2 years ago
Concerning the Colorado recall:
In an emotional concession speech, Mr. Morse called the loss of his seat “purely symbolic” and defended the record of the last legislative session as “phenomenal.”
“We made Colorado safer from gun violence,” he said afterward, as his supporters trickled away from a hotel ballroom here in his district. “If it cost me my political career, that’s a small price to pay.”
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Mr. Morse’s hand was on the tiller during much of that debate. A former police chief, he said he found himself in a position of not just rounding up votes, but actually explaining the mechanics of guns to fellow Democrats. He brought a magazine to show his colleagues how it worked. In an emotional speech in March, as the debate reached its peak, Mr. Morse stood on the Senate floor and spoke of gun violence and “cleansing a sickness from our souls.”
I had followed the Colorado recall elections for the simple reason that some of my readers forced me to. But this is the first time that I have seen the theological undertones in the debates. Now, take note how people like me, conservative Christians, are repeatedly mocked in the national discourse. Trotting out our religion, we always are. Forcing it on other people. It’s incorrigible – they cannot help but mock us.
While it’s true that I do see theological issues surrounding the right and duty of self defense, it is Morse who forced his views into the law-making proces. I never demanded the freedom to do such a thing. For instance, while I see the historical and interpretive value of knowing that colonial citizens were required to own weapons, I do not support such a thing today.
Note his language. He believes that his actions were “cleansing a sickness from our souls,” and he is willing to sacrifice himself in a vicarious sort of way in order to effect this redemption. Good grief. Morse thinks he is Jesus.
I thank God that I have been spared such theological confusion (does that make me sound like a Pharisee?). If I ever declare myself to be Jesus, I think my astute readers will hold me accountable.
UPDATE: David Codrea doubts that anyone else wants to be Jesus.
While the successful recall will not be enough to shift the legislative balance of power in Colorado, it will no doubt show activists there and elsewhere what is possible when they apply themselves, and give a boost of confidence to retry recalls in efforts where not enough signatures were gathered, or to start new efforts where success seems possible. And it will no doubt energize gun owners to participate in the next election … Fear of that unpleasantness may be enough to rein in legislators seeing gun owners realizing a newly-discovered power. At the very least, recall actions can cause anti-gun politicians and their patrons to use up their resources defensively, as opposed to launching new aggressive campaigns against gun ownership …
Yes. This is a battlefield victory. But there are more battles to fight. We’re just beginning.