Anti-liberty leftists are always coming up with grandiose plans for everyone else, if they are so fantastic, why don’t they go first in trying them out?
David Brooks recently made the ‘brilliant’ observation on PBS that we should all be willing to give up our essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety because when has that ever gone wrong?
Even though the USSR, National Socialist Germany, Venezuela, etc. Tried that, all for the Common Good Before Individual Good or Gemeinnutz vor Eigennutz literally in the original German. It resulted in more gun violence and mass murder, but at least they had bad intentions.
We are also witnessing the genius of the gaslighting ghouls of the left in wanting people to place themselves on a federally controlled list of those who voluntarily agree to be blocked from buying guns. Both of these are prime examples of how liberty deniers should lead by example and be the first to extinguish their rights.
First, as reported on News busters it was a few weeks ago that New York Times columnist David Brooks was on PBS NewsHour pushing hard for unconstitutional gun confiscation orders (aka ‘red flag’ ERPOs or some other innocuous-sounding acronym). Recall that whenever you see liberty-denier leftists reference these unconstitutional abominations, they will always have three key elements:
- Language implying that they are officially sanctioned.
- Soft language substitutes for outright gun confiscation.
- Vague implications that this must be done because these people are somehow a ‘threat’.
In the case of Mr. Brooks, he lowers the bar below grade level:
you would find somebody you think is potentially dangerous, and we would be able to — authorities would be able to go in and take guns away.
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Could the standard get any lower in triggering a SWAT team breaking into someone’s home with ‘thinking’ someone is ‘potentially dangerous’?
Doesn’t it sound like that description should apply to Mr. Brooks?
Then he goes on to the part that would have been infinitely pleasing to Adolph Hitler:
And I would be willing to give up certain privacies for that to happen. But, for many Americans, that would just be a massive cultural shift to regard community and regard our common good more frankly, in a European style. I think it would benefit our society in a whole range of areas, but it’s hard to see that kind of culture change to a society that’s been pretty individualistic for a long, long time.
Remember that he also writes for the New York Times, the same newspaper that published this story almost 100 years ago:
NAZIS INAUGURATE LABOR CODE TODAY; ‘ The Common Good Before the Good of the Individual’ Is Slogan of New System. STATUS OF JEWS AN ISSUE Law Says They May Be ‘Leaders’ in Their Businesses, but Public Opinion Protests.
BERLIN, April 30. — The new Nazi labor code with its system of “leaders and followers, confidential shop councils, courts of honor and labor trustees” goes into effect tomorrow. In connection with the May Day observance, the “leaders and followers” will take an oath to serve loyally under the slogan, “The Common Good Before the Good of the Individual.”
Do you find it interesting that the more things change, the more the nation’s socialist left stays the same?
Then we have a related scheme, where people can place themselves on a federally controlled list to voluntarily agree to be blocked from buying guns.
Just think of how many ways this is a really bad idea.
They can make it easy to get on the list and impossible to get off.
Will an ever-friendly FBI SWAT team stop by for a ‘visit’ at 5:00 AM to confiscate the guns you already have?
What if you’re ‘accidently’ placed on the list?
(That never happens with the government, right?)
What if everybody is ‘accidentally’ added to the list?
So, this is another prime example of where the anti-liberty left should go first.
If they want to give up their rights, they should go ahead and do so.
If they want their guns confiscated, they should go in for an unconstitutional gun confiscation order, and if they have armed security, they should give that up as well.
Let’s see them live without that security before they try to do the same to us.
D Parker is an engineer, inventor, wordsmith, and student of history, the director of communications for a Bill of Rights organization, and a longtime contributor to conservative websites. Find him on Substack.