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I've been quiet the last couple of days because I've really been thinking about how I wanted to approach this subject.

Everyone remembers the statement that Obama made about many of us bitterly clinging to our Bibles and guns.  Actually it was religion and guns but to me the Bible is my religion so I will use that.

Let's examine what that statement actually means in what's happening today with all the talk of gun control.

Naturally he meant it in a derogatory way but to me it's actually a "red badge of courage".  I count it an honor to be considered that way.

Religion and guns.  Guns and religion.  To many of us they really do go together like bread and butter.

How can I say that you might ask?

Let's start with the Bible.  Regardless of what the liberals would like you and the world to believe, America really was founded on Christian fundamentals.  Now is that to say that everyone was Christian?  Absolutely not.  However, the majority were strongly influenced by Christian and Biblical ideals of right and wrong.  The Country had direction.  It's people had direction.  The difference between right and wrong was definitely and strongly defined and most times enforced, at home, at work, and mostly even in government.

You see, even though being a Christian and having a personal relationship with God is important, for many, many years even without that it was commonly accepted to follow the right and wrong teachings of the Bible.  People made their common sense decisions based on Biblical teachings even if they did not personally believe in God.  They knew the difference between right and wrong because it made sense to them.

The point is that common sense, logical thinking people, even an atheist, in the past could admit that there is certainly no harm in following the Biblical teachings of what is right and wrong.  What's so wrong with that?  So what if it comes from an ancient book called the Bible.  Is loving your neighbor such a bad thing?  Is treating others like you would like to be treated such a bad thing?

That direction is what is missing today.  We as a Country have no established sense of right and wrong any more because we have no strong Biblical teachings any more.

Now to the guns.  America was founded on the use and ownership of guns.  Our founders knew and understood human nature.  That is why they were so able to establish such a wonderful and amazing form of government, the Constitutional Republic.

How does human nature relate to guns and gun ownership in how our Country was established?  Let's look at history.

What's the one constant throughout all of history?  Humans!

Whether they are smarter or dumber, richer or poorer, healthier or in poor health. History revolves around humans.

Looking at history you very easily see cause and effect.  We do this and this happens.  If we do it again, the same thing happens again.  It's proven over and over.  Situations change but human nature does not.  Humans today are the same as they were 5000 years ago.  Common sense and logic folks.  Why else would history continually keep repeating itself when we do the same things over and over.  Makes sense huh.

Our founders knew this.  The fully recognized that history would repeat itself if we did the things of the past yet again.  They warned us.  They tried to setup our government to prevent us having the same problems past civilizations have had and then they even told us what to avoid.  What more could we ask for?

They knew that it was human nature for governments to become too powerful and to take control of the citizens and make slaves out of them.  They had just fought a war against that very thing.  They had seen it in other situations and in history.  They knew that the only way to keep that from happening was to ensure that We The People were at least as well armed as the government.  They didn't specify what arms to include or exclude because to them there were no exclusions to the people since the people were the all powerful factor.  The government was secondary to the people and the people's desires.

Here are a few quotes that prove this point:

“A constitution founded on these principles introduces knowledge among the people, and inspires them with a conscious dignity becoming freemen; a general emulation takes place, which causes good humor, sociability, good manners, and good morals to be general. That elevation of sentiment inspired by such a government, makes the common people brave and enterprising. That ambition which is inspired by it makes them sober, industrious, and frugal. There is no good government but what is republican. That the only valuable part of the British constitution is so; for the true idea of a republic is “an empire of laws, and not of men.”’ That, as a republic is the best of governments, so that particular arrangement of the powers of society, or in other words, that form of government which is best contrived to secure an impartial and exact execution of the law, is the best of republics.”
John Adams

“Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other”  John Adams

The reason for the 2nd Amendment was very evident.  It was to protect the people from their own government and to protect the other parts of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Again, here are some more quotes from the founders.  In their own words it is absolutely unquestionable to anyone, with any common sense and logic whatsoever, what their intentions were:

“Whenever governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.”  Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts

"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man".  Thomas Jefferson

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”  Thomas Jefferson

A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves … and include all men capable of bearing arms.” “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms…”  Senator Henry Lee

You can readily see that the Founders believed in both the Bible and guns and saw the need for both.  They had an extremely strong sense of right and wrong, that too is evident through their words and actions.  It matters not what their actual religion was, what their total beliefs were.  It matters that they lived what they believed in both word and deed.

To us bitter clingers, Bibles and guns go hand in hand.  Most of us apply the use of guns based on the right and wrong teachings of the Bible.  That's why to us the two go hand in hand.  The Bible is our guide book.  Our users guide if you would.

We still believe in the Constitution as it was written.  It was written in plain, simple, common sense, logical language.  Very understandable for us clingers.

Obama and our government should consider themselves lucky that we are bitter clingers.  If we weren't and didn't have our "users manual" handy, our patience would have already worn thin way before now.  So our clinging has actually given him some more time but now his time is up.

Our patience is now gone.  It is no more.  The line has been drawn and we will give no more.  This is not our choice but our beliefs will not allow us to give another inch.

We will continue our bitter clinging as our Founding Fathers did before us except now even tighter than before and you cannot remove either our Bibles, nor our guns from us while their is yet breath in us.

Well, we are again saved from all dangers both past and future.  We will not go over the "cliff".  Yeah right

In my opinion, we are already over the cliff and just waiting for it to finally fall on us.

Let's examine our situation using the criteria I've established.

First, I am not an economic scholar of any kind.  I have no degrees to supposedly give me added insight and knowledge.  I'm a simple man using simple logic and common sense.

I grew up seeing a grandfather that owned his own business and worked hard all his life.  His son, my father, was in the printing business and in later years felt lead to go into the ministry as a Presbyterian minister.  The common thread with both was that they neither ever carried any debt for a long period of time.  They were, nor are rich, in a monetary way at least.  They did, however, have plenty to live on and "make ends meet".  They both owned their houses outright at early ages, paid for cars with cash, kept plenty of cash stashed on hand for emergencies, and kept savings for other needs as required.  We never ate extravagantly but ate well.  We never had the best clothes but were dressed well.  Our houses were modestly furnished but we lacked for nothing to any great degree.  If we wanted something we saved until we could afford it, no instant gratification here.

I realize this is a simplistic approach but why does everything have to be difficult.  The only reason I can see is to keep people confused and frustrated by not being able to understand it.

Our Country is broke, bankrupt, and there's nothing too difficult to understand about that.

When you consistently spend more than you take in, have no savings, continually borrow more money even though you can't pay it back, what other description could possibly be applied to the situation.

Now imagine a government run like the two households described above.  No debt means no interest to pay which means you are not subject to anyone else.  Debt means slavery to someone...period.  That interest money stays here in the economy.  When you don't have debt you can negotiate better pricing on things.  You are in charge rather than being controlled.

So, here we are having been supposedly saved from going over the government invented "fiscal cliff" but have we been saved from anything or rather driven further under the cliff waiting for the final part to cover us completely?

We have increased taxes, more income for the government and zero spending cuts.  So applying that to a household budget, you got a raise but your expenses stayed the same.  Sounds pretty good doesn't it.  This is where we can't exactly apply things in a household to things in government.  The simple reason is that in our households we are supposed to work for what we earn.  In government, they work for nothing and produce nothing, so nothing is added to the economy in any way no matter how they spin it.

So, yes they got a raise but they got it by taking it from us, the producers, the ones that keep the economy going.  We The People.  We are the ONLY ones that grow the economy and produce anything.  GOVERNMENT DOES NOT!  Common sense.  Government produces nothing to be sold for a profit, or a loss for that matter.  They produce nothing!

So, did they really accomplish anything positive?  No, not even in a little way.  In fact, they dog the hole for us majorly deeper, not that we could have climbed out of it before.  They took more money out of the economy and they took it from the ones that should be using that money to create jobs and build the economy.  Again, common sense says, if the job creators have less money, they create fewer jobs and they grow their businesses less, which means they pay less taxes which means less income for the government.

History over and over proves this.  Lower taxes means more tax revenue and higher taxes means lower tax revenue.  If people keep their money to do with as they please they generally work towards making more which means they pay more taxes.  If the government takes more, people look for more ways to avoid paying the higher taxes.  It's human nature, has been that way throughout history and will never change.  Any government that does not realize that is doomed to cut it's own throat, which ours has and will continue to do so until we force things to change.

Einstein said, " insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results".

Now, the real purpose of this rant.  Nothing this government does is intended to accomplish anything except to keep our attention on something, anything, except the truth.  The truth that we are bankrupt and broke.

These people are not stupid, nor are they insane.  They know exactly what they are doing and what they are doing is exactly what they intend.  The intent is to destroy this Country and what it stands for.  Nothing else makes any sense.  Nothing else explains their unwillingness to do what we all have to do everyday if we run successful households or businesses.

Once we see and realize this.  It really narrows down what our options are to deal with these people and this out of control government.  Our options are narrowing greatly on a day by day basis.

Let's kick things off.

There are tons of blogs and discussions out there in internet land.  I read and participate in several myself.  Why another one?

I see many discussions of many things.  Over time I'm sure many of those same discussions will make it here also.  The difference is, here we will try to focus on what I will call "old timey common sense".

I'm going to try to keep things in perspective based on the logic of old.

Why?

History is the best teacher in my opinion.  If it worked before, the chances are much better that it will work again.  Is that always the case?  No, but more often that not it is.  I find that most people are frustrated with how things are going in the world and in their daily lives.  They are searching for ways to make things better, do things better, and just generally improve their lives and the lives of their families.

Will I step on some toes?  You betcha!  Do I intend to?  You betcha!  I'm old enough to be set in my ways but young enough to do something to help changes things for the better.  I will not change my opinion on anything unless proven factually wrong.  If you can do that, I'm open to anything.  If not, either accept my opinion or move on to something else and accept that I won't change.

With that settled, please feel free to comment.  I will allow all comments as long as they don't get personal.  We can discuss things without getting nasty.  If you can't then move on because you are not welcome.  Keep it civil and you are welcome to speak your mind.

A little more about me.

I believe in the Constitution as it is written and intended by the founders.  I've read much and an still reading constantly to learn more of their true intentions for this Country.  History is the best teacher remember.  My posts and thought will come from that background and basis plus my life experiences.  I was raised by two God fearing and worshiping parents who had a tremendous impact on me and I'm bless to still have them in my life providing even more influence.  I love and respect them dearly.

I'm what was called a jack of all trades and a master of none when I was growing up.  Meaning that I know how to do a lot of different things, most pretty good but few to an extremely high level of expertise.  I'm good with my hands, building things, repairing things, etc.  I'm a logical person rather than an emotional one, however, I do feel things very passionately.  I react with my head before I react with my emotions generally.  I was taught to balance the two against each other.  To use a Common Sense approach to everything big and small.

As things progress my hope is to provide my readers with useful things they can use in their daily lives.  From common sense ways of thinking about things to common sense ways of doing daily tasks that you might not have thought about.  Is my way the only way?  Absolutely not, but if I post it, that means I've done it and it worked well for me so you might want to give it a try.

I'm a working man.  I won't say a common man because I believe we are all more than common if we desire to be and I do.  My intent is to help you to make sense of the situations you might find yourself in today.  We're all in this together so we might as well travel the roads together and learn from each other.

Welcome and Enjoy!!