Imperial Assault on Natural Rights Day open thread [UPDATED]
The time is coming. The President, flanked by emotional props, will issue his monarchical decrees. What are you gonna do about it?
update: vulgar, crass, maudlin, despicable. 23 executive actions and a push to renew assault weapons ban and a ban on magazines holding over ten rounds. For the children. Most of whom are slaughtered in gun free zones. By criminals.
If the GOP can’t stand up to this, they are toast. Which is irrelevant, frankly, because we will stand up to it ourselves, if needs be.
As I wrote on Twitter, the whole spectacle was a case study in vulgar, maudlin opportunism deployed by a dictatorial-minded demagogue & his coterie of barking seals. And surely the irony of his having cited gun free zones exploited by criminals as a rationale for taking away protective options of non-criminals, based entirely on cosmetics and some arbitrary decree on magazine capacity, can’t be lost on anyone — even the timid GOPers who will break ranks and rush to show that they, too, are “against gun violence.”
We’re a nation being run those who believe we have infantile minds.
Obama’s assertion — the assertion at the heart of this push to whittle away at a natural right in ways that are completely arbitrary and, frankly, bizarre (which is to be expected when gun laws are passed by those who know nothing ab0ut guns, and yet rely on armed men and women under no such arbitrary restrictions to protect them) — is that we are undergoing an “epidemic” of gun violence.
Well, maybe so. In places like Chicago, where strict gun control laws are already in place. But what about in the aggregate? And why a ban on “assault weapons”? Are these, when obtained legally, being used disproportionately in the commission of crimes?
A demagogue feels no need to show his work. Instead, he trots out the grieving parents of dead children and tells us stories of a six-year old girl’s dreams — a girl he never met, a politically expedient plot point, a prop to tug at our heartstrings.
He then turns around and suggests that those who don’t vote on the arbitrary infringement on our 2nd Amendment rights are bought off by the powerful gun lobby — while those who do vote to take away more of our liberties are the high minded idealists looking out for the children. Whose slaughter they’ve contributed to by declaring to evil men that, in an ostentatious display of self-righteousness, they will surrender them to venues where only criminals so inclined will have weapons.
It is a perversity of the highest order. It is rank hypocrisy dressed up in phony compassion by a political class that each and every day — and with each and every crisis it can gin up — dreams of ways to take away your individual autonomy, bit by bit, law by law, regulation by regulation.
And we sit back and let it happen.
Shame on us. No more.