Left Says Gov’t Won’t Abuse Powers? What of Civil Rights Movement, 60s Riots?

-By Warner Todd Huston

The left is scoffing at the belief held by Second Amendment supporters that their right to bear arms is in part meant to act as a check on tyrannical government. Government turning tyrannical is ridiculous, many leftists say. But isn’t this the most absurd hypocrisy because didn’t they build their entire lefty edifice on the idea that government has been oppressing everyone?

Only the most recent person making this claim is CNN’s Piers Morgan, a foreigner and British citizen. He is grasping at any argument in his attempt to destroy our Constitution. On ABC’s This Week former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm also made this false claim.

From the Civil Rights movement, to the 60’s era hippies and yippies and their riots, to constant racebaiting, gay advocacy, university affirmative action, racial quotas, even all the way to the last few years when the childish Occupy Wall Street “movement” started, all of these movements arose because the left claimed that government had been oppressing any particular voting constituency to which they wanted to appeal.

How often have you heard the left claim that southern police forces are evil because they are racists that oppress blacks, gays, and women and do so because they have the power of the gun and the law behind them? And how many bad Hollyweird movies have been based on that premise?

So, the entirety of the left-wing movement is based on the single bedrock idea that only they can stop out of control governments from abusing people, but they do claim that government is oppressive nonetheless.

Yet, we have that same left-wing establishment now scoffing at Second Amendment supporters for saying they may someday need their firearms to protect themselves from an out of control government?

After they’ve spent 50 years–nay over 100 years–claiming that government is oppressing people right here, right now? After all that, now they are saying that assuming government can get out of hand is absurd?

Of course, we know why they are assuming this hypocritical position, right? It’s because they are in charge right now and they assume they could never be tyrants. Also because they desperately want some way to ridicule the right and they’ll use any means necessary to do it despite that it makes them hypocrites or not.

The left are just liars. Plain and simple.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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