Bill Maher is hard to fathom. He’s either a liar, an idiot, or a showman that only cares about ratings and will say anything to get them. I can’t believe that he actually believes the things he says. Take these comments on the 2nd amendment. He says that the right to bear arms was put in the Constitution so slave owners could keep their slaves in check. That is utter hogwash.
But, even if such nonsense were true, it would not negate the right to bear arms, but rather it would accentuate it. In our modern world blacks are free. The right to bear arms applies to them. If there is a fear (there should not be) that they will be made slaves again, then that right should be one they fight for tooth and nail. However, I realize I just misspoke. There is a fear that they will be made slaves again. This time to the government.
And that is how Maher is accidentally right. It is about slavery, but not the chattel kind of America’s founding. Our government can make us slaves. People don’t like to believe that of course and when yu say it out loud they tend to think you are a nut job conspiracy theorist. From the start of our nation though this was the intent. The Declaration of Independence explains that men have certain rights that belong to them and not to the government. It states very clearly, “…whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…” and how are the people to do that? How are they to abolish it and institute a new government when the old one, like the British Monarchy, aren’t all that keen to go?
“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined…. The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.” – Patrick Henry, Speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1778
It seems we do not guard our liberty well in America.
Tick by tick it has been taken away. Not just our right to bear arms but other rights too. The right to bear arms has been infringed. That you need a permit to carry a gun is literally an infringement on your right to bear arms. “Can I carry a gun in my pocket?” to which the answer is either “No!” or “Yes, if you get this permit.” The constitution says nothing of permits. The language is simple “shall not be infringed”. Now we live in a world where people are crying out, begging in fact, for their right to bear arms to be curtailed, and your right too of course.
They beg the government to manage their healthcare for them. If you don’t want a part of that the government can force you to purchase something. If not for the actions of President Trump the Obamacare mandate would have its thumb over you. But people begged for that. They got angry at any thought that someone would be against it.
We have others begging for free college. It may sound free, but it isn’t. The money has to come from somewhere. It comes from you and your neighbors, your mom and dad, your brothers and sisters, the little old lady on a fixed income who pays taxes on the social security she already paid taxes on it being a tax itself.
“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787
We often quote the founding fathers when it comes to gun rights and liberty because they lived it. They lived in a country that needed to be free and they took the action required to do it. So you will find their quotes are often stern and violent in nature.
It is still possible in American to effect change in American as Trump has demonstrated. But it should be clear by Maher’s more recent remarks that some are willing to see anything happen when they are afraid of that change.
“I hope for a recession to get rid of Trump. Sorry if that hurts people” – Bill Maher
The more people like that who exist to stand in the way of liberty the closer we edge to a day when we will need to take up arms to remind everyone that liberty isn’t earned or given it is owned from birth.
To keep ourselves from becoming slaves to, not only a government bent on taking care of us, but also to our neighbors who think they know best how we should live our lives. At every turn liberty should be on our minds and on our lips so that those trying to rob us of it know exactly how precious it is to us and to what lengths we are willing to go to protect it and avoid a return to slavery in America.
Of course – they know that already – which is why they work so hard against our right to bear arms.