Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) is doing everything in his power to make the 2020 Democratic presidential race about one issue: guns. He’s painting himself as the guy who will take on the NRA and Republicans by focusing strictly on gun confiscation. It’s not working very well as his name recognition is going nowhere with Democrats, but he’s continuing to bang the same drum.
His latest attempt to argue for gun confiscations is ludicrous.
NRA Twitter is losing its mind with “how is Swalwell going to take guns from law-abiding owners.” SPOILER: I’m not. I’m organizing with the Moms & students, and we’re going to CHANGE the law. Weapons of war will be no more. #BanandBuyBack #EndGunViolence
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) April 16, 2019
Read it carefully. It’s like one of those jokes that takes a second to get but once you get it, you laugh hysterically.
He claims he doesn’t want to take guns away from law-abiding citizens. But he wants to change the laws so the guns currently owned by law-abiding citizens are no longer legal. THEN he’ll take them away.
In other words, he’s going to change the laws so law-abiding citizens are no longer abiding by the law to own the guns they purchased and owned legally.
Let’s get two things clear. First, any and all attempts to make it more difficult to keep or bear arms is an attack against the 2nd Amendment. There are plenty of laws on the books today that can be considered all the “common sense gun laws” we need. There are plenty of others that go too far and should be repealed. But there are no laws that are being discussed or that could ever be discussed that would make Americans safer in the long run or that align in any way with the 2nd Amendment.
Second, any time an inch is taken, the proverbial mile will be taken as well. Even the bump stock ban, which only affected a small portion of the country, is clearly a gateway to further bans of firearms and accessories. People like Stalwell are selling the idea that Americans can’t be safe as long as gun laws are the way they are. This is the sales pitch that has only one product – gun confiscations that will extend to more guns and will affect more people in a very short period of time. This isn’t the steady, incremental revocation of rights that many are expecting. What Swalwell and other leftists want is a quick grab that essentially never ends. The domino analogy works well here because the speed at which dominoes fall is a better representation of what will happen when we give that inch.
There are many idiots in the Democratic field, but few are as infuriating as Eric Swalwell. He’s one wing of the party that is spreading just as quickly as the hyper-leftist socialist wing. They all want our guns. They won’t stop until they get them.
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Trump hits Biden on China connections
One thing has been made clear by recent events as they pertain to China: They are dying for someone to beat President Trump next November. In many ways, they’re banking on it.
This should make every American, including Democrats, concerned because even more than Russia, China has the capabilities to get in and change the hearts and minds of Americans, hack the 2020 election, and set in motion events that will benefit them. We’re talking about a country with nearly unlimited resources when it comes to cyberwarfare and social engineering. If Russia was ever a real concern to Washington DC, China is the true 800-lb gorilla in the political influence room.
The President called out former Vice President Joe Biden for his and his family’s involvement in China. Speaking to Steve Hilton on the Fox News show, The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton, the President pointed to alarming facts about the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.
The threat from China is far greater than that from Russia, both economically as well as geopolitically. They have been a stirring giant for years. For the 2020 election, their stirring may turn into game-changing action if we’re not watchful.
How Alabama’s abortion law sets President Trump up to be a pragmatist
One of the favorite tactics for both major political parties is to paint opposing candidates as extremists. This is particularly true when it comes to presidential candidates; if you don’t recall, every Republican candidate since Ronald Reagan has been painted as a bigot by Democrats. But whether or not the people fall for the extremism play is usually based, at least to some degree, on reality.
That may not be the case in the 2020 election as both media and the expressions of the people seem to be favoring extremism as a reality rather than just a label. The President is a far-right bigot in the eyes of Democrats while every Democratic candidate (with the possible exception of Joe Biden) is a far-left socialist in the eyes of Republicans. Meanwhile, mainstream media is engaged in confirmation bias to appease their audiences. One need only look at coverage of the Mueller report to see how this is unmistakably true.
On the issue of abortion, the Democratic candidates have made no attempts to appeal to the middle. As each is either asked for or volunteers their perspective on abortion, invariably they are pushing no restrictions whatsoever. This is a far cry from the days when the Clintons thought abortions should be safe, legal, and rare. Today, abortions are to be embraced as far as Democrats are concerned, and any attempt to push for adoption or to fight for the rights of the child in the womb is considered bigoted. One by one, every Democratic candidate is adopting abortion extremism as their stated stance.
But President Trump did something yesterday that makes sense from a political perspective. I may disagree with his stance, but it’s a winning strategy for his reelection campaign. He said he is pro-life with exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother. This stance was once considered to be an extreme position for the right, but with the Alabama abortion bill removing exceptions for rape and incest, the President has the luxury of being closer to the middle than any of his opponents (again, with the possible exception of Biden – we’ll find out soon enough).
Thankfully, the President of the United States has very little they can do when it comes to abortion other than pick pro-life judges and act as the leader of their party. Executive orders on abortion would be certainly struck down regardless of what they say, so it comes down to ideological purity. With Democrats taking on abortion-on-demand as their stated radical stance, it’s hard to argue that the President is the extremist when even he doesn’t directly support the Alabama bill. He didn’t call it out, but by stating his personal position he established that he’s not as far to the right as the Democrats are to the left.
Today, the Democrats must embrace their primary voters, many of whom are the radical progressives “shouting their abortions” and pushing for a socialistic Dystopian future for America. Meanwhile, the President has the luxury of being more pragmatic with his approach since he’s already in general election mode. He doesn’t need to appeal to his base very much because they either stand behind him out of adoration or they fear the Democrats too much to consider going against him. Even most #NeverTrumpers are having a hard time reconciling their hatred for the President with the current batch of hardline hyper-leftists vying for the Democratic nomination.
We can argue the nuances of being pro-life and having exceptions, but as long as the Democrats are all onboard for on-demand abortions, the President’s less extreme stance on abortion will help him next November.
Cory Booker in the aggregate: Propagating the ’mass shooting every day’ deception
Witness the formation of a false talking point by continual repetition.
Presidential candidate Cory Booker et al. has repeated the same line of ‘a mass shooting every day, in the aggregate’ for the past few weeks in various town halls and interviews. Like most Leftist talking points, this absurd assertion has been carefully constructed to foment a pithy little saying unmoored from reality. The fact is, the Liberty grabber Left exploites every mass shooting to maximum effect, to the point that they have begun to regularly use ‘anniversaries’ of these tragedies to push for more controls over our freedom. Even in this case, it has it’s own escape clause of ‘in the aggregate’ if anyone is ever called on this deception..
Just for reference, this is the Oxford English dictionary entry for the phrase ‘in (the) aggregate’
In total; as a whole.
Again, even here reality isn’t too kind to the Left. The fact is, there hasn’t been a ‘mass shootings in the aggregate every day.’ Or ‘mass shootings In total every day.’ As in this video at the 5:10 mark.
This is as yet another case where the Left doesn’t care about the truth of the matter, only the setting of a certain perception in the public consciousness. It doesn’t matter that each and every mass shooting is exploited from beginning to end. Or that even the hint of one taking place will see news bulletins instantly going out over the wire.
That plain fact doesn’t stop Leftists from trying to promulgate the false perception of gun violence being an overwhelming ‘epidemic’ that demands the immediate implementation of drastic measures.
Repeating a lie doesn’t make it true.
Despite the admonitions from infamous Leftists Adolph Hitler and Vladimir Lenin, repeating a lie doesn’t make it the truth, but it is part and parcel for Leftists to traffic in lies. The fact is, mass shootings are rare, no matter what kind of creativity in defining these distinctive events to include just about anything imaginable.
The plain fact is that Leftists need ‘serious crisis’ in order to ratchet down our Liberty. When reality fails to meet their needs, they just make up their own ‘in the aggregate’. Never mind that there aren’t mass shootings every day, the national socialist Left would like that to be the perception so they can push their gun confiscation agenda. They push the ‘gun violence is a unique problem in the states’ even though other nations are far more violent, but as they drift further and further into insanity their grip on reality has become that much more tenuous.
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