The Second Amendment

The right of the people to bear Arms, shall not be infringed. Our Founders understood that it was the responsibility of the people, not the state, to prevent tyranny.

The Constitution gives we the people an inherent right to defend ourselves from egregious acts against persons and property.

When we give up the sole-responsibility of personal security to the government we are inviting tyranny.

There is no promise that we can rely on that the Government can or will provide for our security. We the people provide for our security.

Abraham Lincoln, in his Gettysburg address, brilliantly reiterated the reality of our Nation.

"....that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Everyone agrees that there is such a thing as responsible gun ownership. 

Individuals that should not have guns are felons, the mentally ill, and terrorists. 

Red Flag Laws only invite subterfuge and despotism.

This was made readily apparent by Representative Eric Swalwell of California, a Democrat, when he tweeted this on October 11, 2019:

Censorship

Social media has revolutionized our day-to-day activities and interactions. Unfortunately, it has become apparent that the elites in Silicon Valley want to push a social narrative and silence those who oppose them through shadow-banning, lopsided fact-checking, demonetization, and outright censorship. If these organizations are to continue to be a part of our everyday life, they must be trusted.

The clarification must be made between platform and publisher in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. By doing so, we will be able to hold companies that label themselves as platforms liable when they actively suppress the First Amendment under the ruse of what they deem to be against their confusing and ever-changing rules.

I have been the victim of censorship by facebook when I attempted to boost an ad decrying socialism. See my posts about them below:

Pro-Life

The unborn life matters.

The position of being pro-choice itself poses conundrums and contradictions.

When someone claims to be pro-choice (relating to abortion), they are affirming themselves as empowering the choices of one over their body. The very nature of that claim is that the decision-maker is making a ‘responsible’ choice. 

The CDC reports that over 600,000 abortions occurred in 2015Guttmacher Institute research shows that over half of all abortions that took place in the United States in 2014 occurred in the 20 – 29 age group. What does that say about the culture of our society in my generation as it relates to teaching individuals about responsible decision making?

This lack of responsibility should not be rectified by taking a life away when the individual is not and cannot be given a choice. America allows individuals to live their life how they see fit and everyone controls their own socio-economic status through choices made. Being responsible is a choice.

This differentiation of the sanctity of life has been divided into being pro ‘choice’ or ‘life,’ which only blurs the line of reality, being responsible and protecting life matters.

With that said, we must make adoption easier.

Strong Borders

The simple fact is, we need strong effective borders and immigration policy.

Unfortunately, immigration seems to be a hot button issue that is pedestalled but left unresolved and is not a singularity to Democrat or Republican and it should not be a partisan position.

This may sound idealist, but Immigration reform can be done simply.

  1. Eliminate the visa lottery system
  2. Establish effective means of bringing the best and brightest to our country.
  3. Create a path to naturalization for those who are hard-working law-abiding members of our communities.

Emma Lazarus wrote a poem, The New Colossus, that is on display inside the Statue of Liberty. This poem is often cherry-picked and disguised as a means to justify the violation of our Sovereignty.

              “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…

The last line in the poem is neglected entirely and provides context;

              “Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, and I, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

There is a door to our country that one must be allowed to walk through. We do not leave our front door at home open during the night and trust that ill-minded individuals will not walk on.

Mental Health

We have a mental health epidemic in our country that is not being addressed.

My mother lived with what I believe to be an undiagnosed mental illness which led her to a substance use disorder.

This attitude of it being taboo to discuss mental health when it comes to policies must end.

Healthcare

Have you ever considered LASIK?

If you had been asked that during the 1980s, you probably would have gawked due to the high cost of the procedure. Today, it is well within the average persons reach cost-wise. But why?

Because you are in direct contact with the cost and your business is being competed for.

As it relates to medications, it’s the exact same. The FDA regulates competition out of existence.

For example, if a new company wants to sell their version of Advil, it will take them 10-15 years on average to gain approval.

Within that time, millions must be spent for clinical trials giving companies with secure funding an overwhelming edge. Smaller companies are often eaten up by larger companies due to the regulatory expense when their trials are seen to be moving in the right direction.

Not only does regulation increase cost, but the availability of care as well.

As a Hospital Corpsman in the Navy, I was trained to perform cricothyrotomy, needle decompression, among other actions. Yet my ability to perform these procedures outside of the military is completed nullified because I lack government certification or licensing, often with an inability to challenge an examination.

This over-regulation in the market passes the cost of high-demand and restrictive availability to you, the consumer and inevitably to the taxpayer.

These regulations causing high medical costs and lack of competition have strong-armed Medicare into, by Congressional Budget Office measurement, into a whopping multi-trillion-dollar liability within the next few dozen years.

Finding a way to lower costs through the easing of massive government oversight, which as a side effect will decrease government spending, and opening the market to innovation must be done. If we don’t this, then people like you and I will be without care because the money will not be there.

A single-payer health care system will not do it. The NHS in the UK eats up 60%+ of their GDP, Canadians are crossing the border for access to care that would take months to get there, and our own version of Socialized medicine here in the states, the VA, is ripe with evidence that it doesn’t work.

Term Limits

All other elected officials should have limits.

Two 6-year terms maximum for Senators and three 2-year terms for Representatives.

Bill Reform

These omnibus bills must stop!

I would want to be held accountable for any vote. It is impossible to have transparency when you have so many issues attached to the same bill.

Solution: The longest Amendment in the Bill of Rights, the Fifth Amendment, is 108 words. So let’s use that as a model and shorten the number of words in a bill to the same number of characters in a tweet, 140, while confining it a single topic and requiring it to be in plain English for everyone to understand.

By using this method in passing legislation, legislators will truly be held accountable to their constituents instead of voting along with something you don’t agree with under the cloak of it being, “for the better good.”