Distrubing Trends

In the U.S. government:

  • The unspoken and MSM ignored H.R. 45 (Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009). It sounds like a good thing on the surface until you take a look at the egregious invasion of privacy and near criminalization of gun owners (fingerprinting, federal government identification (why is this ok but a national id opposed by these nutters?), approval by the Attorney General of the United States, forced consent to allow AG or AG reps to look at medical records, forced tracking of law abiding citizens by requirement to inform the Federal government when you move, giving up 4th Amendment rights in order to be “licensed”, subverting the 10th Amendment, and so on).
  • White House proposing oversight of the 2010 U.S. Census instead of Commerce Department. Why the sudden need for White House supervision?
  • Reintroduction of “Fairness Doctrine”. Why at this time after so many years of its absence? Simple. Some elements of the Democratic Party desire to use the Fairness Doctrine as a way to silence criticism of their agenda and popular media figures. They have forgotten the FCC itself abolished the practice after coming to the conclusion that government intrusion restricted journalistic freedom and hindered public discussion of issues. Why would anyone want to reinstate a program that allows government interference into broadcasting as well as hinders journalistic freedom and public discussion? Would they next try to impose the Fairness Doctrine on the internet?
  • Card Check. If passed The end of secret voting on whether to unionize or not.

Of course there was somewhat good news in the passing of the stimulus bill. I still consider it a pork fest and believe it will do little to nothing to help the economy while punishing our grandchildren with ridiculous amounts of debt.

At the UN and World:

  • Apparently some twits at the corrupt United Nations want 0.7% of the stimulus bill. Of course these are the same twits that want 0.7% of the GNP. I say not until they show transparency, accountability, and eliminate uneeded positions, gifts, and graft.
  • Voting in Venezuela. Chavez hopes to dupe the citizenry there into allowing him to set himself up as President for Life. Hopefully, they’ll be smart enough to realize term limits were placed in their constitution to protect them and their democracy for neo-socialists like Chavez.

In Life:

  • Idiots claiming certain diseased don’t exist when in fact they do. Annoys me to no end. Morons.

2nd Amendment Ruling

Supreme Court Throws Out Handgun Ban – AOL News I know there will be some upset by the Supreme Court throwing out Distric of Columbia’s handgun ban, but I for one welcome it. I have no problem with reasonable gun control measure like background checks but I have always felt D.C.’s law went beyond the as an intrusive and egregious violation of the 2nd Amendment.

Of course the extreme liberals claim it’s going to make the country less safe, ignoring the obvious fact that the ban did little to assuage D.C.’s crime problems. But then it also ignores the fact that people, not inanimate objects need to be held responsible for their activities. It reminds me of a phrase I heard once: Laws take away personal responsibility. I wish I could remember where I heard it before, but I tend to think it’s true. People hide behind the law so they don’t have to take responsibility for their choices and actions by blaming other things: other people, their environment, their job, their lifestyle, etc., etc.

It was interesting to note that the decision was pretty much along conservative vs. liberal lines. In this case I’m glad the conservatives were on the court as the more extreme liberal members have apparently forgot the meaning of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights in this case. It’s not like the Supreme Court Justices have not forgotten the Constitution before. I recall recently their approval for State’s to use eminent domain to seize private property and then give it to private developers. Surprisingly, in a rare correct decision, President Bush then issued an executive order limiting such use of eminent domain by federal agencies. Several states have also restricted eminent domain practices to prevent private developers and companies from essentially stealing people’s property for the “public benefit”.

Anyway, back on topic. I’m quite pleased with the decision and hope it prompts more reasonable and responsible gun regulations instead of the laws often passed as knee jerk reactions to events or political expediency and/or agendas.

2nd Amendment Case

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Gun Control Case I’m glad the Supreme Court has decided to review this case as I’ve always thought the D.C. law was unconstitutional. I know a number of gun control advocates disagree with this position especially given D.C.’s high crime rate but I note that D.C.’s crime rate has been little impacted by the 30 year old law other than denying legal resident means by which to defend themselves and the fact that armed criminals don’t care about restriction in the first place.

Obviously, since I’m a hardline constructive constitutionalist, I unwaveringly support 2nd Amendment rights as I do with all aspects of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. I have no problem with some gun control practices like background checks but  cannot abide others like blanket bans such as the one in the District of Columbia. My hope is the Supreme Court will strike down the law and force D.C. to truly address the issues that drive their crime problems.

Az Bill Would Allow Guns on Campus

State Bill Would Allow Guns on Campus – AOL News While I am a die hard 2nd Amendment supporter and firearms owner I’m torn on this bill. I don’t like the idea of universities becoming armed but on the other hand I believe people should be able to defend themselves since you cannot count on the police or security to protect you all the time.

Of course, the gun control groups are practically frothing at the mouth at the idea of this bill possibly becoming a law, however unlikely while Napolitano as governor. She could allow it, because she is much more moderate than many Democrats on gun issues. We’ll have to see if it gets out of the State Legislature first.