By Nathan Barton
An acquaintance, “JA” responded recently to a commentary appearing at TheFreeThoughtProject posted by “Matt Agorist,” (clearly a nom de plume), headlined “State Congress Passes Bill to Confiscate Legal Guns from All 18-20-year olds.”
Matt, while I agree with the content of your recent article on “TheFreeThoughtProject” regarding the Illinois legislature, you destroy about 95% of your credibility by using (or allowing to be used) the headline “State Congress Passes Bill…”
The Constitution of Illinois refers to the legislative branch of their government as “The Legislature” (Article 4) and specifically as the “General Assembly” referring to both their Senate and House of Representatives. To my knowledge, the Illinois General Assembly is NEVER referred to as a “Congress” in any legal document nor in general conversation or writing.
To do so, even just in a headline, makes you seem to be several things which you ARE NOT: you are not ignorant, you are not careless with words, and you are not careless about researching what you write about.
I cannot share your otherwise good commentary with anyone who is politically astute, as it would present you in a bad light and negate, even if subconsciously, your reporting and logic. Please change it.
PS: The Illinois Constitution of 1970 unfortunately negates the entire idea of the right to keep and bear arms. It reads, “ARTICLE 1, SECTION 22. RIGHT TO ARMS, Subject only to the police power, the right of the individual citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” That evil phrase “Subject only to the police power” is a phrase and philosophy very similar to that of the Soviet Constitution and the UN “Declaration of Universal Human Rights.”
Courts have very, very seldom found any excuse or reason to limit “police powers” of states, especially when Article 2, Section 2 states, “POWERS OF GOVERNMENT The enumeration in this Constitution of specified powers and functions shall not be construed as a limitation of powers of state government.” Illinois claims there are no limitation of powers of the state, which includes “police powers,” which can be used to make grass which is “too high” and people jaywalking criminal acts.
I think that JA hit the nail on the head. First, making KABA “subject only to the police power” means that provision of the Illinois Bill of Rights is nothing more than eyewash – it makes it completely bogus.
Second, JA is correct – poorly worded articles and misstatements really do damage credibility. Not just of the writer of an article but the publisher of that article. AND every proponent of a position held by that writer: possibly the entire liberty community.
Third, Matt has not written a bad article, once you get past the headline, the entire concept of “legal guns” and confusion about how it is in some way possible to “give up” unalienable rights. No legislative body (whatever we call it) any place on Earth (for that matter, in Human Space) has any legitimate power to disarm us. Too bad his argument is so badly damaged by its headline.
Finally, there ARE degrees of evil, even of government evil.
A constitution like Illinois’ has its brave words of rights and liberty in Article 1. But Article 2 Section 2 cancels those “rights.” It not just gives that government more power but more temptation to become even more evil than a government which truly has SOME limits to its power, as stated in its foundation document.
The history of the State of Illinois shows the results. Its government heritage (too often given to the whole nation) of Boggs, Lincoln, Daley, Ryan, Obummer, Emmanuel, and many, other immoral, criminal, tyrannical and corrupt politicians is clear. Illinois state government has been, and is, incredibly evil.
(FYI: Gov. Thomas Ford arrested LDS founder Joseph Smith Jr. and then allowed (or ordered) militia sent to protect Smith to join the mob which killed him in 1844, and ultimately helped force the members of the LDS Church (Mormons) to flee to modern Utah in 1846. Ryan’s corruption and immorality (betraying wife Jeri Ryan) in 1999 brought BHO to the national limelight and led directly to his “election” to the White House in 2008.)
We all need to be very careful about what we write and how we write it. Words are very powerful, and their misuse highly damaging.
Mama’s Note: The inalienable natural right to life and self defense, by any means necessary, is the key here. There is far more involved than guns and far too many people, gun owners even, are happy to infringe on the natural rights of others while they argue the details of guns and “gun rights.”