BY CHRISTOPHER G. ADAMO
It is somewhat ironic that Barack Obama’s inaugural speech is receiving scrutiny from some conservatives over its general lack of honesty and forthrightness. Of course, those characterizations are completely accurate. Any of his sanctimonious mentions of bolstering the national economy, cutting federal deficits, or promoting national unity are laughable, given his unbroken track record of eagerly doing exactly the opposite. Yet his most dishonest deed by far was to place his hand on a Bible and swear an oath by Almighty God to “preserve, protect, and defend” the Constitution of the United States of America.
Reciting those three dozen words, as stipulated for America’s chief executives by our national charter, may sound profoundly inspiring and will likely play well in front of sycophantic network cameras. However, the political agenda of Barack Obama has been built almost entirely on a strategy that circumvents, rather than upholds, that great document. In his twisted world, the Constitution is a collection of what he derides as “negative liberties” on government, meaning that it prevents him and his kind from doing those things which, in their beneficence, they know to be for the greater good of America.
It was just such a self-absorbed mindset that the founders understood and reviled. Having known too well the devastation it could inflict upon a people when augmented with the fearsome power of unfettered government, they diligently endeavored to thwart the ambitions of such narcissists. The founding of these United States was undertaken not on the premise of enshrining the State, but in maintaining proper limitations on its inevitable excesses and the dangers they posed to the common citizen.
Let the Democrats spew their sanctimony about the “need” to dismantle the Second Amendment in vain and fanciful hopes of reducing “gun violence” on the nation’s streets or in its schools. Throughout the entirety of human history, all combined instances of injury to one citizen at the hands of another pale in comparison to the horror that unfolded during just the last eight decades, exclusively inflicted by governments holding a monopoly of lethal force.
The record of the current administration is a burgeoning list of patently false promises, governmental overreach promoted through fraud and distortion, and criminal abuses of power. From Obamacare, with its ludicrous assurances of providing “affordable healthcare” to Americans, to the propagation of agenda driven government controlled business disasters, to the systematic strangulation of the nation’s reliable and plentiful energy reserves, Barack Obama has clearly embarked on a program of destroying traditional America and remaking it in his sordid image.
Of course the latest such effort is his attempt, in the wake of the Newtown massacre, to advance the process of disarming Heartland America. He reassured the nation when delivering his twenty three point edict of January 16 that it would not infringe on the Second Amendment in any manner. And certainly nobody expects him to travel over to the National Archives, remove the Bill of Rights from its viewing case, and strike a red line through the offending text. Yet his end goal would essentially amount to the same thing. The glaringly inconvenient fact is that all of his proposed decrees would do less to prevent school shootings than his trillion dollar “stimulus” ever did to revive the economy.
The entire matter of that awful tragedy in Connecticut is, apart from its potential political value, an irrelevancy to this cold and heartless administration. Therefore having been exposed as another flagrant liberal overreach, predictably lacking in any benefit to society, his flailing grab at lawful gun ownership is clearly intended to serve another purpose.
Still bursting with confidence after having beaten the odds in his 2012 reelection, and believing that the national outrage over the Newtown horror would give him the momentum he needed, Obama shamelessly seized the moment to turn the tide on the Second Amendment. Much to his dismay however, the American people are rallying at the grassroots in an increasingly organized effort to fend off the onslaught of liberal gun grabbing. A multitude of events has underscored a monumental resolve among the American people to maintain their guns as a final assurance of the freedom that is the promise of America.
In Wyoming, Texas, and Missouri, legislative measures have been introduced that would reaffirm the right of the people to own and bear arms, while imposing criminal penalties on any federal agent within the borders of those states who might attempt to infringe on those rights. And the list of states considering similar measures continues to grow. Reasserting an almost forgotten institution of local authority, county sheriffs in some states are publicly vowing to not enforce any unconstitutional intrusions on gun ownership. Interestingly, a direct correlation can be drawn between those jurisdictions expressing such sentiments, and the relative safety of their citizenry.
Nevertheless, Heartland America should be wary of Barack Obama’s other underhanded motive for directly engaging the formidable power of the gun lobby. As an obsessive political strategist, he is fully aware of the enormity of the battle he has undertaken, and he has absolutely no intention of it becoming his Waterloo. Obama absolutely intends to continue his methodical dismantling of the America that once touted freedom, prosperity, and greatness. The assault on the Second Amendment is merely a single front in that conflict.
While Obama and the Democrats most likely underestimated the scope of residual pro-Second Amendment sentiment in the immediate aftermath of Newtown, they still believe they can relentlessly continue to make their case, invoking every isolated incident of gun-related crime as further proof of the inherent rightness of their cause. And, as has unfortunately been the case on too many occasions, they have good reason to expect their scheme to be validated and thus bolstered by the timely and predictable acquiescence of “Republican” moderates.
So far however, this dangerous ruse is not working. Gun purchases have skyrocketed, and in many locales, store shelves are empty of ammunition, not from any embargo on sales, but because “we the people” are stockpiling available supplies. Liberal efforts to shame their opposition, while appallingly effective on Republican invertebrates inside the Beltway, are summarily rejected on Main Street.
Nevertheless, with so much at stake, the shrillness of liberal/Democrat condemnations will only increase. Unless the American people remain fixed in their determination to preserve their rights and their heritage, the enshrined security of the Second Amendment, along with every other precept of individual liberty, will eventually cease to be anything but a forgotten scrawl of ink on an antiquated piece of parchment.
Self-Educated American Contributing Editor, Christopher G. Adamo,is a resident of southeastern Wyoming and has been involved in state and local politics for many years. He writes for several prominent conservative websites, as has written for regional and national magazines. His contact information and article archives can be found at www.chrisadamo.com, and he can be followed on [email protected]