Thursday, November 24, 2016

Not Going To Happen

This Lawsuit Could Shatter ALL Federal Gun Control Laws:
Put bluntly, this could be huge. When Shane Cox began selling his homemade firearms and silencers out of his military surplus store, he stamped “Made in Kansas” on them to assure buyers that a Kansas law would prevent federal prosecution of anyone owning firearms made, sold and kept in the state.
For the last half century, federal laws have repeatedly been established as an over-riding mandate over states rights.   So this isn't going to happen.

Eisenhower made that clear in 1954 during "Brown vs the Board of Education" in Topeka, Kansas,
... and later (1957) in Little Rock in terms of segregation:

On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education that segregated schools are "inherently unequal." In September 1957, as a result of that ruling, nine African-American students enrolled at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.
I agreed with him (Eisenhower) then, and I still do.  *  I'm not sure today that States' Rights shouldn't get a larger say in this issue, but that's because I'm as biased on the issue of gun rights today as I was on human rights 60 years ago.

But this discussion isn't about home-made silencers; it's about what the Federal government encourages, vs what it discourages.

Basically, I guess my point is that I believe in the rights of the individual.  Whether to get a good education, be treated like anyone else, or to to build his own firearms ... that's an individual right.

When the government supports individual rights, I side with the government.

When the government decides it knows better than the individual, I side with the individual.

I still believe that the government ,,,  municipal, regional, state or federal ... is the servant of the people.

When the politicians begin to think they have the right (or the duty) to restrict the rights of all individuals, then I'm anti-government.

Can't say it plainer than that.

* What I like about the federal government is that sometimes its power is used to benefit the individial!

For example, it has encouraged black students to seek higher education (college, university) far beyond  the access which was available to minorities fifty years ago.

Yes, I recognize that the "Brown Board of Education" decision has been used as an excuse to 'over compensate" for previous lapses in fairness; some blacks are granted admission to schools when they do not have the academic credits to justify their admission, and they have failed to meet expectations during their academic career.   Because of that, students who have the academic standing to meet university admission have been forced to enroll in 'lesser' schools.

(Part of that might be due to the fact that Blacks often find themselves in under-graduate schools which have lower standards than others, and they haven't always been skillfully taught how to learn!)

But other minority races have taken advantage of this "racial bias" to get a better education than was available to their parents, and have gone on to demonstrate their abilities far beyond previous expectations!

I don't know, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn that other races (such as Hispanics and Asiatics) also get extra 'admission points" based on their race, but I also suspect that "Whites" are not awarded 'bias points' based on their race.  This is clearly racist, whether or not Academia is willing to admit to it.

For me, this is not an issue.  I only mention it to point out that racism continues to be a integral part of academic admission processing.   Just .. in another direction.

So don't try to tell me that America is not still racist; it has merely managed to slew the process in different way.

And while I don't think it's  entirely right, it's not entirely A Bad Thing. either.

One thing I am sure of is that any student who is bright, energetic, and determined to learn will usually be accepted somewhere that recognizes their demonstrated academic abilities, and will do well in University.

Avoiding the subject of  "White Privilege",  this country has a century or more of "making up for past wrongs" to make up for.  We have not always been right, and we are not now always wrong.  But at least we are trying to level the academic playing field ... even if we haven't yet found the 'best' way to do it.


Anonymous said...

Bravo! Well said.

Mark said...

we are watching you :-)