April 15, 2013

On intent and perspective

The Founding Fathers, extremists:

“Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man gainst his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American…[T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.” -Tenche Coxe, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788

“Shall not be infringed.”  Period. Full stop.   “Common  sense” and “reasonable” restrictions on your rights are neither common sense nor reasonable.  They’re just easy to sell to a carefully conditioned mob.

And when the Supreme Court refuses cases that redound to the Bill of Rights while taking up cases that have no place in federal courts (like, for instance, the “civil right” of “marrying” someone — and eventually, inevitably, someones), you know that we’re no longer living in the same country that was founded on individual sovereignty, liberty, small and unobtrusive federal authority with enumerated rights, and — most importantly — a stable rule of law.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 10:56am

Comments (16)

  1. That’s like, over 100 years old! Come on, grampa, get with the modern program.

  2. Remember the jokers who invented the “war against women” for the last political campaign? How surprised will they be when they figured out what war means?

  3. duh, George W shredded the constitution. Dear Leader had to re-draft it from memory. Any so-called lapses in memory are really needed improvements where the Warren court failed.

  4. No wonder Bloomberg started putting his millions into pro-Toomey ads. This looks like a real boon to the grabbers.

    Three groups never to trust: Red state Democrats, Blue state Republicans, and most of the rest of the Republicans.

  5. This is all going down on a very bad day. I just wrote out checks to two regimes, including Pablo’s Biggest Little Mistake in the Union. The fact that I have to fund these operations that act in ways diametrically opposed to mine drives me crazy.
    Oops. Does that mean they can dredge the lake and confiscate all the rusting scraps of metal?

  6. If only we could get a real right wing extremists elected president, you know the kind the left imagines Sarah Palin would be.

    The right-wing prez would not spend time not trying to change current gun laws, just threaten the “freedoms” favored by the left: abortion, easy divorce, gay rights etc. . The lefties would start running to the gun stores to buy what was left and mailing in their NRA memberships.

    they can have my scissors when they pry them from my cold dead fingers – Kermit Gosnell, M.D.

  7. “Common sense” and “reasonable” restrictions on your rights are neither common sense nor reasonable.

    No, they’re not at all. It’s a bad, dangerous idea. I strongly recommend against it. Someone is likely to get hurt.

  8. Hilarious: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/04/201341411431138373.html

    I mean in that in that ironic funny way, an opinion piece in Al Jazeera! When abortion is illegal and underground, it is more dangerous – and unregulated, argues Filipovic.

  9. Heh. I broke exactly even with Governor Gump this year, Red. Tickled my little black heart, it did.

    And now, my thoughts of exodus are moving into the planning stage. I’ve been thinking that it might be nice to live where Joe Arpaio is Sheriff, the Governor acts like this, I can vote against John McCain, and I don’t need no steenking permit.

  10. When abortion is illegal and underground, it is more dangerous – and unregulated, argues Filipovic.

    If only firearms where regulated in the same manner.

  11. The corrupt in power and the corrupt on the street reinforce each other against honest people of every race, class and political stripe. America has become a kleptocracy.

  12. I feel Lord Acton got it wrong Power corrupts; absolute power* corrupts absolutely as if any honest person can be corrupted by a force outside themselves. However, I think it is more a fact that power attracts corrupt individuals. It does not matter how pure an institution, if it offers money, prestige, control etc. it will attract the corrupt.

    Regardless which is more true, it is why we have constitutional limits.

    *as a side note, no one has absolute power do they? all men die.

  13. By and large, I think Lord Acton had it right. There are few men or women that power will not corrupt, which is why limited government, enumerated powers and checks and balances are so important.

    As to the worst amongst us rising to the top, Hayek covered that well in The Road to Serfdom.

  14. so I guess Madison had it covered either way:
    If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.

  15. If Texas is going sideways, what’s left?

    Texas Soldier Arrested for ‘Rudely Displaying’ Weapon

    Caution: The video will make you want to punch 2 cops in the face repeatedly.