- Only here. Where our Founding Fathers tried so hard
to protect and defend us from every conceivable danger to the Constitution,
every conceivable danger to our freedom and every conceivable hazard to
our then unique way of life.
- They failed.
- Under our present system of governance, we elect people
to represent our interests. We have the right to vote them out of office
in the event they do not protect those interests. We don't. Instead,
we allow them, our elected officials, to walk all over us, all over our
liberty, all over our rights and our freedom. We do that.
- We've lost our right to govern ourselves because we let
our elected officials take the helm. We do nothing when they go against
our wishes. We are weak and they are strong. This is not government of
the people, by the people and for the people. It is government of, by and
for politicians and do you think for a SINGLE MOMENT that they care ONE
WHIT about you and yours? If you do, stop reading. You don't belong in
my article. Go away.
- The motto and modus operandi of our elected officials
is ... greed. Most of these people are "career" politicians,
people who would do virtually anything in order to keep their jobs. And
one of the things they do is create problems where none exist. Often, problems
which do exist, are salved by new laws which reduce freedom further. Because
the reason the law is created, to solve a problem, doesn't. Instead, it
merely treats the symptoms.
- When I was a kid, there wasn't a house on the block or
in the neighborhood without fireworks. Dads supervised and kids enjoyed.
Families existed, where there were actually two parents. And will wonders
never cease, they were not of the same sex. I shall retire to bedlam.
- Kids knew there place. They understood just how far
they could go and usually went no further. When they did, they either got
hurt or they got punished. One or the other. We always had fireworks
in our backyard every Fourth. Twice I had a salute go off in my hand.
Accident. My parents did not go ballistic. They figured that the pain
was punishment enough.
- It was.
- Is this a gripe about not being able to buy and use fireworks?
Of course it is. But it is not the only reason. Cheeses, there have to
be a hundred of them, and all of these important to our very way of living,
the way our Founding Fathers envisioned this country to be. Of, By and
For the People. Us. You and me.
- Fireworks are illegal and the police and politicians
actually solved the problem of fireworks sale and distribution. I wonder
why they cannot do the same for drugs? Hmmmm. Maybe there is a reason?
I think so. And I am not even (in my own mind) a proponent of conspiracy.
Although by God and all the ships at sea, if there are no conspiracies
afoot to change the manner in which Americans live, freely, if you people
cannot perceive this, then we are lost. Anyone out there feel that you
are being governed well? Governed according to the Constitution? How many
of you know what the Constitution is and what it stands for? How many of
you know your rights under that Constitution?
- Do you think I am being too hard on you - on us? Listen
to this. I am listening to the CBS radio news, 880 on the AM dial in NYC.
I hear this little factoid.
- EIGHTEEN PERCENT (18%) of high school students thought
that the American Revolution was fought against France. France?! Eighteen
percent. They must not read Rense.Com. Gosh almighty people, is this what
we are teaching 18% of our kids? To know nothing? I don't blame young
people for not knowing their (our) history. I am blaming our teachers.
I blame you and me. I blame parents for not asking how school was today
and what was covered in class. I blame our system of living which has
gone down hill since Regan became president.
- Whilst I have forgotten the exact percentage, I heard
another prognostication by the newscaster that a large percentage of American
youth were not aware of who the combatants were in the War Between the
States!! Dear Lord, please save us from our culpable stupidity. And teachers
want a raise? For what? Firing Lehmberg? Cripes, he'd have taught them
- You think maybe this is the end of it? Fireworks? Right.
And the check is in the mail. You can't use your cell phone in your car
without a hands free setup in this state of NY. The only one. Why? Because
it's dangerous. You can no longer keep a firearm in your home without
a permit. IN YOUR HOME! Why? The kids. The kids. I ain't got no kids.
- But listen to this truth. When my dad taught me how
to shoot I was five years old. The shotgun was a 410 gauge. Now here
is the Piece des Resistance. The gun was in the hallway closet. Dad's
closet. From age five through age about 13, when I went to take my hunter
safety training program course, I never went near it. Why? God man, my
dad told me not to. And I understood clearly that his word was not just
the law.... his word also made common sense. I listened to my dad. I still
do. He is a gentlemen. A man of honor and integrity. I should be that
kind of man. I cannot stand in dad's shoes. I admit this. He is to be
89 this coming August. He still drives Mom around Somers town. Mostly
to doctors appointments. And he is a man everyone in Somers looks up to.
- A member of the Somers Lions Club, the K of C and well
known in his community, James Mortellaro, Sr. used to carry the American
flag during the Fourth of July celebrations. He still does. But he does
not march in the parade any longer. Instead, the Lions Club drives dad
around in a hired limo, a convertible and dad carries a lighter and smaller
flag. That's my Dad. And I love him. Wanna know something? He loves me.
When dad goes, I just won't be the same man. I will have lost a piece
of myself. Like an arm or a leg. Much worse.
- What is happening in this once great nation? Danger.
From ourselves. From people who have little common sense and less sensibility.
From the destruction of the family. From the loss of love, touchy-feely-kissing
kind of parental love. What is dangerous is the idiot who cannot control
him or her self without someone telling him or her where to go, how to
get there and what to do when they do get there.
- If this is the way you wish to live, go ahead then. Me?
I prefer to believe that people can be sensible whenever they use their
cellphone. Or take a drink. Or smoke a cigar or even a cigarette. Who
the hell is guilty of taking our liberties and our freedoms away.
- We are. Each and every one of us. Because we cannot
make decisions without someone else calling the shots. Because we use
little or no common sense. Because you allow people, your elected officials
to lie to your face. While behind your backs they hiss.
- There is more illegality among our elected government
officials than exists among the people they wish to regulate by their laws.
Think about it. Just how free are you to do what you please? And why
aren't you? Because you have lost your ability to use your God given common
sense. You have acted in ways which have allowed government to come down
on you for not using common sense. And in the process, government has no
alternative, no choice, but not to use it on your behalf. In stead, they
use their own greed and avarice. In lieu of governance in your favor, it
is governance in their favor. Neat arrangement, huh?
- I wish to drive where I want when I want to drive there.
I wish to carry a concealed weapon because I need to. I wish to have
a cigar once in a blue moon because I enjoy it. I wish to take my old SAAB
96 for a ride without people trying to have me arrested because it smokes.
It is supposed to stupid. It's a two stroke engine. And the smoke coming
out of it is cleaner than most 1980s vintage cars. Sue me.
- I wish to have the right to hunt if it be my choice.
Without having some people call me names and point. I wish to do many
things from which I am precluded from doing because the minority seems
to be in control. How the hell did that happen?
- People of the United States wake up please. So we can
all enjoy life a bit more. And have it our way. Like Burger King, only
without the tainted meat. Love your kids. Let them want to be with you
more than with the Mall crowd. It is your right to tell them what to do.
As long as you give them the example they would wish to follow. Otherwise,
they cannot and do not respect your judegment. See how it works? Neat
- Jim Mortellaro