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Candidates Who’ll Take Away Your Nine
It is easy to be concerned that the flighty substanceless nature of the politics of the day might mean that issues never actually get resolved—that the best service they might receive at the hands of politicos is to get re-stanced every handful of years. Or one side might think up an especially catchy slogan for its particular take on the iissue (“death tax,” for example) and that’ll be the end of it. (But thank God for “death tax”.) Somehow, through the sound and fury, debates do occasionally resolve decisively. For the time being, I would judge that the right to bear arms is one such issue, and it has fadged in favor of the right. (Not the Right—the right.) Ten years ago? Public alarmism over the scourge of firearms and that damnable pock on our Constitution called the Second Amendment, which just needs to come out. And today? Well, the National Rifle Association is hardly ever in the news, gun control at large has not really risen, and in fact the issue doesn’t even seem to be an issue. Huzzah.
That’s all prelude to this post from David Kopel at The Volokh Conspiracy. He rates the presidential candidates according to their stance on guns. Those with the most Second Amendment constancy: Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas). Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.). Former Gov. Jim Gilmore (R-Vir.). Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.). These, you’ll note, are not contenders. John McCain earns a “mixed,” Pataki and Romney a “poor,” and Edwards, Kerry, Obama, Gore, Hillary, Biden, Giuliani are all rated as being against the Second. The surprise is that, even though the forces of freedom seem to have won the firearm war, the candidate field for 2008 consists almost entirely of men (plus Hillary) who are weak protectors of that freedom.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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