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James Taylor: Letís sacrifice a little liberty for safety
Hot Air ^ | January 22, 2013 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 01/22/2013 10:19:00 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Oh, it’s fun to pick on celebrities who don’t know much about the issues on which they’re asked to pontificate — and at least James Taylor has the honesty to preface his answer to The Daily Caller’s Nicholas Ballasy with an admission of ignorance. In fact, he does so twice, when Nicholas asks him about Obama’s continuation of George Bush’s drone policy and on the “executive orders” Obama promised on gun control (actually executive actions, most or all of which don’t require actual EOs). At some point, it’s easy to feel a little sympathy for Taylor, who must be thinking that he’d rather follow Laura Ingraham’s advise to just “shut up and sing.”

Being a good sport, Taylor provides an answer — which won’t exactly endear him to anyone outside of Obama’s orbit:

(VIDEO AT LINK)

Addressing the issue of gun control, singer-songwriter James Taylor told The Daily Caller that Americans ‘need to make some sacrifice[s] to our freedoms’ in order to keep children safe. Following his performance at President Obama’s second inauguration, TheDC asked Taylor if he agreed with Obama’s executive actions on gun control. ‘I think the nation is very divided on gun control,’ Taylor told TheDC, ‘but I think the majority of us feel strongly — even the majority of gun owners feel strongly — that we need to make some sacrifice[s] to our freedoms, if that’s the way to put it. We need to make some sacrifices to what we might want to have, in order to safeguard our children.’

Since Taylor admits to a rather significant level of ignorance on the topic, it’s not quite clear what he means on this...

(Excerpt) Read more at hotair.com ...


TOPICS: Government; Music/Entertainment; Politics
KEYWORDS: awb; banglist; bhoinauguration; guncontrol; jamestaylor; lefties; music; obama; obamainauguration; obamasecondterm; secondamendment
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1 posted on 01/22/2013 10:19:11 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let’s not, Mr. Taylor.


2 posted on 01/22/2013 10:24:06 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. Benjamin Franklin


3 posted on 01/22/2013 10:25:34 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I think Republicans should openly, and often, discuss the many benefits of controlling TV and newspapers. The news is too biased in favor of the Left, and Republicans should simply muse on the possibility of shutting down organs of the press who are insufficiently Conservative.

That would spark some interesting conversations, which should, of course, morph into SECOND Amendment discussion almost immediately. Why don't they care about the Bill Of Rights? Don't they value freedom? Don't the respect the People? Hey, this isn't about the press -- did you think it was? The topic here is guns; so sorry if you misunderstood.

4 posted on 01/22/2013 10:27:13 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lets give up automobiles. Public transportation is much safer.


5 posted on 01/22/2013 10:27:25 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"At some point, it’s easy to feel a little sympathy for Taylor..."

Never. He advocates progressive tyranny. The damage done by these people in their ignorance is irreparable and unforgivable. Those who wield such enormous influence, with an unlimited access to microphones and cameras have an obligation to watch their mouths, or be held accountable.
6 posted on 01/22/2013 10:28:01 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Here’s an idea, James. Why don’t you sacrifice a little of your 1st Amendment freedoms for the sake of safety? I personally think you should have to have all your lousy songs vetted by a government agency before you can sing them.


7 posted on 01/22/2013 10:31:03 AM PST by Antoninus (Sorry, gone rogue.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

James Taylor isn’t jumping up and down and trying to be an “activist” or anything - - he was just cornered into answering some political questions and I thought he tried to be diplomatic about the whole thing. This “interview” is worth about a shrug. I like his music and will continue to like his music.


8 posted on 01/22/2013 10:33:52 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As far as I am concerned, having Taylor perform is an impeachable offense.


9 posted on 01/22/2013 10:34:34 AM PST by bagman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Apparently Sweet Baby James has never advanced beyond that stage. Stick with your nasal, whining songs and leave everything else to the grown-ups, Baby.


10 posted on 01/22/2013 10:35:08 AM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: ClearCase_guy

If Obamugabe issued an Executive Order to confiscate and control all press outlet in the US, would the editors meet Obamugabe’s police force at the door with AR-15s and Glock 9s?


11 posted on 01/22/2013 10:36:19 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Bread and Circuses; Everyone to the Coliseum!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wish James Taylor would sacrifice his right to be an asshat.


12 posted on 01/22/2013 10:36:19 AM PST by jospehm20
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
GFY, Jimmy T.

I'll keep my children safe by ...

keeping them safe. Standing by to defend them. Effectively. With firearms. By teaching them to defend themselves. Effectively. With firearms.

If it saves even one life, it's worth it.

Right, Jimmy?

13 posted on 01/22/2013 10:37:06 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
Lets give up automobiles. Public transportation is much safer.

Believe me, that's on their agenda for the future. Can't risk some crazy right-wing patriot using a dangerous weapon like a car to run down progressive politicians - plus people with cars can move out of California and take their assets with them before they can be fairly taxed for the good of all. :)

14 posted on 01/22/2013 10:37:54 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Note how the weasel refers to “sacrifices to our freedoms” rather than the much plainer “sacrifices OF our freedoms.”

And how did Baby James, the pampered preppie, deal with the Viet Nam War and the opportunity he had to sacrifice some of his freedom then, for the good of the nation?

Wiki say: “As the Vietnam War built up, Taylor received a psychological rejection from Selective Service System when he appeared before them with two white-suited McLean [Hospital] assistants and was uncommunicative.”

Takes a real special fellow to bring along his own “men in white coats.”


15 posted on 01/22/2013 10:37:54 AM PST by HomeAtLast ( You're either with the Tea Party, or you're with the EBT Party.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sounds like he’s still doing heroin.


16 posted on 01/22/2013 10:40:08 AM PST by Internet Walnut
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Those who beat their swords into plowshares (those who give up their guns), will end up plowing for those who don’t (government) ~ Benjamin Franklin


17 posted on 01/22/2013 10:40:41 AM PST by GraceG
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
Lets give up automobiles. Public transportation is much safer.

James Taylor wouldn't give up his car. Not now. Not ever.


18 posted on 01/22/2013 10:40:56 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet



19 posted on 01/22/2013 10:41:32 AM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Lancey Howard

Agree. At least James sang America The Beautiful at the Inauguration, unlike Beyoncee who pulled a Milli Vanilli on the National Anthem.


20 posted on 01/22/2013 10:41:32 AM PST by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I say we sacrifice a few effeminate hippy potheads for liberty.


21 posted on 01/22/2013 10:41:58 AM PST by SENTINEL (Kneel down to God. Stand up to tyrants. STICK TO YOUR GUNS !)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Kumbayuh. My guess is that Charlie Daniels didn't make the short list for the Inaugural taffy pull.
22 posted on 01/22/2013 10:42:29 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: bagman

Taylor’s Christmas songs suck!


23 posted on 01/22/2013 10:42:43 AM PST by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

While this is an idiotic statement I remember a LOT here did the SAME thing in support of the Patriot Act. Equally disgusting.


24 posted on 01/22/2013 10:43:14 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How would he react to “4 down in OHIO?” Should the government be the only ones shooting when the time comes???
Simple question.


25 posted on 01/22/2013 10:43:59 AM PST by Quick Shot
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
LOL. James was never the brightest bulb, but he did write this:

The government boys they came for Machine Gun

And took the poor boy away

They stuck him in a hole in Leavenworth prison

Where he lived until his dying day

26 posted on 01/22/2013 10:44:44 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: a fool in paradise

Get a haircut, hippie! Oh, wait!


27 posted on 01/22/2013 10:45:03 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: a fool in paradise

Celebrities (Thank you Lord for ‘em!) know everything.


28 posted on 01/22/2013 10:48:16 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another useful idiot chimes in.


29 posted on 01/22/2013 10:48:26 AM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Lancey Howard
James Taylor isn’t jumping up and down and trying to be an “activist” or anything

Bull

This is not the first time he's made political comments. Look, this is America, everyone has a right to their opinion, but don't say he was cornered into giving it as he's done so on numerous occasions.

30 posted on 01/22/2013 10:49:14 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: freekitty

This guy resembles a carrot, now he is showing us he thinks like one.


31 posted on 01/22/2013 10:49:14 AM PST by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I admire his recovery from heroin addiction but he hasn’t thought things through. Heroin was illegal but that didn’t prevent him from almost ODing (by his own admission) on multiple occasions. If drug laws don’t prevent addicts from buying drugs, why would gun laws prevent criminals from obtaining them?


32 posted on 01/22/2013 10:49:14 AM PST by Conservative Vet
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To: FReepers; Patriots; FRiends



Free Republic

33 posted on 01/22/2013 10:49:23 AM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: ClearCase_guy
I think Republicans should openly, and often, discuss the many benefits of controlling TV and newspapers.

I think we should also look at modifying some other amendments have lead to the current chaos.

16th amendment re: income taxes

19th amendment re: women voting

26th amendment re: 18 year olds voting

The 15th amendment might also need some updating to reflect current realities that people that don't contribute to the can effectively vote themselves a paycheck. Although that may be addressed under the 16th.

34 posted on 01/22/2013 10:50:50 AM PST by oldbrowser (They are marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: Prole
Agree. At least James sang America The Beautiful at the Inauguration, unlike Beyoncee who pulled a Milli Vanilli on the National Anthem.

She did? Coulda fooled me. That didn't sound like an song I am familiar with.

35 posted on 01/22/2013 10:51:38 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

James Taylor has done more smack (heroin) than Keith Richards.....he would be the last person I would want to define “liberty”


36 posted on 01/22/2013 10:54:14 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: oldbrowser

Don’t forget the 17th: direct election of US senators, which has done incalculable damage to state sovereignty


37 posted on 01/22/2013 10:55:10 AM PST by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: PowderMonkey
He advocates progressive tyranny.

And like so may others of his ilk, he never fancies that he'd be on the downside of it. History says otherwise.

38 posted on 01/22/2013 10:58:01 AM PST by Noumenon (One individual with courage, determination and a rifle can change the course of history.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I got in an argument with my mother in law over gun control. She of course mouthed the usual “nobody needs an assault weapon” for self defense. Now usually I bite my tongue with her because after all she’s my wife’s mother but this time I snapped. It went something along the lines of this:

Number one, if you don’t like guns DON’T OWN ONE but don’t take away my second amendment rights. Number two, if four gang bangers approach you some night you’ll be raped and killed. I on the other hand have two bullets per gang member with two to spare. Number three, an assault rifle is a fully automatic rifle. Don’t try and strip me of my rights when you don’t even know what the definition of the thing it is you’re railing against.

She shut up real quick.


39 posted on 01/22/2013 10:58:33 AM PST by TheRhinelander
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Go shoot some more heroin, James.

It's what you're good at.

40 posted on 01/22/2013 11:02:26 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: bassmaner
Don’t forget the 17th: direct election of US senators, which has done incalculable damage to state sovereignty

You are correct, some "common sense" updating to that misguided amendment should also be up for discussion.

41 posted on 01/22/2013 11:05:06 AM PST by oldbrowser (They are marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: HomeAtLast

Is that true he is a bigger asshat than i could imagine


42 posted on 01/22/2013 11:05:30 AM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Sacrifice a little liberty?”...

Never, Chuckle head!


43 posted on 01/22/2013 11:09:52 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

44 posted on 01/22/2013 11:13:01 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety”.
Benjamin Franklin


45 posted on 01/22/2013 11:14:57 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: al baby
"How sweet it is - NOT!"
46 posted on 01/22/2013 11:16:15 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: TheRhinelander

My response to the “Assault Weapon” argument is this:

Assault is a Verb, not an Adjective; It takes a person, and a decision, to Assault another.


47 posted on 01/22/2013 11:34:01 AM PST by um1990
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, using his addle-brained logic we need to shoot all known gangbangers on sight. They lose their right to breath in order to make it safer for everyone else.

How about that moron?

FUBO & FAD


48 posted on 01/22/2013 11:41:57 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You go first, James —


49 posted on 01/22/2013 11:45:17 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That made me noxious listening to him drool over Obama like that.


50 posted on 01/22/2013 11:45:45 AM PST by WCH
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