Sold down the river?

Ever since the American People elected Donald J. Trump as President, it seems that forces on the left who did not vote for him have been doing everything in their power to undermine our individual rights. It started with the extreme left groups screaming “Not my President” and the whole resist movement. The question in my mind was how they were going to resist freedom. Isn’t that kind of like trying to fight a cloud? But I guess they are trying to do it. Places like Berkeley are curtailing free speech, and no, the irony is not lost on me that the home of free speech is rioting to keep people from expressing themselves. As I said in previous blog posts, we have seen the liberal left, when they were running the government, violate the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, and 10th amendments. In other words, the rights of the People don’t matter to the liberal left.

However, I believe that the establishment politicians have stopped giving much of a tinker’s damn about the rights of the People. Witness the latest bit of legislation being pushed forward. Because of the shootings in Las Vegas, and after people like Sen. Dianne Feinstein stated clearly that no law currently on the books or that could be proposed could have stopped the shooting, Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and his co-sponsor, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), have proposed a supposed “bump stock ban.” However, nowhere in the legislation is “bump stock” mentioned. Instead, the legislation bans “manufacture, possession, or transfer any part or combination of parts that is designed to increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle.” A semi-automatic weapon uses recycled gas from the current round to eject the brass and cycle the action to put the next round into the chamber. What this equates to is one shot per trigger pull, so any part of the rifle, from the gas block to the buffer springs to the trigger could be made illegal. Additionally, there is no grandfather clause (so current possession could also be outlawed), and the loose wording of the proposal gives the appearance they are trying to outlaw semi-automatic rifles, and by extension, semi-automatic pistols as well. Hey Republicans, I thought you had taken on the mantle of  guardians of the Constitution. Which part of “shall not be infringed” does not compute? This is clearly a power grab on the part of Washington.

The impression I got was that the former administration thought of themselves as royalty, and congress thought of themselves as the nobility, and that the People are nothing more than serfs to serve the government. (“Dennis, there is a lovely piece of filth over here!” — Monty Python and the Holy Grail) They expect us to throw our shekels into the machine, and shut up and let them get on with their agenda. And as time progresses, it seems like more and more establishment Republicans, such as McConnell, McCain, Graham, Murcowski, Collins, and others, have been slowly (or not so slowly) throwing in their lot with the radical left. These faux-Republicans, who don’t care about the rights of the People have done their damnedest to fight the repeal of the ACA, and are now trying (or threatening) to derail tax relief for the American people. These are the people who elected them to represent them. The only thing that they are representing, that I can see, are their own personal interests. What they are doing, and the liberal left as well, is a betrayal of the American people, the majority of them that voted for Trump.