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Had his words been phrased any less artfully, former Missouri State Rep. Ed Emery might be in an interrogation room facing Secret Service agents.

At the beginning of a state senate campaign stop in Adrian, Missouri, Saturday, Emery pledged his undying loyalty to the Constitution, something he does on a regular basis and one certainly cannot fault him for it.

In particular, Emery loves the Second Amendment. It’s not there for quail hunting, Emery told the friendly Tea Party-type gathering. It’s not there so people can protect themselves from their neighbors.

“We need guns to be protected from the tyranny of government” Emery said to a loud outburst of spontaneous applause.

Emery continued to talk about that for a few moments, then added, “Barack Obama has showed us what tyranny looks like.” (The video can be found at this link.)

In other words, and though Emery did not put the two sentences together the meaning was unmistakable, Guns are there to protect us from government tyranny. Barack Obama has shown us what tyranny looks like.

It doesn’t take a Harvard graduate to put two and two together.

This, unfortunately, is what passes for political discourse in some corners of America today. And Ed Emery appears to be a shoo-in for election, though he does have a Democratic opponent in the November election.

Emery has been associated with the birther movement, and he became well known in Missouri government circles after his House special committee issued a report which blamed Missouri’s immigration problems on abortion (if all of those babies had not been aborted, Emery reasoned, there would be no jobs available for anyone coming from another country).

And Emery also has a disdain for public education which he has never kept secret. His children were homeschooled because all of the dangers he saw in those “government-run schools.”

On his website, Emery makes it clear that he considers public education to be “slavery and a pipeline to prison,” and that vouchers are the way to go.

Vouchers are one way of providing the power of competition to state-run schools, but they are not the only way. Nevertheless, vouchers have worked where used, and all schools, both government and private, improved scores — some significantly. In addition, dropout rates always declined when competition was introduced via vouchers.
However, big-government advocates fear competition and individual freedom. They argue that the use of vouchers will enslave private and parochial schools by “accepting government money and the strings that go with it.” They don’t trust private and Christian schools to read the law and make their own decisions about the risks and benefits. Yet, I believe it is a question of personal liberty, of choice. Why should big-government politicians decide whether or not parents and school administrators can make that decision? Non-government schools are capable of choosing whether or not they will accept vouchers; that is freedom.
Freedom is about choice. The absence of choice is slavery — a form of imprisonment. It is freedom, not slavery, that produces opportunity, and it is opportunity that produces the prosperity and exceptionalism of theUnited States. In education, we have removed all of that choice.

What is scarier than the prospect of an Ed Emery in the Missouri Senate is listening to the heartfelt applause of those who firmly believe everything he says.

What people like Ed Emery and many of those who have spread similar views about government in the Tea Party and elsewhere don’t seem to realize is that it is not tyranny that has kept them from achieving their goals, but an inability to learn how to use the most deadly weapon at their disposal.

If you want to get rid of Barack Obama and this perceived tyranny, you don’t talk about guns, you do it the way the Constitution you claim to love prescribes- you get more votes for your candidate.

And above all, you don’t encourage a fringe element that might not understand that you are indulging in heated rhetoric. When you lose, you take it like a man and you don’t go home and grab your gun because things did not go your way.

Originally posted to rturner229 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 08:34 PM PDT.

Also republished by Show Me Kos.

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  •  State-run schools? (2+ / 0-)
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    peptabysmal, Johnny Nucleo

    Missouri is like every other state in the union: public schools are administered at the local level in every community. Emery is nothing more than an ignorant Christianist who demands that all children be taught that Adam and Eve rode dinosaurs in the Garden of Eden 5,000 years ago.

  •  I agree (0+ / 0-)

    WE need guns to protect ourselves from all the hmm, just can't think of the right word. Wing-nuts...or the know nothings...or the gvt. belongs in your bedroom guys..no, wait, the guy from tx., who thinks the UN is coming for him, when everyone knows the UN is coming to take Bubba's guns, and make him marry his sister AND his brother...

  •  encourage them! (2+ / 0-)
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    KVoimakas, Ahianne

    Encourage them to not-vote and not contribute $$ to campaigns, and instead use that money to stock up on guns & ammo.  

    If the past three years are any indication, they'll cause an ammo shortage, thereby getting legitimate buyers pissed off at them, and at Republicans who egg them on.   And they won't be able to launch Civil War II, as we've seen from the way the Secret Service and FBI have pounced anyone who tried.  

    Even though the Hutarees, for example, got off on "free speech" (which now apparently includes the right to have meetings to plan how to assassinate police officers by shooting a few and then bombing their funeral), the fact remains that the FBI broke up that plot successfully.  And the Hutarees are now on permanent watch-lists so they won't be able to get away with anything ever again.  

    Any group that tries to start something will be similarly dealt with.  The lone nuts can be picked off a few at a time (who could forget the hilarious video taken by LE of a would-be assassin leaping out a 2nd story hotel window and landing in the bushes with a broken ankle?, this after his pal was pulled over in a pickup truck loaded with weaponry).

    So they'll waste their money, they won't fund Republican campaigns, and LE will scoop up any who actually try something.  

    Then when their imagined apocalypse never materializes, some of them will sell their stuff second-hand, where it can be bought at a discount by people with legitimate uses for those firearms.

    Win/win all round!

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 11:22:16 PM PDT

    •  Watchlists. (1+ / 0-)
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      Robobagpiper

      I've seen this term used more and more favorably over the years (I remember when we were decrying the nearly half a million names).  What I don't understand is how we think that the watchlist is a considerable impediment to domestic terrorists organizing themselves.  They still have freedom of movement, and there isn't nearly enough manpower to make even a dent in all the unknown associates they may acquire, and they can still acquire weapons.  The Hutarees were foiled by turning a member informant who'd local law enforcement been lucky enough to tumble upon.

      And we haven't even started with groups who will organize in plain sight, with the cooperation or tacit approval of local LEOs.  This notion of super MiB special agents paralyzing domestic militias is belied by the particulars of the Hutarees case in the first place; we should avoid being overly confident.

  •  Well ..we need Nato to protect us from Rmoney (1+ / 0-)
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    Oh Mary Oh

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 02:19:16 AM PDT

  •  Sharon Engle (0+ / 0-)

    and Mama Grizzly spoke the same way this idiot did. They incite violence and then claim someone such as Jarod Loughner (sp?) took them out of context when shxt goes down like poor Gabby Giffords assault did. Yeah, the nutjobs ARE at fault and need to accept the persoanl responsibility for their actions, however, the political discourse should not be to advocate this violence in the civilized society.

    It's sad that we have come so far as to actually need to say that this speech and behavior is despicable. It was once simply unspoken to be so.

    I guess once we had to start putting "caution:hot" warnings on the side of coffee cups in order to try and insulate ourselves from lawsuits, the remainder followed.

    Sad, simply sad.

  •  Choice? (0+ / 0-)

    "Freedom is about choice. The absence of choice is slavery — a form of imprisonment"

    Except of course denying women their right to choose to end a pregnancy is not slavery for her nor a form of imprisonment.....It's freedom for the fetus!

    ashes..ashes..we all fall down...

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