William Kostric carried a gun with him to Barack Obama’s town hall meeting in New Hampshire yesterday. Lawfully. Peaceably. And the left has predictably freaked out.
At 11:35 a.m. yesterday, at about the time President Obama left the White House en route to the event, MSNBC anchor Carlos Watson–who, just yesterday, deemed “socialist” to be the new N-word–called for Kostric to be forcibly disarmed, Second Amendment and New Hampshire law be damned.
The left simply cannot understand why we’re not violent, why we’re not getting in people’s faces, why our protests and rallies aren’t escalating. And the longer they wait for us to descend from passionate discourse into violence, the more impatient they’re getting.
Hence MSNBC’s Chris Matthews looking even more rabid, partisan and foolish than ever.
Matthews anger, a friend of mine observed this morning, is a good barometer of the left. They’re imploding, he said, and while Matthews tried his best to paint Kostric as a fringe lunatic, Kostric countered effectively with knowledge and command of law, history and facts. I agree. Liberals hate facts.
This episode does reaffirm, however, that each and every one of us on the right must behave ourselves. As I’ve written before, volume is okay, but volume combined with reason is better. We must be aware that the liberals are watching and waiting for something to happen, and that they are laying the groundwork to portray anything that does happen as indicative of deep-seeded racism and hate on the entire right. Now, that’s not to say that we need to revert to our quiet and polite ways of the past, allowing the Democrats to run roughshod over our rights, but we cannot give them the kind of ammunition they are waiting for.
It’s very fortunate that William Kostric is as articulate, knowledgeable and aware as he is. While I am personally not a fan of open carry (I have a concealed weapons permit for a reason), I recognize that he was completely within his legal right to carry yesterday, but I’m nonetheless glad that he was prepared to face the scrutiny sure to come. Anyone less prepared, less knowledgeable about historical fact and legal reality, less outwardly rational and restrained, could have been absolutely eviscerated by Chris Matthews.
It’s a shame, too. We know the law, and want nothing more than a federal government which upholds the Constitution. The left is completely on the other side, preferring empathy and emotion to the rule of law, and looking at the Constitution as an outdated relic. This debate, about a man who lawfully exercised his constitutional rights and the liberal activists–like the so-called journalists at MSNBC–who care little for the Constitution, is a microcosm of the varied perspectives.
The left wants us to be crazy, by our standards. By their standards, we already are.