Frame of reference

On Twitter:

Donald Arant‏ @darant3 Replying to @NRATV @MrColionNoir

More poisonous gun rhetoric and PROPAGANDA! Since you brought up the idea of the evolution of guns…let’s allow all Americans the right to own tanks?

Many other people pointed out that it is entirely legal to own tanks. Expensive, but legal. I thought I could help in a different way. His frame of reference is totally messed up.

So this was my reply:

I think I see the problem here. You believe the government LETS people do things. It’s the other way around. The U.S. Constitution, written by “We the people”, granted the government certain powers. It didn’t grant them powers to infringe upon our right to keep and bear arms.

He has probably been stuck in his alternate reality for so long that I’m not sure he will be able to comprehend things as they really are. But, it was worth a shot.


9 thoughts on “Frame of reference

  1. When I talk to people about stuff I’ve started to talk about the Constitution as a contract which gave the agent (The Feds) certain powers. I try not to mention conservatives and leftists or Democrats and Republicans, because that initiates the programmed reaction just as automatically as the soldiers in Raymond Shaw’s unit recited “Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.”

    • Neil Smith referred to it as the operating system for the nation. Not a bad analogy. Another one is that it is the “Contract with America”. That may have been from Randy Barnett. Maybe I’m just thinking of his explanation that you have to read the words of the Constitution in the way they were read by the people who approved them — exactly as you do when you have to interpret a contract.

  2. Maybe we need a national discussion as to whether the Government should allow HIM to speak and write? He might get a clue then about the principle at stake here.

    • Don’t count on it. Remember that leftists often don’t support freedom of speech either.

      • That’s true, he might be like the Soviets in the Gulags in the thirties who concocted bizarre and complicated excuses in their minds as to why they deserved to be there, in spite of always carefully toeing the party line.

        • Either that, or suffering from the Trotsky Delusion, thinking that socialism is wonderful because he expects to be one of the people in the ruling elite.

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