OK, actually two of them, and as Bearing Arms reports, these weapons had high capacity magazines too!
Some Liberals try to claim Thomas Jefferson as “their” Founding father, which is laughable. Some Democrats try to claim Jefferson as “their” Founding father because the Democratic Republican that Jefferson, along with Madison, and Monroe, and John Quincy Adams among others belonged to would eventually split after the 1824 election into the National Republicans, which did not last long, eventually becoming the Whig Party and the Democratic Party. Of course the Left forgets that the Democratic Party of the 19th Century was the more “Conservative” party. Read the Democratic Party platform for 1840 for example
1. Resolved, That the federal government is one of limited powers, derived solely from the constitution, and the grants of power shown therein, ought to be strictly construed by all the departments and agents of the government, and that it is inexpedient and dangerous to exercise doubtful constitutional powers.
5. Resolved, That it is the duty of every branch of the government, to enforce and practice the most rigid economy, in conducting our public affairs, and that no more revenue ought to be raised, than is required to defray the necessary expenses of the government.
6. Resolved, That congress has no power to charter a national bank; that we believe such an institution one of deadly hostility to the best interests of the country, dangerous to our republican institutions and the liberties of the people, and calculated to place the business of the country within the control of a concentrated money power, and above the laws and the will of the people.
You can go read it all, but can you imagine today’s Democratic Party embracing low taxes, or limited federal government? And they claim to adore Jefferson?
What got me thinking about all of this was this picture at 90 Miles From Tyranny
Think about that quote from Jefferson ( To be entirely fair, only the first sentence has been attributed to Jefferson. It comes from his drafts of the Virginia State Constitution) In all their efforts to push gun control the Left mocks that quote, they mock anyone who uses that quote, and anyone who references that quote in any way. They mock Jefferson, and they mock his ideals. The same ideals that led him to write the Declaration of Independence, and many of the same ideals held by the rest of the Founders. Democrats cannot have it both ways. They cannot heap praise on Jefferson while at the same time ridiculing Jefferson’s ideals as “extreme”. They cannot admire a man whose ideals they loathe. Remember this the next time you hear some Leftist talking about Jefferson as “their” Founding Father.
Consider this quote from Thomas Jefferson, via Zion’s Trumpet As you weigh these words of wisdom ask yourself how many of today’s Congressmen would actually say these words and MEAN them!
Not many, Hell many would label these the words of an extremist so, my question is how has this happened? What blows me away is that we have grown so very foolish in just 240 years or so. They say those that forget history are bound to repeat it. I am not so sure we have forgotten, we are so far removed from the Founders it as if we never learned it to begin with.
I learned years ago, before I ever started writing op-eds, and long before I started blogging that Liberalism is an ideology of convenience. A Liberal can take a stand on any issue regardless of facts. How convenient that is. Liberalism is also an ideology for the selfish. Not only do liberals think themselves entitled to everyone else’s money, but they think they should be able to express their opinions without any disagreement. See, disagreeing with a Liberal might force them to think about their position on issues, and that would be highly inconvenient. It would also make them unhappy, of course, Liberalism is also an ideology for the pessimistic, but I will save that for another time. Back to the unhappiness that being challenged ideologically brings to a Liberal. This is where Liberals fail to grasp what Jefferson was talking about when he wrote “the pursuit of happiness” in the Declaration of Independence.
Jefferson writes about the “pursuit” of happiness. No one has a right to be happy, just as they do not have a right not to be offended, or a right to other people’s money. What we do have a right to do is pursue happiness, to live our lives as we see fit, to pursue, and hopefully live our dreams. Jefferson understood, as did the rest of the founders, that the unalienable right we are created with come from God, or at least they are rights that are part of the natural condition of mankind. These rights do not come from government, as Liberals believe. This, of course, makes Liberals unhappy because Liberals love them some government, the bigger the better. Now would be a good time to add another steadfast rule about Liberalism. It is an ideology of government dependence. Liberals look at government as their parents, it is there to protect them, decide for them, run their lives etc.
All ,of this makes me laugh when a Liberal tries to call Jefferson THEIR founding father. Jefferson if he lived today, would be loathed by the Left. He would be ridiculed as a Tea Party extremist, and the IRS would likely have thrown him in prison already. Jefferson exemplified everything the Left hates, yet they
think feel, because Liberalism is an ideology of emotionalism, that Jefferson would be a Liberal. Boy do they misunderstand Jefferson. And, again, it is all because they fail to grasp what Jefferson meant when he penned the Declaration of Independence. Sorry Liberals, but pursuing happiness is not the same as being happy, and, as Jefferson understood, the pursuit of happiness is greatly hampered by big, intrusive government, but, I suppose y’all will never get that straight either. If Liberals were really honest with themselves, they would admit that THEIR founding father, was not Jefferson, or Madison, of Franklin, or Mason, or Washington, instead it was this lunatic.
But, sadly, many Liberals are not even aware of how closely their ideals and his are connected. If they spent more time thinking, rather than emoting, they might just grasp why I refer to them as Marxists in training
H/T to The Other McCain, who is also trying to set Libs straight on what he calls the “Politics of Feeling”. Go read what he says, good stuff, here is a small sample
What did Jefferson mean by “happiness,” anyway? Considering that this phrase occurs where “property” would be found in the classic Lockean formulation of rights, Jefferson means “happiness” not as some mere sentimental feeling, but rather in the sense of “good fortune,” which to an 18th-century mind, would mean what we today mean when we say “success” or “prosperity” — the contented enjoyment of the accumulated fruits of one’s labor. Of course, the mind of an 18th-century colonial plantation owner is so remote from our own culture that we might as well try to understand the worldview of the Pharoahs.
Still, my point is exactly this: Our sentimental reverence for these phrases — “We hold these truths to be self-evident” and so forth — hinders our ability to think about what the Declaration was really all about, and unless we have the maturity to transcend our childish emotionalism, we aren’t really thinking, but merely feeling.
This is how we end up in situations where the discussion of public policy is warped by the claim that our arguments are wrong because we might make people feel bad about themselves.
You are a “hater” if you dispute the benefits of affirmative action — not because facts and logic contradict your argument, but because some people have convinced themselves that this policy is a reflection of their value as human beings. Thus, no matter how wrong-headed the policy or how harmful its results, your opposition is indicted as unfair because you’re making people feel bad — you hater!
Beyond that, however, is the point that Thomas Sowell hammers home inThe Vision of the Anointed, namely that liberalism is about making liberals feel good about themselves or, as the book’s subtitle explains,Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
Via 90 Miles From Tyranny I wonder if CPAC would skip inviting Jefferson too?