Since Nov 1, 2000
Proud father of two grown, conservative men. (And now a Grandfather, too!) One is an Architect and one is an Engineer. They never lacked anything, probably had more than most, but they didn't get everything they wanted, and didn't get to do whatever they wanted. God is responsible for how they turned out, but I like to think Mrs. HeadOn and I get a little credit since we tried to raise them how God said we should.
Don't know who wrote this, but I'm seriously thinking about having it read at my funeral...
The Angry Man
For all the interest groups pandering that shape modern American politics, the group that may well have decided the election has come down to the demographic of The Angry Man. The Angry Man is difficult to stereotype. He comes from all economic backgrounds, from dirt-poor to filthy rich. He represents all geographic areas in America, from sophisticated urbanite to rural redneck, Deep South to Yankee North, Left Coast to Eastern Seaboard.
No matter where they come from, Angry Men share many common traits; they arent asking for anything from anyone other than the promise to be able to make their own way on a level playing field. In many cases, they are independent businessmen and employ several people. They pay more than their share of taxes and they work hard. Really hard, for what they have and intend to keep.
The Angry Man is used to picking up the tab, whether its the Christmas party for the employees at his company, three sets of braces, college educations or a beautiful wedding or two. Not because he was forced to, but because its the right thing to do.
The Angry Man believes the Constitution should be interpreted as it was written. It is not as a living document open to the whims and vagaries of appointed judges and political winds.
The Angry Man owns firearms, and hes willing to pick up a gun and use it in defense of his home, his country and his family. He is willing to lay down his life to defend the freedom and safety of others, and the thought of killing someone if necessary to achieve those goals gives him only momentary pause.
The Angry Man is not, and never will be, a victim. Nobody like him drowned in Hurricane Katrina. He got his people together and got the hell out. Then, he went back in to rescue those who needed help or were too stupid to help themselves in the first place. He was selfless in this, whether a civilian, a police officer, a National Guard soldier or a volunteer firefighter.
Victimhood syndrome buzzwords; disenfranchised, marginalized and voiceless dont resonate with The Angry Man. Press one for English is a curse-word to him.
His last name, his race and his religion dont matter. His ancestry might be Italian, English, African, Polish, German, Slavic, Irish, Russian, Hispanic, or any of a hundred others. What does matter is that he considers himself in every way to be an American. He is proud of this country and thinks that if you arent, you are whole-heartedly encouraged to find one that suits you and move there.
The Angry Man is usually a mans man. The kind of guy who likes to play poker, watch football, go hunting, play golf, maintain his own vehicles or build things. He coaches kids baseball, soccer and football and doesnt ask for a penny. Hes the kind of guy who can put an addition on his house with a couple of friends, drill an oil well, design a factory or work the land. He can fill a train with 100,000 tons of coal and get it to the power plant so that you can keep the lights on while never knowing everything it took to do that. The Angry Man is the backbone of this country.
Hes not racist, but is truly disappointed and annoyed, when people exhibit behavior that typifies the worst stereotypes of their ethnicity. Hes willing to give everybody a fair chance if theyre willing to work hard and play by the rules. He expects other people to do the same. Above all, he has integrity in everything he does.
The Angry Man votes, and he loathes the dysfunction now rampant in government. Its the victim groups being pandered to and the poor me attitude that they represent. The inability of politicians to give a straight answer to an honest question. The tax dollars that are given to people who simply dont want to do anything for themselves. The fact that, because of very real consequences, he must stay within a budget but for some obscure reason the government he finances doesnt. Mostly, its the blatantly arrogant attitude displayed implying that we are too stupid to run our own lives and only people in government are smart enough to do that.
The Angry Man has reached his limit. When a social justice agitator goes on TV, leading some rally for Black Lives Matter, safe spaces or other such nonsense, he may bite his tongue, but he remembers. When a child gets charged with carrying a concealed weapon for mistakenly bringing a penknife to school, he takes note of who the local idiots are in education and law enforcement.
But when government officials are repeatedly caught red-handed breaking the law and getting off scot-free, The Angry Man balls-up his fists and readies himself for the coming fight. He knows that this fight, will be a live or die situation, so he prepares fully. Make no mistake, this is a fight in which he is not willing to lose and he will never give up.
Liberals call him a Clinger, a Deplorable, a Redneck, a Racist or a Sexist. ISIS calls him an Infidel.
Our Founding Fathers would have called him an American.
Thanks to FReeper "DoodleBob" for posting these quotes:
Perhaps the BEST piece ever on the topic of concealed carry is A Nation of Cowards by Jeffrey Snyder. The salient quotes for this article are:
Crime is not rampant because we do not have enough prisons, because judges and prosecutors are too soft, because the police are hamstrung with absurd technicalities. The defect is there, in our character. We are a nation of cowards and shirkers.
Is your life worth protecting? If so, whose responsibility is it to protect it? If you believe that it is the police's, not only are you wrong -- since the courts universally rule that they have no legal obligation to do so -- but you face some difficult moral quandaries. How can you rightfully ask another human being to risk his life to protect yours, when you will assume no responsibility yourself?
One who values his life and takes seriously his responsibilities to his family and community will possess and cultivate the means of fighting back, and will retaliate when threatened with death or grievous injury to himself or a loved one....Let's not mince words: He will be armed, will be trained in the use of his weapon, and will defend himself when faced with lethal violence.
The liberal elite know that they are philosopher-kings. They know that the people simply cannot be trusted; that they are incapable of just and fair self-government; that left to their own devices, their society will be racist, sexist, homophobic, and inequitable -- and the liberal elite know how to fix things. They are going to help us live the good and just life, even if they have to lie to us and force us to do it. And they detest those who stand in their way.
The private ownership of firearms is a rebuke to this utopian zeal. To own firearms is to affirm that freedom and liberty are not gifts from the state. It is to reserve final judgment about whether the state is encroaching on freedom and liberty, to stand ready to defend that freedom with more than mere words, and to stand outside the state's totalitarian reach.