I love the way progressives use the term, “common sense” whenever they’re talking about their political agenda. Barack Obama uses the term in reference to gun control, immigration reform, deficit reduction, and anything else he might be talking about at the time.
There’s good reason to use this term, of course. “Common sense” implies that anybody with the brain power of a fichus tree, or sawdust, or Joe Biden, would agree with whatever is being said. And by extension, anybody who disagrees, well, they obviously don’t have the brain power of Joe Biden. Nobody wants to be in that group, so the phrase can be used effectively to sway people to a certain opinion.
The most famous political use of this term, of course, was in the pamphlet, “Common Sense,” written by Thomas Paine in 1776. It can be argued that this pamphlet contributed greatly to the colonists’ decision to go to war with Great Britain. Even in 1776 nobody wanted to be told they had the brain power of Joe Biden.
The problem with the use of this term is that it is applied by progressives to so darn many things that make no sense at all. This comes as no surprise to many of us. It was Ronald Reagan who said, “It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.”
Let’s look at the most recent example of this nonsensical common sense: gun control. Attempting to capitalize on the Newtown, CT, school shooting, Barack Obama introduced a “common sense” gun violence program to the nation, and to Congress. This would include such things as a renewal of the assault weapons ban, limits on magazine sizes, and expanded background checks.
If these proposals were really as “common sense” as the administration says, wouldn’t you think that at least those who proposed them would think they’d work? And yet, Joe Biden was caught on tape by CNN saying the following:
“Nothing we are going to do is going to fundamentally alter or eliminate another mass shooting or guarantee that we will bring … gun deaths down to a thousand a year from what it is now.”
So how can these proposals be “common sense” to the rest of us when they’re not even common sense to the man who was put in charge or selling them to Congress and the nation? Now, given, we are talking about Joe Biden again, so…
Here is some common sense: if the American people hope to remain free from government tyranny, they must resist every “common sense” gun control proposal that comes from this or any other administration.
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