Congress is on recess, a budget has yet to be passed, and the President is in full campaign mode for gun control. Does anyone else have the feeling that our government is completely lost among the weeds?
With the lack of passing a workable budget by both Houses of Congress and the non-leadership of the President on the same issue, the American People’s confidence in our government solving the fiscal ills of this country is poor at best. What I personally see is power politics at its worst, each side jockeying for positions, talking points, and approval from their Party leadership. Not very many politicians are behind doing what is right for the financial health of the country – balanced budgets, eliminating deficit spending, and government spending only what it takes in.
The reactionary response of various Congressional members to Sandy Hook is appalling. When I found out for a fact that Sen. Dianne Feinstein had written gun control banning legislation in advance to Sandy Hook and was waiting for the appropriate time to introduce the legislation, I hit the roof. Sen. Feinstein is nothing but a ghoul, waiting to use the blood of innocents shed during a crime to advance her non-Constitutional agenda.
People do not trust our government to do the right thing for the country, and that includes the rights of the citizenry. This includes assaults of various natures upon rights guaranteed by the First, Fourth, and Second Amendments of the Constitution. Here are some examples:
Hate speech laws are subjective at best, and are under constant revision. What can be simply an expression of opinion could be termed “hate speech” if the spoken or written word “offends” someone for any reason, up to and including just not liking the content. Here is the problem with hate speech laws – they are subject to what someone finds objectionable to their race, religion, and/or belief system. In other words, there are no absolute standards or limits to what these laws could eventually cover. This is a suppression of our ability to voice our opinions for fear of being charged with a hate crime. Freedom of speech now becomes a casualty of “political correctness” and “hate crime” laws.
While I have written about this in a previous post concerning our government apparently playing fast and loose concerning Fourth Amendment rights, it bears mentioning again. Are our rights against being “deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law” really protected? Besides the afore-mentioned post, stop and think of the power of the Internal Revenue Service’s ability to seize assets as a result of non-payment of taxes. In that arena, you must prove your innocence instead of the Government proving your guilt in a court of law. With ObamaCare right around the corner, the expansion of authority of the IRS is frightening. You may draw your own conclusions on this point.
Many readers of past posts know my stance on the Second Amendment. I have issues with expanding any of the gun control measures proposed by Congress or the President. There are already background checks, laws against illegal transfers of firearms, and restrictions upon various types of firearms without Federal licensing. There really is no need for further laws – the ones that are in force are not consistently enforced, and the proposed laws would have done nothing to prevent the past mass-murders by deranged people. This statement by our esteemed Vice-President says it all:
“Nothing we’re going to do is going to fundamentally alter or eliminate the possibility of another mass shooting or guarantee that we will bring gun deaths down to 1,000 a year from what it is now.”
So why pass new laws that will not solve the problem, and penalize law-abiding citizens by infringing upon their Second Amendment Rights? Only to look like “We’re doing something,” which is a poor excuse for keeping one’s job.
In closing, let us look at an incident in which all the above listed Rights were almost violated if allowed to progress through to it’s end. From Yahoo.com:
The ruddy-cheeked, camouflage-clad boy in the photo smiles out from behind a pair of glasses, proudly holding a gun his father gave him as a present for his upcoming 11th birthday.
The weapon in the photo, posted by his dad on Facebook, resembles a military-style assault rifle but, his father says, is actually just a .22-caliber copy. And that, the family believes, is why child welfare case workers and police officers visited the home in Carneys Point last Friday and asked to see his guns.
“They said they wanted to see into my safe and see if my guns were registered,” Moore said. “I said no; in New Jersey, your guns don’t have to be registered with the state; it’s voluntary. I knew once I opened that safe, there was no going back.”
With the lawyer listening in on the phone, Moore said he asked the investigators and police officers whether they had a warrant to search his home. When they said no, he asked them to leave. One of the child welfare officials would not identify herself when Moore asked for her name, he said.
So here a person cannot post a photo of a child holding a gun without causing concern (First Amendment), having a nameless government bureaucrat with law enforcement wanting to come into a home without a warrant to search for unregistered weapons (Fourth Amendment), and potentially confiscating a firearm (Second and Fourth Amendments). Is this really a government that we want? If so, then this is what is in store for every American: