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Illinois State Rifle Association: ‘Good Riddance’ Barack Obama

A January 20 press release from the Illinois State Rifle Association (“dedicated to education, safety training and support of Illinois firearm owners”) is making the rounds on the Internet. Executive Director Richard Pearson penned:

ISRA: Goodbye Barack… Hello Donald

“About eight years ago, I penned a letter to gun owners nationwide about my experiences lobbying Barack Obama when he was an Illinois State Senator. Among the adjectives, I used to describe Senator Obama were arrogant, rude, self-righteous, indignant and aloof. I warned gun owners that an Obama presidency would cast the darkest of days upon supporters of our Second Amendment. I advised gun owners that the only hope for preserving gun rights would be a sustained pushback against Obama’s attempts to obliterate civilian firearm ownership.

There was never any doubt in my mind that Obama would seek to crush the Second Amendment. Obama entered office with the very firm intention of satisfying the globalist ideal of knocking America down a couple of pegs. Thus, in no time at all, President Obama attacked two great American icons – General Motors and our superlative health care system. Next on his plate was an assault on the uniquely American sense of rugged individualism. As we all know, self-reliance is predicated upon the existence of the Second Amendment. Plain and simple – without a Second Amendment, individualism is just a fantasy. Yes, early in his tenure, Barack Obama was achieving his objective of making America more like the rest of the world rather than encouraging the rest of the world to be more like us.

When Obama charged headlong into the gun control fray, he was met with stubborn and determined opposition from everyday gun owners. We fought him in Congress. We fought him in the federal courts. We fought him in the court of public opinion. In the end, the good guys won and the promise of a nation-wide version of Chicago-style gun control faded into irrelevance. For that, gun owners owe themselves a hearty pat on the back.

Now enters Donald Trump- President Donald Trump. Trump has made a lot of promises to gun owners and I hope he keeps them. Copious promises notwithstanding, the nation’s gun owners must remain mobilized and prepared to fight the gun control movement whether the battle is at the national, state, or local level. The fight for gun rights is not over and will never be over.

In closing, I’d like to bid Barack Obama “good riddance,” and wish President Trump well in the monumental job he is about to undertake.”

The ISRA is the state’s leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. For more than a century, the ISRA has represented the interests of millions of law-abiding Illinois firearm owners.

For more information about the Illinois State Rifle Association, head on over to their website here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Texas Judge: Obama To Try And Hand Over U.S. Sovereignty To U.N.

One area of literature that seems to be gaining in popularity these days is survival fiction. And what Lubbock County, Texas, Judge Tom Head recently said about President Obama handing over U.S. sovereignty to the United Nations sounds like something out of those novels. From the FOX 34 News (Lubbock) website on August 21:

Judge Head said he and the county must be prepared for many contingencies, one that he particularly fears, is if President Obama is reelected.

He’s going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the UN, and what is going to happen when that happens?,” Head asked.

“I’m thinking the worst. Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war maybe. And we’re not just talking a few riots here and demonstrations, we’re talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy.

“Now what’s going to happen if we do that, if the public decides to do that? He’s going to send in U.N. troops. I don’t want ’em in Lubbock County. OK. So I’m going to stand in front of their armored personnel carrier and say ‘you’re not coming in here’.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

The U.N.’s response to Judge Head? Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols wrote on the Reuters website on August 24:

The United Nations scoffed on Friday at claims by a judge in Lubbock County, Texas, that U.N. troops could invade the southern U.S. state to settle a possible civil war, which the judge warned could be sparked if Obama is re-elected in November.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous,” said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman, Martin Nesirky, when asked if the United Nations had any plans to invade Texas.

He later added: “No one, not even the United Nations, would ever mess with Texas.”

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Texans must be loving that answer.

But, Judge Head’s assertion may not be as “ridiculous” as it sounds. A number of elected leaders, including U.S. Senators James Inhofe (OK) and Jim DeMint (SC), claim that efforts to sell out U.S. sovereignty to international authority not only exist, but more are on the way. Inhofe and DeMint wrote in a joint op-ed piece on the Washington Times website on July 25:

The American people’s God-given and constitutionally protected right to self-government must be protected. The fact that our people remain skeptical toward the schemes of international diplomats is a sign of their enduring wisdom.

LOST is dead, for now. But new efforts to hand over American sovereignty to international authority already are under way. Only with the ongoing help and vigilance of the American people can we hope to defeat the next generation of unnecessary, unrepublican and undemocratic treaties.

Sources:

“Lubbock Co. Judge warns of potential danger if Obama is re-elected.” MyFOX 34 News. 21 Aug. 2012. (http://www.myfoxlubbock.com/news/local/story/Lubbock-tom-head-tax-rates-president-obama/PeO4Q8GeGEiy_FpxheUnmA.cspx). 4 Sep. 2012.

Charbonneau, Louis, and Nichols, Michelle. “U.N. to invade Texas? “Ridiculous,” says world body.” Reuters. 24 Aug. 2012. (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/24/us-un-texas-duel-idUSBRE87N14A20120824). 4 Sep. 2012.

DeMint, Jim and Inhofe, James M. “INHOFE AND DEMINT: U.N. treaties mean LOST U.S. sovereignty.” Washington Times. 25 July 2012. (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jul/25/un-treaties-would-separate-americans-from-the-cons/?page=all). 4 Sep. 2012.

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Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 Civil Strife, Foreign Policy, Government, Revolution, War No Comments

While America Looks Inwards, Think Globally To Survive And Prosper

In college and graduate school, I was taught that the United States became an economic powerhouse in the 20th century due in part to its abandonment of isolationist tendencies for global ones. In the years following World War 2, observers credited American leadership in world affairs for the emergence of Pax Americana. However, against a backdrop of increasing economic turmoil since the beginning of the 21st century, it’s being suggested that Americans are becoming more inward-looking again, with domestic issues preoccupying their minds rather than foreign developments or threats. Focusing on recent findings of a TIME magazine/Aspen Institute poll which seem to confirm this shift in mindset, Howard LaFranchi wrote on The Christian Science Monitor website on July 3:

The poll – which finds that more than two-thirds of Americans consider the last 10 years to have been a decade of decline for America – is in sync with other surveys of American opinion in recent months. According to the poll, three-fourths of Americans say economic weakness poses a bigger danger to the US than do national security threats.

In May, a Pew Research Center poll found that majorities in every partisan group of the population – including, for the first time in the decade of 9/11, conservative Republicans – agreed with the statement that the US “should pay less attention to problems overseas and concentrate on problems here at home.”

Other recent Pew polls have found Americans’ “mind-our-own-business” thinking at its highest level since the end of the Cold War.

Significantly, one Pew poll recently found that not just average Americans, but “opinion makers” as well, increasingly favor a less assertive global role for the US – a finding that led Pew Research Center Director Andrew Kohut to dub the dawning era as one of significant transition from the nation’s post-9/11 mindset.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

LaFranchi added that policymakers in Washington D.C. are aware of this growing sentiment, and noted:

In some ways, Americans’ inward turn seems to reflect their leaders’ recent rhetoric. Last month President Obama declared, in announcing his plans for a troop drawdown in Afghanistan, “America, it is time to focus on national-building here at home.”

Also from the article:

Congress, in another isolationist turn, has started to take a knife to the next fiscal year’s proposed international affairs budget.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Obviously, those desiring that the United States continue to have a significant international presence are increasingly-concerned by such sentiment. I’m not so sure they should be. Despite isolationist yearnings, America has consistently-pursued its own interests on the world stage- often being forced to do so- since the formation of the republic. An early example of this is the confrontation with the Barbary pirates of North Africa at the beginning of the 19th century. Global involvement and intervention helped form the American superpower, and the United States will continue to play a significant role in international affairs in the coming years if only because of the scope of its influence in the post-World War 2 years. Case in point, even after the Soviet Union’s collapse, Russia remained a major player on the world scene throughout the 1990s due in part to its massive military machine. Should the United States experience a breakdown on the scale of the Soviet example, the same situation might also be expected.

For the individual concerned with survival and prosperity, however, isolationism should not be a part of their vocabulary. History has shown that fortunes and lives have been made- and lost- depending on one’s opportunities overseas. I speculate in saying this lesson hasn’t been lost on the descendants of Germans of Jewish descent who survived The Holocaust. Or Argentinians who positioned some of their assets overseas before their economic crisis broke out a decade ago. Would anyone be so idiotic as to accuse these people as being “un-German” or “un-Argentinian” for their actions in light of what eventually happened? There’s always a few, I guess. My point is, in your efforts to secure survival and prosperity for yourself and loved ones, it’s probably not wise to rely solely on domestic arrangements to achieve this. Be sure to make the world your oyster, as the saying goes.

Source:

LaFranchi, Howard. “Independence Day blues? Americans sense a decline and look inward.” The Christian Science Monitor. 3 July 2011. (http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2011/0703/Independence-Day-blues-Americans-sense-a-decline-and-look-inward). 5 July 2011.

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