Gun Control and History

It seems as if, during our current debate over gun control, there is a growing number of people who are incredulous about the notion that they need to be concerned about defending themselves against the government.  They view people who have such a concern as conspiracy theorists and out-right lunatics.  What do we have to fear from our government? Our government would never turn against us!

My question is: do these people choose to ignore history or are they genuinely ignorant of it?  History provides one example after another of governments attacking their own people! It staggers the mind that anyone could ignore this!

I used to think that Hegel was just being pessimistic when he said, “what experience and history teach is that peoples and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.”  Now, I think he was on to something.

Ralph Nader Isn’t Happy with President Obama

It seems Ralph Nader isn’t happy with the President.  See here.

Now, I disagree with Nader on a wide range of issues, but his comment that Obama is worse than Bush on foreign policy and civil liberties is dead on.

But let’s not just throw Obama under the bus, Congress is just as bad, as is evidenced by their recent extension of FISA, see here.  Says Rand Paul,

“Thanks to President Obama and the overwhelming majority in both parties, the government can wiretap your phone, snoop through your email, monitor your Facebook, intercept your text messages and spy on you any way they please. No warrant. No judicial restraint. No Bill of Rights. No Constitution.”

The fact that no one seems to care reveals the extent of apathy in this country towards basic liberties.  We do not deserve the freedoms we have if we do nothing to preserve them.