Tuesday, April 27, 2021

D.L. Gardner: Read History & the Constitution

President Biden will make his first appearance before a joint session of Congress April 28, his 99th day in office. He’ll certainly mention some of his administration’s accomplishments so far, but most expect him to lay out his plans and goals for his first term in office. 

Scanning news sources, Biden’s handling of the coronavirus almost always tops the list of accomplishments during his first 100 days. Specifically, supporters tout how many vaccines have already been given to Americans. Amazingly, no news mentions former President Trump’s efforts to produce vaccines in record time before last year’s election, or the previous administration’s actions and plans for distributing vaccinations. 

Second on most lists of Biden’s accomplishments is the improving economy. Job openings are rising and unemployment numbers are dropping. Who would have predicted that ending the coronavirus crisis would restore our economy? Seems like just a year ago news folks and Trump critics alike blamed the former president for acting too slowly and mocking his promise to produce a vaccine before the end of the year.

Of course, President Biden’s restarting our federal war against climate change is always near the top of the list of any accomplishments. America has rejoined the Paris Agreement and is negotiating how much money we owe the world to stymie climate change. Last week Biden announced the U.S. International Climate Finance Plan in which he promised to “double, by 2024, our annual public climate finance to developing countries relative to the average level during the second half of the Obama-Biden Administration.”

What does that mean? According to Politico, “Under the Paris Agreement, wealthy countries promised $100 billion a year to help poorer countries grow cleanly, but are far behind in delivering this support. The U.S. is $2 billion in arrears on a $3 billion Obama-era commitment to the global climate fund.” Biden’s mantra sounds like, “Make the World Great Again!”

Moving on to future plans and goals, we’re hearing about a lot of radical LEFT initiatives including: reforming local policing via federal oversight, packing the Supreme Court, reparations, amnesty, federalizing national elections, making the District of Columbia our 51st state, eliminating the Electoral College, and removing guns from white supremacy terrorists. Not a word about more migrants crossing the border this year than all of FY2020.

Seriously? Who wants to federalize local policing? Who wants to federalize state election laws? Read a history book. Who wants to make DC a state? Read the Constitution. 

Two of the more formidable obstacles our Founders set into place to keep the federal government  from taking over the states were the Electoral College and the 2nd Amendment. The former keeps a small number of big states from solely deciding presidential elections. The latter guarantees a fight if the government overrules our constitutionally protected God-given rights, or as the Founders wrote, “it is their (the people’s) right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

Someone wrote, “The Second Amendment does not grant us the right to bear arms. The Second Amendment denies the government the authority to infringe upon our right to bear arms!” 

Perhaps we the people should read history and the Constitution before following and supporting career politicians’ ideas about transforming America. Read history and the Constitution.



Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at PJandMe2@gmail.com.


Anonymous said...

DL, I have got some real bad news for you.
In 1921, you could walk into any department store and buy a Browning fully automatic machine gun, and a a suppressor can to go on the barrel. You could also buy unlimited high capacity magazines, and all the ammo you could afford. Congress has passed numerous laws since then which neutered the Second Amendment. Nobody did a thing to stop them before, and the same will happen today.

You will either obey, or disobey and face prosecution

Anonymous said...

"...we’re hearing about a lot of radical LEFT initiatives including: reforming local policing via federal oversight, packing the Supreme Court, reparations, amnesty, federalizing national elections, making the District of Columbia our 51st state, eliminating the Electoral College..."

How many constituents are really contacting their DC representatives and making demands about any of this nonsense? It's gerrymandering at the federal level, plain and simple.

Anonymous said...

God-given right! These columns are great, never stop posting them. I haven't laughed that hard in a while.

Anonymous said...

The electoral college takes power away from the people and places it with the politicians who draw their voting districts. It is the single biggest obstacle to democracy our country faces. No wonder Daniel and the extremists on the right love it.

Anonymous said...

Come on folks your missing the point. The constitution is the basic foundation of our republic. And the American government has been trying to destroy that foundation for decades. The government only gets away with what the people allow. A passive citizenry is tyranny’s best friend. The democrats and this President is pushing the envelope to the breaking point and Americans may have to decide if they want freedom or communism. Think 1860 but on a much more destructive level.

Anonymous said...

“ Someone wrote, “The Second Amendment does not grant us the right to bear arms. The Second Amendment denies the government the authority to infringe upon our right to bear arms!””

Journalism is a dying skill. These days, the laziest among them can’t even cite a quote correctly. Daniel, I thought you were a teacher, what the hell business do you have teaching anyone?

Anonymous said...

Kingfish is just a much poorer Tucker Carlson. At least Carlson doesn’t have a website that looks like it was built in 2003 though.

Anonymous said...

KF - I do not know how to make contact w/you other than by the "comments" link, but how the hell did you miss this one:https://www.wapt.com/article/jackson-restaurant-turned-upside-down-after-brawl-between-two-groups/36258157

Your readers deserve your full attention.

Anonymous said...

Get over it, Dan. Your candidate lost in the electoral college and the popular vote in a free and fair election.

Anonymous said...

A basic flaw in the Paris Climate Scam. Take money from wealthy countries and give it to poor countries to pay for our 'sins' in polluting the world. Think about it... take a poor country where people walk everywhere and wash clothes on a big rock down by the river. Give that country several billions dollars. What will they do with the money? Buy cars and washing machines. If you want a clean environment better to leave them alone and let them walk everywhere and wash in the river. Duh.

Anonymous said...

6:43, see below:


Anonymous said...

This is 6:43 - thanks 8:41. Don’t know howI missed that.

Anonymous said...

9:52 - I'll ask you just like you asked Kingfish, "How the hell did you miss it?" Your follow-up post does not pay for your earlier lambast of our host; therefore, you will bring donuts to the blog tomorrow morning.

Anonymous said...

The Biden admistration is spending money like drunken sailors. Bailouts, stimulus, Rescue Plans, Climate accords, etc, but ignoring the issue at our own border. They will do anything to buy votes. Make DC a state, increase the supreme court, let illegals(key word Illegal) vote, give amnesty to anyone in our country. It's all about power, not about the US. #Idontworkforyoupal

But at least he doesn't upset folks on twitter.

Wow said...

RE: The Paris Agreement and global geopolitics in general

It all comes down to: as the world's empire, foremost power, reserve currency, is our foreign policy centered on internationalism, involving ourselves in global affairs, building coalitions--or isolationism?

Anonymous said...

What’s the argument against DC statehood? Last time I checked, they pay fed taxes too. Isn’t that taxation without representation?

And don’t say it’s because DC is likely to vote Democrat. I fully realize that’s the real reason you knuckleheads are against it. I want to know what your pretext argument is because I don’t see a legit argument against DC being a state.

Kingfish said...

They didn't want the federal government to be beholden to a state.

There is also another argument for simply placing it back in Maryland where it once was.

Anonymous said...

I had a hard time laughing over the " headline"...

I don't think DL's read anything about modern civil wars or recent military wars and battles. And, not much about past wars.

If he thinks individuals owing guns is enough to win a Revolution, he is deluding himself. If he thinks a gun of any kind will defend him from ambush or a tank, he is hopeless. DL look at the Middle East for goodness sake!

And, if he bothered with the letters and writings of our Founders, they wanted to create a system of government flexible enough to adapt into the future.

The " militia" they envisioned. Was the one they created in various States. And, even as late as the Civil War,both the Federal government and Confederate government relied on States and States relied on County recruiting men for their militias. The counties even sent their local " officers" with their troops .

See how well our domestic terrorist militia's have fared? See their great victories and ability to even control anything in their own communities? See how disciplined they really are and how fit?

Do trying reading but read actual history books and the actual written works of our Founders. Old Tucker had a helluva a time graduating from college and never passed the Bar exam after more than a few tries.

Anonymous said...

You mean like our State government is “beholden” to Jackson? Don’t say that it is, because it isn’t.

Any evidence, other than conjecture or speculation, that would actually be the case on the federal level?

Anonymous said...

Welcome to Columbia, the Welfare State.

Anonymous said...


Even if Columbia was a welfare state, MS would still be a bigger welfare state. DC is becoming more gentrified by the day.

Anonymous said...

Yes,8:32...those New Yorkers and California liberals you love to hate keep your taxes low.

Mississippians who have their momma and daddy and even themselves on the federal teat because they " think" their insufficient SS taxes actually " earned" Medicaid or SSI are either stupid or delusional.

LoMo said...


I have read and studied the constitution extensively. I suggest you try it some time.

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