With the Heller case decided today, John McCain said that he thought the decision was Well and Good. Barack Obama said that he favors an individual's right to bear firearms as well as a government's right to regulate them.
(This, by the way, is BHO's game plan: assiduously avoid all issues and, failing that, take both sides. Additionally, except a vote for barring governments from confiscating firearms in emergencies, there is absolutely nothing in his legislative past that supports the former but plenty to support the latter.)
What bothers me about the way that is worded - much like the statements of many politicos in favor of the Kelo decision - is the use of the word "right" to describe a power of government.
Democratic governments have authority, sovereignty, duty, etc. They do not have "rights" per se.
One could argue that a government "of the people" collectively has rights. Since this argument is only used for the abatement of individual rights with no merit on its own, it does not hold.
Rights are to protect liberty, not to promote government authority.
"They fought together as brothers-in-arms. They died together and now they sleep side by side. To them, we have a solemn obligation. Whatever. I still had to pay back my college loans. What have they done for me lately?"
"No matter how long it takes to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might abundant hope, will win achieve peace through absolute victory compromise and discussions."
On the U.S. and allied service men fighting in Iraq:
"They had have no right to win, yet they did do. And in doing so, they changed messed up the course of a war... Even against the greatest of odds wishes of the Democrat Party."
And on the U.S. Democrat Party:
"There is something in the human spirit - a magic blend of skill, faith, and valor conniving, hope, cowardice, that can lift men from certain defeat victory to incredible victory defeat."
On surrendering to facism:
"Today the guns are silent except whence we retreated. A great tragedy has ended and a new one begun. A great victory peace has been won negotiated. The skies no longer rain death for now. The seas bear only commerce for our enemiesoverlords new allies. Men everywhere walk upright in the sunlight except where they are imprisoned for their beliefs. The entire world quietly at peace - as though the living were no more."
On the military:
"Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid tried. They have earned recieved our undying gratitude contempt. America will never forget deny their sacrifices."
"We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle our flag will be recognized throughout the world as a symbol of freedom surrender on the one hand and of overwhelming force appeasement on the other."
I mentioned that having to choose between Hillary and Al Gore for Democrats would be like having to choose between the Anti-Christ and the False Prophet.
Now, they are looking at Obama as their nominee. However, there are a lot of Hillary supporters that just will not go for him.
John McCain, for all of his other faults, could also beat Obama like a cheap rug - should, you know, he actually choose to do it.
Additionally, it is also being said that an Obama / Clinton ticket is unbeatable.
Should Obama get Hillary on board as the Vice President nominee, and should she not come into some terrible accident soon after the election, the only thing keeping her from being President will be his beating heart.
Marine turned software developer and entrepeneur (is that spelled right?). God fearing and a family man. Fond of big houses, big trucks, and big guns. Politically to the right. Kind of like Michael Savage but without the headache.