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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Vote to Save Our Rights, Our Freedom and Our Country

“Leadership, in short, is power governed by principle, directed toward raising people to their highest levels of personal motive and social morality.”
—James MacGregor Burns, Pulitzer Prize historian

Leadership. The late Prof. Burns’ words are a profound guide to our critical role as NRA members—especially now, just days away from the most historic election of our time—an election that can reverse the collapse in American values that we see all around us today.

Tuesday, November 4, can mark a turning point for our nation’s survival. What’s at stake, in changing the majority in the U.S. Senate and retaining the House pro-gun majority, is more than preserving the Second Amendment. It is securing the very future of our free nation as we know it—if we use the power of our votes to put an end to the moral, political, financial and constitutional chaos that grips us today.

As I travel the nation, there is a sad common denominator in the thousands of pleas I hear from Americans—men and women who are the backbone and moral core of our nation. Never before have they feared for the very existence of America as they do today, witnessing the chaos and enormous dangers that now engulf our nation and the world.

Changing that track is at the heart of this coming election, nothing less, and it’s time for the good guys to step forward and be counted.

Before taking his fingers-crossed oath of office, President Barack Obama pledged that “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

“Transforming?” Read “Destroying.” His words were a threat, preceding an administration marked by the corruption of law and raw absolute abuse of executive power exercised by Obama and his rubber-stamp Senate majority.

If we do not elect a national legislature that will hold Obama accountable, he and his radical cohorts will destroy the tree of liberty. Just mark my words.

We have already seen the steady erosion of our core constitutional values: the right to speak, the right to assemble, the right to be secure in our persons and papers. And we have seen relentless attacks on the right to keep and bear arms, especially our right to self-protection.

We are headed down the path to the destruction of our freedom, our way of life and the pollution of the American dream.

Michelle Obama, campaigning as his surrogate, defined “transformation” when she said in 2008, “Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual.”

“Lives as usual?” Read loss of liberty.

Saying, “We are going to have to change our conversation,” she warned:  “We’re going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation.”(emphasis added.)

“Change our traditions?” Look no further than President Obama’s consistent embrace of the massive firearm confiscation schemes carried out in Australia in the 1990s—which would translate into the destruction of 41 million privately owned firearms in our nation.

Obama and his me-too Senate majority led by Nevada’s Harry Reid and New York’s Chuck Schumer—given the chance—would indeed wipe out our tradition of the right to keep and bear arms, and with it our right to self-protection in a dangerous world.

“Traditions?” Just look at the crashed criminal justice system and the Obama Justice Department’s refusal to enforce immigration laws or to secure our southern borders against the massive invasion of illegals that doubtless includes terrorist and criminal elements bent on bringing violence to our soil.

“Change our conversation?” The Obama crowd has turned normal, civil, healthy political dialogue into class and political hatred, creating the “gridlock” that has intentionally wrecked the democratic process.

“Change our history?” With increasing federal control over local schools and colleges, the history of the greatness of our nation is rewritten or erased altogether from the curriculum governing the classrooms.

“Move to a different place as a nation?”

Obama has indeed moved our nation to a different place—second place, perhaps third place, and ultimately someday, no place at all.

It’s all coming true. We are no longer seen as the beacon of freedom in the world because our freedom is being extinguished at home.

All of this is being accomplished by a combination of neglect and hyper-activism that has spawned chaos at home and abroad.

Under Obama’s intentional neglect, the most barbaric force in modern history—the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)—has taken form as a monstrous hoard and, like a hurricane, gathered power. While Obama golfed, vacationed, entertained celebrities and raced around the country fundraising for his allies in Congress, this barbaric force multiplied. Rapes, beheadings, slavery of captured women, stonings, mass murders—all mark the seventh century barbarity that Obama says can be reduced to a “manageable problem” using America’s might. As one pundit said, “Acne is a manageable problem.” Evil must be destroyed.

America’s might? Under Obama, we have seen the U.S. military—the most exceptional force for peace in the world—degraded, downsized, decimated and demeaned, resulting in massive international instability and potential threats to our homeland.

Where Obama accomplishes his agenda to weaken our nation through abject failure and neglect, he corrupts our freedom at home through unconstitutional executive actions that could never receive the approval of Congress.

None of this—not the neglect, nor the lawless radical edicts—would have been possible without the acquiescence of Obama’s shameless water-carriers in the U.S. Senate. Obama’s Senate majority has become the ultimate defender of the indefensible.

With a strong pro-freedom majority keeping the reins in the U.S. House of Representatives and a new U.S. Senate majority ready to reclaim its constitutional functions and power, the Obama/Reid agenda can be stopped and America’s slide into oblivion can be halted.

Each of you is a proven leader in the fight to save our threatened or near-lost freedoms. We are the good guys—5 million strong—who must stand and fight and win. We must motivate family, friends, coworkers and neighbors to turn out and vote to reclaim and protect freedoms being eroded and stolen by President Barack Obama’s regime and by his rubber-stamp acolytes in the U.S. Senate.

Our national values can be saved, secured and protected if you lead the way to America’s polling places on November 4—armed with the NRA-ILA Political Preference Charts with candidate grades—and vote to save our country!

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