Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Colorado recall successful


John Morse, ousted president of the Colorado Senate, was quoted this way by the New York Times:

“We made Colorado safer from gun violence,” he said afterward, as his supporters trickled away from a hotel ballroom here in his district. “If it cost me my political  career, that’s a small price to pay.”

The thing is, pushing through a packet of anti-gunner laws did not make anyone safer and everyone knew it. Coloradans saw the gun control push as funded from out of state and an imposition on their rights, a feel-good measure that burdened the innocent while skirting the very problem it supposedly addressed.

I hope the rest of the country's Democrats are paying attention. Less than half the states have  recall election laws, but all of them have elections, and siding with Nanny Bloomberg against the Second Amendment is perilous. There is an undercurrent of resentment out here in the electorate, not just over ill considered gun laws but over a wider perception that we are seeing heavy handed, leftward leaning displays of power over the people, to no purpose but to gratify the political sensibilities of  the far left.

The undercurrent is against political force used for things that feel good or sound right, but underneath are unsound governance. The resentment is focused on power for its own sake and pretexts for its use. This is a good healthy American sentiment, a feeling that individual rights ought be compromised only upon very good cause, and then only sparingly and carefully.

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