Jun 5, 201409:49 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Groovy! Dems oppose concealed carry and free speech but make peace with pot
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Not quite amnesty, acid, and abortion — but close.
Democrats at their annual state convention are being encouraged to legalize marijuana but to say no to the First and Second Amendments this weekend in Wisconsin Dells.
The progressive party would make criminals of over 200,000 law-abiding Wisconsin concealed carry permit holders. Look at the sneaky way the party of Obama, Jim Doyle, and Jimmy Carter drops the bomb: “We support the right to hunt, to bear arms, a concealed carry ban …”
Whoa! Didn’t that sentence start out by supporting the right to bear arms? The proposed party platform also bans the sale of so-called “assault weapons” (in reality, no different from any other semi-automatic weapon except for cosmetics) and would limit “the size of magazines.”
How the ban on concealed carry would square with an increasing number of judicial rulings is unclear. No, wait. It’s very clear. It would run afoul of settled law. Think particularly of the federal court decision handed down in December 2012 that forced Illinois, the last holdout state, to honor the Second Amendment. (Reported here.) The Second Amendment, Judge Richard Posner wrote for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, “confers a right to bear arms for self-defense, which is as important outside the home as inside.”
Concealed carry permit holders are not shooting up elementary school playgrounds, Democrats. Permit holders submit to criminal background checks, prove they have been trained in firearms, and pay a fee.
If Wisconsin Democrats have declared war on the Second Amendment, they have made peace with the pusher man. Perhaps so New York Times liberal Maureen Dowd won’t have to jet all the way to Colorado in order to get thoroughly baked, during which she endured “an eight-hour freakout,” Ann of Althouse perspicaciously notes.
I’m surprised she’s willing to write openly about … the classic idiot’s mistake of choosing edible marijuana — which takes some time to kick in — eating some and then — after not feeling enough — eating some more.
Dowd’s drug-addled brain seems to have lit on the liberally-correct notion that what’s needed is more regulation: packaging and labeling requirements and accurate information on correct “dosing.” There’s no dosing information on bottles of alcohol. How high do you want to get?
One of Ann’s commenters offers, “[Dowd’s] freakout started long before she traveled to Colorado to eat any drugs.”
Platform of the darned
The same platform that professes “to hold sacrosanct our civil liberties” proposes gelding the First Amendment by declaring “that corporations are not people and money is not speech.”
That hasn’t stopped candidate Mary Burke’s emails encouraging the Exchequer of the Stately Manor to fund her campaign. Nor, one presumes, will it stop the corporate entity known as the Democratic Party of Wisconsin from speaking, composed as are all corporations, of human beings, not polar bears (in Judge Scalia’s locution).
But wait, there’s more! Wisconsin Democrats this weekend will be asked to support policies that would:
- Create a single-payer national health care system “managed by the U.S. government”
- Eliminate school choice vouchers
- Raise more tax money to pay teachers
- Close off free trade
- Promote unionization under the watchful eye of union organizers through the card check process
- Raise corporate taxes
- Take “aggressive action” against climate change
- Restore the public intervenor at the DNR
- Finance partisan election campaigns with taxpayer money
- “Address the grievances that cause terrorism”
- Mandate a “living wage” of $19 an hour for a single parent with one child
- Provide an “unconditional basic income”
“Unconditional” means you don’t have to, you know, actually work.
That is one blissed-out party! Rumors that the Dem platform is printed on Zig Zag “cigarette paper” have not been confirmed.