Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Always Have Plan 2A

“(I) don’t get mad at ’em, don’t hate on ’em. Man, it’s not that serious. The First Amendment is first for a reason. Second Amendment is just in case the First one doesn’t work out.” Dave Chappelle

I don’t think I have heard a more pithy description the first two amendments to the Constitution than this. Freedom of speech, religion, and association needs a backstop, which the right of self-defense with arms covers. Witness the brave people of Hong Kong, facing a police state with umbrellas. It is harder to enslave a nation willing to defend itself.

It reminds me of another quote on the interplay of the Bill of Rights:

“A man’s rights rest in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.” – Frederick Douglass

Use the former, so that you don’t have to use the latter.

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  1. OmegaPaladin Moderator

    It’s notable that he was quoting this about extreme racist comedians. This means he can laugh even when his sacred cows are being turned into steaks.

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    • October 30, 2019, at 10:23 PM PDT
  2. Samuel Block Support

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    • October 30, 2019, at 10:31 PM PDT
  3. danok1 Member

    Kevin Williamson has long said, “The 2nd Amendment is the fail-safe.”

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    • October 31, 2019, at 5:12 AM PDT
  4. Gossamer Cat Coolidge

    I remember listening to a discussion on the Imprimus Law Hour-I think that is what it was called-about the most important right in the Bill of Rights. The usual ones were raised, but one participant said that it is the right to be secure in your person against illegal search and seizure. Because without that, the other rights are meaningless: you aren’t really free to exercise free speech or religion or the right to assemble, if doing so leads to loss of property or imprisonment because you made some government official angry. I thought that was very true. But the right to bear arms is the ultimate defense against illegal search and seizure on a national scale, isn’t it? Is our Constitution the only one that bakes in the right to defend our rights outside of the legal system? Another discussion on Imprimus said that our Constitution puts a great deal of trust in the people themselves and the second amendment is the ultimate expression of that. 

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    • October 31, 2019, at 7:32 AM PDT
  5. Housebroken Thatcher

    They know that it’s the KKK party that is pushing elimination of 2A.

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    • October 31, 2019, at 12:22 PM PDT
  6. OccupantCDN Coolidge

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    • October 31, 2019, at 5:06 PM PDT