by Dan Grdovic, CNJFO President, for Black Wire Media
TRENTON, NJ – To say our hopes have been dashed last month is to truly understate what occurred. Justice Thomas, joined in part by Justice Kavanaugh delivered a stunning rebuke of their fellow Justices when ten diverse Second Amendment cases, delivered to them on a silver platter, ripe for the picking, were instead thrown into the trash, like the baby with the bath water. It seems to this writer that our plea was akin to a famous movie quote: “This is our most desperate hour. Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.” has been ignored by our Obi-Wan, ‘our’ SCOTUS.
“All persons are by nature free and independent, and have certain natural and unalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and DEFENDING LIFE and liberty, of acquiring, possessing, and PROTECTING property, and of pursuing and OBTAINING SAFETY and happiness.” (Emphasis added)
The NJ State Constitution, “appears” to recognize your right to protect yourself, alas, it’s only a verbal construct, effectively shut down by legislator after legislator, judge after judge, governor after governor, police chief after police chief, and the list of “rights suppressors” goes on and on and on. And which group is held up to vilify all? Gun Owners, regardless of race, religion, or personal pronoun.
It’s REASONABLE to wait 6 months for your pistol purchase permit, it’s REASONABLE to wait days for an “instant background check”. It’s reasonable to be killed in your driveway (RIP Carol Bowne) while waiting 43 DAYS for your pistol purchase permit to be approved, because if it saves even one life, err, yeah, it didn’t work that way either…
And now, society looks like it’s ready to fall apart. The great government is calling for the police to be defunded while looting, arson and destruction of property are unchecked. The harsh upside is that people are finally waking to the fact that the police are not there to protect you, after all the “venerable” supreme court said so (Warren v. DC, DeShaney v. Winnebago, Town of Castle Rock v. Gonzales, some things are not tl/dr, look that up!). At the end of the day, the laws don’t give a crap about you, the media is only interested in selling advertising (cause anymore they don’t even ‘sell papers’) and this society wants to take your hard earned money and property (Kelo v. New London) and give it away at all costs to whomever happens to have their hand out screaming the loudest.
“Our” legislature, and “our” governor are in the process of agreeing to a MULTI Billion Dollar borrowing plan from the Fed. By the way, there are approximately 9 Million people in the state. That doesn’t sound so bad, borrow $1,500 a person, until you realize that for a typical family of four, that’s $6,000. And of that family of four, how many are working? And how many of those people even have jobs right now? Yes, that’s clearly what we need in NJ, even more borrowing, to raise our astronomical taxes even further.
Who will pay for these Billions? Do you think it will be spread around equally? Do you think Murphy’s mansion in Middletown will see a commensurate tax increase while the lower and middle classes won’t be stuck with such a burden? Let’s, for a moment, look at the racist nature of property taxes in our beautiful state. If we examine property taxes in wealthy areas (like say Franklin Lakes) as either a percentage of income or net worth, OR, if we examine property taxes as a percentage of a home’s value in comparison to a more working class community adjacent (I.e. Hawthorne), we see a huge disparity. Who is clearly not paying their fair share? Is it Blue Collar adult in Hawthorne? HARDLY! But Murphy, Mr. I can pay $210,749.42 in property taxes a year ‘understands you’. To which I say BS.
We get the government we elect. We have elected crooks, racists, pedophiles, professional politicians, Goldman Sachs retreads, people so far from working a day in their lives that their chauffeurs are sure to drive routes so they don’t have to see people doing physical labor because it affronts their delicate sensibilities, while simultaneously pandering to those very same ‘undesirables’ for votes and doing whatever the cause celeb happens to be in order to bask in their public philanthropy.
We, as a society, seem to have forgotten that the government governs at the consent of the governed, that we the people have the power to change our government at will. So, shall we elect from the left or from the right? No. We shall elect from neither.
Whom shall we elect then? We should elect our neighbor, ourselves, our friends, our patriots, those not beholden to lobbyists, corporate greed, or for that matter, the will of the majority, but rather those that have a moral compass. And we should not let them stay in government very long.
It’s been said that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The solution to avoid that is to change politicians early and often. There should be no career politicians, as that is what has created the current mess.
Or have we had enough? The old saw “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” -Thomas Jefferson while so overused may be the only restorative for our great experiment in democracy. Is it time for us to rise up and cast off the self-ordaining monarchs? Are we fed up yet? Have we lost all hope and have nothing left to lose?
The Kobayashi Maru of today – protect yourself and end up with a minimum 7 year sentence in jail or do not protect yourself and end up dead. That Catch-22 is this writer’s daily existence. Meanwhile, the oft-caught fish with multiple convictions will have his lawlessness rewarded with instant bail, will have all Graves act offenses (gun crimes—Ed.) dropped immediately by a Government who wants to “eliminate gun violence” but only by taking legal firearms away from certified good guys, and then the oft-caught fish will be let out to again prey on the minnows of society.
This writer is not advocating for you to break any laws, but asks you to consider this question:
Has the time come for you to ignore the unconstitutional mandates of our oppressors? Have you recognized that there are not enough enforcers to overcome the number of protestors? When you’re facing the death of your free and independent nature, do you and your kind have enough stomach, numbers and force to accept your fate and then attempt to overwhelm the guards of this concentration camp known as NJ?
I am ready, but frankly I don’t trust you to have my six. Many of you are more worried about snacks on the bus on the way to the protest, whether you will have wifi, availability of toilets along the protest route, and dressing up in your “Uncle Sam” ridiculous outfit instead of bringing your A-game, sucking it up, and being prepared for every contingency including further loss of your freedom.
Let me know when you’re ready, I’m waiting.
BLACK WIRE MEDIA EDITOR’s NOTE:
CNJFO founding Trustee Dan Grdovic was elected as President just prior to the Covid-19 crisis. His extensive firearms experience covers all three popular platforms (rifle, pistol, and shotgun). He’s been wordsmithing for us since before we formed the corporation. A vigilant Patriot, father, husband, Scout Master of his son’s Troop, bird hunter and clay duster, Grdovic’s unique writing style captivates the reader like a book you can’t put down. We hope you’re stimulated by his Op-Ed enough to want to HELP US through membership, donation or a purchase at our online store: www.cnjfo.com/Store . Please SHARE to friends & family and remember to VOTE for 2A!
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