When Obama was running for President in 2008, I signed up for the campaign e-mail list, an act that I’ve now come to regret. I believe that I’ve received more e-mail this year from Obama’s ‘Organizing for Action’ group than I did when he was running for re-election. He can’t run for a third term–right?–so why is he hitting me up for money?
And why am I told that I should ‘have the President’s back’? Isn’t that what the Secret Service is for?
I received a missive today in this vein in which Joe Biden, the Vice President, remarks about the Republican opposition:
When I asked several Republican senators after they voted against background checks [for gun purchasers], not one offered an explanation on the merits of why they couldn’t vote for them. But almost to a person, they said, “I don’t want to take on Ted Cruz. I don’t want to take on Rand Paul. They’ll be in my district.”
I’ll be clear: I do not own a gun. I don’t have a burning need to run out and get one. While it would be cool to learn to shoot, I don’t have the time or energy to invest in it. But I believe that the Second Amendment underpins our other freedoms in that an armed citizenry represents the ultimate defense against government overreach. And if the circumstances of my life or my environment changed, of course I would arm myself.
And there is a simple explanation on the merits as to why universal background checks are a bad idea. Presumably, one ‘passes’ or ‘fails’ a background check, and is either granted or denied the right to purchase a firearm. But who determines the criteria for passing the background check? And what’s to prevent the criteria from being manipulated for partisan political purposes, or to effectively deny what is still a Constitutional right?
But I guess that a Republican Senator can’t say that out loud. As a present-day politician, he cannot vocalize the notion of our Founding Fathers that government is inherently untrustworthy and its reach needs to be constrained.
So instead, he blames Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.
And comes across as either spineless or stupid.