Wind Projects Count on Towns Ignorance

The proposed wind project in the towns of Windsor and Sanford is a bad idea and the town boards ought to be drafting zoning regulations that are in the best interest of all of us not just some of us.

This project was originally slated for offshore, near New York City, closer to where the power is actually needed.  Taxpayers on Long Island pushed back so wind developers began seeking softer, easier targets in small, rural community’s upstate, taking advantage of a suffering, depressed local economy and counting on small community leaders that may lack the sophistication and legal understanding to mount any significant challenges.

The truth is that the net economic toll in projects like this are consistent losers for the local economy, local taxpayer and property owners.  Developers and suppliers make the most money up front, courtesy of government subsidies and incentives, paid with our tax dollars!   After calculating the losses in property values, the negative agricultural impact, suffering tourism, the health implications and the awful aesthetics, these projects pose a health, safety and general welfare problem for everyone and truth-be-told, the net losses are in the millions of dollars beyond the short-term gains.

Our Town Boards have a statutory obligation to protect all of the citizens.  Those in leadership positions did just that in Cooperstown, NY, which successfully defeated a wind project in their area.  Ask any community that has gone ahead with a wind project if they would do it again and overwhelmingly the answer is no.

The short-term allure of modest lease payments and the unfulfilled promise of abundant power is not a sufficient rationale for allowing this project anywhere near Broome County.  Accordingly, we are calling on not only the Towns of Windsor and Sanford to step-up and face their statutory obligations; we are calling on every town and village in Broome County to pass a well-written protective wind ordinance, in anticipation of these projects continuing to propagate.

Imagine dozens of these 500 to 700 feet behemoths, visible from everywhere, stretching up into the sky three times higher that the state office building in downtown Binghamton.

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Thank God, we enjoy the concept of home-rule here in New York State, allowing us local control over our own areas.  We need to harness this advantage and refuse to allow downstate interests to control our destiny and literally change our landscape.  We already supply them with our water, take their trash and afford them our natural beauty and peaceful, wonderful countryside as their weekend and vacation escape.

The beauty, serenity, our way of life, lets not let them take that from us too.  We should not and we will not surrender to anyone this place we all call home.

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Knowing Your Rights

Today’s liberal ideology claims “health care” as a right.

It is not.

Inventing a so-called “right” to health care would violate every element of the words of our founders, enshrined in the most well known phrase in the US Constitution … “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”  No “right” can be conditioned on compelling someone else to action.  Doing so infringes on the right of the compelled, to the service of the one entitled.  The founders were as concerned with the infringement of rights as they were with their availability.  Creating an obligation on one to the betterment of another is more akin to slavery that liberty.

One’s right to be unmolested, to pursue their own paths, and make their own decisions neither involves nor requires anyone else.  The government’s only legitimate role in such matters is the protection of individual’s freedom in the pursuit of their rights.

While a nation may decide to nationalize health care and collect a tax for its cost, it is not a right.  Believing it to be so exposes at least an ignorance, if not an arrogance for the fundamental theory of freedom and the philosophical underpinnings of this great and free nation.

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Pelosi & Libs: “HELP! We’re Melting!”

The liberal playbook relies primarily on emotions over reason.  As Democrat party stalwart Joe Biden famously quipped, “We choose truth over facts,” a chance admittance and conformation of how liberal philosophy actually works, accidentally shared by the Stegosaurus of the party that embraces it.

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What America witnessed during the State of the Union address was the undressing of the liberal way.  Like the Wizard of Oz, house speaker Nancy Pelosi had no curtain to hide behind as she sat trapped, forced to listen to perhaps the greatest speech she had ever heard, while watching the back of the head of the man she despises delivering it.  What we were seeing in Mrs. Pelosi’s reactions was the realization that she was being bested by the best in the business.  What we had the privilege of watching was Mrs. Pelosi realizing that her moment in history was about to become just that; history.  We were blessed to not only hear the defining speech of our lifetimes, but to watch at the same time, the metaphoric melting of Mrs. Pelosi, just as we saw the actual melting of her fictional counterpart, ironically also known as the Wicked Witch of the West.

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President Trump made an impassioned case for the wonder of the United States, the splendor of our heritage, the uniqueness of our formation, and the nobility of our trajectory in this world.

Only the opaque cloak of hatred and malignant vitriol could possibly mask the magnificence of that speech.  How in God’s name can any American not be moved by the greatness of our country, as demonstrated by the guests in attendance?  A Centenarian soldier, in uniform and still saluting his Commander-in-Chief.  An active duty soldier, reunited at that moment with his family.  A fourth-grader and her mom, receiving the news of a charter school slot opening for her.  A young man of twelve years, the grandson of the Centenarian, already preparing himself to join the Space Force.  This is the greatness of America, her people and their accomplishments.

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To watch those blessed with the reins of power, our nations leadership, sit on their hands instead of joining us in celebrating the greatest nation on earth was breathtaking and sobering yet telling.  I encourage liberals; keep it up and show us how you really feel about our country.  Continue to show that your true colors sure as hell don’t include red, white or blue.  Please, stay on message and keep doing what you do.  You continue to do all of the heavy lifting in the re-election campaign for Donald J. Trump.

Make no mistake liberals; this is the United States of America just as Donald J. Trump has defined it.  Your efforts to turn it into Oz have failed.  You and your ideals are to be not compromised with, but defeated.  As Thomas Jefferson famously stated, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.  Today’s tyrants live in the Land of Oz.

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The Charade of Mass Incarceration

One needs to be very careful before accepting a premise as truth, especially when that premise is coming from far left field.  Add “mass incarceration” to the latest list of phrases invented in the effort to deceive.

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Radical liberals love to invoke the likeness of Nazi’s on those who oppose them.  Obviously, the term mass incarceration suggests images of German soldiers herding Jews into boxcars, a shameful shock tactic that is not accidental, but used to displace your logic and replace it with emotion.  Leftists use the same tactic in labeling man-made climate change skeptics as “deniers”, again, attempting to equate challengers with holocaust deniers.  These despicable tactics alone should be enough to awaken even the deepest sleeper in suspecting the quality of the argument.  A sure sign is when logic and reason aren’t adequate to make the case.  Being jolted, literally, out of ones mind and into the irrational state of raw emotional reaction is the tactic, even to the point of equating black imprisonment with slavery.

Mass incarceration is nothing of the sort, but actually the legal system not succumbing to the politically correct theorem of the equality of outcomes.  This is how the left’s theory works, (and also illustrates why it needs emotion absent logic.)  Like Joe Biden famously said, “We’ll take facts over truth.”

Because blacks in America represent approximately 13 percent of the total population but occupy about 40 percent of the country’s jail cells, to the radical left, this is de-facto proof of racism.  If we are to accept this theorem as fact, then it must also follow that blacks and whites commit crimes in the same proportion.  If you however reject this supposition, then according to the radical left, you are the racist.

One glaring problem with this leftist theory is that it requires you to accept that the legal system must be, in its entirety, racist from bottom to top, street cops to the Supreme Court.  That can be the only plausible explanation because if whites and blacks are equally disposed to committing crime, the only way that blacks could outnumber whites in prison is by way of false accusations, false arrests, unfair trials, racist juries, dirty lawyers and uncaring and corrupt judges.

If you reject the notion of a totally corrupt legal system, then you’re left with some disturbingly glaring facts.  According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, (BJS), black males are more than 5-times as likely to end up in jail as their white counterparts.  Rejecting the emotionally based premise of blatant and widespread racism leaves rational people with the stark and perhaps uncomfortable reality that blacks commit more crimes than whites do.

The NBA player roster is 74% black.  If you embrace the theory that blacks out numbering white in prison is proof of racism, then the NBA has that same problem in reverse.  How does the radical left explain this juxtaposition?  They don’t because they can’t.

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Binghamton University Snubs Squash

WRONG BALL GAME: Binghamton spent a fortune on a scandal-hit basketball program but ignored the merits of squash

Squash group outraged as Binghamton block plans to deliver a paid-for program
By BOB KINGSLEY – Squash Mad Correspondent

One might think that an offer to build squash courts and underwrite the entire cost would be an easy sell to any university.

With that, add the expertise and a willing, volunteer staff to support, form, organize, develop and coach men’s and women’s teams at no cost.

Top it off with garnering the overwhelming support and encouragement of virtually the entire collegiate squash family in supporting the entry of a new school team into their competitive ranks. Sounds like a slam-dunk, a no-brainer right?

“No thanks, this doesn’t fit into our “long-range plans,” says Binghamton University. More about this marvelous, long-range plan in a moment, but first, this is what the squash idea looks like.

Seeing opportunity in the over-built and under-utilized racquetball court surplus at the Binghamton University, (BU) campus in upstate New York, the local, off-campus squash community proposed to underwrite the cost of converting four of those eight seldom-used racquetball courts into a squash center, capable of supporting a fledgling squash program for both men’s and women’s teams; no small gift at a cost of nearly $50,000.

The campus of BU with its nearly 15,000 undergraduates is one of four university centers in the New York State family of 64 college campuses.

Within easy reach of over two dozen other universities with squash programs, BU is positioned to field formidable teams and would be the first New York university to do so.

In collegiate circles, BU is already known as a “public ivy” because of its high academic standards and lofty credentials. What better way for student athletes to expand their collegiate experience than through recreational or competitive squash? What better sport to allow athletic involvement in a healthy pastime that can be played and enjoyed for ones entire life?

The physical, social and political benefits of the squash playing community are truly underestimated at a university that has showcased primarily basketball when it comes to sports and the beloved and unchangeable long range plan which is blind to anything else.

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A long-time NCAA Division III School that had traditionally prided itself on academics over athletics, Binghamton decided in the 90’s that their focus would change slightly from pure academics to sports, specifically basketball.  This led to a strong push from Division III designation to Division II and then to Division I in only four years.

Energizing a strong and locally supportive New York State senator as an ardent cheerleader, BU was able to find 40 million dollars for the construction of a palatial event center to showcase the new basketball program.

Then came the unfortunate incident of a BU basketball player beating a fellow student  nearly to death and into a coma before fleeing back to his home country of Croatia, avoiding trail, immune from extradition and prosecution.

When eyebrows should have been rising, the focus remained on “the plan.”  After recruiting and hiring former Georgetown basketball assistant coach Kevin Broadus in 2007, BU won its first ever basketball divisional championship just two years later, only to have the entire program come crashing down around allegations of grade fixing, illegal recruiting and improper admissions to students not academically capable of the rigors of the BU standards.

Multiple players were arrested for a variety of things from shoplifting, assault and larceny to crack-cocaine drug sales. Star athletes were being suspended, quitting or spending their days in the legal system. All told, six players were released from the team.binghamton1

The Athletic Director was the first to go, followed by the University President herself, on a fast track to “retire.”

Finally, coach Broadus was suspended and subsequently fired, along with two assistant coaches. As a parting gift, Broadus managed to finagle a severance package of more than one million dollars.

Incoming State University Chancellor Nancy Zimpher hired a friend’s powerful law firm to “investigate” the abuses and the program.

The pitifully incomplete and woefully inadequate report was basically a cut-and-paste job of already known information, billed out at more than $900,000.00 and telling the public nothing more than it already knew.

The investigation itself became the subject of a mini-scandal all its own, seeming to squander almost $10,000.00 per page to say nothing.

The following year, the assistant coach struggled to manage the beleaguered team to a 13-18 season and the team sat-out the post season as a sort of self-imposed punishment many believe was actually at the strong suggestion of the powers that be at the NCAA.

So, given this series of unfortunate events, this group of community squash players thought that the time was right to get the attention of the new and incoming leadership to see fresh and generous opportunity that was not only good, wholesome, cost-free and worthy; but would take the focus off of the troubling past issues everyone would just as soon forget.

Incoming University President Harvey Stenger was gracious in allowing an audience to hear the pitch for squash but he was quick to conclude with that sad mantra, now repeating itself, “Sorry, not in our plan.”

The obsession to stay with this here-to-fore not working out so well “plan” appears to be not only myopic but counter-productive.

Here is a suggestion for the masterminds at BU.

Obviously planners rule out everything but their own vision. Because no-one at BU has any experience with the magic of a collegiate squash program, there is no connection, no interest and no concept of the value in a scandal-free sport whose existence predates that of the formation of the NCAA.

No-one is suggesting that you change your so-how-is-that-working-for-you-now plan, whatever that grandiose adventure in your mind might now be, but what you might consider is this.

The addition of something new to your holy plan, especially when it costs nothing and creates opportunity where none existed before just might make the right connections for your students as they learn the ways of the world, the joys of competition, camaraderie and a lifelong sport that they can take with them wherever they go for as long as they live.

This is the sort of learning experience institutions use to provide to their students, not just a select few on the varsity basketball team, relegating everyone else to that of spectators.

Sounds like a plan to me.

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Bob Kingsley is the former Associate Director of US Squash

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Climate Chains (Shackling minds not taught to think.)

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Conventional liberal wisdom of the day demeans anyone who has the temerity to split from the herd and challenge the popular mantra of man-made climate change.  The method of public shaming has recently ramped-up in intensity and mean-spiritedness by applying the label of “denier” to skeptics.  This is a deliberate strategy to cast opponents into the same deplorable camp of those that deny the Holocaust.

This is how the Left manipulates language; jungles became rain forests in order to paint nice mental pictures that massage dollars from donors.  Pro-choice sound lots better than Pro-Death, making abortionists seem super-reasonable.  Assault weapons became any firearm that looked scary when the reality is that actual assault weapons have been unavailable to the public for years.

Control the language and you control the agenda.

 

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What scares the radical Left most are facts.  As Vice-President Joe Biden famously said, “We’ll take truth over facts.”  When their truth can be uncoupled from reality, emotion masks the actual agenda.  The naivety of their foot soldiers is stunning, unknowing cannon fodder in support of a hidden agenda that has nothing to do with the stated goals.  The climate change movement and those who control the bigger strategy are focused not on saving the planet, but controlling it.

Healthy skepticism is essential to the refinement of any idea.  If the plan itself cannot withstand scrutiny, it is likely that the argument is weak.  Only after the idea is tested by skepticism and provocation can it be embraced as credible.

 

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These are the credible facts, for those willing to hear and consider them.

The Sun is more than 100 times the size of the Earth.  The total yearly production of all earthly energy is the equivalent of a single hour of energy produced by the Sun and heating the Earth.  The U.S. produces only 14% of the world’s human-created carbon dioxide.  Over 90% of worldwide production of electricity is generated by fossil fuels and nuclear.  Less than 6% is renewable.

The sun and active solar flares represent the biggest single factor in what controls the temperature on the Earth.  Solar panels, wind turbines and electric cars are financial failures without government subsidy.  These products net-energy exchange rates are not recoverable in reasonable terms.  Said differently, it takes more energy and resources to create, install, sell and operate these supposed green solutions than they end up saving in terms of energy efficiencies and any reductions of carbon dioxide.

God-Almighty created the heavens and the Earth and all things in it, including humans.  We are as much a part of the food chain as any other living thing and our influence on the planet is negligible in terms of changing anything about the heavenly nature of climate.

If we went back to teaching our kids how to think instead of what to think, far fewer would be hoodwinked by this scheme designed not to control the climate, but to control us.

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How American excess killed the Olympic dream

Now that squash has been bested by Break-Dancing in the 2024 Olympic program, this article I wrote some time ago remains timely.  You get one chance to make a 1st impression…..

By BOB KINGSLEY

SQUASH is feeling sorry for itself after the IOC again rejected the sport’s application for a place on the 2020 Olympic Games programme. The sympathetic responses bear a familiar look.

“Crossing our fingers for 2020”…“So very close for 2016”…“Pretty close in 2012…”“Such an effort in 2008…”,“Bad luck in 2004.”

All emotive stuff, but let’s stop the sympathy and get something straight. Squash is not on the program of the Olympics today, largely because key people in the sport’s US leadership did not want it there 20-plus years ago.

First, a little background.

In 1988, I was hired as the Associate Director of the United States Squash Racquets Association, (USSRA.) My main goal was to pursue US Olympic Committee, (USOC) membership for the USSRA, (now US Squash.)

Leadership in our organisation was so convinced that our initial membership application would be rejected that I was sent alone, with less than six months on the job, to the USOC membership review meeting in Houston.

When I left that meeting, having secured our membership in the first round, (something rarely accomplished), a very senior USOC staff member walked me out of the room, put his arm around my shoulder and whispered to me in a hallway crowded with other applicants, “Where in the hell have you people been?”

From the beginning, it seems we were perceived as being very late to Olympic affiliation from those inside the USOC. Over the next few years, we received monies and services from the USOC that funded elite coaching, elite training and allowed for the free use of the United States Olympic Training Center, (USOTC) in Colorado Springs where we sent coaches and players alike.

We even held one of our Executive Committee meetings at the USOTC where then USOC Executive Director Harvey Schiller (pictured right) addressed our group and encouraged our quick ascent in the organization. The USOTC went so far as to offer us free office space to relocate our national headquarters onto the Colorado Springs campus.

I knew a political problem was brewing when the leadership of the USSRA refused that invitation and I began to realise that my plight, my mission might be a fool’s errand.

A short history lesson will be helpful.

In the late 1980s, squash in the US was struggling to maintain two versions of the game; one that was played only in the States (hardball) and the other, mainstream version played throughout the rest of the world. Many in US squash leadership were firmly ensconced in supporting, preserving and favouring the old and dying US-only version of the game.

The fear was that “the great unwashed” as one of them put it, would take over the mainstream version of the sport and they would over-run and outnumber the traditional ivy league, prep school, blue-blood, country club types and replace them with public-school, blue-collar, beer-drinking hooligans of unverified lineage.

The old-guard leadership sensed that they would not only lose their US-only version of the sport, but their control of it as well because Olympic participation would surely be played using the mainstream version of the game.

When I was handed my resignation, the reality and the magnitude of the level of resistance came clearly into focus.

Simultaneously, a large and vocal segment of the squash community was demanding the switch to the rest-of-the-world version of the game and the leadership of US Squash had to placate that growing voice.

By dispatching one man to do what the entire organisation should have been committed to doing, it created the illusion that US Squash was forward thinking. That was not the case. Some in leadership positions hoped that by under-staffing and under-committing to the Olympic effort, it would end in futility, frustration and failure, thereby preserving their hold on the US-only version of the sport.

The old-guard of squash was counting on the failure of our efforts towards the Olympics. The problem was, nobody clued me and my small band of heretics into this plot and our efforts were making unprecedented progress on a very fast track.

From our initial membership with the USOC in 1988 until my departure in 1991, I spent most of my time on the road and had gathered a groundswell of support from the family of Olympic sports organisations.

During this same time, many more of the “great unwashed”, had also entered the ranks of the US squash community, further rankling the squash elites.

I attended USOC, International Olympic Committee, (IOC) and International Squash Rackets Federation, (ISRF) functions representing the interests of Olympic participation for squash.

We formed the Associacion Pan Americana de Squash and began organizing international competitions throughout the Americas in support of the Pan American games having squash on their program. Unfortunately those interests were at odds with the old guard of US squash because we were, again, continuing to be unexpectedly successful.

Our efforts proved to be 20 some years too early. The elitist relics, born in the age of antiquity that controlled US squash in the late 80’s and into the 90’s could see clearly into the future, and what they saw was their relevance waning.

In 1991, I met personally with then IOC President, Juan Antonio Samaranch (pictured below) at the Pan American games in Havana and he was extremely supportive. At last, all of the political, social, formal and informal relationships were in place for squash to be accepted into the inner circle of the Olympic movement.

As Samaranch said: “The USOC is the flagship of all (national Olympic committees)”, and at that moment in time, we were very much in favour with the IOC and the USOC.

However, the political power of an old guard of squash elitists spanning nearly 100 years out-ranked and out-weighed a naive group of pro-Olympic squash advocates with a single vision that blinded them to the political reality that was far stronger and more ruthless than imagined.

When I was handed my resignation, the reality and the magnitude of the level of resistance came clearly into focus.

Shortly after my departure, other key players in the movement were summarily dismissed as well. Once that momentum, that intricate framework of personal, professional, probable and improbable relationships were left unattended, the situation would crumble and the winding road so painstakingly built would revert but to a faded path.

The conditions of that era are gone. The momentum and impact of a strong first impression has but a single shot. The opportunities we enjoyed in the 80s and 90s are not able to be recreated. The perfect storm for squash had, I fear, but one chance. The deal-making and networking we plied and perfected to make our inroads are opportunities forever lost.

Our efforts proved to be 20 some years too early. The elitist relics, born in the age of antiquity that controlled US squash in the late 80’s and into the 90’s could see clearly into the future, and what they saw was their relevance waning.

I am saddened to say that we failed to have squash included into the family of contested sports in an Olympic program not because the game wasn’t worthy of such status, but because of a culture of small mindedness that would sink a sport in order to protect a pedigree.

Bob Kingsley is the former Associate Director of the USSRA, (now US Squash) from 1988 until 1991. Nowadays, he owns a business called King Enterprises in upstate, NY. They provide “back office” services to attorneys, municipalities and insurance carriers with investigative support and trial preparation. Bob is also the teaching professional at the Pennsylvania Avenue Squash Club in Binghamton, NY.

© 2012 All Rights Reserved, Robert T. Kingsley

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Civil War Looming…

Little has been written about the second amendment to the US Constitution that has not been previously expressed or debated in one way or the other.  As we progress from a currently “cold” civil war towards one that grows significantly hotter, I believe that the following interpretations and understandings are both insightful and timely.

 

James Madison wrote the Bill of Rights and his first draft consisted of 17 amendments, eventually becoming ten.  This is what his original draft of what would become the 2nd Amendment said:

 

“A well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, being the best security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, but no one being religiously scrupulous of bearing arms shall be compelled to render military service in person.”

 

Madison himself answers the question that the anti-gun Left has always pondered regarding the impact and meaning of the word “militia.”  He says, “A well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people…”  In other words, everyone and anyone who is so inclined is a de facto militia member by virtue of being a citizen of the United State.  Madison states that the best security of a free state are her armed citizens.

 

Of the 7807 words that makeup the Constitution, the word “infringed” appears only once, in the second amendment.  The Latin root of the word “infringe”, means to break or weaken.  The single largest collective fear the founders shared was the eventual expansion and over-reach of a federal government.  States rights were by design to be stronger than the collective federal power.  Combine this concept with the God-given right of self-defense and you can see why the word “infringed” was used exclusively in the context of the 2nd amendment.  Just as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are by God inalienable, the “infringement” of a right to self-defense via firearms undercuts those freedoms.

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It was generally and unanimously understood that the citizens are the final arbiter of freedom, self-defense, self-reliance, and self-governance.  Not only were the founders supportive of the peoples natural rights to self-defense through the tools of firearms, it was an expectation that the collective community would, by way of being adequately armed, insure their own safety and security and provide the check against the tyranny of the government by virtue of the preparedness of an armed citizenry.

 

Today, the founder’s fears are largely realized.  The linkage of the State’s legislatures and the US Senate have been traded for direct elections, severely weakening the federalism concept.  Fear mongering foments cries for disarming citizens under the canard of insuring their own safety when nothing could be further from the truth.

 

The second amendment will underwrite the second civil war that this country has already commenced.  We are still in the talking stages of this conflict however, the re-election of Donald J. Trump will sound the bell for the second round, and the time for talk will be over.

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