The spin starting to come out of Democrat circles regarding Jim Webb’s most recent incomprehensibly dumb move is just as inane as I could have hoped. Having lost possession of his handgun by negligently effecting an illegal firearms transfer in the District of Columbia, and then having the poor staffer walk into a federal building and try to run the thing through a security checkpoint without knowing he had the weapon is bad. Demonstrating that the real policy of Democrats is to allow their chosen elite to adhere to a different set of standards and enjoy superior rights and priviledges than the rest of us is terrible. Now here comes the spin, and it only gets worse.
Rule .303 starts out first saying that we just shouldn’t enforce the law. Perhaps not because this happens to be in regards to the chosen elite of the Democratic Party, but because there wasn’t an intent to violate the law. This should bring up an interesting discussion where somehow the decision to prosecute a case or not no longer is based on whether there is likely enough evidence to lead to a conviction, but on some magical ability to divine the intent of the accused and determine whether criminal intent was present. If some type of “wrongful thinking” on the part of the accused becomes the new prosecutorial standard, George Orwell has accurately predicted the future, and our Bill of Rights will crumble under a heap of political correctness. Goodthink, Freedom.
RaisingKaine is at least displaying some political acumen by trying to change the subject and hope that this will all go away:
I wish Phillip Thompson the best of luck, and hope this matter is cleared up quickly so that everybody can get back to focusing 110% on Iraq, Iran, economic fairness, veterans issues, restoring checks and balances, etc.
It’s got to be difficult to see your poster boy become a case study in what happens when “elightened progressivism” gets shown as the elitist claptrap that it is. Your boy screwed up the special privileges for the elite that most folks didn’t even know existed, and just to make it better it involves a constitutional right that Democrats are bound and determined to strip away from American citizens. Instead of talking about the fundamental constitutional rights involved, it’s more important to go on talking about “economic fairness” so we can learn about how Democrats want to strip away the wealth of those who succeed and deliver it to those who do not. Yep, a citizens rights to keep what he owns, whether it be his guns or other property, are pesky things.
Meanwhile Webb himself flails around trying to come up with something approaching a reasonable explanation for something that stubbornly defies reasonable explanation. His developing rationale for this incident is that he actually gave the loaded firearm to this staffer within an airport, which not only would add another charge to the indictment but also possibly strip away the immunity Webb could muster when facing charges on federal property. Senators are still subject to federal laws regarding airport security as far as I can tell. Keep digging, Senator ThinSkin.
This is going to become fascinating. Before this ends, we’re going to see liberal Democrats arguing some rather interesting points regarding constitutional rights that will make the 1939 about face of the Communist Party, USA to forgo it’s anti-fascist ideology and embrace Adolf Hitler look like a minor mental exercise in intellectual legerdemain.
UPDATE: And from NLS we see Webb is now claiming that he did not give his aide his gun. Is he now going to claim his staffer STOLE it and then on his own initiative decided to try to pass it through the security checkpoint at the Senate office building? What a way to throw this guy to the wolves.
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