What I Think About Guns

President Obama today pushed by executive order some gun control measures. He effectively made it impossible for private citizens to sell their own property (sic) guns unless they have a license from the federal government. His plans are to “boost gun safety technology”, I am not sure what that means and neither are you. This seems to be a further advance to roll back the second amendment and the right for me to own a firearm.

I thought that I would share my personal experience with guns.

I grew up in a very violent household. My father was an alcoholic and drug user. He would get drunk and beat my mother, it was a while before he hit me but at 12 years that happened too. I don’t mean a spanking for some wrong I had done but a backhand that sent me flying across the room because he was high and drunk and violent. I lived in constant fear whenever he didn’t come home right after work that he would show up drunk and beat us.

Well one August night just a few days before I started 7th grade was one of those nights. You never knew what would set him off, and I don’t remember what it was that night either. I was in my room and hard crashing, it was my mother falling to the ground in their bedroom. I got up and started banging on their bedroom door. He came to the door and told me to back to my room. I tried my best as a 12 year old to calm him down, but before I could look up he back handed me and I went flying over my bed. My mom came into the room to see if I was alright. That seem to settle the situation for a few minutes she sent to the kitchen to get a cool towel for my face.

As I was turning back to go to my room my dad had come out of their bedroom and was in between me and my mom. And there was a loud pop and a flash. He shot her! That son of bitch shot my mother! Right there in front of me! I ran to the neighbors as fast as I could and they called they police and an ambulance came. My mom was shot in the stomach. She cried out when she saw the police put my father in the police car. And then I heard her moan, words I hear now that I am writing this. I heard moan… I’m dead… I’m dead…. For years every night I relived this horror.
So when someone talks to me about gun violence I think to myself you cant tell me anything! You can’t relate a sadder story to me than I know by my own experience. So I am not ready to own a gun. I may not ever be ready. But what I do know is making harder for me or anyone else to protect their family only makes the bad guy safer. I am pretty sure that none of President Obama’s executive orders today would prevented my personal tragedy.

As I get older I learn more. I have learned that this freedom thing, is very hard. It can be very painful at times. But it is worth it.

Conservatives Must Win in 2016

It is my thought that the conservative movement needs a win in 2016 or we be relegated to the dust bin of history. I know that is a very bold very statement but, it is time for bold statements. It is time to take off the 1776 blinders and see our situation for what it is now and behave accordingly.

In the past 7 years I have see nothing but division in the people that purport to defend the constitution and the Socialist Democrats that have taken over the vintage media and the a great deal of our government. Most of the infighting has not been about strategy, it has been a constant barrage of personal attacks that has left most conservatives defeated and depressed. There hasn’t been a unifying voice on the right that can develop a common cause.

I don’t want to see myself as a bigger light than I am but, I feel it is passed time for someone to stand up and say what must be said to the conservative community. Frankly, I will say exactly what I have been saying about the left to my friends on the right. It is time now fr the adults to send the children back to the children’s table.

Thank God for the Tea Party movement. It brought forth some terrific Americans that have and continue to do great things for the country. Without the Tea Party movement we might not know the likes of Col. Alan West or K. Carl Smith. Hundreds of Black conservatives used the conduit of the Tea Party to gain a national audience. But as with any populus movement, many people have a great deal of passion but lack the sophistication required to sustain a movement.

The sophistication I speak of comes in the form of ability see the “bigger picture” when it concerns the survival of the entire movement. That lack of sophistication caused many “turf” battles between Tea Party groups. Even though a great number people that aligned themselves along with the Tea Party movement were or had been Republican but that didn’t stop the turf battles between Tea Party groups and the Republican Party. The Tea Party movement had not yet gained the people that were familiar with branding and messaging and the as we know the Republican party has been notoriously bad those things for a long time. This gave the vintage media a great opportunity to portray Tea Party supporters as costumed racists. As the political battles became more intense so did the out of control rhetoric. The vintage media feasted on the smorgasbord outrageous and angry statement coming for passionate people concerned about the direction of the beloved country.

Now we are in a place that most vestiges of the Tea Party movement are gone or impotent in any real way. Yes, there are hastags and some website out here but most of them are not used anymore and the sites have very small followings. So now we have little choice but to embrace the “bigger picture” strategy.

We must employ the progressive strategies of incrementalism and focus. For us it means that we must always get the most conservative people elected and the most conservatives laws passed while all the time focused on getting more. We must never be satisfied, we must continue by pushing ever forward. Our elected candidates must never feel safe or comfortable in any office, because of the constant push of conservative principles will always be pushed and demanded from them.

We must also decide to participate in the culture war to regain the hearts of America and its youth. Nostalgia, is lost on youth and thus is a bad strategy win it comes to winning elections and pushing a conservative agenda. The future is the way to attract new and younger voters to our cause. Embracing the current culture and offering conservative solutions is better than demeaning it and those that are involved in the current culture. For instance, making pejorative statements about millennials will not endear them to our ideas.

We have to realize and understand that the avenues to winning voters is through the media that is popular. We have to become adept at more social media than facebook. We must get positive messages about the future in every conceivable place. A full blown media campaign that goes on 24/7/365, not just at election time. Our message must be able to stand alone and not be tied to a candidate for it resound. Candidates can be flawed. We must make sure that the positive message for the future is not entrusted to a flawed candidate. Barack Obama was a flawed candidate but was able to carry a positive message.

Obama was laden with flaws, Bill Ayers, Rev. Wright,no executive experience, questionable campaign practices in Illinois, and his birth certificate madness. Still he able to deliver positive message. We are sure now what we knew then, Obama message was and is all sizzle and no steak. But it does point out the power of a positive message. Conservatives must craft a positive message, especially for millennials. Something to contrast the doctrine of doom for progressive. We must craft a message of empowerment for the individual, building on the uniqueness of each person.

The importance of victory in 2016 can not be overstated!