Another compromise position, I guess. We won’t move as far left as the Democrats would like, we’ll just move a little to the left, for the 795th time. This is a bad habit of which they must be broken. They keep doing it because there are no adverse consequences. The only consequences are the grudging praise of the Leftist Propaganda Machine.
Given that the UN is an organization which over the course of the last several decades has become increasingly inimical to the principles on which the US was founded it is no surprise that they should be taking aim at the Second Amendment. Yesterday they voted overwhelmingly on the Arms Trafficking Treaty to which the Obama administration and the Left has shown itself favorably inclined. My prediction is that they are going to sign it and put it up for ratification ASAP, if not sooner.
Losses… (How much time do you have? This could take awhile.)
Here is the short version of Losses right off the top:
* the U.N. “cannot be trusted” with the United States’ Bill of Rights
* The Treaty includes “foreign governments that have shown hostility to the kinds of constitutional liberties guaranteed to Americans.”
* All Americans are harmed when unaccountable international bodies like the UN are empowered to interfere with our protected freedoms.
* The treaty could draw law-abiding gun owners and gun operators “into a complex web of bureaucratic red tape created by a new department at the UN devoted to overseeing the treaty.
* Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott says the draft treaty is not written using the precise, unambiguous language required of a good legal document. Instead, Abbott says the treaty employs “sweeping rhetoric and imprecise terminology that could be used by those who seek to undermine our liberties to impose any number of restrictions on the right of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms.”
This treaty like all the UN treaties, will in no way enhance the American National Interest, but on the contrary diminish it while enhancing that of the enemies of liberty that surround us. As far as I can see the only reason to even be in the UN is keep our friends close and our enemies closer. Would that those enemies did not have so many ideological allies within the body politic and the ruling elites.
Although speaking to the Maryland legislature which is considering passing gun control laws, this young lady’s words should (but probably won’t be) taken seriously by legislators at all levels of government.
Over at The Belmont Club Richard Fernandez has an excellent article on the perishability of conventional wisdom. Conventional wisdom is what everybody knows to be true because everybody believes it and that many people can’t be wrong. He does not use the term, but essentially it is the phenomenon of social proof. Every advertising and marketing professional worth his salt understands and uses this mechanism (For an excellent treatment of the subject read Influence by Robert Cialdini). The Left has used this among other ways to shape the mind space of America and the West for generations. The nature of the beast is that the more people believe it the more people tend to believe it, a self reinforcing feedback loop.
This is not an evil phenomenon in itself, it is simply a mechanism built into the human psyche. The Founders understood this and used this as one of the means at their disposal to form a people steeped in the ideas of individual liberty and the virtues that enable a society to exemplify those ideals in the life of the nation. The fact is that groups of people have foisted an alien ideology on Americans which is inimical to those values propounded by the Founders to such an extent that those foreign values have become normative for vast swaths of the population.
Guiding principles can be good or bad or somewhere in between. Critical thinking, never really a strong point of the mass of Homo Sapiens (ironic that sapiens means ‘wise.’), is not only generally absent from public discourse but is shouted down when it rears its perspicacious head. Just as the proof of the pudding is in the tasting, so the truth value of guiding principles is in the success or failure of their implementation. Bad ideas have bad consequences which when taken to their logical conclusion (as they always are) have catastrophic consequences, just ask the exiles of the Babylonian Captivity or the former inmates of the USSR. In the US today the failures of the Left have not been felt strongly enough to have been seen to fail catastrophically. Detroit would be an indicator of such a failure, but it is too localized to serve as a general warning to those in the thrall of Progressive conventional wisdom.
So what’s a conservative to do? Exercise the prophetic voice (egad, how Biblical!). In Biblical times the prophet was God’s spokesman who spoke to His people what was on His mind. I suggest that in to day’s world the prophetic voice speaks truth to people about what’s going on. A prophet isn’t a predictor of the future save in a very limited sense. The classical prophetic utterance consisted of four parts: denounce apostasy and sin; threaten punishment in consequence; call to faithfulness and virtue; promise of consequent blessings. I need hardly mention the fact that the lives of the prophets never lived comfortable lives nor did the prophetic gift rest easily on them.
It may be that the collapse the insane principles of the Left are moving us towards may yet be avoided, or it may not. If it is avoided it will be through the sounding of the prophetic voice by Americans faithful to the Founding vision. If not, those who emerge from the rubble will be shattered men in search of leadership. At this point a strong, tyrannical leader who gets things done will be the preferred choice of most people, unless the prophetic voice, once so annoying, can still be heard calling for a return to true principles and true hope.
Those who know anything about Islamic expansionism will be aware that the Saudi Arabian based Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) holds the largest block vote within the UN, and that they are working hard (and spending a lot of money) trying to stop any criticism of Islam in the West.
The OIC, in accordance with sharia law, deems all criticism of Islam to be invalid. It does not matter if it is true or untrue; the mere fact that it is critical is simply not allowed. Period. The buzzword they have come up with to negate our defence against their extremist ideology is ‘Islamophobia’ which of course means an irrational fear of Islam.
This is very clever. By utilising the word Islamophobia they manage to pigeonhole any critics of Islam as being of questionable mental equilibrium – which may not be true initially, but may well be the case after a few years, simply because trying to make sense of this madness must surely drive us slowly insane.
One of the things I have noticed over the years is that Left always gives itself away, revealing its own hidden motivations and agenda by projecting them onto others. If find it totally unsurprising that the Left’s unspoken totalitarian aspirations should embrace the most totalitarian religion on the planet. No one would dare say, though, that the people who are pushing this islamophobia meme are themselves suffering from either Christianophobia or Christophobia. Well, OK, I would.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a member of the Democratic Party’s leadership in the House of Representatives, suggested to Jason Mattera at a Feb. 13 women’s rights rally that plans for an assault weapons ban and private-sales background checks were only the beginning of a broader gun control agenda extending to handguns as well.