Sunday, October 07, 2007

What Planet Are These People From?

More idiocy from the aforementioned Ladd Everitt of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Ownership:

"If we love to say that we’re the freest country, then why [do]… our elected representatives… talk about getting government out of people’s lives? If you’re so proud of democracy then acknowledge that government had some role in that."
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over? I believe it was Ronald Reagan who said, "that government which governs best, governs least." The only roles the government has in a nation of free people is to "establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to (the people) and (their) Posterity." And I for one will acknowledge those roles, but beyond that the only legitimate role the government has is to stay the hell out of the way. Personally, I think that the more the government meddles in people's lives, the more it undermines the role of insuring the domestic tranquility. And that's why elected officials talk about getting government out of people's lives, and furthermore, it's also why those who act on that talk are held in such high esteem by freedom-loving people.
And there was something I don't think I addressed before, namely Everitt's being so aghast at the prospect of the overthrow of "our democratically elected government." I just have to ask myself, have he and his acolytes even read any of the documents this country was founded on? Specifically the Declaration of Independence? I mean, the men who wrote that document freely and openly acknowledged in said document that such action was THE RIGHT AND DUTY OF A FREE PEOPLE. Don't take my word for it. Read it for yourself, if of course you haven't already:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
We hold that document in such high esteem that we have been celebrating its creation -- and the actions those men and many more took to back it up -- for the last 200-plus years. And this is but one more reason I can't ascribe the motives of Everitt and his minions to ignorance any longer. One more time, folks, these people are evil to the core. Somehow I think they speak so frankly because they're frustrated at the lack of progress of their insidious agenda, and I don't think it's too late yet to keep working within the system of government we have set up -- but even so, I said it at 45superman's place yesterday and I'll say it here:
The more I hear talk such as that coming from Everitt and people like him, the more I agree with a quote posted on David Codrea's blog by Mike Vanderboegh that led into one of his essays:
"Hell, let's just start shooting the bastards. Let's get this crap over with while I'm still young enough to march in the victory parade down Pennsylvania Avenue."