Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Friday, April 02, 2004

Mutual Admiration Society

As of this writing, the Geek with a .45 has been the only commenter on "Game Over." I commented on his blog that I was also somewhat inspired by a piece he'd written a while back, and that I would appreciate it if he'd send me the link to it. Well he did, in an email that I won't repeat here. My response to him, though I will:

That essay really stirred things in me that had been lying dormant. I felt the urge to write something, but I knew it would be REALLY long and it would be a massive amount of work to put together. Then Francis Porretto at that same time started his eight-part series "Tyranny and its Fringes," which wasn't what I was really looking for, but was rich fodder.

I, too, have been looking to the Judicial Branch to bail us out of the mess we're in, but the more case law I read the more disillusioned I am, as Randy Barnett was. The Scalia quote is what tore it for me.

My position on gun laws was "this far and no further until the 2nd Amendment is legally recognized as an individual right, and incorporated under the 14th Amendment's 'privileges and immunities' and 'equal protection' clauses."

Well, I understand now that Hell will probably freeze over before that happens. The NRA believes that through a slow, steady, incrementalist approach they can achieve this. The Silviera group thought that the NRA was chicken a full-court press would force the Supreme Court's hand. The NRA thought that the Silveira group was dangerous. It's apparent to me that they're both tilting at windmills. They want to overturn a century of precedent. It ain't gonna happen. The honest judges are constrained by bad precedent (see Kozinski) and the less honest are more than happy with the law as it stands. AND THAT'S NOT GOING TO CHANGE.

Damn, now I have to blog this....

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