Statists (aka “liberals” or “progressives”) are more than eager to tell you how smart they are while posting the dumbest things on Facebook. Following the horrific shooting at Shady Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, a “friend” re-posted the picture below. I, of course, have hidden his identity and cleaned up the language. (Why is it that statists think they have to swear when they want you to know they are outraged? We get it. We are all outraged by the shooting.)
So let’s look at his comment. While posting a picture saying that if your first thoughts are how Obama will use this tragic event to take your guns then you “stink” (I actually modified what it actually said) as a human being, he proposes to limit access to guns by placing intrusive requirements on law-abiding citizens. Ironic, huh? I am sure he would be outraged if someone suggested that his freedom of speech be limited by requiring “mandatory, annually renewed licensing, liability insurance, and psychiatric screening” before he could post his political opinions on FB. He would probably point to the protection afforded him by the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and rightly so. He, however, doesn’t see that that same Constitution acknowledges the “right to keep and bear arms.” His reference to the “18th Century” is a clear indication that he knows the 2nd Amendment exists but doesn’t care. In his and many progressives’ worldview, we have moved beyond the wisdom of the founders. Call me crazy, but I will take the wisdom of Madison and Mason over today’s political hacks and loony Facebook “friends.”
As Joseph Sobran once remarked, “Do liberals want big federal entitlement programs? Lo, the Interstate Commerce Clause turns out to mean that the big federal programs are constitutional! Do liberals oppose capital punishment? Lo, the ban on “cruel and unusual punishment” turns out to mean that capital punishment is unconstitutional! Do liberals want abortion on demand? Lo, the Ninth and Fourteenth Amendments, plus their emanations and penumbras, turn out to mean that abortion is nothing less than a woman’s constitutional right!
“Can all this be blind evolution? If liberals were more religious, they might suspect the hand of Providence behind it! This marvelous “living document” never seems to impede the liberal agenda in any way. On the contrary: it always seems to demand, by a wonderful coincidence, just what liberals are prescribing on other grounds.”
Does my FB friend want the government to confiscate the guns of law abiding citizens? Lo, the Constitution undoubtedly means it can.