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Two race baiters meet in a bar and say hello…(Humor)

And if it weren’t for the fact that they serve each others purposes, they likely would never be in the same room let alone speak to each other!But for an Attorney General that seeks to divide, not bring together and a Reverend who feeds at the trough o…

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Conservative Comedy 8/15/14

It’s time for some Conservative Comedy at the Strident Conservative. As I do every Friday, I bring you some of the best conservative political comedy, jokes, and satire on the internet, sure to provide a good laugh to begin your weekend. One of the very few good things about having Barack Obama continually committing the same offenses over the years is that Hope n’ Change can occasionally recycle old cartoons (in the case below, from 2009). And what better time to do so than when the president has declared that, in observance of “the fierce urgency of now,” he’s committing to an all-out multi-million dollar surge of kinetic leisure in Martha’s Vineyard for the umpteenth time. The Obama family will enjoy a 16-day luxury vacation, staying at a $12 million dollar estate where they can relax and contemplate the appalling evils of income inequality. And what better place than an exclusive, well-fortified gated community to reflect on the folly of securing our nation’s borders? While you might think this is a bad thing, the Conservative Comic at Hope n’ Change enthusiastically endorses anything that keeps the president away from the oval office for a while, whether it’s golfing with his unimaginably rich […]

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Conservative Comedy 8/15/14

It’s time for some Conservative Comedy at the Strident Conservative. As I do every Friday, I bring you some of the best conservative political comedy, jokes, and satire on the internet, sure to provide a good laugh to begin your weekend. One of the very few good things about having Barack Obama continually committing the same offenses over the years is that Hope n’ Change can occasionally recycle old cartoons (in the case below, from 2009). And what better time to do so than when the president has declared that, in observance of “the fierce urgency of now,” he’s committing to an all-out multi-million dollar surge of kinetic leisure in Martha’s Vineyard for the umpteenth time. The Obama family will enjoy a 16-day luxury vacation, staying at a $12 million dollar estate where they can relax and contemplate the appalling evils of income inequality. And what better place than an exclusive, well-fortified gated community to reflect on the folly of securing our nation’s borders? While you might think this is a bad thing, the Conservative Comic at Hope n’ Change enthusiastically endorses anything that keeps the president away from the oval office for a while, whether it’s golfing with his unimaginably rich […]

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Poster: Obama and race relations!

Never let it be said that Barack Obama only targets certain news stories to comment on but…Someone caught the President in Martha’s Vineyard questioning his staff over whether the Michael Brown killing was worthy of him taking time away from the golf…

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Photos: The ‘girlie men’ of US national security!

It was only yesterday that the topic of knowing who your enemy is so that you can fight them on an equal playing field was discussed at TPC!Knowing Your Enemy Part 2 (Graphic video and disturbing photos)Unfortunately, while most thinking Americans alre…

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The White House website description of the Second Amendment is all wrong!


On the White House website the Second Amendment to the US Constitution currently reads as follows:

“The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to bear arms.”

In an open letter written to President Barack Obama by the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, the problems with the current description of the 2nd Amendment on the WH website are explained along with a suggestion for how it should actually read.

An Open Letter to President Barack H. Obama

The Honorable Barack H. Obama
President of the United StatesThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.Washington, DC 20500
Re: White House Website: The Need to Correct aFalse Description of the Second Amendment
Dear President Obama:
As Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, Inc., and Executive Vice President of Gun Owners Foundation, and on behalf of our over 300,000 members and supporters, I respectfully bring to your attention a matter that requires your immediate action.
The official White House website includes a page1 which purports to describe key provisions of the United States Constitution. With respect to the Second Amendment, the complete description of the Second Amendment on the website is as follows:
“The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to bear arms.” [Emphasis original.]
Even recognizing that the website attempts to present only a simple summary of provisions of the Constitution, the description is highly inaccurate, and should be immediately corrected so as not to mislead the American people as to the true nature and scope of the Second Amendment. There are two separate problems with the White House website.
Correction Number 1
The Second Amendment does not “give” citizens any rights. Rather, as the U.S. Supreme Court explained in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), the Second Amendment “codifies,”2 “protects,”3 and “secure[s]”4 a right — rather than “grants,” “bestows,” or “gives” one.
The Supreme Court explicitly stated that “it has always been widely understood that the Second Amendment, like the First and Fourth Amendments, codified a pre-existing right. The Second Amendment text recognizes the right as pre-existent, declaring only that it ‘shall not be infringed.’” Id. at 592 (emphasis added). That is why the Court concluded in Heller that the right to keep and bear arms “belongs to all Americans.” Id. at 581 (emphasis added).5
Thus, the Second Amendment protects a right granted us by our Creator, as described in the nation’s charter, the Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. [Emphasis added.]
You can understand our concern here, for if the Second Amendment is a mere privilege given to American citizens by government, it is a privilege which can be overcome by naked assertions of public safety. Indeed, this misunderstanding of the Second Amendment undergirds the erroneous positions being argued in many cases across the country by your Attorney General and the U.S. Justice Department.
Correction Number 2
Additionally, the description on the White House website completely ignores the fact that the Second Amendment protects not only the right to “bear” arms but also to “keep” them.
Indeed, the U.S. Supreme Court in Heller expressly addressed the right to “keep” a handgun for self-defense within the home. In its analysis, the Supreme Court, in parsing the words of the Second Amendment, analyzed the right to “keep” separately from the right to “bear” arms. Id. at 581. These two words have specific, and different, meanings, protecting different sets of activities. One must first enjoy the right to own (“keep”) a firearm in order to protect its use (“bear”).
Conclusion
On behalf of one of the largest and oldest firearms rights groups in the United States, we respectfully suggest that the White House adopt following language to replace the erroneous explanation:
“The Second Amendment seeks to preserve the United States as a free nation, by protecting the right of individual American citizens to acquire, own, possess, sell, carry and use modern firearms, both through service in a citizen’s militia as a final line of defense against government tyranny, as well as other personal uses such as self-defense, hunting, and other sporting activities.”
Please do not hesitate to contact me if we can be of further assistance in this matter. We look forward to these corrections to the White House’s website being made in the near future.
Respectfully,
Sen. H.L. “Bill” Richardson (ret.)Founder and Chairman
Tim Macy
Vice President
Gerry Ognibene
Board Member
Lawrence D. Pratt
Executive Director
Sam ParedesBoard Member

[2]  Id. at 576.
[3]  Id. at 599.
[4]  Id. at 603.
[5]  By way of contrast, the White House website correctly states that the First and Fourth Amendments “protect” rights, and nowhere except in reference to the Second Amendment does it describe rights as being granted by government. 

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