What We Need is a Strict Constitutionalist, Not a Businessman

I have never been a Mitt Romney fan. He seems to be a pleasant person, but my research into his political and business dealings have left me with an uneasy feeling.  Many of my friends and acquaintances think that his vast business experience is what we need to turn our country from the brink. Mr. Romney keeps telling us that we need jobs and he knows how to create them. However, and this is key, I can find nowhere in the U.S. Constitution where it says that one of the duties of the President is to create jobs. As a businessman, he has a record of creating jobs. However, the skills of a businessman are not the same skills required of the President and creating jobs isn’t listed in the Constitutional duties listed for the President.

There is a reason why this duty is not in the U.S. Constitution: The U.S. Government is NOT a business and SHOULD NOT be run like one. It should be run by strict adherence to the contract established by The Many States, The Constitution of the United States of America.

For many years the people elected to run the U.S. Government have ignored the boundaries of The U.S. Constitution either out of sheer ignorance or for personal and political gain. With the passage of the Seventeenth Amendment, The States have largely abandoned their obligation to enforce their contract with each other.

The ignorant masses of all political persuasions, whine and complain about how they are treated by their government, elected leaders, politicians and bureaucrats. Yet they refuse to educate themselves on how The U.S. Government, as defined by The U.S. Constitution, is supposed to work. Like spoiled children, they demand solutions for their situation in life, but few will put forth the effort to actually learn their role in the process.

Until the people become educated in their role in controlling their governments and demand a return to strict Constitutional government, the four-year cycle of election, disgust, election, disgust will repeat until one of two things happens – The Government collapses from underlying economic instability resulting in a pseudo-anarchy or the Government moves into a dictatorship. Fortunately there has been some movement toward self-education.

Electing a President who is a strict Constitutionalist, a person of resolve and conviction who will wield the power of the Presidential Veto without regard to his own popularity and in favor of The U.S. Constitution, is the answer to our predicament. However, to do so will require the people to understand the proper role of government and be willing to forego government solutions to their problems. It will require the people to understand their own role within the process of government through self-education.

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Daughters Like Firearms Too!

I took my sons, Will and Ben, a friend of theirs, Matt,  and my daughter, Caroline, to a very large outdoors store recently. This is a local concern, not one of the big boys, yet they have over 1200 new firearms in stock.

My boys are both teenagers and I’ve been teaching the all about firearms and firearms safety for many years now. My oldest, Will, is becoming very knowledgeable and is considering a career in some capacity involving firearms. My youngest, Ben, isn’t as enamored as Will, but likes to shoot just the same.

Matt is relatively new to firearms, but is also very knowledgeable, eager to learn and a natural marksman. Scary natural. I’m talking SEAL Team Six natural. Believe me, if he ends up in the military, you want to be on the breech end of his rifle. His career goal right now is Marine Corp Sniper.

All these kids are very safe on the range. All of them are Boy Scouts. All of them have pretty extensive first-aid training including CPR. All of them have the Rifle, Shotgun and Archery merit badges.

Caroline, on the other hand, has shown very little interest in going with us to the range, or having any involvement with shooting sports. Yes, I’ve taught her the basics of firearm safety, and she’s been taught how to shoot properly,  but she just hasn’t been interested beyond that. That is, until the trip to the outdoors store….

We stepped through the door and the sheer number of firearms on the rack behind the counter was overwhelming. We wondered around looking at all kinds of stuff. Then I noticed that my oldest son had gotten my daughter to look at the .22 rifles. I mosied over and asked to see the Ruger 10/22. I took it and handed it to her. She took it, mounted it to her shoulder, sighted it, dismounted it, and looked it over thoroughly.

I asked:

“What do you think?”
“It’s cool. I want one.”
“Really?”
“Yeah, really!”
“Ok, Wow.”

I was trying to get her interested, that’s why I handed her the rifle. I didn’t expect such quick acceptance. While the fire is hot, I have to get her to the range. Soon.

The next part I didn’t expect either, but first a little background.

All the boys and I have recently gotten Mosin Nagant 91/30 rifles. These are Russian designed, military surplus rifles which have been in cosmoline for the last 50-60 years. All of them have seen military service in WWII, were refurbished at arsenals in the Soviet Union after the war, and were stored away. Eventually, they were replaced by more modern weaponry and when the Soviet Union fell, enterprising individuals bought these firearms by the millions and started selling them on the surplus market – cheap.

They’re not toys. These are Honest-to-God, high power, accurate, built-like-a-tank, military issued bolt-action rifles. For you sportsmen, they shoot a 7.62×54 rimmed cartridge. Surplus military ammo usually has a 147-148 grain, full metal jacket bullet, but you can get much heavier slugs with soft-points. With a little cleaning up and sighting in, they’ll shoot as well as any hunting rifle costing ten times as much.

They also kick like a mule when you shoot them, so they’re not the kind of rifle you hand to a newbie.

When we were driving away, still not believing the quick transformation,

I asked:

“So, you want a 10/22?”
“Yes, unless I change my mind and want a Mosin.”

Whoa! Taken aback! Big difference. One shoots a tiny little bullet with almost no recoil and no shock wave. The other shoots a pile driver slug with incredible recoil and a shock wave that’s, as one observer put it, “Biblical”.

As a smile came across my face, the only word I could muster was “OK!” I can’t wait to get her on the range!

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Why? It’s a $100 Gun?

Mosin Nagant M91/30

I’ve been a car nut all my life. I’ve seen guys (myself included) take a rusted old bucket and make it better than new. They usually spend a lot more than the original cost of car to get it into finished condition. A lot of the time they’ll put better-than-factory parts on it and have to learn new skills during the process.

When it’s finished, they have more than a car; they have a piece of machinery which contains a part of them. They know every nuance, every detail, every vibration, every quirk, everything about that particular car when they’re done.

So, I know I’m taking a $100.00 gun and spending way more than what it costs to make it into something else. That may not make sense to you and that’s ok.

But for me, its the experience of learning a whole lot, having a firearm that is unique and uniquely mine and hopefully will surprise a whole bunch of people at the range when I shoot quarter-size groups at 100 yards with a “$100.00 gun”.

Anyone can buy a gun from a store and shoot it. I want to be able to create a piece of art that you can’t buy anywhere and approaches perfection in it’s purpose.

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