Friday, October 31, 2008

Obama – “Words Matter” or “Talk is Cheap”?

The Washington Times has a great editorial entitled “Obama and guns – Words matter and the record doesn’t match” by Chris Cox. Obama has reiterated time and again that “words matter”, yet when it comes to his position on the Second Amendment, “talk is cheap.” Obama’s record does not match his currently stated position on the Second Amendment, which leads me to conclude that this is an election year ploy to sucker those not willing to look into his record.

Some solid examples from the editorial (some of which have appeared in previous entries in this blog):

"One of Mr. Obama's first statements on the issue really said it all. During his first run for the Illinois Senate in 1996, Mr. Obama said on a candidate questionnaire that he supported legislation to "ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns." When challenged about the questionnaire earlier this year, Mr. Obama blamed others, saying his campaign staff had filled out the questionnaire incorrectly. (Unfortunately for that story, a version of the questionnaire later appeared bearing Mr. Obama's own handwriting.)"

So not only in 1996 did Obama allegedly say that he supported legislation banning manufacture, sale, and possession of handguns, he lied about it, was caught in that lie, yet still proclaims support for the Second Amendment? Apparently dishonesty knows no bounds for Obama.

Obama's record on concealed carry is no better:

"In 2004, he said he was "consistently on record and will continue to be on record as opposing concealed carry," and that he'd back "federal legislation that would ban citizens from carrying weapons, except for law enforcement."

Well, so much for the "bear" part of "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Again, Obama shows that he is overtly hostile to the Second Amendment, but wants his supporters not only to believe that he’s a proponent or the Second Amendment, but them to "get in the faces" of people who say otherwise. Again, dishonesty knows no bound for Obama.

Obama also represents a direct threat to hunting:

" 2005, he voted for a ban on all but the smallest rifle ammunition used for hunting (or for anything else). If the measure had passed, it would have classified most rifle ammunition beyond the low-powered .22 caliber as "armor piercing ammunition," prohibited for civilian manufacture by federal law. The ammunition ban was hardly Mr. Obama's first act against hunters, either. In 1999, Mr. Obama proposed increasing firearm and ammunition excise taxes by 500 percent. Right now, a rifle that a manufacturer sells for $500 carries an excise tax of $55. Under Mr. Obama's proposal, that amount would rocket to $330. This would turn a tax willingly paid by sportsmen, which funds many of our wildlife conservation programs, into a tool to punish gun buyers."

So much for his support of "hunters and sportsmen," yet many people still seem to be soaking in the lies. When the NRA ran television spots detailing the issue above, the Obama campaign threatened the FCC licenses of the stations that ran them (see earlier blog entry). So not only is Obama lying about his position on firearms and on hunting, he is willing to use Gestapo tactics to prevent people from hearing the truth.

Obama has also supported foundations with a virtually stated goal to abolish the Second Amendment:

"As if voting for anti-gun plans wasn't bad enough, Mr. Obama also helped pay for them. He was a board member from 1994 to 2001 of the anti-gun Joyce Foundation, which is the largest source of funding for radical anti-gun groups in the country. On Mr. Obama's watch, Joyce donated $18.6 million to approximately 80 anti-gun efforts, including $1.5 million to the Violence Policy Center, the nation's most aggressive gun-prohibitionist group. Many of the Joyce Foundation's projects were aimed at editing the Second Amendment out of the Constitution."

Even with these facts in evidence, Obama has the hubris to state he supports the Second Amendment.

Perhaps even more terrifying is what Obama could do to the Supreme Court. In what should have been an easy 9-0 decision based on Framers Intent and the tenor of the Constitution, the Heller case was a squeaker at 5-4. So what sort of justices would Obama nominate???

"Mr. Obama has said he would not have nominated Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. It was Justice Scalia who wrote the majority opinion in D.C. v. Heller, which declared that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to keep and bear arms, and that D.C.'s handgun ban is unconstitutional. Justice Thomas joined in that opinion. As a member of the U.S. Senate, Mr. Obama also voted against confirming Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, both of whom joined Justice Scalia's majority opinion in Heller. That means four of the five pro-freedom votes on the Supreme Court would not have been there under an Obama presidency."

Yet again Obama's "words" don’t match his actions. In a campaign where he proclaims that "words matter", it’s clearly because he doesn’t want people taking a close look at his record. Obama represents a clear and present danger to the Second Amendment, and by extension to the rest of our liberties as well. He is a leftist radical who, like Mao, recognizes that political power flows from the barrel of a gun, and therefore, also like Mao, wants to control all of the guns.

On election day, vote like your freedom is at stake... because it is!

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