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Obama and the Tyranny of the Majority

Posted in obama, second amendment, us constitution by Eugene Podrazik on September 16, 2008

Here’s Obama, on September 15th in Colorado (hat tip; Hugh Hewitt):

“The bottom line is this. If you’ve got a rifle, you’ve got a shotgun, you’ve got a gun in your house, I’m not taking it away. Alright? So they can keep on talking about it but this is just not true. And by the way, here’s another thing you’ve got to understand. Even if I wanted to take it away, I couldn’t get it done. I don’t have the votes in Congress.”

from Jake Tapper

Get that: “I don’t have the votes in Congress” to take away your guns. Rights are secured by the Bill of Rights. They are not granted by our government. It seems, in Obama’s world view that rights secured by the Second Amendment only exist until Obama can cobble a congressional majority to restrict or eliminate them. And, this comment came in the context of the post-Heller world.

Here again we have the UN Secretary General, vying for for the Oval Office, with an attitude towards the US Consittution that befits a tin-horn dictator from the third world. Rights are gifts of the state. Rights can be voted in and out of existance merely by rounding enough votes in the House and Senate.

This was another unguarded phrase that speaks volumes of the man and his attitudes. Are the freedom of speech or free assembly to be treated in a similar cavalier way? With Obama, I suspect so. Here’s some of Michelle Obama’s thoughts on her husband, the prospective UN General Secretary of the United States:

Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.

We have a man who has very definite ideas as to how our society should be ordered. You may not be “isolated” or “cynical.” You will never be “allowed” to be “uninvolved.” You are commanded to “engage.” This speaks of a man with very little tolerance for any objections to his Orwellian world view. So plan to show up for your required daily “Two Minutes of Hate.”

There’s also a serious prospect that the “fairness doctrine” will be re-established if Obama can pony up the votes; so much for the First Amendment.

There is a real litmus test regarding a politician’s respect for the limits of governmental power; the Second Amendment. It is the canary in the coal mine. What you do to the Second Amendment can, shall and will be done to the rest of the Constitution.

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  1. Jdam said, on September 19, 2008 at 12:52 am

    Got this emal – makes me think but not so sure—-


    Our nation’s founders believed that the right to bear arms was essential –

    to insure common citizens could protect themselves from a tyrannical government.

    And that was a good idea.

    Back in 1776…

    Now every four years the GOP tells they support the 2nd amendment.

    They throw us a bone.

    But what good is a gun when they are listening in on our phone calls?

    When they know what we say?

    What we read?

    Who we talk to?

    Where we go on the internet?

    When the tax breaks just go to CEOs and the working folks lose their pensions?

    When they drown our country in debt?

    When the war is paid for with a credit card?

    When we’re losing our homes because bankers played fast and loose?

    When they can imprison us without trial?

    When we are guilty until proven innocent?

    What good is a gun when the intruder doesn’t come in through the window,

    but through our phone lines and internet connections?

    They don’t care if we have a gun.

    Because it isn’t 1776 anymore.

    We need to elect people that protect ALL of our rights

    NOT just the 2nd amendment.

    Tell the GOP we’re not stupid.

    We don’t want to be thrown a bone.

    We want the whole steak.

  2. mountainmusings said, on September 19, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    I don’t know where this last post is going. But, what I’m trying to do is point out is Obama inattention (purposeful, I think) to the basics of defending the fundamentals underlying our Constitution. Namely, that rights are not granted by any human authority and if you carefully read the wording of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, you will note that it is written in the negative. That is; …”right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” not you shall have or be granted the right to keep and bear arms.

    Therefore, if a right supersedes any human or majoritarian authority, where does someone like Obama come from in say he couldn’t take away our guns because he doesn’t have the votes.

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