It is with a sad heart I watch people that I know who refer to themselves as: republicans, conservatives, constitutionalists, patriots, and Christians; plunge over the precipice to embrace what they purport to abhor. It is a major contradiction that cannot be ignored, that is, if you believe in such a thing as objective truth.
As no man can serve two masters, no man can pursue two contrary interests . . . ~Algernon Sidney, Discourses Concerning Government (1698)
Donald Trump would have us believe that he is pro-second amendment. Unfortunately his Republican supporters, who should know better, eagerly devour and regurgitate without question the insipid food he lays out before them. The particular feast in question is Donald J. Trump’s official paper. These Republicans proclaim it should clear the air of any ambiguity his detractors may have. Well let us see if that holds true or not.
Trump starts off by declaring: The Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear. The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed upon. Period. Well if it is “Period“, then why did Donald Trump ever want to impose a gun ban on certain firearms in the first place?
Later in his paper, Trump states: Opponents of gun rights try to come up with scary sounding phrases like “assault weapons”, “military-style weapons” and “high capacity magazines” to confuse people. If anyone should know it would be Donald Trump since he falls under his own definition of an “opponent of gun rights”.
Democrats want to confiscate all guns, which is a dumb idea because only the law-abiding citizens would turn in their guns and the bad guys would be the only ones left armed. The Republicans walk the NRA line and refuse even limited restrictions. I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I also support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun. With today’s Internet technology we should be able to tell within seventy-two hours if a potential gun owner has a record. ~Donald J. Trump, The America We Deserve (2000)
Going back to Donald’s official paper, he makes it known he is still for waiting periods while the federal government conducts background checks. Doesn’t that potentially put people’s lives at risk to wait for the government’s approval to ably defend one’s self? It contradicts Donald’s own assertion of the Second Amendment being about plain and simple self-defense. And where does the Constitution even permit the government to do such a thing?
So apparently “Period” doesn’t mean period in Donald’s postmodern dictionary and the federal government may infringe on our unalienable rights after all.
No matter what venue Donald attempts to communicate in, he consistently contradicts what he would like us to believe is his core principles. Yet his supporters have a remarkable capacity for dismissing facts or never even hearing about them.
Another serious red-flag to be found in Trump’s official musings:
We need to get serious about prosecuting violent criminals. The Obama administration’s record on that is abysmal. Violent crime in cities like Baltimore, Chicago and many others is out of control. Drug dealers and gang members are given a slap on the wrist and turned loose on the street. This needs to stop.
Perhaps Donald J. Trump should be running for mayor of one of those cities instead of President then. Where in the Constitution does it authorize the federal government to usurp a State’s sovereignty for violent crimes and drugs? Those are State crimes, not federal crimes. Obviously the Donald is not for State’s rights at all, but for a centralized despotic federal government. To which there is plenty of more evidence to support that accusation if need be.
One final thought concerning Donald’s official position on the 2nd Amendment, to which he literally uses to trample over the 10th. Why is the Donald talking about the federal government fixing the mental healthcare system? Again, where in the Constitution does it authorize the federal government to make any laws concerning the mental or physical health of the States?
With Donald J. Trump not being grounded in natural law, he continues to muddy not only his own water, but also that of the supreme law of the land. Trump’s consistent inconsistencies shows his thinking to be dangerously unstable and unsound, which renders him unfit to be trusted with the liberties and laws of this land.
One must wonder, are Trump’s Republican supporters really republican? or are they just extremely lousy at discernment and applying principles?
One thing is for certain, they are rash and reckless in their pursuit of vengeance on the Republican Establishment they helped elect. Funny how nationalists always need scapegoats to persecute.
The generation which commences a revolution rarely complete it. Habituated from their infancy to passive submission of body and mind to their kings and priests, they are not qualified when called on to think and provide for themselves; and their inexperience, their ignorance and bigotry make them instruments often in the hands of the Bonapartes and Iturbides to defeat their own rights and purposes. ~Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams (1823)
On the other hand, it will be equally forgotten that the vigor of government is essential to the security of liberty; that, in the contemplation of a sound and well-informed judgment, their interest can never be separated; and that a dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people than under the forbidden appearance of zeal for the firmness and efficiency of government. History will teach us that the former has been found a much more certain road to the introduction of despotism than the latter, and that of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants. ~Alexander Hamilton, Federalist #1 (October 27, 1787)
Update June 16, 2016
New information has been collected to paint a more graphic picture of the methods the elitist factions are using to subvert our natural rights.
‘The Law To Fix Mental Health Care Blasted As Anti Liberty’ is concerning H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act.
Once given a psychiatric label, it is possible to lose all your rights and freedoms. You can be involuntarily hospitalized and given psychotropic drugs or ECT against your will.
Or lose your right to keep and bear arms in defense of your life, liberty, and property. Is it a coincidence to find Donald Trump advocating to “Fix Our Broken Mental Health System” in his official paper on the 2nd Amendment where he tries convincing everyone that he now supports the 2nd Amendment indubitably?
Let’s be clear about this. Our mental health system is broken. It needs to be fixed. Too many politicians have ignored this problem for too long. ~Donald J. Trump on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
‘Final Rules Disclosed For How Social Security Admin Plans To Disarm Beneficiaries’ is about implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007. Which was discovered by the National Rifle Association. So why has the NRA endorsed Donald Trump?
The NRA believes that terrorists should not be allowed to purchase or possess firearms, period. Anyone on a terror watchlist who tries to buy a gun should be thoroughly investigated by the FBI and the sale delayed while the investigation is ongoing. ~NRA Statement on Terror Watchlists (June 15, 2016)
So if the government wants to violate someone’s or some group’s rights without due process, all they have to do is put them on the Terror Watchlist and the NRA is okay with it. But what I would like to know is, why are these “terrorists” being allowed to walk freely instead of being convicted in a court of law?
Funny how the solution is always to infringe on our fundamental rights.
As regular readers of my commentaries know, from time to time I have written about the National Rifle Association’s curious misreading of the Second Amendment—to wit, that the Amendment’s first thirteen words (“[a] well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State”) have no significance with respect to the interpretation and application of the Amendment’s last fourteen words (“the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”). According to the NRA, the Second Amendment secures “the individual right to keep and bear arms”, to which “[a] well regulated Militia” is irrelevant.
Let’s recap. Donald J Trump
- is for unconstitutional waiting periods and background checks (NICS);
- wants an unconstitutional mental health system where the government can remove our rights without due process;
- and is dancing around the idea of removing the rights of Americans if the government puts them on the Terror Watchlist.
So when Hillary welcomes Trump as an ally in gun-control measures, for once I believe her. Also, I am forced to assume the NRA revealed the above information to establish credibility with the pro-2nd Amendment population. As Marcus Cicero aptly phrased it:
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.