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January 31, 2013 - 7:01 am

This morning I ventured out in the rush hour traffic to get some ammo for one of my firearms. It’s one that fires a caliber made scarce in all the recent hubbub, common yet now almost impossible to find on a store shelf anywhere, thanks to the Democrats’ push for gun control. These anti-self-defense zealots are selling millions of guns and billions of rounds of ammunition.

A song came on the radio.

They say I need some Rogaine to put in my hair
Workin’ out at the gym to fit my underwear…

Sorry, wrong song. This song came on the radio.

I get up, and nothing gets me down
You got it tough, I’ve seen the toughest around
And I know, baby, just how you feel
You’ve got to roll with the punches to get to what’s real

I suppose that “Jump” is considered classic rock now. There are days when I feel my age, but this isn’t one of them. When I was a kid, these guys were cool. So was their hair.

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It was 1984. We had a beast president. America was optimistic then. Nothing was gonna get us down.

I wish I could say that things look bright in the next few years, but they don’t. Things look intense and difficult. The combination of a contracting economy, an infantile, power hungry and devious group atop our government, the connected promises of a massive welfare state, potentially “free” health care, and another round of amnesty for illegal aliens combined with Chicago-style politics, does not bode well for the next few years. It’s probably going to be tough. The law abiding citizen just trying to get by and feed his family has very few voices in our nation’s capital. There’s a greater chance than at any other time in my lifetime that economic collapse and a law and order breakdown could occur. I don’t rate the chance for the latter as high yet, but it’s sneaking up. I’m undecided as to whether the current administration is merely incredibly foolish or is actively courting disaster. I lean toward the latter. It’s beyond certain that they want to suppress all dissent, and that the mainstream media are actively helping them do that. The slim majority of Americans who re-elected this cabal are handing them more power. Obama’s approval ratings keep going up, even while the objective facts of his performance should have already made him a lame duck. It’s very hard to have faith right now. The opposition has the tactical high ground.

But we can’t let that get us down. We just can’t. No matter what. Like the man says, you’ve got to roll with the punches to get to what’s real. What’s real is our faith in God above, our families, and our natural rights that no government can rightfully take away from us. They are endowed to us by our Creator, not some jackwagon in Washington.

If we get down, if we let the discouragement of the times get the better of us and check out on what’s going on, this American thing of individual freedom is over. The almighty state runs the table, maybe on its way to ruining everything. The world becomes a whole lot more dangerous place than it already is. It’s as simple as that.

Buck up. We can’t let the flame of liberty be extinguished.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, yes, I got my ammo.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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