President Obama on Thursday sought to allay the fears of gun advocates by saying he’s not looking to ban handguns and would pursue controls that were “respectful of regional differences.”
This is, for America, a quantum leap leftward in political philosophy. Yet no one else seems to have noticed. Are you so burnt out by Obama’s pride and progressivism that you don’t see him assuming a fundamental question? Let me remind you of who actually respects regional differences: residents of different regions.
In America there’s even a word for it; we call those places “states”.
Obama is “respectful” of regions but utterly dismisses their right to self-determination. That’s ssuming “respectful” means “how much can I pry out of bitter clingers’ sweaty hands without an actual rebellion?” Obviously a malevolent would-be American tyrant must pretend that there’s no 10th Amendment… but how does he make the rest of you do it?
Recall a recent leftist mantra: “States’ rights” is code for racism and slavery. I know you’ve seen it. I also bet you haven’t heard it in a few years. You know why? Because it worked. “None of your damn business!” is now a taboo argument. The Left slurred, slandered, and shamed its champions into silence. And the Republican Party outdid itself in cowardice. Along with its inevitable surrender, the GOP establishment joined Democrats in maligning the Tea Parties. (In their defense, Beltway Republicans do hate limited government, just like Obama.)
With “states’ rights” verboten, progressives have moved on to dismiss the very idea of “states”. Nothing is more respectful of regional differences than Constitutional federalism; it permits gulfs as vast as that between Amish churches and San Francisco bathhouses. But it’s also utterly intolerable to Barack and his fellow travelers because it happens beyond Leviathan’s reach. They are fanatical monotheists and political jihadists. There can be no independent states; there is but one State, and Marx is its prophet.
And you concede the legitimacy of their god every time you don’t ram their lies right back down their throats.
So, Mr. President, the claim du jour is that the only limit on your power is “respect”? In that case, Barry…with all due respect…you are a spoiled sniveling cowardly moron of a dictator and I am a freedom-loving American. So of course you can take control of my life, as long as we settle this “the Old Navy Way” first.
What’s the Old Navy Way? So glad you asked.