Printed letters, April 10, 2013

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In response to Valerie Etter:
Saying “There is no logical reasoning for the tired arguments that any regulation regarding gun safety legislation is poisonous to Second Amendment ‘rights’” is very literally tantamount to saying “there is no logical reasoning for the tired arguments in favor of individual liberty, self-ownership, self-determination and self-defense”. That is self-evidently false.
Ms. Etter also said, “I wish that those who advocate so strongly for Second Amendment issues would just as strongly advocate for educational programs such as Head Start for our young and precious kiddos.”
As I have said before, the Left always uses rhetorical brinksmanship, ad hominem and demonization against its ideological opponents instead of facts and logic. For example, they pretend to care “for the children” more, thus attempting to seize the moral high ground. Problem is, that sort of deception and manipulation ultimately destroys the very future that all children will inherit. Truth is, logic, reason, Golden-Rule-Ten-Commandments-like morality, and the U.S. Constitution with its Bill of Rights are the only the sustainable path “for the children” and all the rest of society.
Libertarians are philosophically opposed to government “educational” programs. Speaking for my libertarian-leaning self, what I would advocate strongly for is a computer for every child in every home, combined with internet access so children could take advantage of home schooling. That would save the cost of the brick-and-mortar brainwashing corrals which government schools have become. It would also save the unsustainable and irrational costs of government-sector unions to whom duopoly politicians inevitably pander for votes.
As for “for the children” socialization, the Left’s talking point of last resort against homeschooling and vouchers, the money saved on compulsory kid corrals could be used for better public libraries and community activity centers, complete with gyms and swimming pools.
Seems to me that is a paradigm which would prove that “libertarians” and “conservatives” care every bit as much, if not even more, “for our young and precious kiddos”, than the Left does.
Lastly, Ms. Etter calls America a “democracy”. False again. Any person who doesn’t understand the functional differences between a democracy and a constitutional republic is clueless anyway, thus demonstrating a conspicuous lack of credibility in the conversation.

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