Thursday, November 6, 2008

The 2nd Amendment & The Heroes of Middle Tennessee

I am a strong defender of the 2nd Amendment. My primary career field has long exposed me to firearms. I believe that we each have a right to defend ourselves.

"When life and death is measured in seconds, the Police are only minutes away."

Amendment II
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.

Though I honor the Law Enforcement community, they can not be everywhere. They risk their lives every day to keep us safe. Most of their members are respectable heroes that deal on a regular basis with the dredges of our society. Yes, I've been written tickets and paid the fines. They were doing their job and I, like so many others, was going a little too fast.

As one friend of mine in that community said: "I don't like writing tickets. People have to talk their way into one. It's the young ones that write a bunch of tickets."

And across Our District, we have more Volunteer FireFighters than career FireFighters. Who could deny the honor of a person who works for his paycheck by day and rushes into a burning house to save lives at night, for free? This is not to diminish in the least those that devote their lives and are paid for FireFighting, but rather to acknowledge Our Volunteers for their special achievements.

We are hunters & fishermen. We live on the land. We work the land. We depend on the land. Middle Tennessee has been "green" when green living was not popular. We conserve energy and recycle our waste, not because some Hollywood Hype tells us to save the planet, but because it's good financial sense to turn the light off and re-use that angle iron. We know that biological waste makes good fertilizer.

We feed America from our farms and feed our families from the woods and streams.

We shade America from the Nurseries of McMinnville & Smithville. We protect America with Our Volunteers. We help America with Our National Guard. We teach America with Our Universities including Middle Tennessee State University and Tennessee Tech State University.

New York and California have been too powerful for too long. They have forced their (lack of) values down our throats for too long. It is time that Our Representatives answered to the people, not the powerful lobbyists of Washington, not the self-centered elitists of New York and not the disconnected members of Hollywood. It is time to send a member of the people, a common sense citizen of Middle Tennessee, a true representative of the people to Washington.

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