The Toll of Liberty

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it

Trump and The Second Amendment

Trump’s defense of the Second Amendment is full-throated on his website. He states, specifically, support for no bans on firearm types or magazine capacities, and proffers a national reciprocity for concealed carry permits. It’s as strong a position as any I’ve seen.

However, in 2000 while considering a run for President, Trump said this:

The Republicans walk the NRA line and refuse even limited restrictions,” he wrote in his book The America We Deserve. “I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I also support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun.

Trump has also donated to numerous Democrat politicians whose platforms include severe gun control. You can rationalize why he did that but can’t escape that he did do it.

So, as with most things Trump, you’ll have to decide whether his new Second Amendment position is real or opportunistic. There’s very little in the record aside from a decidedly anti-Second Amendment statement in his book.

At the very least, he should be asked the following questions, in public, and not be allowed to equivocate on the answers:

  • Do you believe in, and will you only nominate Supreme Court Justices who hold, the original intent view of the Constitution, especially in regards to the Second Amendment?
  • Will you veto any bill that restricts the types of firearms (specifically “assault weapons”) or magazine capacities that an individual may possess and carry?
  • Will you advocate for and sign a bill that establishes national reciprocity for concealed carry license holders, including in Washington, D.C.?
  • Will you veto any bill that seeks to extend background check time allowances or criteria?
  • Will you veto any bill that seeks to restrict, in any manner, including background checks, the private transfer of firearms or ammunition?
  • Will you veto any bill that seeks to restrict or tax ammunition?
  • Will you veto any bill that seeks to make firearm or ammunition manufacturers criminally responsible or civilly liable for the acts of their customers?
  • Why, with specificity, have you evolved from your position in 2000 to your position today? What do you believe today that you did not believe fifteen years ago?

Until he is asked and answers, unequivocally, the above questions I’m left with what he said in 2000 and what he said 2016. Both statements are favorable, opportunistic, to the times in which they were made. That makes me uneasy.

And the Gun Owners of America, “The only no-compromise gun lobby in Washington” according to Ron Paul, and whom Mother Jones laments as one of “7 Gun Groups That Make The NRA Look Reasonable”, has endorsed Ted Cruz, not Trump. They sound uneasy, too.

 

MoralNorth

February 21, 2016

 

 

 

Obama and Executive Power, Germany 1933

The government will make use of these powers only insofar as they are essential for carrying out vitally necessary measures. Neither the existence of the Reichstag nor that of the Reichsrat is menaced. The position and rights of the President remain unaltered… The separate existence of the federal states will not be done away with. The rights of the churches will not be diminished and their relationship to the State will not be modified. The number of cases in which an internal necessity exists for having recourse to such a law is in itself a limited one.

– Adolf Hitler to the Reichstag, urging passage of the Enabling Act, March 23, 1933

America does not stand still – and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.

– Barack Obama, January 28, 2014

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Obama and Class Warfare: Germany 1920

This isn’t about class warfare. This is about the nation’s welfare. It’s about making choices that benefit not just the people who’ve done fantastically well over the last few decades, but that benefits the middle class, and those fighting to get into the middle class, and the economy as a whole.

For the first time in history, the reforms that we passed put in place a consumer watchdog who is charged with protecting everyday Americans from being taken advantage of by mortgage lenders or payday lenders or debt collectors.

It will require those of us in public service to make government more efficient and more effective, more consumer-friendly, more responsive to people’s needs…And it will require American business leaders to understand that their obligations don’t just end with their shareholders

That’s how America was built. That’s why we’re the greatest nation on Earth. That’s what our greatest companies understand. Our success has never just been about survival of the fittest. It’s about building a nation where we’re all better off.

– Barack Obama, DEC 6, 2011, Osawatomie, Kansas. Click here for the full transcript

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Obama and Religious Freedom: Germany 1941

What our pluralistic democracy does demand is that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values.

– Barack Obama, in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, 2004

We demand the freedom of all religious denominations in the State insofar as they do not endanger its existence or violate the ethical and moral feelings of the Germanic race. The Party as such takes its stand on a positive Christianity but does not tie itself in the matter of confession to any particular denomination. It fights the spirit of Jewish materialism inside and outside ourselves and it is convinced that a lasting recovery of our nation can only come from within and on the basis of the principle that the common good comes before the selfish good.

– Article 20 of the program of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party

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