… A Government by the People, for the People

 

Before this election (long before this election), I moved here from Canada to live in the greatest country on Earth, and despite who wins tomorrow, it will still be the greatest country on Earth. Maybe not as great as we thought it was in the past, but there is still no place I’d rather live. I’m here here by choice, not by birth, and no matter who wins tomorrow, I will still chose to call this country home, because some things are worth fighting for.

America is not defined by who leads us, it is defined by the people who live here and call it home. Remember that as you look at your friends on Wednesday and the choices they made. This election has been so contentious because both sides see the other side as the cause of all that’s wrong in this country, when in reality, there is nothing in America that is not created by Americans.

You want a better country? Start by being a better person. Change yourself, then change the world.

And go vote.

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  1. Trink Coolidge
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    @Trink

    Kevin Creighton: You want a better country? Start by being a better person. Change yourself, then change the world.

    Thanks Kevin.  We needed that chuck under the chin.  Glad you’re one of us.

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  2. FightinInPhilly Coolidge
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    Well said Kevin. Here’s a quote I’ve been carrying around from Bret Stephens:

    The truth about American exceptionalism isn’t that we’re the “best” at everything. It’s that we’re a nation founded on a belief in human liberty, which contains within it both the power to do and undo. Whatever is done this election day can be undone; the consolation to the loser is a warning to the winner. Who can’t but be grateful, to live in a country like this?

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  3. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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  4. PJS Coolidge
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    Thanks Kevin.  I shall cast my very important Florida vote in the morning.  Looking forward to seeing you and your wife Saturday night.

    And Ricochet, I love all of you.

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  5. Casey Inactive
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    Kevin Creighton: And go vote.

    No. Don’t.

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  6. civil westman Inactive
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    I wish I could agree, Kevin, but if she wins, the Second Amendment may well be rendered null and void. That is her intent and it is that of the entire left. If elected, she will nominate a fifth justice on the court (sic), which would likely result in overruling Heller.

    Like many of the words of the Declaration and the Constitution, those of Lincoln are no longer operant. I note you omitted “of the people.”. I visit Switzerland frequently. It is the way the US used to be when I was a kid. Were I able to vote it the best country in the world by taking my entire family there with me, I would. I can’t, however, because that country actually controls its borders and enforces its laws.

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  7. Kevin Creighton Contributor
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    civil westman:I wish I could agree, Kevin, but if she wins, the Second Amendment may well be rendered null and void. That is her intent and it is that of the entire left. If elected, she will nominate a fifth justice on the court (sic), which would likely result in overruling Heller.

    Like many of the words of the Declaration and the Constitution, those of Lincoln are no longer operant. I note you omitted “of the people.”. I visit Switzerland frequently. It is the way the US used to be when I was a kid. Were I able to vote it the best country in the world by taking my entire family there with me, I would. I can’t, however, because that country actually controls its borders and enforces its laws.

    I omitted “Of The People” because I meant to correct that before I hit “Publish”, and forgot. Please don’t confuse incompetence for intent. :D

    As for the Second Amendment and all the other issues on the ballot, the question then becomes, what are you willing to change, in your life, to make sure that your way of life will continue? Don’t look to change your government, change your situation.

     

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  8. civil westman Inactive
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    Kevin Creighton:

    civil westman:I wish I could agree, Kevin, but if she wins, the Second Amendment may well be rendered null and void. That is her intent and it is that of the entire left. If elected, she will nominate a fifth justice on the court (sic), which would likely result in overruling Heller.

     

    As for the Second Amendment and all the other issues on the ballot, the question then becomes, what are you willing to change, in your life, to make sure that your way of life will continue? Don’t look to change your government, change your situation.

    I am not at all sure how I would change my life in the face of a federal demand that I register any firearms I may possess. That likelihood stands out in my mind as a distinct possibility. I suppose I might hope to find a “sanctuary city” or “sanctuary state” where local opposition might make federal enforcement difficult or impossible, but I would not count on that possibility. When the choice is to become a felon or wait to be disarmed after registering, I am not at all sure that changing myself is a plausible answer. I suspect you have considered this possibility. Care to share your thoughts?

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  9. Front Seat Cat Member
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    What made you leave Canada and move here Kevin?

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  10. Kevin Creighton Contributor
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    Front Seat Cat:What made you leave Canada and move here Kevin?

    1983. Right in the middle of the oil bust in Calgary.

    I need to get off my lazy butt and ante up the $800 to become a citizen.

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  11. Lizzie2b Member
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    As I spend today telling myself the exact same thing and I try to busy myself  with making plans for a disciplined Advent; wondering if this will finally be the Christmas when I find the pair of night vision goggles or the “build your own tells coil” kit, I keep asking for, under the aluminum Christmas tree?

     

    I realize that I depend on the wisdom of the members here; thank you!

     

    Still, I really want to build a bomb shelter in my backyard in Pasadena CA.

     

     

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