Thursday, January 12, 2012

In which I neither bury Romney nor praise him

Been seeing a lot of stuff in my twitter feed and my RSS feed about how people want to “send a message” to the Republican Party, or that Romney is “just like Obama” or some other such nonsense to justify staying home on the second first Tuesday in November, 2012.
What are you all, out of your minds?!?!
You want to send a message to the GOP PTB? That’s what the primaries are for. That’s where you make your feelings known about the potential GOP candidates. Hell, I voted for Fred Thompson last time around in the primaries, despite it being clear by the point that he was not going to make it. But once the general election comes around, you compare who survived to who’s on the other side. And I tell you, from where I sit, there’s no comparison.
Yes, Mitt Romney signed into law an Assault Weapons Ban, and MassCare, and probably is a corporate stooge, and all that. He’s a squishy New England centrist-if-we’re-lucky probable RINO. Versus a hard-line Ivory Tower Intellectual Marxist whose politics are those of Chicago? Yeah, that choice sucks. So do a lot of things. So does having a president who is no longer beholden to the voters, but to the kingmakers of world politics who can accept him or snub him after he leaves the White House; beholden to the union stooges who helped put him in the White House. So does allowing the architects of the Solyndra deal, of the Lightsquared deal, of the Chrysler and GM bailouts to stay in power. So does allowing the President to continue to make speeches demonizing profits, to make bogus “recess” appointments, to invite celebrities over and then hide the guest list.
All the things Romney is bad on? He’s got to get a bill from Congress on. You think the next 2 Congresses are going to pass another AWB? Another PPACA? We had close to a veto-overriding majority for HR822 in the House; we likely will have one in the Senate next session. The movement is to veto or scale back PPACA, not extend it. Let’s put it this way – he can’t be any WORSE on these things than President Obama; and there are a few things he’s at least marginally better on.
Oh, yeah, one more thing, for those of you who care. Y’all stay home on the 6th of November, 2012 (or vote for Mickey Mouse, or whoever else other than the official Republican candidate), and you allow President Obama a chance to appoint at least one more supreme court judge; this one likely replacing one of the Heller 5. You leave in place the man who appointed the masterminds behind Fast and Furious. Regardless of whether he knew about it (and I tend to think not), his chosen lieutenants and their chosen underlings ran that “operation.” So I hope you’ve got your letters of apology to the widow of Brian Terry, for passing on your chance to fire the men responsible for that “under the radar” operation.
Enjoy your righteous certitude that you’d rather have 4 more years of the man who makes President Carter look good. You want term limits? Then implement them. You have the chance in 300 days to term-limit President Obama, a chance that will only happen once. Make the most of it.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A thought

The profoundly unconstitutional firearms possession laws of New York City have ensnared two members of groups well-thought-of by the public and the media: young, pretty, white females (bonus points for being a nursing student), and young, recent veterans of the armed services. These are the people who these laws are supposed to protect, not destroy, at least in the public perception. They both attempted to follow the posted signs when approaching what might be considered "sensitive places."
Which makes this a very quixotic effort of the part of the Powers That Be too enforce the laws. If Mayor Bloomberg really wanted to preserve New York City's laws, he wouldn't have made a very public stink about Meredith Graves being a criminal (the "probably arrested for cocaine" press conference well after the tests should have come back as headache powder.) Instead, he should have directed the prosecutors to put a scare into them, and send them on their way. But he's apparently more interested in grandstanding that preserving the laws. Which is a constant theme with the legal defenders of the restrictive firearms laws. Going all the way back to Heller, DC probably shouldn't have appealed their loss to the Supreme Court, to avoid setting the national precedent. This doesn't appear to be unusual among anti-rights crusaders; that their egos or personal issues are more important thant their causeless and much more important than anyone else's rights to self-defense or to keep and bear arms.