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Dec 24, 2012

Petition to Foist Piers Morgan Back on the U.K.

There are currently over 30,000 Americans that have signed a petition asking the White House to deport Piers Morgan. That's not a lot of may be more than the number of Americans that watch his show.

I have nothing against Britain so I was less than enthusiastic about signing it. It it weren't for the fact that Britain already has a "Simon Cowell," I'd say there's a need in England for a smug, self-satisfied know-it-all. They would have two if we sent him back, which would still be less than we have, which is the Fox Network. But the reason these 34,000 and growing folks want to send him back might indicate that he has a point about our country and we should allow him to continue to gad our fly. They want him deported because he dared to suggest we need to foster responsible gun ownership.

We have a 2nd Amendment, which he would understand if he were an American. He, after understanding the rules we had, would realize that our Constitution is sacrosanct and should never be contravened. Certainly not interpreted so that it was in line with modern life. Send him back, they say, to the Country from which we rebelled; back to the country that had the practices that were so harsh we needed to enshrine rights that it denied us. We should have the right to bear arms! As many as we'd like with whatever ammunition we need. Deport Piers so we can teach him our Consitution must be respected.

Far be it from me to point out the folks with the flaming brands and pitchforks may not be thinking clearly. However, I was born in this country and am therefore not in danger of being deported, so please allow me a few points before the tar is hot and the feathers are pulled from the camoflagued jackets. There's an Amendment before the 2nd, which makes it the 2nd and not the 1st.The 1st is:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

The same Amendment that gave you the right to petition the White House to have him deported gave him the right to comment about the Amendment that follows this 1st one. Note, there's nothing in there about only citizens having that right. In fact, no mention is made at all about who can speak, just that the right cannot be adriged. Sending a fellow out of the country would be abridging that right severely.

While we're about examining the rights that aren't subject to citizenship status, let's look at the 2nd Amendment:

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

I'm not going to point out the well regulated Militia clause of that Amendment because the Supreme Court in some prior decision waved its magic wand and made it not mean what it says and make it apply to the personal right to bear arms. Nope, what we don't see is what kind of "the people" have this right. Nothing about citizen status there. So, there is a strategy some other country with dislike for the U.S. could follow, if it consulted the 3rd Amendment:

"No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law."

That's right. They could rent a house for each of the members of its army and as long as the Owner consents, could have them buy as many weapons as they would like. And point them whereever they wanted to.

Perhaps strict constructionism isn't the smartest path we can follow as a country. Except for free speech. Without that one, all the other ones are pretty much useless.


Dec 21, 2012

N.R.A. Plan Seriously Considered

The N.R.A. announced its contribution to the debate on how to keep our school-aged children safe from gun violence: Armed guards in every school. Although I'm generally in favor of Government incentive spending that creates jobs, I'm guessing the same conservatives that like this idea won't be willing to raise taxes on the rich to pay for this plan or anything else, as the Speaker of the House will attest. Which will mean the positions will have to be staffed by volunteers and hopefully we can scrape up the money to fund their training. Arming folks that want to be around school children and not being able to train them. I can't see what could possibly be wrong with this plan.

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Dec 12, 2012

Christmas Haiku

Just five syllables

compress feelings then explode

Love on Christmas Day