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The American Way

I gave a speech to a large group on Patriot's Day, commemorating the shot heard 'round the world.  Several thousand people turned out on a nice sunny day and to my surprise, constantly interrupted with applause. Seems I touched a nerve with this uplifting piece about what makes America great. Many asked for a copy of the speech. Here it is. Permission to circulate gladly granted.
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The American Way
by Alan Korwin
May 21, 2009

 

I was fortunate to be invited to a meeting of thirteen deep-thinking well-educated men recently, and for two-and-a-half hours over lunch we examined some of the critical issues of our time, from our perspective.

The question came up, "What Is America?" and I ask you today, "What is America?"

It seems to me this is a question without an answer, because America is as many things as there are people to define it. It is a complex and huge topic that could fill encyclopedias and not scratch the surface.

But it dawned on me that a few fundamental principles of America stand out. These are the principles that have made America great. These are the reasons America is a shining beacon of real hope for the entire world, such as the world has never known. These are guidelines that people have adopted in their hearts, instilled in their families. These are understandings that drive people from their homes across the entire planet and to our borders. These fundamental principles are The American Way, and this can be described.

I've been a champion of The American Way for as long as I can remember, and way before I even knew that this was what I was championing.

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Gunlaw Updates: "The Montana Firearms Freedom Act" HB246

Montana's new gun law kicks feds in the gut

In a nutshell: "Any gun made and kept in Montana is free of federal gun regulation."

People have been writing asking me if this is real -- it is. It is important enough to dedicate this entire Page Nine. Well, I've included some other juicy items too.

 

I have followed the development of this law since the outset, I am friendly with its instigator Gary Marbut, president of the Montana Shooting Sports Assoc. http://www.mtssa.org (and we sell Gary's Montana gun-law book, which will be re-released in several weeks, updated and with the new law included). I was honored to coax and coach Gary into writing that book, now in its third edition http://www.gunlaws.com/books2.htm

Gary dreamed up the concept of the Montana gun-freedom bill, drafted the language himself ("that's why it's in plain English, I'm not a lawyer," he said) and guided it through his legislature to a 29 to 21 win in the Senate, and a stunning 85 to 14 romp in the House. It is a fabulous law. Imagine what it could do for economics in the state, wait, don't imagine, check this out -- Texas just introduced it too, where it could benefit more than 300 state-based manufacturers. It will, "invite new industry into Texas," according to its sponsor there, Leo Berman.

That's not all. Tennessee has introduced it as well. Alaska moved it through the Senate 32 to 7 but adjourned before the House could act. States actively considering it include Arizona, Idaho, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. While some people got excited about virtually worthless feckless non-binding resolutions demanding 10th Amendment protection from federal abuse, this new law puts teeth into the demand.

This is a perfect point of pushback against illegal federal encroachment and violation of our constitutional rights. You should pick this up where you are, like we are here in Arizona, get someone in your state to make the small changes needed to match the language to your state, and run with it.

If the federales have their way, reaction would likely be directed against the first manufacturer to operate under the law. Feds will obtain a firearm produced in Montana, probably from a small shop without big time resources to fight the feds, and the person will be arrested, property confiscated, and charges filed with all sorts of laws that do not apply except in the feds imagination.

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Tenth Amendment Smokescreen

The lamestream media told you:

Several states have passed resolutions demanding Tenth Amendment rights.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Several states have sanctimoniously passed resolutions that are worthless trash demanding nothing designed to placate a half-asleep public. They mean nothing, have no effect in law, the spineless "servants" who introduce them know this, and act just so they can say, Oh what a good boy am I. Let one, just one, introduce such a bill with backbone and teeth, that truly repulses federal government intrusions and attacks on the 10th Amendment, and I'll change my tune.

I guess that would be Montana, which has enacted a 10th-Amendment-based statute called the Montana Firearms Freedom Act. A nice rumor sheet about the bill has blazed across the web. My first hand details on the bill are posted below.

You should personally take up this cause, and ask your reps why they didn't actually stand up to stop the abuses and usurpations before now. Ask if they know their "joint resolutions" bills do nothing actual (they know this of course, so see what they tell you, it can be revealing). Ask if they would stand up to stop a single federal abuse -- like Montana is doing.

Or just coast along and be happy they passed those non binding feckless balderdash that makes you feel good provided you don't look at it too hard.

Obama's Mama's Hajj

6/1/09: See now also "Correction: Obama's Mama's Hajj."

The lamestream media told you:

Islam, the religion of peace, is doing so little these days there is no need to mention them, associate their religion with the word terror, or put them in the news for almost any reason at all. There's no problem with DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano deciding to call extremist Muslim terrorism "man-caused disasters," she's merely using "nuance" to avoid offending jihadis. Even the "man" part doesn't offend anything.

According to Richard Engel, the chief foreign correspondent for NBC-TV, speaking on national TV, "people in the Middle East consider Obama a Muslim." [Note: I witnessed it with my own eyes and ears but cannot find a link for you, please send me one if you have it.]

Obama himself is believed to consider himself a Christian, and his campaign has repeatedly made this claim, although he hasn't attended church since taking the presidency. FOX News reported the anomaly, which is unreported elsewhere http://tinyurl.com/cgqet8.

According to the usually reliable LA Times, Mr. Obama has decided to not celebrate the National Day of Prayer in the White House this year, a tradition in place since Harry Truman held the office. http://tinyurl.com/cuwmxv The Times, with typical opprobrium, notes that "religion was a core tenet of Republican politics," and quotes an Obama spokesmanwoman that, "I think the president understands, in his own life and in his family's life, the role that prayer plays." He thinks.

The Times goes on to say that, "Obama has shown an unusual sensitivity toward atheists, the first president to mention non-believers in an inaugural address."

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Engel's comment about Obama being seen as a Muslim in Muslim countries got no news coverage to speak of. If it did, the whole issue of Obama's faith, if any, would be called into question, a topic the media has avoided like a third rail. (Can't say "avoided like a plague," because they're all over the swine non-pandemic.)

In other news, missing from lamestream news, Obama's grandmother Mama Sara Obama (on his black Kenyan father's side), has decided to go on hajj.

This is the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, required at least once in a lifetime from all Muslims. She plans to go with her son, Syeed Obama. http://tinyurl.com/d25fnt

According to Muslim law, as told in the Koran, any person born to a Muslim father is a Muslim for life. Renouncing the faith is apostasy, punishable by death. Anyone who has a chance to carry out the sentence but does not, or interferes with carrying out the sentence, is also punishable by death.

Sara Obama, who was flown from her tiny home town of Kogelo near Uganda to Washington, D.C. for her grandson's inauguration, is the woman who asserted that she witnessed her grandson's birth in Mombasa, Kenya. If true, this would make him ineligible to be president. The president has so far refused to show a birth certificate to clear up the lingering doubts. It was unclear at press time why he has so adamantly refused.

If proven to be true, the ineligibility would create a constitutional crisis of unimagined proportions, aside from possibly inevitable racial-tainted riots. For one thing, the vice president might not be qualified to assume the presidency, having taken office under erroneous circumstances (voting is for the president, not the vice president, who ascends to office on the winner's coattails). That would leave Nancy Pelosi the next in line. It would also invalidate all acts signed by Mr. Obama. It was unclear at press time how bailout and buyout refunds would be made.

Some experts have also questioned Obama's race, since his mother was a white woman, making him not a black but a mulatto, a word now used even less frequently than the now discredited "terrorist" and "Muslim extremist." Media experts say the word changes are not Orwellian revisionism, thought control, or word control ("you can't think of a thing that has no word"), it is merely sensitivity.

Fires From Muzzleloaders

The lamestream media told you:

Nothing.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

One of 18,579 contract-bid opportunities currently offered by the federal government is this interesting item, tucked away among requests for analysis of airplane fire-retardant drop patterns.

"Multi-variable analysis on the probability and prediction of fire ignitions from muzzle loaded guns." http://tinyurl.com/owj8rz

The feds now have a combined bid website, allowing people to review and bid upon active and upcoming contract work from across the "entire federal contracting community." Working for the federal government is one way to get some of your tax dollars back, but you have to be able to read and write bureaucratese: "The successful offeror shall analyze provided data and create statistical analysis to support the project goals. The goals can be, but are not limited to, probability, design for experiments, spatial statistical analysis, multivariable analysis, etc."

Marksmen of course know from practical experience that the probability of starting fires (in National Forests, since this request comes from the Dept. of Agriculture) is quite low, but why should that stop our apparatchiks from spending money on a study which, if it shows any probability at all, could fan the flames of gun bans on public lands.

The Founding Fathers would be aghast at the way we spend money, that taxes could be taken for such things, and the idea that peripheral threats to gun rights could come from the Dept. of Agriculture (nowhere authorized in the Constitution).

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Pocket Knife Ban

The lamestream media told you:

Nothing.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Hawaii, the island paradise that has long been a haven for tyrannical government denial of civil rights, with virtual bans on the Second Amendment, has introduced a bill to ban pocket knives of any type. Knives are theoretically protected under the Second Amendment, whose careful wording protects "arms" and not just firearms.

No criminal activity or intent is required. Mere possession of the private property is all that's needed, if the bill passes.

Senate Bill 126 defines a pocket knife as "a knife with a blade that folds into the handle and which is suitable for carrying in the pocket." Blade length doesn't matter. The bill then proposes that "Any person who knowingly manufactures, sells, transfers, possesses, or transports a pocket knife in the State shall be guilty of a misdemeanor."

It adds that, once enacted, "no person shall import or manufacture pocket knives into the State for the purpose of selling or distributing pocket knives." No criminal charges have been filed against the people proposing the blatantly anti-rights law, who have no legitimate delegated authority to do so.

The bill's chances of passage are unknown, but if enacted, it would take effect on January 1, 2010. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer could not be reached to see if he plans a national version of Hawaii's proposed common-sense law.

Environmental Firearm Abuse

The lamestream media told you:

The National Parks won't fight the environmental impact review now stalling CCW carry on those federal lands.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Even a blind man can see that the environmental impact of CCW-permit holders carrying guns which aren't fired is so small that this is a total subterfuge and stonewalling effort to deny the right to keep and bear, even for people with FBI-certified approval.

The serious issue here is setting the precedent that statutes, such as various environmental protection laws, can supercede the Bill of Rights -- the uninfringeable right to keep and bear arms. If discreet carry, with no measurable impact, can be halted on those grounds, then what of four guys out on a day enjoying marksmanship practice, and returning with an empty ammo can?

The CCW National Parks silliness is a prelude to bans on outdoor shooting.

Environmental terrorism is on the rise, even the government is tracking this. We now see the green terrorists preparing a frontal assault on the right to discharge firearms outdoors. The National Parks "impact study" is inappropriate and should be terminated without delay. The people proposing it should be brought up on charges of denial of civil rights under color of law, 18 USC §241 et. seq.

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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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