Friday, April 18, 2008

Charlie Daniels' on Guns and Church

Since I identify with the people who fall into Barrack Obama's elitist description of people of faith who keep firearms I'm not very happy with Barrack Obama's recent remarks. He said something to the effect that us rednecks cling to our guns and our religion when we get frustrated and I would like to take umbrage to these remarks.

My faith goes much deeper than his superficial explanation and I love my guns even when I'm not frustrated. And I am not by myself. I was going to church and shooting guns before Mr. Obama was even born and come from a long line of good people who have been doing it for generations. To me this latest Obama blunder only helps reveal the depth of condescension the far left wing of the Democrat party has for the folks out here in flyover country. Mr. Obama's remarks are insulting to a lot of folks. It's kind of like Abraham Lincoln said, "God must love the common people because he made so many of them".

His remarks make me think that Obama doesn't know the people of this country very well. I'm sure he knows the jet set and the Hollywood bunch, the limousine liberals and the save the whales, kill the babies crowd, but does he think that the ordinary people don't count? Does he think that they're so stupid that they don't know who he's talking about when he says these things? Does he think their opinions aren't important? Apparently.

How can a man stand in front of America and tell people what he wants to do for them and have so little respect for a whole segment of the population. In fact, a very large segment. Does that mean that he would only represent the high-minded liberal ideals of the far left and ignore the rest of us? What kind of Commander and Chief would he make if he doesn't respect the very people who make up the lion's share of the armed forces. You may say I'm over reacting, but I'm getting sick and tired of him making these elitist statements and saying that he had been taken out of context or some other flimsy excuse.

After his wife's remark about not being proud of this country and his pastor's statements calling America the U.S.K.K.K.A. and his own statement about not wanting his daughter punished with a baby, it makes me wonder what kind of a man Obama really is and what kind of a president he'd make. Would he be an antigun advocate pushing the effort to take the firearms out of innocent citizen's hands? Would he not respect the religious beliefs of America, not taking them into account in his agenda? I really don't know much about the man and neither does America. He basically came from out of nowhere and as the facts come out little by little, they don't make a particularly confident picture. I have a great fear that if our military gets broken by another president, this time we're not going to have time to fix it again and what that spells for America, I don't even want to contemplate. Oh well, I guess I'll grab my gun and go to church.

Pray for our troops.

What do you think?

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels

Commentary: I pretty much agree with the view expressed by Charlie Daniels in this article, but I don’t own guns or regularly go to Church so I am not as offended as Charlie Daniels. Obama made a stupid remark. Maybe he should use the Hillary excuse and blame it on sleep deprivation and fatigue. The day of when you could say one thing to one group and something else to another is over. In this information age, the tape is always running. Did Obama not think that the rednecks in Pennsylvania might be listening when he was speaking to the elitist liberal crowd in Hollywood?

I have always liked Charlie Daniels. In the mid 70’s I had several CDB albums and wore them out. I always thought Charlie Daniels was Country, but at that time he was not played on Country radio. He fell in the genre of “Southern Rock” and you were more likely to hear CDB on Rock radio.

In the heyday of the Charlie Daniels band, I attended several of the Volunteer Jams. These were ruckus concerts that lasted eigth to ten hours. The lineup was never announced in advance. The bulk of the music was Southern Rock but covered the spectrum from Hard Rock to hard core Country to Soul Music to even an occasional Opera performance. Those concerts were great fun. People anticipated them and speculated on who the guest would be. People partied hard, heard some great music and had a great time.

Knowing the Daniels from the 70’s and 80’s I have been surprised by the Daniels of recent years. Until recent years, I never did know the politics of Charlie Daniels, but he had a tolerant view of drug use and was somewhat of a rebel. In recent years he has emerged as a God-fearing, hard-on-crime, anti-drug Conservative. I agree with many of his political views but never expected he was so religious or such a social conservative. He always reflected a populist value and that still shines through.

Charlie takes his editorializing quite seriously and post his opinion on his web page about once a week. He has a folksy way of expressing himself and I think he often says what a lot of people are thinking. I wish his opinion pieces had wider distribution. He needs to be syndicated. His site is listed in the blogroll to the left. Go to his site and then click on “soap box” for his editorial page.

Here is Charlie Daniels performing one my favorite songs, Long-haired Country Boy. This song brings back pleasant memories and I enjoy it every time I hear it. I don’t feel like a put-upon poor southern boy, so I don’t know why I love this song as much as I do. Charlie was obviously not the God-fearing, anti-drug, social conservative he is today back when this was a hit.

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  1. The "guns" business really doesn't give Republicans a good name.

    America is like nowhere else on earth as regards its love of firearms. It is inexplicable, and from an outsider's perspective, pointless and dangerous.

    The belief that you have more to protect yourselves from in American than anywhere else is, of course, totally naive. Anyway, what is there to protect people from except more people with guns?

    Wake up, America.

    I'm not a high-minded idealist. Gun crime here in Ireland, while escalating, is not one of our major problems. Gun accidents are not a problem at all.

    1. Criminals don't register for guns. If they dont register them they don't exist. We need common folk with guns that did register them to shoot those fucks when they try to rape and steal

  2. Good post. You ought to buy some guns. You don't know what you're missing.

  3. Thank you, Fiendish, for blessing us with your elitist enlightenment. As would be expected, your typical European unfamiliarity with our "colonies goings-on" doesn't prevent you from sharing your uninformed opinion. But of course we recognize your motive. As you are apparently an aspiring young writer, we full well realize that you are merely "trolling for adversity", looking to garner verbotic fodder. As you become more proficient you'll no doubt learn how to drape a thicker veil over your hidden agenda.
    Good try, cupcake.

  4. "America is like nowhere else on earth as regards its love of firearms. It is inexplicable, and from an outsider's perspective, pointless and dangerous."

    Yes, you DO have an outsiders perspective, fiendish.

    The difference is in the mentality of Europe as a whole and the US as a whole; historically, here in the U.S. we come from the viewpoint that the individual is the most important unit of society, and the INDIVIDUAL is the one most responsible for himself and his family. That includes self- protection.

    A lot of Europeans seem to think that the streets here in the States are like the Old West with a gunfight on every other corner, but I can tell you that I'd rather walk almost any street in New York at 0200hrs. than any street in South London at ANY time of day.
    Robert Heinlein once said " An armed society is a polite society", and seeing the rising violent crime rates in Great Britain after the total ban on personal guns (and now even knives!), it seems to me that Heinlein was correct.

    Looking at the news items almost anywhere in Europe these days, it seems that if you have the temerity to defend yourself against attack you'll suffer a greater legal penalty than the perpetrator.

    Even here in the States, those areas with the strictest Carry Laws have the highest crime rates, proving that old adage that "when you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns".

    If and/or when they outlaw private weapons here, I will be made an automatic outlaw, and I will have a LOT of friends at my side.

    It's not we have any more to protect here than you do there, we just believe that we do have the RIGHT,nay the RESPONSIBILITY to protect what we have.

    An armed person is a CITIZEN, an unarmed person is a SUBJECT, THAT is the difference.

  5. The fact that you do not have a choice as to protecting yourself or not has a lot to do with your perspective. Even though the ordinary citizen of most of the worlds countrys are unarmed by law does not mean that everyone is, Any fool will know that private protection is allowed to the eleitest that either carry their own or have a private army of body guards to protect themselves and their families. This situation is also praticed in the USA by political figures that are anti-gun, entertainers and other limelight liberals that feel a gun is a bad thing and wont stoop to getting their hands caught in the cookie jar.
    A firearm is a tool, plain and simple. It is no different than a hammer, an ax, a rope and pulley, or a sporting item such as a baseball bat, golf club or tennis racket. Every one of these items used improperly is a weapon and can cause severe injury or death when used improperly. The main purpose of a defensive firearm is just that, defense. Nothing more. It is used regularly in pratice as any other item to maintain a pratical profiency and it is stored at the ready for use only when needed. Most often it is needed in defense of another person in the commission of some type of crime against yourself, a family member or an individual that cannot defend themselves.
    No where on this earth is there no crime at all. Since Cain and Able man has been violating others with violence. Police cannot defend you, only you can, and if you wish to not do it then that choice is yours, but here we believe the individual alone has the choice to make and then after weighing all the conquences decide to carry and use a firearm.

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  7. The framers guaranteed the right to bear arms as a means of protection from our government not our neighbor!

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