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It is very disturbing to me that the President of the United States is once again threatening to overreach his powers via Executive Order in regards to guns and gun laws.
It is important to remember that a Tyrant will take away your guns so that they will have control over you and the Country. This is the path he is moving towards, to give power to both himself and the Federal Government.

Here is what the second Amendment says:
U.S. Constitution — “Amendment II –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.”

[Cornell University Law School, http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/constitution.billofrights.html#amendmentii ]

Very simply, and very effectively, our Founding Fathers protected the ability of each individual citizen, and the state of which he is a part, to “keep and bear arms” for defense. In reading this amendment, you must focus on the first tiny comma, for that punctuation mark divides this guarantee into two separate, but equal, parts.
First, each “free state” of the Union was granted the ability to create and maintain a “well regulated militia”; note that his guarantee says, “well regulated”, not Federal Government regulated!
After the comma, a second guarantee was granted, i.e., the “right of the people” to ” keep and bear arms”. The term, “people” simply means the individual citizen of the United States of America.

Therefore, each individual citizen has a Constitutionally-guaranteed right to keep and bear arms!

Then, the second comma contains the guarantee: “shall not be infringed”. In other words, both the right of the state to maintain a militia AND the right of the individual citizen to keep and bear arms “shall not be infringed”. This definition is the simple, straightforward meaning of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
~ cuttingedge.org

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History repeats itself, from October 2, 1865, The Gonzales Flag, Texas

Texas Representative Steve Stockman is threatening to push the impeachment of Obama in regards to gun control. He clearly explains how Obama’s actions will violate our 2nd amendment right:

“The President’s actions are an existential threat to this nation. The right of the people to keep and bear arms is what has kept this nation free and secure for over 200 years. The very purpose of the Second Amendment is to stop the government from disallowing people the means to defend themselves against tyranny. Any proposal to abuse executive power and infringe upon gun rights must be repelled with the stiffest legislative force possible.

The President’s actions are not just an attack on the Constitution and a violation of his sworn oath of office – they are a direct attack on Americans that place all of us in danger. If the President is allowed to suspend constitutional rights on his own personal whims, our free republic has effectively ceased to exist.” ~ Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas
It is important to pay attention to what is happening in Washington, as your rights are about to be taken away right under your nose. If that happens, I see a revolution in the near future.
I leave you this quote by Edmund Burke to think about, especially since Obama seems to have the masses under his “charismatic spell”.

“The people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion.” ~Edmund Burke

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You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life. The fool, in “Intuitions” (written Oct. 1932; published in Youthful Writings, 1976) By Albert Camus

According to Webster’s New Universal Unabridged dictionary, “happiness” is defined as, “The enjoyment of pleasure without pain; felicity, blessedness, or satisfaction.” It would seem that happiness would be relatively easy to acquire, as defined above, however so many people are not happy. Happiness is not just one single thing; it cannot be defined in one statement as given by Webster’s. What is “happiness” to one person could be “hell” to another, so I am not going to attempt to define it, but I do believe that people can obtain it. Happiness is subject to many unseen circumstances, it is also determined by individual perceptions of it, and is believed to be obtained through many avenues such as materialism, money, power, and sometimes (but rarely?) self-reflection.

There are many unseen forces, circumstances and social pressures that we must endure; these are some of the obstacles to our happiness. I believe that most people would agree that there are circumstances “beyond our control” that affect our happiness. I am referring to the most essential mark of human identity which distinguishes us from other animals, the possession of free will and the innate perception of good and evil with the ability to choose between them. The choices that other people make are a crucial and conditional factor in determining our happiness.

There are are also social pressures that we have to deal with that can affect our perception of happiness. This must be a major factor, as society ultimately forms our perception of what is acceptable. Television and media are constantly bombarding us with messages of what is supposed to bring us happiness, and everyone falls into that trap. Our society is abhorrently selfish, wanting more and more things, as we are never happy with what we have. According to the Austrian writer and poet, Baronness Marie Von Eber-Eschenbach, “To be content with little is hard, to be content with much is impossible.”  It is much like a double-edged sword.

The problem with wanting more and never being happy with what we have, could be because our country has always been “rich” compared to the rest of the world. The majority of the people in the U.S. (except for the poorest & homeless?) has never really experienced true poverty, hunger, thirst, or wanted for shelter. Perhaps if we Americans had to live through another depression, it would force us to rethink our priorities and would make it easier for people to be happy. More people could find happiness by trying to live by the words of Lao Tzu, founder of Taoism, “Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, and have few desires.” Of course this is difficult, as our culture and society tells us that more is better and that something is wrong with us if we are not following the pack.

Happiness is determined by individual perceptions of what happiness is. I really believe this to be true. Since we are complex organisms, we possess complex brains, which allows us to think and reason. Maybe the hardest part of obtaining happiness is actually deciding to be happy (this is where the self-reflection comes in). The Roman statesman and and philosopher Seneca, explains it best in the following, “The mind is the master over every kind of fortune: itself acts in both ways, being the cause of its own happiness and misery.”

Happiness is believed to be obtained through many avenues such as materialism, money and power. These are probably the sources of torment and unhappiness for many people. Sure, they can make living easier, but they are not a necessary ingredient to happiness. In fact, in many cases they are the cause of misery (after winning the lottery, people find out that their lives become much worse than before they had all that money).

It is only logical to realize that excessive material possessions are not going to determine your happiness. This is where we trick ourselves into believing that if we only had that certain thing that we think we need, then we would be totally happy.

Happiness can be achieved through self-reflection and people need to realize that it is the craving of more things that keep them from being happy. I leave this one final quote to think about, one of my favorites from a children’s book, The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” Happiness is something that each of us as an individual can only find within ourselves.

Happiness hand photo: zeenatsyal.files.wordpress.com

Chinese sign for happiness: chinesecomments.com

Happiness sign: shineanthology.wordpress.com/2008/12/

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I have been thinking about the current administration leading our country, and the people who President Obama surrounds himself with. One in particular I would like to talk about is Rahm Emanuel, Chief of Staff to Obama. Has come under fire for his lack of self-control and frequent outbursts recently…..basically he is a “hot head”.

 It bothers me that there is a lack of good character, or “class” in regards to our leaders.  Well what does this mean?   Here are a couple of quotes to read and think about regarding this issue. 

Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men of unexceptionable characters.”

 Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren on the subject of Character, November 4, 1775

It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.”

 Thomas Jefferson, notes on Virginia Query 19, regarding character, 1781.

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“By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more. ”
~Albert Camus

 

As the vote for passing the notorious “health care bill” comes to a close…..it is quite clear that this quote is true, the government, or rather those in charge, do not have a conscience.  The obvious fraud, bribes, and behind the door deals shows the corruption that is alive and well within our government.

I believe the founding fathers are rolling in their graves.

con·science [ kónshənss ] (plural con·sciences)
noun 
 
Definition:
 
1. sense of right and wrong: the sense of what is right and wrong that governs somebody’s thoughts and actions, urging him or her to do right rather than wrong
2. obedience to conscience: behavior according to what your sense of right and wrong tells you is right
3. shared moral viewpoint: a shared concern for moral issues

Works

  • The Stranger; Novel: 1941, 1942, (English 1946)
  • The Myth of Sisyphus; Essay: 1942, (English 1955)
  • The Misunderstanding; 1943
  • Cross Purpose; Play: 1944
  • Caligula; Play: 1944
  • The Plague; Novel: 1947
  • State of Siege; Play: 1948, (English 1958)
  • The Just Assassins; Play: 1950
  • The Rebel; Essay: 1951
  • The Fall; Novel: 1956
  • Exile and the Kingdom; Short Stories: 1957
  • Resistance, Rebellion, and Death; Essays: 1960
  • A Happy Death; Novel: 1971
  • Youthful Writings; Essays: 1973

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