We have three TVs in my office, all turned to different news stations so that we can alternate which one we pay attention to. Last week, on tax day, the volume was turned up on MSNBC, which kept playing the same God-awful clip of Sarah Palin shouting in her squeakiest, most grating voice: “Is this what their ‘change’ is all about? I want to tell ’em, nah, we’ll keep clinging to our Constitution and our guns and religion — and you can keep the change.”
I swear, they played this clip approximately 43 times throughout the day, and nobody would turn the damn thing off, so I finally had to blast music in my ears in order to keep from strangling myself with my iPhone charger. Then today, I arrived at work to see this article in the Washington Post about a “militia rally” happening in Virginia today:
“Daniel Almond, a three-tour veteran of Iraq, is ready to ‘muster outside D.C.’ on Monday with several dozen other self-proclaimed patriots, all of them armed. They intend to make history as the first people to take their guns to a demonstration in a national park, and the Virginia rally is deliberately being held just a few miles from the Capitol and the White House.
Almond plans to have his pistol loaded and openly carried, his rifle unloaded and slung to the rear, a bandoleer of magazines containing ammunition draped over his polo-shirted shoulder. The Atlanta area real estate agent organized the rally because he is upset about health-care reform, climate control, bank bailouts, drug laws and what he sees as President Obama’s insistence on and the Democratic Congress’s capitulation to a ‘totalitarian socialism’ that tramples individual rights.”
Haha, speaking of “trampling individual rights,” wasn’t it Bush who stuck a big middle finger up at the Constitution by wiretapping phone calls without a warrant? Right, just checking. The article continues:
“On the lineup are several heroes of the militia movement, including Mike Vanderboegh, who advocated throwing bricks through the windows of Democrats who voted for the health-care bill; Tom Fernandez, who has established a nationwide call tree to mobilize an armed resistance to any government order to seize firearms; and former Arizona sheriff Richard Mack, who refused to enforce the Brady law and then won aSupreme Court verdict that weakened its background-check provisions.
Those coming to the ‘Restore the Constitution’ rally give Obama no quarter for signing the law that permits them to bring their guns to Fort Hunt, run by the National Park Service, and to Gravelly Point on the banks of the Potomac River. Nor are they comforted by a broad expansion of gun rights in several states since his election.”
…Um, does anyone else see the absurdity of this situation? These people are bringing loaded guns to a rally that has nothing to do with gun rights, which Obama has been pretty lenient on. They’re “packing heat” because they’re pissed off about health care reform, bank bailouts and drug laws… aaand this makes sense because the guns will remind us of… our rights… although none of those rights as stated in the Constitution are currently being violated?
I’m sorry, this “Constitution” rhetoric drives me NUTS. “Nah, we’ll keep clinging to our constitution.” That is an utterly nonsensical thing to say. First of all, the Constitution was written over two centuries ago when the U.S. population was a fraction of what it is now. Many major societal changes have happened since then, so the Constitution has required quite a good deal of amending to remain useful and relevant, and every president, Democrat or Republican, has participated in that process.
Second of all, correct me if I’m wrong, but Obama can’t do anything that is in violation of the Constitution because there are two other branches of the government that exist to make sure that he doesn’t (you know, the whole “checks and balances” deal). He can’t even amend the Constitution without their permission and compliance. There is nothing in the Constitution that forbids any President from reforming health care or bailing out banks, or those bills wouldn’t have passed.
So, Tea Partiers, if you’re listening, please put away your loaded weapons. You’re scaring me, you’re making asses out of yourselves, and you’re not accomplishing anything. If you’re really unhappy with your elected officials, vote for different ones next time. Isn’t that the beauty of democracy?