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Apparently I have more faith in America than you do. I have "worried" about the country since Reagan, but, I haven't lost faith yet.
Come on now! Do you really think your friends and relatives in the Armed Services will turn their guns on YOU and their families? We are about as close to an authoritarian government as we have ever been, right now, and I don't believe we will go much farther! We have thousands of deaths every year over any other country. People will get sick of it quite soon I think.
As far as a seatbelt is concerned, I agree with you. However, wearing a seatbelt is one of the hated "regulations" designed to save lives. I think a few regulations to save lives can be added to the 2nd without too much damage to our freedom any more than the safety belt laws. It is un-American to think it would.
I have nothing against owning a semi-automatic sport weapon, I own one. It will only hold 5 shots and that's fine. I'm against owning a weapon with 30 rounds that travel at over 3000'/sec and tumble through one body because the rear is heavier than the point! We have laws against bullets that flatten or break apart (cop killers). These don't HAVE to do that, there's no way to stop them fromdoing terrible damage when they hit! We don't "need" them.
He has reason to attack the GOP bill. He wouldn't be much of a leader if he allowed this nastiness to go on without comment ... of which we'll hear a LOT in the following days ... with good reason.
The ACA is being ALLOWED to "go into the abyss" by the conservatives that have SWORN to let it, when they COULD have cooperated to make changes that needed to be done ... even Obama knew that! But, like the good Christians and patriots they think they are, they would rather hurt this guy that got done what they refused to do, and beat them by over 50% of the popular vote TWICE. They had to do some VERY scientific Gerrymandering to get a win! "Screw the American people! We've got to get Obama for that! " The "basket of deplorables" are running Washington now. The "swamp" has never been in better shape, .... ecologically!
You have , once again, made a claim without producing any evidence to support it.
I said a few days ago that the OT and NT were very different. They don't even sound like the same "god", yet, you and others pick and choose what you consider to be "the good parts" (at least in a particular situation), and, like here, deny the ugliness ... unless it comes from the Qur'an. Much of evil comes from religious doctrine, that is undeniable. Mostly it was intended to scare the masses about what will happen if they don't conform! Those that climb to the top of a religion DO live very well, and they would live even better indeed, if ALL would consider them the right hand of (whichever) "god" is the winner in the end!
At least he considered himself working under the Christian God ... in his own mind. He DEFINATELY was NOT an Atheist. In Mein Kampf he said: " It may be that gold has become the exclusive ruler of life, but the time will come when man will again bow down before a higher god." 2. "Anyone who dares to lay hands on the highest image of the Lord commits sacrilege against the benevolent creator of this miracle and contributes to the expulsion from paradise." 3. "Even today I am not ashamed to say that, overpowered by enthusiasm, I fell to my knees and thanked HEAVEN from an overflowing heart for granting me the good fortune of being permitted to live at this time."
I don't see ANY way that he thought he was anything BUT a Christian ... and that's all anyone can do .... THINK they are a Christian because they follow the "rules" as THEY see them. No one gets a diploma saying they have passed the exam with flying colors ... at least not signed by "the Boss". You can only believe in your own mind, that you are. Hitler believed in his own mind that HE was.
And, yes, in his own mind, He was doing God's work with the holocaust. He believed the Jews were evil.
No. The "left" doesn't elect "gods", we elect qualified individuals and they had better do their jobs! Obama did a good job, not perfect but, I've never known a President that did. (And I've known them all since FDR!) Before you get your panties in a knot, I didn't mean "personally"!
The comparison I would make is that Reagan did irreparable damage to the middle class, dealt closely with and armed his choice of terrorists, took credit for winning the cold war (when 12 other Presidents had a big hand in it). Otherwise, to compare the two would be an insult to Reagan, whom I liked for many reasons. That doesn't excuse the damage he did that America is STILL trying to get out of, but will be FAR less than what we are left with this time. It's just that this time it's being piled on top of Reagans.
Sure, I'm a gun owner, I'll go along with that. What I won't go along with is the hubris of having to own an assault weapon. What I won't go along with is having to arm against our government. This is, for the moment, AMERICA! When we have to arm against our own government we will be no better than, an authoritarian state. We may as well be in a civil war like Syria! Those who think we are should get OUT! Find their own country!
For many years I've walked the streets of America ... 47 0f the 50 states, I never NEEDED an assault weapon (even in the most dangerous areas)! When I do, we will NOT be America.