Sen. Josh Miller’s erroneous quip, “Majority is inside” with respect to 2nd Amendment
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Earlier today, I wrote an article about the infantile rebuke offered by Sen. Josh Miller (D-RI) in response to a statement made by Infowars reporter, Dan BiDondi. In his rebuke, Miller used the F-bomb, I’m thinking because he had nothing intelligent or substantial to say, like most on the left.
At the same time, I failed to point out another insipid comment made by this same senator and in essence, it really deserves its own article.
During the back and forth between BiDondi and Miller, there was some disagreement over where the majority of people were on the issue of the 2nd Amendment. “According to another individual who was with Bidondi, Miller repeated the ‘go f**k yourself’ jibe a further two times after he was told ‘the majority is outside’. Miller had previously asserted that the majority was inside when speaking to a pro-gun control audience.”
Please note in the above exchange a comment is made by BiDondi and by Miller. Both comments are essentially that “the majority” is on the side of each person. BiDondi believes that the majority who believe the 2nd Amendment shall not be infringed were outside the session, while Miller stated that the majority who wanted “common sense” gun laws were inside.
In a sense, they are both wrong. The U.S. Constitution has nothing to do with how many people believe one way and how believe another. That’s not how the founding document was built. In effect, it does not matter if there is only one person in the entire United States who believes that the 2nd Amendment shall not be infringed and every other person believes it should. Majority does not “rule” in a situation like this. Let me explain.
The United States is a Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy. While our voting system uses Democracy, our country is not a Democracy. Here’s what that means. Every person who is elected to political office in the United States take an oath to uphold the Constitution as it is written. They do not take an oath to uphold it, then when they get into office start to ignore aspects of it or change it some how. This is not to say that amendments cannot be added or taken away from the Constitution. There is a detailed process for that.
However, no one – especially elected officials – are in the position of being able to simply ignore aspects of the Constitution because they believe the majority of their constituents want it ignored. For instance, the 2nd Amendment is very clear about the right to bear arms and even ends with the “shall not be infringed.” It does not say “may not” or “should not” be infringed. It says “shall not,” which is akin to saying under no circumstances will it be infringed.
Yet, elected officials who have no clue about the character of our country or how the Constitution works go into office and believe that if they don’t actually touch the 2nd Amendment, they’re fine. No, they’re not fine. If they are placing requirements in front of the 2nd Amendment, making it more difficult for people to exercise their right to bear arms, they are guilty of infringing on that amendment. That is treasonous, whether they will ever admit it or not.
Since tragedies like Sandy Hook, Columbine, Aurora, CO theater, and numerous other situations have occurred, mainly leftwing politicians have jumped on the bandwagon pushing what they like to call “common sense” gun control laws. Unfortunately, the Constitution is quite clear that anything which makes it more difficult to exercise the right to keep and bear arms is infringement and that is forbidden. If the proper process is followed by lawmakers, the amendment itself can be changed, but it cannot be ignored or infringed.
When Sen. Miller states that the majority is inside where he is, what he is saying is that there is a larger group of people in here who agree with me than there is outside who don’t agree with me. This has nothing to do with anything at all. Again, this is not how the Constitution works. If Sen. Miller (like Sen. Feinstein and a host of other leftist politicians) are working to create limits on how the 2nd Amendment ultimately works, then they are guilty of a treasonous offense because their oath was to uphold the Constitution as written, not decide which parts they would uphold and which they would ignore.
When a person is elected in the U.S., their job is to go to Washington and help create laws that actually uphold the Constitution. They create laws based on the Constitution. They are not supposed to create laws that ignore or eradicate parts of the Constitution. This is why so many have a continued problem with Obamacare because it forces us to buy something, health insurance. Only Socialist and Communist governments do that and the U.S. is most definitely not one of those.
Someone has argued that when you have a car, the government forces us to buy insurance. Yes, they do, but the option of buying a car is still up to the consumer. Moreover, if you don’t buy car insurance, the IRS will not place a lien against you.
What America needs are people elected to office who not only take the oath of office, but actually obey that oath. People like Sen. Josh Miller took the oath, but he is clearly not upholding that oath and he thinks that’s fine because an alleged majority of people want him to place limits in front of the 2nd Amendment. Again, that’s not how it works. Though he apparently doesn’t understand this, he was elected to go to Washington and actually uphold the Constitution. Since he is working to abrogate a person’s right to keep and bear arms, he is obviously not doing that.
People need to understand that America is a Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy. The object of our government is the Constitution and the job requirement for every elected individual is to uphold that document.
Got it, @SenatorMillerRI?