July 27, 2012 the United Nations is expected to pass the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), and U.S. Secretary of State on behalf of the United States will sign said. ATT will supersede United States sovereignty, effectively render the 2nd amendment null and void, and require the confiscation of firearms from Americans by its federal government.
Per Article II Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution the Senate must advise and consent to said treaty before the President has authority to ratify it. The Senate is currently populated with 53 Democrats, 47 Republicans, and 2 Independents, who caucus with the Democrats. Senate consent requires a 2/3rds majority, so 67 votes.
This stealth attempt by democrats to control firearms — a goal of theirs for many decades — can be stopped by the “nay” votes of 34 Republicans. I expect Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring this before the body between November 6 and the end of this term, during the “lame-duck” period.
While the right to bear arms is universal and independent of the 2nd amendment, this treaty, if ratified, would legally empower the federal government — in contradiction of unalienable rights from the Creator and in contradiction of that government’s one and only sole goal, responsibility, and authority — to leave individual human beings vulnerable and helpless against predators of all stripes — including and especially the government — who would violate their rights.
Needless to say, I’m advocating the immediate — It’s only two weeks away — targeting of the 47 Republican U.S. Senators with crystal-clear messages.
Meanwhile back at the ranch . . . .
Please be clear that President Obama’s rhetoric about continuing the tax cuts for the middle class, but not the rich, is an unequivocal commitment to driving the U.S. economy off the mid-January “fiscal cliff”. There are no permanent classes in America.
But, if we accept the false premise, then divide the population into income quartiles, the top 25% of earners pay 87% of federal income taxes, the middle 50% of earners pay 13% of federal income taxes, and the bottom 25% of earners pay zippo. The “middle class” with an effective tax rate of about 3% will have any benefit/cost of either extending or not be trivial. Meanwhile the effect of raising personal income tax rates on those who pick up 87% of the tab will cripple the whole of the economy.