Tom Brokaw v. Founding Fathers
Thursday Jan 17, Tom Brokaw was given time on MSNBC to tell the Founding Fathers the self-evident truths they laid their lives on the line for are farfetched.
Are we lucky, or what? Our talking heads know so much more than the men who pledged their lives, their sacred honor to free us from the tyranny of Kings and establish real freedom.
Brokaw spoke with Andrea Mitchell. He aimed his remarks at people who believe in the Constitution by saying, in a scholarly formal tone (which passes for derision in his circles), that 2nd Amendment types who say the Amendment is there to protect citizens from government tyranny are 'pretty outlandish'.
'I have to keep my weapon because the government's going to come and try to take it away from me, and I have to be able to fight back when that happens,'" Brokaw said. "Well that's the most far-reaching thing you can possibly imagine."
He expanded that utterance with, "If we get to a stage where storm troopers show up on your doorstep, it's about a lot more guns, by the way, it's anarchy in this country."
Tom? No kidding, brother. And by the way that was your 'outside voice', sir. The one you should guard against using because that's the voice which reveals vacuity, emptiness, lack of understanding and general boorishness. Let's see what George Washington has to say to you in reply.
"Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence ... from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable ... the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good." George Washington, First President of the United States
Tom Brokaw. Smarter than George Washington.
Tom, can you summon the memory of John Kennedy's famous remark concerning Thomas Jefferson? "There has never been a greater concentration of intellectual power here at the White House since Thomas Jefferson dined alone."
Tom, let's recall Thomas Jefferson's declaration about citizen's Right to keep and bear arms. So you may gauge the sensibilities of your statement.
"The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that ... it is their right and duty to be at all times armed...." Thomas Jefferson, letter to Justice John Cartwright, June 5, 1824. ME 16:45.
Duty, Tom. Duty. And on the possibility of tyranny by our own government, Tom?
"The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution." Thomas Jefferson, Third President of the United States
Tom? Current administration, sir?
"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 to James Madison
Really, sir. Are you so insular in your New York media cocoon you are unlearned in our History? Unaware of the tyranny even now building? Blind to the disastrous road Washington has been building? Unheeding of the Greatest Generation you proclaimed?
Tom, come with me and review George Mason, co-author of the Second Amendment.
"I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them." George Mason, Co-author of the Second Amendment, during Virginia's Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788
You seek slavery, Tom? Is this what you endorse? The rationale of the media personality? Is slavery preferable to you? Tom, here's a lesson you don't understand even with the enormous information matrix you've ridden to riches, Tom ... freedom is messy. Free citizens are the cure.
I close with two items you cannot understand, Tom, being a child of privilege and security. Everywhere you go, armed men stand ready to repulse evil for your sake, to put themselves between you and harm. Very few of us are afforded such luxury and then to have you pontificate out of hand that we are crazy for cherishing the Second Amendment and determined to use the Second Amendment is dastardly in its willful ignorance. I know you plead the Cause of Necessity, born of the horror of Newton, but Tom?
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom; it is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." - William Pitt, 1783
Are you really more learned than our most famous voices. Tom? What have you built? What risks have you taken? What have you done other than talk? Fancy suits, car service on demand and $200 haircuts are not a soapbox from which you can stand and lecture us, Tom.
Maybe a mere bumper sticker is more the style of script you're used to reading in your informed, formal tone, Tom.
"An armed man is a citizen. A disarmed man is a subject." Anon.
nd from a man you surely knew and admired.
"The right of the citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible." - Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey
Tom, I leave you with this page of quotes. These are not all the quotes, but for a small mind, it ought to at least get you started.
Please, use your access to the airwaves wisely, sir. You can do grotesque damage with your words, or inspire a rebirth of liberty. Your call, amigo.
Note: original posting miustakenly listed Thomas Lifson as author. The real author is Michael Geer, to whom we apologize.