Let’s Trade Constitutional Amendments

I’m a big fan of stark choices. Stark choices push trivialities aside, expose underlying problems and bring hidden motivations to light. There is nothing more satisfying than watching well nursed notions self-destruct when reduced to stark choices. Here’s a stark choice our corrupt ruling class will never put on ballots, or discuss, or dare mention.

We can continue riding our gun-toting financial train wreck or we can repeal the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms, and substitute a Balanced Budget Amendment in its place.

Citizens lose the right to bear arms and government loses the right to borrow and print money. To my tiny programmer brain this seems like a completely fair trade. The Second Amendment was never about creating a safe cozy society. It was all about safe-guarding liberty; it still is. Today, the biggest threat to the liberty of Americans is our own government. If it was cut down to a fiscally sustainable size the need for firearms, to shoot the bastards in DC, would dramatically subside and then all of us, left, right, up, down, top and strange could join hands for one big happy Kumbaya-a-thon.

Yeah I didn’t think so.

Still it’s fun to play these mind games. If by some miracle, and I’m talking Red Sea parting here, my amendment swap ever got serious consideration, it would be amusing to watch the partisan cockroaches1 run for cover.

For the left the primacy of the state is everything. Gun control is far more about control than it is about guns and public safety. Faced with the dramatic curtailment of largely wasteful government social programs, a logical consequence of balanced budgets, your typical lefty would happily accept one, two, three, maybe more kindergarten massacres per year to keep their beloved entitlements flowing.

As for the gun rights crowd: many of them clamor for balanced budgets but I suspect many would go all, “deficits don’t matter,” if they had to cough up their beloved 9mm pistols, sawed off shotguns and AR-15’s.

There is very little intellectual honesty or creativity on either side of this debate and I’m tired of it. If we don’t fall off the damn fiscal cliff I’m going push your dumb asses over it. Have a merry freaking Christmas and a less miserable New Year!


  1. My apologies to cockroaches. You are fine upstanding arthropods while political partisans barely reach the level of toxic waste.

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  1. In Australia, we had a mass shooting at Port Arthur quite a few years ago. The next week, the Govt. placed a ban on all automatic and semi-automatic weapons. If you had any in your house, you handed them over and you were paid for them. If you didn’t hand tem over, the police came and took them. Now to own a gun, you need to wait two months, undergo security checks and show the ‘gun-safe’, where the weapon will be kept. You also need a real reason to own the gun. I don’t know anyone with a gun.
    We in Australia are watching this debate with interest. The general feeling is that it will probably end with a lot of talk and not much action.
    If you do fall off the fiscal cliff … we are being told to brace ourselves on Monday for the fallout to hit our stock-market.
    I enjoy your posts John. Good luck pushing the dumb arses!

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