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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    What It Is About Comment
    Gregory Morris, 8/29/07 2:26:10 pm
    This story about Red's Trading Post mentions that "Gun-rights absolutists". These people, according to the article, are single-issue voters who demand an absolute interpretation of the Second Amendement.

    I'd like to take a second to ponder that concept for a minute. I've never considered myself a single-issue voter, although anti-gun politicians are automatically disqualified from receiving my vote. Does that make mean the issue of gun control is the most important political issue for me? Nope.

    For me, gun control as a concept, has nothing to do with guns. I know, it sounds crazy, but hang with me for a second. I hate gun control for the same reason I hate the concept of socialized medicine, our country's retarded implementation of social security, and the immense federal bureaucracy that takes money out of my pocket without giving me a good return on investment. Politicians that try to convince us that they can do things better than the free market are also disqualified from receiving my vote. Likewise, politicians that push for the slow, but steady, erosion of my rights are disqualified from receiving my vote.

    It isn't about guns, it is about me having control over my own life and my own destiny. Every time taxes are raised, that is the same as the government saying "we know what to do with your money better than you do." Every time a gun control law is passed, that is the same as the government saying "we are better equipped to keep you safe." Of course, those are lies propagated by those who want more power, wealth and control for themselves.

    The idea of a democracy is that the power rests in the people. In a representative democracy, the people's will should be served by their elected officials. These elected officials should not be making speeches... they should be listening, and acting only when the collective voice of their constituency becomes loud. No politician should tell ME what I should want. It should be the other way around. Legislators are not meant to be leaders, they are meant to be servants of the people. Every time a politician goes on a crusade to pass a restriction, increase taxes, or create a new bureaucratic agency, they are jockeying for power instead of doing their jobs.




    What's worse than the government pushing regulations down our throats is private groups of citizens begging the government for more. How can an honest American, who knows anything about democracy or capitalism works want the government meddling in these affairs? How can they want less rights?

    I'll answer those questions by stating simply that the leaders of groups asking for gun control or universal healthcare (or whatever socialist concept is on today's agenda) are either not being honest or they aren't very smart. I tend to give them the benefit of the doubt when it comes to intelligence, which leaves nothing but dishonesty to explain their position. It is this combination of intelligence and dishonesty that allows them to exert control over the unintelligent masses, who rely solely on emotions and knee-jerking for their decisions.

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