Political Ignorance

While I shouldn’t be surprised at the lack of quality & expertise of our elected leaders, I am reminded again and again almost on a daily basis.  The lack of knowledge of the history and laws of this country  in deciding actions upon the issues placed before the politicians is stunning.  What is worse, the politicians make decisions, policies, and laws that do not uphold the laws and their oaths to the Constitution and the United States.  The politicians are more concerned with gaining political power, and this is a cause of alarm for my wife and myself.  Let’s take the following examples:

Illegal Immigration:

Illegal immigration is now a political topic of epic proportions.  Both political parties are promising to address it with new proposals to mainstream the illegal immigrants into the United States, and stating that such proposals will fix the broken immigration system of laws.  To which I can sum up in one single succinct word:


Now before anyone starts coming after me for being a heartless, selfish bastard, let me make one thing perfectly clear – I fully understand the drive and ambition of the illegal immigrants to flee their native countries to come to the United States for a better life.  Opportunities for advancement in their respective homelands are often limited, and would otherwise relegate them to servitude and poverty.  However, they do have choices – stay in their own country & make do, work to make their own country better, or come to this country legally,  Somehow, illegally immigrating to another country and constantly looking over one’s shoulder does not sound like a life that I would want.

With that being said, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the current immigration laws. Rather, the problem is two-fold:

  • The border of the United States is not secure, which means there are multiple ways for people to enter into this country illegally. And they do – in droves.
  • There is inconsistent enforcement of the laws once an illegal immigrant is found, and penalties to employers to use illegal immigrants are little more than slaps on the wrist.

These deficiencies have now made a problem so overwhelming it cannot be resolved by law enforcement alone.  So now the politicians must get involved to solve yet another problem in crisis mode that should have been taken care of years ago.

The number of illegal immigrants is estimated to be somewhere between 11 and 18 million people. That is a huge voting block, which is why both political parties are falling over each other to propose their version of immigration reform which will probably include a so-called “pathway to citizenship.”  To me, this sounds like the politicians selling out the People of the United States to advance their own political power.

The sad part of it is, nothing these clowns propose or enact will resolve the problems of a porous border and undermanned border security & enforcement.  If anything, their proposals will only encourage illegal immigration.

Our Second Amendment Rights:

The United States Supreme Court in the District of Columbia v. Heller decision struck down the District of Columbia’s gun ban in June 2008.  This decision reaffirmed that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right of all Americans to “keep and bear arms” and is not limited to the militia and National Guard. The opinion continues “The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.”

And yet this decision to uphold one of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States is still under attack by the gun banning crowd.  Fiction is part of their arguments to deny law abiding citizens their Constitutional Rights.  For instance:

From ColoradoPols.com:

Speaking at a Denver Post forum on gun control Tuesday, [Representative Diana] DeGette pushed for legislation that would prohibit the future sale of ammunition-loading devices that hold more than 10 bullets. Noting that Colorado had recently passed a ban on magazines capable of holding more than 15 rounds, DeGette suggested existing devices that are grandfathered into the laws would lose functionality after being used.

“I will tell you these are ammunition, they’re bullets, so the people who have those now they’re going to shoot them, so if you ban them in the future, the number of these high-capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won’t be any more available,” she said, according to the Denver Post.

Obviously, Representative DeGette hasn’t a clue as to what she is talking about as gun magazines can be reloaded with ammunition, but that will not prevent her from weighing in on and voting on legislation to ban guns.

In contrast, some facts from the Wall Street Journal:

Much of the national discussion in the wake of the Newtown schoolhouse shootings has focused on limiting gun ownership by high-risk people. But to truly address the many homicides committed in America’s cities, lawmakers also need to ensure there are real consequences for illegally carrying a gun on the street. Regardless of whether or not the gun was lawfully obtained—carrying one illegally is a more serious offense than possession, since it is directly linked with high murder rates.

In 2012, 506 people were murdered in Chicago. According to an analysis of homicide data by the University of Chicago Crime Lab, nearly 86% of those killings were committed with a firearm, and more than three-fourths occurred outdoors, virtually all with illegally carried guns. Across the country in 2010, guns were used in 11,078 homicides—and illegally carried guns were a central element in most of the killings.

Did you understand the above?  It’s not the people obeying the laws that cause the majority of the problems – it’s the criminals!  In other words, criminals are breaking existing laws, and will most likely break any new ones that Congress or their respective State and Local politicians pass.

But the laws that the politicians pass are used to garner publicity for themselves, increasing their stature and chances for re-election.  Sandy Hook has been used by shameful politicians to advance gun banning legislation that would have not prevented the tragedy in the first place.  And yet the media and politicians obsesses over restricting weapons from law-abiding citizens who use them for recreation, hunting, and yes, self-defense.

From Thomas Sowell:

The defensive use of guns is usually either not discussed at all in the media or else is depicted as if it means bullets flying in all directions, like the gunfight at the OK Corral. But most defensive uses of guns do not involve actually pulling the trigger.

If someone comes at you with a knife and you point a gun at him, he is very unlikely to keep coming, and far more likely to head in the other direction, perhaps in some haste, if he has a brain in his head. Only if he is an idiot are you likely to have to pull the trigger. And if he is an idiot with a knife coming after you, you had better have a trigger to pull.

Surveys of American gun owners have found that 4 to 6 percent reported using a gun in self-defense within the previous five years. That is not a very high percentage but, in a country with 300 million people, that works out to hundreds of thousands of defensive uses of guns per year.

Yet we almost never hear about these hundreds of thousands of defensive uses of guns from the media, which will report the killing of a dozen people endlessly around the clock.

The murder of a dozen innocent people is unquestionably a human tragedy. But that is no excuse for reacting blindly by preventing hundreds of thousands of other people from defending themselves against meeting the same fate.

Something that I heard the other day rings oh so true:

Gun Control is not Crime Control.

But that simple fact will not stop the politicians from grandstanding & proclaiming that they are “doing something” to prevent another Sandy Hook while in reality, they are doing nothing constructive.

Civics Lesson:

What is the United States?  A Democracy?  If so, then it’s rule by the mob.  We’re actually a Constitutional Representative Republic, but the lines are being blurred every day.  Here’s a video that should make it clear:

The American Form of Government


From clashdaily.com:

Mob rule brings about unbelievable occurrences. Guys are elected with little or no experience or preparation for the task at hand. Certainly the election of Barack Obama is a prime example – when you consider his inexperience and background compared to that of his opponent.

Democracy is leading to the decline of our once great country – as more and more takers vote for more and more politicians who promise more and more free stuff.

The history of the fall of Rome should be an example of what is in store for the United States if the government stays on the current path and the People do nothing to change the course of the country.

A Politician’s Real Job (from 2005):

In case any of you didn’t know, a typical politician’s primary job is not to serve the people who elected him. His primary job is to get himself (or herself) elected or re-elected. Second is to reward all those contributors that gave $$ to help him get elected. Third is to get as many perks & benefits as he can while he is in office. Last on the list is the common person like you & I.

And some wonder why Congress and the politicians constantly rate so low on the trust scale.  After all:

  • If you lie to the Politicians in Congress, it’s a crime called Perjury.
  • If the Politicians in Congress lie to you, it’s called Politics.

Any questions?

About Tom Roland

Tom Roland is my pen name for this blog. With that in mind... EE for 35 Years, Two Patents - now a certified PMP. Married twice, burned once. One son with Asperger's Syndrome. Two cats. Conservative leaning to the Right. NRA Life Member.
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2 Responses to Political Ignorance

  1. Tom, you put the issue here in plain English, so even the most liberal of us can see the trouble……if they would read it. Very well put sir.

  2. Tom says:

    Thank you, Robert. Unfortunately, it was right next to your excellent post.
    reply from Robert: I think they will all be seen. I just hope that the people who are allowing all this to happen wake up before we lose it all.

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