Friday, May 22, 2009

I Plan on Some Flack From This

By now many of you that keep up with my blog probably know about the passage of the concealed carry in national parks having been re instituted. What will probably surprise nearly all of you is that I was against this legislation!

Now before the flame wars start let me explain. First off this legislation was added as an amendment to another bill before congress. I have always thought that this was unethical and underhanded (even when it comes to the 2nd Amendment). Secondly the original bill was a bill that imposes restrictions on credit card companies. I believe this to be un-Constitutional. Article 1 Section 10 of the Constitution forbids states from impairing obligations to contracts. However a pretty good argument could be made against the Federal government via the 14th Amendment and the due process clause.

Also notice that republicans (not true conservatives) in order to stand up for gun rights had to go against their own free market rhetoric (restricting credit card companies, a for profit business and industry). Granted nearly all of the credit card companies use aggressive tactics all of these changes in an individuals credit card fees are listed in the contract when they sign up for one, it is ones own responsibility to read the fine print.

Isn't it funny to watch republicans line up to vote for firearms at the expense of fiscal responsibility? Weren't they always the party that wanted the government to keep their hands off of what someone did financially?

Don't get me wrong, I am glad that concealed carry of firearms is "legal" but it should never have been illegal due to the 2nd Amendment.


Kent McManigal said...

I'm pretty much against any new "law". Just get rid of the bad ones; don't pass new ones. Someone, at some point in the past, passed an illegal "law" prohibiting guns in national parks (ignoring the fact that government's can't legitimately own any property, such as these "parks"). Just find that "law" and rip it up instead of adding to the law pollution by writing a new illegal "law" and adding the gun amendment to it.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you completely, I would rather had a clean bill on national park carry, than to have gotten this way.

The credit card bill is only going to punish those people with good credit, and reward those with bad credit. In the end, those with bad credit will continue to have bad or worsening credit, thus exacerbating the problem even further.

As to your Constitutional argument, I also agree. For a credit card is a contract, which congress should not be interfering with.

As I see it, we are 1 for 1 on this bill. We gained on right, but lost another. To me, this is not acceptable.