By R.J. Godlewski
© December 5, 2012, All Rights Reserved.
I hate idiots. Almost as much as I hate scum bugs, but at least the latter do not try to act so high and mighty – usually. However, this commentary has little to do with the dirt bags that waste our precious oxygen supply and everything to do with the idiots who flood our precious airwaves and digital signals. By now, most of the nation has heard sports commentator Bob Costas spew forth his anti-gun diatribe resulting from his confused fascination with the death of a professional football player. As an “analyst”, Costas should understand the facts of any argument that bears his name. Today, Kirsten Powers on Fox News aggravated Costas’ original idiocy by coming to his defense, claiming that the Second Amendment only holds value for hunting and should prohibit semi-automatic weapons. For someone raised in Alaska, I suspect that an angry grizzly bear had never chased down Ms. Powers, but that is not the point.
The entirety of the Constitution’s Second Amendment rests upon the right of the American citizen to challenge his or her government – to the point of open and armed rebellion if the need should arise. George Washington – first president and “father” of our nation – declared:
“Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth.”
“The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good.”
Thomas Jefferson, “father” of the bill of rights, wrote:
“A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.”
“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
“A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.”
“I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”
“When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.”
“None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army. To keep ours armed and disciplined is therefore at all times important.”
“The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.”
“Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man.”
These were not the words of people who viewed mere hunting as the basis for firearms ownership, but the very thoughts of people who remained eternally within a sprinter’s stance prepared for action against a despotic government.
Costas’s and Powers’ insinuation that semi-automatic weapons should be banned bears as much brilliance as if I were to claim that television journalists should be banned from cable and Internet technologies and resort to analog frequencies only. In fact, I would argue that my stance bears significantly more merit because your typical firearms owner does not infringe upon the rights of human beings and disrupt the U.S. Constitution as either Costas or Powers do.
Costas condemns America’s “Gun Culture”. The gun culture that he so adamantly derides is American culture. The height of the Wild West took fewer lives per capita than today’s Abortion culture. Powers implies that many chiefs of police are strongly against ownership of semi-automatic weapons. This is because police chiefs are politicians who seek power over their constituency – not service unto them. No public leader can deny humans their basic right of self-defense. In fact, the population should hold every chief of police and county sheriff directly responsible for all murders and crimes within their jurisdiction. Any public official that sacrifices their oath to the U.S. Constitution by subverting the Bill of Rights – including inhibiting the First Amendment’s freedom to express religious faith – should be removed from office at the earliest opportunity.
Tyranny represents America’s greatest enemy and it need not represent an armed invasion or rise of a despotic leader. Tyranny represents a fundamental desire to remove personal responsibility and happiness from the individual citizen. As such, a tyrant need not lift a finger to harm a living individual; they merely need to restrict that individual from protecting him or herself and expressing their religious faith of choice. Bob Costa’s and Kirsten Powers’ America is not a nation of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, but a tyranny destined to convince Americans that they remain far too stupid for their own good. I urge all conscientious Americans to email, write, or call both Bob Costas and Kirsten Powers and let them know that they do not speak for America. You, the citizen, do…
R.J. Godlewski (GOD LESS KEY) is an independent counterterrorism consultant, the director of the private International Nuclear Emergency Response Team [INERT], and the author of several novels, commentaries, and professional articles. He is the author and architect of the Web-based Independent Counterterrorist training program. He is currently a graduate student at American Military University completing his M.A. in Military Studies, Asymmetrical Warfare concentration, and graduate certificate in Security Management. Mr. Godlewski holds a B.A. in Intelligence Studies, Terrorism Studies concentration with a minor degree in Area Studies – Middle East with honors from American Military University. He further holds an undergraduate certificate in Explosive Ordnance Disposal and is a veteran of both the United States Navy and Navy Reserve. His most recent professional article is “Financial Counterintelligence: Fractioning the Lifeblood of Asymmetrical Warfare” in American Intelligence Journal 29 no. 2 (2011): 24-33. His latest book is Mini-Manual of the Independent Counterterrorist¸ Second Edition (ISBN 978-1480144989) and his next work is Skills of the Assassin: Understanding the Tactics of the Professional Killer (ISBN 978-1480240001) scheduled for release in December 2012).