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Kicking the Can

By Oliver North · Jan. 4, 2013

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. – It seemed like a good idea at the time. After Christmas, my wife, Betsy, and I planned to head south to this lovely barrier island in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Our plan included celebrating New Year’s quietly with as many of our kids, their kids and our friends as possible and then returning to Virginia. It was supposed to be the antithesis of Times Square. Like so many of the best-laid plans of mice and men, it didn’t turn out quite as expected.

Only six of our grandchildren made the trek south, because so many of them had this year’s version of Spanish influenza, bubonic plague or both. The kickoff for 2013 didn’t turn out much better for the rest of our countrymen. The new year is now under way – and if the next 51 weeks go anything like the first episode, this 13th annum of the 21st century is going to be a doozy.

As we kissed off 2012 with a sip of Champagne, the U.S. Congress was in the process of raising our taxes. Politicians from both parties in the House of Representatives and the Senate told us they were making “Bush-era tax cuts permanent” for “99 percent of Americans” while increasing taxes on “the top 1 percent.” Within hours of 2013’s beginning, the potentates of pork on the Potomac were congratulating themselves on how they had “taken care of our revenue problem” and saved us from plunging over the “fiscal cliff.” At this point, you should insert the word that farmers use for what comes out of the back end of a male bovine.

Indeed, taxes will go up for Americans making more than $400,000 per year. They also will rise for all the rest of us who work and pay taxes. Federal spending likewise will continue to increase. The geniuses in our Congress also found ways in the same bill to hand government money to Hollywood movie producers, “green” motorcycle enthusiasts, windmill-makers and the distillers of Puerto Rican rum. Nothing was done to address the catastrophic federal deficit, the tsunami of debt that will drown our children or the looming collapse of the U.S. dollar when it becomes impossible for our government to pay for its unfunded liabilities. According to the Obama White House and the solons on Capitol Hill, we will deal with all those things in the future. In other words, they kicked that can down the road.

Unfortunately, the new year has given us a highway covered with cans, many the size of anvils – and about as easy to kick. Without mixing too many metaphors, our fiscal calamity is just the tip of the 2013 iceberg; we’re all aboard the Titanic, and it’s the ninth inning of the Super Bowl.

While Washington’s political and media elites were whining about doing their duty in D.C. and beating their gums about snake oil remedies for our financial maladies, radical Islamists were turning up the heat under the Middle East cauldron. If the first few days of January are any indication, this is going to be a very exciting year:

The ayatollahs in Tehran, Iran, celebrated the infidel new year by firing off several dozen missiles, rockets and torpedoes in the Strait of Hormuz – and successfully distracted attention from planeloads of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds force “volunteers” and munitions being flown to Damascus, Syria, via Iraq. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin received more media attention in banning Americans from adopting Russian orphans than he did for reinforcing his Mediterranean naval base at Tartus, Syria – Bashar Assad’s last refuge.

In Cairo, the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated regime celebrated New Year’s and Egypt’s new Shariah constitution by locking up journalists and newspaper editors for “insulting” President Mohammed Morsi. Instead of condemning this abuse – and the outrage of destroying Coptic churches, businesses, schools and homes – the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was busy figuring out who is going to lead the committee after Sen. John Kerry heads to the State Department.

Holiday revelry and fiscal cliff fatigue also buried the Dec. 30 Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee report on the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. The committee’s title says it all: “Flashing Red.” The 31-page report, containing 10 findings and 11 recommendations, is replete with unambiguous examples of incompetence and misfeasance that led to the death of four Americans. Despite pleas from Joe Lieberman and Sen. Susan Collins, the report will be widely ignored – even as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula offers a $160,000 bounty in gold to any jihadi who murders Gerald M. Feierstein, the U.S. ambassador in Yemen.

Apparently, none of the issues above warrants immediate attention by the legislative and executive branches of our government. But when President Barack Obama and Congress return to Washington, they promise to take aim at a really pressing issue: the Second Amendment of our Constitution.

They call it “gun control.” It’s not. The Second Amendment isn’t negotiable. It isn’t something to be handed over to the United Nations. It’s not a can to be kicked down the road. It’s a cornerstone. Kick it at your peril.



Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

Like Ismael, the Arabs are still hunter/ gatherers. Israeli farmers plow the fields with firearms at their side---just in case! Will the swords of Damascus,be beat into plowshares? Israelis must be like the US Coast Guard---Semper Paratus-Always Ready!!!

Friday, January 4, 2013 at 6:46 AM

JLS06 in Houston, TX said:

Oh, yes, Colonel North, you are so right when you say nothing about the Second Amendment is negotiable. Gun control is a 1" group at 10 yards (for us old guys) which is about the distance from my couch to the front door. And, agreeing with Mac in AZ, we need to completely clean house in DC; fumigate the place and start all over with NO career politicians. Other than that, Happy friggin New Year!!

Friday, January 4, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

For my daughter gun control is a bunch of 10's and X's with a Bushmaster at 600 yds. For me it is with a M-1 Garand. Yes my knuckles drag on the ground. BTW, my daughter beats me most times. And my daughter is far from being a Neanderthal, she is a DVM (for those that went to govmint skools that is a Vet, better keep it simple an animal doctor) Notice I brag.

Friday, January 4, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

It's very apparent and has been for the last four years that the lamestrem media are never going to hold Odumbo's feet to the fire the way they did George Bush. If President Bush and his administration had done some of the things the Odumbo administration has done it would be plastered on the news shows and the leftwing newspapers every day. We need term limits in the worst way and a few amendments to the Constitution removed and replaced with others designed to protect the American people from our own government. Why does Homeland Security and the Social Security need with millions of rounds of ammunition? Are they preparing for the next Civil War when it comes down to the takers against the makers or for when Odumbo declares a National emergency and takes over the nation's resoures? Interesting questions that will never be answered by the lamestream media, the Congress, or this loser we have for President.

Friday, January 4, 2013 at 1:53 PM

rab in jo,mo said:

"They call it "gun control." It's not. The Second Amendment isn't negotiable. It isn't something to be handed over to the United Nations. It's not a can to be kicked down the road. It's a cornerstone. Kick it at your peril."

Kick it at your peril indeed, Colonel.

I foresee massive non-compliance to any new infringements on our God-given right to self-defense against tyranny. Who will enforce these new laws? I don't know of any military/law enforcement personnel that would be willing to go door-to-door checking for unlawful weapons as that would be suicidal. So will it be the UN? I say bring them on - blue helmets make great targets! Molon Labe!

Friday, January 4, 2013 at 3:07 PM

William in Florida said:

Let's not forget Congress passed a raise for themselves in record time according to many in Washington!!!!! Gee, THEY CAN WORK TOGETHER???????!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WE ARE SCREWED IF DO NOT SMARTEN UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, January 4, 2013 at 8:37 PM

BJ in St. Cloud, MN said:

What is forgotten or not known by some is the 2nd Amend. like the rest of the U.S. Constitution is a limitation on the govt, not on private individuals.It does not dictate the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of govt. It is not a charter for govt power, but a charter of the citizens protection against the govt. "Shall not be infringed" is not an ambiguous statement.
Where I live there are literally no AR's or AK's available and the gun store across the parking lot from my store can't restock most of the 100's of firearms they've sold in the last few weeks. Distributors don't have them because the gun companies can't make them fast enough right now. Millions of NCIS checks for firearms purchases were done in Dec and my buddy at the gun store says it was usually about an hour wait to get "clearance" to sell the gun. Hi cap mags are scarce or unavailable. Uppers and lowers for AR's are gone. Ammo will be next.


Friday, January 4, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Gun Guy, I will be having the Boy Scouts next weekend at the range for the Rifle Shooting Merit Badge. I went out yesterday and today to get a couple of bricks of .22's. No luck all the stores are out of bricks. One store did have all of 300 rounds. There was some center-fire and shotgun shells. The number of boxes of .223 and .30-06 you could count on the fingers of one hand. Reloading supplies (powder, cases and primers) were also low.

Friday, January 4, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

Howard, I stopped by the gun and ammunition area in our Walmart and it was the same. Very few boxes of any type of rifle or pistol ammo and not a large number of shotgun shells. I didn't see any reloading supplies at all. I guess if the idiots can't take our guns they will make sure we have no ammo.

Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

"When you kick a can in my neighborhood, it gets collected by 70 plus retired Asians, who probably make 70 to 100 dollars per week. Industrious and wise free market Capitalism-at its best!"

Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

That would be 70 plus- years old,Asian-Americans.

Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 10:23 AM