Bad news: President Obama will not deport @PiersMorgan (chuckle)

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Darn it:

The White House defended Morgan’s First Amendment right to free speech regarding the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The White House officially responded to a petition to deport Piers Morgan on Wednesday by defending the CNN anchor’s right to free speech regarding the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

“Let’s not let arguments over the Constitution’s Second Amendment violate the spirit of its First,” White House press secretary Jay Carney wrote in the response. “Americans may disagree on matters of public policy and express those disagreements vigorously, but no one should be punished by the government simply because he or she expressed a view on the Second Amendment — or any other matter of public concern.”

Morgan tweeted in response, “President Obama has officially decided I am NOT being deported.”

The White House has promised to officially respond to any petition that garners more than 25,000 signatures on its We the People website. The petition to deport Morgan, a U.K. citizen and CNN anchor, has almost 110,000 signatures. Carney, in his response, thanked signers for “participating” by speaking out on the White House petition site.

As I wrote in a prior post on the petition to deport Morgan, I suspect most of the people who signed it weren’t literally trying to get him thrown out – but instead just wanted to send him a strong message that his anti-American messages (he said in December that the Constitution was “basically, inherently flawed” – along with the Bible)  weren’t welcomed, nor would they be tolerated sitting down.  If the message has been received, you’d never know it, because Morgan’s ignorant, fascistic anti-gun blather hasn’t stopped, and in fact has gotten worse.

Fine. That’s his right. But we also have the right to counter what he says.  That is if he’s not going to start on a mission to  ‘amend’ the First Amendment as well …

In related news, it sounds like Morgan has an ally in his war on the Second Amendment: MSDNC’s Ed Schultz (I know, you’re surprised – right?).  Here’s what Schultz said about the 2A yesterday, where he piled on the stupid (bolded emphasis added by me):

Schultz admitted he is sportsman and has used firearms himself. But he argued that the Constitution is “archaic” with regards to firearms.

“I’m a sportsman,” he continued. “I’ve hunted for over 35 years. Do I look like a guy who wants to see my firearms and my freedoms being taken away? No, of course not. But there are sensible laws. You know, we’re right now operating on a document that is archaic in many ways. The Constitution in the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms — they didn’t have machine guns back then, and they didn’t have high-capacity clips back then. They had muskets. And the Constitution has latitude for us to move on this, because society has changed, attitudes have changed, technology and manufacturing has changed. And the death on our streets in this country [has] changed. And we need to do something about it.”

Morgan himself has made similar ridiculous “arguments” about how the 2A revolved around muskets and the like – and was promptly put in his place by author Carol Roth:

Watching Morgan get his posterior kicked all over Twitter has been both amusing and instructional.  It began when the CNN host decided to stick up for NBC sportscaster Bob Costas and his gun-control sucker punch on “Sunday Night Football.”  Morgan said, via Twitter: “The 2nd Amendment was devised with muskets in mind, not high-powered handguns & assault rifles. Fact.”

It’s always cute when someone tries to make colossal ignorance look authoritative by putting the word “fact” at the end.  Does CNN have anyone who doesn’t think like a teenager?

Morgan was prompty set upon by author Carol Roth, who pointed out that the Second Amendment “was devised for people to be able to protect themselves with the same type of weaponry used by those from whom they might need protection.”  (Expanded, as with all quotes in this post, from Twitter contractions, in the interests of readability.)

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Morgan’s answer to Roth set up one of the greatest intellectual smackdowns in Internet history: “Where exactly does it say that in the Constitution – must have missed it?”

Roth lowered the boom: “Right next to the word ‘muskets.’”

Heh.

Gotta watch out for these “the Constitution is old and outdated” living Constitution types … like a hawk.

Biden: Obama Might Use Executive Order to Deal With Guns

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**Posted by Phineas

Gosh, what are those words I’m trying to think of? They’re right on the tip of my tongue…. Oh, yeah! Now I remember!

“Tyranny” and “usurpation.”

“The president is going to act,” said Biden, giving some comments to the press before a meeting with victims of gun violence. “There are executives orders, there’s executive action that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet. But we’re compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required.”

Biden said that this is a moral issue and that “it’s critically important that we act.”

Biden talked also about taking responsible action. “As the president said, if you’re actions result in only saving one life, they’re worth taking. But I’m convinced we can affect the well-being of millions of americans and take thousands of people out of harm’s way if we act responsibly.”

There’s a problem, it must be solved, and we’re going to do something, danggit, even if it solves nothing and takes the Bill of Rights outside to be shot. (1) When a “pragmatic reformer” sees a need (even if it’s only a figment of his imagination, or a flat lie), he’s not going to let hoary old intellectualisms like natural rights and hard to understand pieces of paper get in his way. So what if they were crucial to the founding of this nation and its reason for existence? That was a long time ago, and times change!

And only a racist, mouth-breathing gun-fetishist would disagree.

Seriously, if Obama and Knucklehead Smiff Biden wanted to set off the alarms in the homes of every gun-owner and genuine liberal in America, they couldn’t have done a better job. No chance of getting tighter federal gun laws through Congress? No problem! Our Munificent Sun King (2) The president will just issue an executive order. So let it be written, so let it be done!

Two observations I’ll make about this. First, this is the result of the Congress ceding too much regulatory power to the presidency and bureaucratic agencies. From creating reasonable regulations needed to implement laws, it evolves into anti-democratic, anti-constitutional rule-by-decree. And inevitably there will come a president who does not respect the traditional boundaries and separation of powers that make an largely informal system based on mutual understandings, such as ours, work.

And when that happens, you get “I won” and decrees from the throne.

The second is –and I bet this leapt to to the mind of everyone reading this– the deep, bitter irony of an administration demanding gun control NOW!!!, when that same (mis)administration supplied thousands of weapons to drug cartels in Mexico, weapons that have killed hundreds — including school-age children. The administration is right, the United States does have a gun problem: it’s called Operation Fast and Furious.

Finally, while this may be another of Biden’s idiocies, or some trial balloon soon to be withdrawn, don’t rule out the possibility that this is a deliberate ploy by Obama to keep the pot stirred with yet another crisis, something else he can use to bash Republicans and polarize people in advance of the 2014 elections. That’s how an Alinskyite community organizer works: get everyone angry, bind your side tightly to you in that anger, and then use them to intimidate and browbeat the other side into submission. It worked in Chicago and it’s working in D.C.

And Obama is showing he’s learned his lessons well.

Footnote:
(1) With government-approved, government-owned firearms, of course.
(2) Thanks to Jim Geraghty for the apt description.

LINKS: More at Hot Air and from Aaron Worthing.

via The Tatler

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)