President Obama has grown frighteningly bold in his last term. The senator who once promised reform, governmental transparency and a government more-representative of the people is long gone; the executive Americans are left with today more-closely resembles Fidel Castro than the President Obama Senator Obama promised in 2008.
To be clear, even his fellow Democrats are not immune from his bullying. Though the president is obliged to act as the executor of legislative actions, the president is a one-man government and freely issues illegitimate laws and refines federal rules and regulations to serve as laws.
When discussing his latest executive tyranny, orders mandating an expansion of background checks for firearm purchases, Obama lobbed a threat to his fellow Democrats: join me, or I’ll destroy you.
In a New York Times op-ed, Obama calls gun control “our shared responsibility” and, in a manner that appears more-aimed at convincing himself than others, he parrots the same canned lines concerning gun violence and assures readers of his “legal authority” to conjure laws from the Oval Office.
Then, Obama turned to his fellow Democrats in a move designed to make his anti-Second Amendment agenda appear non-partisan:
Even as I continue to take every action possible as president, I will also take every action I can as a citizen. I will not campaign for, vote for or support any candidate, even in my own party, who does not support common-sense gun reform. And if the 90 percent of Americans who do support common-sense gun reforms join me, we will elect the leadership we deserve.
Obama’s tough talk for members of his own party is laughable as “Blue Dog” Democrats have been all-but purged from the liberal ranks. The modern Democrat Party has been radicalized and would be somewhat unrecognizable to the majority of Democrat politicians of 20, 30 years ago. Obama threatening fellow Democrats on this issue is like insisting that all conservatives be against tax raises on the middle class; they’re already there and barking a threat to appear tough has the opposite effect.
Obama then turned his self-righteous rage towards gun manufacturers, the evil ne’er-do-wells that dare to make profits while maintaining that they should not be held liable for criminal misuse of their products.
The gun industry also needs to do its part. And that starts with manufacturers.
As Americans, we hold consumer goods to high standards to keep our families and communities safe. Cars have to meet safety and emissions requirements. Food has to be clean and safe. We will not end the cycle of gun violence until we demand that the gun industry take simple actions to make its products safer as well. If a child can’t open a bottle of aspirin, we should also make sure she can’t pull the trigger of a gun.
Yet today, the gun industry is almost entirely unaccountable. Thanks to the gun lobby’s decades of efforts, Congress has blocked our consumer products safety experts from being able to require that firearms have even the most basic safety measures. They’ve made it harder for the government’s public health experts to conduct research on gun violence. They’ve guaranteed that manufacturers enjoy virtual immunity from lawsuits, which means that they can sell lethal products and rarely face consequences. As parents, we wouldn’t put up with this if we were talking about faulty car seats. Why should we tolerate it for products — guns — that kill so many children each year?
At a time when manufacturers are enjoying soaring profits, they should invest in research to make guns smarter and safer, like developing microstamping for ammunition, which can help trace bullets found at crime scenes to specific guns. And like all industries, gun manufacturers owe it to their customers to be better corporate citizens by selling weapons only to responsible actors.
It’s quite remarkable and very rare to see someone who one can declare is wrong on every single level of this issue. With even the most-liberal of issues, a staunch conservative can see a shred of validity at times. Instead, I can think of few things so damaging to the American people and the prospect of the very continuation of our nation as a free nation as the rampant crusade against the Second Amendment and those who respect it.
While it may be politically profitable to invoke “do it for the children!” at every junction in this debate, it’s not about the children and Obama knows this. Guns don’t kill children; bad people do or, in the case of in-home shootings, negligent handling of firearms do.
If a child drowns in a swimming pool, it would be odd if someone declared that “the swimming pool killed her,” would it not? Yet, for some reason, when an in-the-home accident involves a gun, we blame the instrument that caused the devastation. That is not an accident; it is by design and it is the result of misleading and oft-repeated rhetoric like this.
To statists like Barack Obama, there is no solution that is not a government solution. Better parenting, a stronger emphasis on furthering moral absolutes in society and more emphasis on fostering community cohesion would all be steps we can take to help limit murderous rage. But for Barack Obama, the solutions can only be a governmental clamp-down on manufacturers and unilateral and extra-legal executive orders to undermine our Second Amendment rights.
His rhetoric would be funny if the effects of it were not so shockingly dire and threatening to our fundamental premise of liberty upon which our nation was founded.
His threats may have been aimed at Democrats, but make no mistake: there is nothing so dangerous as a zealot in command, untethered by any governmental checks upon his assumed power.