Thursday, March 21, 2013

First the second then the first

Confusing sentence for confusing times.

Gun rights evaporated in England.  Gun rights are under attack here too. Lefties think the Second Amendment is archaic.  But the lefties love the First Amendment.

The Bill of rights is a whole tapestry. As is often written the Second Amendment guarantees the First Amendment.  Cut a few threads and it all comes undone.

British Speech Nannies and the Respectable Tendency
The British media is abuzz this week over the creation of a new government-run press regulator. The NYT reports that the new code invests the regulator with the authority to “order prominent corrections in publications that breach standards,” a power now enshrined in the royal charter, which also sets the rules for the BBC and the Bank of England. British tabloids are not known for the integrity of their content, but many feel that government regulation of it is a bridge too far.
Bent British newspaper hacks are indeed a curse. Nobody anywhere in the world thinks Britain’s tabloid press does a good job. But the slimiest, most gin-sodden Fleet Street hack who ever lived isn’t as dangerous to Britain as the bland, responsible, respectable people who decided to set up a government-backed press board.
Think it couldn't happen here? Put a limit on magazine capacity, put a limit on blogging?

Require background checks before recklessly printing a letter-to-the-editor from an unlicensed writer?

Any government man will tell you the pen is mightier and more dangerous (to them) than an assault weapon.  They want to control what can restrict their power.


  1. It is a rough ride down this roller-coaster and I fear that we may just fly off the tracks.

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  3. The situation in England can't be compared to ours because the Brits never have had anything resembling the Bill of Rights.

    As for as ours, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that no right is absolute. You can't shout ``fire'' in a crowded theater, nor can you possess your very own rocket-propelled grenade launcher.

    The devil, as always, is in the details and the Court sorts it out. See Marbury v. Madison.

    1. Bill of Rights? - That's my point. If things continue as they are we may not have one either. It's not just One and Two. The Fourth is under attack also. The Obama administration wants to scan emails and place GPS locators without a warrant.

      It's perfectly legal to yell fire in a crowded theater if there is a fire. Truth cannot (at least yet) be restricted.

      Also it is legal to own a grenade launcher, but I know what you mean to say. You do know that some rebels of 1776 did own their cannons? In fact some owned warships with multiple cannon. The 1776 rebels thought citizens could own what they could afford.

      But look, it is not just up to the courts. Congressmen and Senators take an oath to support and defend the Constitution - not to try anything they think they can sneak by the Court.

  4. "The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the United States of America"

    Although The United StatesConstitution can be changed through the Amendment Process, I don't believe it was ever meant to be eroded by the Courts!

    Our forefathers left the likes of England and fought for rights not afforded under the yoke of 'Old World' tyranny. Why, in the World, would we allow our unique situation to fall? Liberalism = Erosion From Within!

  5. I don't suppose pornography or graphically intense violence will be hindered by this new agency as it's declared focus is elsewhere. Again it is not about promoting a morally healthy society, but a safe and strong government, one free to manage its population.


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