Lindsey Graham is afraid to confront Obama fully because we can’t live without Homeland Security.
Lots of fodder for discussion in this article at National Review, “What Not Even the King of England Could Do,” like:
Not even the King of England at the time of the American Revolution had the authority to suspend laws unilaterally, the Law Library expert wrote in a memorandum to the Senate committee tasked with responding to President Obama’s recent executive orders on the enforcement of immigration law.
But here’s the section that stuck in my craw:
Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), who helped write the Gang of Eight immigration bill that died in the House, has signaled a willingness to separate the DHS funding from an attempt to restrain Obama. “Defunding that part of the bill that deals with enforcing the executive order makes sense, but we can’t go too far here, because look what happened in Paris,” Graham said last week. “The Department of Homeland Security needs to be up and running.”
Dear Senator Graham,
While there is, obviously, a duty of the Federal Government to provide a reasonable level of protection against threats, the reality is that not even a total Police State could ever protect us from rogue terrorists bent on evil. What happened in Paris was a failure of a political philosophy where not even the police are armed and able to confront evil, let alone citizens.
There is a section of the Constitution called the Second Amendment (I realize you haven’t read it, due to a conversation you had recently with a South Carolina friend), which includes the recognition that the best way to preserve freedom is for everyday citizens to be prepared to defend life and liberty. This is a far more effective and freedom-supporting method of protection than anything the Department of Homeland Security could ever accomplish.
What scared me most about France was not the “terrorists” themselves, but the sight of thousands and thousands of military-clad troops swarming in the streets, and harassing citizens.
Do you have any sense of how impotent that makes a government and culture appear? Thousands of jackboots to confront three or four individuals?
Sir, if you would actually read the document that outlines the reason for your position as a Senator you will find wisdom therein to calm a lot of your fears, and answer most of the conundrums you face. 300-million citizens exercising their God-given right to self-defense is an infinitely more effective way to protect the nation than tens of thousands of “professional” troops.
Trust your fellow citizens—don’t treat us like helpless children. If you communicate an expectation of personal and community responsibility I think we’ll all be pleased by how the American people respond—how much money it saves—and how it strikes fear in the hearts of any “lone wolf” who would attack us.
It’s never too late to learn something, sir, though you obviously have a lot of catching up to do in understanding the brilliance of the Founders. Please get started on your education today.