With regard to Senator Feinstein’s position on the 2nd Amendment, I have this to say. Her ideals are different than ours, but how does it make her right or wrong? Well, here’s how; our ideals do not steal individual liberty, but enable the individual to choose their own lifestyle and take personal responsibility for it. Her ideals force, through rule of law and at the barrel of a gun, that we live the lifestyle she chooses for us. In her world, she and her like-minded peers possess greater wisdom than the rest of society and therefore should impose their ideals upon all of us, for our own good. The Collectivists will never understand our willingness to take personal responsibility for our own lives and live in freedom, because they live in fear every day and need someone to take the responsibility of protecting them and, of course, protecting us from ourselves. The Collectivists believe that a utopian state of peace, security, and love can be achieved, which justifies whatever means necessary to acquire it. In their vision, with enough controls in place, we can all be forced into peaceful behavior and all non-compliant citizens can be removed from society (prison). The fallacy of their thought could fill a novel (Atlas Shrugged), but in summation, to effectively control each individual’s behavior, to a level that would make them all feel safe, is not physically possible without providing each of us with our own jail cell to live out our days. The problem is that their means have been ineffective at best and objectively destructive. The Collectivist redistribution policies are intended to help people out of poverty, but by stripping their personal responsibility to provide for themselves, the opposite effect is produced, the recipients of redistribution become dependents and lose whatever skills they may have had to provide for themselves (i.e. Native American tribes). The Collectivist policies which are imposed upon all of us with the ideal of preventing us from harming our own bodies, fall miserably short of their intended goal and create an onslaught of unintended consequences. The drug war has drastically increased theft crime and single parent homes, filled prisons to the point of overflow, created a full-on war that makes prohibition days look childish, and cost the taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars. The end result is little to no decrease in drug use and a plethora of new more dangerous drugs. Finally, the attack on civil liberties, from the Patriot Act and NDAA to gun legislation, has already created criminals where none existed, expanded government spending by billions, and destroyed the relationship of trust between millions of Americans and their government. Trust is the most sacred responsibility of a government to its citizens, without it, the fabric which holds us together as a nation begins to tear. If we cannot find a way to restore the rights of the people, we as a powerful nation, full of hope and promise, are destined to parish. We can argue the finer points of each legislative intrusion into our lives, but until “We the People” confront the Collectivist agenda for what it is, we will continue down the path that has slowly eroded our liberty for over a hundred years. The Collectivists are patient and willing to accept small steps toward their Utopian agenda, but for freedom loving Americans, we have but one choice; no more compromise away from liberty, no more redistribution financed through inflation and debt, no more intrusions into our personal lives, but more important than stopping the Collectivist’s progress, is the restoration of our liberties on all fronts. We must nullify at the state level and work to repeal in DC, the legislation that is not in alignment with the Constitution, as amended. We must be the loudest, most consistent voice in our capitols of every state and the nation. We must pursue a vigorous agenda of educating ourselves, our children and the public about the Collectivist agenda and its consequences for America. Finally, we must stay true to our values that guide us to do what is right, without legislating our moral agenda and imposing our values on others, making us no different than a Collectivist. Serve the cause of Liberty, not ideals!
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