For once, I’m happy Obama has failed.
The United Nations indefinitely suspended action on an international arms trade treaty Friday after the United States and several other countries asked for more time.
The decision sparked angry reactions from human rights groups often allied with the Obama administration, who believed a treaty to regulate the export of deadly weapons to rogue regimes was within reach. The UN had spent the entire month of July hammering out a deal, and Friday was the deadline for an agreement on a treaty that has met with the staunch opposition of the National Rifle Association and bipartisan concerns in the Senate.
“This was stunning cowardice by the Obama administration, which at the last minute did an about-face and scuttled progress toward a global arms treaty, just as it reached the finish line,” said Suzanne Nossel, the executive director of Amnesty International USA. “It’s a staggering abdication of leadership by the world’s largest exporter of conventional weapons to pull the plug on the talks just as they were nearing an historic breakthrough that would have required all nations to deny arms export licenses where there was an overriding risk that the weapons would be used to facilitate serious crimes against humanity.”
And Scott Stedjan, Oxfam America’s senior policy advisor, called the failure “a tremendous loss for thousands of innocent civilians around the globe who die each year from armed violence fueled by the unregulated transfer of arms.”
The reality has always been that the most horrific genocides have been conducted by governments, or wit government support, and typically against their own people or someone they have just conquered in war.
In both instances, an armed citizenry is the only antidote to bloody tyranny.
I’m sure that some of the statist bastards that are pushing disarmament share the dopey views of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek universe where a benevolent government protects all of mankind (and other species). The brutal fact of the matter, however, is that governments in the real world do not act this way. Government looks after the government’s interests. When citizens are lucky, the interests of the government coincide with that of the citizenry.
History has show us, however, that all government, no matter how benign or well-intentioned in its founding, ultimately evolves into tyranny where the will of the state tramples the rights and liberty of the citizenry. This inevitably occurs even in representative forms of government. We have been truly blessed here in the United States that our nation’s founders were prescient, deliberate men with a deep understanding of the human animal and of the psychology of government. They created a robust Constitution and Bill of Rights, and wisely reserved the majority of power for the states and the people. That is why our government is the oldest on earth, while other nations–France, for example–have gone through five or more in the same amount of time.
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Those of us who blame just one party or the other for the growth of government, its usurpation of liberty, and slow turn towards viewing citizens as subjects, are fooling themselves. Eventually, our government will also fall or will crush the people it was designed to serve. If we are lucky, we can reign in or even reverse the power of our government for a time, but the inevitable drift is towards tyranny. At some point there will be a conflict between the citizenry and the state.
If we are lucky the citizenry will defeat the government with minimal casualties or even a bloodless coup, and the bloat and power of government can be stripped away. If we are intelligent, we’ll realize that the Constitution and Bill of Rights our founders created in the late 1700s is still the best basis for government mankind has developed, and is worth preserving.