Thursday, February 7, 2013

Tony Bennett - Getting Senile or Just Ignorant?

I love Tony Bennett the entertainer. I have been listening to his music for decades and consider him one of the greatest jazz singers of the last sixty years. But, whenever this man opens his mouth to speak on just about any political issue of the day he either shows how ignorant he is of the facts or, and I hope this isn't the case, he is drifting off into senility.

Tony's most recent foray into the political ring is his recent comments about gun control and his support for it and President Obama's executive order solutions.

"It's the kind of turn that happened to the great country of Germany, when Nazis came over and created tragic things, and they had to be told off," stated Bennett to the press. "And if we continue this kind of violence and accept it in our country, the rest of the world's going to really take care of us, in a very bad way."

Without much success I had to reread and listen to his statement several times to try and make some kind of cohesive sense out of the words he had strung together. Was he saying that without gun control America will eventually turn into a Nazi Germany? Who, in the rest of the world, is it that will have to come in and "take care of us" by telling us off?

Mr. Bennett is old enough to remember those early days of Nazism in Germany. Once Adolph Hitler was elected by the masses as the new German Chancellor (yes the German people elected him), one of the first things he did was put into place a massive gun control policy that took all guns (and other weapons considered lethal) out of the hands and homes of German citizens and into the hands of his cutthroat brown shirts. Eventually, when citizens could no longer protect themselves from their own leader, he eliminated the brown shirts, started rounding up and putting folks in concentration camps and ghettos with the only legal weapons in Germany being had by soldiers and the SS, and everyone, including Mr. Tony Bennett, should remember how well that turned out for the German people and the rest of the world.

The Second Amendement of the United States Constitution is there for one specific reason, to protect the citizens of the United States from enemies both foreign and DOMESTIC, including, one's

own government that has gotten too strong, too big, too bureaucratic and has forgotten the founding principals of the nation. We are currently living in the beginnings of those days, and unlike Germany, we can only hope the American people will not freely give up their arms and their well being over to the care of a government that has proven on more than one occasion over the last seven decades that it doesn't put the welfare of the common man, the We the People, before its own self interest.

Tony, keep singing for as long as you can, but please, do the world a favor by keeping your political opinions to yourself because, while you have the right to speak out, and I served in the military for thirteen years in order to guarantee you that right, you only show the feebleness of your thinking or your own ignorance every time you do so.

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