There’s a thread at DailyKos where a liberal (who will soon be a libertarian) is defending the right to keep and bear arms, and doing a pretty damn good job of it, I’d like to say. Of course, he’s taking quite the pounding in the comments section because god forbid that people have firearms, but quite happily there are also a lot of liberals that are affirming an individual right to keep and bear arms. If they could just get their party to run a guy like Bill Richardson…but I digress.
As I was wading through the hip-deep muck that is the comments on DailyKos, I noticed one comment in particular which perfectly exemplified the left-wing authoritarian mindset that we so often see.
The day blogs, or womens’ right to vote, or the right to peaceful assembly find a way to start killing thousands of people each year then I’ll start asking whether we need to further define how a person utilizes that right (albeit without denying it wholly).
Translated – “We respect your rights up to the point where the exercise of liberty becomes a little too messy and makes us squeamish, then we restrict the hell out of them”.
Liberty for its own sake is sort of a lost concept for a lot of these people, isn’t it? Can you imagine if a Republican said “we respect your right to free speech, unless that free speech is about something we don’t like”? The left would probably blow a gasket. But when they say that it’s okay to restrict liberties in the name of safety, everyone on their side sagely nods their had as if some great wisdom has just been passed (note – that is a broad generalization, I know not all self-identifying liberals are authoritarian pricks) and they all go merrily on their way.
H/T Unclesaurus Rex