Keith Ellison, speaking to the Democrats’ greatest public intellectual, Bill Maher, had the following exchange:
“Why doesn’t your party come out against the Second Amendment? It’s a problem,” Maher asks, to which Ellison replies, “I sure wish they would. I sure wish they would.”
I with the Democrat Party would do it, too. It’d be a sign of integrity.
Even with the extra context that the City Pages’ Aaron Rupar is careful to note (for Ellison):
It should be noted, however, that earlier in the segment Ellison said, “I don’t think you have to eliminate ownership of all guns in order to get some common-sense gun rules.” So what he means in saying he wishes Dems would come out against the Second Amendment isn’t totally clear.
Of course it is.
Ellison believes the Democrats should endorse the idea that civil rights and liberties are gifts from the government to the people. Things to be doled out by a wide, benificent government to the gabbling rabble they are chose to rule.
Ellison just wants the Democrat party to reclaim its legacy as the party of people who decide who gets what rights – just like it did under slavery and Jim Crow.
It’s perfectly clear.