Politically Incorrect Zone: The Political Elite and Us Common Folk

medications times;”>Political correctnessBy Kevin Harris

viagra 40mg times;”>Most congressional Democrats support strong gun control. Nothing new there, right? But one congressman in California is now sponsoring a bill to ban private citizens from owning body armor! Congressman Mike Honda’s “anti-crime” package includes two anti-gun measures, along with the body armor ban (H.R. 378). While there is no official text yet available for the full details of the bill, I’d say it’s a fair bet that the congressman’s body guards will be allowed to be fully armed, and will be legally allowed to wear body armor, too.

But friends, Democrats don’t hold a monopoly on double standards or on promoting a ruling elite in Washington. Republican State Senator Brandon Smith, who was arrested for DUI earlier this month, is calling for his case to be dismissed based on a century-old rule in the state Constitution (section 43) that says lawmakers are “privileged from arrest.” The ruling, while technically still on the books, has never been used in recent times, and is clearly an abuse of power as it was written:

“The members of the General Assembly shall, in all cases except treason, felony, breach of surety of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance on the sessions of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either House they shall not be questioned in any other place.”

Smith was arrested by a Kentucky State Trooper just after 9 pm, on the opening day of the legislative session. And it looks like he’s going to get away with it.

The examples of our lawmakers demanding to live in a different America than the rest of us live in could fill volumes, and go back to the beginning of our Republic as they continue to this day. Laws are written and passed for us commoners, which were never intended to apply toward congress members. Obamacare anyone?

America was founded by people bent on escaping a political elite, and a framework was structured that saw all men created equal. It required a limited and subservient government, NOT a ruling elite.

No matter what else transpires — so long as congress remains allowed to write laws for the rest of us that it can exempt itself from, we will have tyranny. THEY will demand that we cannot protect ourselves and our families with firearms and body armor, so long as we continue paying for their armed and armored security guards. THEY will drink and drive to their hearts’ content, endangering us commoners, while taking the licenses away for any of us should we partake (and rightfully so). THEY can force us to buy certain products and services that they require us to, or penalize or imprison us if we don’t. But they are exempt!

I could go on, but I’m left wondering just one thing: Why did we bother fighting the Revolution anyway?


Kevin Harris

Kevin Harris


Kevin Harris is a former reporter, editor and journalist, and previous President of Cal State Northridge’s Society of Professional Journalists. He is now a realtor and videographer, and lives with his two children in Oak Park. 

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