Two Hopeful Signs

With a growing suspicion that all the talk about Syria will ultimately amount to little, and that a prolonged and desultory “diplomatic solution” proffered by a Russian dictator willl allow it to fade away without a shot being fired, we set out in search of other stories to distract us. Always eager for any indications that the old American tendency to resist tyranny and any other sort of bossiness is still alive, we were pleased to find two encouraging developments among the headlines.
One was the recall election in Colorado, where two gun-grabbing legislators were evicted from office for supporting that state’s recent stupid gun control laws. The president of the state’s Senate was one victim of the public’s righteous outrage, another was a Senator from a district thought to be safely Democratic and liberal, and these surprising results are widely interpreted as a be a sobering warning to any lawmakers contemplating an assault on the Second Amendment. This seems a reasonable conclusion, and one we would ardently hope for.
Colorado is a peculiar state, politically speaking, but nonetheless a representative proxy for the country at large when it comes to gun control. A daunting percentage of the state lives in Denver, which is a big city with all the crime and other liberal tendencies that come with a high level of population density, and when you throw in such ultra-rich conclaves as Telluride and Aspen, as well as the predictably Democratic college town of Boulder, there’s a significant share of the state prone to liberalism. Half of the state is both geographically and politically indistinguishable from reliably Republican western Kansas, however, and much of the Rockies is dominated by small town folk dependent on a politically-incorrect mining economy, with much of them miles away from the nearest law enforcement and unpleasantly close to predatory animals, and there’s a stubborn strain of libertarianism even in the hippie enclaves such as Ouray, so there’s a rough parity of political power in the state. Two high-profile mass shootings in the state emboldened the liberals to pass some largely symbolic restrictions on magazine capacities and other irritating restrictions, but the recall results suggests that they overestimated their mandate.
Another encouraging story came from Washington, D.C., of all places, where hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts converged on Wednesday to express a vague but unmistakable yearning for freedom. The convergence of so many bikers in the nation’s capital was apparently a response to the planned “Million Muslim March” on the Washington mall, which apparently fell nearly 999,9300 or so short of its obligatory turnout, and was out-numbered by the Christian counter-protestors who showed up to object to the impolite timing of the march on Sept. 11, and by all accounts the presumably secular bikers overwhelmed both religious groups with a turn-out that snarled traffic and attracted the attention of the local media. No permit was issued for the biker rally, adding to the deliciousness of the anti-establishment flavor of the event, and it seems to have been a good time for all except the bureaucrats trying to get to their suburban homes after a hard day of regulation-writing.
The bikers had a Facebook page, an obligation of the modern age that even the self-proclaimed outlaws must observe, and they “posted” that than their intent was to express their opposition to “any fundamental transformation of America.” We drink just enough to beer to have encountered many a biker, and know well both their vices and virtues, but we heartily endorse the sentiment and welcome their support.

— Bud Norman