Rights are a package deal. If we let the Marxist bums in Congress restrict political speech then defending the 2nd amendment becomes that much more difficult.
Yes, I understand that the NRA is doing what they think is practical and in their best interest, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. What is practical is not always the right thing to do, particularly when taking action in defense of liberty. Sometimes you have to stick your neck out and stand on principle. When you oppose this blatant suppression of free speech and then flip-flop because "hey, I got mine" it's going to raise the ire of many freedom-loving citizens who pay dues to the NRA.
As Martin Luther King once said,
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
I tend to think that applies when we're discussing Constitutional rights as well.
Also, I don't trust a single one of these leftist bastards in Congress to keep their word. If they can find a way to exempt certain groups only to later stab them in the back they'll do it. Of that I have no doubt.
I am NOT about to write off the NRA because of any of this. It's fine if you're emotional and pissed at them. I'm unhappy with the NRA on several issues right now, but that doesn't change the nature of things. Dumping them would be irrational. They're still the 800 pound gorilla, they still do far more good than harm to my rights, and you can't argue with their effectiveness over the past few years. Are they perfect? No, but they've certainly gotten results.
But hey, what do I know? I'm just a "freedom freak" who thinks the Disclose Act is a toxic pile of shit.
*I should point out that I renew my NRA membership annually.
Plenty of other folks have weighed in on this as well. You should read their thoughts too.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
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