By Richard Rossi
Well, the holidays have passed and we are in a new year. It is NOW time for all American Patriot's to turn their attention to the upcoming 2018 ELECTIONS. This will be a critical election year for the residents of New York State, and we need to start NOW. We have several races this year at both the Federal and State levels. We have at the Federal level, Senator Gillibrand running for re-election. We need to have a 'changing of the guard'. The duo of Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand MUST be broken-up. We have two Anti-Rights and Freedom, Anti-Constitution individuals representing 'We the People' of New York State in office. They do not represent the true Law-abiding American citizens. On the state level, we have another opportunity to get rid of Governor Cuomo. It is time to 'start cleaning house' in Albany and we need to start at the top. We need to end the ' Corruption', the 'Dictatorship', the 'Bullying', and yes, regain our Rights and Freedoms, and put an end to partisan politics and special interest pandering. Fortunately, we NOW have another chance to DUMP Cuomo.
Are you all happy with the NYS SAFE ACT Pistol recertification process? Were you all good 'citizens' and sent in your form? I am sure every criminal is laughing his/her head-off right now. Permit - what is that?, I don't need one!!! Over the next several weeks and months, how many of you will find out you have been denied your right to carry for some obscure reason or due to an error? How about for something you said to your Dr. or medical assistant? Something that 'Big Brother' did not like and felt you were unfit to have your guns. The UPSTATE Citizens need and deserve a governor, that is for all the people of NYS - NOT just the NYC folks. And don't let anyone tell you any different - his actions speak volumes louder than his 'rhetoric'.
Furthermore, OUR NYS Assembly Representatives are up for reelection as well in Albany. It is time to 'clean house'. We need to install our own TERM LIMITS. It is time for a dynamic change. 'We the People' need to elect individuals who will fight for US - the Hard-Working, Law-abiding Legal Citizens of Up-State. We need Representatives that will 'stand-up' and 'push back' against the NYC Representatives. We need rep's that will ONLY compromise when it is good for US - Upstate Citizens. We need rep's that will vote NO and hold the line against the political party-line agendas, and UNCONSTITUTIONAL laws. We need rep's that will vote as a block to ensure our (Up-state) interests are FIRST, as well as our RIGHTS/ FREEDOMS as American Citizens. I am sure they will all be on the campaign trail very soon looking for your re-election vote. The 'good old boys' want to keep the status quo, 'business as usual' and the 'wheeling-dealing' continues. We will hear, they did their best for us; however, they did not have the votes, Governor Cuomo would veto it anyway, etc.
Well, I for one am totally disgusted with the same old campaign speeches and promises. They need to show me their ACCOMPLISHMENTS and actually what they DID. What bills did they draft? What bills did they cosponsor? What DID they personally due to achieve a positive result? What did they do 'above and beyond'? Sitting back and saying they voted for this or that bill IS NOT ENOUGH. We need to get 'new blood' in Albany. The time of the career politician needs to end. We tried it and it does not work for 'We the People'. Politicians are like diapers - they need to be changed frequently.
Our Founding Fathers were aware of this and their original intent was for individuals to serve a term and then go back to their original public lives and occupations. They believed new blood was good for our government it brought forth new ideas and inspired individuals to do what was best for our country. A reminder for the citizens in the 102 Assembly District; (Greene, Delaware, Schoharie, Otsego, Albany, Ulster, and Columbia Counties are in the 102 AD District). As you are all aware, Assemblyman Peter Lopez has resigned and his seat is VACANT. Governor Cuomo, will - I believe, be authorizing a 'SPECIAL ELECTION' in March or April to fill the vacancy. Time is critical, get to know the candidates seeking election. Be an informed voter.... Let’s start to make a difference TODAY.
I was thinking that the battle for our Second Amendment Rights has been going on for years. Why? Is it due to our Gun-owning citizens’ lack of initiative? Believing our rights will never be taken away? The handwriting is on the wall - we have seen our Rights slowly being infringed and restricted. We have between 3 and 5 million gun owners in NYS alone. We have 10's of millions of gun-owners country wide. This can be a POWERFUL voting block IF all the Gun-owners would support each other. Let me be clear, gun-ownership IS NOT restricted to any party affiliation. We have Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Conservatives and yes, even some liberals that are gun owners. Yes, unfortunately, much of the Anti-gun initiatives are being preached by Liberal-Democrats. This is my point, we need the hunters, target shooters, competitive shooters, and the CCW community, any and all citizens that believe is it our right to 'Keep and Bear Arms’, etc. to stand united in this upcoming 2018 election. Stand United, I mean VOTE for ONLY pro-Second Amendment Candidates regardless of your or their political affiliation. YES, most of us vote based on a numbers of issues and concerns, and YES, some blindly vote party lines. However, IF we unite, in 2018 and VOTE as a unified block, WE can send a 'loud and clear' message to our elected representatives -DON'T INFRINGE ON OUR GUN OWNERSHIP RIGHTS. I am saying for just one election cycle, VOTE united. Put an end to our Constitutional infringement. I believe, this will send a clear message even to the Liberal/Dems. The Law-abiding American Citizens will NOT have their Rights infringed. A unified vote of 3 to 5 million in mid-term elections WILL definitely put Albany on notice. It will definitely stop the anti-gun agenda in NYS. We hopefully will see the REPEAL of the NYS SAFE Act. How many career politicians will fall? How many Anti-gun politicians will be defeated? This can set the tone for years to come, mess with the law-abiding gun owners and you’re gone. It is time for the gun-owners to become Patriots. Take a stand for America and our Constitution/ Bill of Rights. We are ALL citizens first, Americans First. Party affiliation should be secondary. Start right now, get pro-2nd Amendment candidates to run, make sure your fellow sportsmen are registered voters. Yes, also the Democratic pro-Second Amendment candidates as well. Contact (Email, write, visit) your reps and let them know, we have had enough. Show-up at town hall meetings, send letters to the editors of your local newspapers. Broadcast your Second Amendment Rights far and wide. Stand up and be counted. Freedom is not Free. Never Apologize for being a PATRIOT.