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Unlikely Debate Attendee Gets Unknown Boon of Fame

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So, this week, we met Mr. Kenneth Bone, a 34 year-old coal plant worker from southern Illinois who ends up on the debate. Probably the biggest thing to happen in his life, he has this olive suit that, at the last second, got traded out for a bright red zipper sweater because the poor guy split the seam of his trousers.

He gets on, and he nervously asks a question of the candidates about the future of energy policy. Makes sense. Coal worker. Question is personal for him. Standard canned answers from the candidates.

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The next day, he not only becomes a meme, his image all over the internet faster than pajama boy or Joe the Plumber, but his red pullover sweater becomes one of the hottest ideas for Halloween (in fact, I believe I read somewhere that Amazon had sold out of them by 10AM.

Now this next thing, how does THIS happen??

So, Mr. Bone gets a letter from the adult webcam site, CamSoda, offering him $100,000 to appear on their website as a commentator. You can read the offer letter and fall out of your chair in near disbelief.

In the D&D gaming world, it’s like rolling a d20 die and getting three 20’s in a row, which the odds are about 1 in 8000, which, according to some rule variants, instantly dispatches a creature attacked by the party. Yeah, I’m a nerd. So what. But the likelihood isn’t something you see, but maybe once in a lifetime.

Ken Bone critted on the Internet. He shows up on national TV, becomes a meme, gets a porn offer, ends up on the Monday morning news, has a few Twitter hashtags named after him, and who knows what. How the heck does this happen?

There are so many people out there on the Interwebz that are vying for attention. YouTube channels, blowhards writing blogs (yeah, me too), people Twittering on multiple accounts to be a big time 140 character micro-blogger, private internet radio wanna-be’s. And you know what, they don’t get anywhere. A few thousand “followers”. But here comes this fellow in a red zip sweater and he owns it.

I guess this isn’t completely unheard of. 21 year old Searcy Hayes from Natchez, Mississippi got offered a $10,000, six-minute porn deal because her face looks just like Ted Cruz, after appearing on Maury Pauvich. 

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I want to say, “only in America”, but this blows my mind.

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October 10, 2016 at 7:49 pm

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Contradictions: Ferguson Part Deux

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Well, Ferguson, MO is on fire again last night from the protesters (read: angry entitlement-types who are lawlessly looting and destroying) because they decided that they were going to make the town pay because they don’t believe in justice – only vengeance. Even though this guy:

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angrily charged and beat on this cop, tried to get his sidearm, called him a pu**y according to eyewitness reports:

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and got himself shot in what the grand jury noted was clear self defense. My condolences to the Brown family for their loss, but when a police officer gives an order, you obey it. It comes from being a responsible citizen:

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Not these guys, BTW. Oh, and someone tell that guy to pull his pants up. He looks like a half-dressed clown.

Now these people feel like it’s their right to commit arson and burn public and private property:

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Well, except for this shop owner who hired a few guns to protect his property. I guess the so-called “protesters” will be protesting somewhere else (Thank GOD for the Second Amendment):

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While this guy, basically lectures us about how we are a nation of laws, yet abrogates the law through executive order and grants amnesty to five million people in the country illegally – that is, in contrary to the laws of the United States:

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I guess Christmas in Ferguson just isn’t what it used to be, eh?  Santa, you might want to fly around, since there is a no-fly zone right now.

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November 25, 2014 at 12:20 pm

How Things Are Really Done in Washington

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Well, sometimes I think Saturday Night Live is a lot more fair and balanced than the news is. In any case, it doesn’t get much clearer than this:

I didn’t have time to read myself! Wow! Okay, well go big or go home, huh?

 

Hat Tip: Saturday Night Live

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November 24, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Rationalized Violence

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It seems to me that the radical Islamic anger is very much like the same kind of anger as being demonstrated in Ferguson, MO.

We’ve been watching copious amounts of violence in the last few weeks, between Hamas and Israel fighting things out and the growing levels of violence in Ferguson. And I don’t know about you but I see a lot of parallels based on the notion of “justified hate”, or “rationalized violence”. 

In fact, they’re beginning to look a lot alike, which is kind of scary.

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Radical Islamists have been at it for centuries. Ever since Mohammad made the first appeals to begin raiding caravans in 623 because he felt justified in his perception of Meccan oppression of early Muslims, Muslims have always used violence as a means to an end – first to end oppression, then as a means of subjugation and conquest (the driver for the Islamic State), Muslims have always referred back to verses like Quran 22:29 and 22:39-40 that permit oppressed Muslims to fight if they are oppressed.

Where I take issue is how very easily that Muslims claim “oppression” and justify their violence. It’s pretty much become a natural reaction for them – claim oppression, cite the Quran, throw a brick, bomb a plane. And then when the oppressor becomes the oppressed, the roles reverse and the cycle continues.

Sound familiar?

Michael Brown raided a convenience store to steal some cigarillos and got physical with the clerk, despite his reported overall gentle nature.  Darren Wilson was, no-doubt unaware that Brown had robbed a liquor store, but I can see how someone who just committed a violent crime would be hostile towards police. As the testimony alludes, Brown attacks the cop, pushes him into the cruiser, they both fight after the gun; gun goes off, Brown runs, cop yells “freeze”, he turns on the cop, cop puts him down.

Then the “rationalized violence” ensues because it was a white cop and a black perpetrator. Al Sharpton starts preaching his hate sermons again and riots akin to the LA riots over the beat down of Rodney King ensue, because of the message of how black people are still “oppressed” – or at least the ones protesting certainly feel that way.

But it seems to me that in both of these situations, whether it’s groups like Hamas that feel like they have to launch rockets into Israel, or ISIS beheading Americans or a group of thug punks throwing bricks through storefront windows, they believe their violence is justified, despite what anyone else thinks.

This is disturbing, particularly in Ferguson where they are calling it “Civil Disobedience” – even though there is very little in the line of civility where a Molotov cocktail is involved.

So where am I going with this? Not too sure – perhaps it’s only to draw the similarities to see what can be learned by it. Is it because people are oppressed or they just feel that way?  Is it oppression or a deep seeded sense of entitlement that has been preached to them all their lives that says they are entitled to loot businesses or decapitate someone?  Am I drawing comparisons that thread into a wider view of the human condition?

What do you think? Post below in the comments. This should be interesting.

To my friends.


I want to take a quick second and congratulate my friend and fellow blogger Lady K on her newest writing gig with OUTSET Magazine. She presently writes for Pocket Full of Liberty and various other places, commenting on culture, politics, anti-feminism, and of course, coffee (very important here at TRC). You can follow her on Twitter.

Written by The Rabid Conservative

August 20, 2014 at 9:49 am

Remembering Robin Williams – And A Plea to All

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We never connect to each other in a real way anymore – we manage our relationships virtually.

Yesterday, as you all know, a great man, a legend in the world of stage and screen, and a master of comedy, Robin Williams, took his own life. And while we are all still waiting for the reports from coroners, law enforcement officials, and his family, his death marks the conclusion of his struggle with severe depression.

That is the subject of this post. No rants on politics today. I think we all just need to stop for a moment and realize the final lessons that Mr. Williams is now teaching us – that it doesn’t matter how much money you have, how beloved you are by fans or how many people are around you, when you fight the demon of depression, you often fight it alone. And it knows it.

I myself suffer from depression – I’m definitely no stranger to it. All my life, I have suffered and wrestled with feelings of abandonment, neglect, and being ignored, pushed aside and forgotten. I have felt like no one cared that I existed – no one cared for anything that I was or did. The whisperings of the demon are constant in my life and there are days when I rise above it, and there are days when I am overcome by it.

I’ve been to counseling, taken anti-depressant medication, focused on my spirituality, fought addictions, and watched in horror as my struggle spilled into the lives of my family and friends. I’ve used the Twelve Steps, focused on my job, family, God, people. And yet, the demon of depression continues to plague me. It never goes away. It is my thorn in the side.

With Robin’s passing, I think we need to stop for a moment and realize that, while we are the most connected society in the history of mankind, we are also the most isolated. We use social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and the like to fill the social need that we all have as people, yet we never truly get to know one another. We don’t spend any real time talking to one another. We post things on our walls, timelines, or whatever, hoping someone will come along and give it a read. We use sub-tweets and suggestive statements to get the attention of certain people without indicating that we’re calling someone out. And we all do it behind the cozy confines of our phones and computers, without actually looking the person in the eye. We never connect to each other in a real way anymore – we manage our relationships virtually.

And as we use social media, we become socially disconnected and isolated. It’s a grand paradox.

If you are reading this post, I want to make a special plea to you. Liberal, conservative, libertarian, whatever – doesn’t matter today. Today, politics doesn’t matter, because this is a human problem. And we as humans need to take a moment of pause.

First, I want, you, friend, to reach out to someone else. Make it a point to do so – make the effort. Perhaps you do this already, but if you don’t then take a moment to do it. If you are heavy into social media, then instead of sub-tweeting them or posting things on your wall for them to read, call them!  Send them a personal message. Write an e-mail and show some concern for someone else. Go to lunch. Go to coffee. But please, reader, reach out to someone – preferably not through a digital medium, but through real, old fashioned human-to-human communication. It’s time for us to re-learn what it means to have real relationships, not virtual ones.

Do you know anyone with depression? Someone who silently suffers and who can’t seem to reconcile the pain and the raw of life?  And for the big question, when was the last time you reached out to that person – not to treat them as a sufferer from a disease or someone disadvantaged, but as a person and grant them the one thing that they desire – inclusion into the human race?  The biggest complaint of all those who suffer in the shame of depression is that no one cares enough to grant them their humanity.  So, as Dr. John Bradshaw indicated in his book, Healing the Shame that Binds You, many sufferers slink off believing they are less than human, or they exaggerate themselves to a “larger than life” status in order to compensate for their internal failings. In either case, they suffer.

Maybe you don’t know someone like that, but everyone is connected to someone. Even the Scriptures make this key point:

For no one lives to himself and no one dies to himself. – Romans 14:7 ESV

Each one of us is connected in some way to someone else. Each one of us represents a thread in that tapestry of humanity. Pull on that thread, cut it, remove it, and something unique is lost. The challenge that we all have here is that we must realize the value that each of us has on society.  Regardless of our political leanings, religious affiliations, status, station – every person matters to someone else. You, as a person, may not have that much of an impact on me as a person, but that does not mean that you are unimportant. Those of us who suffer from depression make that mistake in thinking. Find your importance. Be relevant. Don’t sit idly and let it pass you by.

Maybe you’re suffering from depression and maybe even teetering on brink of suicide. Maybe you feel so utterly alone and in this digitally-connected world, you feel no one cares. Whether you realize it or not, there is someone out there in the world who loves you and who wants the best for you. Perhaps they aren’t good at showing it. Perhaps they get so wrapped up in their lives, their job, their pursuits or what not that they don’t make the time. The best thing I have found to beating back depression is not to wait for someone to come to you – you go to someone else, help them, love on them, and show concern for someone else. Only you can break your cycle of depression; no one can do it for you, friend.

And if you are not sure who to talk to, leave a comment below and I will personally reach out to you. I may not have the solution to your problem; I’m just a man with his own issues, but I will listen. And if you are contemplating ending your own life, get on the phone, call 911, and get help. Reader, please don’t think that you must suffer alone – I’ve made this mistake in thinking myself.

You are not alone in your fight. You do not have to walk the path alone.

Robin Williams was one of the greatest comedy legends, and I will always remember him. Not for his genius, although he did make me laugh on numerous occasions, but for his struggle. Every war, ever struggle, claims casualties and the war against depression is no different. But it’s an enemy we can fight, if we take it seriously.

Not just to my friends today. Today, it’s for everyone, particularly for those who suffer in silence.

TRC

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August 12, 2014 at 9:29 am

Overreaction and Oversensitivity

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Lately, I have been wandering around Twitter, listening to the large amounts of ranting from the hundreds of people out there – liberal and conservative, who seem to find offense around every corner. Every time there is a post or tweet with which someone doesn’t agree, I see a flurry of 140 character rage, the like is not compared to out of control school children who don’t get their way.

I’m finding all the faux-anger to be so dull, boring, predictable, and useless.

I expect liberals to fly off the handle and let their seething rage drop from every post. The constant and incessant wave of hatred from liberals who want to change the world, truth, and reality from how it naturally operates into something completely unnatural is of no surprise to me. What concerns me and what really often disturbs me is when those people who hold up the conservative banner behave in precisely the same way.

Yes, we conservatives have a reason for our anger. We can list them over and over, and for some of us, we have. But when we vent that anger off in the same way as our opposition, we show one thing true: we are no different than they are. Sure, we have different views, but we’re just as hate-filled, raging, seething, as the left is.

And liberals find validation in that – not distinction.

Now, I know the title of this blog is The Rabid Conservative and I seem to hold the attitude that I am, now criticizing. But for those that know me in person, I’m not a fuming, anger-filled, oversensitive person. Although I do have my moments, at the end of the day, I find myself the same as any other human being.

Concerning Trolls

Trolls are an ominous breed of Internet life. They seek to irritate by stirring up emotional dischord. They spew nonsensical rhetoric at anyone who will listen. They don’t care about who or what they affect, so long as they get a rise, they win.

Emotional people tend to get affected by trolls. Trolls target them, like moths to a street lamp. Trolls will say or do anything to get a reaction and then leave the emotional person to fume.

If the trolled person is a female, what we see next is a bunch of males come in to “offer encouragement and support” to this “frail and damaged heart”. How pathetically stereotypical. #WannaBePaladins

What’s the rule with trolls? Ignore them completely. Cut them off from their source of fun and they lose interest. Trolls thrive on conflict.

Concerning Atheist Haters and Christian Reactions

The thing about atheists that helps their cause is when they see Christian folks go all insane when someone says something about the Lord. They remind me of the Jewish leaders who tore their clothing and went all berserk when Jesus said something that they found offensive. Jesus offered this advice to His followers:

Matt. 5:38-40 – “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.

I have often deflated arguments with atheists like this: I refuse to argue with them. They want me to prove my faith – I refuse. They want me to “prove God exists”. I say, they wouldn’t believe it anyway, so why bother?

In fact, I seriously doubt any atheist would be willing to believe in God, even if he showed up in a white suit, looking like Morgan Freeman:

or in a black tuxedo with round glasses, smoking a huge stogie like George Burns.

Don’t mention it, kid. It’s a pleasure helping you out.

By the way, with respect to God and Jesus, I don’t think the Almighty requires us to come to His defense. (hat tip: Tom) I think He’s strong enough to contend with anyone who sits in contrary to Him. He doesn’t need us to stand up for Him just because one of His other creations doubts that He is even there.

Reagan’s 80% Rule

“The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally – not a 20 percent traitor.” – Ronald Wilson Reagan

Lately, I have been seeing conservatives who differ on certain issues fighting with each other like they somehow get the right to call themselves a “true conservative”. It is as if they represent the guidestick by which all other conservatives are judged.

I see much infighting between “conservatives” and “libertarians” and between center-right Christians, and far-right Fundamentalists, the guy who loves homosexuals the way Jesus does and the woman who hates them the way Satan does. It’s purely disgusting really.

The consummate conservative of the last 50 years has to be Ronald Reagan. Conservatives look to him as the person who pretty much defined their movement. But if you look at Reagan’s record, his fiscal policies were not in keeping with what the so-called true conservatives would espouse. But Reagan did establish one thing – give a little, get a lot. Reagan understood the 80/20 rule very well during his tenure in office.

The Closing Thought

What’s with all the rage and anger anyway? Are we so angry at Obama that we tie him to everything that is wrong in the universe, just because it brings a little soothing to our soft, squishy ego? Does it make us feel good to unleash hellfire and brimstone on liberals, as if it is some sort therapy or coping mechanism? Are we so unable to cope with the very disappointing activities of the Democrats that we can’t find solace and peace amidst the storms of life? Are we too angry to see the small victories and blessings that happen when we’re too busy fuming our own rage?

By the way, congrats to Mr. Kevin Faulconer, the new mayor of the very liberal San Francisco. The Obama machine failed miserably there and now San Francisco has a Republican as their chief executive.

And, by the way, a shout out to Mr. Ray Nagin, who is up on some serious corruption charges for his mayoral activities in New Orleans. He was a Democrat.

Oh look, I just got unfollowed and blocked because I asked an objective question to someone who was overly emotional about what some troll said to her and a group of kids, like the troll actually caused any real harm beyond a bruised ego.

Call the Waaa-mbulance – we have another casualty.

Come, debate me on this.

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February 12, 2014 at 11:31 pm

What does Patriotism Look Like in the 21st Century

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So today, I had a Twitter argument with a couple of people who had this misconception that I was this psychotic, crazy lunatic who was ready to storm the Capitol with a gun because of what I considered breaches to my freedom. When I mentioned that I was a “patriot”, she and I had an exchange over what it meant to be a patriot.

In my view, a patriot is someone who is willing to do what it takes to preserve and defend his/her country from all enemies, foreign and domestic.  This person is willing to kill or die to keep their country together.

However, she and another took a different view.  She thought me crazy, that somehow, I was all for just killing people without giving peace a chance.  She simply could not, in her view, condone cold-blooded murder for the sake of an ideology. When I told her that I was willing to do what it took to preserve liberty and freedom, she seemed mortified at the prospect that would include taking someone’s life.

I was told, “well can’t we just vote for those who we believe will do the best job?”. My reply, “The bullet and the ballot go together.”

Today, the Iraqis lost control of Fallujah back to Al Qaeda and ISIL. There was no one there who was interested in defending it from the oppression of these people who, ten years ago, were driven out by the US during the Iraq invasion.  My debate opponent made the point that no one deserved to live under the oppression of Al Qaeda.

I took a different view. The way I see it, there are three ways that this situation will go:

  1. The Iraqis can fight for their own freedom. This is the way it should be. If people want freedom and liberty, they have to fight for it. They have to be willing to do whatever it takes to throw off the shackles of the oppression that Al Qaeda represents and live in freedom.
  2. They can surrender their own freedom and live under the rule of Al Qaeda. They may not like it, but if they don’t want it, but are not willing to fight for it, then they deserve to live under the black flag of Islamo-fascism.  In other words, if they are alright living under Al Qaeda control, then they have no right to complain or protest – they have chosen subjugation and deserve to be conquered.
  3. They can admit they are powerless and call on the outside world for help. Thing is, usually it ends up that America answers that call. The US military gets called in to handle the situation and by the blood of our men and women, a country gets its freedom – temporarily. But Al Qaeda has already gone all in on the notion that once we left, they would be coming back. And there they are.But after the outside force leaves, it’s up to the people to decide what to do with the freedom they have been given. Today, however, the people of Fallujah have chosen subjugation, because they certainly are not willing to take up arms against ISIL.

Going back in the Revolution, our forebears raised up arms because of 27 violations of life, liberty and the property by King George. Most of these things weren’t the atrocities that we see today with oppressive regimes like North Korea, China, or the Middle East, although the Declaration does make note of plundering of seas, ravaging of coasts, burning of towns, and destruction of the lives of the people.  Today, groups like Al Qaeda and ISIL are willing to kill anyone who doesn’t subscribe to their interpretation of Islam.  They ruthlessly rape and kill women, strap explosives onto children, and tell them this is “waging jihad in the will of Allah”.  They are oppressors of a different stripe.

Either way, be it the British, Al Qaeda, or those in government today that are slowly bleeding our liberties away through “regulation”, or “entitlement programs”. They are slowly attempting to disarm the citizens, either through so-called “gun control” or divesting their right to worship as they feel led.  These liberals in Washington are promoting homosexuality and secular humanism and bringing punishment against anyone who speaks against it as a “hate crime”.

If our Founders were alive today, they would be shooting now.

Right now, I don’t feel it is not the right time to raise up arms against those in Washington who continuously mandate that we surrender our liberty for someone else’s entitlement – not yet. There are still things that we can do peaceably to promote freedom and liberty. I think we can still influence the citizenry through grassroots movements and political activism. I believe we still have a lot of opportunities left in that regard.

Now with the subject of ObamaCare, I’m not going to participate. I’m not buying a plan, not going to pay the IRS’ tax, and not going to care who comes to my door. I’ve decided to opt out and put my trust in God, rather than government, to care for my and my family’s health.  Whatever the law says, I don’t care. I’m not playing.

But the way of peace may not always be the way. There may be a day when we’ve exhausted our last peaceful means and it will take a more forceful means to preserve liberty. Thomas Jefferson understood it like this:

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

I know this does not sit well with the people who believe in peace, love, and chicken grease (or veggie oil), but the people back in the 18th century knew that if they were going to keep their freedoms and liberties, they would have to strike back at the people who were keeping it from them.

Being a American Patriot is much more than raising a flag in the front yard and voting in November. It’s even more than working on someone’s campaign or donating money. It’s all about being willing to do whatever it takes to preserve American liberty and freedom. We all hope that we never have to pick up a weapon and harm another person. We all hope that we never have to see combat in our homes and fields. But the Patriot also knows and understands that it might happen that way. They don’t run and hide from that possibility, they “keep their powder dry”.

On one visit to Philadelphia, I stopped by the Free Quaker House, the old meeting hall of those Quakers, normally pacifistic in belief, who believed that the cause of liberty was too important to ignore.  Inside, there was a man, dressed in Quaker garb, who asked me:

Are you a Patriot?

Now, I know it was part of the tour, but that question struck a chord with me. As he was filling out a small card, noting me as a Patriot, his question resonated in my heart.  These Free Quakers were deeply concerned  about a conflict of conscience – taking up arms, but defending liberty and freedom.  And it made me ask myself, “would I be willing to give up life, liberty, and property to fight to protect these things for someone else?  Would I be willing to stand up for liberty and put my life in harm’s way?”

We don’t think about this in the same way today.  I think we take our liberty for granted, after over 200 years of freedom, we don’t really know what it took to secure that liberty. We just go about our lives without a second thought.  Perhaps that’s what the Founders hoped to see – a world where liberty was the way of things.  But I’m quite certain that the Founders never intended us to forget that liberty had a very high cost – blood.

We need to praise and thank God for our liberty and freedom; we must not take it for granted because there are plenty of people out there who would, if they could, take it from us and force us to live under their subjection.  This also means we have to stand ready against those who threaten that liberty – either though the ballot box, through discourse, or through the use of cold steel.

So, I ask you, reader. Are you a Patriot? Do you care about our Republic deeply enough that you would be willing to load a musket, fix a bayonet, and fight against those who would deprive you of it?

 

For my Patriot friends.

Written by The Rabid Conservative

January 3, 2014 at 8:04 pm

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