About the author: Linda McKinney

I'm an Air Force Brat who married an Air Force Brat who was in the Air Force for twenty-plus years. I bleed Air Force blue. I've been married to him for over thirty-five years. I saw him through binoculars when I was fifteen (he was eighteen) and God told me we'd marry. We have two grown sons. I have four passions: God, America, my family and guns (in that order). I'm an amateur photographer (http://www.flickr.com/photos/lindymck), an artist, a poet and writer (http://spacecoastconservative.blogspot.com/), and I'm determined to help return America to what the Founding Fathers intended her to be!

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  • TexasJester

    Best thing to do is work on who’s in the primaries. We need good conservatives running – then in the general election, we need as many (R)s in the House and Senate as we can get. If we can get good conservatives in office in this manner, not only do we take back the Senate – and actually get something DONE – and keep the House, but we also can start effecting true change FOR THE BETTER!

    And in doing things this way, maybe we can even get rid of Barry.. This is how we got Ted Cruz – who, without name recognition, beat out our lieutenant governor, who DID have name recognition – and look at the bang-up job he’s doing so far! If you folks can look at who’s running, and primary them in, we can get more Cruz’es in office!

    • Keenan Lee

      I hear you. Unfortunately the Electoral College is the key point here. We vote our butts off and the Electoral College sneaks in a loser through bribes and pandering. This poser we have now is the worst leader ever in office. He’s like a squatter that just snuck into your home and won’t leave.

      • Luckyme

        Kick his a-s out the commie !

      • m2

        political squatter….love it! peddling his POLITICAL METH to POLITICAL METH HEADS.

      • http://www.facebook.com/baleisen B Alan Eisen

        Its not the Electoral college. All states need to go to percentages instead of all-or-nothing vote allocation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eugene.lubben Eugene Lubben

    My gun keeps my vote my choice not yours ,,,,

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=657838517 Bob Honiker

    We allow liberals to define themselves, but we should be defining them as what they are, socialists on the road to Marxism. Allen West was off to a good start but was brought down as much, possibly more, by RINOS as by the left. Ted Cruz will face the same challenges, and the same fate, if we allow it to happen. The “moderate” wing of the GOP has no fire in it’s belly to win, they do not really see the magnitude of the liberal threat, because their goals aren’t much different. You won’t see a Mitt Romney republican going proactive on RKBA, they will never see the threat a Diane Feinstein represents.

    “They have the guns and therefore we are for peace and for reformation through the ballot. When we have the guns then it will be through the bullet.”

    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

    “The goal of socialism is communism.”

    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

    “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”

    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

    • robocop33

      Bob, let’s change that to the “Old Republican Party” that doesn’t care and just wants to save their seat and remain comfortable. I’m moderate yet I want new vibrant people to take charge like Cruz, Rand Paul, and Rubio as well as West. This is the core of the ‘New Republican Party” and it is them that are needed to take over. Bourner is a loser who needs to be kicked out as Speaker and get someone with guts. These are the people that that Tea Party and the new Conservatives want to see running this Government.

  • metro143

    If they strip us of our second amendment rights, They will have no problem of stripping us of all the other rights

  • sovereigntyofone

    The simple fact of life when it comes to voting for ANY politician, is the fact that they will promise you the ” moon and the stars ” while campaigning, but once in office their true colors comes out and the voter usually winds up ” holding the bag “. I never trust any politican because they all lie to you. Problem is you have to pick ONE to represent you.

    • tedthebear

      But picking them strictly by political party, in my opinion. I have voted for Demos, very few times, but after researching all I can about a candidate I pick the one I think is most qualified and honest. With most voters little or NO research is done and most info is gleaned from TV commercials.

      • http://www.spacecoastconservative.com/ SpaceCoastConservative.com

        I don’t actually vote totally via “qualification”. I vote via HONESTY. I would rather vote for an HONEST person who graduated high school but who would never think of LYING to you or to anyone else, than for a Ph.D. who would lie to your face, lie to the face of the person beside you and then lie in their vote. Honesty, integrity, traditional values, a relationship with GOD, wanting to do the RIGHT thing, IMHO, outweighs “qualification” all day, every day.

    • http://www.spacecoastconservative.com/ SpaceCoastConservative.com

      I vote after looking them up online, finding out what organizations they belong to (and there are some orgs that, if they belong to that org., they’re automatically dimissed), finding out about their traffic tickets, their property ownership and tax bills (unpaid taxes equals disqualification), their public statements, postings in forums and discussion groups, etc. I find all kinds of good things to use that way.

      Doing an internet search for the candidates and going DEEP into that search (page 20 and beyond) is always fun and educational. Do multiple searches with the candidate’s name: Mary Smith divorce; Mary Smith taxes; Mary Smith abortion; Mary Smith guns, to get the best results. Then you can find out what Mary Smith is saying in her postings that you will never see in her campaign. Trust me, it works wonders to use a candidate’s own words against her.

  • Hawkeye3939

    Americans, as a people, do not know how to vote. Many times I have had discussions with dyed-in-the-wool Democrats and I asked specifically how they stood on certain issues (mainly issues thought of as “conservative.” The Democrats will frequently say they agree with conservative issues when the issues are not so identified, and I will continue to run other issues by them. I am astounded by the number of people who think a Democrat vote will result in representation for their core beliefs. It’s because they haven’t been educated properly, they don’t understand what critical thought is all about. In short, they’ve been hoodwinked by the likes of Obama, and after the election, most voters don’t pay attention to what’s actually happening. The Democrats rely on this type of voter for their victories, and as long as we keep sending our kids to government schools, and allow them to be brainwashed by union teachers, the results will never change. I don’t have an answer short of getting rid of the federal Department of Education and allowing the states to conduct their own education–then the red states will continue to turn out Americans and the blue states will continue to turn out Democrat zombies. And there are more red states than blue. Think about it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1152459709 Facebook User

      Education is super important. The liberals are focused like a laser beam in their long term goals wheras many of us are not used to thinking that far ahead. Libs start from kindergarten in influencing the y0ung. Ths is why the gay marriage isue is at the fore front right now. “educating the young that guns re bad eventually will be a bad result for those who believe in the second amendment and understand its consequences. From thegood folks at Builders4The2ndAmendment,com on facebook

    • http://www.spacecoastconservative.com/ SpaceCoastConservative.com

      Always remember: ACTIONS speak louder than words. If they say that they are pro-Second Amendment, ask them what kinds of guns they personally own. Ask where they go practice shooting. Ask what their favorite gun manufacturer is. Ask questions that will put them on the spot and show them as the liars they are.

      You are correct: educating the children is a key factor to ANY Democrat win on ANY issue. Dumbing the future down is their only way to win anything. Making those dumbed-down “citizens” (and I use the term loosely; an uninformed, dumb citizen is a subject, not a citizen) dependent upon the federal teat is how they maintain their voter rolls. What we need to do is take back the educational system and turn that around. I have asserted that for years.

      Other items to remember: if they spend money on the “earth” they don’t have any left for the DoD. Remember what industry the president has been giving millions and millions of our taxpayer dollars? (Most of that has come back to the DNC via donations, I firmly believe.) LightSquared; 123 Industries, Solyndra, etc., have been getting our money so that the left can feel good about spending taxpayer dollars, but we are going to be left defenseless because of it. Where will that leave our 2nd Amendment if “We, The People” are all that is left to defend our nation against invasion? Also remember that the government has been buying BILLIONS of rounds of ammo, leaving very little for us to purchase. What is this adding up to?

  • http://twitter.com/vonrowley von anderson

    Planned Parenthood kills more individuals, younger than School shootings, with knives.
    Vehicles also kill more. However, age and means are not the point. Our rights are our only protection.
    No one is safe in the USA when our Constitutions Bill of Rights are bypassed or attacked.

    Who is voting numerous times and Whose votes are uncounted? Trust of the process and the Political Parties has eroded.
    Federal Dept of Education has eroded the quality of electorate.
    DOJ allows Bully intimidation at polling places.

    Only Celebrity and Entertainment influence the voting age, propagandized public.
    Informed voters have become cynics when inspiring candidates, like Palin and Col. West, are vilified and demonized.

    NO Right Candidates, No Right Voters, No 2nd Amendment

    NO Guns = NO Elections

  • 2War Abn Vet

    In this country dead people can (and do) vote, but they can’t use a gun.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Thomas/100000389310609 Steve Thomas

      Especially in Chicago.

  • http://www.survivingurbancrisis.com/ Silas Longshot

    May McCain enjoy his closet in the corner of hell. Considering his history of writing some of the most onerous, rights infringing police state BS laws on the books (patriot act, latest NDAA bill that give king zero the power to indefinatley detain ANY AMERICAN CITIZEN for as long as he damnwell pleases in a military prison with NO representation, NO charges, ONLY SUSPICION of “terrorist” activities, if he’d been elected prez, there is a possibility he would have been worse on our 2nd amendment rights than king zero.

    • granny

      Debatable…..McCain was not a good choice either for President, however, am sure Obama has ruined our USA more than McCain would have. Why is it not our choice who runs for President. They give us 2 idiots, and we have to make choices that are not to our liking. McCain knew BOZO was illegal as did the rest of the politicians. BOZO made a speech in 2001 when he was running for the Senate that he was born in Kenya. I still have the video. Those politicians could have told us before the election in 2008, but then we would know that they never did anything about it when he ran for the Senate. Seems that none of them want to honor the Constitution.

    • http://www.spacecoastconservative.com/ SpaceCoastConservative.com

      McCain’t is going to have a lot of company in that closet. Close quarters with no exit. Sounds like a long eternity.

  • Harding Dies

    A perfect example is Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada – an NRA A+ rated politician on the 2nd Amendment but a disaster when it comes to getting non-Dem-party laws into consideration before the Senate, such as Cabinet appointments, UN treaties, pro-2nd Amendment laws.

    I will be working with the local Republican Committee and Caucus, but won’t support our candidate for mayor because he is a staunch member of Bloomberg’s MAIG group. We’ve had several discussions, but he really won’t even entertain the idea that MB wants total banning of all firearms.

    Another thing to remember. Pressure all your politicians for a major full-court press on prosecuting gun crime criminals. Here in Connecticut we have the Project Exile law, but NOT ONE of our prosecutors EVER charges the accused under it! But now they are proposing draconian new laws. Hypocrisy! But that seems to be SOP for pols.

    • m2

      This is great dirt to uncover. Dingy Harry sucks through and through. If everyone uncovered this kind of dirt we’d be a much better nation. It doesn’t matter what their letter is behind their name if they would truly and consistently stand for the Constitution.

    • http://www.spacecoastconservative.com/ SpaceCoastConservative.com

      “Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada – an NRA A+ rated”

      That’s the NRA’s problem: they rate them based upon questionnaires, not actual votes. All Reid has to do is lie on the questionnaire and the NRA’s tabulation machine will rate Reid as A+. They take NO human time to look at who he is, how he votes, how his votes impact the Second Amendment rights of the American people. That’s the NRA’s downfall.

      NEVER base your vote TOTALLY on what someone else says. That’s what my article was about: educate YOURSELF, not learn from someone else’s education. If someone tells me they are supporting “Candidate X” I ask them why, then I compare that answer with what I can find out about that candidate online and via other sources. NEVER take someone else’s word for your vote. If you do so, you’re voting THEIR vote, not your own.

      Not being in a political party (I’m registered NPA — No Party Affiliation), I do not support Repbulicans without finding out who they are and what they stand for. Locally, I am more apt to vote for a Republican who is not totally conservative to my definition (http://www.spacecoastconservative.com/trueconservative.html). However, I will NOT vote for anyone who is NOT PRO-Second Amendment.

  • Charlie

    One can take all the time to get the right person chosen and then the person chosen goes to be our servant votes correctly. Then a son tells servant of our I’m a homosexual and then our servant strats flopping around like a fish out of water and starts changing his voting pattern. Actually think we the people need to choose people that will follow our constitution,bill of god given rights and even the federist writings and never infringe on any of said documents.

    • http://www.spacecoastconservative.com/ SpaceCoastConservative.com

      There are some things that we cannot predict and thus cannot vote for or against accordingly. This is one of those. Like “Supreme” Court Justice, John Roberts, and the ACA (health care tax law), we cannot foresee all circumstances that change people’s voting. I am certain that there have been instances when a blackmail situation has changed history via a legislator, judge, or whoever, changing their vote. That is not something “We, The People” can be held accountable for, but we will pay the price. That is to be attributable to the evil of those who did the blackmailing and the spinelessness of — and, apparenlty, the previous sinfulness of (or of those around them) — those who are being blackmailed. We cannot see that sort of thing coming. We can simply try to find the best candidate that we can via educating ourselves. Soothsayers we are not.

  • foxxybey

    Was proven with the black muslim brotherhood with clubs at polling places that Holder won’t look into, history is being re-inacted but people are blind, dumb and to PC cool-aided to see it. Hitler did it, obozo did it and now suffer what the stupid want, should have gone to the polls with guns and kick the nazi ss off the property, I did when I was a judge, so they the nazi ss sent me to another place, can’t stand not to steal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ray.miller.108889 Ray Miller

    Concerning the article. Difference between a gun and a vote. Since I’m Pro Second Amendent, I need not say anything else about that part of the matter. What I would like to address, is how well written this article is. The article took time to remind us all that with any right, also comes responsibility. When it comes to our rights, and our freedoms, there are no easy answers. Those who wrote our Constitution, took it seriously, and debated for a long period of time, before putting it into written form. The Second Amendment, comes with risks, and I’m sure that they were considered, prior to the signing. An armed people, could become lawless, and turn their guns on each other. On the other hand, a government lead by a tyrant, could also force its will on the people, who have not the firepower to defend themselves. For all the advances that mankind has made, some things have not changed. The evil of government, and the evil in the hearts of men. They share this thing in common, evil. Why, it’s because, both stem from the evil in the hearts of men. (Which by the way, includes women, and every race, color and creed) In our society today, we see the evil in the hearts of men in many forms, including the mass murders of people, by morons using our more advanced weapons, including the AR – 15 rifle. We also see that same evil, taking place by governments, including our own, to control the people, and to inflict their will on them. So I conclude that the Second Amendment, as written, not only applies today, but may even be more important today, than ever before. It is an evil government, that seeks to disarm its citizens. For the evil in the hearts of men, is only magnified, by the evil of men who seek to control, dictate, and govern others. A disarmed people, no longer govern themselves.

    • http://www.spacecoastconservative.com/ SpaceCoastConservative.com

      Mr. Miller,

      Thank you for your kind words. You humble me.

      The problem with this government is not JUST its leader, but also those the leader is appointing to be overlords over us. He has how many Czars? In 2009, it was 39 Czars: all appointed by the leader (I refuse to write his name so much do I disdain him) without oversight by the House and Senate. He is acting unilaterally, which is totally UNconstitutional. Is anyone surprised?
      We must maintain the integrity of our elections or we shall pay the price with more like the current Occupier. If we cannot maintain our elections, we shall need our 2nd Amendment rights because we’ll have a Tyranny as soon as the current Occupier can arrange it.

  • m2

    Great article. I agree completely and these are great points. Like gun maintenance, what would be the equivalent of voter maintenance? Maybe making sure that voter fraud did not engineer a Marxist-fraud into office who should never have been there once, but never ever ever ever ever there twice? Ah, what the hell, what’s a few tens of billions of unregulated internet donation dollars when the whole SYSTEM is screwed up? So in addition to the points you mention which are all very valid, I think the problem is even WORSE than we might think. How does one know their vote is even valid anymore? I understand hoping for the best, but how can we on the right get more certainty than that? I for one see not only the damage to America/economy/public image/etc that King Hussein has intentionally inflicted, but also wonder about the integrity of the electoral process itself. Like other aspects of the legal system (rule of law, Constitution), the process itself has surely been corrupted along the way, getting worse in each election.

    • http://www.spacecoastconservative.com/ SpaceCoastConservative.com


      “Voter maintenance” is education. Educating yourself about who you are trying to get kicked out of office via your vote as well as about whom you will vote into that office. That education has three parts:

      1) Finding out (or knowing full well) what the person in office has been voting in favor of. That includes everything from the possible 2nd Amendment issues to the garbage collection issues. Knowing the votes tells you what the person occupying that office is going to look like in the future if and when a 2nd Amendment voting issue is before them. Are they liberal/progressive on education, taxes, the environment? Chances are they’ll be the same on gun rights, too. Checking their voting history on ALL issues tells you what to expect of their future votes.

      2) Educating yourself as to what those running for the office believe and STAND for: keyword, stand. If they just give it lip service, that’s something ALL politicians can and will do. Kiss the baby, say what is necessary to get elected, then turn 180° and do the total opposite of what they’ve said they would. (Think GWB’s second term; Scott Brown, etc.) Education involves time, attendance and action Stay active.

      3) Educating yourself as to what the current laws and PROPOSED laws (even the things candidates promise to do in their speaches) control you. Note that word: control. When a law becomes enforceable, then it will some day be enforced on you if you give it opportunity (sell drugs, break the speed limit, etc.), or if some day the wrong person gets into office and decides to expand upon the meaning of the words in that law. Consider how the left now calls the U.S. Constitution a “living document” and assert that it now ensures a woman’s right to kill a child in her womb, and the “Separation of Church and State” clause that NEVER APPEARS IN THE CONSTITUTION. Know what is out there. Most laws will be enforced only if you give them opportunity to be enforced (run a red light; get a ticket). However, with the wrong people in office America can turn into a Hitler-like police state in a heartbeat.

      Staying educated is easier if you sign up with groups like True The Vote: http://www.truethevote.org/ . They are trying to return integrity to our elections and prevent any more of the ACORNing of the vote so that we have no more elections like the last two in which cheating was rampant and the person now Occupying the Red House (used to be the White House until it was occupied by a Marxist/Socialist/Communist) was put on a higher taxpayer pay rate than when he “organized” himself into the Senate. Attend meetings of organizations that help you stay informed (a local TEA party meeting, perhaps), Rotary clubs, etc., are options. DO NOT STAY in those organizations if you find they have been corrupted by liberals. Leave them immediately and find a better organization. Or, contrarilly, learn what they are doing and educate your family and friends as to their dastardly deeds.

      That’s the most enjoyable part of educating yourself: learning about what the lefties are doing and exposing it to the general public. Staying in an organization that has been taken over by leftists and publicizing what they are doing via a basic website, starting a local newsletter, having meetings about it; all work to make the left angry and to “shine the light of truth” on their wrongdoing. I’ve done this myself to no fewer than three organizations/candidates. It’s hysterically fun and I’ve been threatened with lawsuits no fewer than ten times in ten years. None have actually sued, but it has been fun getting the threats. I’ve helped shut down two organizations, helped defeat a far left candidate and helped defeat the incorporation of our little bedroom community via my website and posting the TRUTH about the issues and candidates. You can do so, too.

      • m2

        These are all great suggestions, and I will take to heart the ones that I am not already doing. The more the Federales try to do things like take away 2nd amendment rights, the more we need to push back at the local and state levels. I agree we have to all be educated but at the same time we need some restoration of rule of law and justice in terms of elections. I have seen the rotten/illegal/thug-union tricks of the Left, and I will not be confident in any major election going forward unless there is a major change in this area. That sounds like a ton of fun allright. Here in Orlando I would have liked to get Alan Grayson out of office, but with insane asylum breakouts like Debbie Whatshername Shultz it is apparent that there is still tons of work left to be done statewide. I’ll check out truethevote, thanks for that. Cheers

        • http://www.spacecoastconservative.com/ SpaceCoastConservative.com

          “…I would like to get Alan Grayson out of office…”

          Ain’t it the TRUTH!? When I saw that he had won it almost knocked me off my feet. I was literally flabbergasted; shocked. I could not imagine what kind of cheating had to have happened to get that empty-headed, brain-stem-only, dumber than worm poop, conceited, arrogant, narcissistic, bloviating ego-on-legs back on the taxpayer’s dollar. Amazed beyond belief. I still have a moment of “Oh! That’s right. He was ACORNed back into office, wasn’t he?” every time I see his name.
          Maybe I’m not paying close enough attention, but he does seem a little quieter this time. Am I correct?

  • wonder warthog

    Molon labe ladies.

  • http://www.spacecoastconservative.com/ SpaceCoastConservative.com

    That’s anti-semitism and it isn’t welcome. Read the TOS. You, sir, need to understand those or not post.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.thomas.568294 Jeff Thomas

      free speech mr ADL…and dont you forget it…im going to expose the commie trash thats ruining our country…

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