Boiling a live frog

Discussion in 'The Constitutional & RKBA Forum' started by 358 winchester, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. 358 winchester

    358 winchester New Member

    Apr 25, 2004
    Pensacola Fl. area
    Boiling a live frog...
    and other threats to Florida Gun Owners.
    An open letter to the hunting enthusiasts
    of the great State of Florida
    from Senator Carey Baker
    Dear Florida Sportsman,

    My name is Carey Baker. I am a native Floridian, husband, father of three, gun shop owner, Iraq war veteran and State Senator currently representing Florida's 20th district.

    You may have heard the old story of how to boil a live frog. In the late 19th Century, researchers at Johns Hopkins University were trying to determine what makes our nervous systems react by performing experiments on, of all things, frogs. The researchers dropped a frog in boiling hot water and not surprisingly it jumped out immediately. In later experiments, they placed a frog in cold water, turned up the heat ever so gradually and two and a half hours later the frog was dead, in the same position he started in, now boiled.

    The anecdote of the boiled frog points out the dangers of seemingly minor changes our government makes and the resulting power we as citizens give up, ever so gradually. It is important for all of us to stay aware of the moves our elected officials make and the consequences those decisions may have for the future of our Republic.

    My father, Leighton Baker, instilled in me a deep and abiding respect for the traditions of hunting and the sanctity of our nation's founding principles that I have carried with me through my time in elected office and nearly 30 years of small business ownership. Our family business, The A.W. Peterson Gun Shop, the oldest gun shop in America, has been in my family for over a half-century.

    As an avid hunter and lifetime member of the NRA, I have fought relentlessly since my first day in the State House for the rights of hunters and gun owners and to preserve hunters' access to public lands. I know how important it is to protect our civil liberties, especially the 2nd amendment.

    In January of this year, the weakening economy caused state budget shortfalls which made it necessary for a special session of the legislature to make cuts to our current budget. Everything was on the table and as a Senate budget chairman my choices were difficult. One of my important commitments was, and still is, to protect Florida's Licensing Trust Fund. The trust fund provides money to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for the process of approving concealed weapons applications and granting licenses. It is vital to preserve Floridians' access to carrying their firearms and protecting this fund is critical to that commitment.

    In recent weeks, many of us have felt the pain of the weakening economy and watched helplessly as the political direction of our nation has been aimed squarely towards Socialism. I am dedicated to shielding the principles of our Constitution from harm camouflaged as "necessary government intervention". I believe, and Our Founders knew, that the enemy of Liberty is not tyranny but the ever so gradual erosion of our God-given rights.

    As a Senator, I have been blessed with the ability to effect change on behalf of our traditional American ideals while overseeing the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission's budget and through my position as the Senate Co-Chair of the Florida Sportsmen's Caucus.

    In order to further our successes in the legislature, last November I made the important decision to run for the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services in 2010. This Office touches our daily lives in many ways, including the processing and approval of concealed weapons permits and managing our state forests. I have the breadth of experience, the leadership under fire qualities and the perspective of Floridians to lead a department that is responsive and effective but never intrusive.

    It has been my honor to serve our great State in the Senate and as a member of the Florida Army National Guard. With God's blessings, the help of my family and your support it would be my continuing honor to serve you as Florida's next Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Please email me at any time with your questions, thoughts, or ideas. You can also learn more about me and my vision for Florida's future at

    I take nothing for granted and want to earn your support.

    Carey L. Baker

    P.S. - Remember, The enemy of Liberty is not tyranny but the ever so gradual erosion of our God-given rights. As a legislator, gun shop owner and Soldier, I have fought relentlessly for the rights of gun owners and hunters. I need your help to take that fight to the next level.
  2. Trouble 45-70

    Trouble 45-70 New Member

    Apr 10, 2009
    NE Ar. W. of Black River
    A major threat to the erosion of our rights is the underhanded methods used to do it. So much damage to our rights occurs when changes are made in our laws and regulation at the regulatory level. The Code of Federal Federal Regulations C.F.R reports changes but they seldom publish the entire change in a law or reg. They usualy change a word or phrase to clarify. Sometimes s single word will change the entire regulation and make it into something Congress never intended. The press used to watch this like a hawk. Now if any reporter even checks these massive volumes and cross reverences the pertinat law being changed they will guard it like a buzard lest it become public knowledge.

  3. oldogy

    oldogy New Member

    Jan 10, 2009
    East TN
    I met this fine gentleman several years back. "A good ol' boy" as described by those who know him personally. But, he was a state senator at the time.

    AL MOUNT Active Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    Cleaning my Thompson in The Foothills of the Ozark
    Durn.... :eek:... I thought ya had a new recipe........ :D
  5. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    This man knows his history and human behavior.

  6. dbrodin

    dbrodin New Member

    Apr 15, 2009
    Duluth MN
    So much damage to our rights occurs when changes are made in our laws and regulation at the regulatory level.

    The Clinton Administration made this into a fine art. There was a book written about called "redefining America". There even was an appeals court ruling in that era that the government could "define words and phrases in a way that the common citizen would not expect".
  7. bcj1755

    bcj1755 New Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    A wretched hive of scum and villiany
    Slick Willy made a lot of things into a fine art, like being in the oval office and.....well, I'll leave it at that:p