Nevada voters have absolutely no reason to send Harry Reid back to the U. S. Senate this November. He has used his position as majority leader to push the United States toward bigger, more powerful, more expensive, and ever more intrusive government — a place where American voters, and Nevada voters especially, do not want to go.
Furthermore, he has done this using all those underhanded political tricks Americans have come to detest: backroom deals, arm-twisting, bribes and blackmail. In the process, he has contributed memorable new phrases to the lexicon of political corruption, phrases like “The Cornhusker Kickback” and “The Louisiana Purchase”.
Yes, Nevada voters have no reason to re-elect Harry Reid. And Harry Reid knows it. Which is why he is doing what every self-serving politician does when he knows the issues aren’t on his side: he tries to demonize his opponent and make her the issue instead. In doing this, he is getting a lot of help from the news media.
Sharron Angle has, in the past, given voice to some views that, taken out of context, some might find “extreme”. For example, it is said she wants to abolish Social Security (actually she wants to phase it out; those already collecting benefits will still be able to collect them), repeal the 16th (income tax) Amendment and abolish the departments of Energy and Education, and that she opposes abortion except to save the life of the mother.
But the story the media have been trying to get the most mileage out of is the claim that Angle “called for Second Amendment remedies” to our current problems. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who has been trying to convince everyone that anybody to the right of Nancy Pelosi is another Timothy McVeigh lurking in the shadows and watching for an opportunity to act out his violent fantasies, has been hammering on this theme incessantly.
“Like a typical leftist,” says Frank Ross on Andrew Breitbart’s bigjournalism.com, “poor Chris has no sense of irony or metaphor or anything else — spooked by his own dark fantasies of the right, he takes every statement made by a conservative absolutely literally, then spins it into a terrifying tale of lurking militias and Christian-rightists and lions and tigers and bears oh my…”.
He even manages to suck Joe Scarborough into his paranoid fantasy about Angle, although that shouldn’t surprise anyone, since Scarborough, once a Republican Congressman, has lately been exhibiting symptoms of leftist paranoia himself.
Once you actually dig into to what Ms. Angle actually said about “Second Amendment remedies”, it turns out to be exactly the opposite of what the left-wing media have been claiming. In fact, what she actually said is, “I hope we’re not getting to Second Amendment remedies. I hope the vote will be the cure for the Harry Reid problems.” This is hardly “calling” for them.
The controversy over Angle’s Second Amendment remarks began about two weeks ago, but they actually stem from an answer she gave to a radio interviewer back in January. She was asked for her views on the Second Amendment and, in her answer — which she reiterated in the interview cited in the above link — she explained that the Second Amendment is not for the military and police, but for ordinary citizens as an ultimate check on tyrannical government.
Anybody who has studied the American Revolution and the drafting of the Constitution will recognize that this is the exact interpretation the framers had in mind when they inserted that amendment.
The first eight articles of the Bill of Rights were intended to address specific abuses of power by the British government. In fact, the very first battle of the American Revolution was a “Second Amendment remedy” — and is a big reason why we have a Second Amendment. On April 18, 1775, the British military commander in Boston sent troops to Lexington and Concord to confiscate weapons from colonial militiamen. But, thanks to Paul Revere, the colonials had advance warning and were ready for them. And don’t fool yourself by thinking that these militiamen were fighting a foreign power. They thought of themselves as British subjects, and, in their minds, were fighting their own government, which had grown too oppressive and burdensome.
Without an understanding of the abuses of the British government at the time of the Revolution, it is impossible to fully appreciate the Bill of Rights. (For example, the Third Amendment prohibits the quartering of soldiers; without a knowledge of the events leading up to the Revolution, a modern American will have no idea what this means.) And just to make sure they covered all the bases, the framers added the Ninth and Tenth Amendments.
Unfortunately, our dumbed-down education system has given us an electorate that is ignorant of these things. One cannot watch Jay Leno’s Fourth-of-July “Jaywalking” visit to Universal Studios without getting a feeling of dread:
With voters like these, maybe Harry Reid actually has a chance. If so, America doesn’t — and there’s no maybe about that.