The Left and totalitarianism
As the Democratic clown car veers to the left end of the political spectrum for 2020’s presidential contest, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and California Rep. Eric Swalwell apparently are trying to elbow their way to the front seat.
The two Democrats are vying to see which of them could most egregiously abridge the Constitution. And they would do it by executive order.
Booker has trotted out what the New York Times breathlessly describes as “the most progressive gun control measures suggested by a candidate seeking the Democratic nomination for president….”
Booker’s 14-point brainchild contains the usual leftist ban on assault-style weapons and so-called high-capacity magazines. But more troubling? It would enact a gun-licensing scheme, which would include minimum standards – set by the government, no less – for gun ownership nationwide.
To buy a gun under the plan, you would need to apply for a license as you would for a passport, and submit fingerprints, and be interviewed. Then, there is the certified gun safety course and federal background check. If you received the license – and that is a big if – it would be good for five years. There, of course, would be fees. Just like your passport.
That is not all of it. Among other things, it would ban bump stocks and actually calls for the IRS to investigate the National Rifle Association’s tax-exempt status.
And Swalwell? He’s for gun licensing and a $15 billion federal mandatory buyback.
Perhaps most frightening, even beyond the thinking that got both of them to this point, is that both are for imprisonment of those who do not comply.
We wonder whether the senator, the representative or the New York Times has bothered to read the Bill of Rights beyond the First Amendment. If so, they somehow missed the point.
The Second Amendment: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Nothing in it about having to ask permission to exercise the right to keep and bear arms. Nothing in there about safety courses or interviews. Nothing about FBI investigations. Nothing about minimum standards for gun ownership, standards set by the government. Nothing about complying with a megalomaniac’s demand that guns be turned in. There is, however, a pesky “shall not” that the Left likes to overlook.
Booker, Swalwell and their pals are dreaming if they actually believe their programs have a prayer. They know it will not, and so does The Times. It is all about headlines and creating a way for them to trot out their leftist bona fides, a way to tell the rest of the field: Hey, Nobody is further left than me.”
It only illustrates what most of us already know: The Left takes to totalitarianism like children to ice cream.
It is good that Booker and Swalwell showed their hands. It is just another reason – in a galaxy of reasons – not to vote for them or anybody remotely like them.