I rant, I rage, I blast my opinions loquaciously, I teach, I preach, but I also do my homework. I like to think my words find basis in reality and experience and research, not in inventedness. I read the Constitution this weekend to clarify and verify. Indeed, our nation’s precious document initially states the federal government promotes the welfare of the people. Interesting. Not that the government provides for the people, but that it promotes that we get out the front door and care for our well being, our welfare. Then, further into the document, I read about providing for the welfare of the people. But, to look these words up in the dictionary- really, I look words up- welfare very clearly owns a temporary status to its definition. Very interesting. The Constitution touched on military, militia and “defence” in great detail. The very means for protecting our nation, our homes and families, ourselves earns greatest print space in the document. Really interesting. Once again, the gun is not the problem, the bad guy is. But we will leave that for another article. This welfare subject matter, then, alludes to caring for yourself and when determinably unable, the feds help for a temporary amount of time. But, no time gets specified. How about three generations? How about 29 years? How about, I don’t know, three years? Maybe the feds want to take our firearms rights away because the specificity of their description and boundaries listed in the Constitution invites such ease, while the ambiguity and lack of clarity surrounding promoting welfare, providing welfare, what exactly is this welfare makes for a more complicated task. Maybe. So when did anything easily achieved ever be worth its time? I worked my fingers to the bone, round after round fired, hour after hour at the range spent, for my achievements and accomplishments in competition. Handed to me, I believe I would have quickly dismissed the brevity of the honors and never understood what I did or stood for. But, I know what I did, I EARNED my place. We all need help from time to time, but to make a lifestyle out of charitable handouts is shameful. Just my humble opinion. From someone who did have to stand in the welfare line for three years. And, I never did find anything in the Constitution about healthcare. I suppose that can fall into the black hole of that “welfare” thing. How shameful.So, while I speak from rant, from rage, from opinion, from homework, from a teacher’s stance, a preacher’s pulpit AND from life experience I would say that defines: winning combination. What can YOU say about yourselves??