We leave no lie unchallenged. Well, Partner, it's time to saddle up.
As you read this, there are only a few days to go before the November 6 election day, when our country will decide whether to renew the employment contract for President Obama. This is a performance review — plain and simple.
The public tires of hearing “this is the most important election in history” over and over, every four years. While I've had strong opinions on elections, there have been those where I thought one candidate was better than the others, but that we wouldn't suffer much either way.
Then, there have been a couple of times when the hair on the back of my neck stands up in the same way is does when I'm about to step on a snake, or I'm on a rotten patch of ice and have to back away.
The first time was when I saw Bill Clinton on television. No one knew who this Arkansas governor was, but as I watched him talking, I turned to my wife and said, “This guy scares me. He makes me feel like I'm in a room of snakes.” I wasn't sure why. He wasn't talking about guns. It was just something about him. Of course, he went on to be impeached, disgraced the office of the President, and put in a national ban on many types of firearms alongside a magazine capacity limit.
I had that same feeling about Barack Obama. The first time I heard him speak I knew he was a professional liar. Once I looked into his background and found a long line of speaking against gun ownership of any kind, and voting to ban handgun ownership, I didn't need any more information. I knew he was dangerous.
The only thing that kept him in check was knowing he had to run for reelection. Once that restriction is lifted, he will be free to impose his view of “the world will be better without guns” nonsense he has embraced.
Don't think that he has to go through Congress for this.
In his first term he used executive orders to put restrictions on gun dealers in states bordering Mexico; his State Department blocked the importation of tens of thousands of surplus rifles, saying they didn't want them to “fall into the wrong hands” (though every purchase would be reviewed by the FBI); his Secretary of State changed the U.S. policy on the proposed U.N. treaty which would restrict gun ownership, transfer and sales — from opposing these restrictions to approving of them; and let's not forget that his Attorney General was found in contempt of Congress in the gun-running debacle called Fast and Furious, but Obama offered Eric Holder the shield of White House executive privilege. And all this was while he was having to be careful!
Imagine what is in store once the specter of reelection is removed.
No need to imagine. He tipped his hand in the second debate when he not only called for the return of the Clinton Gun Ban (aka, the “assault weapon” ban), but also took a jab at “cheap handguns,” which brings back the memory of the gun banners' efforts to confiscate “Saturday Night Specials” (a term that can be expanded to include all handguns) and any other category of guns they could include.
Barack Obama is a gun banner. But it's even worse.
He has placed two rabidly anti-gun justices on the Supreme Court. If he is reelected, he will get to put two to four more on, which will move the court away from its decisions in the Heller and McDonald cases, and will have the court support Obama's position that no one in this country has a right to own a gun under the Second Amendment. Yes, that's what he said. The Second Amendment, according to this law professor, says that the government (National Guard) can have guns, but there is no individual right to firearms. That's the Supreme Court Obama is currently building.
If you can vote early, please do that. But make sure you vote, and offer to take friends and neighbors to the polls.
I really try not to use hyperbole and scare tactics, but in this case, I'm scared. No fooling — this one really is for all the marbles.
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