It’s been a long, hot week, and I’m a bit testy. With that in mind, let’s discuss where we are.
Saying that our president is doing a bad job is like saying the citizens of Pompei experienced traffic congestion the morning Mount Vesuvius blew. It’s true, but it’s also an incredible understatement. 100% of Barry’s presidency has resided somewhere between doing nothing or making things worse. Honestly, I’ll have a major award for anyone that can point to one good thing this man has done since he’s gotten into office. We’re still sitting just shy of 10% national unemployment…and that doesn’t count the people who are no longer even looking for work. Our debt and deficits literally make history ever single day, and all B.O. thinks we should do is spend more. In fact, his own freakin’ debt commission stated the debt will destroy this country. Not possible? Look at Greece, or Spain, or Portugal.
His Department of Justice is choosing to sue Arizona for enforcing federal law, while refusing to prosecute sanctuary cities for explicitly violating federal law. How about a lawsuit against Chicago for its new gun restrictions? Don’t understand my point Mr. President? How about we put the restrictions in terms you can understand. It would be similar to Illinois telling a young pregnant girl she can have an abortion, but only after she pays $1,000.00 cash to watch a video of an abortion procedure, with her parents and grandparents, after which she takes a test consisting entirely of identifying still images from the video, and then, after the abortion, being forced to keep the dead baby in a jar under her pillow for nine months after the abortion. Oh, and she’d need to go to Wisconsin to get the abortion. Now, I bet a law like that would receive a lawsuit. Guns and abortion are both “fundamental rights” that are protected by the constitution, right?
How ’bout that financial overhaul bill that everyone on the left is so damn excited about? While it doesn’t do anything about fixing what actually went wrong with the economy in the first place, Fannie Mae is out there offering first time home-buyers loans with a little as $1,000.00 down. And now I get to go sit in traffic on the highway because the idiots hired by the state of Illinois, with federal funds I’m sure, decided to strike after tearing up the damn road. They apparently didn’t get the memo that the economy sucks while health care costs and premiums are still going up, as a result of despite Obamacare. And on January 1, 2011, those of us who actually pay income tax can look forward to it skyrocketing.
And what is our esteemed president’s response:
The president said in the interview he believes voters “are going to say the policies that got us into this mess, we can’t go back to.” He also said Washington “has spent an inordinate amount of time on politics — who’s up and who’s down — and not enough on what we’re doing for the American people.”
It’s official. We didn’t elect a President. We didn’t even elect a petty dictator. We elected a buffoon. And by “we” I mean somebody else because I didn’t vote for him. The liberal policies that got us into this mess are still out there, alive and well. “What we’re doing for the American people?” Are you serious? How about what you’re doing to the American people? Here’s what Barry’s done to the American people since he’s become president: increased unemployment. increased deficits and debt. increased health care costs and premiums. increased economic uncertainty. increased claims of racism. increased divisiveness. increased entitlements. increased taxes. Here’s what he’s done for the people of America: been a really active (and bad) golfer.
It would be shocking if it weren’t so typical. Seriously, what is going on with the politicians in Chicago? In a 45-0 vote, the Chicago City Council enacted the toughest gun laws in the country yesterday.
The new ordinance bans gun shops in Chicago and prohibits gun owners from stepping outside their homes, even onto their porches or in their garages, with a handgun. It becomes law in 10 days, Corporation Counsel Mara Georges said.
In its vote, those representing the good people of the City of Chicago reveal why they should all be placed in a loony bin.
‘I wish that we weren’t in the position where we’re struggling to figure out a way in which we can limit the guns on our streets and still meet the test that our Supreme Court has set for us,’ said Alderman Toni Preckwinkle, minutes before the council voted 45-0 to approve the ordinance.
I’m convinced that every single Alderman is suffering from acid flashbacks all day, every day. The Supreme Court decision didn’t do anything to affect your “struggle.” Why? Because the people shooting each other already have the guns and probably don’t even know what the Supreme Court is. It’s not just the Aldermen who are nuts though; it’s also Mayor Daley.
‘You have to get the tools to the police,’ Daley said.
What tools? How does requiring law-abiding citizens to leave the city to purchase a hand-gun, and then jump through ridiculous hoops to own one, constitute law-enforcement “tools?” It’s nice to see though, that those voting for the Alderman are just as confused:
Some residents applauded the vote.
‘There’s just too much killing going on (and) we need protection,’ said Mary Fitts, a retiree who came from her home on the South Side to watch the vote. ‘You can’t even sit on your front porch.’
Ms. Fitts, the people doing the killing, and keeping you off your porch, aren’t those carrying their firearms card. And it should be pretty apparent at this point that the police aren’t protecting you. All Chicago’s ill-conceived law does is keep you from setting your gun next to you on your porch…where you stand a reasonably good chance of being hit with a stray bullet on a nice day. Other restrictions:
• Limits the number of handguns residents can register to one per month and prohibits residents from having more than one handgun in operating order at any given time.
• Requires residents in homes with children to keep handguns in lock boxes or equipped with trigger locks and requires residents convicted of a gun offense to register with the police department, much as sex offenders are now required to do.
• Prohibits people from owning a gun if they were convicted of a violent crime, domestic violence or two or more convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
• Requires prospective gun owners to be fingerprinted, take a four-hour class and one-hour training at a gun range.
• Calls for the police department to maintain a registry of every registered handgun owner in the city, with the names and addresses to be made available to police officers, firefighters and other emergency responders.
I wonder if the Supreme Court will analyze these restrictions in the same manner it reviews restrictions to abortion. If it does (and it should), I have a feeling the overwhelming majority of the restrictions will be shot down…at least if the current make-up of the Court remains. The most humorous part about the law (at least to me):
Those who have handguns, illegal under the ban, would have 90 days from the day the ordinance is enacted to register those weapons.
I’m not holding my breath that any of those gang-bangers, who had guns before the ban was deemed unconstitutional, will rush in to register them now…and get fingerprinted.
The thing that I find even more unconscionable than the new restrictions is the fact that cash-strapped Chicago is going to spend millions in tax-payer money over the next several years to defend them…and then raise taxes on its citizens to support the effort. The Chicago government is, without question, the worst government in the country.
I can hear it now…”activist judges…radicals in robes…blah, blah, blah.” The Supreme Court this morning ruled that Chicago’s gun ban, the strictest in the nation, is unconstitutional. Many, including myself, considered this to be inevitable following the Supremes striking down Washington D.C.’s gun ban. The only issue was whether the Second Amendment would be applied to the States through the Fourteenth Amendment, like every other right set forth in the Bill of Rights has been. While a no-brainer after the Washington D.C. case created the necessary precedent, the vote was nonetheless 5-4.
I’m sure Mayor Daley is in his office right now, with his bottle of Jameson’s and tears streaming down his cheeks. He loved his gun ban. I’ve never been real sure why–maybe a deal with the mob. In recent years though, his position has become simply unsupportable given the number of shootings that have been occurring on the city’s outskirts daily. If the thugs have the guns, why can’t we?
Gangs are over-running neighborhoods in the city and shooting anything and everything that moves. That might be o.k. if Chicago was suffering from a bear problem; but when the bears are actually six year-olds playing outside at noon…or 2 a.m. (parents?), it usually turns out badly. It might also be o.k. if the nanny-state was actually good at protecting its citizens, instead of simply cleaning up the mess. Of course, the cops know who the gang-bangers are, but they aren’t allowed to go crack some heads like they used to do. Now, maybe the law-abiding citizens can defend themselves…or at least create the illusion of doing so.
Now if the Supreme Court would just rule that Illinois’ ban on me buying fun fireworks is unconstitutional due to it depriving me of happiness, I wouldn’t have to spend my entire Fourth of July figuring out how many snappers I had to tie together to blow up a styrofoam cup.
I read an interesting blog over my morning cup o’ joe by Mick Dumke at the Chicago Reader (I’ve linked the article above). It presents Chicago king-pin, er, Mayer Daley discussing why Chicago’s gun ban is a good idea, and why pro-gun folks are nuts. It includes a rather humorous exchange between Dumke and Daley that does an excellent job illuminating Daley’s insanity.
I’ve enjoyed watching Daley come to terms with the likely Supreme Court ruling that Chicago’s gun ban is unconstitutional. Daley despises the “gun-rights” crowd and has always been proud of the ban. I also think he honestly believes the ban makes Chicago streets safer, which is somewhat ironic, given Chicago’s skyrocketing murder rate. Chicago was the murder capital of America in 2008, with 426 homicides, and has remained near the top of the list since.
I don’t think the police can be blamed for this, however. There are only so many cops and their ability to “crack down” on known gang members is limited. Of course, the job of the police isn’t necessarily to prevent crime, but to enforce the law after the crime occurs. It is largely the community’s job to prevent crime, and the Chicago community has failed in this respect. Also, Mayor Daley’s gun ban isn’t helping. The criminals have guns, and they will continue to have them regardless of the law because, well, they’re criminals. The law-abiding citizens of Chicago, on the other hand, don’t have them, and as a result, are relegated to bringing a knife to a gun fight. Simply put, the gun ban is not only unconstitutional, it’s stupid, and fails to increase anyone’s safety. Fortunately, it will likely be gone soon enough.