But You Can’t Say That Out Loud….

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.

4 thoughts on “But You Can’t Say That Out Loud….”

  1. I too regret getting on that list along with the various left wing groups that send me garbage. The fact of the matter the Democrats seem to be moving far left when it comes to things like abortion, guns and gay marriage but far right when it comes to rights. At the same time Obama and the Dems want to outlaw or limit guns they think it’s fine to spy on us.

    I’ve said it before and will say it again but I regret voting for Obama. I thought I was voting for change but instead voted for someone who wants to spy on us, allow legalized murders of Americans, force Catholic organizations to fund issues they oppose, increase visa workers and legalize illegals, and cut funding for veterans. I have issues with all of this. I don’t care if people have abortions or have same sex marriages but don’t feel government should force religions to support it. I do have a problem with giving illegals welfare while cutting military veterans services. I have a serious issue with allowing more viased workers to come here while we have a large unemployment rate that is growing.

    1. I’m not sure how the surveillance state is a ‘far right’ notion. It used to be that the government could investigate anyone they wanted to… as long as they had probable cause and a warrant.

      Yes, the Patriot Act was enacted during the Bush administration, but the ideas that led to it were cooking for a long time before.

      1. We have come quite far from WWII-era Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson who claimed, “Gentlemen do not read each other’s mail.”

        I can understand encoding messages that you don’t want other people to intercept and to collect information on enemies. Unfortunately, we are trolling such a wide net that it’s a case of “prove that you were damaged by the fact that we collected information on you”, rather than relying on the Fourth Amendment right to be secure in our home and our papers and not have information collected without a warrant.

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