As you all know, I supported President Obama when he was Candidate Obama and voted for him in 2008. You all know that, at that time, I was completely disgusted with the Conservative Right and the Bible Thumper Whacko Uber-Right. Their rhetoric, hypocrisy and basic repugnance so disgusted me I ran to the left and consistently attacked the right. My disgust with the Conservative Right is still palpable but I am also thoroughly disgusted with the Liberal Left.
Back in May of 2009, I had been afforded the privilege of riding my Harley to South Carolina to see a very good, very close friend. The purpose of the ride was to attend the Spring Bike Week in Myrtle Beach. I rode to my friend's house in SC and on the very next day we left together for Myrtle Beach. I think you may know which friend I am talking about; for those of you who don't, the man I am talking about is the closest thing I have ever had to a brother, Traveller, also known as Iron Horse Cowboy. You can read his thoughts at his blog, The View From Downrange. My brother, IHC, and I are, at first glance, on opposite sides of the political spectrum. Where he is a conservative, I am a libertarian. I hold some decidedly liberal views on some topics while he holds very conservative views on the same topics. One would think we should be enemies but that belief is as far from the truth as one can get.
So it came to be that, in May 2009, we could be found sitting in front of a favored biker watering hole enjoying a frosty adult beverage discussing, of all things, politics. During this conversation, the topic of the Second Amendment inevitably arose. One thing he and I have in common is a profound belief the Second Amendment is one of the most important amendments in the Constitution. The guaranteed, God-given right to keep and bear arms is a major part of why this country is as great as it is. I do remember that, in the face of mounting evidence of President Obama's quest to repeal the Second Amendment, I told my friend and brother the only thing that would make me leave the Democratic Party would be an attack on the Second Amendment.
At that point in time, I was convinced Obama was in support of the Second Amendment. I mean, look, he lifted the carry restrictions in National Parks! It's no surprise that the dire consequences of wild west style gunfights predicted by the gun-control crowd never materialized...but that's another post another time. I firmly believed that Obama would stand by his promise to honor and protect the Second Amendment...oh how wrong I was. Now, I know that I have always argued to let facts speak for themselves, especially when wild claims of Obama being a muslim or not being a true American citizen were rampant. I did this because I believe in researching and finding the truth rather than blindly believing what the idiot talking heads on tv are shilling.
It was that day in May when I told my friend he was wrong about Obama. I used a paper I read some years ago as my proof that there was no intent to repeal the Second Amendment as we know it. My proof was a brief dated April 2005, written by Marjorie Brown for Congressional Review. Granted, this brief was written before Obama took office, but it was the last paragraph that told me the US would not be bound by this treaty unless the President sent it to the US Senate and the Senate agreed to it. I even looked up the 2006 “Myths and Facts” press statement called “Setting The Record Straight” about the UN and small arms. This piece read, roughly, that the "myth" was a conference is being convened to draft a global treaty to ban ownership of firearms, but the "fact" was the review conference is not about banning small arms or prohibiting people from owning legal weapons.
Granted, this hype started around 2005 when W was the President. I know he instructed John Bolton to vote against this treaty because the United States was never going to flirt with the possibility of a worldwide ban on private gun ownership. But it is 2010 now. We have a new President now who, it seems, sent the Secretary of State to the UN to express support the treaty and subsequent ban. On the surface, this looks horrible! There will be a BAN on my guns and I will never be allowed to own one again! In fact, there is no shortage of people who believe this!
The only issue I have with this argument is that the 10th Amendment automatically reserves government power to relegate such issues to the states, not the Oval Office and Congress. So regardless of Obama's power to negotiate treaties, he cannot use that power as a back door to force US citizens to comply with global gun laws. One of the greatest figures in American history, Thomas Jefferson, eloquently expressed this fact; here are some quotes from the man himself:
"...for surely the President and Senate cannot do by treaty what the whole government is interdicted from doing in any way." --Thomas Jefferson, Parliamentary Manual, 1812.
"Where powers are assumed which have not been delegated, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy." --Thomas Jefferson: Draft Kentucky Resolutions, 1798. ME 17:386
The Constitution stands in the way of any pro-gun control movement and the recent election results in Massachusetts have effectively ended the filibuster-proof majority the Democrats held in the Senate.
Now I know when you read this, some of you might think I am still clinging to the hope that Obama will actually DO something positive while he is in office and I still support the Democrats. Well you are wrong if that is what you believe. My political affiliation has changed to Independent. Simply put, even though the Constitution ensures nothing like this supposed proposed ban will happen, the Left's assault on the Second Amendment will never end...ever...and THAT is why I am turning away from Obama and the Democratic Party.