Last week the New York Times editorialized that Senator Cruz’s support for the 2nd Amendment of our Constitution sure was “strange.” Specifically the Times writer, Andrew Rosenthal, attacked Cruz’s statement that “the Second Amendment to the Constitution isn’t for just protecting hunting rights, and it’s not only to safeguard your right to target practice. It is a constitutional right to protect your children, your family, your home, our lives, and to serve as the ultimate check against governmental tyranny — for the protection of liberty.”
For most of us having our core values attacked in such a crude and impudent manner would make us angry. Not Cruz. Instead, Cruz responded in epic fashion letting some other brilliant men respond to the New York Times in his place. In a short op-ed for the National Review, Cruz used the writing of brilliant Americans from the past to show why his arguments on the 2nd Amendment weren’t strange at all… but simply continued a long trend of liberty mindedness from American leaders.
Cruz quoted Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Noah Webster, Justice Joseph Storey and the father of the Constitution himself, James Madison all quite adeptly rebutting the “silly” argument from the New York Times.
Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. – James Madison
I am constantly amazed at the manner in which liberals will fight for some constitutional rights, while actively working against others. They fail to understand that our rights work in concert with each other, and in many cases, they rely on each other for their very existence! The 2nd Amendment is one of those “lynchpin rights” (like speech, religion, association and even commerce), because it is with our 2nd Amendment that we ensure our government never has the strength to take away the others. Or at the very least, their attempt to wrest our other rights from us will be very costly.
I’m so glad to hear a mainstream Presidential candidate using logic, precedent and history to defend our Constitution and our liberty.