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Tuesday, October 09, 2012

License to Kill: Part II

 Mitt Romney beat Barack Obama becaus
he was more energetic in distorting the significance
of their miniscule differences
--Robert Scheer

 Since when do we have to back our President,
or should we, when the President is proposing 
an unconstitutional act
--Wayne Morris (D-OR)  

The issue of gun control parallels those of the Phony War on Terror (PWOT ©), Counterinsurgency and nation building. Throw in the economy, unemployment and immigration, too.  The similarities are both constitutional and perceptional.

We spend billions of dollars for intelligence to guide us, and proceed to not employ the data in intelligent ways; emotions trump rationale.  Emotions keep us in thrall to a Big Brother (fill in the blank: government; medical system; etc.)

The statistics on gun control are confusing as the players have an interest in obfuscating what should be simple facts.  Ditto the other areas of concern.  The National Rifle Association, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives, Department of Justice, anti- and pro-gun lobbies all utilize agit-prop to the limits of their budgets.  Along with a complicit media, the citizens are left unable to ascertain the facts which might lead to a reasoned position.

Our understanding is constrained by the quality of the input received; we only know what we are told, and that is seldom exclusively based in objective reality.  Because I lack all of the facts, I cannot make an intelligent estimate of any given situation.

Just as no one can prove that George W. Bush's presidential policies were idiotic (though surely criminal), nor can we verify the logic of our gun control protocol.  None of the vested interests are willing to provide un-spun data.

The only reasonable position in such a quagmire is that of the skeptic.



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