When Barry Goldwater accepted the 1964 GOP nomination, he famously paraphrased Cicero in saying “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” (Many liberals stop at the first sentence, a bit of context-mangling intended to make Goldwater sound like a wackjob).
I’m reminded of this as I read this latest kefuffle; supposedly, the National Rifle Association co-opted a major gun-control advocate, who served as a “spy” in several gun-grabber organizations:
A gun-control activist who championed the cause for more than a decade and served on the boards of two anti-violence groups is suspected of working as a paid spy for the National Rifle Association, and now those organizations are expelling her and sweeping their offices for bugs.
My first reaction: Good. Thank goodness. The NRA needs to, and should, infiltrate orc organizations. They should be co-opting the bad guys. Gun-grabber organizations routinely trample the boundaries of ethics to attempt to take our God-given right to defend ourselves; they lie about guns and the law-abiding gun owner; they lie about the record; they waterboard context.
The best way, indeed, to tell if a gun control advocate is lying is to check to see if their lips are moving or their fingers are typing; it’s easier to count the times gun controllers tell the truth than to catalog the lies. They will stop at nothing to squash our rights; it’s right to stop at nothing (short of violence) to defend them.
Of course, there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth…:
“It raises some real concerns with the tactics of the NRA. If they’ve got one person, maybe they have more. If they’ve done this dirty trick, what else have they done?” said Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign, which planned to search its offices for listening devices and computer spyware.
The Brady Campaign and other groups said they are also researching whether McFate’s alleged spying constituted a crime.
“Under some circumstances, it could be trespass,” said Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and a former prosecutor. But “if they’re open meetings, it may be underhanded and sneaky; it may not be illegal.”
Indeed, “spying” on other issue groups is far from uncommon; many issue-oriented groups have people attend other groups’ meetings. It’s not talked about much, but it happens.
At any rate – kudos, NRA. Keep it going.
Extremism in defense of liberty and justice should be the norm.