“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!” ~Barry Goldwater
By Alden L. Benton
The Looney Tunes in the Washington state Senate have taken idiocy and insanity to a new level. According to a column in Sunday’s Seattle Times, language in a proposed gun-control bill REQUIRES an annual search of the home of a person who legally owns a banned gun.
This is bad enough, but the column continues, stating that the bill’s two sponsors never read the bill and were not aware of the Orwellian nightmare the bill would create.
I guess the sponsors of this bill subscribe to the Pelosi theory of governance: pass a bill so we all can see what’s in it.
The bill, SB5737, contained the following text when it was introduced on February 13, 2013:
“In order to continue to possess an assault weapon that was legally possessed on the effective date of this section, the person possessing shall … safely and securely store the assault weapon. The sheriff of the county may, no more than once per year, conduct an inspection to ensure compliance with this subsection.”
I think the authors and sponsors of this bill are vying to see who can shred the most Constitutional rights with one piece of legislation.
Miraculously, the online version of the bill does not contain the offending section. The sanitized bill is labeled “Corrected Copy.” How convenient.
As I have written before, proponents of this type of legislation only seek one thing — power and control.
There is no evidence this type of law serves the stated purpose of quelling gun-related violence. In fact, there is myriad evidence to the contrary. In addition, the proponents of this type of law choose not to see the implications for individual and civil liberty. Yet, they do the same things over and over again — different problem, same tired answers.
Albert Einstein once said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.” Unfortunately, this is the first rule of the progressive-statist Democrat (PSD) complex in government.
No matter what the problem, real or imagined, the PSD response is always the same: spend more money, make more regulations, raise taxes, and shred the Constitution.
The result is always the same — more government, less freedom, and no solution to the original problem. As former Senator Barry Goldwater observed, “A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have.”
Einstein called it insanity; I call it the PSD Syndrome.
PSD Syndrome is nothing new. It began with the progressive movement at the beginning of the 20th century.
Many of the basic ideas put forth by the PSD complex are well intentioned, but suffer from the same faulty premise that the government should be the one “fixing” any given problem. Connect that basic assumption with the basic PSD syndrome fix, and you have a Constitutional and fiscal disaster of Biblical proportions.
In the best of all possible worlds, at least the world the Founders envisioned, the insanity of the PSD syndrome could be countered with logic, reason, and an adherence to the principles of the founding documents — The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.
However, as the PSD complex grows bolder, and empowered, through 100 years of proselytizing, obfuscation, and lying that culminated in the election of B. Hussein Obama and his cadre of cronies, crooks, and communists, the ground rules for discussion have changed.
The new ground rules are not based on principles or on any consideration of what will actually solve an issue, let alone any thought as to the immediate and long-term effects of the so-called “solution.” Rather, the basis for discussion is now what can I give my supporters that will get me re-elected. The arguments for and against any measure are clouded with lies, personal attacks, and misinformation.
Reasoned discourse has given way to divide and conquer and civility has gone the way of the dinosaurs.
We must find a way to stop the insanity in the legislative process before it overwhelms our liberties and destroys our nation.
“Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed. Their mistaken course stems from false notions of equality, ladies and gentlemen. Equality, rightly understood, as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences. Wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism. Fellow Republicans, it is the cause of Republicanism to resist concentrations of power, private or public, which enforce such conformity and inflict such despotism. It is the cause of Republicanism to ensure that power remains in the hands of the people.”
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