08 September 2008


OK, isn't tyranny where people who are not local enact unpopular laws upon people without a vote? Isn't tyranny where people are spied upon for their political views? Isn't tyranny where people talk about Freedom, yet advocate policies which eliminate freedom?

Funny, but I am thinking about a group that runs around saying it protects America's First Freedom, yet works to overturn locally enacted laws enacted by locally elected officials. In particular, those of Washington, DC.

As I like to point out, Washington, DC's gun laws were popular among the people who enacted them: the citizens of Washington, DC.

But they sure pissed off people who didn't live there!

Now, it seems that the NRA wants to tell the US legislature how to draft Washington, DC's gun laws.

Funny, but the "Patriots" (or "traitors" in my opinion) during the War for American independence were protesting just that kind of action. Legislators from far away creating legislation for a populace without a vote. The United States would be much better off taking its legislation from Britain if that is the way it wishes to act.

I won't get into the spying aspect, but I will reiterate something I like to quote, Ambrose Bierce's Devil's Dictionary:

One to whom the interests of a part seem superior to those of the whole. The dupe of statesmen and the tool of conquerors.
Combustible rubbish read to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name.

In Dr. Johnson's famous dictionary patriotism is defined as the last resort of a scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer I beg to submit that it is the first.