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.
Second Amendment-United States Constitution
We all have choices to make. Some are simple, daily, repetitive … what to wear to work, what’s for dinner tonight, is there anything worth watching on the boob tube.
At other times we face decisions of a bit more complex nature. Is this really the right car for me and my family. Who “is” the best person for the job. Should I stand (and maybe “die”), metaphorically, on this hill, or concede to the wishes of my wife.
Then there are the occasional really tough choices. Like; Should I risk losing the best friend I ever had by telling them what they really need to hear, or just agree with them and keep their friendship (assuming they are in some sort of self destructive state/situation).
Then there are the real life or death kinds of choices. And not just in a physical sense. The ones that can spiritually wound or even kill (or lead to the death of your soul)
We all make choices.
I, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
The Oath of enlistment/re-enlistment of the Armed Forces
Some of us feel that this oath, once taken, is taken for life. That our sacred oath demands we are duty bound to the oath even after enlistments and office holdings have expired. That one is honor bound to it … for life. That there are ideals and beliefs which once realized, are worth the total investment of self. Even to the point of “that last full measure of devotion”.
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
Oath of Office
Some of us don’t. They take political gambles with your first amendment rights, and lose. They allow for the further encroachment of our property rights. Seek to obliterate our borders, sovrenty, and national security. And now, an out and out attack on the linchpin of the Constitution, the Second Amendment..
And Some of us plan on supporting the Constitution as it was originally intended, especially if elected to higher office.
In one respect, the cave dweller over in Afghanistan has it correct. We are comfortable here in the west, especially in America. We have been blessed with a prosperity and abundance of riches, and standard of living, no other nation on earth as realized. And (the collective) we have come to expect our government to take appropriate action when needed. That the government will take care of what ever needs to be taken care of. It can mass an army large enough to meet our defense. It can through sanctions, diplomatic meetings, behind the scenes arm twisting, bend the rest of the world to our ends (or come up with a mutually agreeable compromise). But what this has done, over the course of the past 60-70 years, is to accelerate, in a negative way, a shift in personal responsibility.
It’s easier to let someone else do it. To defend you. To pay a larger burden of the expense of running the government which is providing you with welfare (tax the rich make em bleed…I don’t have enough…they have too much). To let the police take care of all vestiges of crime. (We don’t NEED guns….that’s what the cops are for anyhow.)
No it isn’t! With perhaps one exception. It is quite possible that in the process of defending you …your son/daughter/husband/wife will pay for your comfort. This would be perhaps the only legitimate extension to the federal government. But as to the others. Living off the dole, due to the (successful) efforts of others? Granting the police more and more power to battle crime when the moral code(s) used to define just what constitutes *a crime* become more and more nebulous, to the point where even ones thoughts are suspect? All the while, you are asked (cajoled, scared, lied to) to give up (some, and only for a short time if possible) personal freedoms to achieve these ends.
I guess it is at least partially due to human nature things are as they are. But ask yourself this … at what price freedom?
At what point do I … must I … make a choice to let things continue in the direction they are going. At which personal line in the sand, after many such lines have been drawn, and crossed, do I say “that’s it, that’s enough. You have gone too far into what is MINE by divine right (or natural law if you prefer). I don’t know what the answer is for you. Never the less, the time is fast approaching when a choice (or choices) will have to be made.
Are you ready? Will you be ready? To Make A Choice? Or will you let others make it for you?
Update changed the link to “the Second Amendment” above and moved other link to end of post. -Harbor Master.
Update2Seems someone in Congress also gets it. Head on over and add your two cents… A choice in the right direction