Quote of the day—Sen. Joe Manchin III

The bottom line is, Hop, you can’t stop government; you can’t stop this great country, you can’t stop the entrepreneurial spirit.

Sen. Joe Manchin III
May 17, 2013
Collateral Damage: ‘Heck no’ the IRS mess ‘doesn’t help us’ on gun control, Manchin says
[The bottom line is, Senator, you are incoherent and don’t understand the purpose of the Second Amendment. The purpose of the Second Amendment is to stop government when it has become oppressive and I believe it can stop government. And if you push too hard trying to implement gun control there is a good chance we will end up running the experiment to find out which of us is right about government being stoppable.

H/T to This Ain’t Hell and Daniel Greenfield who have their own comments.—Joe]

8 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Sen. Joe Manchin III

  1. There was another nice quote in that article… “The Second Amendment is [in] the Constitution – it can only be changed by the legislative branch of government.”

    Um, no. But I suppose this is what we can expect from legislators — most of them neither know nor care about the Constitution. (Some are even willing to say so out loud, like Dem. whip James Clyburn (S.C.): “There’s nothing in the constitution that says the Federal government has got anything to do with most of the stuff that we do.”)

  2. Can’t stop the entrepreneurial spirit? That’s precisely what the gov is attempting to do to DefDist – and he’s right, it doesn’t work. Can’t stop government? I thought the .gov was supposed to be directed by the sovereign citizens – not permitted to swagger about on its own (silly me.)

  3. “entrepreneurial spirit” What a yutz. I’ll have to add that to my dictionary. “Entrepreneurial spirit” now means its opposite I guess – Government zeal and overreach. I’ve referred to this in the past as “misplaced entrepreneurialism” but this nut job Manchin just brought it to a new level. So we are hereinafter to refer to power-mad politicians as “entrepreneurs”. Cute. And the IRS now consists entirely of “entrepreneurs” then. It looks like we have “entrepreneurialism” breaking out all over the place.

  4. We should also note the “this great country” bit. He’s saying that America’s greatness flows from government power, government programs and government action. Thus, to limit government is to limit America’s “greatness”.

    So any “Greatness” is a result of the “Entrepreneurs” in government. That means that the rest of us are just in the way, no?

      • He didn’t think that up in his head all extemporaneously either. It’s an on-going tactic. Radical Muslims aren’t terrorists either. Now they’re “conservative Muslims”. Cute, ain’t it? We’re conservatives, they’re conservatives. We’re all conservatives together. This sort of thing goes back several generations.

  5. The Wall St. Journal had a nice op-ed piece about Axelrod’s amazing statement along the lines of: you can’t expect to hold the president accountable for bad stuff because the government is too big to control.
    True, but as the WSJ points out, that’s one heck of a Freudian slip for the most recent architect of big government.

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