Sunday, June 28, 2009

Guns, Liberals and Mullahs: Which Two Don't We Need?

As the events in Iran unfolded over the past two weeks one of the most disturbing images to be “smuggled” out of that country is the video of the shooting death of a young protestor, Neda Agha Soltan, at the hands of government forces seeking to crack down on unrest and secure the sham re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as President of the world’s only existing theocratic country. The force and brutality ordered by the Mullahs to be used on their own people was extreme even by the standards of other mainly Muslim states such as Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Chad. It should serve as a reminder to all people everywhere why a theocracy should NEVER exist, whether that theocracy is Islamic, Buddhist, Jewish or Christian. (OK you lefties before you scream, “what about Israel” go look up the definition of “theocracy”.) It should also serve as a graphic example of why that kind of forceful movement by the government against its own people can NEVER happen here. But, the reason it can’t happen here and the acknowledgement of that reason is cursed by every Liberal everywhere.

A terse sentence of a mere 27 words crafted by our Founding Fathers over 230 years ago is why this sort of imposition of force has never been attempted by the US Government and likely never will. We know those 27 words as the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.

“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.

The right to “keep and bear arms” by virtue of its position in the Bill of Rights appears to have been, in the minds of the Founding Fathers, second only to the provision which guarantees the freedoms of religion, speech, the press, peaceful assembly and petition of redress. In fact, the right “to keep and bear arms” comes before ALL these other uninfringeable rights:
1. The military not being quartered in your home without your consent
2. Being secure in your person, papers, houses, and effects and secure from unreasonable search and seizure
3. Protection from double jeopardy and the ability to refuse to testify against yourself
4. Not being deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law
5. A speedy and public trial by jury and the ability to confront witnesses against you as well as present witnesses of your own.
6. To have the assistance of counsel for your defense
7. Not being subject to excessive bail nor have cruel and unusual punishment inflicted on you.

Don’t you think the framers of the Constitution had a reason for putting all these rights in the order they did? Of course they had a reason- - -it was because they held the rights of freedom of religion, speech, press and assembly to be first, foremost and uninfringeable and didn’t trust any central government not to try to take away those rights from individual persons or states- -thus, the need for a militia and the right to "keep and bear arms".

Yet, if the Liberals in this country had their way the Second Amendment would be repealed tomorrow. The very section of the Constitution that keeps what is happening in Iran from happening here is what Liberalism and virtually all its proponents would take away if they could.

We have let BHO and his legions of liberal lackeys set an agenda for Socialist takeover of industry in this country. They succeeded with the auto industry and are close to succeeding with domestic energy (taxing an industry into government submission is just another form of Socialism) and will pull out every stop to do the same with Healthcare. Are we going to sit back and let them take away our ability to defend ourselves against an oppressive government, too? I hope not.

Oh, just in case you think "The Sage" is some sort of gun-nut living in an open carry state and agitating for rebellion- - -let me state for the record- - -I don’t own a gun and never have but I’m sure thinking about buying several now. And I’m willing to bet the folks dodging government bullets on the streets of Teheran tonight are wishing they had a few guns of their own, as well. Nothing good can happen in a country where only the Government has the right to “keep and bear arms”.



katsnips said...

I am in complete agreement with your conclusion, however I am not as certain as you seem to be that "it can never happen here." Witness, if you will, the "fairness doctrine" which threatens freedom of speech for all except the far left in the US. Witness, too, the extensive media mockery of the taxpayer protests across this land since Obama's massive spending bills were passed without anyone even being allowed to read them. And, let us not forget the memo from the esteemed Secretary of Homeland Security which labels anyone who disagrees with abortion, who voted for someone besides Obama, who protests peacefully against government policy, and yes, even military veterans as terrorists. Thus, O Sage, I do not share your optimism about the US government's unwillingness or inability to attack those of us who continue to believe in the Bill of Rights, which is the ONLY part of the Constitution that is protected from amendment (according to my
9th grade Civics teacher). BTW, they don't even teach Civics cool is that?

The Sage of Tampa said...

All great points, Kat. And, I agree that all those things are under attack from the Liberal establishment. But, the point I was trying to make is that if it ever did come to massive protests in the streets and our own government tried to use force to stop it we, unlike the Iranians, would be firing back and using force against force. Not a bad deterrent, in my mind.

Thanx for the feedback. It is always welcomed and greatly appreciated.

a la izquierda said...

Hola Sage.

It's your ol' buddy who lives up north, er, AND down south of you.

Gotta tell ya, being of the "pot smokin', baby killin', tax and spend, bleeding heart" ilk, I'm mystified by all the right to bear arms hubbub. Just exactly WHO of us lefties is trying to outlaw gun ownership?

As you know, my dad was quite an outdoorsman and my two brothers followed in his footsteps. I learned to (properly) handle a gun at an early age and, though I don't own any, don't oppose any non-felons from doing so.

Maybe I skimmed past that article in "Commie Times". As always, I look forward to your enlightenment.

The Sage of Tampa said...

Hola amigo:

Well no one among you "izquierdos" who has any inkling of running for President any time soon is trying to ban guns. But since you asked, the list of politicians who have openly backed PROPOSED legislation to limit the ownership of guns includes the likes of; Rep David Bonior, Sen Barbara Boxer, President Jimmy Carter, President Bill Clinton, Rep Tom Daschle, Rep Ron Dellums, Sen Ted Kennedy, Rep Barney Frank- -to name a few. And the list of Hollywood lefties wh have made monetary contributions to anti-gun organizations is too long to read but it includes the expected names such as; Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Madonna,Sharon Stone, Mike Farrell, Ellen DeGeneres, Ed Asner, Alec Baldwin and a guy from your part of the country- -Louis Anderson.

Hope that answers your WHO question old friend.