So, on the topic of the president’s added gun control measures … I have only one issue that comes to mind and to me, as a Constitutional Conservative, it is a dangerous path we are heading down. This action has less to do with protecting Americans and more about imposing preferences. Bottom line: He wants to tighten restrictions on gun sales. (OK, fine, I get that.)
But, when you decide to supplement (or add to, further define, etc.) the language of an Amendment to the Constitution by executive action, does that mean that other Amendments can be augmented as well? For example:
How about we prevent people from attending a church of their choice by firming up the language in the First Amendment so it defines exactly which church they can go to?
Or, let’s say that the Fourth Amendment is a little too weak and we should allow for searches and seizures without a warrant … just because someone may be a little unstable and even more so if they have been accused of a crime in the past?
Or, perhaps, we should make giving testimony against oneself compulsory, and disregard the Fifth Amendment? This would certainly make trials a whole lot speedier.
Or my favorite, let’s automatically set everyone’s bail (for any crime) to $12 million just to ensure that no “alleged bad people” are free, and thus this will help strengthen the Eighth Amendment?
We are on a dangerous and slippery trend friends … and this particular slope invites tyranny to become the norm. And for those who just don’t think it can happen here, I ask, “Why not?” America (you and I) just allowed it to happen to the Second Amendment. So, what’s next?
I’ve waited several days to post anything on this just because I cannot believe what was said … so in all fairness I wanted to give these folks the benefit of the doubt and perhaps even, time to retract. It hasn’t happened … so they’ve earned this rant:
I’ve been working professionally in the Information Technology field for 24 years, both within the federal government and in the civilian sector. I’ve earned three degrees in this field to include a Masters degree and was even accepted into a doctoral program (for which I delayed pursuing for personal reasons). I would put my experience and knowledge in this field against ANYONE who actually stands by this nonsense as factual and would summarily, destroy their reasoning.
With that said, for the federal government to REMOTELY think that their excuse of “… a computer crash has caused all of Lois Lerner’s e-mails between 2009 and 2011 to be lost” is not only hysterical … but it IS the most insulting response I’ve heard from the administration to date. (My gosh, their lunacy really knows NO bounds, does it?) FACT: E-Mails, even when deleted from your computer, are NEVER “gone” and unrecoverable. Everything you’ve ever sent resides on a server, somewhere — I guarantee it. If a copy is not on the server that SENT the e-mail … it IS on the server that RECEIVED the e-mail. And please, let’s talk about back-up procedures, shall we? If there is one thing the federal government does, it is BACKUP everything, MULTIPLE times, and in multiple locations.
So, from TJ Conwell to the president and his administration an the IRS employees who stand by yet another attempt to cover their posteriors … I say (and feel free to quote me), “Shame on you. Your credibility is as worthless as the paper your speeches are printed on. Get over yourselves and stop thinking all Americans are stupid … we aren’t.” (Rant over.)