January 25, 2013

This is what fascism looks like

You’ll note that it can come in a suit and wear hair gel just as easily as it can show up wearing a big mustache and military fatigues then pose on a balcony opening onto a public square.  Politico, “Rahm Emanuel presses banks on guns”:

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, moving to take a lead role in the gun control debate, is turning up the pressure on banks that do business with firearms manufacturers.

Emanuel is sending letters to two major financial institutions, TD Bank and Bank of America, which offer lines of credit to gun makers suggesting that they stop lending money to the manufacturers if they don’t come out for new gun restrictions.

“TD Bank currently aids the gun manufacturing industry through a $60 million revolving line of credit with Smith & Wesson, a gun manufacturer that produces the AR-15 — an assault weapon that was used by James Holmes to kill 12 people and wound 58 in a crowded movie theatre in Aurora,” Emanuel’s missive to TD CEO Bharat Masrani states. “I ask you to use your influence to push this company to find common ground with the vast majority of Americans who support a military weapons and ammunition ban and comprehensive background checks.”Noting that Chicago’s municipal employees and teachers had already divested money in pension funds from gun makers that are opposing new gun laws, the White House chief of staff-turned-mayor wrote: “Now we need you and other commercial banks to join this fight for safer streets. Collectively we can send a clear and unambiguous message to the entire gun industry that investors will no longer financially support companies that profit from gun violence.”

Forget that these same manufacturers create the weapons that outfit the military and law enforcement.  Or that most of their profit comes from selling firearms to law abiding citizens, who have second amendment right to their ownership.  No, we’re to believe that Big Gun — the latest in a long line of villains for our national 2 minutes of hate — does what it does in order to “profit” from “gun violence,” with gun violence being defined solely as that violence that occurs during criminal usage of a weapon, one often illegally obtained, and never as that “violence” done to criminals by those who use their weapons in defense of themselves or their families.

This is revolting. It is more disingenuous propaganda.  And it shows just how far the left is willing to go to eventually disarm us.

Having bailed out major banks, the government can begin calling in favors.  And it looks to be completely comfortable doing just that.

Asks Hot Air’s Erika Johnsen, with just the right note of amazement and indignation,

Emanuel is lobbying these major and publicly traded financial institutions to actively discriminate against law-abiding companies that don’t happen to support his entirely political gun-related agenda? A political agenda which, by the way, will not help to reduce violent crime? Would this even hold up in a court of law?

Depends. Can Chief Justice Roberts somehow define it as a tax?

I’ll say it yet again:  this will not end well.

(h/t JD)

Posted by Jeff G. @ 12:00pm

Comments (37)

  1. I like how he lies about “the vast majority of Americans who support a military weapons and ammunition ban and comprehensive background checks.” Could he be more deceptive?

    They have people convinced that anyone can go buy a select-fire gun anywhere, legally, with ease.

    I wish there were a way to de-mystify guns for everyone that didn’t require some kind of compulsory action. All we can do as individuals is invite the lefties we know to the range to try shooting for themselves, and frankly, I have rid myself (or they of me) of all lefties I knew, so I cannot help.

  2. Remember how we used to hear the phrase, “It can’t happen here?”

    It is happening, right in front of us.

  3. BofA took a serious bashing after the bailout fiasco (I know I’m not the only one who cancelled a credit card from them). Just imagine how quickly they could rehabilitate their reputation, by standing with Ruger against Rahm.

    Like the GOP, I doubt they’re astute enough to make the right move, but still — it’s sitting right in front of them.

  4. * Lobbying and supporting gun control as a means to protect children.

    * Lobbying and supporting government financed abortion on demand as a means to protect children.

    – Can you spot the absurd hypocricy between these two positions? I’ll bet you can kids.

  5. “Bank of America is pleased to announce that it is offering free firearms-safety classes to all of its account holders. Bank of America is also pleased to offer a new financing program for eligible account holders, offering attractive options for purchasing defensive firearms.

    While Bank of America acknowledges that its customers in the City of Chicago are discouraged by Mayor Emanuel from exercising their right to defend themselves, their families, their homes, and their businesses from the rampaging hordes that daily terrorize Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago, Bank of America cannot stand by while its valued customers are deprived every day of their rights, their peace of mind, and — all too often — their hard-earned cash and Bank of America-branded credit cards.

    For more information, or to enroll in classes, visit your local Bank of America branch office today.”

  6. This is what fascism looks like

    Yep, pretty much. Course this is Rahm Emanuel, and a Jew can no more be a fascist than a non white person could be racist, so shut up.

  7. In a January 18 article, People’s World, an official publication of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), declared that “the ability to live free from the fear or threat of gun violence is a fundamental democratic right

    Communism is a democracy now?

    Did not know that…

  8. to live free from the fear or threat of gun violence is a fundamental democratic right

    their solution works so well in chicago

  9. There was a report in late December from a small, firearms-related manufacturer that BofA was holding up their online transactions and when contacted, a BofA rep supposedly told him that ”WE [BofA] BELIEVE YOU SHOULD NOT BE SELLING GUNS and PARTS ON THE INTERNET”.

    When contacted by Snopes, BofA ‘s response was that the holdup was a normal response to a spike in online transactions. However, there was apparently no response to the BofA rep statement about “Not Selling Guns”.

    How BofA handles the Rahm letter will give us a pretty good idea whether or not that BofA rep’s statement accurately captured the internal corporate culture.

  10. “the vast majority of Americans who support a military weapons and ammunition ban and comprehensive background checks.”

    Empty gun store shelves tell us that the vast majority of Americans support something else entirely.

  11. Who was it that said fascism is always descending on America and landing in Europe?

    All it took was a progg winning re-election to finally guide that bad boy in on the right runway.

  12. As usual, they are going by the theory that if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth. It works well too often for my taste.

  13. It works well too often for my taste.

    Until, uh-oh, it doesn’t.

  14. It’s the same trick every time: Give me your gun, said the government official. OK, now give me your wallet.

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  15. Erika Johnsen is the best thing to happen to that Hot Air place in many many moons

  16. Can you believe the party of abortion is now claiming they’re “Pro Life” by proposing gun bans? And now the Republicans are the party of dead children. I heard that yesterday and my jaw dropped and I really wanted to punch a liberal, really hard in the face. Maybe more than one.

  17. I can’t believe it

  18. Small victory: Obama appointee Carmen Ortiz (or as I’ve taken to calling her, the “unwise Latina”) got bitchslapped in court today.


  19. Oops, that link is to the comments. Here’s the article:


    The bad news, of course, is that the taxpayers are on the hook for the consequences of her power grab.

  20. Holder can kiss my ass.

  21. it is good for the Carmen Ortiz to be vigorously bitch-slapped

  22. I think there are quite a few people out there in need of a bitch-slapping.

  23. Communism is a democracy now?

    …..and Chachi loves Ritchie and Erin never touches the booze.

  24. oh noes an unwise latina

  25. That it is, happyfeet. That it is.

    If there’s any justice (hah!) she’ll wind up prosecuting “dog crapping on someone else’s lawn” cases in Circle Jerk, East Dakota.

  26. she does not value human freedom in a way that is recognizably American

  27. there’s alot of massholes

  28. to live free from the fear or threat of gun violence is a fundamental democratic right

    Several thoughts for totalitarians in our midst:

    —Grow the fuck up.
    —I do live free from the fear of gun violence, in part because that threat is minimized by the widespread private ownership of firemarms.
    —democracy borned in the possession and ownership of arms by ordinary people. Victor Davis Hanson, among others, has devoted books and parts of books to the subject.

  29. Why does the CDC have such a woody for gun control? Is it just more funding?

  30. i think the CDC failshits are embarrassed they’ve let the antibiotic-resistant diseases spiral so out of control

    which is like their primary mission

    fucking jackoffs

  31. my mom called McKeesport and first they said that there was no swat team sent to the house and that if there was te McKeesport police would kno about a swat team raiding a house. Then they told my mom someone must have impursonated a swat team and that I need to hang up and dial 911 and say that people lies about being officers of the law and broke In my house. But then when I called and told 911 what happened they said that yes it was true that a swat was there told me who they were looking for and said they didn’t understand why McKeesport cops wouldn’t kno about a swat In the town. So 911 finally verified that it was official police. Swat team. I been lied to by so many different people just to find out who broke into the house and why. Which spooked me into not staying there anymore. My cat is missing now irreplaceable things got stolen. Not sure if it was this swat team .. You never know or after they left the door wide open someone went in the house and stole my things

  32. which is like their primary mission

    Not true. The primary mission of the CDC is to track infectious diseases. They were originally begun in 1942 to track the course of malarial infection. They now wear more hats than a fashion model and have a budget of more than $9.2B.