The headline is not a transposed “R” in place of an “E.” Yes, it’s the National Rifle Association and not the National Education Association that is supporting Democrat candidates to keep Republicans from retaking the House. The NRA has endorsed 39 House Democrat candidates even though their Republican challengers champion the Second Amendment. To add insult to injury, the organization is endorsing them in center-right House districts that Republicans could win. The NRA endorsement gives the so-called “Blue Dog” Democrats credibility that they wouldn’t have otherwise. Red State contributor Daniel Horowitz states:
Fortunately, as long as the conservative rhetoric is coming from the Democrat candidates themselves, the voters aren’t buying it. However, when the NRA … endorses that Democrat for reelection over their 2nd amendment champion Republican opponents … people might give credence to their claims of being born again conservatives. The sad thing is that the NRA is endorsing Democrats in the very districts that we must win in order to obtain 39 seats.
Right-to-life groups have three criteria candidates must meet to get their endorsement, Americans for Tax for Reform have candidates sign a pledge, but the NRA doesn’t require candidates to meet certain criteria or a sign pledge to uphold the Second Amendment for its endorsement; it’s a purely subjective judgment call.
For example, in last year’s special election for New York’s 23rd Congressional District, the NRA supported leftist Republican Dede Scozzafava over Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman. Scozzafava eventually dropped from the race and endorsed Democrat Bill Owens over Hoffman. Now, the NRA endorses Owens over Republican Matt Doheny in November.
Even though the NRA supports Republicans and has given 71 percent of its political action committee’s contributions to GOP candidates, that percentage is down compared to previous election cycles. The Democrat Party is the problem plaguing America and ignoring that problem is a fatal mistake.
A lot of so-called conservatives avoid discussing how the NRA is undermining the conservative movement and Republican efforts to oust George Soros’ Shadow Party Democrats from power. “Great Americans” Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, et al either won’t mention the NRA’s undermining activities or they dance around them when they’re pointed out and never openly criticize the organization.
Major online conservative gatekeeper publications aren’t much better. They have been treading lightly over the NRA’s underhanded endorsements of Democrats, as if they’re trying their level best to remain in the good graces of the organization.
The NRA hides behind the one-issue, gun-rights only claim, and endorses Democrats to ensure participation in future elections. The organization didn’t oppose Eric Holder for attorney general and waited until the last minute to come out against Obama’s leftist Supreme Court nominees. It signed on to the Disclose Act, which was a carefully crafted Democrat scheme to impose onerous disclosure requirements on over 100,000 nonprofits and activist groups to prevent them from engaging in any effective political speech during campaign season. Such tactics are a fool’s game for those who feed the crocodile believing they will be the last to be eaten.
Face it; this hypocritical “arrogant and elitist” organization has more in common with Chuck Schumer than it does with Chuck Heston. Much like the leftist, race-baiting poverty pimps Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, who fuel the race issue for relevance and money, the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre and chief lobbyist Chris Cox don’t seem too anxious for the gun control issue to go away. They appear to be more concerned with preserving their six-figure salaries than with upholding the Second Amendment and defeating the one party that unambiguously has been behind all gun control legislation. Erick Ericson elaborates saying,
There are few organizations purportedly on the side of freedom that aggravate me more than the National Rifle Association. In fact, these days I cringe when I see good conservatives with their lifetime member sticker from the NRA on the back of their cars.
From the late 1960s through the late 1980s, the NRA zealously fought gun control advocates in the United States when Canada, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand buckled under and lost the individual’s right to firearm ownership and self-defense. But today’s NRA is merely a shell of what it once was, living off its past reputation. This once mighty 4 million-member, $307 million organization is no longer indispensable because it doesn’t understand what the fight is about. It has become a tool used by the Democrat Party to destroy this Republic and its Constitution. Its leaders are now too timid to uphold freedom and all too willing to sit at the table with the leftist elites in Washington, DC.
The political climate and the Democrat Party have irrevocably changed; conservative and moderate democrats are an extinct species. When Pelosi or Reid need votes, the so-called Blue Dog Democrats will line up and vote against Second Amendment protections as ordered.
The loss of liberty is looming, and America stands in the path of danger. Freedom shivers in the cold shadow of true peril as the irresistible siren summons the common man to muster resistance against politicians everywhere who would subvert those freedoms. To directly quote the infamous Charlton Heston, NRA’s last great leader:
So, as we set out this year to defeat the divisive forces that would take freedom away, I want to say those fighting words for everyone within the sound of my voice to hear and to heed, and especially for you…From my cold, dead hands!
About the Author: Jerry A. Kane is a retired English professor who has also worked as a journalist and a technical writer. His writings are featured at MichNews.com and have appeared at Canada Free Press, WorldNetDaily, American Thinker, American Daughter, and in daily and weekly newspapers across the country. His commentaries, news stories, and musings appear regularly on his blog, The Millstone Diaries. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.