Instead of overreacting to President Obama’s gun control initiative – the executive actions were modest and the legislative proposals are going nowhere – conservatives should be far more concerned by what his remarks on the topic revealed: that their president has serious contempt for them and their views.
The foundation of a democracy is the assumption that while you disagree with your opponents, they too have the interests of the America – and yes, its children – at heart. And yet for all Obama’s supposed intellect, what we hear from him time and again is the usual prosaic, unthinking liberal contempt for conservatives, who are viewed as evil, dumb, or both.
Take a look at the seething contempt that was unloaded as Obama announced his gun control program:
There will be pundits and politicians and special interest lobbyists publicly warning of a tyrannical, all-out assault on liberty — not because that’s true, but because they want to gin up fear or higher ratings or revenue for themselves. And behind the scenes, they’ll do everything they can to block any common-sense reform and make sure nothing changes whatsoever . . .
Ask your member of Congress if they support universal background checks to keep guns out of the wrong hands. Ask them if they support renewing a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. And if they say no, ask them why not. Ask them what’s more important — doing whatever it takes to get a A grade from the gun lobby that funds their campaigns, or giving parents some peace of mind when they drop their child off for first grade? (Applause.)
Conservatives are willing to butcher children in order to make money and please the National Rifle Association, is that it?
What’s more, by standing up for the Second Amendment, they are denying others basic Constitutional rights:
That most fundamental set of rights to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness — fundamental rights that were denied to college students at Virginia Tech, and high school students at Columbine, and elementary school students in Newtown, and kids on street corners in Chicago on too frequent a basis to tolerate, and all the families who’ve never imagined that they’d lose a loved one to a bullet — those rights are at stake.
Is it any wonder that this president can’t get anything done with Congress? How can you negotiate in good faith when you truly believe your opponents are slathered in iniquity and pre-sold to the highest bidder?
What’s next from a leader who holds so many of our citizens and their elected representatives in such disdain? Once you believe you are opposed by an evil cabal, what restrictions are there on the methods used to achieve “common-sense” goals?