Guns but not votes: Republican fealty to the constitution is completely one-eyed

Guns but not votes: Republican fealty to the constitution is completely one-eyed

On Monday, a lone gunman killed 10 at a Boulder, Colorado, supermarket. Last week, a 21-year-old man killed eight in an Atlanta massage parlor. Faced with calls for heightened background checks on gun sales, Cynthia Lummis, Wyoming’s junior senator, draped herself in the flag, and lashed out at proponents of gun control as essentially un-American. In her words , “every time that there’s an incident like this, the people who don’t want to protect the second amendment use it as an excuse to further erode second amendment rights.” To be sure, Lummis’s fealty to freedom and the constitution is selective at best, and she’s far from alone. Whose rights are purportedly being trampled has a direct relationship to indignation. When it comes to free speech and voting, conservatives have an easy time turning a blind eye – as Lummis, Laurence Silberman, an intermediate appellate federal judge, and Greg Gianforte, Montana’s newly elected governor, can all attest. In the aftermath of the Trump-triggered insurrection, Lummis voted against certifying Pennsylvania’s results for Joe Biden. As she framed things , “I have serious concerns about election integrity, especially in Pennsylvania.” “Concerns” are one thing, reality is something else. Sidney Powell, mistress of the Kraken , failed fabulist and former Trump lawyer recently acknowledged , “no reasonable person would” believe her comments “were truly statements of fact”. Now she tells us. Meanwhile, in a dissenting opinion issued last week in a libel case, Judge Silberman, a Reagan appointee to the DC circuit, let […]

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