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Random Rants - March 2014 ^ | March 2, 2014 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan

Posted on 03/02/2014 3:38:30 PM PST by Leigh Patrick Sullivan

A little spin around current events…

Canada’s Gun Grab – you’d think with the heavy damage sustained to their public image over the High River fiasco the RCMP would avoid doing anything which could be construed as over-reach. Yet our national police force managed to reload their stupidity gun and shoot the other foot.

In a literal overnight move, the nations top cop, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson, arbitrarily decided the Swiss Arms Classic Green carbine firearm was to change classification from non-restricted (and restricted) to prohibited status.

Under the umbrella of Bill 6-68 which became law under a Liberal government in 1995, this unelected bureaucrat wielded his power and, in the wave of one finger, made thousands of Canadians potential criminals.

Now, in spite of a harsh response from the Harper government, rumours are swirling about expanded prohibitions that would include additional currently legal firearms. There’s even talk of some knives being included.

The Conservative government is wise enough to know this issue is pissing off a large portion of their voting base. The fact one man – unelected, at that – could hold so much power as to create a whole new category of criminals is unconscionable in a liberal society.

We await a proper resolution with high expectations.

Ukraine – Even Sarah Palin saw this one coming (and was mocked for it). Say what you will about Vladimir Putin, but don’t mistake him for dumb. He sees the situation for what it is: he’s holding all the cards while his opponent has absolutely no idea – or any real interest – in the game.

The president of the United States is by default the leader of the free world. At this moment in history, that position is filled by a weakling with an extremely suspicious agenda and a frightening lack of competency.

As any power-hungry world leader would do, Putin is taking advantage of a perfect storm: The U.S. president’s approval ratings are in free-fall, his record on foreign affairs is the worst Russia has faced since Jimmy Carter, NATO is dealing with growing realization from the public that they’ve taken the wrong side in recent battles (see: Serbia), the global economy is still fragile, and the West has spent the past decade fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Added to this is a growing number of citizens in the West – myself included – who are now more hesitant than ever to support the inclusion of our troops in a conflict in which the impact to our nation is questionable.

Canada’s Armed Forces have done an unbelievable job in the Middle East. The Afghanistan mission will no doubt be remembered with pride in our nation’s rich and historic military past. They punched above their weight and exceeded even the best of expectations. They are to be commended.

But they are also exhausted. Stretched thin for most of the past decade, I would only support the quick redeployment of our troops if it was certain that our national security was at stake.

The situation is changing rapidly and so could my views, but as it stands now, this is simply not our fight.

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TOPICS: Government; Military/Veterans; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: canada; guncontrol; rcmp; ukraine

1 posted on 03/02/2014 3:38:31 PM PST by Leigh Patrick Sullivan
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