“The advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of.” —James Madison (1788)
I just returned from a long weekend away — a fitting break from my Liberty book project last week — to revisit the intellectual repositories of the three most influential men in the history of Liberty v. tyranny — the American triumvirate, Washington, Madison and Jefferson.
Traveling with my wife, Ann, our first stop was Charlottesville, Virginia, where protesters are still endeavoring to tear down historic war monuments. Last year, privileged students at the University of Virginia displayed their monumental ignorance by desecrating and shrouding a statue of UVA’s founder, Thomas Jefferson, at the university’s famous Rotunda.
That notwithstanding, our return to Jefferson’s Monticello was, as always, inspiring.
Next, we traveled north to James Madison’s Montpelier, an equally inspiring historical visit.
From there it was, of course, on to the Mount Vernon home and library of George Washington. In addition to a docent tour with an outstanding historian, we were also given access to Washington’s archive collection, and the curator showed us the surveying compass my ancestor produced in 1795 for Washington as a gift for his nephew. (Some of you may recall that Washington was a surveyor prior to becoming The Indispensable Man.)
Our Saturday destination was Marine Corps Base Quantico, where our son and 63 other young Marines graduated from the Infantry Officer School — the first graduation I have attended anywhere, which occurred before dawn!
After celebrating these young men, we met with other friends and headed for the swamp — Washington, DC.
I know you will be SHOCKED to learn that we were annually not going there to join the hordes of adolescents (of all ages) gathered on the Mall, pleading for the incremental revocation of the “palladium of the Liberties of the republic,” our nation’s Second Amendment.
It’s no small irony that our destination was actually the NRA’s National Firearms Museum, where we spent the afternoon with its senior curator and historian, for a review of an amazing collection of the weapons that have aided in the defense of Liberty, foreign and domestic. I figured it was the most antithetical thing we could do in DC in contrast to the anti-2A protests. We were amused at the greeting we received from a few aging hippies holding “shame” placards across the street from NRA headquarters.
So, from Jefferson, Madison and Washington to the tyranny of the marching mall masses in DC.
Allow me to offer a few observations about the so-called “March for Our Lives” and all the “little Barack” brown shirts in attendance there, and in a few other urban centers.
First, as for those leftists who pretend that repeal of the Second Amendment is not their objective — that they’re only advocating for “commonsense gun safety legislation,” that pretense was dealt a blow this week. The New York Times published this blunt argument for repeal from former Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, a Gerald Ford appointee who finally retired from the bench in 2010. (Memo to Ginsburg…)
According to Stevens’ badly flawed logic, “Demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment. … [It] is a relic of the 18th century. … A constitutional amendment to get rid of the Second Amendment would be simple. … [It] would move Saturday’s marchers closer to their objective than any other possible reform.”
Is that clear enough? Stevens effectively betrayed the Left’s hand by revealing the gun confiscators real legislative goals. In doing so, he also tipped the Leftmedia’s hand regarding their aligned objectives.
The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake lamented, “Rarely do we see such an unhelpful, untimely and fanciful idea as the one put forward by retired Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens. … The move might as well be considered an in-kind contribution to the National Rifle Association, to Republicans’ efforts to keep the House and Senate in 2018, and to President Trump’s 2020 reelection bid. In one fell swoop, Stevens has lent credence to the talking point that the left really just wants to get rid of gun ownership and reasserted the need for gun-rights supporters to prevent his ilk from ever being appointed again (with the most obvious answer being: Vote Republican).”
In other words, the Left’s “boiled frog” approach to repealing the Second Amendment is undermined when a despotic judicial supremacist leapfrogs over that ruse and reveals the ultimate objective — an especially terrible thing to do in a midterm election year.
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