Just ask the heroes of Ukraine!
At a gathering of well aged Democrats, the Head Groundskeeper ventured that if Ukrainians had enjoyed Americans’ Second Amendment rights for more than a few days before the Russkies invaded, they might be marginally better off than they are now. (“Ukraine locks and loads.”)
A liberal acquaintance — Madison folks would recognize his name immediately — objected to my defense of gun rights. He raised the specter of right-wing militias here in America. To the liberal mind, gaggles of backwoods Randy Quaids, armed with AR-15s, are plotting the takeover of this capitol or that village. Experience over the last few years says otherwise: as Antifa and BLM proved in Kenosha, Seattle, Portland, etc.
A grand jury did indeed today indict former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio for conspiracy in the January 6 Capitol attack last year, making him the second leader of a far-right group to face charges in the past several months. We wouldn’t blame Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for carrying, either. We get that.
But one could just as well regulate the First Amendment to a husk in order to prevent its misuse by the likes of Tucker Carlson or Joy Reid. The Czech Republic, that doughty little democracy, is doing just that. The country is moving to criminalize speech supporting Russian President Vladimir Putin or the Russian invasion with sentences of up to three years. “It is a curious way to fight tyranny,” observes super lawyer Jonathan Turley, “with tyrannical measures against free speech.” Damn Near Putin.
The assault on the First Amendment, we think, is far more injurious in the long run. And it’s endemic here in the U.S.A. Turley is riding this issue like Mario Andretti in the Brickyard.
→ Jeh Johnson withdraws as Vassar commencement speaker after protests.
→ Bolshoi conductor resigns over free speech controversy.
→ How the Senate is poised to codify censorship of social media.
→ Students block Shapiro from speaking at Hastings College of Law.
It’s a great title for a book
One Damn Thing After Another. That’s former Trump Attorney General Bill Barr’s tell all. Especially riveting is his encounter with #45 in the White House after telling the news media that his Justice Department found no irregularities in the 2020 election that would overturn the results. “You must hate Trump,” the President bawled. Barr offers his resignation then and there. Trump slams the table. “Accepted!”
In the limo on the way out, two aides pound on the car windows. Come back! He doesn’t want you to resign after all! Eventually, of course, Barr did just that.
Hated by the Let for being (allegedly) Trump’s enabler, our RITO … friends now denounce Bill Barr as an apologist for the Deep State. But our purpose here is to document the former attorney general’s higher authority for something the Werkes has been preaching Lo these many years: Instead of the notion that “poverty causes crime,” he argued the opposite was true — crime causes poverty. (More here.)
Blaska’s Bottom Line: On the Second Amendment, it would be wondrous to think that the gang bangers and drug cartels would surrender their weapons to civil authorities. But they’re not even applying for concealed carry licenses now.