CRC and Guns, the Push Back Grows

by lewwaters

US ConstitutionOur nation was founded on the republican ideal of guarantees of individual liberty and of constraining the power of government through a system of separation of powers, best expressed by Thomas Jefferson as “the unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Republicanism emphasizes that “people are sovereign and not hereditary kings, demanded civic duty, feared corruption, and rejected any aristocracy.”

Since that founding, primarily in the last half of the 20th century we have seen a very gradual erosion of those ideals we were founded on and that served us well over the decades as politicians leaning left gained office with tactics of class envy, demonization of the opposition, ever raising of taxes to fund special projects likely funneling our money into either their pockets or the pockets of some of the very people they demonize with their class envy.

While this is readily seen across the spectrum, two areas will be my focus here, areas of concern for us locally that threaten our way of life and ability to secure our right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” the Columbia River Crossing project and our second amendment right to bear arms.

Columbia River Crossing

I-5 Bridge 02The crossing over the Columbia River between Washington and Oregon consists of two bridges alongside each other, one span built in 1917 and the other in 1958. Although aging, both were rated structurally sound for at least another 50 years, before ODOT removed the rating from their public page last year. The spans and the much newer Interstate 205 Bridge, a few miles to the east remain the only local access between the Cities of Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon.

About the time construction of the I-205 Bridge was completed, Portland, Oregon began an ambitious and very expensive construction of a web of light rail lines throughout the surrounding cities with plans to extend their light rail into Vancouver, Washington. The plan was soundly rejected by Clark County Washington voters in 1995.

Shortly after the rejection, a plan was devised to extend the line across the river anyway by dangling a new bridge in front of voters noses with the stipulation of their light rail “must be included,” a fact hidden from public view until revealed in a Willamette Week article, The $2.5 Billion Bribe in February 2012, but long suspected by opponents.

Added to numerous other shortcomings and even outright lies supporting the crossing, the truth was out and even more people eyes were opened, leading to another overwhelming defeat of a measure to increase local sales tax to fund operations & maintenance of the line into Clark County.

Where there were very few voices speaking against funding the project in the legislatures of the states, we now see people like 18th Legislative District State Senator Ann Rivers adding her voice along with that of 17th Legislative District State Senator Don Benton, a long time opponent.

One of the more in depth articles seen so far on the CRC, Major Columbia River bridge project stymied over light-rail, funding and design issues from the Chinook Observer tells us Sen. Rivers says, “A real frustration for me is that the decision to put light rail on the bridge was made to make someone happy and it was a very expensive price tag for that happiness,” and “I feel like mass transit must be a component on the bridge, but light rail is not the appropriate component.”

Long time blind supporter of the CRC, 49th Legislative District Representative Jim Moeller, after once again stating the lie of “light rail is essential” to the project, a lie put to rest long ago, adds, “It’s part of the project. It was part of the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA); it was selected as the high-capacity-transit option. There are times when it makes sense to use light rail rather than bus rapid transit. We have a two-and-a-half mile spur that connects to 56 miles of established and running light rail. We would be foolish not to be a part of that.”

No, we would be foolish to keep funneling Millions of tax dollars from struggling taxpayers into a vacuum that has already consumed over $160 Million and cannot even design a bridge with enough clearance for current river traffic and obtain the needed Coat Guard permit to build the bridge.

The reason for the inadequate clearance is solely due to light rail, a bridge with the required height at that spot being too steep of a grade for light rail to make it over.

Solutions floated have been relocating businesses upriver that also require more bridge clearance for shipping their products out of state, having river traffic lower their masts, move vessels requiring the higher clearance across land around the bridge and even build the new bridge with a lift span, one of the very reasons given over the years of the necessity a new bridge to eliminate the current draw span to avoid traffic back-ups on Interstate 5 as vessels clear the bridge.

Senator Benton has introduced a bill with bipartisan support that would prohibit “extension of light rail from Oregon to Washington on Interstate 5 between Portland and Vancouver.” Moeller states should the bill pass the Senate he will ensure it does not make it in the House.

In the meantime, we see Congresswoman Jamie Herrera Beutler, who I have opposed, and still not a big fan of, known for her soft and waffling views on CRC advocating for “a redesign of the Columbia River Crossing project that excludes light rail” saying, “I’m pushing for a transit option that people here want, and they’ve said it’s not light rail.” Time will tell if she holds fast to that view.

As expected, Moeller now states, “eventually, Jamie will have a choice to make: support the compromise project as proposed (she loses a large part of her base for re-election) with light-rail as the transit option or drinks the ‘Kool-Aid’ and support a project re-design (she loses her credibility as a ‘centrist’ and moderate D’s and R’s) that delays the project for a generation.”

Moeller continues ignoring the obvious, the majority does not want light rail. It almost leaves me wondering if any of that tax money is finding its way into his pockets.

But even Moeller, as all powerful as he thinks he is, sooner or later will have to realize and acknowledge opposition is growing and short of turning us into more of Communistic society than he and his minions have made us, he will not prevail over so many people.

Guns & the Second Amendment

Ruger 2After winning our independence from Great Britain long ago in a bloody revolution, a Constitution was written and passed at a very contentious convention where a listing of individual rights was left out initially to win passage of the Constitution and added as amendments to ensure our rights as citizens were spelled out.

Known as the Bill of Rights, the second one listed is our right to “keep and bear arms.” Guns.

Over the years several efforts have been made by government to encroach upon that right, some succeeding that most of us agreed with, others agreed to by compromise. But the efforts continue to disarm citizens, especially immediately after a tragic shooting as we saw last month at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Government, primarily the Democrat leftists who have long worked to disarm us set about with more and more efforts to do so, proposing a whole new slate of laws restricting our freedom and right to self defense. I have long felt the real goal in disarming us to prevent us from rising up and over throwing the government that grows more and more repressive, encroaching on our freedoms and dictating how and what we can do in our lives, as our ancestors did with Great Britain.

We see some of the most ignorant reasons giving for passing more restrictions on citizens as recently see from Vice-President Joe Biden said to have told the NRA during a meeting to discuss laws requiring stronger background checks of gun purchasers, “And to your point, Mr. Baker, regarding the lack of prosecutions on lying on Form 4473s, we simply don’t have the time or manpower to prosecute everybody who lies on a form, that checks a wrong box, that answers a question inaccurately.”

In plain words, since we cannot enforce or prosecute current laws, we need new laws.

As gun sales have skyrocketed across the nation, American citizens turned out en masse Saturday, January 19 all across the country. Hundreds of thousands of peaceful law-abiding gun owners gathered at State Capitals and other public places, some armed, some not, some with signs all standing up to send a message to government of we are not going to sit idly by and allow our rights to be further eroded.

We even read from some who don’t care much for guns, do not advocate owning a gun standing up and opposing further restrictions on gun owners, such as former criminal prosecutor for the District of Columbia, Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, who wrote in the Wall Street Journal recently, “The urge to drastically restrict firearms after mass murders like those at Sandy Hook Elementary School last month and in Aurora, Colo., in July, is understandable. In effect, many people would like to apply the District’s legal philosophy on firearms to the entire nation. Based on what happened in Washington, I think that would be a mistake. Any sense of safety and security would be a false one.”

Unlike the knee jerk reactions seen by many who dislike guns, Mr. Shapiro bases his view on his years a criminal prosecutor during the time Washington D.C. places several heavy restrictions on gun ownership as we see many calling for today.

By the droves Americans are standing up for their right to self defense and pushing back on the ever encroaching restrictions gradually be added by the left in the country.

Even here in Washington State, an ill advised bill proposed by a left leaning Democrat, Sherry Appleton that would have required innocent victims to attempt to flee instead of defending themselves was pulled due to strong opposition.

Nearly two weeks later, reasons given were the tried and true cries of “death threats” that she ‘declines’ to reveal or substantiate, resorting to the known tactic of the left, “cry victim” instead of just admitting she did not think it through and went for a knee jerk reaction.

The text of an email sent to a constituent that I obtained makes no mention of any threat, but that doesn’t stop agenda driven leftists from playing victim to gained public sympathy to further their cause, radically changing America from what our founders gave us over 200 years ago, freedom and liberty.

As we face more and more government encroachment from the government that has driven us $16.4 Trillion in debt, the highest dent of any nation on our planet, it is going to be our freedom and liberty that comes out to resolve it.

The last thing we want or need is more restrictions placed on us at the time we need those freedoms and restrictions the most and American citizens are coming out and standing up saying “Molon Labe,” an Ancient Greek phrase meaning “come and take” it.

If you want our guns and freedoms, come and take them.

13 Comments to “CRC and Guns, the Push Back Grows”

  1. Well said Lew. Our elected representatives who ignore the will of the people and do what is not in the best interest of the taxpayers should pay the price come November.

  2. More of them should have paid that price this last November, but not enough people have opened their eyes and sadder, many never will.

    If we don’t wake up, we are leaving our children one hell of a mess and lass than our parents left us.

  3. “I have long felt the real goal in disarming us to prevent us from rising up and over throwing the government that grows more and more repressive, encroaching on our freedoms and dictating how and what we can do in our lives”

    Maybe but I am afraid that ship,sailed a long time ago. How much could even a large group of armed citizens accomplish against, for example, the likes of an A10 Thunderbolt equipped with the GAU8 rotary cannon, or a few armed drones? The loss of our freedoms extends way beyond this latest insult to our remaining 2nd amendment rights. The problem started 70 years ago when the Supreme Court decided it was OK for the federal government to prohibit a farmer from growing his own wheat to feed his own livestock, and it’s only gotten worse – far worse – ever since.

    I don’t know what the answer is but at least we better be realistic about where the real threats to our freedoms lie.

  4. Jaime has her chance. If she fails to actually DO something, instead of just TALKING about doing something, there’s an excellent chance that come November of 14, she’ll have to get used to the idea of being a “former” congresswoman.

    Moeller, being the slime ball that he is, doesn’t care.

  5. From he Chinook Observer article, “Moeller, on the other hand, found the committee’s attempts to incorporate public opinion to be commendable. “I think it can be used as a model for public engagement,” he said.” Really, scheduling nearly 24 hours of testimony for state agencies but only allowing only one hour for citizen comment is commendable?
    What planet are you from? Even by the Democrat Party’s own rules that is not democracy, that is criminal.

    That is not an expression of democracy but a method of those who would tyrannize to stifle dissent


    “From a Vietnam Vet and retired Police Officer:
    I had a Doctor’s appointment at the local VA clinic yesterday and found out something very interesting that I would like to pass along. While going through triage before seeing the doctor, I was asked at the end of the exam, three questions:
    1. Did I feel stressed?
    2. Did I feel threatened?
    3. Did I feel like doing harm to someone?

    The nurse then informed me, that if I had answered ‘yes’ to any of the questions, I would have lost my concealed carry permit as it would have gone into my medical records and the VA would have reported it to Homeland Security.”

  7. Josef, I have read that before, read debunkings of it and more debunking the debunkings.

    But I am on VA Medical care and have not been asked those yet.

  8. Thanks Lew, for researching & following up. I tracked back twice but apparently that wasn’t good enough.

    I enjoyed Clint’s talk about Hackwood’s character:

    which I think is relevant to the topic du jour…

  9. just keep plenty of lazers handy and remember that the A-10 is particularly susceptible to lazers

  10. drones make good skeet targets

  11. pay no attention to the mutterings of the chinook observer, since matt winters is a typical know-nothing mush-mouthed liberal idiot.

  12. the Left has re-opened it’s “war against women”by opting to put women in the line of fire in combat situations.the Left wants to see women get shot up.

  13. In this case, Jack, the Chinook Observer gets it right and shines a lot of light on CRC, more than the lazy c ever does.

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