The Flint Water Crisis – Solutions not Whining

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by Jonathan LaForce

Jonathan LaForce is a former Marine 0811, who deployed with 1st Battalion, 12th Marines to Helmand in 2011. He currently operates a BBQ food truck called the Aloha Snack Bar, and writes romance novels and poetry in his spare time. Cases of Dr. Pepper are always appreciated.


 

flint water

No, that’s not a bottle of urine. That’s water in Flint.

Water is an important item we all need. Every day. A question posed today by Alex Bradley, in the form of a meme asked this thought and question:

The Flint Water Crisis is now entering it’s second year. Why haven’t we seen the military step in and handle the matter? Where is the Army Corps of Engineers laying down new pipes to bring in water? Where are the filtration systems? We can invade a foreign power inside a matter of hours, so why can’t we take care of problems within our own borders?

Now, that is a very good question. And seeing as I’m something of a wordsmith when it comes to such matters, I’m going to answer all of the above.

Number 1: Landing an armed force on foreign soil (whether by sea or land) has its own logistical chain. Its purpose there is to smash and break things with violent efficiency and lethality. Nothing less will do. Suppose we’re talking about a Marine artillery battery moving across the Eastern Polish border to defend Ukraine against Russian invasion (not entirely impossible these days; Vlad Putin is at the “use it or lose it” stage).

Every single vehicle in the battery is already loaded in such a manner as to most rapidly and effectively go into a combat zone. Dismounting and fire-capping a towed Howitzer is an art and a science all at once. All the gear on board in the back end of the 7-ton truck towing that Howitzer is staged and arranged so that even with the normal jostling and bouncing of travel, it will be at hand where it is most needed for the speed and efficiency of the gun crew to get the gun up and firing. That’s what we train for all day every day. It is what we exist to do.

But our supplies are limited. We only have so much effective range and supplies. We’ve already prioritized our needs and what we can carry; there is quite literally no more room unless you’re willing to add more vehicles to the battery, which increases all sorts of variables. Because of this, there is a necessity for logistical chains and follow-on support. But even those can only carry so much food, water, bullets, beans and TP.

Operation Desert Shield began after Saddam unjustly invaded Kuwait In August 1990. At the same time, 13th Marine Expedition Unit was afloat at sea. Within five weeks, the MEU had swelled to become 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade and was fully ready to launch an amphibious assault into Kuwait. Valiant though this effort would have been, without the support of follow-on forces, the 10,000 Marines of 4th MEB would have died when they ran out supplies and munitions. In the end, six months would pass before the U.S. Army had staged enough men and material to make driving Saddam out of Kuwait a practical event.

That’s just to conquer an area. Not patrol it day and night for security purposes; not ensure that critical civilian needs are met; just to drive out Saddam’s pack of animals. And that’s with the U.S. government acting intelligently and the U.S. military in the prime of its existence after the build-up during the Reagan administration.

Number 2: Now that we’ve examined military logistics, it’s time to examine Flint. For years, the city of Flint purchased its water supply from Detroit. A significant portion of Detroit’s city budget came from Flint’s water purchase, which makes sense. Every human being needs at least 1 gallon of water per day, just for drinking – not bathing, not washing dishes, not even cooking. Just in terms of what you personally drink. When your city population is nearly 100,000 that’s a lot. How much? Let me break it down for you. If we assume that 100,000 people, consume one gallon apiece, per day, seven days per week, that’s 700,000 gallons of water. Now multiply that by 52. That would make 36,400,000 gallons of water per year. Let’s suppose Detroit charged them a rate of 2 cents per gallon: That’s $728,000 dollars annually.

The city of Flint looked at all this money flowing out from their own civic funds and said “Huh, how can we free up money to go elsewhere?” which was a smart move on the politicians’ part. The city of Flint ran the numbers and determined that if it started construction of their own water supply to feed into the existing network, it would take them 2 years, and at the end of it, they would have a net savings of $4.2 million, at a minimum. Good work so far. So the City of Flint made the announcement that they were putting up their own water system, and would no longer be dependent on Detroit when their contract ended in 2 years. They figured they would be safe.

They were wrong.

Detroit was not happy about this. Remember, Detroit enjoys the cash cow that Flint represents. Their response to Flint was to immediately cut off the water supply. Now, go check who the mayor of Detroit is. What’s his party affiliation? How long has this party been in power in Detroit?

Flint had to switch to local water supply. Governor Rick Snyder set up a crisis management team who tried to help ease the process. They checked with local environmental regulation agencies about whether the water was safe. They asked the EPA the same question, and they were told it was. Even after things started getting funky, the EPA assured them everything was okay.

And now, here we are. Filthy water in Flint, and a fat Democrat named Michael Moore is running around telling people to stop sending water to Flint. Yes, you just read that correctly. Chew on that and consider what it means while I expound upon Point Number 3.

Number 3: In the short term, a military led-convoy could make good things happen, but it would get ugly in a hurry because we have zero tolerance or respect for stupidity and jackassery. Given the mess that FEMA has proven to be, under any administration, it will probably end up being a military led, military commanded effort, which means martial law or the next best thing to it. We call the shots, and nobody argues. Or we smack them down and out of the way.

Why? Because we have a job to do, and we will not allow anything to deter us from achieving our mission.

Imagine that Corporal LaForce has a squad of Marines and he’s in charge of distributing water to a local neighborhood. Everybody gets so many bottles or jugs per household. All they have to do is come to the collection point and collect it. We’re doing things by the numbers in an organized fashion. Lines start to form. Who here likes standing in line? I don’t even like waiting in the express line in the grocery store. Now take that line and move it outside to the 30 degree weather; people are cold, people are tired, bored, cranky, grumpy. They’re sick of listening to their kids whine about being bored tired and hungry. Now we have 1,000 thirsty, hungry, grouchy people, ready to lose their heads waiting in line.

I have my standing orders, which include that Joe Six Pack does not cause trouble. Yes, we get it Mr. Six-Pack, you’re thirsty. So is everybody else here. Stand in line and wait. Because nothing goes wrong when refugees and people in desperate situations go to get supplies, right? Because there’s no reporter from MSNBC standing around with a camera looking for somebody to get stupid so he can show the very same guys handing out water as being nothing more than government thugs oppressing the poor-downtrodden people of Flint, right? MSNBC and CNN are full of professional liars who have done exactly that in Iraq and Afghanistan. Don’t think for a second they won’t do it here.

Great, we made it out of the whole mess alive and unharmed. But wait, as we’re preparing to leave, we see a local street gang charging a toll for water to the locals. This is wrong on many, many levels. Do you think Corporal LaForce is going to tolerate some two-bit punk gang member doing that? Nope. And how is it going to look on CNN when they air live footage of Corporal LaForce using a machine gun to handle street thugs? I can already see the court martial proceedings. I can already see the rest of my career going down in flames. If I’m a reservist and a business owner, my business is finished. Because CNN and MSNBC do not care about the truth, they’ll never show the people who were robbed at gunpoint before I intervened. They won’t care one iota about the truth. And while my family suffers, those stuffed shirt reporterss will go back to voting into power the very politicians who caused this mess to begin with and promoting them to the general public. That’s the reality I and every other Marine sent to do this duty would face every day for several months while the water supply got fixed.

And if we’re shipping nearly three million gallons of water each month, by truck, to Flint, think about the cost in diesel fuel to run all of that. That’s not a powder keg of trouble waiting to ignite at all, and would you care to buy this beautiful ocean front property in Arizona which I own?

Number 4: We’re not done yet, but we’re close. The Army’s engineers are very capable, talented individuals. They absolutely could set up the facilities necessary to alleviate the short term shortages, and start laying down foundations for longer-term scenarios. But guess what? Everything requires environmental impact statements, reviews, inspections, and decisions made by bureaucrats whose very livelihoods depend on the volume of paperwork they can generate. And then there’s every single environmental regulation that must be met, enforced by the very EPA who said this water was “good to drink and use” in the first place!

That engineer Captain you called up to go fix this mess is going to spend the first four months onsite spinning his thumbs. Same with his company First Sergeant, all the way on down to the lowest, most boot private in the unit (assuming he’s not busy digging a ditch because his seniors told him to). Because until the EPA actually decides to get their oh-so-precious act together, nothing can happen. It’s that simple. We have regulated even basic construction so heavily, that establishing clean drinking water is a multi-year process.

Why do you think California never bothered to build desalinization plants up and down the coast, in an effort to alleviate drought problems? Government regulated it straight out the window. Then, to really put people in a bind, they determined that the needs of the brown river smelt fish mattered more than ensuring farmers had enough water for irrigation. So farms started drying up, a la the Dust Bowl (my wife’s family owns farm land up there, and I’ve gotten to see this first hand), which meant that the California drought was not only perpetuating itself, but man-made by the very hand of the supposed environmental custodians set to protect it! Just like the government agency that was supposed to protect the citizens of Flint, Michigan failed them entirely.

In Hawaii, the state government has fought for years with the LDS church to gain control of the wells and aquifers which that private organization owns, developed, and maintains on its own dime. Why? Because until the amount of available drinking water in Hawaii is increased sufficiently, they can’t do the land developments they’d like, because there won’t be enough water to take care of the booming population. Again, why not build desalinization plants? You’d have construction crews hiring like mad, people would be getting hired and trained on how to maintain and operate these plants, the cost of water would go down (due to the surplus of water now in the system), which means that cost of living goes down and your average Hawaiian’s dollar goes a lot further. Yay! More money for Manapua and malasadas! Praise the Lord and pass the laulau!

But it doesn’t happen that way. Environmental regulations either forbid it, or make it so difficult, that no business owner in his right mind will go near the project. You would need Bill Gates’ money and army of lawyers, just to get started!

Finally, know this: It can be resolved. Yes. It can. But you have to have a certain stomach and fortitude for the rough road ahead. It won’t go away in one night. If you send Marines or Soldiers into Flint, you must expect that friction with the local populace is going to occur. You must be willing to watch American fighting men resort to physical violence on occasion to keep the peace, or prevent barbarians from harming civilized human beings. You must be willing to scrap much of the environmental regulatory code and start over, because it is entirely too cumbersome. You must be willing to stay the course, all the way from beginning to end.

Because otherwise, it will not work.

Liberal newspapers love Kasich

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…because he’s one of them, in many ways. These papers practically fawn over Kasich, while slandering conservatives. For starters, the Boston Globe:

He has a record of pragmatic Midwestern conservatism, and has demonstrated an aptitude for the horse-trading and coalition-building that’s so lacking in today’s Washington. (It’s no small irony that one of Kasich’s finest accomplishments as a congressman — joining the bipartisan deal to impose a 10-year ban on assault weapons — is one that he barely mentions now.)

Well, how ’bout that. Then, of course, we have the infamous New York Times:

…he has been capable of compromise and believes in the ability of government to improve lives. He favors a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and he speaks of government’s duty to protect the poor, the mentally ill and others “in the shadows.” While Republicans in Congress tried more than 60 times to kill Obamacare, Mr. Kasich did an end-run around Ohio’s Republican Legislature to secure a $13 billion Medicaid expansion to cover more people in his state.

Lovely… and telling. Moving on to Iowa, here’s the Quad City Times:

John Kasich is the poster-child for all thinking Republicans left behind by a party overrun by an irrational, seething fringe. The Ohio governor is the antithesis of the shrill, bigoted screaming heads dominating the Republican Party field. He should carry the GOP standard heading into November’s presidential election, if re-injecting reason into GOP rhetoric is of any concern.
Kasich won’t wage the dehumanizing ground war against immigrants looking for work. Kasich sees immigrants as human beings, supports bolstering U.S.-Mexico border security, while providing a much-needed pathway to legal status for the 11.5 million people already illegally in the U.S.

And in New Hampshire, the Keene Sentinel:

While in Congress, he voted for an assault weapons ban and favored background checks at gun shows.
In Ohio, he stood out as a Republican governor willing to implement the expansion of Medicaid services through the Affordable Care Act. Criticized by his former tea party supporters for the move, Kasich said two things that are indicative of his leadership style. He noted the program would be paid for mainly by the federal government, including with money Ohioans had sent to Washington and deserved to see return to the state. More to the point, he noted it was simply the right thing to do to help those most in need in his state. While opposing the ACA, he acknowledges that any reworking or replacing of that law needs to include continuing to care for those Americans who have gained coverage through the program.

…and the list goes on. In nearly every editorial supporting him, they laud his ‘pragmatism’ (read: selling out to the left) and trash conservatives at every turn. As I explained a couple of months ago, Kasich is no conservative, as evidenced by his demeanor, debate performances, and rhetoric. The betrayal on the 1993 Clinton ‘assault weapons’ ban is enough to exile him from consideration from the Presidency, no matter what good works he’s done as Governor. His (at best) checkered record on federal mandates, his failure to press for right-to-work legislation, his support for amnesty for illegal aliens (made exponentially worse by how he demonizes anyone interested in enforcing immigration law) and his embrace of Medicaid expansion all make him an absolute non-starter for conservatives. Let’s hope he’s out of the race after New Hampshire, the state he’s placing all his chips on.

Originally posted at The Bull Elephant.

An Article V Convention is STILL a bad idea

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Once again, certain Republican members of the General Assembly are advancing bills to call a constitutional convention, as detailed in Article V of the Constitution. Scott Lingamfelter, Jim LeMunyon, and Emmett Hanger are the parties responsible, all part of Republican leadership. It nearly passed last year, and was only defeated thanks to the heroic efforts of Dick Black in the Senate.

As I pointed out last year, this is a horrible idea, and opens the republic up to all sorts of danger.

All the same concerns remain, and have not (and cannot) be addressed by either the General Assembly members who support this, or by Middle Resolution PAC, Convention of States, or any of the other outside forces behind this effort. They can’t limit the scope of a constitutional convention. They can’t guarantee it won’t be hijacked by the left. They can’t explain how they’ll force Congress to adopt a ‘one state, one vote’ format for the convention.

Please lobby your representatives in the House of Delegates and the Senate of Virginia to oppose all three of these bills when they show up on the floor, as they will surely make it out of committee, thanks to leadership support. Possibly as early as this week.

Originally posted at The Bull Elephant.

Didn’t we go through this once already?

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The gun grabbing idiots in Washington just won’t give up. They seem to be stuck on stupid. Again.

This time, they’re once again trying to hold innocent people responsible for violence. Again.

They soiled themselves when Congress passed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act – with support from both Democrats and Republicans – because they claimed that the firearms industry was somehow getting unfair advantages that “no other industry” has by being legally protected from lawsuits.

Of course, that claim is a bunch of crap, and we all know it.

The law does not protect gun manufacturers from suits if their product is faulty or misfires in some way. But much like you can’t “hold a hammer company responsible if somebody beat somebody over the head with a hammer,” (that little bit is a quote by non other than Bernie Sanders, who has been competing with the other gun grabbers vying for the Democratic candidate for President for biggest enemy of Second Amendment rights), you shouldn’t be able to sue any other manufacturer of any other tool for its misuse.

Crazy Eyes Schiff

Crazy Eyes Schiff

Adam Schiff (D-ouchebag, CA), who has already tried to introduce a bill repealing the PLCAA, is behind this latest effort to do so. Again.

“If you’re a carmaker and your airbags kill someone, you’re potentially liable,” continued Schiff, one of the lawmakers behind the gun control bill. “If you’re a pharmaceutical company and sell faulty drugs, you can be held liable. If you’re a liquor store and sell alcohol to minors, you can be held liable.”

What Schiff doesn’t tell you is that he wants people to be able to sue the gun industry for their product functioning exactly the way it was manufactured to do while being misused by the criminal/crazy element. This bill would allow gun manufacturers to be sued for the criminal misuse of their products – and there’s no other industry that “enjoys” that particular distinction.

Democrats claim that their bill would only target gun dealers and manufacturers who sell to straw purchasers. But knowingly doing so is already illegal, and it can ruin businesses, livelihoods, and lives.  An illegal firearm purchase can bring a felony conviction sentence of ten years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000. If a gun dealer or manufacturer knew about the false statements that allowed the gun purchase, they are also in violation of federal law, and last year a lawsuit against a dealer who did just that, and the jury awarded the plaintiffs – two police officers, Bryan Norberg and Graham Kunisch – who were shot by an 18-year-old thug who got his gun through a straw purchase – $5.1 million in damages. Why? Because the PLCAA doesn’t protect dealers and manufacturers against illegal behavior, and the jury ruled that the store that sold the straw purchaser the gun ignored signs that he was a straw buyer.

The law allows tort claims based on “negligent entrustment”—i.e., “the supplying of [firearms] by a seller for use by another person when the seller knows, or reasonably should know, the person to whom the product is supplied is likely to, and does, use the product in a manner involving unreasonable risk of physical injury to the person or others.” It also allows claims based on “an action in which a manufacturer or seller…knowingly violated a State or Federal statute applicable to the sale or marketing of the product.”

So unsurprisingly, Schiff and the Democrats are lying. Again. They know that the Second Amendment means what it says, and that only an amendment repealing the Second Amendment can change that, so they are doing everything in their power to destroy it in other, creative ways.

Luckily, there’s slim chance of this odious bill passing. Schiff is teaming up with Richard Blumenthal (D-ickwad, CT) to push this agenda.

It’s wholly unsurprising that Blumenthal would sign on to a pack of lies about guns, given his exaggerations about his military record. Once a liar, always a liar.

#IWillProtectYou

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I read a story today that I haven’t seen covered in any news outlet. An 8-year-old girl ran to her mother recently terrified of something she saw on the news:

Sofia had been watching the news with her grandmother, when she heard about Donald Trump’s call to deport refugees and ban Muslims from entering America.

“She ran to me with a look of absolute fear on her face,” Melissa told Upworthy.

Sofia, who is 8 years old, was convinced that Trump wanted to kick her and her family, who are Muslim — and American citizens — out of the country.

Sofia’s mom was understandably upset, and posted her frustration on her Facebook page a few days ago.


I’m proud to say that many American veterans have responded just the way they should – by publicly announcing their intent to protect children – ALL children, regardless of their faith.

The Twitter hashtag #IWillProtectYou was created just for this, and many veterans, including myself, have made the pledge to Sofia – and every child – that they would be protected.


Because no child should fear being kicked out of heir homeland because of their faith.

Because no child should be scared that it’s government will imprison, discriminate against them, or deprive hem of their rights, no matter what God they worship – or don’t.

Because every child deserves a childhood free from fear that some megalomaniacal, narcissistic dick weasel, who bought himself a country, will boot them from their home.

Because no child should fear government force.

Because we – as service members – swore an oath to protect this nation and her Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic, and that includes the aforementioned megalomaniacal, narcissistic dick weasels who want to turn this nation into a fascist shithole.

Because we – as service members – understand the true meaning of honor.

Because we – as service members – protect the innocent. It’s what we do.

Because we – as service members – will not stand idly by and allow those smaller and weaker than us to be abused by those in power.

Because we – as service members – are sheepdogs.

And because I truly believe that those of us who made the commitment to serve will not obey the orders of a sad, bigoted, narcissist, who doesn’t give a rat’s flying fuck about America, and who is obviously compensating for his inadequate genitalia by buying himself a country – even if the meathead contingency in this country is somehow stupid enough to place this leftist turd in sheep’s clothing in the White House.

#IWillProtectYou

And I hope my fellow vets will as well.

Absurdity On Guns & The ‘No-Fly’ List

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Many of the more anti-gun Presidential candidates, including Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Chris Christie, Donald Trump (despite his claims to be ‘very strong into the whole thing with Second Amendment’), and John Kasich, have come out in support of legislation depriving anyone on the ‘no fly list’ of their Second Amendment rights. Kasich’s supporters here in Virginia even cast it as the ‘common sense approach’, and one of the chief contributors to TBE’s moderate Republican counterpart defended him, positing that there is due process involved with said list. I hear he has a law degree.
To be blunt, this is rank nonsense. There is NO semblance of due process involved when it comes to the no-fly list. To advocate depriving Americans of a basic, Constitutionally-protected, civil right on the basis of the subjective judgements of unelected bureaucrats is nauseating. I always thought that ‘due process’ involved at least seeing the evidence against you. Apparently, the entire Democratic field, along with the more statist Republican candidates, don’t think so.
Thankfully, the rest of the Republican field rejects this idea. Even national security blanket-hugger Marco Rubio, whose major flaw is his eagerness to please the more hawkish elements of the Republican party by committing the United State to ever more third world conflicts if elected and to trade liberty for security, recognizes what a horrible idea this is. Our new Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, also rejected it.
The no-fly list, includes a huge number of Americans with no apparent ties to any terrorist group of any kind, as indicated by the graph below (H/T: The Intercept):

But hey, it’s for NATIONAL SECURITY. Don’t ask questions, Citizen!

The firestorm over Trump’s proposal to ban all Muslim immigration to the United States (at least temporarily) has put this issue on the back burner the past few days, but make no mistake: It indicates who has respect for the Constitution, and who does not. No candidate who advances this concept deserves conservative support.

Originally posted at The Bull Elephant.

Virginia Democrats – Disgraceful, Corrupt, Unscrupulous Bottom Feeders

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I don’t normally write about Virginia politics. I’d rather let the husband do that, since he’s much better versed than I am in the state political game. I’m actually pretty non-partisan, and my political views are generally libertarian in nature. Just leave me alone to live my life, and I’m happy.

That said, when it comes to Second Amendment rights, I’m a non-compromising purist. When it comes to property rights, there is no middle ground. And when I see local Democrats playing dirty games with people’s livelihoods and taking a crap on the Second Amendment in an effort to foment discord and controversy in time for elections, I can’t NOT say something.

JB Gates, the owner of NoVA Firearms originally intended to open a store in Arlington County, but thanks to bullying, manufactured outrage, and outright abuse by sniveling hoplophobes in the area – the same morally corrupt band of gun-grabbing invertebrates who are now politicizing Mr. Gates’ livelihood in order to gain election traction – the landlord of the store’s original location canceled the lease and forced Gates to move elsewhere.

That elsewhere was McLean, VA – near Franklin Sherman Elementary School.

I see evil guns, and I feel a moisture in my frilly panties.As expected, the panty shitters in McLean shat their collective panties. OH, JUST THINK OF THE CHILDREN! A GUN STORE NEAR A SCHOOL! CHILDREN!

Remember, this is a peaceful business, legitimate commerce, and a product that’s obviously in demand. Additionally, there was absolutely nothing the Fairfax County Democrats could do about the store’s location, but that didn’t stop them from hectoring the peaceable, legitimate business owner and working to destroy his livelihood. My disgraceful, unresponsive, snotty bitch of a State Senator Barbara Favola (Yeah, we tried – as her constituents – to see and talk to her about gun rights in Virginia on several Lobby Days, but she wouldn’t even give us the time of day; quite the representative, that one) who was instrumental in bullying the landlord into cancelling the store’s lease in Arlington, gave the crooked, praetorian dick weasels in Fairfax some sage advice about how to destroy Mr. Gates’ business, according to emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Virginia blog Bearing Drift.

The emails show beyond a shadow of a doubt that Favola and her cohorts conspired to harass and bully Mr. Gates, while that shriveled colostomy bag John Foust (D-ickhead) fucked with Mr. Gates’ livelihood in order to get re-elected.

Delegate Kathleen Murphy, McLean Democrat, wrote an email to state Sen. Barbara Favola, Arlington Democrat, seeking help in shutting down the gun store. Ms. Favola was instrumental in organizing opposition to Mr. Gates’ shop in Arlington.

“Basically, we convinced the land owner that his business tenants would lose business,” Ms. Favola told Ms. Murphy in a reply. “In other words, moving a gun shop to a small cluster of shops in the middle of a neighborhood was bad for business.

“The argument has to be about supporting small businesses,” Ms. Favola wrote in her email. “The ‘we’ versus ‘they’ argument is winnable with the NRA.”

Ms. Murphy forwarded that email Sept. 25 to other Democrats in her district, including Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust, who is up for re-election Tuesday, saying, “Lets do it.”

Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust

Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust

How abhorrently perfidious. A bunch of petty tyrants plotting to destroy the livelihood of one of their constituents for purely political purposes – to re-elect this… loathsome, cowardly, dishonest creature with a bad toupee.

Foust knew the store was there legally. He knew it was in compliance with the law before it opened, according to Bearing Drift, but he chose to politicize the issue in an effort to drive up voter turnout in an off-year election while smearing his opponent with false attacks.

And what were those attacks? She apparently supports the gun store! *GASP!*

What, exactly, is wrong with a perfectly legal business that sells a constitutionally-protected product being located next to a school, I’ll never know. The writers at Bearing Drift and Foust’s opponent Jennifer Chronis are acting as if Mr. Gates has done something wrong! Oh, he has to “work with” the McLean Citizens Association, who are apparently soiling themselves at the thought of a legitimate business that has followed all the laws and regulations selling a perfectly legal product – after conducting background checks, as required by law – to their fellow citizens wishing to exercise their Second Amendment rights?

Really, Bearing Drift? “Parents who oppose the store’s current location may be stuck with a gun store next to an elementary school…” Stuck? Stuck with a peaceable, legitimate business? Stuck with a business owner dedicated to educating the community and providing firearms training? Stuck with a veteran-owned small business? What is it, exactly, are they stuck with? I appreciate the FOIA and the publication of the emails, but you’re proving yourselves to be whining cowards.

Why should Mr. Gates be forced to move again?

Why should he have to move his legitimate business to appease these howling, turd-flinging howler monkeys?

He has already been forced out of his contract in Arlington, he had to move his store a few blocks away from its original location, and now this.

Mr. Gates sponsors local charities, including the conservation efforts of local Ducks Unlimited chapters and programs supporting veterans and their families. At his Arlington location, he planned to offer expanded firearms safety training to the community. Oh, and by the way, he’s a Marine Corps vet.

This is the kind of man Favola, Foust, and that opportunistic sow Murphy are harassing. This is the kind of business they aim to destroy.

Do yourselves a favor and read the Bearing Drift Article I cited above. It’s got all the details about the obscene efforts of the area Democrats to not only destroy a veteran and his livelihood, but use his store as a political prop, while blaming his legitimate business for “gun violence.”

Foust, Favola, and the rest of those malignant warts do not deserve the public trust. They don’t deserve to hold public office. They are an embarrassment, and a twisted reminder of the moral corruption of the Democrats in this state.

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