“This Was Purely A Political Operation” – Judson Phillips, Tea Party Nation

Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation, was interviewed on FoxNews this morning about his group’s call for the GOP leaders to get moving again on Operation Fast and Furious. He disagreed with Fox’s Jamie Colby that this was a botched sting operation. Instead, he said “this was purely a political operation” meant to increase support for gun control in the United States.

When asked specifically what he wanted GOP leaders to do, Phillips said, “I want them to get more aggressive on this and get more aggressive with the Obama Administration.”

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The Joyce Foundation-funded Media Matters said of the Fox interview that Phillips was a “right wing extremist” who “spent the interview promoting the right-wing conspiracy theory that Fast and Furious was a plot to promote gun control instead of a failed law enforcement investigation.” Mike Vanderboegh, as might be expected, had a diametrically opposite view of the interview. He had more to say on the GOP leadership and Project Gunwalker in this earlier post.

Speaking of Mike, please keep him and his family in your prayers. He will be operated on tomorrow for a gastrointestinal stromal tumor or GIST. From what Mike has written, they don’t know for sure if this tumor is benign or malignant and won’t know until the pathologists test it. Either way, it is serious stuff.

McDonald Decision: It’s Not Just About Guns Anymore

Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit, thinks that Tea Party activists, libertarians, and conservatives should look to the Supreme Court’s decision in McDonald v. Chicago as inspiration.

let me offer a positive lesson from this experience, one with relevance for today’s motivated Tea Party activists and depressed conservatives and libertarians alike. Because the story of the Second Amendment, and of gun rights generally, over the past two decades is a story that offers hope for those interested in protecting and restoring liberty in all sorts of areas.

Read the whole article here.

His conclusion –

So in little more than 15 years, we’ve seen an amazing turnaround on an issue where the “establishment” side had broad support from politicians (in both parties, really) and almost universal support from the media. Gun control now is nearly dead as an issue, and the “establishment” view that the Second Amendment didn’t protect any sort of individual right, but merely a right of states to have national guards, did not get the support of a single Supreme Court justice.

So what’s the lesson for today? It’s that activism matters.

Now the issue on which activists differ from the establishment is the size of government. Politicians (in both parties, really) are pretty happy with big government. In this, they have the near-universal support of the media (now using covert e-mail lists to agree on how to slant their stories).

But if people care about shrinking government as much as gun rights activists care about protecting the Second Amendment, then this situation, too, can see a turnaround.

For the sake of the country, it had better.