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by Zeb Blanchard, ©2012

Vermont had declared itself its own republic prior to joining the Union in 1791

(Dec. 16, 2012) — We had a gun trader when I was in high school in the early ’50’s in Vermont.  He plied his trade of sale and barter out of his desk in school.  No one gave this much thought  including the teachers, as this sort of “business” went on all the time.  The fact that this fellow was dealing in hand guns was irrelevant.  The key aspect was that it did not interfere with studies.

Guns in Vermont, one of the three remaining New England states at that time, were just another inanimate part of life.  They were used to harvest food, primarily, but some folks used them for sport and of course our student entrepreneur used them for trade.  There were no accidents and acts of violence with a firearm were non-existent.   As close as we came to violence, and this was not an act of violence, was when my black sheep cousin “winged” a game warden for being overzealous in enforcement of deer hunting out of season.  The shooting was never investigated and the “guilty” game warden was transferred back to the city where he came from.

The “law” was pretty much non-existent because there was no lawlessness.  Some small towns had a constable of questionable authority; most did not.  The state police pretty much did it all and woe on any kid that was caught in a traffic violation, perceived or otherwise, because he was taken home to his parents for discipline.

Jimmy Carter had not yet dictated the creation of a Department of Education, and the state knew better than to get involved.  Education was done at the community level, period, and run by a very active parent/teachers’ consortium.  It was called PTA for those who have forgotten.  God and country were at the forefront of education in the ’40’s and ’50’s in rural New England.  You were threatened to get an education so you could go out in the world and achieve.  Recall that this was the generation that put men on the moon and that now NASA has been abandoned, for all intents and purposes.

Fast froward only six decades to Newtown and make your own comparisons.

God is gone from the classroom and society, essentially, and society’s moral compass with it.   Communities come together, temporarily, during tragedies, then fall back into their government-induced lethargy until “the next time,” which is occurring at ever more regular intervals in direct proportion to the accelerating rate at which we sink into existentialism.  Our legislators behave like dogs in heat; if it feels good they do it, with total abandon of the rule of law.  Even life itself has lost its meaning.  When  Obama (allah praise him)  is in Newtown today, will he pray for the 4000 unborn infants that were murdered in government abortion clinics last Friday and the day before and the day before that and those to be killed on Monday?

The answer is not to attempt to take guns away from honest people but rather to attempt to return our Nation to some semblance of its original moral founding.  This initiative must start with our leaders in Congress and in the pulpit.  Without a Red Road to follow,we will end in oblivion!


“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”  –  Samuel Adams

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  1. The de facto president, unqualified under the Constitution, a felon for falsifying information on a Selective Service Registration card, a felon for using a stolen Social Security card, here in this country as an illegal immigrant, a felon for using multiple Social Security numbers, not a US citizen yet holds the office of president, and these undeniable facts are known to every member of the Judicial and Legislative branches of our government, and also known to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Attorney General, ICE, FBI, CIA, NSA, Homeland Security and my neighbor’s dog, PLUS MILLIONS of illegal immigrants in our country and MILLIONS of Muslims and we have the AUDACITY to wonder why people go nuts, have no respect for the law.
    Take away the draft and end-up with a bunch of lost souls who dwell in a make-believe world. I’ve news: when your life is about to be taken away, shot away, everybody gets religion, and quick.
    I understand there’s always a few who slip through the cracks, but our government is, morally, just as bankrupt as a mass child killer.
    Take away the Ten Commandments, take away the Golden Rule, and you get a world inhabited by savages. Reap what you sow, and our harvest is nothing but hate and destruction.
    Traitors walking by with nary a care, and we watch while our country crumbles.

  2. You said it very well Zeb. By the way I went to college in Vermont and it sure was a pretty state. Sorry it is so liberal now though!

  3. Free Will, being a gift from God, is Judged by the Acts done in its name, the essence of Liberty within a Civil Society;

    Neither, can God be torn from mine Heart nor the Will to live Free from my thoughts.

    From such convictions was born the Constitution, unsuitable for the lukewarm, the ignorant, low in character and un-penitent.