Dr. Ben Carson: “Bundy Case Gives Us A Brief Glimpse of The Totalitarian Regime That Awaits a Sleeping Populace”

In an article in The American Thinker, Dr. Ben Carson,  the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, pointed out that the Bundy case in Nevada provided “many insights into the state of our nation with respect to the relationship between the people and the government.” Specifically, he said the massive show of federal force in what is essentially a civil, legal dispute is “frightening because it gives us a brief glimpse of the totalitarian regime that awaits a sleeping populace….”

The Bundys appear to be honorable American citizens without adequate legal counsel to help resolve a federal land issue about which they disagree with the Bureau of Land Management. Without question, they violated some of the innumerable laws and regulations that continue to entangle every aspect of American life.

Their violations could certainly have been handled through a multitude of less brutal means than those employed by our federal government, which through the mouthpiece of Sen. Harry Reid emphasizes how important it is for the government to enforce its laws.

It is quite interesting to see, though, that the same bureaucrats refuse to enforce some of our federal border-protection laws and other domestic policies with which they disagree. Perhaps Mr. Reid’s time could be better spent explaining why it is acceptable for the federal government to pick and choose which laws it wishes to enforce.

The senator readily referred to the Bundys and their supporters as “domestic terrorists,” but the current administration is reticent about applying the same term to Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who admitted slaughtering more than a dozen people in 2009 at Fort Hood in Texas. What does this tell us about our government and its perceptions and alignments?

The massive show of federal force in the Bundy case is frightening because it gives us a brief glimpse of the totalitarian regime that awaits a sleeping populace that does not take seriously its voting responsibilities, and places in public office (and returns them to office) who do not represent traditional American values.

The fact that the ranchers were well armed and willing to literally fight for their rights probably tempered the enthusiasm of the federal forces to engage in further aggression. It was clear from the body language and some of the reported verbal responses of the government forces that they were not prepared to engage in lethal combat with fellow Americans.

Carson went on to note that Americans can “take solace in knowing that many military and law enforcement personnel would likely refuse to obey commands inconsistent with freedom and American values.”

Carson elaborated on that in a recent interview on the Andy Parks Show, saying, “a lot of those government agents were not willing to point their guns at those people and were very reluctant to be engaged in a legal confrontation. I personally have talked to a number of military officials and CIA people who have told me that they are very vigilant and they not going to cooperate if there’s ever any type of government takeover of the peoples’ rights. And that to me is very encouraging. And I saw that with those people, there.”

“If you look back through history,” Carson continued, “what our government is doing is not unprecedented by any stretch of the imagination. It always starts like this. Freedom is not free.”

God bless Ben Carson for continuing to speak out. Racist left-wing goons are trying to paint the overachieving neurosurgeon and presidential medal of Freedom award winner as a whack-job and an “Uncle Tom” for candidly speaking his mind. But Carson brushes it off, undeterred. “When people don’t have anything worthwhile to talk about, and they can’t attack you on your character, they start calling you names”, he says. “This is a trick we learned in the third grade.”

The question is, has the government takeover already begun? Obama did promise to “fundamentally transform America.”

Bryan Fischer of Barbwire puts it this way:

If a Machiavellian genius were to set out to destroy the United States, he would do three things. Disarm and weaken our military so it cannot defend us against foreign enemies. Disarm the National Guard so it cannot defend the States against the federal government. Nationalize and militarize law enforcement by weaponizing bureaucrats.

That version of the U.S. would be helpless, governed by a tyrant, and without a cultural or moral core. It would soon cease even to faintly resemble the country bequeathed to us by the Founders.

Our commander-in-chief has canceled the military’s Tomahawk and Hellfire missiles, with no replacements in view for at least a decade. The Tomahawk is the most advanced cruise missile in the world and is the secret to the superiority of the U.S. Navy. The Hellfire is an extremely effective air-to-surface anti-tank weapon.

According to Seth Cropsey, director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for American Seapower, if someone were trying to “reduce the U.S. ability to shape events” in the world, he couldn’t “find a better way than depriving the U.S. fleet of Tomahawks. It’s breathtaking.”

Meanwhile, Obama is deliberately reducing the army’s troop strength to pre-World War II levels and disarming our National Guard units by transferring their Apache attack helicopters to the Army and trading them in for non combat Blackhawks.

National Guard units have been instrumental in the nation’s war efforts. There were times during Operation Iraqi Freedom when Guard troops represented over 50% of the Army’s combat power. Along with Reserve troops, they have accounted for nearly a third of the service members who have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.

Why would the president wish to neuter such an effective fighting force? It’s quite simple really. National Guard units are part of State militias and therefore under the primary command of their state governors, until they mobilized for use in national defense operations. Because their commander-in-chief under ordinary circumstances is their governor, not their president, Guard units represent the last line of defense against a president drunk on his own tyrannical power.

In a Cliven Bundy kind of situation, where an ordinary citizen in one of our sovereign States is being threatened by armed bureaucrats pointing assault rifles at their wives and children, it makes a huge difference whether available attack helicopters are under the command of the federal government or under the command of a state governor determined to protect the rights of his citizens to life, liberty and property, if necessary against federal tyranny.

There is no denying that this president is weakening America, but people are only now figuring out what is going on with the Regime’s massive bullet acquisitions. They’ve been weaponizing bureaucrats, who tend to be libs with ingrained hostility toward conservatives. Many among them have no problem whatsoever training their rifles on ranchers and barring veterans from seeing war memorials. They will conduct armed raids to bully and harass guitar factory workers for “illegal wood” or a water bottle company over a tax dispute. These are not honorable, decent people. The sad fact of the matter is, we already have a modern day stasi – jack-booted government thugs ready and willing to do the Regime’s dirty work.

We now know what Obama meant when he famously declared in 2008 that we can no longer “continue to rely on our military” to protect our national security. Obama said, “we’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” At the time, no one knew what the hell he was talking about. It was such a bizarre thing to say.

He has made good on this frightening promise in ways that most Americans don’t realize. He currently has 120,000 bureaucrats – i.e., civilians – representing federal agencies who are armed to the eyeballs.

Here is just a partial list:

Don’t forget the IRS. Them too.

Even the Library of Congress, if you can believe it, is armored up. The Department of Education has its own SWAT team, and we’ve all seen Harry Reid’s BLM Brownshirts in action over the last several weeks. The Department of Homeland Security has 1.6 billion rounds of hollow point ammunition, which by international law cannot be used in warfare. In other words, the only possible use for this overwhelming tonnage of ammo is for it to be trained on our own citizens.

As the Bundy ranch stand-off proved – an armed populous throws a wrench into the Regime’s plans. Obama was probably thinking his gun control efforts would be further along by now. They are not, and a vigilant people will not comply with laws that are not faithfully executed nor equally enforced.  I fully expect Obama’s gun control efforts to ramp-up in the time he has left.

 

This Pub Owner’s Next Sign Will Say, “Out Of Business”

In the wake of the Newtown school shooting in December 2012, gun control advocates were successful in pushing through restrictions on the Second Amendment in eight states.

Gun-rights activists in South Carolina saw  the pendulum swing back in their direction,  last month when  Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill, passed the General Assembly that allowed for concealed carry in bars and restaurants.

Governor Haley spoke at length during today’s signing ceremony about the importance of removing the restriction on CWP holders carrying for personal protection in restaurants where alcohol is served.  She also clarified much of the misinformation anti-gun extremists and the media had been claiming regarding this critical personal protection reform.

Via Twitchy, one pub owner, apparently still bitter about the pro-gun legislation, posted this on his establishment’s door:

Leftists aren’t known for having business acumen, but it’s hard to believe someone could be so unhinged about a political issue that they would antagonize a large portion of his potential customers with such an offensive sign.

CNN: Another Fast and Furious Gun Shows Up at Murder Scene in Mexico (Video)

One of the more disgraceful legacies of Eric Holder’s tenure as Obama’s Attorney General, is the increased bloodshed we will be dealing with in the years to come on both sides of the Southern border because of his  criminally stupid false flag Operation Fast and Furious..

Mediaite reported:

A CNN report broadcast on Tuesday revealed that guns released to Mexican gangs as part of the Fast and Furious “gun-walking” operation are continuing to show up at scenes of violence sound of the American border. According to the CNN report, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives acknowledged that more weapons released into Mexico are likely to continue surfacing in the coming years.

 

During an interview in October of 2011, an inscensed Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu blasted Atty General Holder for engaging in what he called a cover-up and outright conspiracy which has “risen to the level of criminal.” He claimed that his deputies and American citizens in general will be facing the barrels of the Fast and Furious guns well into the future. “We couldn’t make this stuff up in our wildest nightmares,” he said.

“2000 semi automatic, fully automatic AK 47s, 50 caliber rifles, my deputies don’t even have this firepower in AZ and we’ve given it to these people we’re fighting, and now the Atty General of Mexico has been attacking the US publicly, demanding accountability, demanding criminal charges against the government. And President Obama who’s gone on this worldwide tour to apologize for America (which I’ve always disagreed with, and been embarrassed by) – the one apology he should be making is to Mexico. 200+ people according to their attorney general have been murdered – have been killed by these very weapons that Holder and his group of accomplices have handed to them. And now, Brian Terry a hero in our border patrol, who served as a police officer, who served in the US Marine Corps, was murdered on American soil, in my state, and you’re about to hear the Sheriffs out here unleash upon Eric Holder. We asked for help to fight against the cartels, to fight illegal immigration, secure the border, and what we got back was a lawsuit, to sue our state, to fight us for  enforcing the law – the very job that we’re sworn to do – put up billboard signs in my county warning American citizens that it’s not safe to travel because of drug cartels, and now they’ve armed the very enemy we’re fighting…This for us is more than personal — our deputies, our citizens are going to be facing in the future the barrels of guns that our own government has given to criminals. We couldn’t make this stuff up in our wildest nightmares.”

He went on, “this clearly was a plot by our government (I’ve never been one to buy into conspiracies – but this is as clear as day to me) It’s as clear as day to me this was an effort by Barack Obama, Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano to make an aggressive assault against 2nd Amendment rights to bear arms…”

Total Recall! Colorado State Senators Morse and Giron Voted Out

Colorado Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs  Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo conceded their seats Tuesday night in the state’s first ever recall election.
He and  Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo faced recall elections because of their support for the stricter gun laws passed last spring.

Via The Denver Post, here are the results:

Ballot Issue State Senate 3 – Recall Giron

100% reporting
Yes 56.0% (19,355)
No 43.9% (15,201)

Ballot Issue State Senate 11 – Recall Morse

100% reporting
Yes 50.9% (9,094)
No 49.0% (8,751)

The Democrat anti-recall camp outspent the recallers by at least  8 to 1 analysts estimated.

Via The Washington Times:

 Two billionaires — New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Eli Broad of Los Angeles — gave a combined $600,000 to fight the recalls, while labor unions, Planned Parenthood Votes and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee have also pitched in.

Michelle Malkin wrote that “the significance of this historic and unprecedented battle cannot be overstated.”

As I’ve reported over the past several months, the effort was an astonishing grass-roots effort in which ordinary citizens gathered more than 16,000 signatures for a recall petition in Colorado Springs over a matter of weeks. The role of women (Coloradans Laura Carno, Kelly Maher, Kim Weeks were among the leading lights) in pushing back against false gun-grabbing narratives and smears was invaluable. The birth control fear-mongering failed. The use of social media to organize echoes other successful Tea Party efforts.

Via Katie Pavlich of Townhall, a statement from the NRA:

 he National Rifle Association, which helped fund the recall effort, has issued a statement.

A historic grassroots effort by voters in Colorado’s Senate District 11 has resulted in the recall of Colorado Senate President John Morse (D). The people of Colorado Springs sent a clear message to the Senate leader that his primary job was to defend their rights and freedoms and that he is ultimately accountable to them – his constituents, and not to the dollars or social engineering agendas of anti-gun billionaires.

Recall proceedings began earlier this year after Sen. Morse pushed through anti-gun legislation that restricted the ability of law-abiding residents to exercise their Second Amendment rights, including their inherent right to self-defense. This effort was driven by concerned citizens, who made phone calls, knocked on doors, and worked diligently to turn voters out in this historic effort.

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is proud to have stood with the men and women in Colorado who sent a clear message that their Second Amendment rights are not for sale. We look forward to working with NRA-PVF “A” rated and endorsed Bernie Herpin (R) from Colorado Springs.

 

Hat tip: Charles B.

Video: “Something Very Fishy” Going On With The CO Recall Votes

COLORADO SPRINGS RECALL ELECTION OF DEMOCRAT JOHN MORSE GETS UNDER WAY WITH EARLY VOTING STARTING

The Colorado  vote to recall two state Democrats who angered voters earlier this year when they helped pass draconian gun control bills, is in full swing with long lines and what elections officials called “surprisingly high turnouts”.

Yesterday marked the first day of voting in the recall election of Democrat State Senator John Morse as more than 3,500 voters from his El Paso County Senate district headed to the polls. Polls in Pueblo Democrat Senator Angela Giron’s recall opened, last week.

The Denver Post reports:

Funded in part by the National Rifle Association and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose group Mayors Against Illegal Guns played a pivotal role in the gun legislation that passed in the past session, both sides of the recalls have been furiously working these final days to get supporters to the polls.

If Morse and Giron are recalled, two Republican candidates, Bernie Herpin of El Paso County and George Rivera of Pueblo, will take their place in the state Senate.

Conservative blog, Revealing Politics has been on the ground with cameras everywhere. If there is voter fraud going on in Colorado – they are capturing it.

Just before the end of the first day of early voting in the Colorado recall election of Senate President John Morse, some college age students showed up with 10 ballots in hand, each.

Our team hit the field running for the first day of our “Recall Transparency Project” and although there were lots of highlights (check our feed here) there are a few notable moments:

Two dudes just walking down the street taking pro-recall signs.

Our awesome field guy Jim got the cops called on him.

Two REALLY EXCITED recall voters were so excited to be at the polls they backed into each other.

 

Saturday Movie Matinee: Highlights From The NRA Leadership Forum

Gun rights supporters are gathered in Houston, Friday and Saturday for the NRA’s first meeting since successfully fending off the Obama administration’s push to enforce stricter gun laws.

Judge Jeanine Pirro’s Amazing Speech at NRA-ILA Leadership Forum:

It’s a doozy, folks:

2013 NRA Annual Meetings: Rick Perry:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry addresses the crowd at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum, an event of the 2013 NRA Annual Meetings in Houston, Texas. Perry argues that gun control sells the false premise that it is solving a problem, when all it does is make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves.

The Blaze: ‘LET THEM BE DAMNED!’: WAYNE LAPIERRE SAVAGES ANTI-GUN ‘ELITES’:

“The media and the political elites, they denigrate us and they cringe at the sight of long lines at gun shows around this country. They mock Americans buying firearms at a record pace…they don’t get it because they don’t get America,” LaPierre said.

After President Barack Obama said the NRA “willfully lied” to the American people about defeated gun legislation last month, LaPierre noted how Obama had tried to reassure gun owners during his re-election campaign.

“Liars? Really?” LaPierre said. “This from a man who spent his entire re-election campaign saying he supported our Second Amendment rights and would never try to take anyone’s gun away. And he calls us liars?”

Have a box of tissues nearby for this one.

SEAL Chris Kyle’s wife Taya Emotional Speech at NRA-ILA Leadership Forum:

Via The Blaze: 

Before Taya Kyle, the wife of slain Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, even said a word, the crowd at the National Rifle Association Leadership Forum was on their feet giving her the longest standing ovation of the day. Just before she took the stage, a video honoring Kyle was shown at the Houston event.

“I challenge anyone to tell me there isn’t evil in this world,” Kyle said, her voice drenched in emotion. “From the days of Cain and Abel, we know all too well there will always be evil. But that evil shouldn’t take away our freedoms. In fact, the only way to defeat evil is by taking advantage of our freedoms.

Kyle went on to talk about the side of her husband that people never knew.

“First, promise me that you won’t think of Chris solely as a hero. He wouldn’t want that. Instead, I ask you to see him the way he would’ve wanted you to see him. As just an everyday boy who did his best at what he loved, growing into an everyday man, loving his God, loving his country…and loving his family,” she said, wiping a tear from her eye as the audience interrupted her with applause.

2013 NRA Annual Meetings: Rick Santorum:

Via Mediaite: Sarah Palin NRA Full Speech 2013, Quotes Shakespeare, Threatens To Chew Tobacco:

 Taking the stage in a t-shirt that read “Women Hunt” in pink lettering, Sarah Palin riled up the crowd at today’s NRA convention in Houston, Texas. Palin spoke for more than 12 minutes about her strong defense of the Second Amendment and other conservative principles. She even attempted to recreate her popular “Big Gulp” moment from her CPAC speech earlier this year by pulling out a tin of chewing tobacco and threatening to “dip” on stage.

 

 The Conversation: Video: Ted Cruz Challenges Joe Biden to a Gun Debate at NRA Convention in Houston:

Cruz, noting Joe Biden’s pledge to revive the fight for gun control, challenged him to a debate about the best way to end violent gun crimes.

“If he believes the answer to violent crime is not prosecuting felons and fugitives, not prosecuting  gun crimes, but going after the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens, I would like to invite the Vice President to engage in an hour long conversation and debate: How do we stop crime?

2013 NRA Annual Meetings: Wayne LaPierre:

Bill Whittle Virtual Presidency: Uncommon Sense for the Next Generation – Bill Whittle on Gun Control:

InstaVision: Michael Barone: Obama and the Democrats Could Not Beat the NRA:

Glenn Reynolds talks to Michael Barone about President Obama’s failure to push gun control legislation through the Senate. Has Obama lost his persuasive abilities, or is he asking too much from congress and the American people? Could the real problem be that President Obama has never encountered true dissent in his political life?

Now from a state that is quickly becoming a basket case via Revealing Politics: (NSFW) Sen. Owen Hill finds the right words:

Colorado Senator Owen Hill found the best words to describe a complete overhaul of Colorado’s election scheme. If signed into law, the bill would allow for the same lax standards of registration and voting as is currently written into CO law but extended to election day. For registration it’s merely the last 4 digits of a Social Security number if the registrant claims they don’t have a Colorado ID. For casting a ballot the standard is as low as an unspecified utility bill, a pay stub, or a bank statement. In theory a person could walk into a vote center give any four unverifiable digits, a “utility” bill and cast a ballot,

PJTV: ZoNation: Left-Wing Media Ignore the Gosnell House of Horrors:

The MSM is still keeping quiet on the Kermit Gosnell abortion trial. So why is the left keeping mum on a story tailor made for prime time coverage? Zo thinks the media is in denial to protect their pro-choice agenda

TRIFECTA: Marco Rubio, Republican Star, or Pod Person From Outer Space?:

Something about Marco Rubio and his immigration bill reminds the Trifecta gang of the classic science fiction film “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”?

Fast and Furious President Blames U.S. For Gun Violence In Mexico

USA-OBAMA-MEXICO

Image via The Washington Post

Two and a half years after one of his administration’s Fast and Furious guns killed border patrol agent, Brian Terry, and even as the guns continue to kill Mexican citizens, Obama used his trip to Mexico as a pretext to push for gun control, blaming our lax gun laws for gun violence in Mexico.

No one ever accused him of lacking in audacity.

“Most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States,” President Obama said during a speech at Mexico’s Anthropology Museum. “I think many of you know that in America, our Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms. And as president, I swore an oath to uphold that right, and I always will.”

“But at the same time, as I’ve said in the United States, I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common-sense reforms that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people. That can save lives here in Mexico and back home in the United States. It’s the right thing to do,” Obama added.

Watch the video at RCP.

Are we all supposed to have forgotten about his crooked administration’s Fast and Furious gun running scheme, already? Really?

Well, I haven’t forgotten, and if this president is going to be brazen enough to go to Mexico and blame the US for their gun violence, I’m happy to remind people.

Sharyl Attkisson of CBS reported in December on one of the latest Fast and Furious gun seizures.

Another weapon from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agency’s controversial Operation Fast and Furious was recently recovered at a Mexican crime scene, CBS News has learned. Congressional investigators say the crime scene was likely where a recent shootout took place between reported Sinaloa drug cartel members and the Mexican military, in which Sinaloa beauty queen Maria Susana Flores Gamez and four others were killed.

According to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the Justice Department did not notify Congress of the Fast and Furious firearm recovery in November, even though Grassley has requested an accounting of weapons that surface from the case. During Fast and Furious, ATF allowed more than 2,000 weapons, including giant .50-caliber guns, to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels and other criminals. Other so-called “gunwalking” operations by ATF let hundreds more guns hit the street. Most of them have never been recovered.

  Brian Terry family sues ATF officials in Fast and Furious

Mexican beauty queen killed in shootout

The latest known recovery is a Romanian AK-47-type WASR-10 rifle. It was picked up at a crime scene Nov. 23 in Ciudad Guamuchil, Sinaloa, Mexico. That’s the same area and weekend of the shootout involving Flores Gamez’s death. A trace report shows the rifle was purchased by Uriel Patino, the Fast and Furious suspect who allegedly bought more than 700 weapons while under ATF’s watch.

Here’s a common sense reform that I think could go a long way toward keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people.

Fire Atty General Eric Holder.

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