“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the rabid anti-gun zealot who has all but abrogated the “right of the people to keep and bear arms” in his fair city in the name of “reasonable gun laws”, believes the Boston bombings require our interpretation of our Constitutional liberties to change.
But our obligation first and foremost is to keep our kids safe in the schools; first and foremost, to keep you safe if you go to a sporting event; first and foremost is to keep you safe if you walk down the streets or go into our parks,” he said.
No, sorry, what I see and hear are justifications for the ever-expanding authority of government at the expense, yet again, of personal liberties. Bloomberg’s disingenuous diatribe that metal detectors in schools can be somehow lumped in with draconian firearms laws denying ownership and possession by law-abiding adults as a part of “reasonable” tells you what you need to know about his respect, or lack thereof, for our Constitutional freedoms.
The idea that we are “…endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights…” seems to him to mean “…endowed by the Mayor with certain negotiable rights…”, and should be a giant red (and I do mean RED) flag. If you missed that one, there is this from a 2011 speech he gave at MIT:
“I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world. I have my own State Department, much to Foggy Bottom’s annoyance. We have the United Nations in New York, and so we have an entree into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have,” Mayor Bloomberg said.
There have been rumors that he is eyeing the White House in 2016. If he gets there, expect his interpretation of our Constitution to do far more harm to our precious freedom than a dozen Boston terrorists. As would anyone else who shares his belief that freedom should be bartered so casually for the perception of safety. Though I am no fan of the PATRIOT Act, measures infringing on our privacy and liberties since then, and the desires for yet more by people like Michael Bloomberg, make PATRIOT absolutely pale in comparison.
“That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just power from the consent of the governed.”
Secure them. Not trade them. Hey, Bloomberg, you can keep your “change”, too.