This blog is a follow up piece to my previous blog “More Gun Control?”.
Twenty five years ago I became a young man. I could not wait to get to the USA. The opportunities and freedom were bountiful and with those came responsibilities. The players I always looked up to during my career or people who were my role models never shy away from it. After my retirement I became a proud gun owner. Our second amendment is very unique to the rest of the world. I’ve been to many countries and talked to people from many more. The political conversation always leads to gun culture in the USA. Many seem to think it’s a negative part of our history. I for a change, not being born here but adopting this country as my home, think the second amendment is giving us the opportunity to self regulate, self govern and be far more self reliant than any other nation in the world.
There is not a better symbol for self reliance than a gun in the hands of a law abiding citizen. Individualism and independence are threats to big government ideology, but my experience is you cannot have a great team or country without great individuals who lead the way for the rest.
Gun ownership along with freedom of speech and other God-given rights guaranteed in our constitution come with a lot of responsibility. Freedom is not free for all. It takes work, a lot of work to find the right balance between anarchy and democratic republic with limited government involvement. The argument from big government supporters is the need to “protect” people from making bad decisions. It is not the government’s role to protect us from mistakes we all make during our lifetime. Their role is to do their best to protect the constitution, guaranteeing equal opportunity for all. Denying the purchase of a large soda,extended magazine or try to mandate vehicles of certain size and fuel consumption is not leading towards progress. Those are attempts to control as many aspects of people’s life’s as possible,to fatigue people’s will to exercise their right. Masses will become more subdued,easily controlled. Many Americans always respond THAT will never happen here. As long as we think that way it will. I am not any kind of extremist,I would like to preserve the opportunities I had for the generations who come after us.
The inspiration for this a blog called Leadership and Responsibilities has been coming to me in the newspaper for the last few weeks, whether it was stonewalling on Fast and Furious, Benghazi or the most recent “profiling” of the conservative nonprofits by the IRS. I am the first one to admit mistakes will always be made. Nobody’s perfect and we do not to live in a perfect society. The attempts for creations of “perfect” societies failed many time in just last one hundred years. The government first disarmed people,then denied the right for peaceful assembly,freedom of speech and instituted one party system. Millions of people died in Communist Eastern Europe, China, Cambodia and other parts of the world without legitimate reasons and without consequence to the government.
We the people should demand that the government give us answers as to who was responsible for those mistakes. The only way to learn or improve is to honestly assess what, when and how things went wrong. To blame President Obama for these events would be unfair and is unreasonable. His responsibility lies with choosing and appointing leading officials in the State, Justice and the Revenue departments. It’s time to step up and be a leader who puts the interests of a country before the party or your personal agenda. Sometimes he looks like he enjoys the celebrity status far more than the responsibilities that come with the Office of the President.
Every president of the past, present and the future makes bad decisions during their time in the Office. They’re human just like the rest of us. Their value to the history of our country is judged on what their actions are after. It’s time for action.
Agree or disagree? Please comment. Open minded debate makes up the important fabric of our country. Thank you.