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Sunday, 28 December 2008

What About The Barack?

Filed under: Philosophy, Politics, Principles, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:44 PM (18:44)

Current mood: blah

Re: What does the election of America’s first African American president mean to you?

Jonathon David Morris said back in 2007 [1] —

On the Democratic side, you have two main contenders who would both be major firsts if they were elected. Barack Obama would be the first cigarette-smoking, non-parking-ticket-paying, former Harvard Law School student president with a name that happens to remind us of at least two hated foreign dictators. In addition to this, he would also be the first black president, even though he is only part black.

Obama’s main Democratic rival, meanwhile, is Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose husband Bill was also the first black president, even though he isn’t black at all. I guess this would technically make Barack Obama the second first black president, but the first first black president to actually be at least partially black.

Now, what specifically do I object to about The Barack, policy-wise? There’s plenty for me to gripe about with him —

First, the issue that got me into politics is the right to own and carry weapons, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment. At least it’s supposed to be protected from infringement by the federal Constitution. The Amendment reads like this:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

What does Thomas Jefferson have to say about owning and carrying weapons? Jefferson, is, after all, considered to be the Founder of the Democratic Party that elected The Barack.

A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walk.
— Foley, ed., Encyclopedia of Thomas Jefferson, p. 318.

No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
— Proposed Virginia Constitution, June, 1776.

The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves;… that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed and that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of press.
— Letter to Major John Cartwright (June 5 1824).

Contrast this with The Barack’s hoplophobia (from change.gov/agenda/urbanpolicy_agenda/) —

Address Gun Violence in Cities: Obama and Biden would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important gun trace information, and give police officers across the nation the tools they need to solve gun crimes and fight the illegal arms trade. Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent.

I knew that was coming after thumbing through The Audacity of Hope at the local Hastings, and found comments by him lamenting, among other things,

  • his failure to be present in the Illinois State Senate for a vote on a bill against gun owners he helped write.
  • his “respect” for gun owners, but cities should be able to ban guns.
  • the fact that anti-gun-owner Republicans get trashed in their own party ranks.

Not that the Manchurian Senator is the slightest bit better. At least The Barack is an up-front enemy, as opposed to the backstabbing “friends” that gun owners had with McClown and Bush.

Before someone gets on my case about Jefferson owning slaves, I note that one of the first bills that he sponsored after being elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1769 was legislation that would have eliminated the practice in Virginia. Needless to say, it didn’t go anywhere, but it set the stage for his stance on this issue for the rest of his life.

And what has The Barack done concerning the issue? Well, slavery was supposedly eliminated in the United States with the 13th Amendment, which reads as follows:

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime where of the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2. Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

On this issue, The Barack has proposed a “compulsory national service” program. He gets around the 13th by tying it to federal education funding, as noted by Jonah Goldberg[2]. With ever-increasing tuition costs, students will have little choice but to complete their “national service requirement,” or lose their federal funding. Never mind that federal funding is a big part of why tuition costs are so high in the first place.

My third worry about the Obama Administration is the proposed “civilian domestic security force”. Forget the fact that the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division 1st Brigade Combat Team was recently redeployed from overseas to the “domestic front” for the same sort of purposes[3]. Isn’t this how the bottom-feeders drawing pay at FBI, DEA, F-Troop, etc., etc., justify those paychecks? Isn’t this the very reason that Comrade Emperor George XLIII created the Komitet Rodina Bezopasnosti after the “9-11” attacks?

Lastly, and least of all, there’s his panoply of welfare-state giveaway programs, such as “universal health care.” These sorts of “freebie” programs aren’t free at all — someone gets stuck with the bills for the supplies,  the administrators’ salaries, etc., etc. When these programs are run by the government, it’s the taxpayer who gets stuck with that bill.

NOTES

[1] The 2008 Presidential Blowout!
[2] Forced servitude in America?
[3] Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1

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