The current raging dispute in America between citizens who believe in and cherish the constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms and those who wish to ban guns has revealed a much broader agenda that gun control activists have kept muffled if not entirely hidden.
Conservatives have suspected this broader agenda for several decades. But now, those who consider themselves progressive, which is a misnomer due to the regressive nature of their core principles, are not only no longer attempting to hide their real agenda but are openly claiming it.
On CBS News' "Sunday Morning" with Charles Osgood on Sunday, a university professor stated that it is time to discard the Constitution. "Why would the ideas of men who died two centuries ago be of any significance to us today?" he asked.
But the good professor is not the only one who has ventured forth with such political heresy. None other than Barack Obama himself has stated that the Constitution stands in the way of what he wants to do. He bemoaned the fact that the Constitution limits government. Instead, he said, he would prefer a Constitution that affirms the powers of government, focusing on what it can do.
Such sentiments are too critical to be dismissed as unimportant. They hold tremendous ramifications for the very nature of the country we live in.
A nation that has a Constitution that places clear limits on the power of government tends to be free. But a nation that does not delineate the freedoms of its people, failing to make clear that government cannot legally encroach on those freedoms, tends to be oppressive and totalitarian, meaning of course that freedom cannot exist in such a society.
These factors lead us to only one rational conclusion -- progressives wish to push the nation away from the concept of the freedom of the individual, which our Founders insisted upon, and toward a centralized power that is concentrated in a monolithic all-powerful government structure.
This notion has risen to the surface in the gun debate. Many progressives have stated that at the very least the Second Amendment should be scrapped entirely. Guns should not be in the hands of ordinary citizens, they say.
But this is far from all they wish to do. Free speech is a target as well. Obama himself set the standard when he bullied news outlets in 2008 to refrain from saying anything that would place him a negative light. He is doing it again now. Monday the president blamed Rush Limbaugh and Fox News for making Republicans reluctant to compromise on his proposals.
And we must never forget that Obama's appointee to the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan, has stated on several occasions that free speech is not an absolute right, that government has the "right" to restrict it if it deems it to be in the interests of the federal government.
Supporters of treasonous tyrants like Kagan often defend her with the erroneous claim that we already limit free speech, that it is illegal to yell "fire" in a crowded theater. Well, no, not really. There is no law on the books that prevents anyone from saying anything they wish, even in a crowded theater. If someone yelled "fire" and no one moved, then law enforcement would have a tough time charging the person with any crime, and it is even more doubtful that were they so charged that a jury would convict them.
The issue is not the act of yelling such a thing. The issue is the mayhem that often results. If people are injured or killed attempting to get out of the theater, then the person who yelled "fire" is liable and can be charged with crimes.
The horrific nature of Kagan's statement lies in its implications for political speech. Her statement was given within the context of what government can do in placing "reasonable" restrictions on speech when it deems such speech to be a threat to its power. This is the speech that our Founders believed should be protected from government at all costs.
Thus, the battle lines are clearly drawn. The progressive/liberal agenda is to destroy the Constitution, and they have admitted it. This will thus be a battle for the very soul of the country. And currently, conservatives and constitutionalists are losing that battle.
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