Constructed Delusions and the Eradication of Liberty

Richard Baris is a contributor to The Brenner Brief.

Richard Baris is a contributor to The Brenner Brief.

In the game of politics, Republicans and Democrats play by two very different sets of rules. You have to applaud the left for their dedication. Their conviction to the cause is so great that they won’t allow a silly little thing like decency to spoil opportunities. They play for keeps, and never let a serious crisis go to waste in order to win the messaging war.

On the other hand, Republicans and their proponents, such as the NRA,  decently allow an undefined amount of time to pass before pushing back against the exploitation. Playing defense in politics is a losing strategy, but since aborting the principle of decency should never be an option, at least we should stop being afraid to call it what it really is.

In the aftermath of the tragic loss of innocent life in Newtown by an instrument of evil that no law could have deterred, sure enough — the anti-gun left tapped into Rahm Emanuel‘s playbook. As a father of two young children, I find this latest attempt by the left — to exploit such tragedy all to further the interests of despots — sickening, yet still sadly predictable.

Hurricane Katrina, the BP oil spill, the shootings in Arizona and Aurora, all illustrate just how willing the opposition is to blur the line between opportunistic and something inhumane. It has become customary to prey on emotions when their argument is dismantled by pesky facts. The Brenner Brief reported these facts on Dec. 3.


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The left does not want to engage in an honest discussion on how best to prevent these tragedies because the positions they champion contribute to the problem. In Feb. 2012, the ACLU was instrumental in defeating a proposed Connecticut law that would have made it easier for Adam Lanza’s mother to be granted conservatorship by the court. In 44 states around the country there are less restrictive laws on the books that require only a single judge — not multiple judges as the CT law proposed — to grant such a request.

The ACLU argues that this was an effort to protect the civil liberties of the disabled against the abuse that occurred between the mid 19th century through the early 20th century. Undoubtedly, the period was one where unjust commitments by medical practitioners and compliant judges ran rampant. But before anyone buys that nonsense, it might be helpful to know that the ACLU is against all such legislation regardless of mechanisms to prevent abuse. That’s right– they opposed the other state legislation as well, once again shirking the responsibility of those who have the potential to harm their fellow citizens takes precedent over the welfare of the rest of society. I am not sure what the rationale for their position is, but it sure does result in plenty of tragedy to scapegoat.

In 1784, the British Statesman and American sympathizer Edmund Burke said, “The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.” Fellow citizens, it is a constructed delusion that further gun regulation is intended to prevent what seems to be an increase of violence in our society. This has absolutely nothing to do with protecting one citizen against another. The intention is to protect the government against the citizens. There is no need to fear each other in a society where freedom to bear arms is protected, but we must fear becoming a society so wanting of courage and virtue that we are paralyzed to address the true causes of these repeated tragedies.

The worst school tragedy in American history occurred not at Virginia Tech. in Apr. 2007, but in May of 1927 at Bath Consolidated School in Bath Township Michigan. Andrew Kehoe, the school board treasurer, used not an assault weapon but explosives to kill 38 elementary school children and six adults. Before he began his rampage, Kehoe attacked and killed his wife just as Lanza killed his mother prior to visiting evil upon Sandy Hook Elementary. I do not pretend to be an expert in mental health, but there seem to be similarities between the murderers that society can learn to recognize.

Instead of proposing to move forward with more effective measures to address the true causes in our society to reduce these tragedies, the statists want to restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens and protect the offenders. Realistically, we can never eradicate these horrible events from a free society. But, we should never eradicate our freedoms out of fear of each other. We cannot allow them to spawn fear between us when it is their fear of us that motivates them.

Patrick Henry questioned:

Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?

Are we really ready to answer these questions by admitting we are members of an irresponsible society who lost control and self-responsibility to the point where government is now the only trusted authority with arms? Such a society is self-governed in name only.



  1. The left never lets a good tragedy go to waste. Their goal is to disarm American citizens.


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