Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty teeth.

First Inaugural Address of George Washington...April 30, 1789

The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

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.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Abraham Lincoln said:

"In this age, and in this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it nothing can suceed. Whoever molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes, or pronounces judicial decisions."

James Madison Declared

The adversaries of the Constitution seem to have lost sight of the PEOPLE altogether in their reasonings on this subject; and to have viewed these different establishments not only as mutual rivals and enemies, but as uncontrolled by any common superior in their efforts to usurp the authorities of each other. These gentlemen must be reminded of their error. They must be told that the ULTIMATE AUTHORITY, wherever the derivative may be found, RESIDES IN THE PEOPLE ALONE. (Federalist Papers, No. 46, p.294; emphasis added.)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Where are we going?

Having reached the age of 69 years one would think that by now I would have a clearer view and more focused image of where the United States would be at the end of this century; I don't even have a vague idea of where we will be at the end of this decade...confusing and frightful.

I was born during the Second World War and brought up during the "Cold War" with the then existent Soviet Union as a constant threat. I spent 21 years being educated in parochial schools and several years developing skills as an orthopedic surgeon while serving with the Navy during the Viet Nam War. After being discharged I worked alone in a private orthopedic practice...then retired.

I am married to the same wife of 47 years, have six grown children (in their 30s and 40s) and seven grand children.

So now you ask...where is the problem... the problem, at least from my perspective, is that the World seems to be more confused, less focused, less moral, less compassionate and the individual completely self-centered on him/herself. It appears to me that darkness (evil) may have the upper hand over light (truth/goodness/love) at least on an interim basis at this time in our history. It worries me because I don't, with my inner eye, see us taking a direction toward the light.

I know, through faith, that there is a Triune God and He will be victorious over darkness and completely remove it from existence...but when and for how long must the innocent in the World suffer? That is how far I have come on my 69 year journey...and that is confusing and frightful to me.

I am left with the words of the late Blessed Pope John Paul II, "Do not be afraid."

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