By Todd Cefaratti
Editor of TPNN
Former President Bill Clinton was much-reviled in his days as president for his loose morality and leftist political agenda. However, he was an effective politician (which is not, necessarily, a compliment) and was nowhere near as extreme as the radicals running the Party today. Now the elder consigliere of the Democratic Party has come out with a cautionary tale: don’t push too hard on the issue of gun control- you might stir the rightwing to action.
The former president spoke to Democratic constituents on Saturday and strongly cautioned them, “Do not patronize the passionate supporters of your opponents by looking down your nose at them.”
There are tons of people who identify with the Tea Party, but haven’t committed to identifying as such. I see it all the time; people who value limited government and fiscal responsibility question, “Don’t I have to register as one or sign up as one or something?” No, you don’t.
The Tea Party Movement is for the people. We are everywhere. One thing about Tea Party members is that we work for a living. We do not have the- shall we say “lenient”- work schedule of the Occupiers; many of us know that the government is out of control, but we are too busy working 9-5 and raising our children right to march every weekend. Many lend their voices as best they can, but if a few months go by without a million-person march on the National Mall, the media pounces to proclaim that the Tea Party is dead!
We’re not- we’re busy. We’re busy working to pay the taxes that others won’t. We’re busy and committed to the institutions the left works so hard to destroy. We go to church, we spend time with our families, and we volunteer at schools. We are busy- but never too busy to stand up and defend our rights when they’re threatened.
So Bill Clinton is right to worry that the recent trampling on our Second Amendment rights have alarmed the Tea Party. The truth is that they kicked a hornet’s nest!
Supporters of the Second Amendment came out in droves on Saturday. It was “Gun Appreciation Day” and lovers of freedom flocked to gun shops, gun ranges and capitols in all fifty states. Thousands appeared in Winter weather all across the country, many waving their Gadsden flags and the flag made famous at the Battle of Gonzales that has a cannon and the words, “Come and Take it” written across it.
Nobody knows more about the long-term ramifications of gun control legislation than Bill Clinton. After the Democrat-controlled Congress passed the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, he survived a re-election, but the Republicans swept both Houses of Congress in a brutal landslide and Democrats were dealt a blow that it has taken 20 years from which to recover. Clinton has cautioned his Party to tread lightly and not underestimate the lovers of freedom.
While Clinton may be wrong on so many things, he’s absolutely right on this one.