(I am patting myself on the back for sensitively sparing my Facebook friends.... well, this time. Close browser now if you don't want to hear me speak reason to crazy).
Ok. Straight off. I don't own a gun, although I acquired some thru marriage. I've never held a gun, never shot a gun and never thought I'd want to have a gun in my house. They scare me. Normal right? They're freakin guns. All of them are meant to kill, meant to protect. Some, in my very limited knowledge, appear to be more deadly than others, but they are guns. So, like, what does it matter? It's like the difference between getting run over by an SUV or a Tank. Either one is going to hurt pretty badly...
Likewise, there are some seriously scary people out there. Some are walking time bombs. There is no way to prevent them from doing evil, whether it is with a gun, a 747, a box cutter or an ice pick. Evil exists, we can't legislate it away.
Today, news outlets are reporting that Obama is considering enacting Gun Control (in whatever strange porkfilled, carved out, ineffective way) perhaps by "Executive Order" if necessary. Apparently, the "gun violence" in this country has reached such a critical point, that it demands immediate action (this may be news to some of you, if we don't act now, we are all going to die!). Worse, the White House makes the very unsophisticated argument that "if we save only 1 life, the effort is justified".
What was it Rahm Emmanuel said?
never let a serious crisis go to waste.
And what I mean by that it's an
opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."
I am not without a heart. I am shocked by the Newton shooting. Horrified by what happened in Aurora CO. Terrorized by the Tuscon massacre. Frighted by Fort Hood (oh dear, remember that one? Don't say the word, don't say it... terrorism).
But in the grand scheme of things.... In the big big picture... Take a step back.
Is gun violence really the absolutely worst crisis facing this country since what? 9/11? Is the violence so bad that we should circumvent the documents governing the founding and process of our storied country? Are we are unable to go about our daily business for fear of being shot on the street?
Or are we living in the age of manufactured crisis such that our President can slam whatever "executive order" down the throats of Americans without recourse?
Whether or not you'd like to believe it, the 2nd Amendment has a purpose above and beyond the niceties that get bantered around the liberal media, like "Hunting". The 2nd Amendment is essential for maintaining individual liberty, ie. to prevent America into morphing into some sort of government other than a democratic republic. It is no secret that the first step in the seizing of power from a population is to take away their guns. When the guns go, so does the ability from stopping a criminal or some other nefarious character (a govt official?) from coming to your door, knocking, invading and taking (or raping?) everything and everyone you love.
Won't happen in this country you say? Overreacting Eddy! We are too first world and civilized for that. Well folks, so was Europe... are we so dumb that we can't see how much today is like the 1930s? We proceed in this country as if our debt isn't an issue, while if we just look across the Atlantic, we can see what happens to a country (Greece) that spends itself into oblivion. We are blind to the actions taken by our President, who reportedly does so out of his own benevolence, he knows better for us, better than we do for ourselves. He writes executive orders to ignore our immigration laws, by passes Congressional approval for appointments by way of Congress being on "vacation" when they aren't, he punts the ball on our fiscal mess, has us all believing that 8% unemployment is something that we should celebrate, we laud higher taxes like it delivers us from evil, and speaking of evil... what is the cut off now? You're evil when you make $400K? $250K? Since when do we punish success in this country?
Obama has succeeded in tearing apart this country at the seams. He has systematically exaggerated a catastrophe when it suits his political purposes, and somehow gets around answering to anyone when it doesn't. He has neutered our Congressional representatives, laughed at our legislative process, and has a Attorney General that will waive a legal wand and opine in his favor when asked. We've sacrificed religious freedom for government provided (I almost said free, but no, it isn't free people) birth control. We're going to take away our right to protect ourselves from tyrants to save "one life" but don't forget, we've got a war on women, those GOPers might take your right to an abortion way.
But more than that, he has silenced dissent. If you don't agree with Obama these days, you pretty much keep your mouth shut for fear of what will happen to you for speaking up. He has silenced dissent. But even more amazingly, he has marginalized it. He has taken the, oh, say, 49% percent of this country, the majority of the House of Representatives, and several states, and made them all look like total wackos. He has turned the House GOP into a laughing stock and has made it known he has personal vendettas against certain state executives, my own Jan Brewer, among them.
I'm incensed.... (if you haven't noticed). I'm shocked and awed that no one sees that magnificent and awful (in all senses of the word) transformation that is going on in this country.
I could get into the whole "saving one life" argument... lets take away cars, alcohol, cigarettes, Big Gulps... but I can't even go there right now. It is so demeaning that this is the intellectual level that one must stoop in order to refute this administration. Especially when everyone is all emotional and like lemmings: "Oh, Obama, you are so right.... deliver us from evil."
I wish someone would stand up. Stand up! Speak truth to madness. Can we as conservatives set aside the culture wars? Set aside trying to bring "God" back into the political institutions? Or worry about people saying Merry Christmas and our nattivity scenes? We've got bigger fish to fry! We've got to save the fundamental liberties of Americans, preserve our great institutions, put the process back to right, re-affirm our checks and balances. If we don't do it now, if we don't all get on the same page, Obama will be appointing a Supreme Court justice and it is all over folks. All we've got left is the courts, and Obama has already got those so backed up with challenges of his abuses of power, that he's probably betting that by the time challenges get to the Supreme Court on his "executive order" on gun control, he will have his chosen justices there to defend him and his tyrannical edicts.