Knives wielded by citizens pose precious little threat to tyrants. Therefore, knives are of no concern in the effort to disarm the feared citizenry.
While any attack on children with guns precipitates anguished howling for gun control, any attack on children with anything but a gun precipitates nothing. It’s not even worth a mention by a president making a speech in the very neighborhood.
What does that mean? It means that the conversation is about guns, not children. When there’s no gun, there’s no conversation.
In other words, Judge McNamara holds that as long as a New York Governor—in this instance, Andrew Cuomo—offers the even the thinnest excuse for using the “message of necessity” tactic, that is enough of a justification; the reason for violating the state constitution need not be reasonable, logical, or even sane.
In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is “basically about” one word — “democracy” — that appears in neither that document nor the Declaration of Independence. Democracy is America’s way of allocating political power. The Constitution, however, was adopted to confine that power in order to “secure the blessings of” that which simultaneously justifies and limits democratic government — natural liberty.
“In Europe,” wrote James Madison, “charters of liberty have been granted by power,” but America has “charters of power granted by liberty.”
the Declaration “sets the framework” for reading the Constitution not as “basically about” democratic government — majorities — granting rights but about natural rights defining the limits of even democratic government.
Between the left and the right, the argument is almost like the old chicken/egg question. Which came first – government or rights. But it’s not that simple because without the chicken there is no egg. Without the egg there is no chicken.
But without government, rights exist anyway.
It is that concept of rights existing with or without government that seems to be beyond the comprehension of the left. I say ‘seems’ because whether or not they grasp the concept, they will insist that rights are bestowed by government … and if that be true then government is justified in taking some or all rights away – by majority whim.
Government, the framers said, is instituted to improve upon the state of nature, in which the individual is at the mercy of the strong. But when democracy, meaning the process of majority rule, is the supreme value — when it is elevated to the status of what the Constitution is “basically about” — the individual is again at the mercy of the strong, the strength of mere numbers.
It’s too good to be true, too horrific to be false. A government bureau of land managers, armed to the teeth, set out to enforce it’s will on a private citizen. But that citizen had the resources and the will to tell the entire country what was about to happen and call for help.
His call was answered, not by lawyers or community organizers or civil-rights activists or wormy politicians – but by armed citizens.
At the time of Waco and Ruby Ridge, the media had the monopoly on news reporting. There was no internet. There were no smart phones with the ability to instantly transmit photos and video to the world. What the world knew and when it knew was filtered exclusively through the mainstream media. The outcome was that people died, in Waco and Ruby Ridge, at the hands of armed government employees.
The outcome of Bundy Ranch, in the presence of armed government employees faced with armed citizens? Zero deaths. Nor to infer, just stating the facts.
I used the term ‘sloppy tyranny’ above. Government bureaus/agencies have become accustomed to perpetrating petty acts of tyranny without consequence. BLM drove into this situation with their cattle trucks, hired cowboys and armed thugs; and without any expectation of resistance, failure or exposure. (Sorta like barricading memorials and parks with no anticipation that regular citizens would tear those barricades down, march them to white house and dump them in a pile, eh?)
The question is this, will the sloppy tyrants learn from their mistakes? And if so, will they drop the sloppy or the tyranny?
A BLM document unearthed last week discusses mitigation strategies for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone, just southwest of the Bundy ranch. The “mitigation strategy” proposed to use the grazing lands near the Bundy ranch as a kind of sanctuary for the desert tortoise, because the entire region is slated for a large number of solar, wind and geothermal energy generation facilities.
The solar projects will obliterate most of the turtle’s natural habitat.
Bloggers quickly made a connection between the effort to remove Bundy’s cattle and a solar energy project in Southern Nevada financed by the communist Chinese energy firm ENN. It was to be the largest solar farm in the U.S.
Didja see that? Bloggers made the connection, not the media.
If Democrat-linked entrepreneurs plan to turn the West into a massive arena for green projects, the implications are disturbing. The projects will eventually go as all others have gone before: failing as the unsustainable costs, maintenance problems and unseen environmental catastrophes they create become intolerable. The true goal of “green” energy, say cynics, is to make these people wealthier, not to save the environment.
Whether that turns out to be the case or not, the Bundy story needs far greater and deeper media scrutiny.
Lesson Not Learned
» Reid calls Bundy supporters ‘domestic terrorists’
“It is an issue that we cannot let go, just walk away from,” Reid said.
Reid accused Bundy backers of bringing their children to protest the BLM so that federal authorities might harm them, which would prompt negative headlines around the world and hurt the government’s case against the rancher.
“There were hundreds — hundreds of people from around the country — that came there [true],” Reid said. “They had sniper rifles on the freeway [true]. They had assault weapons [true, though not technically]. They had automatic weapons [bald faced lie].”
The student was suspended for 10 days in accordance with school policy on firearms, real or otherwise. Some are calling it another case of zero tolerance run amok.
Yes, that and another case of school admins bearing unwhipped ass.
For years, Barack Obama has called al Qaeda “decimated, “defeated,” and “on the run.” Recently in Yemen …
“The U.S. intelligence community should be surprised that such a large group of al Qaeda assembled together, including the leadership, and somehow they didn’t notice.
The main problem about this group is that it has a bomb maker who can put bombs on to planes that can’t be detected.”
Clearly, al Qaeda is neither “decimated” nor “on the run.” While the U.S. intelligence community must now ask itself why it didn’t know about this meeting in advance, the more troubling question is what will Barack Obama now do about a terrorist organization that apparently refuses to be “defeated”?
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» Dumbest Tweet Ever? “Non-white people breathe air that is substantially more polluted than the air that white people breathe”
» ‘Close Observers of History’ Hate Ollie North
A High Court judge in England told an “insensitive” father that he must stop emailing his children in all capital letters because it looks like he is yelling at them.
At first, I thought “England, Are you really that bored?”
Your country has been invaded by millions of people who don’t speak your language, who are demonstrably insane due to their so-called religion (of peace). Your government has traded your survival and prosperity for green energies that are not energetic enough to sustain life. You have no resource to protect yourself or your property from criminal assault. If you’re lucky enough to have a job, the majority of your income is seized by government to fund your further oppression. Nearly every aspect of your life is dictated by ….
Wait, was I talking about England or America?
» U.S. Energy Dept plans $4 billion in loan aid for renewable energy
Once again, the world is being warned of an ecological or climate “tipping point” by the UN.
This is not a case of “Boy Crying Wolf!”, because wolves actually exist.
“The lock that liberals have held on the black vote is slowly but surely breaking”