This is another reason to get people to show up at the polls this coming November and get rid of Republicans is because we have to get rid of anyone who supports the “strict constitutionalist” mindset, in which their interpretation of rights is the only one that matters, and everyone else can just get bent.
That the latest example of a Republican icon saying about the stupidest and most heartless thing imaginable doesn’t come from the usual suspects is a little surprising, until you find out it comes from Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as “Joe the Plumber.” You know, the guy who came into the nation’s consciousness through a series of lies about his profession, his tax situation and even his name.
In an “open letter” to the victims of the UCSB shooter, Wurzelbacher seems to have gone out of his way to make him seem like a typical Republican – callous and heartless. He must be considering running again to say something this profound:
I am sorry you lost your child. I myself have a son and daughter and the one thing I never want to go through, is what you are going through now. But:
As harsh as this sounds – your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights.
Like a typical modern-day Republican, Wurzelbacher tried to couch his harsh tone by pretending to empathize with Richard Martinez, who lost his son in the massacre:
Richard Martinez, whose son (Christopher) was among the murdered, choked back tears at a news conference, blaming politicians the next day: “The talk about gun rights. What about Chris’ right to live?” Martinez said – and much more.
There are no critical words for a grieving father. He can say whatever he wants and blame whoever he’d like – it’s okay by me. You can’t take a step in his shoes – at least I can’t.
But then, he moved back into irrationality:
But the words and images of Mr. Martinez blaming “the proliferation of guns”, lobbyists, politicians, etc.; will be exploited by gun-grab extremists as are all tragedies involving gun violence and the mentally ill by the anti-Second Amendment Left.
As a father, husband and a man, it is my responsibility to protect my family. I will stand up for that right vehemently. Please believe me, as a father I share your grief and I will pray for you and your family, as I do whenever I hear about senseless tragedies such as this.
So, like a typical Republican right winger, his right bear arms is greater than Chris Martinez’s right to live. Not only that, but his responsibility to protect his family is also greater than that of anyone else, apparently. Apparently, in “Joe the Plumber’s” world, the UCSB shooter’s right to buy a gun and shoot innocent students “trumps” the rights of students to stay alive.
Once again, people need to understand this basic concept. Rights are not really individual. We all have them. And no individual’s rights are more important than anyone else’s; they’re all in balance. Of course, that said; you have a right to keep and bear arms. No one has the right to keep and bear arms without any restrictions whatsoever.
And frankly, anyone who thinks their right to bear arms is so important as to tell grieving parents to go to hell, might want to have himself checked out mentally. Perhaps that person shouldn’t own a gun, either.
Right, Sam the non-plumber?