The Mandate

Well, I will admit I was taken by surprise by the Supreme Court ruling in favor of ObamaCare. It seems so incredibly obvious to me that nothing in the Constitution gives the government the right to require me to purchase something whether I want it or not. And I still feel that way.

I think Chief Justice John Roberts has, for whatever reason, really screwed up on this one. His interpretation seemed a bit contrived, to me. But what do I know?

For better or worse, the Supreme Court is the last word in our legal system.

So now, I see a whole lot of greedy politicians sitting around figuring out how to run with this newly-established principle that, as long as it can possibly be construed as a tax, they can make us do anything.

What if Obama decides he wants to implement a tax penalty to make you buy a new electric car, for instance; we know how much Obama pushes environmentalism. He could potentially force a transition to all-electric vehicles simply by structuring it as a hefty transportation tax against anybody who burns gasoline. Exactly the same way ObamaCare mandates that you buy insurance, or you pay a tax of similar value. And the cost for this comes out of our pockets, one way or the other.

That’s an extreme example, of course. Here’s another, worked up by Ed Morrissey, tongue-in-cheek. It’s satire, but I kind of actually like his example, which is about enforcing the Second Amendment. After all, “keep and bear arms” is actually in the Constitution, unlike health care.

The principle has been established. And the Supreme Court has just given the government an incredibly powerful tool to make us do whatever they, in their infinite wisdom, want us to do.

We’re screwed. Thanks, John Roberts. Thanks a bunch.

-Popgun

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What Are They Hiding??

Regarding Fast & Furious, and President Obama protecting Attorney General Eric Holder by invoking executive privilege – you just have to ask yourself:

What are they hiding?? What could possibly be so heinous that this was the least painful route for them to take?

The most transparent administration in history? Hardly.

-Popgun

Posted in Law, Politics, Rant

Gays Flip Off President Reagan

A group of representatives of the gay community were invited to the White House by Obama. They were photographed flipping off a portrait of President Reagan – an act they seemed to be proud of.

This is pretty odd behavior for a group that really desires universal acceptance. They are not going to make any new friends with that kind of behavior. Nor will they earn any respect, from anybody. Even if you don’t like somebody, flipping them off is so – seventh grade. Are these the best “representatives” the gay community can come up with?

For instance, I personally strongly disagree with almost everything President Obama has done, and I trust him not at all. Obama has made it abundantly clear that he is NOT the President of ALL the people, but only those who agree with him. Obama has personally insulted my belief in my God, my Bible, and my guns; so I have good reasons to dislike the man, even aside from his job-crushing and foolish economic policies. Obama has done nothing to earn my respect.

But, while I wouldn’t bother to walk across the street to see him, I wouldn’t flip him off, either. Childish.

Are there any adults in the White House?

-Popgun

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Evil Flees the Light

It seems clear enough, to me: Attorney General Eric Holder has something to hide, and President Obama is protecting him. I can see no other reason for Holder’s obstructionism regarding “Fast and Furious”, and Obama’s willingness to use executive privilege.

It must be something pretty major, for Obama to take this action at this time.

This makes Holder and Obama both look as guilty as sin. Both of them, because clearly Obama would not have done this unless he knew what is in those records.

And here it is a few months before the election. This is a major embarrassment for Obama, because it is so obvious that he is hiding something incriminating.

Only evil flees the light….

-Popgun

ADDENDUM: Tamara, over at View From the Porch, has another possible reason for the cover-up that I had not considered…. I wish I’d thought of it.

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Cars Are More Dangerous Than Guns

I really don’t understand the horror some people have for guns. Really, they should be afraid of driving.

I have contended for a long time that cars and trucks and other moving vehicles are far more deadly than guns which are legally carried for self defense.

My reasoning is as follows:

First, handguns being carried legally are not ordinarily handled except when getting dressed or undressed. In my case this amounts to perhaps 30 seconds in the course of a day. The rest of the time they are inert and quite safe in the holster (you do have your gun in a holster, right?). Risk due to human error equals perhaps 30 seconds in 24 hours.

Second, with a handgun, shooting someone requires several things to go right; you must draw, disengage any safety, aim the gun and pull the trigger, for instance. And one bullet is not likely to damage more than one person.

Comparing this to automotive dangers:

First, vehicles are manually controlled at all times. Every second you (or the guy approaching you at 70 mph) are behind the wheel, you (and he) are subject to human error. If either one of you screws up, terrible things happen. Think about two drivers approaching each other on a two lane road, both at, say 60 mph. Let’s say one car has your family of four in it, and the other has just the driver. If either one of you make the wrong mistake, five people could easily die or be horribly injured.

The probability of this happening is many times what it is for a handgun accident, because most of us are subject to this scenario many times each day, and because twice as many people (either driver) can cause the accident.

Further, consider the comparison of kinetic energy available to an automobile compared to a handgun bullet:

The equation is KE = (m * v^2) / 2
where KE is kinetic energy, m = mass, and v = velocity

For the bullet, based on a 230 grain (0.0329 lb.) .45 auto slug traveling at 900 feet per second, KE (converted) comes in at 414 foot-pounds. (I cheated and used a physics calculator here).

For the car, based on a 3000 pound car traveling at 60 mph, a similar calculation arrives at a value of 361,036 foot-pounds. This is 872 times the force exerted by the bullet. And that is doubled in a two-car head-on collision.

So with a car, you have many, many times the opportunity to have an accident – and much, much higher forces are involved if you do. And for that matter, in a car you are more likely to impact something, since you are probably inside the moving object! Plus, it is far easier to hit something you don’t want to, in a car that is six feet wide and 17 feet long.

John Lott has an interesting article up this morning about mass killings using vehicles; he brings together a number of cases where people, intentionally or otherwise, drove into crowds, etc. It kind of drives home my point.

Gunsafe says that there are about 43,000 accidental vehicular deaths each year, and about 1,100 fatal firearms accidents per year. By that measure, cars are 39 times more likely to kill you than a gun.

Be careful driving, folks!

-Popgun

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Union Bail Outs

I’ll refer you to Bayou Renaissance Man for the rest of his excellent article, but here is a quote from one of his sources:

Instead, President Obama gave over $26 billion to the UAW — more money than the U.S spent on foreign aid last year and 50% more than NASA’s budget. None of that money kept factories running. Instead it sustained the above-average compensation of members of an influential union, sparing them from most of the sacrifices typically made in bankruptcy. Such spending does not serve the common good. President Obama did not bail out the auto industry. He bailed out the United Auto Workers

Emphasis mine. There’s your proof of Obama’s priorities. It makes my blood boil.

Really, go read Peter’s article, over at Bayou Renaissance Man, who deserves kudos for doing the research. There is lots more there.

– Popgun

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Liberals Are Violent People

Joy Behar, a person who deserves zero respect, wants to see Romney’s house burn down.

Looks like it is just fine for liberals to use violent imagery, but God forbid a conservative put target symbols on a map!

Those bloody liberals are idiots – and two-faced, as well.

-Popgun

Posted in Politics, Rant