When you start hearing intelligent people say stupid things, you know they’ve lost the argument. Bill Clinton is a smart man. He’s a Rhodes Scholar. He’s well read. But he can’t defend liberalism by an appeal to facts. So he does the only thing he can. He makes up stuff.
The same tactic is used by today’s racialists. Everything is about race. Criticism of an Obama policy is an attack on him and all blacks because he’s black.
People are getting tired of hearing the “it’s all about race” narrative. Even President Obama is not convinced that race is a factor of conservative opposition to his policies. Obama told PBS’ Newshour that Republican opposition to his policies isn’t about the color of his skin. “It doesn’t have to do with race in particular.”
Bill Clinton’s latest act of desperation to motivate the liberal base is to claim that voting is more difficult than purchasing an assault weapon.
During Clinton’s speech at the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the first black president, as Toni Morrison called him in 1998, said the following after offering support for President Obama’s expansion of the welfare state:
“We must push open those stubborn gates,” Clinton said. Clinton suggested that the Supreme Court decision striking down a portion of the Voting Rights Act was an act of continuing racism. “A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon. We must open those stubborn gates,” Clinton stated.
Hyperbole is one thing, but outright fabrication is something else. Voting in America today is one of the easiest tasks to do. It doesn’t cost anything but time. There is no fee or product to buy. You need money to purchase a firearm. You don’t need any money to vote.
What about identification. Some states require them for purchasing a firearm and some don’t. But why should anybody be required to show identification to exercise a constitutional right? Some will counter that voting is a constitutional right. The difference is that the purchase of a firearm does not force anybody else to comply with political decision making. Voting empowers other people to make laws that affect all citizens.
One argument that’s been made is that “there’s little danger of someone killing someone with their voting card . . . but there’s plenty of evidence that people die from guns.” People vote for politicians who use their power to steal (taxation), legalize abortion that has resulted in the deaths of around 60 million preborn babies since 1973 in the United States, start wars, like President Obama is threatening to do in Syria, and arm our enemies.
Bill Clinton knows this. He also knows his audience. His rhetoric makes good political theater. Keep the troops charged up. Hillary will be running in three years.
There’s more. President Obama wants to make it more difficult for people who want to exercise their Second Amendment rights:
“Striving to take action where Congress would not, the Obama administration announced new steps Thursday on gun control, curbing the import of military surplus weapons and proposing to close a little-known loophole that lets felons and others circumvent background checks by registering guns to corporations.”
The only people who are going to be impacted by these new unconstitutional laws are law-abiding citizens. “Felons” don’t care about laws; that’s why they’re felons. What they can’t buy (often with stolen money), they’ll steal.
It’s kind of like Democrats who work hard at stealing elections.