“Oblivion” is a term I use to describe a group of characters who go through life with no real understanding of what is going on around them. I can’t think of a better term to describe those on the far left of the political spectrum.
Actually, there are two kinds of Oblivions. Those who are members of the first group (Type 1) are just ignorant of the facts, either because they don’t take the time to learn or because they are incapable of comprehending the facts. Those who form the second group (Type 2) are people who chose to edit out information that doesn’t fit their own world view or political agenda.
It is this last group which is the most disturbing. I personally know people with Ph.D.s and Masters Degrees who are Oblivions and who fit this latter description perfectly. I also know teachers, lawyers, business people, social service providers, and custodians who also fit the description. The sad part is that Type 2 Oblivions will never admit what and who they really are.
Here is an example of Type 2 Oblivions at work. Far leftists constantly whine about the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. They focus on the wording that begins the clause…”A well regulated Militia, being necessary…” in order to try to erase our Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms”. They overlook two important facts. First of all, due to its placement in the sentence, the first clause (“A well regulated Militia being necessary”) does not serve as a limiting clause. More importantly, they overlook the fact that the Bill of Rights is the part of the Constitution that addresses INDIVIDUAL rights…not the rights of the State or any Militia. This important distinction was brought to my awareness by Bob Maginnis in the Minneapolis StarTribune letter section on January 7, 2008. It would have made no sense to include this one Amendment specifically to define the government’s right to arm people to form a Militia. This Amendment clearly refers to the rights of individuals to keep and bear arms.
Should there be any doubt, Mr. Maginnis went on to quote James Madison (a principal author of the Constitution) who wrote the following in the Federalist Papers. (I checked the quote myself and it is accurate.) James Madison wrote: “The advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation…forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition more insurmountable than any…”
Far leftist Type 2 Oblivions ignore the fact that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to ensure the right of Americans to keep and bear arms so that we can preserve our liberty in the face of the “ambitions” of those who would take it away. That group is large and includes not only our external enemies but also our internal enemies. Since those on the far left are among that list of internal enemies, it is of little surprise that they are the loudest in the quest to disarm law abiding American citizens.
This is why we must hold fast and be tough. No compromise is allowable because once we give even a little they will take it all. Just look at what has happened with seat belts, smoking, property rights…the list goes on and on. The gun issue is even more important than any of the other infringements of freedom on that list…because without the right to keep and bear arms the enemy can simply come to our doors and take what they want. We can never let that happen.
By the way, I think Madison made one additional important point in the Federalist Papers citation. He noted that Americans are at an advantage over people from other nations in the right to keep and bear arms. Nations like Canada should beware. You are not allowed to keep or bear handguns. Even hunting rifles and shotguns have to be registered in Canada. The government knows what arms you have. Should the wrong government be elected…I hate to think of the consequences.
The Supreme Court ruled on June 28, 2010 in a long-sought victory for gun rights advocates that the Second Amendment provides Americans a fundamental right to bear arms that cannot be violated by state and local governments. The 5 to 4 decision does not strike down any gun-control laws, nor does it elaborate on what kind of laws would offend the Constitution. One justice predicted that an “avalanche” of lawsuits would be filed across the country asking federal judges to define the boundaries of gun ownership and government regulation.
But Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., who wrote the opinion for the court’s dominant conservatives, said: “It is clear that the Framers . . . counted the right to keep and bear arms among those fundamental rights necessary to our system of ordered liberty.”
Here is the concern. Yes, the Supreme Court did the right thing. However, the Oblivions of both the first and second type are still out there. They will continue to try to legislate, litigate, and regulate away our Second Amendment rights, along with many other Constitutional rights. We must stay focused and on guard against Oblivions of either type. Our lives depend on it.