That’s Just Sad

“There were some on my side who did not want to be seen helping the president do something he wanted to get done, just because the president wanted to do it.” (source)

The quote above is from Senator Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania.  He is referring to the real reason why the bill he and Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from neighboring West Virginia submitted failed.  The two worked together in a way that a rational citizen would expect members of Congress to work and put a bill that would have expanded background checks on gun purchases.  It was a rational proposal that, contrary to what many screamed, did nothing to infringe on any rights from the Constitution, especially the Second Amendment.  The bill did not spell out that people could not own guns, just expanded and strengthened the background check process.  My thinking is that if you have nothing to hide, why should you worry?

It is the sad state of the politics of our country that we have a political party that will defeat a common-sense bill purely out of their vile hatred of President Obama.  I won’t even say that it was done out of some sort of racist, birther, or other reason because I doubt that Republicans in Congress have the brain power or capacity to even form those types of idiotic thoughts; it was done out of pure hatred and nothing else.  Since the day he took office for his first term (and I point that part out because it eats at Republicans that he won a second term), the one goal of the Republican Party has been to obstruct everything.  The majority no longer rules in our country, thanks to one party.

Over the last two weeks or so, I have also followed closely the coverage of the search for and then capture of the scumbags that bombed the Boston Marathon.  It was an act of pure  cowardice, and I would not have shed a tear had the piece of garbage in custody had met the same fate as his brother, but he did not.  And because he did not, when coupled with the fact that he is an American citizen, he is afforded his rights under the Constitution.  Yes, he was able to be questioned under the “public safety exception,” which meant it was not required that he be read his rights.  I point that out for one reason, and that is that, ever since he has been in custody, I have seen people commenting on articles and they basically state that he should not have any rights at all.  Wrong.

I get the uproar and anger over what he took part in.  But we cannot let that anger manifest itself in a way that espouses eliminating the rights of an American citizen.  However, the same people who so proudly want to defend their right to bear arms are generally the ones wanting to take away someone else’s right to due process.  You cannot have it both ways, but they do not seem to realize that.  And that is sad as well.

The rights afforded to us in the Constitution are not ones that we get to pick-and-choose based on our whims or emotions.  If you want to tout the Second Amendment, you have to acknowledge the Fifth Amendment.  That is how it goes.  The fact that people do not understand that is scary to me.  The same people who want to defend their Second Amendment rights are quick to take a leak on the Fifth Amendment in this case; other times, they want to circumvent the First Amendment and establish a national religion.  It does not work like that, either, and if you do not understand that, I am sad for you.


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