I singed the one for Missouri.
I am a retired Army Officer – worked in Special Forces and Military Intelligence. I don’t think my patriotism is in question.
Let them put me on a list, I could care less I already display about 100% of the behaviors that DHS says might indicate I am a domestic terrorist.
Veteran - check
Distrust of US Federal Government - check
100+ guns - check
1 year of food in storage - check
15K rounds of ammo - check
Special Forces training - check
Federal Explosives License - check
Constitutionalist - check
Pays for things in (gasp) cash - check
Concealed Carry holder - check
Visits "prepper" websites - check
Conspiracy theorist - check
I don’t fly anywhere anyway. I have everything I need on my 100+ acres of land.
The reason I signed the petition is that I feel the federal government neither respects my particular conservative values nor respects the rights of
the States and the residents thereof to govern ourselves based on those values.
Used to be that the 50 States all had very different laws voted on and codified by their citizens – laws that worked for them and represented their
values and wishes. However, now because the West and Left coasts respectively have large urban centers along with the overreaching and shameless
influence of the federal government and their local Senators and Representatives who are not satisfied with representing their own people but feel
they must influence the rest of the nation as well we can all revel in their values.
What works fiscally for a large densely populated urban State doesn’t necessarily work for a rural dispersed population. That doesn’t even take
into consideration the morays and values and vast difference in societal norms of the two vastly different kinds of living.
The bottom line for me is that while 8 million people who live in a similar geopolitical region with similar climate and population density and
lifestyle might truly share enough common ground to govern themselves 310 million people dispersed in urban and rural settings with disparate costs of
living and climates and sets of challenges and issues cannot.
This is what the federal government is trying to do – homogenize the 310 million people into one large body; however, the challenge is that people
don’t want to be governed by individuals who don’t share their values. They resent it. Just look at how much outrage there was Bush won by the
Left and West coast liberals… As much if not more so as we red flyovers resent being stewarded by Obama and his Marxist cronies. It’s ok –
time to part ways we had a good run.
The country has become too diverse to share common ground. It’s ok, like two people in a relationship grow apart over time so have we. I don’t
think anyone where I live shares Obama’s vision for America’s future. I’d say that even includes Democrats. People here simply think the
relationship we have with the federal government is no longer in our best interest.
We live with a balanced budget, low property taxes, high personal freedom index (there are still smoking sections in our restaurants), and all we see
in the future is being put on the hook to bail out the free spending States IL, CA etc. who have spent more than they make so that they could pander
to the liberal feel good base. It will come, they won’t be allowed to fail – we will get stuck with the federal tax hikes and bills for decisions
we didn’t make and wouldn’t make.
Would you stay married to a man or woman who spent more than he made for years on end borrowing money so he could indulge his dependant friends
knowing that you would ultimately be on the hook if he could no longer borrow more money and pay his portion of the family bills – I think not.
That is the relationship the red States have with the blue States.
Bottom line is the US has become so big it can do nothing but fail. If you try to be all things to everyone eventually you will be nothing to anyone.
Do I completely trust my State government – not really but I think that 1/8,000,000th of a share is worth more than 1/310,000,000th of a share.
edit on 14/11/2012 by Golf66 because: (no reason given)