that the nation needed to get control over fiscal policy and the problem of drugs in our society.  However, the 90s came along, Newt Gingrich started his “Contract with America,” and something strange happened.

Fiscal responsibility went out the window.

That got me to thinking…Why was the Republican Party, for all their talk of getting the debt under control, suddenly turning into the Party of spend-like-who-gives-a-crap-about-our-kids Party?  What changed?

Actually, nothing changed between Reagan and Gingrich.  As I began to dig into the evidence, I uncovered a sinister plot to gain power in Washington and in 2001, I wrote a book on the Drug War I titled, “Spineless:  How Weak Politician’s Have Botched the Drug War and How we can Still Win.”  However, given the political climate under George W. Bush and the so-called USA PATRIOT Act, I determined that the language was too strong and would need to be softened lest I be labeled a terrorist.  I became an Independent around that time and turned away from the GOP.

I still wondered why the Republican Party, long-known for fiscal conservatism and responsible government, suddenly changed, or appeared to do so.  Then I put the pieces together when I made the connection between Richard Nixon, the Drug War, fiscal policy, and the racial sentencing disparities in the Criminal Justice System, especially as it related to the Drug War.

What I found was that the GOP had not had any real power in Washington in over 30 years leading up to Nixon’s victory in 1968.  What I found was that Nixon gained his victory by currying favor with Southern Democrats, who were disgusted at the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the ensuing Voting Rights Act of 1965.  He won the election, but only because the vote was split by the Independent racist George McGovern.  However, by the next election cycle, Southern Democrats strongly supported Nixon.

They did this because racist Nixon cunningly promised them a return to the days of Jim Crow.  Did he keep his promise?

Indeed, by starting the Drug War, Nixon set in motion a plan that would suppress Black voters which would win over the racist Southern Democrats and give the GOP a strong base of support.  After Reagan, the south never voted Democrat again, for Reagan stepped up efforts to suppress Black communities by expanding the Drug War.  More to come on this, but suffice to say that the bigots in the “Party of Lincoln” were not content to use the power of economic suppression against only Blacks and have expanded that policy by driving the nation to near bankruptcy for their own selfish political gain.

If you would like to know more, read my book, The Cowards in Charge:  “The Whole Problem is Really with the Blacks” now on Amazon.  Through December 20, 2012, Amazon is giving away free copies, but only about 25 remain so act now.