"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority ... the Constitution was made to guard against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters." - Noah Webster

"There is no worse tyranny than forcing a man to pay for what he does not want just because you think it would be good for him."
-- Robert A. Heinlein

Friday, December 3, 2010

Brady Bunch Bufoonery

Rational people who actually go beyond stage one thinking, can easily spot leftist "Animal Farm" inanity that attempts to pass for reasoned discourse.  Below is a wonderful example of how the left makes a statement that they intend for the reader to take in and then come to the desired conclusion that agrees with their ideals and goals.  People who would go to the Brady Campaign's website with the idea in mind of supporting them is probably well disposed to do just that.

"In our brief opposing this lawsuit, we cite studies showing that young persons under the age of 21 often lack the same ability as adults to "govern impulsivity, judgment, planning for the future, and foresight of consequences." And people aged 18-20 fall within the age range of offenders with the highest rates of homicide and criminal gun possession."

In brief, the statist hoplophobes are horrified, horrified I tell you, that there is an 18 year-old out there who thinks it is only logical that if he is old enough to vote, and more to the point, can be trusted to serve in the military which would put in his hands all sorts of dangerous and lethal weapons, why shouldn't he be able to exercise the right to keep and bear arms?

The irony is just too delicious.  Here are the very people who love the idea of depriving all citizens, regardless of their age or excellent record of being a good citizen, of owning or bearing firearms, trying to convince other people that being under a certain age is an excellent indicator of one's lack of reason and judgement.  Yet the leftists and what we used to call "liberals" were the very people who fought to lower the voting age to 18 because if you can be drafted into the military, you should have the right to vote.

But doesn't this beg the question:  If people under the age of 21 demonstrate that they can't be trusted to make good decisions about controlling impulses, and the logic of cause and effect, how ridiculous is it to allow them the important responsibility of choosing representatives or weighing the merits of ballot initiatives, or God-forbid, serving on a jury?

If this age group has such a propensity to commit violent crimes and disregard existing laws on firearms, why should we allow them to vote?  Why do we not see press releases directly from the Brady Campaign or stories in the lamestream press about efforts to raise the age of enlistment in the military to 21?

Adding to the irony is the fact that in California, there are local governments that are trying to get the voting age lowered to 15.  Leftists are extremely fond of making fun of any kind of abstinence education for teenagers on the basis that they are going to do it anyway.  So I ask you, if you are over 30, is there anything more fraught with long ranging consequences than engaging in sexual activity, regardless of what age you are?

The reality here is that the people at Brady headquarters must think that their followers are stupid.  I find it hard to believe that the leaders themselves are that stupid.  They simply expect their myrmidons to focus only on the idea that anyone might have more freedom to possess an object of their fear and loathing, rather than think carefully about the full implications of what they are saying.  Sheeple are so easily led.

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