I want to alert you that shortly after Thanksgiving you will receive your new 2012 NRA Membership Card in the mail. When you receive it, I hope you’ll give special attention to the letter I’ve enclosed which could be the most important I’ve ever written to you and our other NRA members . . .
Progressives believe in the “don’t waste a good crisis” mantra so deeply that they’re ready, willing and able to create a good crisis. We don’t know if the ATF enabled gun smugglers to inflate the numbers of gun store guns confiscated in Mexico to create a crisis that would justify a budget increase and new gun control laws. But it is B.O.’s M.O.
Is the NRA really that different? OK, sure, they don’t actually put guns in the hands of criminals (although their disloyal opposition would beg to differ). But their mantra is equally inflammatory. The Gun Grabbers are coming! The Gun Grabbers are coming! The us vs. them threat is persistent, perpetual and pending. Can you say Chicken Little? I knew you could.
Increasingly, the NRA has become completely partisan. Drilling down, it’s all about Obama.
As you already know, our country has taken a dangerous turn for the worse with President Barack Obama in the White House. Our freedoms are at risk like never before — not just our Second Amendment rights but all the freedoms we cherish as Americans.
Is that true? Are our freedoms at risk like never before? I’m not complacent by any means, but it seems to me that gun control is on the run. Heller, McDonald, constitutional carry, Wisconsin’s move to concealed carry, increasing firearms ownership, decreasing support for gun control, etc. And if you want to look for dark days in American history, when the government abridged the Constitution but good, there’s plenty of that to be found: the Alien and Sedition Acts, slavery, internment of Japanese Americans, Lincoln’s press gag, etc.
But by accepting your new membership card and reading my letter, you’ll see how NRA, and you, can take our country back… because this card in your pocket means Barack Obama loses on November 6, 2012! So please, look for your new card and my letter in your mailbox in the next few days.
Focusing on turfing Obama is all well and good, but the rhetoric deployed here is just as divisive as the President’s class warfare campaign. The letter makes it sound like Obama and his minions are an occupying army, rather than members of a political party.
OFWGs (Old Fat White Guys) are the the core of the NRA’s clientele. This demographic would sooner eat veggie burgers at a PETA party than vote for Democrat. There’s no need to “rally them”—aside from turning them upside down to shake loose some more money for the NRA. So why not try to somewhat kinda maybe sorta appeal to the mainstream by at least tossing a bone to moderates? Perhaps lose the exclamation mark and add a sentence that explains why Obama’s antithetical to American gun rights?
In the meantime, I wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for your leadership, your friendship, and your support.
Interesting that Wayne thanks his members for their “leadership.” Like any member of any large advocacy organization, the vast majority of its adherents are followers, not leaders. But they like to think of themselves as leaders, of course. The question is: where are they leading to? (There’s you prepositional ending iRock350.)
The NRA should attempt to transcend party politics (even a little) and put Americans’ gun rights above the same old left – right “debate.” But their economic model is too strong. So I’m guessing that reaching across the proverbial aisle is not Wayne strategy for the 2012 election. I wonder what is?
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