Tuesday, January 18, 2005

The Right to Keep and Bear Arms

The Constitution of the United States was inspired by God. (See Doctrine and Covenants 101:77, 80.) The government's structure and the rights we have as citizens allow us to live in a fair, peace-loving society whose existence should be secured and defended.

In the Bill of Rights, the Second Amendment states" "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

This God-given right is under attack. For all the wrong and misguided reasons, there are millions of people that think life would be safer if weapons were limited to designated government individuals--military, police, etc. That the average guy and gal should not be afforded this right. They think children would be safer, crime would decrease, and self defense should be left out to the authorities.

Statistics (American Rifleman - Feb 05) show that firearm accidents have decreased since 1970, accidental deaths involving children (under 14) are rare (over exaggerated by mainstream media), and violent crime has decreased annually since 1991 (2003 lowest in 27 years). Gun owners are on the side of those who honor and sustain the law. Gun owners promote self-defense against the criminals.

Thanks to organizations like the National Rifle Association, the right to bear arms is protected. However, the battle to protect that right will go on forever. It positions good vs evil--those that love America and the Constitution and those who try to destroy it altogether. Although major anti-gun politicians John Kerry and Tom Daschle were defeated in 2004, there are many more anti-gun politicians (Barbara Boxer) out there that need to be defeated through the democratic process.

I will never live in a state that does not have strong self-defense laws and rights. If you live in a state that does not uphold the right-to-carry laws and lawsuit abuse reforms, get involved with those who seek to change the restrictive laws.

I love America. I love the Second Amendment. I feel sad for those who live in nations with restrictive gun ownership laws. They may like it but they are the ones living under socialistic regimes that find it easy to trample on our God-given rights. We need to be on constant guard against those efforts that attempt to diminish our rights to keep and bear arms.

It is worth the fight. Join in.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Arafat, Palestinians, and Israel

Everyone has an opinion about the Palestinian/Israeli situation. Here's some of my thoughts...

Israel is an independent and generally recognized democracy (per the 1917 Balfour Declaration). Israel was created as a Jewish state. It was done so by the nations of the world coupled with the hard work of the Jewish people. No way would or should the Israelis turn their country over to the so-called Palestinian Arabs--their declared mortal enemies.

The Jews have been living in Judea/Samaria (West Bank) since Biblical times. Modern Israel controlled of most of the area east of the Jordan River, except for the Gaza Strip (Egyptian control). The West Bank and the eastern part of Jerusalem was under the control of Jordan. Jordan expelled all Jews and obliterated 200 years of Jewish presence. Hence, the idea of an "occupation" is far from the truth.

Referencing the FLAME, the basic premise, that the Palestinians need and deserve a state, is false. Because there are no such people as the Palestinians, and before the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, nobody had ever heard of them. Until Jewish immigration to Palestine began, the country was sparsely settled, inhabited mostly by roving Bedouins. The industry and prosperity, the agricultural development, and modern infrastructure brought by the Jews proved an irresistible magnet for the Arabs from the surrounding regions.

Today, Israel is made up of Arabs (Christian and Muslim), Jews, and a whole bunch of secularist. Israel is a great nation. Their democracy works. Their capitalistic society is successful. Their nation is clean, modern, serving great food and offering a rich history. It offers all of the amenities expected by world travelers. Their human rights record is not spotless but considering what they go through on a daily basis, it is not bad.

I was there in 2001 as a businessman and as a tourist. I spent time at the Dead Sea, in Jerusalem, Hebron, Tel Avid, Haifa, Sea of Galilee, and Nazareth. (I tried to get into Bethlehem but could not due to stone throwers.) I have worked with the people for 6+ years--people in the information security sector. Israelis are brusk and at times can be rude but their no non-sense attitude is refreshing. They do good work and follow through on what they say they will do.

Many of the people I have dealt with were emigrants from Europe and North America. I have seen first had that the gathering of the Jews is a reality.

I have dealt with some from the West Bank but in general, because of my Caucasian looks, I was not welcomed with open arms. Nevertheless, they took my money.

I was amazed at the differences between Israel proper and the West Bank. Unfortunately, the West Bank is more akin to a 3rd world nation whereas Israel looks more like a US or Canadian suburb. The Arabs have brought those miseries upon themselves with their intifada.

The Arabs have launched four major wars against Israel. Israel remained in possession of all the lands west of the Jordan River, the undivided city of Jerusalem, the Sinai (returned to Egypt), the Golan Heights and the Gaza Strip.

When I see and feel the plight of the inhabitants of the West Bank, I look at their leadership. I can only say that their leadership has failed them. I look no further than Yasser Arafat.

He had one goal and one goal only: the destruction of Israel. He could have had an independent state (per the Oslo Accord). He chose not to. He was an evil man. Shows what value one can put into the Nobel Peace Prize. He is the father of modern terrorism starting at the Munich Olympics and continuing on through the Sudan murders of American diplomats, the Ma'alot massacre, the Achille Lauro incident, and dozens of suicide bombings, plane hijackings and bombings. The economy is in ruins. There is no hope. Children are taught to hate Jews from day one.

The failure of the Oslo Accord and the never-ending intifada have proved that most of the world, not just the entire Arab world and the Iranians, have only one foreign policy goal--the destruction of Israel. Without the West Bank, Israel is indefensible. The Arabs don’t care about a new Arab state--Palestine. They want the destruction of Israel. With the Arabs dominating the Judean heights and with the ability to divide Israel in two at its narrow 9-mile-wide waist, the two state solution would be the death of Israel. There can be no workable two-state solution; no Palestinian state.

The future is not bright. Whomever takes over after Arafat, for example Mahmoub Abbas, the plan will be the same. They come from the same anti-Semitic school. It will take a long time, many generations, if ever to solve this situation.

The US must stick by Israel. Eventually, and not too far in the distant. It will be the US and Israel vs the world. And it is all based on jealousy.